U.B.Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts

County : Palm Beach
Number of Students : 568

800 11th Street, West Palm Beach, Fl 33401
Phone: 561-671-6500
Fax: 561-671-6550

Principal: Mrs. Adrienne Howard
Email: howarda@palmbeach.k12.fl.us

Superintendent: Dr. Art Johnson
Phone: 561-434-8200
Email: johnsona@palmbeach.k12.fl.us

School Board President: Dr. Monroe Benaim
Phone: 561-434-8038
Email: benaimb@palmbeach.k12.fl.us

PR Representative: Mr. Nat Harrington
Phone: 561-434-8200
Email: harringtonn@palmbeach.k12.fl.us

Students served: U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts is a public elementary magnet school serving Pre- Kindergarten through Fifth grade students. According to the Gold Report, the student body is composed of:

76% Black
8% White
10% Hispanic

Currently, 76% of the students receive free/reduced lunch

Our Arts Teaching Team includes:

  • Communication-1 teacher
  • Television Production- 1 teacher
  • Performing Arts-5 teachers
    • Dance – 1 teacher
    • Drama – 1 teacher
    • Music – 3 Teachers ( Chorus, Band, Strings, Piano)
  • Visual Arts – 2 Teachers

Third, fourth and fifth grade students have the opportunity to participate in Studio classes. These classes include Drama Company, Theater Tech, Television Production, Pottery/Crafts, Mixed Media, Drawing and Painting, Portfolio Prep, Chorus, Concert Band, and Strings Orchestra.

Magnet Coordinator: Sharon Campbell, Bachelor of Arts/Art/Design and Education from Duke University, Art K-12, Teaching 31 years

Music Teacher, Chorus and Piano: Andrea Ward Dumervil, B.A. Music & Accounting, M.A.-Music, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Teaching Certificate, Teaching 3 years, 2 years at UBK

General Music and Band Teacher: Carolyn Destito, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, State University of New York at Postdam, Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy, Northern Illinois University, Florida, Music K-12, Teaching 20 ½ years, 12 years at UBK

Dance Teacher: Jane Beck, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Boston Conservatory, Masters in Education in Physical Education and Health from Temple University, Florida Certification in Dance K-12, Certification in Physical Education K-12, Teaching 36 years, taught in private schools for 5 years, 8 or 9 years at UBK

Art Teacher: Rosemary Shaw, Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida Atlantic University 1977, Art K-12, Teaching 26 years, 15 years at UBK

Art Teacher: Paula Rakszawski, Bachelor of Fine Arts with additional 2 years for Certification Requirements, Certified K-12 Visual Art from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Teaching 20 years at UBK, 2 of those years at Wynnebrook Elementary

Communication Arts/TV Production Teacher: Randolph Lavery, Bachelor of Communications from University of New York at Cortland, Professional 7G-564 TV Production, Teaching 11.5 years, 8 years at UBK

Music/Strings K-5 Teacher: Susan Ott Rodberg, Bachelor of Music Education from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, Florida State Department of Education-Music K-1, National Board Certification-Music/Orchestra-Early/Middle Childhood, Teaching 29 years, 15 years at UBK

Theatre Teacher: Cynthia Geiger, Bachelor of Art from South Carolina State University, and Masters of Fine Arts from The Florida State University (School of Theatre), Drama Grades 6-12, Teaching Overall since 1979, 6 years at UBK

Communication Arts/TV Production Teacher: Randolph Lavery, Bachelor of Communications from University of New York at Cortland, Professional 7G-564 TV Production, Teaching 11.5 years, 8 years at UBK

Music/Strings K-5 Teacher: Susan Ott Rodberg, Bachelor of Music Education from Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio, Florida State Department of Education-Music K-1, National Board Certification-Music/Orchestra-Early/Middle Childhood, Teaching 29 years, 15 years at UBK

Theatre Teacher: Cynthia Geiger, Bachelor of Art from South Carolina State University, and Masters of Fine Arts from The Florida State University (School of Theatre), Drama Grades 6-12, Teaching Overall since 1979, 6 years at UBK

For more school information, please visit: www.edline.net/pages/U_B_Kinsey_Palmview_ES

A Visit to Our School:

UBK is the kind of elementary school we all wish existed when we were young--a single campus where a child has daily opportunities to sing, sculpt, dance, animate, play in the orchestra, paint, run a sound and light board, photograph, be in the band, act in a musical, learn to play keyboards, make a movie, perform a monologue, and more. Visitors experience the passion and excitement that these opportunities offer as they watch the students participate--whether they are in a dedicated arts class polishing their craft, or in an academic classroom where they use the arts to learn about language arts, math, and science. This is no ordinary school!
– Jeff Fessler 4th Grade Teacher

Arts education enthusiasts should visit our school to see how we integrate academics into the arts, and how arts are integrated into academics. Our school is unique in the wide variety of arts classes that each and every student gets to experience every year from K-5.
– Randolph Lavery, Communication Teacher

I am most proud of our school because I have the opportunity to improve the chances that our students have to better understand that visual art can be a way to communicate ideas, understand culture, relate to history, make a difference, & learn like no other school.
-Rose Shaw Art Dept. Chair

Our Special Arts Programs:

Our arts program at UBK is special because all of us--administration, teachers, students, parents, and the community--truly believe in the transformative power of the arts. We know that the arts help our children connect more deeply to the world and open them up to new ways of seeing. We believe that the arts lead to gains in reading, math, cognitive ability, verbal skills, and critical thinking. We have seen how the arts improve motivation, confidence, concentration, and teamwork. Because we share this strong belief in the power of the arts, we are dedicated to keeping our arts program at the core of our educational philosophy at UBK.
– Jeff Fessler 4th Grade Teacher

Our arts program is special due to the high level of community activities in which our students participate. Many of our students have performed or presented their art throughout our city as well as other states. This community involvement gives our students great pride in their work and shows them how important it is to do the best job they can.
– Randolph Lavery, Communication Teacher

Students who attend UBK are exposed to many art experiences that would not be available to them in a traditional academic elementary school. The caliber of arts programs would be far too expensive for families to provide for their children if they went to a private arts program. Children are naturally expressive, and many times elementary school is a very “cut and dried” place for children. At UBK, students are encouraged to express themselves physically, musically, visually, verbally, and technologically. People who can see beyond the boundaries of what is considered the “norm” are more likely to excel in their personal and professional life as adults. An Arts Integrated Curriculum gives children the best possible beginning to their educational career as a student.
- Susan Rodberg, Strings Instructor

Our Pride:

I am extremely proud that UBK continues to offer such a comprehensive arts program (visual, performing, and communication arts) at a time when the arts are being eliminated from schools across the country. I'm proud that our arts program, with 10 fine arts teachers and up to two hours of dedicated arts instruction per day for students, continues to challenge, motivate, and engage our students. And as an academic teacher, I'm so proud that the arts become the unique vehicle to deliver a fascinating, relevant, and research-based academic education for the children.
– Jeff Fessler, 4th Grade Teacher

One of the things that I am most proud about our arts program is the high level of interest, excitement, and achievement that our arts classes bring out in our students. Each student can have success in at least one art area, which gives them a positive experience in school. Many of our students would not be exposed to these art areas if they were not available at our school.
– Randolph Lavery, Communication Teacher


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