magazine of the pine school // winter 2016
Led by faculty members Karlheinz Haas and Nathaniel Osborn, The
Pine School InvenTeam prepares for their first trip out to see "Kilroy"
Round Table The Pine School Board of Trustees
Robert Allen Ankrom, Editor & Photographer Administration Cris Branden P’27
Steve Naumann, Designer Phyllis Parker, Head of School P’96 (8th Grade), P’97 (8th Grade) Michael DiEgidio P’20, P’22
Printing by Southeastern Printing Company, Stuart, FL Nathan Washer, Assistant Head of School P’17, P’19 Amy Eversole, Secretary P’23, P’23, P’26, P’26
Robert Ankrom, Director of Communications P’23 Liza Hutchinson P’20, P’21
Round Table is published by the Office of Communications. Sean Carlson, Dean of Academics Marianne Ireland P’12, P’19, P’19
For comments and suggestions, or to request a copy of Round Ariel Chimelis, Dean of Students P'17, P'19 John Isleib, Treasurer P’18
Table, please send an e-mail to [email protected] Heidi Coliskey, K-12 School Counselor Rich Kennedy P’22, P’24
Kelly Hilton-Green, Director of Development P’26 John Killgore P’22
On The Cover Members of The Pine School's InvenTeam Beth Lettengarver, Director of Admission P’15 Don Mader, Vice President P’19, P’22
approach the challenge of their Lemelson-MIT Foundation Paul Needham, Director of Information Technology Sandra Price
grant. Back: Talented artist and Senior Philippa Parnevik's Suzanne Otero, K-5 Curriculum Enrichment Specialist Mark Renz P’20
photograph "Ring Around The Rosie" was featured in the Janet Pacifico, Director of College Guidance Jack Schofield GP’20
Gallery Night art exhibit. Larry Pittman, Director of Finance and Operations P’16, P’18 Paul Shirley P’20, P’23
Contributing Writers Samar Ahmed '18, Sean Carlson, Jorge Salas, Director of Academic Technologies Kenan Siegel P’18, P’19
Alex Cleveland '17, Aliya French '20, Hallie Isdaner '20, Ali Matt Sofarelli, Athletic Director P'24, P'27 Ramsey Small P’21, P’21
McClimond '18, Maddy Minelli '18, Emily Smith '18, Nathan Sarah Visagie, Middle School Coordinator Anna Marie Tettamanti P’19, P’20
Washer Debbie Textor, President P’18, P’20
Contributing Photographers Philippa Parnevik '17 Leland Wilson P’17, P’19, P’22
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03 Looking Forward 06 Inventing The Future
08 Sunshine Reading 10 Out Of Eden Learn
12 French Week 14 Science 18 Learning Through Service
20 Notes From The Academic Dean 22 Development
26 TPS Report 31 Alumni News 32 TPS Report: Sports
35 Halloween 36 Homecoming
LookKing Forwardelly Kelly’s short time at The Pine School really
defines the phrase - “hitting the ground running.”
In just two years, she has become a beloved
teacher, a cherished advisor, and was recently named the
Head of the Foreign Language Department. What is most
striking is how easy she makes it all look. Spend even just
a few minutes with her and you will quickly pick-up on her
commitment to inner peace and enjoyment of life.
Sarah Visagie Suzanne Otero
Middle School Coordinator K-5 Curriculum Enrichment Specialist
B.A. in Sociology from Bates College B.A. in Elementary Education from Iona
Master’s in Private School Leadership College
from Columbia University Master’s of Science Degree in Learning
Twice honored with the Who’s Who Technology from Mercy College
Among America’s Teachers Award Educational Specialist Degree in
Teacher Leadership from Walden
Has her Gifted Education Endorsement
and is ESOL certified
an interview with Suzanne Otero and Sarah Visagieuzanne Otero and Sarah Visagie are exactly the Suzanne’s big focus is on helping to serve as a mentor
sort of colleagues you want on your team. More for the School’s K-5th Grade teachers while also working
Simportantly, they are exactly who you want in to align their curriculum. She has had solid movement on
your corner when the quality of your child’s education these fronts through regular individual and team meetings
is concerned. Both have an extensive and impressive as well as implementing the Readers/Writers Workshop
history of experience - including specialized training with Reading Specialist Karen Basil (read more on this
and presenting at conferences around the country - exciting program on Page 8). Under her direction there
and The Pine School has already felt the benefits of has also been a shift towards greater emphasis on sharing
their contributions. student work during their community meetings. Never one
Coming to us from The Weiss School in Palm Beach to sit still, Suzanne has also been asked to join the Florida
Gardens, where she served most recently as the Head Kindergarten Council as a Board member and recently
of the Lower School and the Dean of Curriculum, attended the NAGC (National Association for Gifted
Suzanne has the quiet confidence of a thoughtful Children) Conference - coming together with educators,
and seasoned professional - one that just happens to parents and supporters of gifted education from all over
still get excited at the prospect of making a positive the country.
change in the work she obviously loves. Likewise, Sarah has gained serious traction as she has
For Sarah, her new instatement as Middle School dedicated her time to developing and defining a true
Coordinator has been as much a Pine School Middle School identity - furthering the momentum that
homecoming as anything else. Sarah was part of The had already been gained in this area over the past few
Pine School team for 9 years - serving as everything years. “Catch The Wave” was the theme all Middle School
from a Middle School English teacher to Middle/Upper advisory groups worked off of during their start-of-the-
School Dean of Students. This intimate knowledge of year bonding retreats and that spirit has carried over in
the School helped her hit the ground running and has big ways - including the most successful Middle School
served her well in tackling the big job of defining the dance anyone can remember in quite a while. Sarah is
School’s Middle School program. also leading the charge in building a team of faculty that
The impact these two exceptional women have are Middle School experts and specifically trained to work
already made on the School community can’t be with these adolescents.
overstated. Cohesion and identity have been, for all I knew, almost immediately after meeting each of them,
the right reasons, hot topics in Grades K-5 and Middle that I wanted to have the opportunity to speak with them
School. Suzanne and Sarah completely get this and about how they are each approaching their new roles and
their unique takes on the challenges and ultimate so, we started at the beginning and what about The Pine
opportunities The Pine School is currently poised to School drew them in.
navigate are right on target.
What attracted you to join The Pine back for you been at this point in the the needs of our students. I believe that we are all
School team at this point in your respective School’s history? here, each day, doing what we do, coming from a
careers? It was great to see the direction in which the School place of good intentions. To be honest, our lower
Sarah - I was looking for a Middle School Head is headed. Some of the bullets on the strategic plan school has been through many leaders in the past
position - which has been a professional goal of are areas in which I have been working on in other five years and I have empathy and understanding
mine for years- and when the call came from schools, so I am excited to bring my experience for how difficult it must be for the lower school to
Mrs. Parker I had to take it! What was nice about back to a place that had been such a part of my life trust “another leader” as they have been through so
coming back to The Pine School was that I had the for years. much change in the past few years.
familiarity of the school, but was ready to take the How do you each approach the initial steps Sarah- I agree. Trust begins with getting to know
Middle School to the next level. of gaining the trust of the faculty in regard a person - who they are, their strengths and their
Suzanne - I love that The Pine School Lower to pooling various talents to serve a united weaknesses. I have enjoyed getting to know each
School program is physically connected with the vision? faculty member and the passions of the faculty and
Middle and Upper School by being in the same Suzanne- I think trust is constantly building - as finding ways I can help them further their growth in
campus. Coming from a K-8 school, I was very a team we have had open conversations about our those areas, even without being as deliberate about
excited about being in a K-12 environment. I think hopes and fears for the school year - and we revisit it. When we meet as a Middle School team, I am
that my conversations with both Mrs. Parker and this conversation when we regularly meet. I set up constantly reminded about the breadth and depth
Mr. Washer provided me with the inspiration “check in” times once a month with each lower of this unique group of people who have a devotion
to come to The Pine School. They both speak school faculty member so that they can talk with for the young adolescent. Not everyone can handle
passionately about The Pine School today and me about the great things that are happening in a full day of raging hormones!
about their vision for the future of the school. their classes, and the not so great things as well. There is definitely a feel on campus that
Sarah, having worked here before in a I try to be a person that builds each decision on our entire School is committed to positive
different capacity, how has the transition
Looking Forward 03
change. What are immediate professional five minutes left in class. They want to laugh and and upper school student that resides and lives in
goals that each of you hope to accomplish feel safe. They want to find cheerleaders who will a K-12 world. Our littles need events and activities
this year? And what are some of the biggest cheer for them inside school and with their outside and specific courses that are geared towards them
challenges you see for the School in your of school activities. And of course, they want to be specifically as well as the whole school.
particular areas? challenged. Sarah- Identity is huge in Middle School, for these
Sarah- I hope to create a unique Middle School Suzanne - I love how much Sarah and I are on the are the years in which students are beginning the
environment in which those that are looking for same page with this! Our students are fun, smart process of determining who they are. As a result,
a Middle School want to be a part of. This would and caring. They want to build connection with I feel the identity of Middle School is just that - a
include developing a stronger advisory program, a their teachers, they are eager to tell them about place of nurture and caring while giving students
collaboration theme - like this year’s 'Catch the Wave' their lives, and are interested in learning about the wings to fly. They are not completely on their
and activities that revolve around it. I want more their teachers' lives. I think our students want to own. The have gone for a swim and we are there
collaboration between departments. I also want to know that they are respected, cared for and that should they flail, but they will learn to swim without
see a clear vertical curriculum in Middle School that we empathize with their hopes and fears. I’d like to the floaties soon. We are a division of academics
transitions well from fifth grade and into the ninth and fun. We recognize that our lesson plans may
grade. It should seem flawless. alter based on “what is happening”. We need
My biggest challenge is time for all of my ideas to students to feel they have a voice and share what
they are feeling. There is so much that I think goes
Ourflourish. Both my time and the time of the faculty. Also, into “identity” when thinking about Middle School.
Not to mention the sports that start, plus more
a huge area of concern is the retention of students from involvement art and music.
5th - 6th and more importantly, 8th - 9th. We need Even in just the two years that I’ve been
at The Pine School, I have seen some very
classroomsto show students how important and unique a Pine pronounced changes in the classrooms -
from set-up to teacher approach. In order
School education can be. It is not always greener on to best serve our students, what does the
the other side. classroom of the future look like to you?
Sarah- Writing on the walls, more collaboration
should lookSuzanne - I believe that it is our school’s vision for between disciplines, seats and desks that roll
around easier for group work as well as individual
positive change that continues to engage and excite me work. MakerSpace and deep learning.
Suzanne - Our classrooms should look more
“more messyabout our program. My immediate goal for the Lower messy and sound much more busy. Walking by a
School is to create a community of collaboration. manudbchussomyu.onrdethink that they want to be appropriately challenged, room we should hear children in the lower school
So often in education teachers work within the silos discussing how, why and what if.....
of their classrooms; this especially occurs in smaller I’m sure they do, but they don’t really know that this Group work, collaboration and design thinking as
schools where there may be one or two sections is such an important part of what they want. we work to create a culture for thinking.
per grade. It is my hope that through our weekly The word “identity” is used a lot around Having both participated in the Project
collaboration meetings we are able break down some here - in terms of individual sections of Zero workshops at Harvard, what
of these silos and become a stronger team of educators. elements of that approach excite you the
Suzanne - When you think about a K-5th ”the School having their own sense of place most and how can you see those working at
Grade approach that fits seamlessly with the The Pine School?
philosophy of the entire School, how do you while also remaining connected. In your Suzanne - So much of what we learned in Project
see that developing? given areas, what does “identity” mean to Zero requires for us to step away from the type of
Our K-5 students have a variety of academic and you? grading system that our lower school currently uses.
emotional needs. It is evident that the importance I think that we need to begin by leaning toward a
of relationship building is stressed in each of our school grading system that addresses evidence-
classrooms across the grades, and I believe that this is based success in student work. I’m not sure what
the strength of The Pine School community. that would look like, more research needs to be
Using this sense of safety and trust, I’d like for us to done on how progressive schools throughout
help students build grit and perseverance in engaging, Florida and the country are assessing students and
fun ways. By integrating creativity and incorporating communicating the rigor of the program to parents.
rigorous academic expectations, we can strengthen our As teachers that are considering creating a culture
current K-5 program while maintaining the integrity of Suzanne - Our Lower School has gone through a of thinking in our classrooms and, on a bigger scale,
the philosophy of our school. couple of changes over the past few years. Moving a culture of thinking in our whole school, we need
from the Stuart Campus to Hobe Sound, in my to use a variety of methods that include making
As you both are getting to know our students, opinion has created a little bit of an “identity crisis” time for thinking, using a common language
what do you think they want from their for our Lower School. In choosing to dismantle the
teachers? Early Learning Program and becoming a part of a
Sarah- As in most independent schools, our students K-12 school where they were once an EL-5 school
want to find teachers who will take the time to get to alters the identity of a school. It’s almost like going
know them. What are their likes and dislikes? They from being an only child to being the youngest child
want to build trust where they feel they can speak to in a family. My hope is that together we continue
their teachers. They want to feel loved and trusted. to learn to embrace and respect the unique needs
They want to have karaoke on a Friday afternoon with of a lower school student, middle school student
Suzanne- I’ve researched “relationship-based education” because it seemed too simple
to say that children are more open to learning from teachers with whom they have built a
trusting relationship, but it is true, and this has been supported through brain research. How
students are treated greatly affects their learning.
I feel very lucky to be at The Pine School at this time in the School’s history as
it really feels like we are helping to establish a new foundation that will help
carry the School into the next chapter of its existence. What excites you the
most about the possibilities for the future of the School?
Suzanne- I also feel gratitude for being here at The Pine School. I feel that the possibilities
for our K-5 program are huge. I look forward to bringing back and growing an Early Learning
program as well as continuing to grow and strengthening our current academic program.
Our fun, caring and smart kiddos are capable of extraordinary things. Change helps us grow!
Sarah- Knowing the huge success of the Middle School when we were just a PK3-8 school,
I am excited to continue the old traditions and incorporate a whole new level of collegiality,
collaboration, and fun in a K-12 atmosphere.
about thinking and providing students opportunities to make NATIONAL ARTS IN EDUCATION
their thinking visible across all subjects. The biggest concerns that WEEK EXPERIENCE By Emily Smith
continue to arise are related to time, so I wonder how we can create
an alternate schedule that addresses teacher’s concern for time. In July of 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution
Sarah- Absolutely. Slow learning, thinking routines, delving #275 designating the second week of September as National Arts in
into the understanding of a concept and not just getting through Education Week. Fast forward six years to the Pine School, where the
curriculum are all key. However, this will take time as we hash out Kindergarten class of 2029 participated in their own Arts in Education Week
the vertical curriculum and what needs to be learned when as well by working with the AP Art students and other 9-12 grade arts classes.
as how much time can be spent on a topic. “My favorite thing was painting shapes with the big kids,” said Dex
Knowing that our K-8 Grade students need to be Naumann (‘29) after being asked what his favorite part of the arts week was.
prepared for a world and job market that will most In speaking with all nine Kindergartners it was obvious how much they
likely be very different when they graduate from how enjoyed the opportunity to observe and work with older students. Whether
it is now, how do we find balance between tried and it was music with the upper school band or finding different shapes in the
true educational approaches and instilling the sort of world around them, each student - young and old - greatly benefited from
creative problem solving that they will need to succeed? the opportunity. Bringing the students together was certainly a very positive
Sarah- They need to read, write and think - but across disciplines. concept for everyone.
They need to know how to write a blog, they should be able to build “Oh my gosh, they were so cute,” shared AP Art student Mary Powers (‘17)
something using measurements, they need computer skills taught “And by working with them, I learned more to embrace my inner child and
at an early age - like Google. They need to be able think critically have more fun doing small things such as painting.”
and solve problems - such as the “Why” questions.
Suzanne- Trends for the future are telling us that students
will need to be creative problem solvers to be successful adults
and so we should be providing them with many cross curricular
opportunities that require them to be creative in their thinking.
How do you think relationship-based education should
Sarah- A teacher that truly knows their student. They know their
likes and dislikes. Know what ways they learn best and can articulate
that. On the flip side, the student feels trust for the teacher. They
should feel they can talk to the teacher - good or bad. The students
should feel supported and feel like they have a cheerleader with
A dedicated group of Pine School students, under the mentorship of A GREATER PLAN
science/math teacher Karlheinz Haas and social studies teacher
Nathaniel Osborn, are one of only fifteen schools nationwide (and By Maddy Minelli, InvenTeam Member
the only school in FL!) to be selected by the Lemelson-MIT Foundation
under their InvenTeam Program to receive up to $10,000 in grant funding to Growing up in Florida my whole life, I have come to
invent technological solutions to real-world problems. have a great appreciation for our ecosystem. The members of The
Pine School’s MIT InvenTeam, as well as our extremely talented
“Being selected for a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam award is incredibly exciting,” supervisors, Mr. Haas and Mr. Osborn, too, share this same
shared Haas. “It is a recognition of the progress we have made as a department appreciation. However, becoming a member of the InvenTeam,
and will give a very talented and highly motivated group of Pine students an triggered our desire to improve the declining state of the beautiful
opportunity to showcase their skills.” waters in South Florida because of our appreciation for the South
The Pine School group will receive this funding to create a device to monitor Florida would not be the Florida I know and have loved
Manatee Grass ecosystem in the Indian River. The Pine School’s InvenTeam my whole life without the crystal-blue waters and beautiful, white
will design and build a mechanical/electronic device consisting of a beaches. My team and I knew that in order to preserve the Florida as
combination of hydrophone and underwater camera, to be installed at nearby we know it, it was time to make a change - one that will benefit our
locations of water- quality monitors currently deployed along the length the generation and the future of our ecosystem. We decided to team up
Indian River Lagoon. That system, called “Kilroy,” will be given “eyes and ears” with local organization, Ocean Research & Conservation Association,
by their invention, which will consist of two key components: A hydrophone or ORCA, located in Fort Pierce, in order to make our dreams a
with full audio-range detection and transmission via cell technology and reality. By implementing our invention, we hope to improve not only
a simple, off-the-shelf camera, both enclosed in a sealed and salt-water the water conditions of Southern Florida, but other regions of the
resistant housing. Video transmission, due to the required bandwidth, will United States that are affected by the same issue: water pollution.
pose particular challenges. The team will design the system to be remotely We soon found that ORCA already possessed the tools
controlled and able to operate off of a power source that will be battery-based, and foundation we would need to really make a change in resolving
with solar cells for ongoing recharging. the issue of water pollution. Therefore, we made it the goal of our
club to turn ORCA’s existing water-pollution device, the Kilroy, into
The Indian River Lagoon has made national headlines in recent years for the a refined invention by the addition of audio and visual equipment:
dramatic toxic algae blooms and fish kills. The project will provide researchers an ambitious task that we fully intend to complete. Once our ideas
and the public with invaluable information about the system’s health. were in order, we decided to bring our plan to MIT’s attention. After
numerous drafts and excellent collaboration, our team was informed
“It is rewarding to see students actively engaged and integrating STEM in the beginning of October that we were selected for the grant we
while working on their inventive solutions to real-world problems, but requested from MIT in order to create our invention.
the truly inspiring impact is the long-term effect on the students and the Our team currently meets at least one to two times per
leadership qualities the InvenTeam initiative instills week to discuss progress in individual portions of the project and
◀ Led by faculty in participants,” shared Leigh Estabrooks, Invention use Google Drive in order to communicate our thoughts and
members Karlheinz Education Officer for the Lemelson-MIT Program. opinions on the project. We have ten different sub-teams in our club:
Haas and Nathaniel Accounting, Fundraising, Public Speaking, Networking, Promotions,
Osborn, The Pine The InvenTeam initiative, now in its 14th year, inspires Electrical, Mechanical, Research, Supervision, and Scribe. I lead
School InvenTeam youth to invent utilizing hands-on, active learning the Networking sub-team due to my love for communicating
prepares for their strategies. Active learning strategies in STEM (science, and interacting with people, such as ORCA leader, Edie Widder,
first trip out to see technology, engineering and math) are best practices leader of ORCA, and other MIT leaders; this also allows me utilize
"Kilroy." promoted by the White House Office of Science my advantage of being a part of other committees, such as the
Communications Prefect, in order to really get the word out about
and Technology Policy (OSTP) in which students our project and its progress. I also co-lead the Accounting sub-team,
engage, think about, and solve problems. In a recent study conducted by the which allows me to put my love for math to good use, with the help
Lemelson-MIT Program, 67 percent of InvenTeam alumni college graduates of Maddy Uible ‘17.
reported they are now working in a STEM field, demonstrating the impact of Our mission up to this point is to develop blueprints of
this learning approach in empowering and educating the next generation of our invention and to make several trips to Manatee pocket. Art
scientists and engineers. Department Chair Mr. Naumann has agreed to make the logo for the
team. Additionally, his house is near Manatee Pocket and will give
Over the next nine months, The Pine School’s InvenTeam will develop its us easy access to the Kilroy. We will start assembling our invention
monitor. In June, the students will showcase a prototype of their invention in January 2017 in order to have a first prototype complete by early
at EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. EurekaFest, presented by the March. By May, our invention will be complete and we will use the
Lemelson-MIT Program, is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a remaining month left to prepare our presentation of the Kilroy at MIT.
legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models The “big day” for us will be our trip to MIT mid-June in 2017, which
and encourage creativity and problem solving. is 4-day convention called EurekaFest. Along with schools from all
across the country who were sponsored by MIT, we will showcase our
“This is precisely the sort of compelling academic preparation that The Pine invention to other schools, sponsors, and college representatives of
School is uniquely positioned to cultivate,” summed up Osborn. MIT. As a token of “thanks” from ORCA for refining their invention,
ORCA plans to grant The Pine School a Kilroy of our own to maintain
and pass on to future members of our club.
The camaraderie that has already begun to develop
between all members of our team makes me most excited about
this whole process. I have already become closer with students at
our School on the team that I had merely smiled at in the hallways
prior to the formation of this club. There are even members of the
team, including myself, who I see truly developing a love for science
and getting excited about a potential future in this sort of field. The
increased level of teamwork between us stems from our common
goal: to show the world how the younger generation can be
passionate about a specific cause and how we can use that passion
to make a significant change in the environment.
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Reading/Literacy Specialist Karen Basil - with support of K-5
librarian Susan Buys and Learning Specialist Lea McCarthy - has
brought the Sunshine State Reading List to The Pine School.
The list is a statewide reading motivational program for students
in Grades 3 through 8, sponsored by the Florida Department
of Education (DOE) and Florida Association for Media in
“I have used the Sunshine State reading list to spark the love of
reading everywhere I have worked,” shared Basil. “I have yet to see
it fail to light that fire.”
The 15 books chosen for each different level - K-2, 3-5, 6-8 - are
picked from 250-300 books each year. The books have great
guidelines including social issues and diversity.
The final list of books are chosen by the SSYRA (Sunshine State
Young Readers Awards program) Committee. This committee
is comprised of 20 elementary and middle school librarians.
Librarian Susan Buys used funds raised through the
Scholastic Book Fair to purchase two copies of each book for
the students to enjoy.
Incorporating this as a reading incentive at The Pine School
included a grand kick-off with multiple copies of all the
books being displayed in the dining hall for a grand viewing.
Following that, McCarthy and Basil visited individual
classrooms to get the students even more excited about
These different sessions are specifically designed for the
particular grade levels for instance, Kindergarten through
Grade 2 being a bit more low key with teachers reading the
books to the students as well as the opportunity for them
to check books out. In Grades 3 through 5, there are more
incentives in place.
“I made a checklist bookmark and a laminated punch card on
a ring so they can punch out a hole each time they finish a
book,” said McCarthy.
There is also a bulletin board for the kids to make a sunshine
graph each time they finish a book. Basil, McCarthy and
the teachers discuss the book’s content with each student to
ensure students are comprehending.
“We are trying very hard not to make it competitive and as the
kids are getting hooked this really hasn’t been an issue,” said
Basil. “The kids come in all day long to get new books as they
finish one and there are waiting lists for each book.”
Over 42 books were read in the first two weeks of the initiative.
The team has a goal for each student to read four books by
January. The progress so far has been impressive - with many
of the students already reaching their goals while others are
enjoying the slower journey of the book. Students are also
encouraged to create a project of their choice to convince
other children to read the book they have just finished.
Once students have read three books in grades K-5, they
are eligible in February with the rest of the kids around the
country to vote online for their favorite book. SSYRA will post
the winner and a Pine School winner will also be announced.
The year-long program will wrap up with a surprise
celebration in May.
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OUTL OF EDEN All of Tabbatha O’Donnell’s 6th and 7th Grade Social Studies classes had
the unique opportunity to participate in an invitation-only Out of Eden
EA RN Learn “Google Hangout” with Out of Eden Walk’s author and explorer
Students and teachers submitted questions in advance about any aspect
of Salopek's journey. Schools participated from India, Massachusetts,
Greece, Hawaii, Virginia, and Greece while Salopek and his guide, Aziz,
broadcasted live from Uzbekistan.
The Out of Eden Learn project was formed in conjunction with
Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero and National
Geographic's Out of Eden Walk. The program follows Salopek as
he follows the path of human migration around the world. This
seven-year project is designed to promote "slow looking" and
deep understanding of various cultures and human experiences
through "dispatches" that can dive deep into large political issues
of the regions or more simple ideas about how to keep water
cool in the desert. The skills that Salopek demonstrates and
students get to practice are vital to understanding both history,
geography, and cultural awareness. Furthermore, as students
progress through the social studies curriculum, these skills will
be important to help with analyzing primary documents and
comparing different points of view. It also aligns well with
the Ancient Civilizations and World Cultures curriculums
as the path of Salopek's walk follows many of the areas study
by students in sixth and seventh grade.
Students who participate in the program are put into walking
parties with other students approximately the same age
from around the world. 6th and 7th Grade Pine School
students have been paired with students in locations are
far ranging as South Korea, Ghana, Australia, Switzerland,
and California. They complete different activities, or
"footsteps," that mimic the strategies Paul is using as
he explores the places he is in, and challenge students
to look more closely at the world around them. All of
this is done through a student-friendly (and secure)
social media platform that encourages meaningful
commentary between the students on each other's
work. They are encouraged to post messages that
draw parallels between environments, inquire about
unique aspects of different areas, or simply support
the great work being posted by their peers.
“This unique experience speaks volumes of the
future for which we are preparing our students,”
summed up Academic Dean and History
Department Chair Sean Carlson. “Borders
between cultures and countries are becoming
more blurred as experiences like this allow for
a global dialogue to happen in real time. It
also develops our students' inquiry skills by
encouraging them to think broadly about
their role in the world.”
NEW HECAomDing Soon!
The Pine School is excited to announce Binney Caffrey as the 14th Head
of School. Mrs. Caffrey will begin her tenure on July 1, 2017, following the
retirement of current Head of School Phyllis Parker. Parker has served The
Pine School for 25 years, the last 5 of those as Head.
“All of the finalist candidates were of a high quality and each had positive
attributes that could help our school but to witness the building level of
energy and excitement that gathered over the two days Binney was here, was
a wonderful thing to observe,” shared Assistant Head of School and Search
Committee member Nathan Washer.
