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Cave Art Rocks at the IDEAL School

Posted on: 2011-10-07
How do you bring the dinosaur era into art? By turning the school's art studio into a cave.
That's just what Art teacher, Eileen Kozyra did at the IDEAL Elementary School. Draping the drawing tables with cloths that looked like cave walls, dimming the lights, giving students flashlights and crumpled brown paper that resembled rocks students stepped back in time and created their own cave art.
'The children were so excited to work on their art projects in this environment and their creativity was amazing,' said Mrs. Kozyra.
All of the cave art is on display in the art studio of the Dream Middle School, the sister school of IDEAL Elementary.
The IDEAL School and Dream Middle School are pioneers in the use of Multiple Intelligence Theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through 8th grade throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. To find out more about the school please visit www.DreamIdeal.com or call (561) 791-2881.

Website: www.dreamideal.com

Email: office@dreamideal.com


Dream Middle School students raise money for community service trip

Posted on: 2011-09-27
The Dream Middle School parking lot was turned into a car wash last week when sixth, seventh and eighth graders filled their buckets with soap and water and cleaned up dirty cars for parents and local business owners. The students put on the event to raise money for a community service trip they’ll be taking to Costa Rica next spring.

“This year we’re encouraging the students to learn about the world around them,” said Principal Wendy Soderman. “We’ve created a global education initiative which includes each grade Skyping students in other schools around the world, providing education, clothing and medical care to children whose families are living in poverty through our Children International sponsorships and travelling to Costa Rica to gain first hand experience learning about ecosystems by volunteering at a sea turtle hatchery.”

In addition to the car wash, students collected pledges from their families and neighbors for an all day trampoline-a-thon. The goal was to jump for eight hours in rotating shifts in exchange for donations.

The highlight of the day was when firemen from the Royal Palm Beach Fire Department drove up in their fire truck to get a wash. Every year Dream Middle School students donate cans of food to the local fire department to feed hungry families in our area from January to April and the fire department wanted to show its support for the students in return.

“It was a great success,” said Robin Summas, the school’s Curriculum Coordinator. “The students raised over $2,500 and provided a needed service at the same time.”

The IDEAL School and Dream Middle School are pioneers in the use of Multiple Intelligence Theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through 8th grade throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. To find out more about the school please visit www.DreamIdeal.com or call (561) 791-2881


Website: www.dreamideal.com

Email: office@dreamideal.com


Annual I-CAN food drive at IDEAL School

Posted on: 2012-01-18
For the fourth year in a row the IDEAL and Dream Schools are sponsoring a local food drive for the community of Royal Palm Beach. Each month students, faculty and parents of the schools get together and walk or run from the campus to the local fire station with cans of food for the needy. The fire department has generously been delivering these items to local food banks and soup kitchens throughout Royal Palm Beach since 2008.

“This whole program came about as a result of an incident we had here at the school several years ago,” said Principal Wendy Soderman. “Our water bill suddenly skyrocketed over the holidays one year and we discovered that a local family was stealing water from the school. When the police went to the family’s home they discovered that their living conditions were difficult at best and they were stealing the water because their own water had been turned off.”

“We realized that this family was probably one of many just struggling to survive and we decided rather than press charges we’d work to make a difference. That’s how we came up with the idea for I-CAN. Now it’s a monthly event we do from January through April each year.”

Over 100 people participated in I-CAN last week along with more than 200 cans of food. The next event will be held Friday, February 3 and anyone from the community is welcome to attend.

“My hope is that other schools throughout Palm Beach County will replicate this program and help their local communities as well,” said Soderman. “It’s free to set it up and can make a difference to people who really need it.”

The IDEAL School and Dream Middle School are pioneers in the use of Multiple Intelligence Theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through 8th grade throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. To find out more about the school please visit www.DreamIdeal.com or call (561) 791-2881


Website: www.dreamideal.com

Email: office@dreamideal.com


IDEAL students go trunk or treating

Posted on: 2011-11-02
A new Halloween tradition was started this year at the IDEAL Elementary and Dream Middle Schools as parents decorated their cars for the schools’ first annual Trunk or Treat celebration. Over two dozen cars ranging from creepy to semi-spooky lined the schools’ parking lot. Students from each grade ‘oohed and ahhed’ as they trunk or treated from car to car.

“We’ve never done this before,” said Principal and Founder Wendy Soderman. “I’m amazed and delighted at how much effort the parents put into decorating their cars for this event.” Displays included a Disney theme, lots of ghosts and ghouls, and even a poison apple café.

After trick or treating from car to car students and teachers voted on their favorite Halloween theme. Susan Hughes, parent of kindergartener Adeline Hughes and first grader Allie Hughes, took first prize of four tickets to Lion Country Safari for turning her trunk into a mini haunted house. Second prize went to Mary Kay and Howard Wilson for their ghoulish trunk of skeletons, coffin and spider webs.

“I’m not sure who had more fun, the parents or the children,” said Soderman. “The parents are already talking about what they can do to make their cars look even better next year.”

