Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

THE MUSE

Happening Now
  • April 29Seeds Open Mic Night on May 3 at 4 p.m. in Grandview Public Market
  • April 29AICE English Language Exam on May 3 at 8 a.m.
  • April 29Orchestra Concert on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. in Meyer Hall
  • April 29US History EOC on May 2 at the Gym and Media Center at 8 a.m.
  • April 29SGA Officer Elections Online on May 2-3
  • April 29BSU Block Party on May 1 at 11:19 a.m. in the cafeteria
  • April 29Spring into College Series on May 1 at 11:19 a.m. in room 1-401
  • April 29Aice English General Paper Exam on May 1 at 8 a.m.
  • April 29Decisions and Donuts on May 1 at 7:45 a.m. in the Cafeteria
  • April 29Slam Poetry EOY Banquet on April 30 at 4 p.m. at City Pizza
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

THE MUSE

Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

THE MUSE

Looking towards the audience, Ben Krieger sing his original song “Burden On Me” during his set at Sunfest.
'Me, My Guitar, and My Notebook': Ben Krieger performs at SunFest
May 20, 2024
Yelling into his microphone, country musician Noah Hunton performs at SunFest as part of his mini south-Floridian tour, across venues from West Palm Beach to Key West.
Tuning Up SunFest
May 8, 2024

New Year, Her Rules

Principal Blake Bennett reflects on her first year on campus
Assistant+Principal+Ron+Lewis+spins+Principal+Blake+Bennett+as+part+of+a+secretly-planned+faculty+dance+during+the+Pep+Rally.
Allison Robbert
Assistant Principal Ron Lewis spins Principal Blake Bennett as part of a secretly-planned faculty dance during the Pep Rally.

Short on time? Listen to this story on Soundcloud.

One year ago, a phone call went out to the campus community. It was the first time Principal Blake Bennett introduced herself as Dreyfoos’ new principal. 

“There’s a lot of people in this world who don’t enjoy their jobs and who don’t enjoy what they do every day,” Ms. Bennett said. “I feel so bad for the people like that, but I can truly say I get up every day, and I come to work, and I have the best job on the planet.”

Principal Blake Bennett addresses faculty and staff during the Black Student Union’s Spirit Week. (Allison Robbert)

Prior to working on campus, Ms. Bennett was the principal of Wellington Landings Middle School. During her first year on campus, she faced challenges with navigating COVID-19 protocols. In addition to worrying about how to protect students from outside dangers, Ms. Bennett needed to worry about student safety on a microscopic level from a health perspective.

“I’m a worrier by nature,” Ms. Bennett said. “I worry about everything, so I’m always wonder(ing), ‘Are you doing everything you can to keep everybody safe?’”

Ms. Bennett structured her plan in four tenets, including establishing effective communication, assessing areas for improvement, analyzing school culture to adjust learning processes accordingly, and meeting the needs of students. She emphasized that these goals could always be worked on and are always being revisited. 

One example of these came during Spirit Week. This year, unlike the past, the school’s schedule was changed in order to accommodate a reasonable lunchtime.

“When we were looking at the schedule, I was trying to figure out, ‘How are we supposed to get all these things done and people are supposed to eat lunch?’” Ms. Bennett said. “Let’s do a longer lunch (so) we don’t have to rush through generation dances or Field Day activities, (and) we can actually enjoy them. Everybody then could still have a chance to eat and then get to class.”

Principal Blake Bennett raises her hands to encourage the junior section to show their school spirit during Pep Rally Day. (Natalie Ryder)

Beyond her four overarching goals, Ms. Bennett has focused on maintaining a “positive” attitude throughout the year. Every morning, Ms. Bennett welcomes students when the three chimes of the PA system ring at 8:30 a.m. 

“I think no matter what we do, whether it’s a weekend or a school day, we need to start the day in a positive manner,” Ms. Bennett said. “You need to set an expectation for the day.”

Now being a year into the job, Ms. Bennet is already preparing for next year. Ms. Bennett is planning a joint venture with Palm Beach State College to make it easier for high school students to achieve an Associate in Arts (or AA) degree, working to foster the school’s safety, and organizing greater campus safety.

“Our students are absolutely amazing. Our staff is phenomenal,” Ms. Bennett said. “Everybody here is together for a common purpose, and it makes it so much fun every morning for the past year to get up and come to work.”

Principal Bennett hugs SGA advisor Sarah Ray during Pep Rally to show her thanks for all of the planning that went into Spirit Week. (Natalie Ryder)
Leave a Comment
Donate to THE MUSE
$0
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

About the Contributor
Dylan Dam
Dylan Dam, Content Team Editor
Dylan Dam is a third-year staffer and content team editor on The Muse. When he's not working, he's usually swimming competitively, eating food, or watching episodes of "The Fosters." In addition to The Muse, he is also the captain of the swim team. He joined The Muse because he believes in telling stories that go unnoticed to tell the story of our surrounding community.
Donate to THE MUSE
$0
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

Posting under a pseudonym is not permitted. Online comments that are found in violation of the editorial policy will be removed as quickly as possible.
All THE MUSE Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *