• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: May 13, 2019
  • Category: Mater, News
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Two high-school seniors from Miami-Dade County chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars

Two high school seniors from Miami-Dade County were among a select group of 161 students nationwide chosen as 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Nina Ahmadi, a senior at the Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH) in Miami, and Mercedes F. Ferreira-Dias, a senior at Mater Lakes Academy High School in Miami Gardens, were announced Tuesday as members of the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. They were among seven students in Florida honored for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Ahmadi and Ferreira-Dias were selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.

“Being named a Presidential Scholar is a remarkable honor these students will carry with them throughout their lives,” said Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in a statement. “They were selected not only for their academic achievements, but for the hours these student leaders devoted to improving their community, fostering values as they helped others. We are elated that Miami-Dade students are among those being recognized nationally.”

The Presidential Scholars program is not a scholarship, but a “recognition program.”

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., in June and receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. During their visit, the students will be given opportunities to “wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit area museums and monuments,” according to the program’s web page.

More than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2019 awards, which are determined by performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or via nominations from Chief State School officers, other organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.

In 2018, three students from Miami-Dade County were selected to be U.S. Presidential Scholars, including two students from New World School of the Arts in Miami and one from DASH.

The recipients are made up of one man and one woman from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad — as well as 15 “chosen at-large,” 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

The 2019 award ceremony will be June 23.

“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement both inside of the classroom and out,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a statement. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence, no matter what challenge they are tackling, will serve them well throughout their lifelong learning journeys. I have no doubt that many of tomorrow’s leaders are among this year’s class of Scholars.”

 
Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article230120979.html#storylink=cpy
Original Article from Miami Herald
 
Mercedes F. Ferreira-Dias

Mercedes F. Ferreira-Dias

 

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Mar 18, 2019
  • Category: Mater, News
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Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program

The past four days, our selected juniors from Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 

When the students arrived to the SOAYLP in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, they participated in the program that consisted of workshops and classroom activities with dynamic speakers from business, government, and academia, along with the lectures and workshops. They had the chance to attend tours of Valley Forge National Historical Park, Colonial Philadelphia and even dine with an Amish family in Lancaster.

It was a great experience for all and they did a great job representing their schools! 

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Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes made school history on Saturday, winning the first-ever IBT title in school history, topping the John Lyzott Memorial IBT at McArthur.

The Bears, ranked sixth in the Orlando Sentinel’s latest Class 1A team rankings, finished with five individual champions, outscoring Coral Park and South Broward by 52 points.

Week 2 tournament results from across Florida »

“We are pumped,” Mater Lakes coach Brandon Neifeld said via email. “We started this program six years ago from scratch and the team is looking very good and coming into form.”

“We have six seniors in the lineup, all capable of reaching the podium at states.”

Winning titles on Saturday were Danny Martinez (106), Nick Luna (120), Omar Amengol (132), David Alvarez (220), and Ethan Vargas (285). Nestor Nunez (16) also reached the finals as the Bears won with a team effort with 10 wrestlers making the podium.

“It feels great to see the kids achieving success not only individually but as a team because we really developed a family type of bond together at Mater Lakes,” Neifeld said. ‘”We have very limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”

limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”

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Coral Park and South Broward finished in a tie for second place. Steven Villalobos (152) won an individual title for Coral Park with Justin Maynard (160) taking home top honors for South Broward.

Michael Sarron (126) and Alex Chitty (138) both won titles for fourth-place Coral Springs Charter

Results — Rankings based on Orlando Sentinel rankings

Team scores: 1. Mater Lakes 230; 2. South Broward, Coral Park 178; 4. Coral Springs Charter 167.5; 5. Cypress Bay 156; 6. Goleman 143; 7. Taravella 118; 8. Ft. Lauderdale, Nova 92; 10. Deerfield Beach 64.5; 11. McArthur 53.5; 12. Everglades, Miramar 47; 14. Monarch 46.5; 15. Douglas, Western 45; 17. Calvary Christian 25.

