magazine of the pine school // summer 2015
Varsity Cheerleading ‘14-15
Round Table The Pine School Board of Trustees
Robert Allen Ankrom, Editor & Photographer Administration Michael Baum, President P’16
Steve Naumann, Designer Phyllis Parker, Head of School P’96 (8th Grade), P’97 (8th Grade) Cris Branden P’27
Printing by Southeastern Printing Company, Stuart, FL Nathan Washer, K-12 Director P’17, P’19 Michael DiEgidio P’20, P’22
Robert Ankrom, Director of Communications P’23 Amy Eversole P’23, P’23, P’26, P’26
Round Table is published by the Office of Communications. Heidi Coliskey - K-12 School Counselor Liza Hutchinson P’20, P’21
For comments and suggestions, or to request a copy of Round Kelly Hilton-Green, Director of Development P’26 Marianne Ireland P’12, P’19, P’19
Table, please send an e-mail to [email protected] Beth Lettengarver, Director of Admission P’15 John Isleib, Treasurer P’18
On The Covers Front: Gracie Baum ‘16 looks for the perfect Paul Needham, Director of Information Technology Rich Kennedy P’22, P’24
shot at the Spectrum Miami Art Show. Back: Gladys Velez leads Janet Pacifico, Director of College Guidance John Kilgore P’22
her Sixth Grade students through a song during this year’s Larry Pittman, Director of Finance and Operations P’16, P’18 Don Mader P’19, P’22
Spanish Cafe. Jorge Salas, Director of Academic Technologies Michael Mortell P’15, P’18
Contributing Writers Bobby Camp ‘16, Michelle Curto, Gary Sullivan, K-12 Associate Director P’22, P’28 Sandra Price
Marcus Giordano ‘21, Beth Lettengarver, Maria Miele, Maddy Mark Renz P’20
Minelli ‘18, Steve Naumann, Phyllis Parker, Will Rica ‘15, Emily www.thepineschool.org Jack Schofield GP’20
Rynasko ‘16, Ali Walker ‘17, Arline Wilsey Paul Shirley P’20, P’23
Contributing Photographers Ryan Chimelis ‘17, Kristen Davis, Kenan Siegel P’18, P’19
Carmel Dobes, Cliff Gordon, Tessie Kerslake, Jennifer Metzger, Ramsey Small P’21, P’21
Steve Naumann, Kalen Rossario ‘17, Kelly Sanchez Anna Marie Tettamanti, Secretary P’19, P’20
The Pine School is an independent day school that promotes Debbie Textor, Vice President P’18, P’20
academic excellence within a challenging, supportive, and Leland Wilson P’17, P’19, P’22
moral environment that fosters the development of mind,
body, and spirit. Co-ed, Kindergarten through Grade 12.
3 Taking The Next Step: An Interview with Head of School Phyllis Paker
8 Working Art Out 14 All Roads Lead to The Pine School: Map
16 Field Day 18 The Making of Oliver 22 Earth Day
24 Performing Arts 26 TPS Report: News 32 Class Trips
36 Commencement 2015
From the Editor
As I began to develop ideas for this edition I also took some time to speak with Upper
of the Round Table I knew that I wanted to get to the School art teachers Maria Miele and Steve Naumann.
heart of a few different topics through this very direct These two, both talented working artists in their own
process. The fact that I am still relatively new to The right, are introducing Pine School students to a range
Pine School family made this approach fit all that of arts experiences but, most importantly, they are
much more. I had plenty of questions to ask and, with arming our emerging talent with the knowledge and
all of the exciting momentum happening at this point skills to solve problems creatively. I was excited to
in the School’s history, I figured that feeling might be discuss with both some of the exciting projects they
mutual. Best of all, The Pine School community has are leading their students through and what drives
plenty of interesting folks to ask questions of. them to challenge our would-be artists.
I started with The Pine School’s fearless Of course I’ve also included plenty of on-
leader, Head of School Phyllis Parker. I have watched going news about all the incredible achievements
how Phyllis has really focused in on every detail of and successes of our students, faculty, and School.
the joining of our two campuses. She takes each The best thing about asking these questions
decision so seriously while also keeping an open ear are the awesome answers I received. Answers that are
to the thoughts and ideas of others. She is steering thoughtful and inspired – answers that show such
The Pine School ship through such an important a true commitment to making The Pine School
time in the School’s history – not an easy task. And the best it can be. Makes me want to ask even more
so we sat down for a few hours to have a conversation questions.
about this big step and all the things that keep her up
at night, as we get ever closer to the first day of the
‘15-‘16 school year.
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I get to School early every morning but Phyllis is always here before me. I imagine that those early mornings, when she is
practically the only one on campus, help her focus in on the multiple balls she has to juggle each day.
It really defines, to me, the special quality that Phyllis brings to the table in leading The Pine School. The ability to
always stay one step ahead – eyes focused on what will help The Pine School constantly improve – while mixing in her
obvious desire to stay actively involved in the education process.
Phyllis recently shared with me a document she created surrounding the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in February 2007,
just two weeks after the School’s 7-10th grades moved to the Hobe Sound campus. In it she reflects on the sadness she
felt at seeing the younger students load onto buses to return to Stuart. It is easy to see that the reality of having The Pine
School community together on one campus brings her great joy. She often talks about The Pine School as a family and it
is very clear that she feels this transition will make the School the strongest it has even been.
During the several hours that we took to pull this interview together I found Phyllis relaxed and funny, but also constantly challenging her own ideas – always
looking for the right combination of information that would give her the answer she thinks would fit best. It’s a quality I love about her – the reason I’m proud
to be an employee of hers and the reason I’m thankful my daughter gets to attend such an inspired school.
We started our conversation talking about the hardest thing in the world to control – time.
Discussion with Robert Ankrom What is your read on what Lower School teachers are feeling now
Quite a busy time for The Pine School. Why did the School feel that they are getting to come to this campus?
this was the right time for this move?
Their feel, I think, is that they know it’s happening but, maybe, don’t
The faculty recognized several years ago how beneficial it would be have a total sense of how it’s all going to feel because there isn’t anything
academically, athletically and socially for the campuses to be combined. yet to see. They have to deal with the reality of packing boxes without the
Many were anxious to see the Board move in that direction. We ability to conceptualize everything. And I completely understand why
intuitively knew that financially it would be good, but we (employees) this might create uncertainty.
felt rather powerless in leading the Board to the decision to buy only the
Hobe Sound campus. As the financial situation became more serious, Time is the big enemy. Everyone is working so hard that I hate to create
the Board was led into the decision from the money point of view and any stress by adding extra meetings or events but I think it is important to
then we began the behind the scenes work of proving our point with get everyone together so we are all on the same page.
demographics, cost studies, positives of being together, and so on. In
January of 2013, the Board voted to buy the Hobe Sound campus and I know they are excited but there are still so many details to work
combine the campuses. through. It is hard to provide them with everything they need to get
When the Hobe Sound land was originally purchased were there completely settled with this shift.
talks at that point of one day combining the campuses?
It really is a matter of all of us dealing with these anxious, ‘what is it going
When the HS campus was originally built, there was no talk of to be like’ feelings in a positive way.
combining in the foreseeable future. Dr. Cantwell firmly believed in the
two campuses and he was able to see us as one school with two campuses. We all know that feeling of uncertainty in moving into a new house.
The faculty on the other other hand was divided. The older, established That is what is going on here. It’s the unknown that has folks concerned
faculty was genuinely jealous of the HS property and newness. The new but I am so confident that this is the right thing for the school and I know
faculty in Hobe Sound had very little knowledge of anything going on that all of our teachers - lower and upper school alike - will soon feel the
in Stuart. We were clearly divided, friendly albeit, but divided. Those overwhelming advantages of being on one campus.
feelings have definitely improved. K-12 on one campus is obviously a model that has worked well
for many successful day schools but change is sometimes a tough
I remember as the Middle School Director holding Phyllis Friday’s - thing to swallow. If you were a parent of a current student what
which was simply to give Lower School teachers a soundboard to express do you think your biggest reservations would be and, as Head of
their concerns. School, how would you answer those?
We really recognized early on after the split that we needed to address If I were a Lower School parent there might be concerns about safety
this problem and I think we’ve done a good job of following up with and as an Upper School parent I think I might feel there was a chance of
these, even if time and schedules made it tough. It has been eight years losing the feel of the high school.
and although that does not seem that long, from certain angles it feels like
a very long time. But, as Head, I sincerely feel that neither of these will be issues. We
are taking so many steps to maintain the cultures of the two schools and
I have made it a goal to spend even attention to both campuses. We the truth is that there just won’t be that much interaction between the
made the conscious decision to alternate the location of larger events and younger and older kids. When those times do happen, I know it will be
important faculty meetings between the two campuses. all very positive.
The bottom line is that educators all have the same purpose - to care for There is no doubt about it, everyone will be looking for their own space
and teach children. This will always, ultimately keep us united and focused but the real luxury of this large campus is that we are afforded plenty of
on the common goal of making The Pine School the best school it can be. room to make this a reality.
I am dedicated to overseeing this transition with every concern in mind
and with a very close eye on making sure that we move forward in the
meaningful ways that I know this combining of campuses will foster.
As Head of School I must know each family’s circumstances and enough to know that sometimes you just have to allow for time to provide opportunities for great
work to address their concerns. Each circumstance will be unique teachers to push into exciting new areas.
- this is a challenge that every school has to deal with regardless of The group of new teachers we have this year have been truly exceptional and I have been amazed
make-up. The overall factor has to be the consistent message behind at how quickly they have bonded into The Pine School way of doing things while also bringing
all the positives of being one school - the real difference that a Pine enough new ideas and energy to the table to keep things interesting and moving forward.
School education makes for each child.
Talk a bit about the team that has worked on this process of the move?
And what specifically do you feel that difference is? My senior administrative team from both campuses has been charged with heading various
With the campuses combined, that sub-committees and I have been impressed with the
difference is even more pronounced. "The bottom line is that way they have approached some of the challenges and
We will now have the real ability for educators all have the opportunities that we have come across.
cross-curricular education on many same purpose - to care
levels. We will, in a more complete for and teach children." And I have to give credit where credit is due, Board
way, allow academics of our students member Mike Baum has played an extremely positive
to flow and develop in a more natural role in helping to visualize space and the way things
way - including more substantial will work best when we are all together here. There is
offerings for advanced students. no doubt about it - this has been a group effort.
And there will be really fantastic Anything you would do differently?
opportunities to broaden our program Besides winning the lottery? I think having a bit more
offerings through the enhancement time would have been nice but the reality is that we
of bringing the passions and skills of have all had to answer to this call and it has produced
various teachers and administrators
to the table in exciting new ways. As well as serious academic
collaboration between divisions and better mentoring of new faculty,
there are more advantages along the lines of cost efficiency which will
also improve the school’s overall strength. The list goes on.
To me, the big advantage, of course, are the many new conveniences
to our families as they will no longer have the need to juggle children
on two different campuses. Being on one campus will provide a better
opportunity for parents to see the complete picture of the unique
education their child will receive all the way through graduation.
Thinking back to when you were a classroom teacher, what
would have been appealing to you about having K-12 on one
The buddy program. I loved the buddy program that we had
with the middle school and the lower school and the closeness that
students developed with each other. It creates so many opportunities
- both academic and social - for student interaction and development.
I would also be very excited about seeing the growth in our students
and to still be able to celebrate with those students and their families
long after they may have left my classroom. I believe it will definitely
make the community feel of our school, which is already very strong,
even more pronounced.
Any drawbacks you might have been concerned about?
As a teacher I truly don’t see any problems that would concern me.
I remember many opportunities of seeing students grow and I love
that - that really has always been my greatest joy in being a teacher
You and I have often spoken about opportunities for The Pine Leading the construction is none other than Pine School parent
School to expand cross-discipline curriculum. How do you see Mike DiEgidio.
this move pushing those sort of cooperative opportunities?
"This project is a challenge but the time is right for this move,"
The move can move cross curriculum, but it is not the move shared DiEgidio. "It's exciting to see the School moving forward
that makes it successful. It’s the teachers and the support of the with bold new steps."
How do you, as Head of School, foster that sort of success? Taking the Next Step 5
You foster that by the care you put into the hiring process of new
teachers. You foster that through the commitment you make to
meaningful professional development. And I’ve been around long
some really inspired solutions that will greatly benefit the direction The
Pine School is going.
The process is well on its way. What keeps you up at night in
regards to everything being completed in time for the start of
the 15-16 school year?
What keeps me up at night? Lots! One night it is the money and
possible cost overrides, the next it is maximizing space and yet another
is thinking about how to meld two different school’s events without
losing our spirit and our culture. And then there are the actual logistics
of melding the faculties. But I stay focused on what a strong sense
of community and family we will all have as we stand together at the
opening ceremony for the 15-16 school year and celebrate the future of
The Pine School and this exciting move in the School’s history.
Is it possible to think about how this move will affect the School,
say, five years from now?
I think about 5 years from now a lot at night too. I want to see a school
with a healthy endowment, manageable debt, and a balanced budget.
I can picture thriving one section elementary classrooms with waiting
lists and academic flexibility, groups of young families clamoring for an
Early Childhood building, the performing arts building in full use by
both the school and the community. Maybe even a national program
called the GO Project, putting TPS on the map in south Florida in the
realm of service. I see the maintenance building moved and offices
for Admissions and Development on the circle. I see not only cross
curricula being expected, but cross grade the norm. I could go on and
on, but I also see me, coming to visit as the retired Head, and being so
In her ten-year association with The Pine School (as both a parent and
the Assistant to the Lower School Head), Michelle Curto has definitely
become one of School’s most valued VIPs. These experiences have given her
a front row seat in Stuart to all that is going on as that campus prepares
for the move to Hobe Sound. I took the opportunity to help frame the move
from a Lower School perspective.
I sense that you have a real feel of the Lower School faculty pulse. How
is morale and what is the consensus of feeling about moving to Hobe
Michelle Curto - I think the morale on the Lower School is very positive,
optimistic and filled with great anticipation. We were sad to see half of us leave
in ’07 and the thought of everyone being on the same campus opens up so
many new experiences and challenges for everyone, students and faculty alike.
You are celebrating your ten-year anniversary with The Pine School.
Help place this merging of the two campuses in context in regard to
other changes you’ve seen the School go through.
MC - This is a really difficult question to answer. My daughter started in the
Early Learning program and graduated from The Pine School in 2012. Early
Learning was in a portable and the feeling was so quaint and intimate. When
we created the second campus in Hobe Sound it was hard to imagine students
going to this state of the art facility, yet as I look back it was a very natural
progression. I think we all get stuck in some way and humans are creatures of
habit, but life goes on and so does The Pine School. We strive to keep moving
forward and getting better.
I’m sure it will be hard to say goodbye to the Stuart campus given
the School’s history there. Do you have a singular special memory
associated with that campus?
MC - I have so many memories of life on the Lower School campus. I must
admit I look back on all of them fondly. The biggest one, and one that I talk
of often, is when we were all (EL – 9th) on the same campus. We had the
villages which housed the one grade of our high school (the founding class),
the Intermediate building which was home to the Middle School and the rest
of the campus which was home to EC and the primary grades. Stuart was a little
cramped, needless to say. Being able to see all of The Pine School students in
one place once again is something I am really looking forward to.
What do you expect to be one of the biggest advantages for the Lower
School students and faculty in sharing a campus with the Upper
MC - I think the biggest advantage to everyone being on the same campus
is the opportunity to return to our roots. The sense of family and connections
were our biggest attribute and selling point. Everyone (parents, teachers and
students) knew every student by name which fostered a feeling of belonging
and being cared for. We were family and it was evident to anyone who visited
our campus. There was no place to hide and that, I think, was a good thing.
