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Miami, FL, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Mater Lakes Academy began a Health Services Academy five years ago, with two Health Services classes. The students enrolled in the class would become CPR and First Response trained, under the direction of firefighters: Christopher Wydra, Hialeah Fire Department, and Nicolas Wydra and Ron Piel, Miramar Fire Department.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today for the program and was attended by, State Representative Manny Diaz, Jr., Mayor Manny Cid and Councilman Nelson Rodriguez, Town of Miami Lakes, as well as members of the City of Hialeah and City of Miramar Fire Departments, and Dr. Dwight Bernard of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Charter School Operations. The honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon was given to State Representative, Manny Diaz, Jr.
Over the years the program grew from two classes to seven the following year, and enrollment continue to grow has now expanded two not just health science classes, but to Emergency Medical Response, and now the Emergency Medical Technician program. “Our classes were growing and we felt this is the time in which we needed to give the children an opportunity to advance and be exposed to careers in the medical field, whether it be careers in public service or in the medical field,” said Christopher Wydra, EMT Instructor and Hialeah Firefighter.
This year Mater Lakes Academy has seventeen seniors who are the first EMT class of the school and the first public charter school in the county. In order for the students to be enrolled in the EMT program they have to have taken and passed the National Emergency Medical Responder’s exam over the summer.
During the school year, they will be taking EMT courses in high school and will receive Dual Enrollment credits from Barry University and once they pass the Emergency Medical Technician’s exam they can become a licensed EMT and can apply directly to Fire Schools and apply for jobs as Paramedics.
“I want to become a trauma surgeon and I feel this program exposes me to aspects of my future career. I love the atmosphere of the class and the opportunities we are being provided,” said Ashley Zuniga. “I want to work in the medical field as well and this class has given me a glimpse of careers available. What I most enjoy about the class is that we are like a family. The teachers are amazing and are so knowledgeable and they bring a real world touch with their experiences in the class,” said Emilia Rodriguez.
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.
Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone: (305) 698-8000
Fax: (305) 698-1800
Doral Academy of Technology is being nominated as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School in the High Performing category.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. More than 7,500 of schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced that Somerset Arts Conservatory has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Somerset Arts Conservatory is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor. Somerset Arts Conservatory was one out of four schools in Florida to receive this honor.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state—or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
The administration of Somerset will represent Somerset Arts Conservatory at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. to celebrate their hard-won achievements.
For more information about Somerset Arts Conservatory, please visit the school’s website atwww.somersetacademy.com . For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visithttp://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida student got to live out her culinary dream at the nation’s capital, and it was all thanks to a homemade recipe.
Twelve-year-old Olivia LaRochelle won this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” a contest that’s part of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. The seventh grader from Doral Academy Charter Middle School represented Florida in the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House, Thursday.
Hialeah Educational Academy, or HEA, is unusual in more respects than the academic achievement of its students. The campus sprawls across a square of land covered in baseball fields, basketball courts, and woven together with paved walkways where uniformed students traverse between buildings for class in the summery heat. Along the edges of the campus, there is an active fire station, an active fire training tower, and an active police substation, where students attend classes in academies taught by actual firefighters, police officers, attorneys, and other civil servants.
Hialeah and Miami Among Highest Ranking U.S. Cities on Education Equality Index and Charter Schools Dominate the Top-10 List
Miami – All students deserve an excellent public education, and the charter school movement continues to be a driving force in accomplishing this goal. One of the most comprehensive measures of this achievement is the Education Equality Index (EEI). Recently released by Education Cities, in collaboration with GreatSchools, the report ranks Hialeah No. 1 and Miami No. 3 among Top-10 U.S. Cities closing the Achievement Gap, or reducing the educational divide between students from low-income families and their more advantaged peers. A total of 14 charter schools from the two cities appear on the list of 20, and 12 of those are serviced by Academica, the country’s longest-serving charter school education service provider.
The Educational Equality Index serves a dual purpose by providing context for student success at individual schools and empowering professionals throughout the educational system with insights about areas to improve.
In a four-year period, Academica-serviced Pinecrest Academy North respectively showed 38- and 21-point gains in math and reading scores; however, the Miami-Dade County school district overall improved by six points in math and three points in reading.
Improving the educational experience for all students might include finding new ways to forge collaborations among Miami-Dade County public schools (traditional, charter and magnet) in an effort identify district-wide solutions aimed at increasing the pace of positive change, an area where EEI ranked Hialeah 25th and Miami 30th. One of Academica’s areas of expertise is nurturing strong network affiliations among the schools it services in order to share best practices and seek ways to improve.