Finals: 106: #4-1A Danny Martinez (Mater Lakes) p. Alex Couto (Coral Park) 3:57

113: #19-3A Justin Huertas (Taravella) p. #18-3A Nico Cava (Monarch) 5:23

120: #2-1A Nick Luna (Mater Lakes) maj. dec. #7-2A Anthony Montanez (South Broward) 15-5

126: #8-1A Michael Sarron (Coral Springs Charter) p. Frank Indiero (Goleman) 1:09

132: #5-1A Omar Armengol (Mater Lakes) maj. dec. #20-3A Eddie Punzalan (Cypress Bay) 18-4

138: #10-1A Alex Chitty (Coral Springs Charter) maj. dec. Marlo Garcia (South Broward) 9-0

145: #8-3A Steven Erched (Douglas) dec. #7-1A Terrell Taylor (Coral Springs Charter) 12-9

152: #3-3A Steven Villalobos (Coral Park) p. #12-2A Raul Chavarry (Goleman) 3:08

160: #3-2A Justin Maynard (South Broward) dec. #3-1A Nestor Nunez (Mater Lakes) 6-3

170: Emerson Derose (Miramar) dec. #10-1A Tyler Vargas (Coral Springs Charter) 10-8

182: #15-3A Christian Deluna (Cypress Bay) dec. Coby Newton (Taravella) 6-3

195: #12-3A Caio De Almeida (Cypress Bay) p. Jesus Rodriguez (McArthur) 5:22

220: #10-1A David Alvarez (Mater Lakes) dec. #12-3A Julian D’orazio (Fort Lauderdale) 7-0

285: #13-1A Ethan Vargas (Mater Lakes) dec. Kareem Crawford (South Broward) 5-4

Check out the latest Class 1A individual rankings »

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

Mater Lakes makes school history at John Lyzott

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FBLA COMPETITION

Mater Lakes Academy Qualify Eight Students for Nationals

Miami, FL, Monday, April 23, 2018 – Mater Lakes Academy had fourty-two students that competed at the Future Business Leaders of America’s State Leadership Conference.  The FBLA SLC was held March 15th – 18th in Orlando.

“The students spent several weeks preparing for their state competition especially the students that had not competed before,” said Mr. Giovanni Lorenzo, FBLA Sponsor.

This is the first time that Mater Lakes Academy has had eight students qualify during the State Leadership Conference to attend the National Competition. Katheryn Kalouf, Isabella Milanes, and Rosa Aleman placed in first in the E-Business category.  Simon Kato, Derek Velez, and Natalie Lopez, placed in second place in Mobile Application Design.  Octavio Calvo placed 5th in Global Business category and Maria Reyes placed fifth in Insurance and Risk Management.

FBLA members will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland from June 28th – July 1st.  This four-day conference is the highest level of competition for FBLA members. FBLA will have created partnerships with industry leaders to design and judge their competitive events.  Students achieving national ranking can earn scholarships through FBLA and their partners.

“It is amazing what our students have been able to accomplish over the years, it seems like each year we have more and more students qualify,” said Mr. Rene Rovirosa, Principal.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

CONTACT:

Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800
amartinez@materlakes.org
www.materlakes.org

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FLORIDA TAX WATCH AWARD

Mater Lakes Academy’s Principal is Named Top Principal by Florida TaxWatch

Miami, FL, Monday, April 23, 2018 – Principal, Rene F. Rovirosa of Mater Lakes Academy was named one of the top nine principals in the State of Florida, by Florida TaxWatch, and one of the top three in the high school division in August.  On Thursday, April 19th, Florida Tax Watch held their Principal Leadership Award dinner, and amongst the three nominees in the high school category he was awarded the top principal.

Florida TaxWatch is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute.  According to their website, “Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses.”

Florida TaxWatch established their Principal Leadership Awards Program in 2014.  The criteria used to name the top 3 principals per grade division (elementary, middle, and high school) is not done through a nomination basis, but it is data driven.  Florida TaxWatch basis their criteria on data received from the Florida Department of Education, using assessment scores, their learning gains, and the percentage of students that are ELL, SPED, and economically disadvantaged and their progress.  Mater Lakes Academy has 4% learning gain in English and Language Arts and a 14% learning gain in Mathematics.  Mater Lakes Academy exceeded both the state and district percentage of proficiency at 71%.

“I am honored, there are no other words to describe it, but just that I am honored,” said Principal Rene F. Rovirosa.  “I truly feel that they key to a better community is quality education, and that is what we are providing because this award is not just mine but all of Mater Lakes.”  Earlier in the school year, Mr. Rovirosa was also awarded the 2017 Charter School Champion Leader Award by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

CONTACT:

Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800
amartinez@materlakes.org
www.materlakes.org

 


 

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Congratulations to Mater Academy Middle/High graduate, Dayme Delgado!