Working Art Out
How The Pine School’s Fine Arts Department is
pushing the envelope to encourage students
to approach all challenges in a creative way.
As I was navigating through the interview process at The Pine School and deciding if this place would be a good fit for me
professionally and my family personally, one of the true stand-outs was the arts department. I was taken by what I saw as a real
commitment to fostering arts in the daily lives of the students and even more impressed by the instructors and their obvious talents
Every private school offers visual arts classes. What seems to make the best of these offerings thrive is the input of that department’s
teachers. The Pine School is especially lucky to have two working artists as instructors. Covering the wide range of everything from
painting and photography to ceramics and graphic design, Maria Miele and Steve Naumann approach teaching art the same way
they seem to approach their own artistic endeavors – with thoughtful precision.
To press this point that much further, both Maria and Steve have exposed their students to specific approaches by opening doors
on not just the creative process but the dedication it takes to really get at finding and harnessing the muse.
Maria recently turned the honor of being asked to exhibit her own work in the Spectrum Miami Art Show (which happened
this past December alongside the internationally known Art Basel) into an opportunity to not only expose her students to a world-
class art show but to also see first-hand the hard work that goes into everything from staging a booth to networking with fellow
artists and gallery owners. The students, many with cameras in hand, left with fuel for a range of pieces that would be created
over the coming weeks.
Likewise, Steve has melded a passion for graphic design work and a real love for the artwork surrounding music into the
backdrop that challenges students to develop, design, and create an array of artwork ( from artist logo to album covers) for a
musical act. The project drives home more than the basic skills needed to simply complete it – it requires the students to develop a
real understanding of process.
My conversations with Maria and Steve centered on that process – the admirable balance between the creative spirit and true
Photo by Kalen Rossario (‘17)
Discussion with Robert Ankrom
Maria, think back to your first year with The Pine School. What were
your original thoughts on where you wanted to take the fine arts
Maria Miele - I remember being excited about teaching high school and
starting an AP program here. I really felt at home and very much welcome
here. It was a special circumstance which had its challenges but was so unique
and rewarding. Looking back, all of us here should be so proud of how far the
school has come in really only 8 years.
And what had you taught before coming here?
MM - Before I came to TPS I was teaching in the public school system here
in Martin County. I taught Elementary Art and was waiting for openings in
the high school. Prior to coming to Florida, I started an art program at two
parochial schools and was teaching in a private college. I also am an adjunct
professor at Indian River State College but not currently teaching there.
I know you both wear different hats. Steve, I’m curious how you Photo by Ryan Chimelis (‘18). Ryan received the Purchase Award by
manage to not go a little schizophrenic bouncing between yearbook, The Pine School for this photograph “Unique Expression.”
graphic design, and ceramics - how do you maintain that balance?
Studio art 1 does “Days of the Dead” in which I will connect with the Language Department.
Steve Naumann - I wish I had a really inspired “zen” answer about doing Currently, I am working on an end of the advanced art show, “Composed” in which we are
yoga on the roof during the sunrise, but the real answer is “I’m not sure.” I working with the English department to do a poetry reading at the same venue. We did this
think just staying so busy keeps me from sitting back and realizing how much last year as well. The beauty of teaching art is that it is completely cross curricular all the time.
I’m actually doing. It usually catches up with me around March, when all Are there any new opportunities you’d be interested in taking on along those
of the yearbook deadlines, auction program, promotional material for the lines?
development office, athletic banquet, evening of the arts, evening of academic
excellence, and various other deadlines hit. The short answer to your question MM - Sometimes the outside “stuff ” gets in the way of us following through with our
is copious amounts of coffee. department endeavors. Steve and I have a dream of teaching each others classes and teaching
Regarding ceramics - assuming most students won’t actively pursue units within our specialties. We’re hoping to get that on our department calendar and
creating pieces past high school, what is your main goal in what you actually make that happen. Also, we’ve talked about having a gallery experience for all of us
aim to instill in them? as professional artists and educators. We may be closer to actually making that happen next
year. Especially now that we have Emilie with us I think we could create a beautifully varied
SN - Creative problem solving. I want students to understand the limitations show.
of the medium and push them in the most imaginative ways they are capable
of. Subsequently, students usually learn a bit about time management, as the SN - It would be really great if Maria, Emilie and I could work out some of these shared
ceramics medium is not friendly if you ignore things like drying time. This teaching and exhibition ideas. I’m always up for new opportunities. To this point I’m pretty
is sort of an accidental lesson that the students don’t even realize they are much incapable of saying “no” to any project that comes along. I love being able to contribute
developing. to the school as a whole, in spite of the fact that it often has a hand in an elevated workload
Talk to me a little about any cooperative projects or events you’ve and subsequent stress level.
worked on with other members of the arts department. Steve, I love the artist project you have your graphic design students working on.
Where did you come up with that idea?
SN - That’s a dangerous question unless you want to dedicate the remaining
pages of this magazine to a list of projects. Some of the current projects are: SN - Well, I’ve always loved music, gig posters and screen printing. My degree is actually in
Evening of the Arts promotional and logistical material, which I work with printmaking, so I guess it goes back to when I was in college. I’d regularly be in the print studio
Ben Hylton, the Director of Music, on. I’m also currently working with until 2 or 3 in the morning, with music blasting, and just sort of reveling in the laborious
my graphic design students and Maria Miele, who heads the Prom, to put screen printing process. There is something super exciting about going from an artistic
together promotional materials and tickets for this year’s prom. Since we are a concept to the process of squishing ink through a mesh screen with a rubber squeegee.
department of so few, we are kind of always working together anyway. I’m also Because of this love I’ve always followed events like Flatstock and South By Southwest
always working on a seemingly endless line of projects for pretty much every (SXSW). When I heard that there was a documentary being made specifically about gig
other department within the school. posters and being aired at the film festival at SXSW, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy.
After almost a year of scouring the internet, and unsuccessfully emailing the film’s producer,
MM - Collaboration is going on constantly. Whether bouncing ideas off they made the announcement that the film “Just Like Being There” would be available on
of each other within our department, critiquing student work, picking pieces DVD on Record Store Day 2013. After watching it a bunch of times, I started to think about
for exhibits, discussing which exhibits we do, logistics of such exhibits and how I could get my students as excited about it as I am. That’s where this project came from.
competitions, Prom branding with graphic design, etc. Collaboration with I decided to share the documentary with my class (after editing the colorful language out),
other departments is also always happening. Eco art covered so many levels in the hopes that they would get inspired. So much of creating music-inspired artwork is
of curriculum, science, engineering, and in particular, I document the process
for our “Florida Environmental” and “Green School” projects. I try each year
to do a unit on artists like Romare Bearden and Frederick Johnson for Black
History Month, women artists in March for Women in History Month and
about capturing the feel of the music. Maria, share a little about how your recent connection to the Spectrum Miami Art
So, I decided to have the kids invent a Show.
musical act (band, solo artist, rapper...
etc.), which they will build an entire MM - Exhibiting at Spectrum Miami was very much about making me a better artist,
branding campaign around. They better at the business of art, expanding my connections in the field, becoming more in touch
are tasked with creating a tour press with the opportunities and trends in contemporary art and most importantly to inspire me.
package, including a logo for their I believe in lifelong learning. I believe any time in our lives is a good time to start something
band/performer, an album cover, new, or to get the necessary tools to be better at the things we love. My daughter, my students
tour t-shirt, gig poster, credentials and my art are my legacy. I will constantly seek ways of being better at what I am passionate
(backstage pass), and a unique about.
merchandise item of their choosing. Did you plan from the beginning to take students to the festival?
The first step of creating the musical
act is probably the most important. MM - I did always plan to take students down to the Miami Arts District to visit Art
The students have to answer all of Basel or one of the other festivals. It was a very serendipitous opportunity to get them to
these questions before moving on to Miami while I was participating in Spectrum. But without the cooperation of you, Steve and
actually creating graphics: support from TPS this wouldn’t have happened.