Mrs. Caffrey comes to The Pine School from The Bishop’s School in La Jolla,
CA where she has worked for a combined 15 years, most recently as Dean
of Studies holding the Oliver Family Chair in Educational Leadership. She
has also held the positions of Director of Financial Aid and Dean of Student
Life as well as teaching mathematics and economics. Mrs. Caffrey earned her
Master of Arts in Economics from the University of California and holds her
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Williams College.
“It is an exciting opportunity to think about what defines a Pine School
education,” said Caffrey. “I am eager to lead this endeavor, not with any fixed
idea about what an education must include but rather with an openness to
learn and find out what makes The Pine School unique and right for itself.”
“Bringing Binney on as our new Head of School is sure to perfectly further
the positive momentum that has been built in establishing The Pine School
as one of the finest independent schools in the state,” summed up Board
President and Search Committee Head Debbie Textor.
Out of Eden Learn 11
By Ali McClimond
Though multilingual-French teacher, Madame Maryse classroom she has multiple French flags and maps hung skits, a traditional French cabbage song, and a
Peressin-Hay has only joined The Pine School family this up - making it a great space for students to learn and thrive. French-influenced lunch served by French Club
year, her passion and excitement for sharing all things French Week has further illustrated to her language members were all part of the fun.
French have already been felt. Her infectious desire students (as well as others) the many layers of French “I feel very positive about the future of the
to immerse her students in the language have greatly culture. Organized by the American Association of French program here,” summed up Peressin-Hay.
benefitted her students, but it is her commitment to go Teachers of French (AATF), National French Week is an “Students seem happy to be in the French class,
beyond just the spoken word that has been the most fun annual celebration of French language and francophone and many others often exchange a few words
to witness. cultures. AATF organizations, Alliance française branches, with me in French in the corridors or during
In taking on French Week - a complete celebration of and French departments across the country will join in Study Hall.”
everything from French traditions to culinary arts - promoting French and everything that goes along with it Madame Maryse Peressin-Hay has been a
students have participated in the unique opportunity to with assorted activities and events. wonderful addition to the Pine School family.
learn from a teacher who is truly rooted in their subject. “My aim this year is to bring some French awareness to The By using her experiences to educate students in a
As a young girl, Peressin-Hay grew up in Normandy, Pine School, not just by teaching it but also by opening up unique way she has greatly improved our foreign
France, and spoke French as her first language. In her the minds of all our students to be "tuned" to French and language offerings.
20’s, she moved to Cyprus, a small island in the Eastern the French speaking world,” shared Peressin-Hay.
Mediterranean Sea. She began her career in travel and In addition to a homemade Eiffel Tower contest, the
tourism, and for 29 years worked in tourism before deciding week included her language classes working with and
she wanted to go back to school in order to work towards performing for Kindergarteners through Grade 5. Puppet
her original dream - teaching. Beginning by teaching local
Cyprus natives, Hay taught them how to speak French.
Going back to school paid off and she began teaching at
a very versatile international Mediterranean School in
Larnaca, Cyprus which Peressin-Hay has compared to The
Pine School in size and feel.
As the Greek economy began to work it’s way downhill,
Madame Hay and her husband decided to take their
next step and move to the United States of America. First
heading to North Carolina, she then headed to Southeast
Florida - before finding her current position teaching
middle and high school French at The Pine School.
She spreads her knowledge of the French language through
her classes and the newly formed French Club. In her
NEW STUDENT PROJECT ZERO/HARVARD
Ten members of The Pine School faculty spent a week at Project
By Samar Ahmed Zero Classroom - a program through the Harvard Graduate
School of Education. The program was attended by over three
Being new is never fun. Whether it is at the workplace, school, hundred educators, administrators, and program directors
or a sports team, everyone dreads being “the new kid”. But here at the Pine from around the world. This marked the second year The Pine
School, being new is not all too frightening. This year we had an amazing School has sent a group to participate.
arrival of new students in nearly every grade, adding a great source of diversity “As we continue to grow and develop as a School, it is vitally
to our school. Among those new students was Lauren DiMare, 11th grade. important for us to use the teachings of Project Zero Classroom
Entering a new school halfway through can be a struggle, especially at such to create an environment for our students that promotes deep
a small school like Pine. But Lauren said that it did not take too long to gain understanding through multiple perspectives and meaningful
her bearings. reflections,” shared History Department Head and newly
“It took about two weeks to settle in, faster than I thought,” named Academic Dean Sean Carlson. This was Carlson’s
she expressed. She claims that it was the ambassador program that really second year attending the program. “Knowing the terrain,
boosted how comfortable she was in the student body. “People’s reactions I was able to dive deeper into the ideas and believe that I
were genuine. Everyone made an effort in some way to welcome me. can enhance our School’s connection to PZC ideas through
Teachers were always keeping up with me, wondering if I had any issues." meaningful discussions with faculty, students, and parents.”
Even as we go to the lower school, the sentiments remain the Project Zero Classroom provides educators with an opportunity
same. When asked about if he had any fears about joining the third grade to hear from world renowned educational researchers, including
class, the new students conveyed their optimism with joining. PZC Directors Howard Gardner and David Perkins, in large
“I wasn’t afraid,” Ethan Murray, 3rd grade, said with a smile. “I just group sessions and smaller mini-courses. The overarching
thought that everyone was really nice.” theme of the week dealt with how schools build a culture that
Once they get past the first few weeks, students fit right in and allows educators to teach for deeper understanding in their
they look forward to the wide range of classes and extracurricular activities students. Project Zero researchers presented their advances
The Pine School has to offer. for 21st Century learning through the various programs that
Students of all ages can connect through sports and clubs. they sponsor, including Out of Eden Learn, The Good Project,
“I like all the activities,” said Ethan Murray. “I’m very active and I like active Visible Thinking, Culture of Thinking, Agency by Design, and
things. I’m going to start tennis and I play soccer.” Pedagogy of Play.
For the more artistic kids, we have art classes for every grade as In addition to Carlson, this year’s group from The Pine School
well as music classes. included Foreign Language Department Head Kelly Kelly, K-5
“I play the ukulele, the piano, and the recorder, which I get to play in Mr. Curriculum Specialist Suzanne Otero, Academic Specialist Lea
Barnes' class,” said Liberty Landeros, 3rd grade. McCarthy, Kindergarten teacher Diane Hollowell, 6th Grade
Student life activities, however, dominate the entire school. The teacher Justine Habicht, Middle School Coordinator Sarah
most popular activities among the new students and the rest of the student Visagie, math teacher Jen Metzger, Dean of Students Ariel
body were the Homecoming week and the buddy system. Chimelis, and art teacher Maria Miele.
“The hallways were really new and cool. Walking through them “I am inspired and hopeful after a week at Project Zero,”
and watching the skits was really fun,” Max Brodie, 3rd grade, said. Although summed up Kelly Kelly. “It was an honor to work beside so
the entirety of Homecoming is a week of festivities dedicated to grades 9-12, many creative and passionate teachers. I am grateful that The
the lower school participates in their own special ways: touring the hallways, Pine School values these growth opportunities for its teachers
decorating their classroom doors, and more. and there is no doubt that I will weave the numerous tools I
Each student interviewed said that they love how connected learned into my instruction. Children definitely grow into the
the school is and how they get to learn things about grades far above and intellectual life around them.”
below them. The buddy system is another way the school gets to grow
together. Fine Arts Department Chair Steve Naumann attended the
“I love talking with my buddy,” Isabella Belani, 3rd grade, Harvard Graduate School of Education/The Arts and Passion-
expressed. Driven Learning Institute. Attendees of the intimate conference
“We read our favorite books together and just talk about what we (only 108 educators from around the world were admitted)
like and what we’re doing in class,” Liberty Landeros added. spent time in seminars, workshops, and discussion groups
Within this system, the entire school community comes together deepening understanding of how learning takes place in and
and spends time reading, playing games, and having fun as a unit. The Pine through the arts.
School’s size and the wide range of student life activities facilitates the sense “I’ve already spent hours pouring over my notes and sketches
of community within the school. from the institute and feel like I’m only scratching the surface
Lauren DiMare captures the feeling perfectly. of the potential wealth of knowledge that was shared with me,”
“I know everyone says this, but it really is like a family. We know said Naumann.
everything about everyone and it really brings us together," she shared.
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The Pine School has greatly benefitted from
eighteen faculty members (just over
fifty percent of all faculty) participating
in the Project Zero sessions at Harvard’s School of Education.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in the School’s science
Led by Department Chair Tessie Kerslake, the science team has
been working to build an engaging curriculum that focuses on
“The underlying goal of our science department is to instill in
students a curiosity about the world around them,” shared Kerslake.
“We want to give them the skills they need to be able to look at
problems in our world and know that there is something that they
can do about it.”
The Lemelson-MIT grant is a major step in the right direction but
it is just one spoke in a full wheel of commitment the entire science
department has made to advancing the unique nature of their
And with all strong programs, this attention to detail starts at a
young age. In addition to beginning to understand the fundamentals
of science through hands-on work on a variety of projects, many of
the younger grades have benefited from the opportunity to meet
with and observe 9-12 Grade science students as they share various
experiments and scientific principles.
