Pine Crest Band Director Takes His Talents to New York City

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 4, 2019 at 4:37 PM

Pine Crest School Band Director, Dr. Dannel Espinoza, was invited by The Academy of Arts and Letters to New York City to record with his saxophone quartet Project Fusion.

Dr. Dannel Espinoza, or Dr. E. as he is known by many of his students, can be found on the Pine Crest School Boca Raton campus. Dr. Espinoza joined the Pine Crest Fine Arts Department  as the Band Director during the 2018-19 school year. 

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Topics: Faculty, fine arts, pine crest school, music, music education

Pine Crest School Faculty Summer 2019 Reading List

Posted by Pine Crest School on May 13, 2019 at 2:27 PM

Summer is right around the corner, and it is the perfect time for teachers’ reflection, professional growth, and the chance to dive into a good book. Inspired by Pine Crest School’s 2019-24 Strategic Plan, “The Future is Here,” this year’s faculty summer reading supports themes that are reflected in the overarching, guiding question:

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Topics: summer, Faculty, 2019, academics, pine crest school, education, faculty reading, summer reading

Pine Crest School Science Classrooms Receive Anatomage Tables

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 22, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Pine Crest School received three Anatomage Tables recently.

Anatomage Tables are virtual dissecting tables that are generally used by medical schools such as the Mayo Clinic to allow medical students the opportunity to perform virtual autopsies. One Table is located in an Upper School Huizenga Family Science Building classroom. The additional Tables are located in the Middle School life science classrooms — one on the Boca Raton campus and one on the Fort Lauderdale campus.

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Topics: summer, Upper School, Faculty, Admission, Middle School, camp, academic camps, 2019, summer camp, academics, teaching, anatomage table, science, stem

The Evolution of Music Education: 14 Years of Musical Growth

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 19, 2019 at 11:01 AM


By Biddi Solomon ’20

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Topics: lower school, Upper School, Faculty, Admission, Middle School, arts camp, 2019, pine crest fund, pine crest school, teaching, music, music education

Top Tools for Techy Tots: Computer Science & Robotics in the Pre-Primary Classroom

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 7, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Today’s pre-primary aged students are presented with a variety of different tech tools, many of which we use at Pine Crest School.

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Topics: lower school, Innovation, elementary school, Faculty, Pre-kindergarten, innovation institute, 2019, robotics, pine crest school, computer science, teaching

Exploring Virtual Reality in Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 4, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Middle School at Pine Crest is home to new virtual reality (VR) equipment, which Pine Crest Computer Science and Technology faculty are using to teach students how to create their own virtual experiences and to influence others’ perspective.

“More content is being released and is increasingly available and accessible, and VR and augmented reality (AR) devices are becoming more effective,” said Mr. Sean Tibor, Pine Crest Computer Science and Technology Specialist. “By the time our Middle School students go to college, they will need to know how to use this equipment and feel comfortable using it.”

The terms “VR” and “AR” are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

“The difference is that AR takes information around you and fuses the world you are in with additional data or information  — think Pokemon Go,” said Mr. Tibor. “VR is about immersion and perspective. It overlays virtual items or instances on top of the real world. The benefit of VR technology is that it can change our perspective from a few different axes: distance, time, scale, and the forthcoming, human perspective."

Delving into these axes, Mr. Tibor shared how using VR technology is not limited to one course or subject.  

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Topics: Innovation, Panther Pulse, Faculty, Middle School, design thinking, innovation institute, 2019, academics

Pine Crest Middle School Students Use Biomechanics To Develop Earthquake Resistant Homes

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 15, 2019 at 1:53 PM

Project based learning (PBL) initiatives are some of the ways faculty are approaching hands-on learning with students. A PBL assignment engages students in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. Students then demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.

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Topics: 2018, workshop, Faculty, Middle School, design thinking, innovation institute, sports

Five Tips To Building Resilience in Young Coders

Posted by Pine Crest School on January 16, 2019 at 9:50 AM

By Kelly Paredes, M.Ed., CIT
Computer Science and Educational Technology Specialist

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Topics: lower school, Innovation, elementary school, Faculty, innovation institute

Three Ways Pine Crest School Faculty Go The Extra Mile For Their Students

Posted by Pine Crest School on December 11, 2018 at 2:24 PM

By Grace Pettee ’20 

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Topics: 2018, Student Life, Faculty

Supporting Faculty Professionalism at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 27, 2018 at 10:22 AM

One of the many areas that The Pine Crest Fund supports is faculty excellence. All year long, faculty, administrators, and staff are able to take advantage of stimulating professional development activities — sometimes right on campus.

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Topics: 2018, Faculty

Investing in High Quality Faculty Professional Development

Posted by Pine Crest School on September 21, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Before setting up classrooms and welcoming students for the first day of school in August, Pine Crest School faculty participated in the Teachers Teaching Teachers professional development day. Now in its sixth year, teachers participate in a variety of peer-led learning sessions where they connected with colleagues, exchanged expertise, and engaged in dialogue about best practices.

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Topics: News, 2018, Innovation, Panther Pulse, Faculty

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