Pine Crest Alumna and New Nurse Manager Adapts to Unexpected COVID-19 Role

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 22, 2020 at 5:06 PM

When Calla Cissel ’11  became a nurse manager for Baptist Health Louisville’s 21-bed telemetry unit in November 2019, little did she know that just a few months later, she would be managing the hospital’s COVID-19 floor.

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Pine Crest Alumna and Emergency Medicine Physician Adapts to Intensive COVID-19 Care

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 14, 2020 at 2:32 PM

“Pine Crest truly gave me a strong foundation to deal with whatever life throws my way,” according to Dr. Kim Donaldson ’90.

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Topics: Alumni, pine crest alumni, 2020

Pine Crest Alumna Goes the Extra Mile Caring for COVID-19 Patients and Healthcare Colleagues

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 7, 2020 at 4:05 PM

Six months ago, Nicole Urban ’14 could not have imagined herself working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In her role, Nicole works as a nurse in the neuro intensive care unit at New York Medical Center caring for patients with life-threatening neurological issues.  

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Topics: Alumni, 2020

Pine Crest Alumnus and Infectious Disease Specialist in the Race to Discover Therapeutics for COVID-19

Posted by Pine Crest School on April 30, 2020 at 2:37 PM

In January 2020, Dr. Daniel Caplivski ’90 and his colleagues at Mount Sinai Medical Center began looking into cases of an unknown coronavirus spreading in China and Europe. Though they had not yet seen a case in New York City, they knew the hospital and city needed to prepare. Very quick action was needed, particularly converting all the hospital rooms within one week to accommodate the overnight hospitalization that local patients with the virus would inevitably require.

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Topics: Alumni, medicine, Future Ready

Pine Crest Crestian Students and Alumni Receive CSPA Gold Circle Awards

Posted by Pine Crest School on April 27, 2020 at 9:16 AM

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced the winners from its 37th Gold Circle Awards program recently. This year, the awards attracted 5,757 yearbook and digital media entries submitted in 91 categories.

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Topics: journalism, Future Ready

Pine Crest Alumnus on the Front Line of Broward County COVID-19 Care

Posted by Pine Crest School on April 23, 2020 at 1:04 PM

With more than two decades of experience as a cardiologist and internal medicine physician, Dr. Ken Zelnick ’90 has treated infections of all types. Now on the front line of treating COVID-19 patients in Broward County, Ken shares that this virus is different: “For the first time in my career, we do not have answers and are forced to continually try new methods and therapies to save lives.”

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Topics: Alumni, 2020

Pine Crest School is Recognized as a 2020 Green School of Excellence

Posted by Pine Crest School on April 22, 2020 at 8:26 AM

For the eighth year in a row, Pine Crest School has been recognized by the Green Schools Recognition Program (GSRP) as a Green School of Excellence. This exciting achievement comes as a result of a collaborative effort of faculty, staff, students, and administrators on the Boca Raton campus. Part of the mission statement for Pine Crest School is to “develop leadership and provide a nurturing learning community that prepares students to meet the global challenges of the future.” 

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Topics: Future Ready, Sustainability

Planning Your Admission Visit to Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 30, 2020 at 10:21 AM

An important part of applying for admission to an independent school is getting to know the school and assessing if it is right for your family.

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Topics: lower school, elementary school, Upper School, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, pine crest school, pine crest summer

Jordyn Elliott ’16 : Working For Inclusion

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 1:09 PM

Jordyn Elliott ’16 was busy during her time as a Pine Crest student! Playing soccer for both Pine Crest and a travel team, Jordyn was thrilled when she was offered a spot on the University of California at Berkeley women’s soccer team.

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Topics: Athletics, college athletes, pine crest school, pine crest alumni

Coming Full Circle: From Student to Board Chair

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Michele (McNichol) Stocker ’83 has come full circle in her Pine Crest experience over the course of 40 years— first as a student, then as an alumna, parent, and parent of an alumna, and now as Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees.

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Partners in Business and Life: Stephanie and Tony Correa ’87

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 12:17 PM

Stephanie (Shank) Correa ’87 and Tony Correa ’87 are high school sweethearts and business partners running a network of veterinary clinics and hospitals, Animal Cancer Care Clinic (ACCC). ACCC was envisioned by Stephanie, a veterinarian who saw a need for comprehensive cancer treatment for dogs and cats.

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Topics: pine crest school, pine crest alumni, animal cancer care clinic

10 Questions with Former NFL Football Player Kevin Boothe ’01

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 18, 2019 at 12:07 PM

Kevin Boothe ’01 is a former professional football player, having played for the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants.


After graduating from Pine Crest, Kevin attended Cornell University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration. He was drafted to the NFL in 2006 and returned to the classroom to earn his Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University in 2013.

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Topics: Athletics, college athletes, pine crest school, pine crest alumni, nfl, Kevin Boothe

Jared Firestone ’08: Team Israel Skeleton Athlete

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 17, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Jared Firestone ’08 is a south Florida native, 2022 Olympic hopeful, and Skeleton racer.

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Topics: Alumni, pine crest school, pine crest alumni

Develop Your Child's Fine Motor Skills

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 21, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Families applying to independent schools often ask how they may prepare their children for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. While each school may have different admission criteria, one area that many schools evaluate is a child’s fine motor skills.

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Topics: Admission, Pre-kindergarten, fine motor skills

How Students Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 1, 2019 at 9:56 PM

At Pine Crest School, we believe our students must learn to be as agile and adaptable as possible.

High-brain human traits such as global understanding and empathy, deep thinking and learning, and complex problem-solving mindset through collaboration will distinguish our students and set them up for success.

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Topics: Alumni Newsletter, lower school, workshop, elementary school, Upper School, Student Life, Middle School, design thinking, pine crest school, entrepreneurship, education

Giving Students The EDGE

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 1, 2019 at 9:23 AM

By Danielle Weisfisch ’20

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Topics: Innovation, workshop, Student Life, 2019, academics, student leadership, student organization, entrepreneurship, education

A Conversation with Pine Crest’s Three-Time State Championship Student-Athletes: Kevin Mendez ’22 and Tsion Yared ’20

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 17, 2019 at 2:48 PM

Freshman Kevin Mendez ’22 and junior Tsion Yared ’20 are three-time state championship titleholders for diving and cross country, respectively.

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Topics: Athletics, pine crest school, diving, cross country, track and field, fhsaa

Spotlight on Jana Blackwell ’81: Executive Director of Auxiliary Programs

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 16, 2019 at 5:39 PM

As a Pine Crest School Class of 1981 alumna, teacher, coach, and parent of two alumni, Calla ’11 and Chandler ’14 Cissel, Jana Blackwell’s Panther Pride runs deep.

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Topics: pine crest school, pine crest summer, pine crest alumni

Spotlight on the Rosenberg Family

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 16, 2019 at 5:24 PM

We are honored to shine a spotlight on Todd ’95 and Caroline Rosenberg. Todd is a proud Pine Crest alumnus, and he and Caroline are the parents of Dylan ’25, Julian ’28, and Gavin ’30.


For the Rosenbergs, sending their children to Pine Crest was never a question.

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Topics: giving, pine crest fund, pine crest school, pine crest alumni, philanthropy, financial assistance, financial aid, inclusion aid, endowment

Social and Emotional Education: Engaging the World with Empathy

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 16, 2019 at 10:29 AM

As class begins each day at Pine Crest, you will see a Lower School classroom in their morning meeting connecting through song or engaged in activities like mindfulness stretching.

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Topics: Student Life, mindfulness, academics, pine crest school, education, emotional intelligence, social and emotional learning

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