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  • Posted On: Apr 26, 2018
  • Category: Academy
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Jazz Roots: Sound Check Brings Students from Mater Lakes Academy Behind The Scenes Of Chucho Valdés Show

Article by WLRN

Apr 23, 2018

Link: http://wlrn.org/post/jazz-roots-sound-check-brings-students-behind-scenes-chucho-vald-s-show

Hours before legendary Cuban jazz musician Chucho Valdés and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo performed at the Adrienne Arsht Center,  a group of Miami-Dade County high school musicians got to have an exclusive preview of the show. 

Some 150 students filed into the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall where Chucho Valdés and his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, were busy rehearsing for their show later in the evening. The young performers also got time to ask questions of all the musicians as part of the Jazz Roots program. 

Jazz Roots is a jazz curation program at the Arsht center. It performed the last show of its 10th season on Friday, April 20 by spotlighting Latin jazz. Each season of Jazz Roots is a six-part series taking place from November to April and highlighting a different type of jazz music.

“When we formed this series, we wanted to create it in a way that it also spoke to the community and educated our young audiences,” said Jairo Ontiveros, Arsht Center’s assistant vice president for education and community engagement. “They work with the artist, have a Q&A with them. They have a lecture with the type of music they’re going to hear for the evening, and they get free tickets to the concert as well.”

Jose Valdez, a 10th grader from Mater Lakes Academy, plays the trumpet in his school band and is also a DJ. Though he had been unfamiliar with music by Chucho Valdés’s, he now wants to learn more.

“I love the Afro-Cuban style and everything it comes with. It brings culture back,” he said. “I’ve never listened to Chucho Valdés before, but after today I’m sure going to go home and download all of his music.”

In reaction to the concept of youth engagement with established jazz musicians, Chucho Valdés drew upon his memories of being inspired in his youth by meeting Nat King Cole, with whom his father was close friends.

“I was 16 years old and I played for him, too,” he said. “[Nat King Cole] said to my papa, ‘Oh, Chucho may become a great piano player,’ and I was very happy.”

Chucho Valdés now has six Grammy awards and three Latin Grammy awards under his belt. He said he will soon release new Afro-Cuban music with a symphony orchestra.

Images Credit: Danny Hwang
 

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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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  • Posted On: Jan 23, 2018
  • Category: Academy, News
Christopher Collot

Parent Christopher Collot from Mater Academy Elementary won first place at the Excellence in Education Foundation competition.

Congratulations to parent Christopher Collot from Mater Academy Elementary. He is the winner of the Excellence in Education Foundation competition.
 
Christopher shares his story about how having the power to choose the best educational opportunity to meet his needs, as well as his child’s needs, made a difference for his family.
 

 

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Dec 14, 2017
  • Category: Academy, News
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Congratulations to Parent Christopher Collot from Mater Academy Elementary

We congratulate and support Christopher Collot, a parent from Mater Academy Elementary participating on the Choices in Education Video Competition 2017 

http://www.choicesined.org/vote-now/

Vote Now for Christopher Collot, Parent from Mater Academy Elementary

Help select the People’s Choice Winners!

We want your input. Vote for your favorite among the 15 competition finalists. The two videos that receive the most votes will win the People’s Choice award and $5,000.

Scroll down to watch the videos from the 15 finalists and hear their moving stories of how school choice has made a difference in lives coast-to-coast. You can only vote once so make it count!

How does the voting process work?

  1. Select up to three favorite videos by clicking on the “Vote for this Video” checkbox. You can only vote once, so be sure these are your favorites.
  2. Enter your email address at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click the “Vote” button.

It’s that easy!

http://www.choicesined.org/vote-now/

https://www.materelementary.com/

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 2, 2017
  • Category: Academy
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Mater Lakes Academy Starts the EMT Program with Barry University

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.

 

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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DORAL-LOGO

Congratulations on Doral Academy of Technology being nominated as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

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.

https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html

http://www.doralacademyprep.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=184268&type=d

 

 

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  • Posted On: Oct 18, 2016
  • Category: Academy

SOMERSET ARTS CONSERVATORY IS NAMED ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION

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/

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  • Posted On: Jul 27, 2016
  • Category: Academy
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Local 7th-grader Olivia LaRochelle won this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge from Doral Academy Charter Middle School

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.

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  • Posted On: Jul 27, 2016
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A winning playbook – Carlos Ferralls game plan to prepare students for college. Doral Academy

Doral offers 30 Advanced Placement courses, access to any number of virtual courses, blended-learning labs and a comprehensive arts and music program. A new seven-story building is planned that will include a theater, auditorium and arts center.

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  • Posted On: Jul 27, 2016
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Hialeah Educational Academy – A Unique School With a Unique Community Partnership

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.

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