The IDEAL School and Dream Middle School are pioneers in the use of Multiple Intelligence Theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through 8th grade throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. To find out more about the school please visit www.DreamIdeal.com or call (561) 791-2881.


Website: www.dreamideal.com

Email: office@dreamideal.com


UnitedHealthcare And Florida 4-H Promote Healthy, Active Lifestyles At State Capitol With Interactiv

Posted on: 2014-04-29
Mizan Selas (left) and her sister Adachi Selas from Loxahatchee, participate in fun healthy activities as more than 400 4-H youth and adults attended 4-H Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Throughout the day, 4-H Youth Health Ambassadors, trained through the UnitedHealthcare and 4-H “Eat4-Health” partnership, led workshops on healthy living and demonstrations on how to make healthy snacks. 4-H youth made their own healthy trail mix, participated in activities like the Hula Hoop challenge, “Go, Slow Whoa!” parachute games, while learning the importance of serving sizes and maintaining active lifestyles. (Photo credit: Dawn McKinstry Photography)


Students visit local news station

Posted on: 2011-11-09
It was an exciting day for the IDEAL School’s 4th grade students today when they took a field trip to News Channel 5 in downtown West Palm Beach. The 4th graders host their own live morning broadcast called the Early Bird News (EBN) which airs throughout the school each day. Their teacher, Danielle Derion, arranged the tour so the children could meet local news anchors and get a behind the scenes look at a real news desk.

Weatherman Glen Glazer talked to the students about Hurricane Rina and how it fell apart just as it reached the Yucatan Peninsula. Traffic anchor Keli Fulton and news anchor Kelley Dunn were also there to meet students and answer their questions. Dunn shared with them that she, too, took a field trip to a news station when she was their age and it was then that she decided to become a reporter.

“It was a great opportunity for the children to meet people they see on t.v. each night,” said Derion. “They were quite excited to be in the studio to watch a live news cast. I think they were surprised at how much work goes into creating a news show each day.”

The IDEAL School and Dream Middle School are pioneers in the use of Multiple Intelligence Theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through 8th grade throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. To find out more about the school please visit www.DreamIdeal.com or call (561) 791-2881.


Website: www.dreamideal.com

Email: office@dreamideal.com


Second graders get hands-on Social Studies lesson

Posted on: 2011-10-04
When Gerrianne Disney plans a Social Studies lesson she knows that talking about the concepts with her students is only partially effective. What she really wants them to do is experience the lesson in order to fully understand what they’re learning.

“For the past two weeks we’ve been studying about communities in class. It’s one thing to tell my students that a community is made up of a school, post office, grocery store, gas station and other businesses but it’s another thing for them to build a town based on the needs of people living there,” said Disney. “They really took the time to think about how to connect roads, intersections and even consider what businesses and services were important to include in their community.”

Second graders Adrien Araneo, Christopher Callaway and Ryan Stevens took on the important roles as city planners and helped their classmate ‘citizens’ lay out the streets, intersections and erect buildings using blocks and giant Legos®. Other students took on the roles of police officer to make sure classmates were following the rules, mailmen to deliver information to and from the IDEAL School office, and construction workers to do the necessary building.

Disney said, “The students aren’t going to remember the vocabulary from the lesson if all they do is memorize it. By creating a community of their own and fulfilling the roles of the people in that community they’re able to experience and understand the lessons and ideas in a meaninful way that will stay with them for a long time to come.”

The IDEAL School and Dream Middle School are pioneers in the use of Multiple Intelligence Theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through 8th grade throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. To find out more about the school please visit www.DreamIdeal.com or call (561) 791-2881.


Website: www.dreamideal.com

Email: office@dreamideal.com


Dog show a big hit at IDEAL Preschool

Posted on: 2011-12-16
Last Friday was bring your dog to school day for the IDEAL Preschool students. The Dog Show was the conclusion of a week long lesson about canines, felines as well as wild, domestic and shelter animals. Dogs and puppies of all breeds arrived dressed to the (ca)nines in everything from tutus to sparkling collars. There was even a talent show where the pooches could show off their talents and their best manners.

Zander Burrell’s dog, Chloe, won top prize for best dressed in her Mrs. Claus outfit. But the show stealer was Apollo, Savannah and Isabella Main’s canine, who steeple jumped over fences like a professional competitor.

Preschool Director Heather Flores, who arranged the event, was thrilled with the turnout. “We had over 20 dogs and puppies at school and the students were so excited. They liked being able to show their classmates the furry members of their families.”

In addition to the dog show the students ran their own pet store and veterinary clinic. Said Flores, “This event was also great way for the children to show off their knowledge of the animals for their parents. We plan to do this again next year.”

The IDEAL School and Dream Middle School are pioneers in the use of Multiple Intelligence Theory in the classroom. Their expertise in innovative education draws students from preschool through 8th grade throughout Palm Beach County, Florida. To find out more about the school please visit www.DreamIdeal.com or call (561) 791-2881.


Website: www.dreamideal.com

Email: office@dreamideal.com