Steve, you traveled with art students to Spectrum as well. What do you think the
•W hat kind of music does the students pulled from the experience?
SN - Seeing the “real” art world was a bit of an eye-opener for most of the students. I know
• Who is the audience? a lot of the students were excited to experiment with their own work after, and in some cases
•W hat is the scale of the tour? even during, the trip.
• What does the band stand for? Do you agree Maria?
• What is the age of musician’s in
MM - They all were inspired that’s for sure. They all created great pieces as a result of the
the band? experience, but I think I’m most pleased with their new perspective on art: a positive view
• What is the band’s stage on art and artists and the business of art and just how vast the art market is and how many
people and places are touched by the arts everyday. The possibilities just got a lot bigger for
performance like? students after participating that day.
Sounds like a lot for the students to digest. I loved that you set them loose with their cameras to explore a bit and capture
images based on their perspective. Maria, what surprised you most about some of
SN - This project is not just a “make something that looks cool” kind of the images they came back with?
assignment. The students have spent a lot of time learning the software and
tools, now they have to really think about the “what” and “why” of the creation MM - That they listen! They actually take the time to compose a shot and pay attention
process, not just the “how.” to light and opportunity and design principles. I was seriously blown away with some of the
I know you were in a band when you were younger. What was the work that the photographers came away with on that day.
band’s name? What did you each personally learn or gain from that trip?
SN - I was in a couple of bands growing up. I can’t remember any of the MM - Personally I learned a lot from the experience. One is that in order to be successful
names except my last band in High School. It was a punk rock band called at the business of art I will have to continue to expose my work by doing this type of show
NFTM, which originally stood for “nothing funnier than a mullet.” At the and using social media. My daughter was really helpful with the social media aspect during
time we genuinely believed that there was, in fact, nothing funnier than seeing the show and now I’m trying to keep up by posting a few things about my work each week.
someone with a mullet. Clearly we were very mature. I played bass and sang It does help. I got a call from an event group in Tallahassee who saw a hashtag on my “college
back-up vocals. bar” piece. Angelica asked me where I took it and hashtagged the bar. Now the event group
I imagine you’ve had some personal experience in pulling together in Tallahassee wants a piece for their offices. That’s a great story, however for every good story
flyers and the like. What were some of your earliest influences on there are many orders that dried up since the show as well. But that’s the business.
SN - It served as a great way to get inspired to try things I hadn’t even thought of before. It
SN - Music has always inspired my artwork, sometimes very directly and also reminded me how much I love street art.
sometimes just contributing to the mood or energy. I feel like one of the
earliest real-world design outlets for any budding designer is making flyers for
bands or art shows. I was no different, I can remember making flyers for my
bands in high school and for art shows I was involved with in high school and
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Steve, when I’ve sat in some of your classes you seem to take a very Maria, I thought it was especially cool that while in Miami the students got to
workingman approach to artistic work. Where do you think that meet and ask questions of photographer Jordan Matter, someone you routinely
comes from? refer to in your classes. What did he say to the students that you felt made an
SN - The fact that I am a working graphic designer and illustrator definitely
drives that approach. I like to incorporate what I’m personally working MM - His methods and energy had a huge impact. The fact that he explains the lengths
on at the time into my classes. It shows the students that “yes you can be a he goes to get a shot for sure made an impression. It takes hard work and dedication to
working artist. We’re not all starving and irrelevant until after we’re gone.” My get the shot, or make a piece of art. I believe they came away with a respect for artists and
printmaking background and the fact that I love working with my hands is also photographers. I loved that he said so many of the things I try to convey in class. He spoke to
a strong influence on how I handle my time with the students. One example them as an artist and business man and a mentor and validated so much that I try to do in the
that comes to mind is from my first year teaching at TPS. I determined we classroom. His work and work ethic has become very much a part of our daily photo classes
needed some additional storage in the ceramics room, so I went to Home and inspiring doesn’t seem big enough a word for Jordan. Almost each class we’ll start with,
Depot and got some lumber and building material and built some monstrous “What did Jordan post today?”
shelves for the students to store their works-in-progress. I didn’t think much of I want to ask you both a few tricks of the trade.
it, as I’ve been doing stuff like this since I was a kid, but some of the students Steve, for the focuses you teach, patience plays such a huge role in the creation
were so enthralled with the idea of actually building something like that process. Is there anything specific you do to try and impart that to your students?
yourself, that I ended up working on them during class and had some students
help me. I think having something tangible, a functional finished project, that SN - It’s funny, I actually have a bit of a temper, but it never manifests itself at school.
they could take some ownership of was exciting for them. That mindset has I don’t know why, but I’m always mellower when working with students than I am in my
sort of informed the way I interact with the students, how I design lessons, and own life. I think having my own kids has also helped me be a better teacher. It allows me
how I share my own work with them. the perspective of “how would I want my kids’ teacher to be” and “what kind of classroom
That is one of many things that I think is great about the two of environment (especially a creative one like art) would I want for my own kids.” I tell all of
you. That our students have art teachers that are actively engaged my students in the very first class that I, obviously, take art very seriously as I’ve dedicated
as artists instead of someone that just teaches. Maria, how do you the majority of my life to it. However, I don’t expect everyone to be this phenomenal artist,
maintain that balance? I just want everyone to be making the most of their studio time and trying (to the best of
their ability) to meet the stated guidelines for each project. I understand that art classes can
MM - I’m still trying to figure that out! It’s not easy. I try to take advantage just be a catharsis for students who are under so much academic rigor, so if I try to impart
of breaks and use time with my students to work on a piece along side them. anything like that to my students, it’s that work ethic is paramount and nothing else (in my
I try to always have a piece on the easel. Probably the best thing I do is keep classes anyway) is worth stressing yourself out so much over. In fact, the first thing I have
active physically, hot yoga (which kicks my butt), running (which I am not my ceramics students do when they get their hands on clay for the first time, is spend about
very good at but it helps clear my mind and just feel better overall) and getting half of a class period working on making a cup. I then have them hold up their pieces for
enough sleep helps keep my creative flow. But usually a tight deadline gets me everyone to look at and then crush them. The whole point is to illustrate the fickle ceramic
working more efficiently. With my photography, whenever we have some kind medium, and also to make light of the fact that sometimes stuff just breaks. Being about to
of excursion or shoot, I work along with the students. During the off education work through is one of the best things they can learn to do.
trips I plan to work with a few students who are staying behind, we’ll be doing
some traveling to places like Indiantown to do a photo shoot there.
Maria, I’m sure you have many students that are artistically inclined but what constantly moving forward, working on her craft and making money at it. Currently
approach do you use to engage students that are simply in your class to fill she is doing a contracted project for the entertainment industry which will enable
a credit? more networking and probably consistent work at what she loves.
Steve, you may earn status as the coolest teacher on campus simply because
MM - I think I guide them in a way that makes them feel comfortable enough to you have a turntable in your classroom. What is a favorite LP your students
express themselves. I want all my students to know it’s the process and expression that like to hear?
counts. “There are no right or wrongs” in the art room. I say that a lot. I also find myself
saying , “Draw what you see, not what you know.” Students are generally concerned SN - I like to think that my relevance among the students is deeper than my vinyl
with “how” to do something...when the answer is generally right in front of them. I collection, but I’ll take what I can get. As for what we’re listening to: Michael Jackson,
also try to invent lessons or find projects that I know a multitude of levels can achieve Billy Joel and Eric Clapton are in the popular rotation. I’ve also had students bring
success. This is important in the Studio 1 classes. in some of their own vinyl collections, which has opened us up to an even more
Can you share a success story of a Pine School graduate that has gone on to varied stream of music from Foo Fighters and the Beatles to Pink Floyd and the Dave
major in art? Matthews Band. The whole thing has sort of taken on a life of its own. I originally
brought the records in as reference material for my graphic design students, but in
MM - One that comes immediately to mind is Alexis Schultz. Alexis graduated in the the transition of rooms that I went through this year, and in an attempt to make my
first TPS graduating class. Academics were not her strong suit. But she worked hard. new room even cooler and more comfortable, I dug out my turntable and hooked it
She had innate artistic talent which came through in all mediums. She ultimately went up in the classroom.
to Ringling College of Art and Design, bounced around in a few different majors and
ended up focusing on photography and I believe interior design. While many of her
fellow classmates are still trying to find jobs, graduate schools, focus, passion, Alexis is
If money and time weren’t an object, what would be the ideal field trip for
you to take your students?