A recent pairing of Kayla Berger’s 4th and 5th Grade students with
Dr. Curtis Musser’s Honors Chemistry students was a perfect
example. Running through a number of dynamic experiments, the
older students had their audience completely enthralled. When
the question was posed to the younger students if any of them were
excited about taking Chemistry someday, every hand in the room
The range of approaches Pine School teachers are taking is also
especially impressive. Diane Hollowell’s Kindergartners are
becoming aware of basics through their work in the School’s garden A number of exciting upcoming projects and off-campus science-
while Kristin Davis’ 2nd Graders pulled together an exceptional focused field trips are also in the works, not the least of which is a
display of all they learned in their fantastic Dinosaur Museum. school-wide symposium, The Water Project - meant to inspire the
4th through 6th Grade students also had a venue to showcase study and exploration of water. An example of this is that 7th Grade
their understanding of the scientific method during the School’s science students will focus on designing and creating water filters.
first annual Science Night. Students shared the discoveries they “The Water Project is a cross-curricular and school-wide
made while working through the steps of the scientific method and investigation that hopes to evoke student curiosity into the special
constructed displays to show results. traits, facets, behaviors, and properties of this important chemical
“Science Night is all about supporting our young scientists and substance,” shared English Department Head Greg Squier.
instilling excitement and curiosity in them,” said Kerslake. The project will encourage and allow all constituencies of The
Kerslake’s 8th grade class also completed their studies of Newton's Pine School community to undertake some route of creative
Laws of Motion with the now famous and much anticipated Egg inquiry (individual and collaborative) leading up to an Earth Day
Drop Challenge. Utilizing the tall hook and ladder from the Hobe celebration when the community will come together to share
Sound Fire Department, students were tasked with designing a thoughts, discoveries, and productions.
package to protect an egg from a 78 ft drop. Students used their “Science is everywhere and our science team is constantly working
knowledge of Newton's 3 laws of motion to design the most on ways that we can integrate real world applications and engaging
protective package. The process also allowed students to work on activities into our science curriculum,” summed up Kerslake. “I am
their scientific lab report writing skills. Documenting the exact so excited for the future of the science department and its limitless
materials, measurements, procedures, and data allowed students the possibilities.”
opportunity to practice their data collection and data analysis skills.
Another cool science undertaking will be Maria Ruiz's
environmental class reading the book “The Boy That Harnessed The
Wind” (about a boy who dreams of building a windmill that would
bring electricity and running water to his small village). They will
then read a kid’s version of the story to the Kindergarten class before
working together to design and construct their own windmills.
In the world of physics, Karlheinz Haas will lead his new Topics
In Modern Physics class through the latest happenings in physics
research. The class, which was a direct result of requests from the
students themselves, provides an introduction to the principles and
mathematical implementation of two revolutionary developments
of the 20th Century – Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. The
resulting understanding of everything from the structure of the atom
to the evolution of the universe will be explored.
“It is very satisfying to be able to facilitate the kind of deep and
insightful discussions this amazing group of students is having,
about complex topics that are hardly ever part of any other high
school physics course,” stated Haas.
The Pine School has also concentrated on expanding and improving
the way technology is used in all classrooms.
“Over the past two or three years, The Pine School's science
department has made significant progress updating and
modernizing its program,” said Physics teacher Karlheinz Haas.
“One critical piece of that progress is the growing integration of the
appropriate technology throughout all courses.”
To that point, technology is constantly reviewed and being integrated
into the science curriculum. Students Grades 4 - 12 can utilize the
Vernier probeware, Nspire handhelds and Nspire software as well
as Logger Pro software to collect and analyze data during labs. All
students in Middle School are experiencing online simulations,
animations, and virtual labs using Explore Learning software.
This expanded use of technology gives students more time to
focus on the critical aspect of their lab experience, improved data
representation and more in-depth analysis.
“Our science team
truly loves science
and we want all of
our students to have
a love of it as well,”
- Science Department Head
Learning Through Service
The Pine School has always been known for its everything from painting & washing windows inside, will have opportunities to participate in
commitment to service. The School has been to power washing & tending the garden outside. their own mornings of service in the spring.
recognized for a range of distinctions related to “I am so proud to help facilitate a step forward in the
giving back - encompassing everything from KeepinginlinewiththeSchool’sLearningThrough School’s commitment to better understanding the
hosting a Recycled Runway fashion show to Service focus, The Pine School’s entire multiple benefits of community service,” summed
working with Township schools in South Africa. Senior and Freshmen classes dedicated a Ankrom. “Our students are real naturals in their desire
Building off of this established momentum, the morning to giving back to the community. to give back and I’d love nothing more than to see
School has dedicated an especially focused push Seniors gathered at the Hobe Sound Early this sort of commitment to service vfully integrated
throughthenewLearningThroughServicemantra. Learning Center to spend time with the as a regular occurrence at The Pine School.”
“All of the pieces were in place,” shared Director 3 and 4 year-old classes. Their time was
of Communications Robert Ankrom. “The divided between reading, playing and
timing felt perfect to take the next steps in further spending some
establishing a real plan that makes Pine School quality time
students synonymous with responsible living.” in their
Ankrom, who serves on the Board of The
United Way of Martin County’s new affinity garden.
group, Leaders United, helped to connect The “We are all
Pine School with local United Way agencies so super excited to be
that were in true need of volunteer support.
The full faculty took the first step in leading by
example as they surrendered
time from summer pre-
planning to volunteer at
the Hobe Sound Early
The group did
involved in this sort of
community service,” shared
Senior and Outreach Prefect Head Bella Fucigna.
The Freshmen traveled to the Martin County
Fairgrounds in Stuart and helped with a
range of projects including painting, weeding
and constructing picnic tables.
“We have been so impressed with The Pine
School’s true spirit of giving,” said United
Way Volunteer Coordinator Kathleen
Stacey. “They have become great community
partners and we always look forward to
having them involved with our agencies.”
The Sophomore and Junior classes
Sean Carlson is truly a Knight through
and through. Sean graduated 8th
Grade from The Pine School (then
St. Michael's) in 1999. After attending
the University of Miami he received his
Masters in Secondary Education from
Loyola University in Chicago. There,
he worked as a Graduate Assistant on
their high-need education projects and
was selected to pilot their International
Student Teaching Program in Rome,
Since joining The Pine School team
as a faculty member he made short
business of becoming the History
Department Chair and received many
accolades for his work as Director of
the School's annual musical production.
Sean has twice attended the Project
Zero workshops at Harvard as well as
representing The Pine School at several
AP Summer Institutes for World History
and the annual FCIS Winter Symposium.
Though he remains a popular teacher
and class advisor, it is as his new role as
Dean of Academics that we asked him
to share his thoughts on what excites
him about the future of The Pine School
and the role he will play in that.
Notes From The Academic Dean
By Sean Carlson
a"nIeaxmpenrtotin At the beginning of the school year, one of my first
anything ,"Ireplied. activities with all the teachers was to complete a
"value sort" activity which forced them to look
This may be a shocking thing for a student to hear at their priorities and rank them based on their
from his or her teacher. A person they previously relative importance. Overwhelmingly, one of the
looked at as the font of all knowledge and top choices was "balance." We need balance in
understanding acknowledging that they are not our lives, and we need balance in our approach
an expert. However, this was the response that I to education. For every traditional method of
instinctively gave to a student when he asked me if I concept acquisition, we also need some activities
was an expert in history in one of my seventh grade that are going to promote those meaningful traits of
classes last year. I followed up with an explanation creativity, inquiry, and critical thinking. Projects like
about how I feel skilled in many areas that I Out of Eden Learn which encourages kids to slow
incorporate into my teaching, but there are always down and look closely at the world around them
areas in which I can improve due to my life-long in order to find connections and commonalities to
curiosity. As I contemplated this initial reaction, I other students around the world or the Harkness
believe it enlightened me to a deeper understanding method which puts the power in the students'
of my personal educational outlook and philosophy. hands to dive deep into a historical event or piece
of complex literature. Broader ideas like problem-
based learning and writer's workshops give students
ownership and help develop the problem solving
skills that are much more important that rote
When I examine this idea more closely, it is not One of the beauties of this new role is my
a phenomenal shift in the thought process, even opportunity to help lead and guide our teachers
doctors and lawyers refer to practicing their craft. In to find ways to bring all of these elements together
my new role this year as Academic Dean, this is the into a meaningful, strong curriculum that is different
hallmark of my outlook for the future of education from anywhere else. Since I am now able to "pop"
at The Pine School. Rather than creating experts in into more classrooms, I can see the seeds of these
this subject area or that, we need to cultivate creators, ideas and ways of thinking being developed in every
thinkers, organizers, inquirers, and analyzers. discipline and at every level. In my own classroom, I
These are the people who are asking the right and recently pushed my students to find a way to present
meaningful questions, are able put together many their findings in a unique way. Rather than receiving
disparate pieces of evidence, or are examining multiple mundane powerpoint slideshows, I was
concepts from a completely different point of view. treated to a repurposed pop song, a modern, sleek
When we look back in history at the people who infographic, a mock newspaper complete with
have left lasting impacts on our world, all of these original articles, and a CNN-style panel report on
characteristics are present. Steve Jobs revolutionized the issue under investigation.
personal computing and the music industry by Our students may never consider themselves
creating a unique market for his products, Albert experts, but if they remain curious about the world
Einstein examined the world of physics from a and have a toolkit to tackle any challenge they face,
different point of view, and Leonardo Da Vinci was we have done our job.
constantly tinkering with inventions and anatomy
to help him better understand concepts that were
challenging in his time.
