Joe Kelley: Retiring After 22 Years of Service to Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 14, 2020 at 10:07 AM

Longtime educator Joe Kelley has retired after 43 years of teaching, 22 of which he spent at Pine Crest School.

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Topics: Innovation, Faculty, Science, STEM, 2020

Jared Browarnik ’12 and Brandon Halim ’14: Opening Roads at TheTake.AI

Posted by Pine Crest School on June 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM

by Daniel Hennelly ’21, Ilana Hutzler ’20, Karene Hermon ’21, and Jade Klacko ’21

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Topics: Innovation, Upper School, Alumni, 2019

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: Innovation, Future Ready

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, Student Life, 2019, Academics, Student Leadership, Entrepreneurship

Disrupting Traditional City Scaffolding with Urban Umbrella: Andrés Ulises Cortés ’92

Posted by Pine Crest School on July 10, 2019 at 4:18 PM

Walk along a New York City sidewalk for long enough and you may discover a delicious slice of pizza, a one-of-a-kind retail flagship store, dozens of high-rise buildings — and miles and miles of scaffolding, also known as sidewalk sheds.

 

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Topics: Innovation, Alumni, 2019, Pine Crest School, Entrepreneurship

Why Pine Crest School Students Create Digital Portfolios

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 19, 2019 at 12:03 PM

By Danielle Weisfisch ’20

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Topics: Innovation, Student Life, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, Academics, Giving, Pine Crest Fund, Computer Science, Social and Emotional Learning

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, Faculty, Pre-kindergarten, Innovation Institute, 2019, Robotics, Pine Crest School, Computer Science

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

Building Teamwork and Imaginative Thinking through Competitive Robotics

Posted by Pine Crest School on March 4, 2019 at 11:02 AM

Pine Crest formed the School’s first-ever Lower and Middle School FIRSTⓇ LEGO LeagueⓇ (FLL) competitive teams four years ago, and since then, the Panthers have formed eight teams who have made their mark on the South Florida region.

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Topics: Lower School, Innovation, Student Life, Middle School, Innovation Institute, 2019, Academics, Robotics

Teaching Collaboration

Posted by Pine Crest School on February 15, 2019 at 11:12 AM

By Vicki Spitalnick, Innovation Specialist

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Topics: Innovation, Student Life, Admission, Middle School, Design Thinking, Innovation Institute, 2019

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, Faculty, Innovation Institute

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Ideas From Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 30, 2018 at 5:03 PM

Holiday spirit is in the air at Pine Crest School’s campuses in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale!

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Upper School, Pre-kindergarten, Middle School, Design Thinking

Why Play and Exploration are Key for Young Students to Learn

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 28, 2018 at 2:42 PM

 

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Topics: Innovation, Design Thinking, Innovation Institute

Innovation Curriculum in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 28, 2018 at 10:13 AM

At Pine Crest School innovation is part of the curriculum from day one. Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students visit the Zimmerman Family iLab, or the Mintz Family iLab each month, and have computer science class twice a week.

Students are exposed to basic algorithmic thinking and logical reasoning through elementary coding classes. Students use applications on iPads, like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Bee-Bot, and Codeable to learn to sequence and debug code. Students see their code come to life in the small robots that complement the applications they use.  

Digital portfolios are also part of their computer science and technology curriculum. Students upload samples of their assignments, or “artifacts,” to reflect on what they have learned. These portfolios will follow them throughout their academic careers at Pine Crest.

During their time in the iLabs, students are exposed to organic gardening and engineering challenges. They are exposed to the design thinking process showing students how to research, ideate, experiment, and reflect as to problem-solve and think creatively.  

Students are given design challenges exposing them to the engineering process and teaching them to manipulate materials and construction techniques appropriate for their age level. Additionally, students use Squishy Circuits to learn the basics of electricity and circuitry.

This innovative curriculum is designed for students to take risks and fail forward.

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Admission, Pre-kindergarten, Design Thinking

Building Success by Merging Art and Innovation

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 28, 2018 at 9:52 AM

Building fun, customizable, affordable bicycles has been a way for Avery Pack, founder of Republic Bike and Pine Crest Class of 1996 alumnus, to encourage people to get moving.

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Topics: Innovation, Alumni, Fine Arts

Harnessing Collaboration and Innovation to Improve Athletic Performance

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 8, 2018 at 3:43 PM

Pine Crest School alumnus Daniel Fine ‘13 is laser-focused on revolutionizing athletic performance.  It was during a summer internship experience while he was studying at the University of Tampa that Daniel came up with an idea.

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Topics: Innovation, Upper School, Athletics, Alumni, Design Thinking

Developing a Design Thinking Mindset in Middle School

Posted by Pine Crest School on November 7, 2018 at 4:31 PM

Design thinking is a methodology for creative, complex problem solving. A design thinker questions and explores possibilities with a clear goal in mind: creating a solution, service, or product that benefits the end user. This technique is often described as human-centered because it is rooted in empathy and aimed at understanding a person or group of people.

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Topics: 2018, Innovation, Panther Pulse, Middle School, Design Thinking

Why We Teach Computer Science in Pre-Kindergarten at Pine Crest School

Posted by Pine Crest School on October 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM

When you think of a pre-kindergarten curriculum, subjects that may come to mind are reading, writing, and math. However, in 2015 as part of the 2014-19 Strategic Plan, Pine Crest School launched a new computer science program that started with our pre-kindergarteners on both our Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale campuses.

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Topics: Lower School, Innovation, Student Life, Admission

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

Second Grade Student Designed a Prototype to Assist Stroke Patients

Posted by Pine Crest School on August 28, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Drawing upon inspiration by one of our School's beloved nurses, a Pine Crest second grade student imagined and designed a prototype to assist stroke patients suffering from upper extremity weakness. The end result: a system to help patients tie their long hair into a ponytail. The student was guided along the way by Pine Crest teachers and innovation specialists, using the tools available in the Zimmerman Family iLab.

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Topics: Innovation