engineering_pro_roosevelt_midscho_web.jpgWEST PALM BEACH — Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, and Roosevelt Middle School in West Palm Beach, have been recognized as 2012 Magnet Schools of Merit by Magnet Schools of America.

At Suncoast High, one of 50 Magnet Schools of Excellence in the United States for 2012, Linda Cartlidge is principal and Beth Benvenuti is magnet coordinator.   

At Roosevelt Middle, one of 65 Magnet Schools of Distinction for 2012, Jo Anne Rogers is principal and Dee Ann Tiffany is magnet coordinator.

“We applaud both Suncoast and Roosevelt staff and faculty for this great accomplishment,” said Barbara Terembes, the Palm Beach County School District’s director of Choice and Career Options.

Other 2012 Magnet Schools of Distinction in South Florida:

• Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School in Coconut Creek, Principal Robert Crawford
• Air Base Elementary, Homestead, Principal Raul Calzadilla
• Coconut Palm K-8 Academy, Homestead, Principal Linda Amica-Roberts
• Design & Architecture Senior High, Miami, Principal Stacey Mancuso
• Frank Martin International K-8 Center, Miami, Principal Pamela Brown
• MAST Academy, Miami, Principal Jane Garraux
• Ponce de Leon Middle, Coral Gables, Principal Anna Rodriguez
• Southside Elementary Museums Magnet, Miami, Principal Salvatore Schiavone
• Southwest Miami High, Miami, Principal Carlos Diaz
• TERRA Environmental Research Institute, Principal Carrie Montano
• Young Women’s Preparatory Academy, Miami, Principal Concepcion Martinez

Magnet Schools of America established the Magnet Schools of Merit Award to recognize the top magnet schools in the United States.

The award recognizes magnet schools that show commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts, parent and community involvement and consistent delivery of quality services.  Schools recognized must be members of Magnet Schools of America and must submit an application that is scored by a panel of educators.



ENGINEERS’ WEEK: More than 160 students in the Pre-Engineering program at Roosevelt Middle School in West Palm Beach recently toured the Lockheed Martin facilities, on the Intracoastal Waterway in Riviera Beach, to celebrate Engineers’ Week, Feb. 20-24. Lockheed engineers conducted tours of the site, allowing students to see the products currently being worked on, such as the small yellow Marlin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle submarine that inspects deepwater oil and gas structures, particularly following severe weather. A video of interviews with engineers enlightened the group about the many different fields of engineering Lockheed employs. Other engineers discussed their backgrounds, why they became engineers and what they do on a daily basis, followed by a question-and-answer period to quench the curiosity of the students. Roosevelt Middle has four magnet programs — Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medical, Technology,
Environmental Science — and Lockheed Martin has been a business partner for the Pre-Engineering magnet.