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The Pine School hosted its 18th Annual Knights Booster Club Golf Tournament at Abacoa Golf Club. A special mention goes to Old Cypress Pointe and PB
Built as our Title Sponsors for the event. A huge amount of effort went into this event and thanks are also extended to Tami Skelly, Sydney Walker and other
members of The Pine School’s Booster Club for the time and energy they put into arranging this tournament. Everyone looked great in our attire thanks to the
The Sofarelli family and all Golf Carts were charged and ready thanks to Matilda’s of Stuart.
"Although mother nature did not
cooperate, the golf tournament again this
year served as a much needed support system
in attaining the needed uniforms, equipment
and miscellaneous items that our Athletic
Department and Fine Arts Department
depend on for operation and success," said Athletic
Director Matt Sofarelli.
The tournament did experience an incredible amount of rain just prior to tee
time but Abacoa Golf Club were gracious hosts and served players a wonderful
lunch and refreshments as they waited to make the decision about golf for the
afternoon. Sadly, golf was cancelled but much thanks still goes out to all hole
and driving range sponsors:
The McLane Family, The Martin Family, Nancy Smith - Style Encore, The
Lichten Family, Dr Ian Murray and Family, Ian’s Tropical Grill, HUUM, The
Afshar Family, Jupiter Auto Spa, RJS Racing Equipment, The Walker Family, The Mekled Family, and Florida Living Realty
“On behalf of the Booster Club we would like to thank all that volunteered their time and efforts that go into organizing an event like this,” added Director of
Development Kelly Hilton-Green. “Thanks again to all the golfers that came out as well. Everyone was very generous and understanding of the inclement
weather challenges that we faced during the event.”
The event still managed to raise an impressive $15,000 for the Booster Club. These funds will go towards much needed equipment, uniforms, and miscellaneous
items that our Athletic Department and Arts Department count on to operate. The Booster Club is already looking forward to working on next year’s event and
extend an early invitation for everyone to be a part of this annual tradition in the fall of 2017.
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UPCOMING DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
This year's annual Knight Run was a frightful success. Of course, that could have had something to do with all the ZOMBIES!!!
The event had 333 registered runners for the event which is a big jump from last year. Event Chair Jodi Pereira did an incredible job in pulling it all together, promoting the event
and decorating the course. The Haunted House raised the bar yet again with Sue Thompson, Rick Coolidge and their crew leading an exceptionally creepy charge. DJ John
Barnes kept kept the crowd moving with his skillful music mixes. The Martin County Sheriff ’s Office Grill Team played a crucial role in feeding the hordes. Savanah Wilshire
was instrumental in facilitating a Big Dog Rescue adoption fair as part of her Senior Capstone prior to the race.
"We had a huge amount of energy on our campus on Friday evening," summed up Director
of Development Kelly Hilton-Green. "A lot of people put in a great deal of effort to make the event a
success - a big thank you to all those who volunteered."
Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver and Director of Communications Robert Ankrom
recently presented at the annual FCIS Conference in Miami. Their session, “How To Maximize
Student Leadership In The Admission Process”, focused on the success The Pine School has
had with involving student Prefect leaders in everything from giving campus tours and serving
as ambassadors for new students to assisting with social media and internal communications.
“Opportunities like this are great in that they really give the School and our students a chance
to shine,” shared Lettengarver.
To better illustrate the point, the session was assisted by Ambassador Prefect & Deputy Ali
Walker ‘17 and Melissa Coolidge ‘18 as well as Communication Prefect Alex Cleveland ‘17.
“Being able to experience a real life conference with my Prefect mentor gave me insight to what
the business world is actually like,” said Cleveland.
“Attending FCIS was just another wonderful way I was able to showcase my pride in The Pine
School,” added Walker. “I loved being able to answer questions directly from administrators
from other schools. It made me feel like my opinion about my School is valued.”
The FCIS conference attracts independent school administrators and faculty from all over the
“Our session was well attended and I genuinely feel that our approach was one that interested many of the attendees as several stayed after to ask more detailed follow-up
questions,” summed up Ankrom. “I was extremely proud of the job the girls did and it was positive reinforcement that our School is approaching challenges in creative
and effective ways.”
Open House / November 11, 2016 for coming together for such a great cause.”
In what has become a Pine School tradition, the This year’s assembly featured special guest, retired
Office of Admissions hosted its annual fall Open United States Marine Michael Sofarelli (father of our
House in combination with the School’s Veterans own Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli). Sofarelli spoke
Day Assembly. Attended by 31 families and over about his experiences serving in Vietnam and his
60 guests, the event provides an opportunity for commitment to service professionally and personal
prospective students and their families to be witness afterwards.
to the commitment of the entire Pine School Following the assembly guests attending the Open
community to service. House received campus tours and had opportunities
"This opportunity to pause and remember the to meet with faculty and Director of Admission Beth
many heroes who have sacrificed so much to Lettengarver as they begin the process of applying.
ensure our freedom is a vital step in teaching civic
responsibilities and service,” shared Academic Dean “Veterans Day has always been a special day
Sean Carlson. on campus at The Pine School,” summed up
The assembly also featured a selection of musical Lettengarver. “With many public and private
numbers including the singing of the “Armed Forces schools taking the day off, the day presents a perfect
Medley”. opportunity to show people around our beautiful
“The band and chorus have been working tirelessly campus. More importantly, visitors are able to see
on the music for this performance,” said Director of and feel what The Pine School spirit is all about
Music Dorothy Castle. “I am so proud of all of them by witnessing firsthand this very special assembly
honoring our Veterans.”
The Pine School’s Advancement Team (Director of Communications Robert Ankrom, Director of
Development Kelly Hilton-Green, and Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver) attended a special ‘Strategic
Marketing & Advancement Institute’ in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Institute was attended by over 75 other Advancement professionals from 47 schools around the country
and focused on achieving a better blend of professional balance while effectively managing the range of daily
responsibilities that compose successful enrollment and fundraising.
“I found the experience to be informative and energizing,” shared Hilton-Green. “I especially appreciated the
opportunity to network with folks from other school settings - matching and comparing their challenges to
The Advancement team (Director of Communications Robert Ankrom, Director of Admission Beth Lettengarver, and Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green) with
presenter Kathleen Hanson
Digital Portfolios Come To
The Pine School
By Nathan Washer
During the week of October 24th, parents to the connection between home and school as their work that is perhaps one of the most exciting
received an invitation from their student’s well as the assessment of learning that will take aspects of this program. Active use cultivates
teacher to access their child’s Online Digital place with each student. In fact, 92% of teachers habits of lifelong learning by promoting reflection
Portfolio using the Seesaw app and website. This from other schools already using the Seesaw app on what to learn and how to learn.
launch of parent access was the final piece in the reported an increase in parent involvement and Recent news from the college admissions world
establishment of the digital portfolio program at engagement with their child as well as an increase included the fact that many US colleges have
Pine. In 2015-16 administration and faculty made in students taking more ownership of their work plans to move towards requiring digital portfolios
the commitment to develop this program for and being more engaged in the overall learning of work from their applicants. The future seems
our students and this then resulted in a detailed process. We are confident parents will enjoy this clear that if our students can become proficient
examination of the options available to simply exciting new journey of learning and watching in developing portfolios now it will stand them
and effectively deliver the portfolios to our school their child’s progression of growth throughout in good stead for the future when and if a digital
community. A variety of resources were tested the school year!
and the Seesaw application was quickly portfolio is required from the college they
established as the most user friendly tool Every student should have a collection of their apply for.
that would serve our needs as a school. work from various subject areas. The work The program is managed entirely by
Why digital portfolios? does not necessarily have to be personal bests, the teachers in grades K-5. In grades
In a world comprised of digital resources, rather the portfolio should be a story of their 6-12 the students themselves have the
it is important our school utilize the latest development and artifacts of accomplishment. responsibility to select and upload their
technology available to document and At their most basic level portfolios can simply be work. They are being guided in this
highlight our students' progress as well as a storage strategy. They can also be an active work, process by the teachers and advisors
teach students skills for the 21st Century. collaboration and reflection space. It is the way they work with but ultimately it's their
With the Seesaw application, students that Seesaw can encourage students to reflect on responsibility. This is an important part of
are empowered to independently the process as we hope to encourage pride
document their learning while giving and responsibility over their learning.
parents and loved ones around the world Early reviews are in from students, teachers
an immediate and personalized window and parents. All can see the multitude of
into their child’s school day, utilizing a benefits the digital portfolio program and
phone, tablet, or computer. Everything the tools that the Seesaw application can
from a scanned worksheet to a video provide. It is exciting to ponder that this
of an oral presentation or performance can be is just the beginning of the process and as our
included in a student’s portfolio, which allows for community gets more familiar with the program
a diverse showcase of work. Each student’s digital there is so much more to explore and enjoy.
portfolio will grow as it continues to follow them There are many ways our school can be proud
throughout their school career. The ability to of what makes us different. Digital portfolios
build a body of work over time is one of the most on Seesaw will enable every family to see the
beneficial features of implementing this resource amazing things their students are doing at our
for our school families. School in a tangible way.
