In support of Palm Beach Gardens Community High School’s Five Star Magnet Program, Food Fest Mania # 2 will take place this Thursday, May 8, in the parking lot of PBGHS from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Students of all ages and their parents are invited to come out to support and enjoy a variety of foods and good music. The following trucks (along with a few others) have confirmed: Pizza Trolley, Famous Wings, Ice Cream on Wheels, Burrito Bust, Crazy Meatball, Veggie Xpress, Plus there will be music and great weather! All proceeds will go to the Palm Beach Gardens High School Five Star Magnet Program.
Magnet schools are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts or a consortium of districts. Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, International Studies, MicroSociety, Career and Technology, World Languages (immersion and non-immersion) and many others. Magnet schools are typically more “hands on – minds on” and use an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based. They use state, district, or Common Core standards in all subject areas, however, they are taught within the overall theme of the school.
Most magnet schools do not have entrance criteria, but rather, embody the belief that all students have interests and talents that families and educators believe are better cultivated in a magnet school. They often use a random computer-based lottery system for admission. There are also “Talented & Gifted” magnet schools that may utilize student assessment data and teacher or parent recommendations for selection.
Diversity is an important element of a magnet school. Since student interest in a theme is the only eligibility criteria to attend a magnet school, students from a wide array of backgrounds attend magnet schools. As a result, promote higher level cognitive and social learning. Magnet schools make the extra effort to create a sense of classroom and school community and cultivate school spirit. Curriculum is also clear and transparent for families so they can more fully engage in the learning of their students. Magnet schools serve all students including English learners as well as students receiving Special Education services. Transportation is typically also provided for no cost to families.
Five Star Magnet Program Mission Statement: To provide qualified students interested in the Global Business & Entrepreneurship, Sports Management & Recreation, Tourism, Hospitality & Resort Management, Medical, Culinary Arts, and Television & Film industries with superior academic experiences and career opportunities within those disciplines while preparing them for post-secondary education and future employment.
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REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, May 2014