MARCH 2017


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Greetings Parents and Guardians,

March is a busy time of year for our students. March marks deadlines and graduation preparation, not to mention spring break occurs March 17 th – March 24th. Our students look at spring break as a time of rest and relaxation. I look at spring break as a time of reflection and recovery. They need to reflect on their grades and missing work, complete any missing assignments and hopefully recover any low grades. As parents and guardians this would be an opportune time to go to Edline and check on your student’s grade status, email the teacher or teachers and ask what assignments your students are able to make up. If your student is assigned to Edgenuity or Reading Plus, spring break is an excellent time for them to catch up or get ahead. Especially seniors, their completion date for the on-line credit recovery is May 5th .

This is an exciting time for your seniors. Graduation is May 22nd at 6:00pm in the FAU Carole and Barry Kaye auditorium. Each student will receive 8 tickets. We do not keep extra tickets we make sure to pass all of them out. If your student needs extra tickets they should start asking their friends now for any tickets they will not be using. Caps and gowns will be distributed during the month of May. Students were sized by Herff Jones on campus.

Senior exams begin May 8th and their last day of school is May 11th . The exam schedule is on the school calendar. The senior movie day will be on May 19th and graduation rehearsal will be held on the morning of graduation May 22nd . Graduation fees should be turned in to Mr. Gurevitz in J building. Two other events which are not included in senior dues are Grad Bash (April 7th) and G-Star Prom (May 6th). Encourage your student to attend our next April senior meeting which occurs during the first half of lunch. Further information concerning graduation will be posted in the coming weeks on our website (

Some other exciting events this month include: Cell Phone Film Festival, student participation in disaster drills with local/state/federal authorities, the theatre department’s trip to New York, underclassman theatre auditions, Student Showcase of Films, and the IE Benefit Show.

Have a wonderful month and thank you for your continued support for your student and G-Star.

Mrs. Collins

G-Star Student Alexander Luttin Wins First Place!

Congratulations Alex!

For the second year in a row one of our students has won 1st place in Mental Health Awareness PSA category at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Student Showcase of Films. 11th grader Alexander Luttin's film 'Parting' took the first place award that will be presented at the 22nd Annual Student Showcase of Films during the live Red Carpet Awards Show will taking place on March 10, 2017!

FSA/EOC Testing Bell Schedule

Period Time

Period 1/2 7:30 – 9:05

Period 3/4 9:12 – 10:47

Lunch 10:50 – 11:23

Period 5/6 11:30 – 1:30

Period 7 1:37 – 2:40

*** Students with senior privilege please note time change for dismissal from 1:42p.m. to 1:30p.m. ***


March 6th, 7th, 8th, & 9th

April 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 24th, 25th, 26th & 27th

May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 15th, & 16th



Dr. Leach would like to recognize the entire IB Visual Art Class who all are amazing & motivated to learn!

In the upcoming month, they will be learning to observe and comment on art from different cultural contexts, as well as developing hands-on art skills in several mediums of two dimensional art.

We are learning perspective drawing, color theory, and beginning to work in acrylic on representational painting. (See images in shared drive folder)

Mr. Leach, the husband of Dr. Leach, is the author of two books on perspective drawing, and the artist of the renderings of the projected new cafeteria

IB Film Year One

This month they will be working on a Documentary Film.

"What I Wish My Students Knew" - a short film project examining the complex relationships between teacher and student, teacher/student and subject, and teacher/student and school through different modes of documentary.

IB Environmental Systems and Societies

Soil resources, farming and soil conservation methods, and atmospheric pollution. We recently created our own soil profiles with each horizon or layer.

We made them of sweets and got to eat them!!!


Many students in Mrs. Rasha's Environmental Science classes joined in on our 9th annual field trip. This year our field trips were made possible help of science teachers, Ms. Brock and Ms. Gomes, as well as volunteers, Jack McLaughlin and Chris Lockhart, They visited the FPL Manatee Lagoon Museum early in the morning where many were able to see a pair of manatees, sting rays, sheep's head fish, barracuda and tarpon.

They were given tours by docents both working on their masters degrees at Florida Atlantic University in marine bio-geography. They traveled to the Town of Juno Dunes Loggerhead Park for a picnic, a hike through ecosystems to the Palm Beach County's higher elevations at Juno Dunes Natural Area and took a run to the tide's edge of the Atlantic Ocean. They also visited the Marine Life Center to learn about sea turtles which have been rescued from the surrounding waterways and placed under their hospital's care and rehabilitation tanks. Green and loggerhead sea turtles and some hatchlings that were a rare hybrid of hawks-bill and loggerhead turtles were just some of the sights that were seen. Palm Beach County is one of the largest sea turtle nesting areas in the entire world.