Teachers and students alike are very excited Its an exciting time for our School community.
about the many ways this valuable tool will add
TPS R E P O R T
Kristin Davis’ Second Graders Our amazing maintenance team was honored
have been studying all with the first ABC Award of the year. This
about dinosaurs. To share coveted prize recognizes the person/s that go
what they have learned, the above and beyond in helping to make The Pine
class presented a dinosaur School the great school that it is.
rap during community
meeting and then turned
their classroom into a full-
fledged “dinosaur museum”
- complete with various
exhibits they worked on in
Congratulations to all of our
“Our AP Scholars represent
students who have dedicated
much time and effort
preparing for their AP exams
and working throughout the
year at an elevated level,”
shared Academic Dean Sean
Carlson. “For the School
to have growing numbers
of AP scholars each year, it
exemplifies a dynamic and
productive AP Program that
is preparing students to
achieve in exceptional ways.”
The Fine Arts Department held their annual fall Gallery Night - showcasing
the work of 6-12th Grade art. Fine Art Department Chair Steve Naumann
- with art/photography teacher Maria Miele and Middle School art teacher
Carol Dee Ankrom - worked with students to find and hang examples of
their strongest work. The work, covering a range from photography to
ceramics, offered an unique look at the varied and exceptional talent of our
Congratulations to Senior stuosadenneebodiicnsenua"tthgnrtmsTaeoabihrvpntleehiltutanrheiosenugraf,"agtnfoiucfutunirlng How do you make a close
Hannah Oenbrink for being school community even
named a National Merit - Ariel Chimelis, closer? Buddy Time!
Scholarship Semifinalist. Dean of Students The Pine School's Buddy
Out of 1.6 million high- Program pairs our younger
schoolers, only 16,000 have Knights with an older
received this honor. Hannah partner to connect with
now qualifies to continue in throughout the year for a
the competition to qualify variety of activities.
for a Scholarship to be
announced in the spring.
“This is a great honor
and speaks to Hannah’s
dedication as a student and
the quality of her teachers,”
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Local attorney Chad Hastings met with the senior class
as part of Constitution Week to discuss the United
States Constitution and the principles that it states and
“This was a great reminder of the value of active
citizenship which is part of our School’s identity,” shared
History teacher Nathaniel Osborn. “The seniors will be
studying American Government in the coming months,
so this Constitution presentation was an excellent first
Diane Hollowell’s Kindergarten Class - with the The spirit of giving back has also been
help of Dave Allen - brought new order to the strong on other fronts. Led by the Outreach
School garden and are looking forward to a Committee, the School community donated
year of hands-on garden fun. items to offer help to those that were hit
hardest by Hurricane Matthew. Additionally,
inspired by Senior Savanah Wilshire’s
Capstone project, the Beta Club collected
items to donate in support of Big Dog
Physics and math teacher Karlheinz Haas and new math teacher
Laura Brantley traveled to Denver, Colorado to attend the 5th
annual NSTA-STEM Forum & Expo.
The Forum & Expo focused on teacher sessions and panel
presentations designed to provide participants with information
and lessons to enable them to explore, begin, or tweak a STEM
initiative within their own school or district.
In addition to attending, Haas was invited by NSTA to present two
sessions of his own at the conference, allowing him to share some
of the exciting things happening in The Pine School’s science and
math program with fellow educators.
“As we are preparing high school students, we absolutely have to
expose them to a variety of careers in the STEM fields,” shared
Haas. “Traditionally, high school STEM content is being taught
in isolation of other areas of study. Now, Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics must be more effectively integrated
and delivered in meaningful ways.”
The Pine School was extremely well represented at the Art Council of Martin County's
annual mARTies Awards ceremony. In addition to senior Ryan Chimelis snagging the top
award for student visual artist, the School garnered 10 total nominations in both student
and adult categories. Parent and local sculptor Geoffrey Smith received the adult visual
The mARTies dedicate an evening to celebrate and applaud the creative artists that
make Martin County more enriched.
“I love that The Pine School and our dedication to fostering a true passion for arts in our
students is given an opportunity to shine so brightly through an important community
event such as the mARTies,” shared Director of Communications and Arts Council Board
Member Robert Ankrom. Ankrom also served as Co-Chair for this year’s event which was
completely sold out - a first for the mARTies.
The evening was attended by a strong showing of support from Pine School
administrators and faculty including Head of School Phyllis Parker, Director of Admission
Beth Lettengarver, and Ankrom as well as Fine Arts Department Chair Steve Naumann
and art teachers Maria Miele and Carol Dee Ankrom.
The ceremony also featured fantastic performances by seniors Nicholas Leonard and
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At the beginning of the year - as part of the To coincide with the
Middle School commitment to “Catching Presidential Election,
The Wave”, Justine Habicht’s advisory Kristin Davis' 2nd
group dedicated themselves to saving the Grade Class staged an
planet. election to determine
True to their words, they led a school-wide The Pine School's
campaign to collect candy wrappers after favorite candy - a
hearing that Loggerhead Marine-life Center tough choice between
in Juno was collecting wrappers to turn over Kit-Kat, M&Ms, and
to Terra-Cycle - who, in return, uses them Starburst. Based on
to make school supplies for underprivileged the population of each group (grades and faculty), the 2nd Graders assigned electoral
kids. votes. Kit-Kat came out on top winning 37 electoral votes and was announced at Community
meeting with Kit-Kats being passed out to everyone. Sweet!
“Science night is an exciting opportunity to
showcase our students scientific inquiry,” shared
Science Department Chair Tessie Keslake.
The well-attended night allowed our student
scientists to share the hard work they put into a
wide range of science projects. These projects
gave students an opportunity to follow the steps of
the Scientific Method.
The event also included hands-on tables hosted by
high school science students, giving everyone the
chance to learn a little something while having fun.
Prefect Committees in Action of the Senior class against faculty. They are also
planning a Winter Dance.
By Aliya French Not to be outdone, the Arts Prefect is working
As the the first half of the 16-17 school year has on finishing their mural of all of the student hand
already reached the halfway point, many Prefect prints to represent Knights unity. Many of the
Committees have created fun activities and ways to Committee volunteered at the mARTies Awards
keep this school year exciting. hosted by the Arts Council of Martin County.
The Environmental Prefect has continued to This event highlighted and celebrated the art
encourage students to recycle their plastic water contributions of high school seniors in Martin
bottles by handing out a sticker for every bottle County. The Arts Prefect will also be working
handed in - with a prize waiting for the advisory with the UKnight Prefect to plan future buddy
accumulating the most stickers. They have also activities.
planned a buddy activity for Earth Day. These are just some of the activities that these
“It has been great seeing the student body and active Prefects Committees have organized so
faculty come together in an effort to live more far. They are all sure to have many more events
responsibly,” shared Environmental Prefect Erin and projects to help keep life at The Pine School
Spellman. fun and interesting.
The Ambassador Prefect has helped new students
to feel more comfortable by serving as points of The Communications Prefect Committee has been busy with
contact as well as answering any questions they updating the School’s Instagram account, organizing the daily
have about life at The Pine School. They have also morning announcements, and working on articles for the
taken part in numerous campus tours - helping to Round Table magazine (like this one!).
give prospective students and their families a real The Student Life Perfect pulled together some fun surprises
insight into life here. The Ambassador Prefects for Halloween - including an Egg Roulette pitting members
also played a huge role in the success of the
November 11th Open House and, along with the
Communications Prefect, helped present at the
FCIS November conference in Miami.
ALUMNI N E W S
Member of the Founder's Class Gianna Izzolo (Class of 2013) Grant Mortell and Michael Rhys Rachel Gilbert (Class of 2012) graduated from the
(Class of 2009) Nick Denton - seen stopped by campus to sign four of (Class of 2012) seen here at University of Richmond this past May. with a Bachelor
here with Head of School Phyllis her pieces that are currently being Dartmouth College graduation, June of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with
Parker - stopped by campus to check displayed in the School's conference 2106. a double major in Healthcare Studies. She is currently
in and say hello. Nick has just been room. Gianna is currently in her working in research at Boston Children's Hospital
named as lead Supervisor of the Bird senior year at The School of Art in the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience. Her
Department at the World Wildlife Institute of Chicago. work focuses on social and cognitive development in
Zoo & Aquarium in Phoenix, AZ. individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Beyond Graduation After graduating from Pine, he attended Dartmouth I asked Nathaniel how The Pine School shaped his
College. In high school, Grant loved to play soccer, education and views on life.
By Alex Cleveland like his two younger brothers. He recalled his favorite “My time at The Pine School gave me the confidence
Coming into my senior year, I had a lot of questions memory of beating Jupiter Christian School in to pursue goals that never would have been possible
about college. However, as I am finishing up the Districts during his senior year. His favorite class was in other places,” he shared.
college application process, I am starting to wonder math, which is why he majored in Economics. Grant He has worked hard to pursue his dreams and is
what life beyond college looks like. So I decided to is currently working at an investment bank, Union currently studying to take the LSAT.
consult a few Pine School graduates, whose siblings Bank of Switzerland, in New York City. He does not These graduates, although very different, have taught
are in the Class of 2017, to get an idea of some of the know exactly what he wants to do with the rest of me valuable lessons that I will take with me when I
possibilities after graduation. By catching up with his life yet but is currently happy working at UBS. I graduate this spring. The Pine School is a family, and
some of Pine School’s Alumni, I grasped three major also asked Grant what advice would he offer future it is very apparent to me that this feeling does not just
things: do what you love, work hard to meet your classes. stop after one graduates due to their enthusiasm with
goals, and enjoy the little things. “Enjoy every minute of your time at The Pine School, this article. Knights stick together, and always want to
The first Pine School graduate I consulted was Peg it goes by too fast,” he offered. “You'll be wishing you lend a hand. The lessons of working hard, enjoying
Parnevik (Class of 2013). After she graduated from could go back soon enough.” the little things, and doing what you love, will surely
high school, she attended Washington and Lee This made me remember No Such Thing Night and be passed down to future Pine School classes to
and then Savannah College of Arts and Design. how it felt like just yesterday that I was beginning my come. I know they all I agree with me when I say
Peg’s favorite class was AP English, which catalyzed incredible four-year journey at The Pine School. that even after graduation, you never leave the Pine
her love of writing, and is why she chose Creative The last Pine School graduate I interviewed was School family.