MM - The Museum of Modern Art in NYC, everyone in their lifetime should be able
to stand in front of Van Goghs, “Starry Night” and breath in the triumph, commitment
and humility of the artist. Then a little trip over to the Whitney to view the largest
collection of American Art and if the weather was good, over to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art to the rooftop sculpture garden which has Central Park as it’s back
drop. It would be a very good day! I think a little art trip to NYC is imminent!
SN - Flatstock at SXSW, in Austin. Or a gallery/design studio tour through New
York, Chicago, and Portland would be great. Why, can you make that happen?
Design by Ali McClimond (‘18)
Working Art Out 13
PORT ST. LUCIE JENSEN Every good independent school should aim to be an
STUART eclectic mix of interests and diversity – economic,
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- The Lee Family graphically, students at TPS hail from as far north as
Port St. Lucie, as far west as Jupiter Farms and
Okeechobee and as far south as the Island of Palm
Beach, not to mention those who travel from China,
Thailand, Canada, Italy and other parts of the world
to study on the richly diverse grounds of our beloved
Hobe Sound campus! It seems when we all lead to
the same place from different locales learning occurs
in a more global and robust manner.
The advent of the expanded bus options for the
2015-16 school year - with stops in North Palm
Beach and Jupiter, Jensen Beach, Palm City and
Stuart - will ensure, no doubt, that these roads will
lead to more and more students from varied
geographic locales as we uKnight in Hobe Sound as
Director of Admission
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summed up Senior Nate The Pine School’s annual Field Day gathered the entire School
Cummings, who has attended community on the Hobe Sound campus for a show of true Knight
The Pine School since age 3. spirit. Picture-perfect weather provided a beautiful back-drop
as Gold battled Blue in a number of fun and challenging events
fhT"yrjwSiaoeohrhsumuaeesrnetibtnngienPdeefeaygreinnide.nm"laiedymlnlKcdetSrioaneomyfdcifgheiathobmnatohldtyslee - ranging from an all-grade tricycle race to obstacle courses
and tug-of-war. Blue has been the long-standing champion but
Gold rallied for an impressive win.
The Making of Oliver
With barely two weeks to go before the curtain will rise on the first performance Director (and Upper School History Department Chair)
Sean Carlson is looking a bit frazzled. The rehearsal space is scattered with the 40-person cast, costume racks, and various props and
scenery pieces. Carlson, who has mounted three of these musical productions for The Pine School, is fielding questions ranging from every
corner - Will these shoes work? How bright does the spotlight need to be? Where are the prop books needed for Act II?
This sort of controlled chaos has been par-for-course for close to the past two months for Carlson and he patiently answers each question
in order with the precision of a man who has done this before. Carlson, who earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Miami,
is a veteran of many productions dating all the way back to his days as an elementary student - probably one of the big reasons he is so
patient and helpful with the younger cast members. Carlson went on to make himself proficient in all aspects of the stage - from acting &
directing to costuming & lighting.
“As a young child, I was very shy and wouldn’t leave my mother’s leg in social situations,” recalls
Carlson. “In first grade, my mom signed me up for the school play, which was Tom Sawyer, and I
got cast as one of the fish that Tom catches. I had two lines!”
This early memory of being thrust onto the stage at a young age, and the success that experience
has led to, remains part of Carlson’s make-up as he casts his Pine School productions.
“During Oliver! rehearsals I assigned one of the seventh grade cast members one line to say,”
shared Carlson. “She begged me to give her line to someone else, but I told her I wanted her
to have a moment in the show. Since she had never performed on stage, she was very nervous.
After the show, the pride and confidence on her face made all the stress completely worthwhile.”
The cast, which is made up of students ranging from 4th Grade to Seniors, includes a healthy
number of Pine School production veterans as well as a fair number of first timers.
“This was a great first theater experience for me because I really liked all the songs and dances,”
shared Fifth Grader Breezy Hayes. “I was a little worried the first time I stepped onto stage in
front of an audience but after the first scene everything went by so quickly.”
“Participating in Oliver! was the highlight of my year,” added the talented Christina Reagan
(Class of 2015). Christina, who has appeared on The Pine School stage before, aptly brought
the mischievous Fagin to life with tremendous skill and unique character touches. “Performing
is such a beautiful thing and getting to share the stage with such a large cast was so much fun! ”
The production’s rehearsals bounce back and forth between song run-throughs, stage blocking,
and even some theater 101. It is especially rewarding to watch the more experienced performers
like Reagan and fellow seniors Katie Rodgers (Nancy) and Jordan Cox eyes as he graciously accepts praise from all sides. There might even
(Widow Corney) share their talent and expertise with the younger be a little relief in knowing that this production is now behind him.
performers. Despite the long weeks that the necessary weekend “I pick shows that I like. I have to live and breathe with this show for
rehearsals demand, everyone remains in good spirits and seems truly many months of the year, and if I don’t like it, that dislike can translate
connected on pulling together - thus is the nature of working in the to the final production,” reflects Carlson. “It is so rewarding to see
theater. first-timers and veterans alike developing a desire to be at rehearsals,
With a musical that features highly recognized songs, the process of enjoying the company of their peers, and finally building confidence
making the voices as strong as they can be is no small feat. Upper in their performances.”
School Music Director Ben Hylton seems up to the task. And so the cycle continues. The dedication to build and expand
“Students at The Pine School work very hard to develop the musical skill the program is being driven by a very dedicated and talented team.
needed for our productions to thrive,” says Hylton. “It’s so easy to see Within the week of Oliver! wrapping, the group had pulled together
what great talents lie within them and as the Music Director my job is to discuss ways to improve the process. At the forefront of these
simply to help the students understand how great they can be and to conversations were excited brainstorming about how the coming
achieve a level of performance they never thought possible.” together of the two campuses would provide even more opportunities
As the cast enters the final dress rehearsal, the line between pulling off for collaboration of the School’s Fine Arts Department.
a miracle or crashing in flames remains truly blurred. There are still mis- Thoughts of larger productions - involving not only more students
cues and flubbed lines - but there is also inescapable energy. but parents and faculty as well, a possible exclusive High School play,
“I’ve been in a few productions in my day,” reflects Emilie Finney, The even a short faculty production are all discussed. And the reality of
Pine School’s new Middle School art teacher who has also been roped having a dedicated performance space in Hobe Sound is never far
into helping with scenery, sound, and even a small on-stage cameo. “It from everyone’s mind.
never ceases to amaze me that in the final two weeks of preparation, a “In the future, we certainly plan to expand every aspect of the musical
show will fit together and become what it was meant to be.” direction of our productions from performing with a full pit orchestra
This is certainly the case with Oliver!. Despite a few rocky moments, to offering weekly workshops for our solo vocalists with highly
the cast seems hungry to do their thing in front of an audience and are experienced professionals,” shared Hylton.
excited and nervous at the same time. “We have such talented and dedicated students and staff, each
“Having been in a show before I was able to pass on some tips to those playing an integral role to bringing a top-notch production together,”
that hadn’t,” added Fifth Grader Kendall Eaker. “My favorite parts of added Finney. “I look forward to the growth of the program as it
being in a show are definitely the different theater traditions and the fact develops into one of the Pine School’s sources of pride.”
that you get to know everyone in the cast so well.” As for Carlson, who was juggling a full class load (not to mention closing
“I can’t stress how much fun I had performing,” beamed Ryan Reynolds on a house) during the entire run of rehearsals and performances, he
(Class of 2015) who summoned up evil-inherent in the nasty character definitely seems more focused on what is to come - instead of the
of Bill Sykes. “Playing an important character - something I have never easier job of looking back at his many successes.
done before - and simply being with everyone who participated is what “In my four years working with the Theatre Program, I have seen it go
made the experience so special to me.” from a background minor event to one that many people are invested
Both performance go impressively well. You can see the pride in Carlson’s in from the very beginning of the year. I hope to continue to build that
enthusiasm throughout all levels of the school.”