These delightful places are free to the public and, if you take the time to visit, you will enjoy going with your friends and families all year on most days.


Thespian Club

The Thespian Club will be taking a trip to New York City from March 14- 17th!!

They will be seeing three Broadway shows, a private panel discussion at Manhattan Theatre Clubtaking an audition workshop with Broadway performers, touring NYU as well as New Amsterdam Theatre, and taking a dance class at Broadway Dance Center!!

G-Star Acting Department Presents the 2017 Spring Mainstage Show Ken Ludwig's Lend Me A Tenor

Come See the Rip-Roaring Comedy; Lend Me A Tenor ;G-star Acting Department's new main stage production! Tickets are now on sale! The in-school show will be held on February 15th. Students get tickets at the discounted price of $10 for the in school show only.

We also have the 7 PM shows Feb 15-17th and 22-24, prices are $12 for students and $15 for adults. Check out the call board for more information. Tickets are available in the theatre office before school, during lunch, and after school. See you there!

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support G-Star School of the Arts Prom Committee. Come in to the Chipotle at 2380 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd in West Palm Beach on Friday, February 3rd between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to G-Star School of the Arts Prom Committee.


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Dawson Animation Summer Camp is designed to help students explore their creativity. This summer learn how to 3D Model a Video Game Environment, Animate, Film, Fine Art and much more. Find out more today at or email us

The camp will take place from June 16 - July 13, 2017

Students who have taken Animation 2 are eligible to earn community service hours.



Camp Activities:

Film camp is geared to incoming G-Star freshman, current students and those that are thinking about coming to G-Star in the future.

Campers will learn:

Adobe Premiere Pro CC editing

Transitions// Effects// Special Effects

Video and Audio editing using key frames

Adobe Photoshop basics

Basic image capture

Image compositing

Several of the specialized tools, brushes and filters

Script writing techniques

Formatting and structure

Lighting 3-point lighting


Cannon G-10 camera and working with and associated equipment

Audio Capture

Boom Mic’s / handheld techniques / lav’s

Learn to work as team member

DVD Authoring

Campers this year will be working on public service announcements and other video shorts.

Please save and print the registration form below. The mailing address is listed on the form.

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Click below to see what the 2017 G-Star Performing Arts Summer Camp is all about.


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Please click here if you wish to view the Guidance Department Reference Page

Underclassmen- Spring Break is a great time to schedule college campus visits. Please call the college's office of undergraduate admissions to check for availability.

Juniors- Spring is the time to start preparing and registering to take the SAT/ACT. The SAT/ACT calendar is available on under academics to guidance. The calendar has the test dates and websites for registration. Students must register themselves for these assessments.

Seniors- If you have not yet met your online graduation requirement this is a reminder that it is due April 1st- please keep working on it.

Looking for scholarships? Visist under academics to guidance for a list of scholarship search links- it's never too early to start!

College Applications!!


The time is now to get your college applications in if you have not yet done so. Also, please don't forget to complete the application for the Bright Futures Scholarship by visiting and the FAFSA at Have a safe and refreshing winter break!

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Recruitment Tour

Students from all the high schools in Palm Beach County will be able to speak with representatives from the different institutions and obtain financial aid information. For more information contact the School Counseling and Graduation Support Team at 561-434-8820.

Click below for more info!


A reminder to current seniors, remember to register for the SAT/ACT if you have not yet tested. SAT/ACT dates and the websites for registration can be found on under academics to guidance and also in front of the guidance office. Juniors should start preparing themselves for the tests and register to test Spring time.


Please click here to view the Assessment Department Web Page


The testing department is using Remind101 to send important information for GStar Assessments this year.

Please click here to join and use the class code @gstarte



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Please click here to register for Free & Reduced Lunch


It is official! G-Star’s King of Haup T-shirts are on sale now. Get a shirt with a cartoon of Mr. Hauptner dressed as Elvis. These shirts commemorate the day that Mr. Hauptner wore an Elvis Presley costume, entertaining both the students and faculty. The cartoon was designed by David Pierre and Elizabeth Siassi. Order now and get this limited edition shirt for only $12 to remember this occasion. You can make a down payment of $8 and provide the remaining $4 upon receiving the shirt. Show some school spirit and buy a King of Haup t-shirt to help raise funds for Yearbook.


Troupe 6621 is selling Long Sleeve Crew necks "Troupe 6621" for $30 available in the Theatre Office. Email to reserve yours and support the troupe !