Writing as her major. This love translated into her Nathaniel Romero (Class of 2013). Nathaniel I think Nathaniel said it best.
passion for writing her own songs, and she started a is currently a senior at Yale University, where he “If you ever find yourself slowing down or feel like
career in music. It took off and this past summer she is majoring in English. Like Grant, Nathaniel’s everyone else is ahead of you, never give up,” he
completed her first tour. Peg wants to write music for favorite memory from high school was winning summed up. “It’s never too late to start being the
right now but has a dream of having a sold-out tour soccer Districts. At college, he is involved with a best possible version of yourself, and that’s the only
in the United States. I asked her what advice she has lot of performing arts groups. He enjoys playing person you should be competing against.”
for future classes. instrumental music, singing, and spoken word poetry. Sound advice.
“Take pride in your work and know that if you believe He had the fantastic opportunity of performing
in what you do, the universe will find a way to make around the world with his acapella group, singing in If you are a Pine School Alum or have news of
it happen,” she stated. “Do what you love and work San Francisco, Hong Kong, China, Italy, St. Louis, one, please share those for future Round Table
hard to meet your goals.” Baltimore, and D.C., to name a few. In D.C. he had editions. All news can be emailed to [email protected]
I then consulted Grant Mortell (Class of 2012). the opportunity to sing in front of both President thepineschool.org. High quality/resolution photos
Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. are appreaciated for printing purposes.
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T P S R E P O R T (sports) SPORTS SPORTS
Pine School Athletes - The Recruiting come calling.” being recruited for soccer. Clark also
Process - By Hallie Isdaner The recruitment process varies greatly, stated that he would like to play for a
Many students at The Pine School are but this year The Pine School will most Division I school - especially Furman
great students and also are amazing likely sign athletes in the sports of University.
athletes, these qualities grant them the Diving, Swimming, Cross Country, Track “Getting recruited is certainly not a
opportunity to continue playing their & Field, and Golf. given and there are many challenges
sport in college. While being recruited The first person that I interviewed was that come along with the process,” said
is different for every person and every senior Annelise Romero who is in the Clark - stating that finding a school that
sport, some athletes are even special process of being recruited for Track. offers the right fit is a priority.
enough to receive a full scholarship for Annelise is looking at Division I schools One more exceptional senior athlete
them to compete in college. because she wants to go to a bigger who was recruited is Chase Hyland.
“With the College recruitment school. Some bigger schools that are He has commited to Northeastern
process being as complicated it is and in sight for Annelise are University of University. “The hardest part is choosing
happening earlier and earlier each Miami or University of Boulder. She is which college to look at and, ultimately,
year, our coaching staff and I work with still unsure where she is going to end run for,” said Chase.
athletes through this arduous process, up next year. The hardest part for her Chase will run at the Division I level and
shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli. was trying to get so much done in such he hopes to continue running beyond
“Last year, 5 Seniors out 36 in our a short amount of time. college.
graduating class signed letters of intent “I didn’t realize that I wanted to run Additionally, Seniors Deian Petrov,
to play at the Division 1 level. The small track in college until the end of junior Olivia Wilson, Bella Fucigna, and
school setting raising some challenges year,” she shared. Christopher Hecht are all in discussions
along with many benefits - including Annelise spent two months training and with colleges as well. We wish all of
individual attention. However, and I competing nonstop to make up for lost these great student-athletes nothing but
stress this to our student-athletes all the time and competed in the heptathlon the best as they take their exceptional
time, colleges look at grades first and at the AAU National Championships in talents beyond The Pine School - as
foremost in this process. If you do not Houston this past summer. long as they always remember they
have the grades, the coaches will not Another outstanding athlete at The Pine were Knights first!
School is senior Clark Mortell. Clark is
Senior Chase Hyland has signed his commitment to run
Cross Country and Track & Field at Northeastern University.
Chase is one of the top recruits in the State of Florida and
Many of the top High School athletes in their sports used the
opportunity of National Signing Day to sign their National
Letter of Intent (NLI) to play collegiate sports. Division
1 recruits sign this NLI this week to make their collegiate
sports decision official.
"The Pine School is very proud of Chase and his
accomplishments and wish him nothing but the best in the
years to come," shared Athletic Director Matt Sofarelli.
The Pine School’s Varsity Golf team continued the success it
has built on in recent years.
Following a strong season, the team qualified for Regionals
and finished an impressive 2nd Place with Junior Prescott
Butler winning over-all as an individual.
Moving on to the State Championships at the Mission Inn
Resort & Club, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL, the team fought for a
well-deserved 8th Place finish with Butler and Junior Garrett
Barber finishing tied for 5th out of over 100 individual golfers.
On the girl’s side, 7th Grader Andie Smith finished 6th at
Regionals, just missing the cut to advance to States.
- Matt Sofarelli
Varsity Volleyball shared a bittersweet moment
in celebrating the last Homecoming game of
Seniors Julie Afshar, Annelis Romero, Casey
Scellato, and Ali Walker in front of a packed,
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sbweiminhdatshipt"saepWttreteioenc,”uttgoinhetshte After placing 1st at Districts and 6th at Regionals, Senior Olivia Wilson
shared Coach Laura McLeod. represented The Pine School in the State Championships as a diver at Sailfish
Splash in Stuart, FL. Competing against the top 24 divers in the State, Olivia
“ Iwchaiatnhv'oteeuwvlroeatvrieyetadotmonwe.g”oraronkwding finished an extremely respectable 15th place.
The ‘small but mighty’ Pine School Varsity Swim & Diving Team proved all
season long that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Varsity Cross Country celebrated one of "The compliments on our course, our State Championship out of the State’s
their most successful seasons yet. community, and how the overall race 24 best A1 teams - the first time a Pine
In addition to an excellent regular was managed were overwhelming - School Varsity XC team has reached this
season, the team really shined at the thanks to everyone's efforts," shared level.
annual Pine Invitational held on The Cross Country Coach and Director of Senior and team captain Chase Hyland
Pine School campus. The meet, which Admission Beth Lettengarver. brought home 1st Place finishes for
attracted over 260 runners from 14 Moving beyond the regular season, the both the District and Regional runs with
different schools, benefitted from team and individual runners enjoyed a a strong 2nd Place finish at States.
beautiful weather and challenged number of high points. A large number The Girls Varsity team placed 3rd at
runners throughout the course that took of younger runners held their own and Districts and 9th at Regionals with Junior
full advantage of natural rolling hills ran to beat their own personal records. Claire Barber qualifying for States with a
found on The Pine School campus. The Boys Varsity team followed their 1st valiant 24th Place finish there.
The Pine School's Varsity Boys Cross place finishes in Districts and Regionals “This cross country season was epic
Country team once again placed 1st with an impressive 4th Place finish at the and the legacy of Team Captain Chase
over-all. Hyland '17 and the entire boys' team
will go down in history at The Pine
School and will serve as an inspiration
for all runners to follow,” shared Coach
Beth Lettengarver. “This team is living
proof that patience and hard work
eventually pay off. Even better, these
student athletes are as gracious in their
successes as they are in their defeats.”
Halloween is always a big time
at The Pine School and this year
was no exception. The day started
with a special costume parade for
Kindergarten through Grade 5 with
all upperclassmen lining the way to
offer high-fives. This was followed by
a K-5th Grade program that included
musical and dance numbers led by
Music Director John Barnes and PE
coach Kate Roach.
The Senior class treated the entire
School community to a trunk-or-treat
event - with each of their cars made up
to represent different themes.
Class parties and a daring Halloween
Egg Roulette session between Seniors
and faculty capped the exciting day.
Homecoming always provides an opportunity for the "TdmheegbceiavrnoidaeSsncierdeoodyenarnowpildnoetoioeervtrhfecarailnelatnsaeail,d”stllesly
High School (Grades 9-12) to immerse in school spirit shared Head Girl Prefect and Senior Maryn Washer.
while also bonding with their classmates as they take on
a number of challenges - including Powder Puff football,
Pep Rally contests, and the popular hallway decorating.
As is the tradition, the Seniors selected a theme (this
year was ‘Decades of Movies’) and they demonstrated
perfectly a snapshot of the 1950’s with their take on
Other new traditions included a friendly round of
boys volleyball, invites to the Grades K-8 to visit and
experience the hallways as well as dedicated cheers
from each class. The Seniors used this moment to
especially shine as they put aside the competition in
the name of joining the School closer together.
agreed Head Boy Prefect Clark Mortell.
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