As 2014 comes to a close and our teachers, students, and staff are basking in one more week of winter break, we would like to reflect on some of our best Grandview moments this year. Here are our Top Grandview Moments of 2014– in no particular order:
Lower school students participated in their first-ever Prideville day following a fun grand opening ceremony with honorary Prideville mayor Bill Martin. Students have continued the Prideville curriculum, learning real-world commerce, economics, and business skills while role-playing during the experience.
Middle and upper school students participated in Career Day in February and November. Career Day at Grandview is a personalized experience for each student, meant to tap into known interests and perhaps inspire a passion for a particular path. Prior to the event, Personalized Learning Coordinator Susan Rose administers career interest surveys to all middle and upper school students, using the results to craft unique schedules for each student. This year’s events featured professionals including current and former Grandview parents, alumni, and generous members of the South Florida community and beyond. Students each visited four career fields where they engaged the adults about their passions, listened to sage advice, and learned a little more about themselves.
LADY PRIDE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Lady Pride girls varsity basketball team clinched its first FHSAA Class 2A State Championship! After defeating the defending state champion in the state semi-final game, the Lady Pride faced Sarasota Christian in the state championship. The Pride held a lead throughout all four quarters and won the game 45-32. Go Pride!
2014 DANCE CONCERT
Grandview dancers, including students from Early Childhood through Grade 12, performed in the 5th annual Dance Concert under the direction of Ms. Katie Petronio.
All Grandview students (even the 3 and 4 year olds!) participated in the Entrepreneurship Program. Students created businesses ranging from homemade necklaces and keychains to offering valet services at school. One business even created a brand-new product: a anklet that repels sea creatures (for more about this novel product, see below). Now an annual activity, the program begins with planning sessions in which students formulate their business plans (the younger students plan with the help of older “buddies” and teachers) and perfect their products. Students then compete for customers at an Entrepreneur Fair– a real marketplace set up at school using real money. Through the successes and failures at the Entrepreneur Fair, students are able to draw connections between their business plans and their outcomes, and they learn that the highest profits don’t always come from selling the most products. Additionally, younger students practice skills in mathematic functions, graphing, and even handwriting. The 2015 Entrepreneur Fair will take place on March 26, 2015.
SEEDS OF HOPE
We raised money to cover medical costs and expenses for a Grandview student battling cancer in a student-led fundraiser called Seeds of Hope. Students spent the month of May making bracelets and keychains and practicing for a talent show. With the help of Grandview parents and a donation of over $1,000 worth of flowers from Home Depot, the Seeds of Hope event raised over $12,500. Attendees enjoyed shaved ice from the Kona Ice Truck, purchased the teal bracelets and keychains, and planted flowers in honor of their classmate.
Three Grandview students became published authors as a result of winning the Let’s Write Together writing contest by teen author Alex Watson. Middle school students Victoria Gallastegui and Samantha Perez and lower school student Ari Prince received a certificate and a copy of their published stories in an awards ceremony in May 2014.
GUYS AND DOLLS
Upper school students performed in Guys and Dolls at the Crest Theatre in Delray Beach in the annual spring musical. Click here to view highlights from the performance!
CLASS OF 2014
The top Grandview moments of 2014 would be incomplete without mention of our Class of 2014! The Class of 2014 had 100% matriculation to four-year colleges and universities, earned over $800,000 in scholarship dollars, and included four NCAA Division I athletes. Click here for a peek at our graduation traditions at Grandview featuring the Class of 2014!
SHARK-X IN THE NEWS
As a result of our Entrepreneurship Program, four students tested their product and were featured on the local news. Tasman Rosenfeld, Albin Engstrom, Bennett Kubach, and Alexander Abbasi, tested and presented their product, an anklet using powerful magnets to deter sharks and stingrays, at the Sandoway House Nature Center in Delray Beach and were subsequently featured on our local NBC-affiliate, WPTV.
2014 GRANDVIEW GALA
Grandview community members came together in September to celebrate the school and support scholarships and program enhancements through auction purchases and donations during the 2014 Grandview Gala. Thanks to the generosity of item donors and attendees, we raised over $60,000 toward our annual giving program. There’s still time to donate in 2014! To find out more about supporting Grandview through annual giving, please click here.
MOMMY & ME CLASSES AT GPS
We began a partnership with ModernBocaMom.com to offer free Mommy & Me classes to the South Florida community. Classes are offered three times per month and have filled up within hours of announcing the dates. Interested in attending? Be sure to follow Modern Boca Mom on Facebook to follow the date announcements for February (sorry, January is already full!).
PROGRAMMING AND ROBOTICS AT GRANDVIEW
This year, Grandview has increased its offerings to include classes in the basics of programming, scalable game design, and robotics. It is with this attention to the skills of the future that we participated in the Hour of Code in December and have formed a Robotics team which will compete in Lego Robotics competitions beginning in January.
OUR NEW MAKERSPACE
Grandview joined the Maker Movement with the new addition of a Makerspace. With the help and guidance of Grandview community members, we repurposed a small building on campus to serve as a gathering point for tools and materials that students use for making. In our Makerspace, students work together with teachers and mentors to make, build, and dream. The space is used throughout the day for class projects such as the physics regatta, and most recently serves as a home base for our robotics team.
2014 WINTER CONCERT
Students of all ages performed in our annual Winter Concert at Lynn University’s Wold Performing Arts Center. The theme for the performance was Seasons In Song, and audience members were treated to songs and costumes representing each of the four seasons, culminating in a full-cast performance of Jingle Bells– complete with snow and a snowball fight!
17TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Upper school students hosted the 17th annual Celebration of Life event, welcoming more than forty special-needs students from J.C. Mitchell Elementary School in Boca Raton for an annual holiday party. The event pairs upper school students with younger students who have special needs ranging from physical disabilities to severe mental handicaps. Students spent the morning enjoying holiday-themed activities on the Grandview campus. This is the only field trip of the year for the J.C. Mitchell students and is a memorable day for the students and their hosts alike.
Of course we had many more Grandview moments in 2014– fun house activities, meaningful days of service, engaging projects, and successful sports seasons. To relive our 2014 Grandview moments, we invite you to peruse our blog, check out our Facebook page, and search #GPSmoment on Instagram (and follow us– @GrandviewPrepFL). You can also view our annual magazine, The Compass, online!
Thanks for being a part of our year at GPS, and we wish you a very happy 2015!