Sixth Grader Marcus Giordano may have been new to The Pine School stage but he jumped in with both feet. After earning the coveted role of
Oliver in the classic musical of the same name, he quickly got to work memorizing lines and learning songs. I asked Marcus a few questions about
You have rocked out as lead vocalist with the Upper
School rock band. How different was it performing
onstage in a musical?
Marcus Giordano - It is a lot different to perform in a
musical than with a rock band. With the band time goes by
quickly, when I was in Oliver! it was a much longer process.
Have you appeared in other musicals?
MG - Yes, though I am rather new to performing in musicals,
my first musical was The Sound of Music, I had a great time
with the cast. I played as one of Captain Von Trapp’s children.
What was the most challenging part of preparing for
MG - The most challenging part was definitely the
choreography. I had to go to different places at different times
one after the other.
Of course Oliver’s famous line is “May I have some
more?” What would be your perfect meal if you were
MG - Well, I’m usually never hungry, but when I am, my
favorite meal is steak, fries and “Farofa” a brazilian flour.
Have you given any thought to what musical project
you might tackle next?
MG - I actually would love be in the musical Charlie and
The Chocolate Factory. I just think it has a good plot for
The Making of Oliver 21
EARTh DAY ‘15
The Pine School celebrated Earth Day on both
campuses in an effort to raise awareness and
increase environmentally responsible practices.
The Lower School kicked things off during
Community Meeting with a special presentation
on the environment by Nic Mader of the
Dolphin Ecology Project. Additionally, student
members of RiverKidz spoke & took questions.
The Upper School art students treated that
campus to a Recycled Runway fashion show with
students showing off their creations consisting
entirely of reused materials and items.
“I was so proud of the creativity and hard work
of my students,” beamed art teacher Maria
Miele. “This was our fifth annual event and it
just keeps getting bigger and better each year.”
In honor of the day, both campuses enjoyed
earth-friendly lunches prepared with no
equipment such as ovens or dish machines.
SHE OF MANY Rising senior Emily Rynasko not only Have you ever done any designing using more
commands pretty much any stage she traditional materials?
TA L E N T S steps onto, she also was one of the lead
designers in this year’s Recycled Runway. ER - I haven’t but I would really like to. I love fashion
Rynasko preps one of her creations on model Niya Both of your pieces at the Recycled Runway show design in general so that would be really fun. What’s
Adlersberg ‘16. were really beautiful. What was the seed for the cool about using recycled materials though is that
ideas behind both dresses? you are turning something that is usually seen as ugly
and worthless into something beautiful and you are
Emily Rynasko - Thanks. My two new pieces - the showing that there are innovative ways to create things
magazine and newspaper dresses - were designed this out of junk which can be expanded into many different
year. As I have been designing more and more outfits, I fields which would in turn help our environment. I
really try to make them all different. Last year I decided love that.
that every piece I design in the year I present them will If you were in charge of The Pine School’s Fine
be made of different materials, and be unique designs Arts department what courses might you add?
depending on the corresponding material’s usability
and the style of the other pieces. The dresses are just ER - Of course I would definitely add a fashion
dreamed up in my head and then just put together. design course, but also a 2D design drawing class that
They always come out a little different than planned. really focuses on the fundamental parts of drawing.
This year’s newspaper dress design was altered a lot as I Filmmaking would definitely be at the top of my list
dressed Anna before the show. and I think an illustration class would be fun too.
I really loved all of the details you layered into You delivered a real one-two punch with your
both. Are you a pretty detail-oriented person? dresses and then your stand-out performance
at the Evening of the Arts. Is there anything you
ER - I think I am pretty detail oriented, or at least I can’t do?
try to be. I think it really depends on the project though.
Some call for specific attention to minute detail, and ER - (Laughs) I appreciate that, you are very kind.
others are more suited for focus on just the big picture. Ummm, well everyone has something they are good
The biggest factors that decide the detail I put in my at and something they aren’t. I definitely stink at golf
outfits rather than my paintings is the durability and and aquatic sports.
flexibility of the material, not to mention the time I have
to build it.
The Pine School has once again received certification
as a “Green School of Quality” by FAU’s Pine Jog
Environmental Education Center Green Schools program.
The organization recognized The Pine School’s efforts to
conserve Earth’s resources in practices and curriculum.
Special thanks to Middle School science teacher Tessie
Kerslake for spearheading this effort and compiling the
40 page application, which included dozens of photos
and details of Knights leading their communities in
Talent Shines At Evening Of The Arts
The Upper School’s annual Evening of the Arts has long been the prime showcase for all of the varied talent
that our students possess. This year’s program was no exception.
Ranging from vocal and instrumental numbers to dance and spoken word, the evening shined a bright light on
each performer’s hard work and skill.
The evening, held at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart, attracted a capacity crowd made up of students,
faculty, parents, and friends of the School.
“Performing at Evening of the Arts is such a great way for all of us to share our talents with fellow students and
family,” shared Ali McClimond, a freshman who performed with the School’s a cappella group The Pine Tones.
Director of Music Ben Hylton emceed the event and continuously stressed his admiration for the hard work that
he witnessed each performer put into their numbers.
“The talented students of The Pine School made the stage come to life,” summed up Hylton. “I’m elated to be
part of such a wonderful Fine Arts program. We greatly appreciate the deep enthusiasm provided to us from
the crowd; such energy can only come from a live performance.”
A REASON TO CELEBRATE
The Upper School’s music students, under the leadership of
Director of Music Ben Hylton, capped a very successful year
with an awards ceremony/party at Harry And The Natives in
Music students in all of the School’s varied disciplines (from
Jazz combo and steel drums to a cappella and rock band) were
recognized for musical skill, leadership, and most improved.
“The Pine School music program has made enormous gains
this year,” shared Hylton. “Students have vastly improved
their musical talent with hard work and dedication to their art
and there’s no better way to celebrate this than with a party.
Our first annual Music Bash was great fun and was an amazing
way to put an exclamation point on the year.”
While all of the seniors in the program were recognized, AJ
Lettengarver and Reagan Slater, received the John Philip
Sousa Band Award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
respectively. Their names will be added to the national list of
recipients for these prestigious awards.
The afternoon was finished with an open jam-session that
allowed students to join Mr. Hylton on stage for a few numbers.
In an ongoing effort to celebrate sustainability, The Pine
School’s Upper School (under the leadership of history
teacher Nathaniel Osborn and science teacher Tessie
Kerslake) dedicated an afternoon to explore and celebrate
environmental awareness and the School’s beautiful 142-acre
Activities included a taste test of food using native plants
hosted by the Culinary Club as well as presentations by a
Johnathan Dickinson Park Ranger, Indian Riverkeeper Marty
Baum, and Dr. Borrego (with his daughter, Pine School senior,
Alexa) who spoke about their work with sharks and trauma
Students also had the opportunity to participate in a campus-
wide scavenger hunt, posting found items on Instagram.
summed up Kerslake.
“We hope to inspire students to be the change that they
want to see in this world and instill in them a love and respect
for the environment so that they want to protect it now and
in the future.”
Science teacher Tessie Kerslake and Pine School sisters Naia & Kiele Mader (Class
senior (and Environmental Prefect) of ‘19 & ’22) and Olivia Siegel (Class of ’19),
Brooke Aaron represented the School as part of the River Kidz Organization, travelled
well at the annual Martin County to Tallahassee to participate in the Clean Water
Environmental Stewardship Award Rally – raising awareness and support for
Ceremony. The School was nominated environmental issues.
for service work done to restore the The students had the opportunity to tour
Banner Lake historic cemetery. the capital and speak with Senators and
Ms. Houseman’s math classes completed an orienteering course, with students searching for 9 flags o"Tnlhyisgpotrotjehcetsntoutdents
that were “hidden” in the undeveloped parts of the Hobe Sound campus. Students used a map to applying math skills
locate the flags and learned how to use a compass and how to pace count. obuuttsaidlesothgeavcleatshsermooma
summed up Houseman.
