The PTSA has a grant program to support our Boca High teachers who are PTSA members. In the past few years, we have had two deadline dates with two separate award disbursements. Are you a teacher? Please check here for the grant application and other grants available.
GRANT RECIPIENTS FROM 2020-2021
BOBCAT SUPERCOMPUTER - MR. BENSKIN
Mr. Benskin received funds from many sources to come up with over $25,000. This custom workstation will allow Boca High to lead the way in advanced computing by better preparing students for college and career readiness, involving new students in computer science, excite both students and the local community about computer science and technology. All faculty will have access thru desktop remote to an unprecedented workstation that can complete the most demanding computational tasks, once thought not possible in a classroom or school.
DVD ADAPTER & DVDS - MS. PERALTA
Mr. Peralta applied for and was awarded the Spring 2021 Grant with PTSA for a DVD adapter and DVDs. This year with COVID-19 had a great many challenges for the teachers and Ms. Peralta was unable to share videos with both in-person and virtual students without the DVD adapter. We were happy to help build her DVD library as well.
CAMCORDER - MS. DOMINGUEZ
Mr. Dominguez applied for and was awarded the Fall 2020 Grant with PTSA for the purchase of a camcorder to use for the AICE writing class. Each student must record and upload their AICE submissions and this enabled them to achieve that requirement.
FLEXISPOT DESKTOP CONVERTER - DR. PACILLI
Dr. Pacilli applied for and was awarded the Spring 2021 Grant with PTSA to help aid her in teaching both in-person and virtual students. This equipment allowed for Dr. Pacilli to manage her classes and teach more effectively.
GRANT RECIPIENTS FROM 2019-2020
WE DINE TOGETHER - MR. HERNANDEZ
Mr. Hernandez applied for and was awarded the Fall 2019 Grant with PTSA to bring Diane Grossman of Mallory's Army to Boca High to present to our students in the auditorium. Additionally, Boca High PTSA along with We Dine Together partnered with Spanish River PTSA to hold a presentation held at Spanish River High School. Mallory's Army is a non-profit whose sole purpose is to help stamp out "bullying" and educate our youth on how their actions can affect others. Please view the video put together by the "We Dine Together" club.
SCIENCE DEPARTMENT - MR. BENSKIN
Mr. Benskin applied for and was awarded the Spring 2020 Grant with PTSA to purchase a camera with a unique feature that allows quality video capture from a distance in very high resolution. For Science Olympiad competitions, spectators are usually not allowed to be close to the engineering events during a competition, which requires the camera to have a very high zoom capability. This camera is designed to capture distant action in 4K which can then be easily edited and uploaded. The camera is also available for the Science Department through Mr. Benskin.
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER - MS. MARCUS
Ms. Marcus applied for and was awarded the Spring 2020 Grant with PTSA to purchase graduation photo booth prop kits and frames for Signing Day when seniors share their excitement about graduating and what will be the next step after Boca High. The props will be able to be used annually.
EMERGENCY TEACHER'S FUND
The recent pandemic caused our school to be closed and our teachers to educate our children remotely. This caused unforeseen issues and unexpected expenses. As a result, the PTSA opened a new grant to the entire school teaching staff. We were able to award funds to the following recipients:
GRANT RECIPIENTS FROM 2018-2019
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD - MR. BENSKIN
The Boca Raton PTSA helped by funding the purchases of many new tools, devices, and materials that will be used in the 2019-2020 Science Olympiad season. The participants will be able to freely use the materials purchased in order to improve their understanding of complex circuitry, flight, and electrical engineering. We would not have been able to purchase these items with the help of the PTSA! Students involved in the program have also included their thoughts about how PTSA has helped them:
“The funds were used to buy various types of sensors, microcontroller boards, and circuit board parts. We will use the tools that were purchased with the funds (soldering iron, PCB board holder) to build a more solid, stable device that can accurately sense temperatures. The LED's, PCB Boards, LCD display, and various other components will be soldered together to complete a temperature detecting circuit. We will then connect these pieces to the microcontroller which we coded to sense temperature using the sensors that were bought with the funds. The materials that the funds allowed us to purchase will allow us to build several prototypes and a professional temperature detector that should allow us to be a competitive team on the national level.”
“All of the materials will really benefit us and our ability to make our detector device, as we have all the materials we’ll need right in front of us! I couldn’t believe it once Mr. Benskin said that we were given several microcontrollers, waterproof thermistors, LED displays, cords, and more for the event.”
Science Olympiad thanks the PTSA for helping these students develop their passions. They have access to new tools and equipment that will help not only them but also the entire program and school.
I will have many more photos to share as the season continues- these are a few that show students putting some of the materials to use!
COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER - MS. CLARKE & MS. MARCUS
College and Career Center requested money to purchase a new projector and screen to hold group workshops on college applications, essays, resumes, campus visits, etc. Without it, they were only able to help students one by one without a projector. Now the information can be presented to students in a group setting. Additionally, when colleges visit Boca High they are now able to share their presentations electronically using the new projector and screen.