She once struggled to learn English. Now this Cuban-American student is headed to MIT

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  • Posted On: Aug 14, 2015
  • Category: Mater, News

Mater Brighton Lakes Academy in Osceola County is the latest addition to the Mater Academy, Inc. network of high performing charter schools.

Mater Academy, Inc., one of the nation’s leading charter school networks, announced that Mater Brighton Lakes Academy—a tuition-free public charter school —will open in Osceola County for the 2015-2016 school year.
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Come August, the new charter school located at 3200 Pleasant Hill Road, Kissimmee, Florida, will open its doors to 700 students in grades K through 6, with the intention to expand to grade 8 in subsequent years. The school’s curriculum will allow for students to experience a college preparatory curriculum with an enhanced focus on Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum, Robotics and a Positive Behavior Supports Character Education program.

Leading the school is Principal Carmen Cangemi, “I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a wonderful institution,” said Cangemi. “I am committed to carrying out the vision and mission of Mater Brighton Lakes Charter School, which is to provide our students with a viable educational choice that offers an innovative, rigorous, and seamless college preparatory curriculum.” Principal Cangemi, born in Miami to parents of Cuban descent, began her educational career eighteen years ago as a Special Education teacher where she developed an extraordinary appreciation and love for working with students with special needs. With a desire to continue to grow professionally, Cangemi pursued a Master’s Degree in Reading and subsequently a certification in Educational Leadership. Principal Cangemi started her administrative career as an Assistant Principal at Mater Academy Middle/High School in Hialeah, Florida. In 2008, she became the Principal of Pinecrest Academy South Elementary Charter School, also serviced by Academica, the Educational Service Provider for Mater Academy schools.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Mater Brighton Lakes Academy will join Mater’s growing roster of high-performing charter schools as it’s first charter school outside of Miami-Dade County in Florida. The organization has a proven track record of developing a network of successful charter schools throughout Miami and has been seeking to expand it’s program throughout the state. Mater’s strategic formula of establishing schools in areas of great need has made it an instrumental resource in accelerating student and school performance nationwide for the past decade.

To learn more about Mater Brighton Lakes Academy, visit www.materbrightonlakes.com

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Pitbull’s new Miami charter school set to open

by Dani Cimo, Telemundo

Pitbull wants to make education fun again—and he’s doing it with his new charter school opening up in Miami this week.
The international superstar is best known for his party soundtrack all around the world, but his charter school will be opened in the very same Miami neighborhood where he grew up. The school will focus on sports management and is called Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM)
In an interview with the Washington Post, Pitbull explained why he decided to take up the cause of charter schools.
“The simple fact is that teachers have changed my life. I had a second grade teacher that taught me that yeah, there is a way out…and I had an eleventh grade teacher who taught me to believe in myself…and that’s the same thing I want to do with the kids,” he said.

Pitbull emphasizes the importance of inspiration at SLAM, and he hopes to see kids embrace education again.
“What happens is education is no longer sexy, it’s no longer cool. I want to help put together a curriculum…where it does entertain them and engage them,” he explained.
Latinos are increasingly enrolling in charter schools, going from 20 percent of the charter school population in the 1999-2000 year to 26 percent in 2009-2010, according to George Washington University’s Face the Facts initiative.
Pitbull’s school will be run by non-profit Mater Academy, which has several Miami-area charter schools, and Academica, a large national charter school management company. Academica’s president Fernando Zulueta said at the National Charter Schools Conference in July that the rapper’s role will not be day to day but instead focusing on getting people involved.

The school has faced some criticism for working with Academica, a for-profit company. The National Education Policy Center called Pitbull out not just for Academica’s involvement but also for what they called misogynistic lyrics in his music. Still, Pitbull’s involvement in the school choice movement and desire to help kids get interested in learning again has been mostly well-received.
The Cuban American musician wants to see students at his school find learning fun. He says SLAM‘s mission is to provide Miami’s youth with an innovative educational program, emphasizing in sports-related career preparation. By educating the youth, he hopes to empower them to tackle anything that comes their way.
“There is no way that you can tackle any obstacle or any issue around the world if you are not educated,” he told the Washington Post. “That’s why we have to educate. That’s why I fight for it.”

http://nbclatino.com/2013/08/11/pitbulls-new-miami-charter-school-set-to-open/

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