The Pine School’s Science & Mathematics teacher Karlheinz Haas has been selected by the National Science
Teachers Association’s Awards and Recognitions Committee as the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Vernier
Technology Award. In honor of the award The Pine School will receive $3,000 in Vernier Technology products.
Haas also presented at the 2015 STEM Forum & Expo in Minneapolis, MN. His topic, “Science and Math: Data
Karlheinz Haas’ AP & Honors Analysis Made Easy,” focused on giving teachers the tools to increase student engagement.
Physics classes had the
opportunity to visit the Laser
and Photonics Lab at Indian River State College, an extension of a partnership established by
Haas and the LASER-TEC staff (Principal Investigator, Dr. Chrys Panayiotou, and their Program “I am convinced that experiences
Manager, Natalia Chekhovskaya-Kearney). such as this will give the students
a perspective of the topics we study
“I originally attended a workshop hosted by IRSC/LASER-TEC that introduced that our classrooms alone cannot
cutting edge technologies of lasers and fiber optics to high and middle school provide,” summed up Haas. “I
educators,” shared Haas. “That led to LASER-TEC donating classroom laser kits know that this type of exposure can
to The Pine School for lab purposes.” open the eyes of our juniors and
The students participated in a number of labs using lasers – focusing on the Laws of Reflection seniors to career opportunities they
and Refraction – as well as touring IRSC’s impressive sustainability labs that included a prototype may not even have been aware of.”
of an electric car and a low-energy living space.
Sheri Walker brought in 7th Grade English students have Just Because
a special (and familiar) just completed a project of 15
guest to present to different types of poems after by Allison Sanchez
Lower School art
students – Assistant studying the classics of Emily Just because we are girls doesn’t
Head of Lower School Dickinson, Robert Frost and Maya mean we love the color pink or
Susan Buys! Buys shared Angelou among others. Up next shopping because some may but I
her passion for working was their very own Poetry Slam don’t, and now you know
with stained glass and and a chance to showcase their
showed off examples of own work in front of classmates. Just because we are girls doesn’t
her impressive work.
mean we aren’t good at sports
because we are and now you know
Just because we are girls doesn’t
mean that we care so much about
our hair and nails that we wouldn’t
do something like jump in a
puddle or play in the mud. Girls
are more than their looks,
and now you know
Just because I’m a girl doesn’t
mean I can’t be like you
and now you know
The Pine School hosted its 34th Annual Evening at
Auction “ONE KNIGHT” on Saturday, March 7th.
Pine School families and charitable members of
the community joined the elegant gala held on
the Hobe Sound campus. The ONE KNIGHT event
featured dinner, dancing and both silent and live
auctions. With the largest-ever cash call appeal of
$110,000, this year’s gala raised more than $300,000
net with all proceeds going directly into the day-to-
day operations and curriculum needs of the school.
A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor - The
Patrick Stracuzzi Team at Remax of Stuart as well as
our supporting corporate sponsors: Dr. Mark Lively at
Lively Orthodontics, Treasure Coast Land Rover and
Jaguar and Deb Duvall at Water Pointe Realty Group.
We would also like to thank the ONE KNIGHT Auction
committee: Lisa Afshar, Pat Baum, Colleen Goldman,
Theresa Hampton, Lisa Harmon, Kelly Gordon, Tricia
Lee, Danielle Munson, Lindsay Nickerson, Dana Small,
Terri Smith and Debbie Textor. The School is thankful to
all of the continued generosity in making this evening
ONE spectacular Knight!
. 1 7 . 1 5The Pine School’s 8th annual 100 Years of Cars was another huge success. The Pine School
Beautiful weather provided the perfect backdrop for the biggest event raised $54,160
the School has hosted yet. Proceeds from the event support the Patriot (finishing 2nd place
Scholarship that provides generous support to the children of Veterans and out of 437 local non-
military personnel. In addition to an impressive collection of cars and vehicles, profits) during the
the event featured a kid’s area and demonstrations by the Martin County Great Give! The Great
Sheriff’s Department. Title Sponsors - Treasure Coast Land Rover and Jaguar Give was a 24-hour
- were extremely supportive and have indicated online fundraiser
they would like to be involved again next year. from May 5 through
May 6, hosted by
"I love that our event shared The Pine the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin
gives an opportunity for School’s Director of Counties.“Being part of a giving project of this magnitude
our local vintage car Development for the first time has been very exciting,” shared Director of
community to showcase Kelly Hilton-Green. Development Kelly Hilton-Green. “It was great to see such
the efforts and pride broad participation. Gifts like these make such a positive
they put into their cars," "Most importantly, the Patriot Scholarship impact on the School.” A heartfelt thank you to all who
will continue to be funded." supported this great community event!
Meet The Pine Tones These talented
The Pine Tones are The Pine School’s first students were chosen
a cappella vocal group. Led by Middle to participate in the
School art teacher Emilie Finney, the group Indian River State
meets weekly and has performed at the College 4-County
Upper School Evening of the Arts. Honor Bands concert
held at Indian River
The Pine School’s February Open State College in Fort
House was one of the largest in the Pierce.
School’s history. Over 90 guests shared Upper School
enjoyed tours of the Hobe Sound Director of Music
campus (including a peek at the Ben Hylton.
awesome new music rooms and
some of the exciting construction
underway to join our campuses
in '15-'16) and conversation with
Head of School Phyllis Parker. "I
love showing off our beautiful
campus," shared Director of
Admission Beth Lettengarver. "It
was wonderful to have such an
enthusiastic group join us."
“Being selected to this band is a testament to
the hard work and dedication of these talented
The Lower School dedicated a morning to Grandparents and special friends with a range
of activities as they welcomed guests to the campus. The centerpiece was the impressive
“Through the Years” musical program directed by music teachers John Barnes & Jodi
Hirth, and dance teacher Kate Roach. All grade levels sang and performed numbers
that represented different generations ranging from the 60’s to the 80’s. Guests also
had the opportunity to visit classrooms, check out the library’s Book Fair, and take in
the beautiful student art displayed by art teacher Sheri Walker throughout the campus.
Things concluded with a special performance by the Upper School’s Jazz Combo and
Steel Drum band under the direction of Ben Hylton. A big thank you to all the parent
volunteers who helped make everything run so smoothly.
Our Parents’ Association is the best! Cat Altschuler, Shelly Tuchon,
Kelly Gordon, and Tricia Lee (from left) dedicated countless hours
and much hard work to support The Pine School during the 14-15
Third Grade teacher Eileen Pittman and Middle School science 29
teacher Tessie Kerslake were awarded with the coveted 2014-
2015 Teacher of Excellence Award.
Additionally, two groups of faculty were honored with
excellent development scholarships including a group
selected to participate in Project Zero this summer at the
Harvard Graduate School of Education.
TPS Report (sports)
Senior Nico Bellarde was
selected to the FACA (Florida
Athletic Coaches Association)
All-Star Game. This prestigious
honor was voted on by the
TCPalm Newspaper recognized
two Pine School Coaches as
CongratulationsCoach of the Year –
Arlen Bento (golf)
Joe Keenan (volleyball)
Varsity Track Has Record-Breaking Year Basketball Champs
The Pine School’s Varsity Track team celebrated a strong season that saw The Pine School’s boys and girls 5th & 6th Grade basketball
teams both competed in Championship games against St.
twelve advance to the Regional Meet and five qualify for the State Meet in Joseph’s.
Jacksonville. The boys came away with an impressive 42-24 win.