Anthony O’Neil has been a student of Somerset Academy, located at 20803 Johnson Street, Pembroke Pines, FL, since 5th grade. He took 32 college classes and 20 AP courses throughout his high school career—maintaining a 5.67 weighted GPA (3.94 unweighted GPA) and earning a perfect 800 on the Math SAT. In June, he will graduate with a high school diploma along with an Associate’s in Arts degree from Broward College. Additionally, O’Neill was named a National Hispanic Scholar, a National Merit Finalist AND a Gates Millennium Finalist.
He received an acceptance letter from Harvard—and he admits he cried. “I cried not only in honor of my own efforts, but for the sacrifices my parents made in giving me everything I needed to have a good life; for the unrelenting efforts of my sister and her friend (Tony Morales) in ensuring I was well-equipped to navigate the college process; for the school’s faculty and administration who have supported me every step of the way. A first-generation, low-income Latino student doesn’t get into Harvard by himself. Together with my family, friends, and community–the whole village, we were accepted to Harvard.”
Since then, he has also received notice of admission from Yale via phone call, email, and a likely letter; he is still waiting to hear back from Stanford and Amherst.
“I know that my experience at a traditional public school would have been totally different; a charter school such as Somerset Academy nurtured the confidence I needed to excel. I never felt like a number. My principal, Mr. Montero, addresses me by name and asks how my sister and mother are doing. When I go to school, I know my teachers want me there because they love teaching. I’m able to sit down and have lunch with my counselors any day of the week. The faculty members at Somerset charter school genuinely care for their students – they do everything they can to allow their students to succeed,” gushes O’Neil.
While at Somerset, O’Neil has been a part of the school’s student government association and trivia team all four years of high school. A leader of the Animal and Environmental Science club, he worked with local shelters helping with abandoned cats and dogs and he aided in the establishment of the school’s recycling program. More recently, he became a mentor for a fellowship program called Under A Tree, Inc. O’Neil explains, “This experience has solidified my commitment to social justice and awareness as I’ve explored critical social issues alongside some of Somerset’s most motivated and capable students through peer discussion groups and civil service projects.” In 2014 he attended a summer program at Harvard, and in 2015 he went to a veterinary medicine summer program at Cornell.
O’Neil aspires to work in the field of conservation medicine, researching emerging diseases, addressing public health concerns, and promoting environmental welfare. He volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Costa Rica this past summer, thanks in part to a partial scholarship from Somerset. On Tumblr, he ran a blog at giraffeinatree.tumblr.com where he shares animal photography of many great artists as well as his own amateurish pursuits. O’Neil was appointed by Tumblr administration to serve as one of 30 editors to moderate and feature works for #Animals, until the program’s discontinuation in November 2015. With about 24,000 followers to date, O’Neil’s blog gives awareness and support to a number of wildlife charities and endangered species through other ways, such as public discourse and fundraising.
Somerset Academy principal, Bernardo Montero, proudly exclaims, “Anthony is a uniquely impressive student: he’s earned the highest GPA in the 10 year history of our high school, he’s taken enough college courses to earn a bachelor’s degree, and he’s been repeatedly recognized on a national level for his academic excellence. When I think of Anthony, though, the first things that come to mind are his humility and his support of his peers. Anthony shies away from compliments yet is always eager to help other students and improve our school. I am immensely proud of the young man I’ve seen him become and I’m confident that he’ll make his family, including Somerset Academy, proud.”
O’Neil is a minority and a child from a low-income family. He is the son of a Cuban immigrant, a product of a single-mother household, but he still managed to beat the odds.
Anthony O’Neil’s college dreams were born when he witnessed his sister, Meriah, and her close friend Tony Morales accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia; they are currently in their 4th year. Morales says, “Earning admission to both Harvard AND Yale is one of the rarest college admissions feats. It’s a big deal!” O’Neil proclaims, “Every step of the way, I have had their support and encouragement, and their own series of successes have served as models to guide my own. And right behind them was my doting mother, cheering me along with every triumph and failure alike.”
Founded in 1997, Somerset Academy Charter Schools offer high-quality K-12 educational programs in Florida, Nevada and Texas. In 2009, Somerset Academy became the first network of public charter schools in the nation to earn district accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for its proven commitment to quality and educational excellence. Visit http://www.somersetacademy.com/ for more information on Somerset Academy in Pembroke Pines. Academica, one of the nation’s longest-serving and most successful charter school service and support organizations, is the education service provider for Somerset Academy Charter High School as well as over 100 charter schools in Florida.