“The season as a whole was one of learning and gaining experience,” "We had a great group with plenty of talent but
shared Coach Ashley Jenkins. “We may not have placed in the top 3 at the sI edaisdonnt,"imshaagriende that we would go 14-0 through the
State Championship meet, but with a group of sophomores and a freshman
advancing, they gained invaluable experience that will set the bar next boys coach Ariel Chimelis.
Regional qualifiers: The girl’s team also had plenty to be proud of. Entering the
Claire Barber, Callum Brown, Nevada Cox, Bella Fucigna, Chase Hyland, AJ playoffs as the #5 seed they were narrowly outplayed by St.
Lettengarver, Tre McCullough, Anna McGovern, Victoria Melby, Annelise Joseph’s 10-14 but fought hard until the very end.
Romero, Erin Spellman, and Christopher Textor.
State qualifiers: o"Tfhtehecihramppriaocntsicheipangdamhaerwdawsotrhke.c"ulmination of all
Claire Barber, Bella Fucigna, Chase Hyland, Victoria Melby, and Annelise
Congratulations to all of our student-athletes for such a great season!
ATHLETIC BANQUET HONORS STUDENT ATHLETES
The Pine School’s annual Athletic Banquet, held in the gym on the School’s Hobe Sound
campus, provided the perfect venue for recognizing the efforts of our outstanding teams and
their many victories and successes.
“Athletics is an important part of who we are,” shared Head
of Upper School Nathan Washer, who also served as the
evening’s emcee. “This evening gives us a chance to shine a
light on all the hard work these students put in beyond the
In addition to honoring boy & girl athletes in each grade
level, the banquet provided opportunities to thank the
coaches and members of the Athletic Booster Club.
A special tribute was also offered to our senior athletes as
they prepare to conclude their time as Pine School students.
“It really is all about the kids,” reflected Associate Athletic
Director Glenn Westfall, Jr.. “At The Pine School I am very thankful to have the chance to work
with students that not only compete at such a high level, but also hold high strong values and
AT H L E T I C Equestrians in our midst - Gymnast Bella Fucigna (‘15) competed in the
Gracie Baum (‘16) was recognized Region 8 Championships and placed 6th all
HIGHLIGHTS by the Florida Quarter Horse around and has qualified for the USAG Junior
Association at its 2014 Awards Olympic National Championships.
The Pine School celebrated Senior Athletes signing Banquet as its Youth English Rider Ben Laing (‘16) has been accepted to be a part
commitments to their respective college choices. of the Year, Alex Cleveland (‘15) is of the Penn AC Gold Crew team. He was also
Nico Bellarde / Liberty University (soccer) currently placed in the top 10 in invited to the 2015 U.S. Junior Men’s National
Darby Goodwin / Villanova University (swimming) the country in the Taylor Harris 3 Team Selection to be considered for teams of
Mo Hobbs / Nova Southeastern University (golf) foot Medal and has qualified to boats to compete in the 2015 World Rowing
AJ Lettengarver / U.S. Coast Guard Academy (sailing) attend finals in Washington DC Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Trey McCullough / Reinhardt University (basketball) this coming October 2015, and in August.
Lauren Ruby / Ave Maria (volleyball) Kelsey Shirzad (‘15) is competing
John Uible / Wittenberg University (soccer) as an adult and is currently The Middle School Golf team ended their
ranked in the Top 20 Nationally season undefeated.
and Top 10 in the Region in the
A huge part of the over-all Pine School curriculum is the
commitment to service and growth through experiences beyond
the classroom. Each spring, classes from 5th Grade to the Seniors
travel as a group to a wide range of destinations - from the
Grand Canyon to New York City, from the Keys to Washington
D.C. Each trip includes opportunities for students to bond as
classmates while serving non-profits that focus on both social
and environmental issues. The week-long trips the Upper School
students take play an especially powerful role in opening their
eyes to being citizens of a larger community - one they will fully
embrace as they move beyond high school.
While in Naples, we volunteered at St. Matthew’s House.
We were divided into two groups of twelve: one went to the
kitchen to make meals for those in need and my group went to
the thrift store. In the thrift store, we were again divided into 2
groups of six. Some of us organized clothes, washed windows,
polished furniture, arranged ties, and various other jobs, while
the other group hole-punched price tags and tied ribbons to
be tied to the price tags. After this, the two groups switched.
After we completed the two hours, a woman photographed
us and was very appreciative. I think this part of the trip was
definitely important, in that it reminded us of how lucky we
are to be on the trip and how some people do not even have
enough money for food, nevermind going on a trip like we
did. Plus, it gave us an opportunity to bond as a group for the
good of the community, as well.
- Maddy Minelli, Class of 2018
The sophomore trip to
Washington DC was a
simple yet fun way to get us
thinking about the college
process. It allowed us to
begin looking at schools
to get a feel for what we
may look for in our dream
college. It was comforting
to begin the process with
my friends and peers, rather
than tackling it on my own. I
believe it was a great way to
help us start thinking about
our future, but without
- Ali Walker, Class of 2017
I would have to say, without a doubt, that volunteering with the kids at St. Anne’s Church in the Bronx made the biggest impact.
Even though they have many groups help them during the year, they were still really excited to see us. Each eleventh grader was
assigned to a classroom, where we helped the kids with their homework. But what shocked me the most, were the conditions of the
classrooms. They were the size of closets, with a shelf filled with hand-me-down books and two small tables circled by folding chairs.
Even though the rooms were barren, the kids acted like the rooms were fit for a king. The fact that these kids, who have grown up in
poor families, are given the opportunity to excel at St. Anne’s highlighted the trip for me.
- Bobby Camp, Class of 2016
It’s really something that’s hard to put into
words - experiencing such raw beauty and
traveling to new, amazing places for the
first time with my people that are in a way
“my second family”. I have known some
of my classmates my entire life and some
just a year or two, but because of trips like
this I feel as though we will be connected
forever. These trips make you step outside
your comfort zone. They allow people to
reveal amazing qualities within themselves
that otherwise might have gone unknown.
I have witnessed some of my closest
friends conquer their fears, and I have
seen others break under pressure. But
no matter what, we can always count on
each other to be there in times of need.
The amount of respect that we have for
each other because of this trip is truly
incredible. It is an experience that I hope
all upcoming senior classes get to have.
- Will Rica, Class of 2015
The Pine School celebrated the “I am so
Graduation of the Class of 2015.
The forty-three Seniors (The Pine grateful
School’s largest graduating class
to date) took part in a ceremony for all of the
rooted in tradition but with eyes
looking forward to the exciting The Pine Sc
future of the School.
“The Pine School commencement A.J.
ceremony is always a highlight of Lettengarver
our year, as it is a celebration of summed up
everything that is special about our eloquently
school,” reflected Director of K-12 in his
Nathan Washer. “As our seniors Baccalaureate
move on to the next phase of Address.
their lives it always gives me great
pleasure to see what great young
men and women our school has
helped to produce.”
"If you surround
great people, the
sky is the limit,"
shared Wilson during his address.
"Amazing things will
happen to you."
The School community enjoyed an intimate Bachelorette at St.
Christopher’s Church in Hobe Sound with a Student Address by
A.J. Lettengarver, a Baccalaureate Address by history teacher Nat
Osborn, and a Charge to the Graduates by Mrs. Jacqui Thurlow-
Lippisch, Commissioner for the Town of Sewall’s Point.
The next morning brought the excitement of Commencement. With
Super Bowl Champion and Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell
Wilson delivering the Commencement Address, there was a definite
buzz surrounding the proceedings.
The Commencement ceremony, which was held in the Hobe Sound
gym, also featured Reflections from The Class of 2015 by Seniors
Michael Hadhazy and C.J. Munson. Seniors then received their
Diplomas before presenting a single rose to a family member that
had made a positive impact on their lives - a special and emotional
part of the proceedings.
e amazing opportunities “Lets be sure not to forget each other as we travel down different
chool has given all 43 of us.” roads. Staying in touch will keep us grounded and will help us
see more clearly the original and right path we have set out for
ourselves,” shared A.J. Lettengarver during Baccalureate.
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