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  • Posted On: Jan 29, 2018
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The Choices in Education video competition

Gov. Jeb Bush Congratulates Choices in Education Video Competition Winner from Miami

As part of National School Choice Week, Gov. Jeb Bush recognized Christopher Collot and his son, Jayden, as winners of the national Choices in Education video competition during a school tour of Mater Academy Elementary School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. Jayden is a second-grade student at the school’s K-2 campus. 

“Every child in America deserves access to a quality education. Only individuals, empowered with the opportunity to succeed, will achieve earned success and lift up our great country.
“Our current education system – a monolithic, government-monopolized model – is failing to prepare children to reach their God-given potential. It’s time all parents in America have the access and right to a full and competitive marketplace of school options to meet the unique needs of their child.
“Each year during National School Choice Week, I’m grateful that educational freedom is enthusiastically championed and celebrated across the country. It’s a powerful reminder that education is an issue that touches every American family.
“Here in Miami, it was terrific to meet Chris and his young son, Jayden, today and to hear their Choices in Education story. Congratulations to Chris on his recognition as a national grand prize winner. My goal is for every family to have a success story rivaling theirs.”  
Governor Jeb Bush, Founder and Chairman of ExcelinEd

The Choices in Education video competition shares stories about how school choice is improving education for children and families across the country. Hundreds of students, parents and alumni of educational choice programs submitted videos about how educational opportunity has made a difference in their lives.
Grand Prize winner Christopher Collot chose a public charter school for his son, Jayden, to attend, where he is thriving both academically and socially.

“I wanted to provide my child with the best possible fit for his education and give him what I never had – a choice. I’m extremely lucky that I had the opportunity to choose a school that was right for my child’s educational needs. Every kid is different and that makes them special. We shouldn’t limit our children’s potential with a one-size-fits-all mentality.”

Christopher Collot, Choices In Education Grand Prize Winner

Mater Academy Elementary is a K-5 public charter school that ranks as one of the top elementary schools in Miami-Dade County.

In 2016, Mater Academy Elementary earned its 14th consecutive “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education based on student growth and achievement. The school’s proven academic record stems from its commitment to ensuring that all students are college bound from as early as kindergarten.

“I’m thrilled that Christopher was selected as a winner in the Choices in Education video contest. His passion for school choice continues long after his own experiences with a charter school. He chose to select the best learning environment for Jayden in Mater Academy and he expresses his commitment to educational choice through his involvement in our school’s activities.”

Principal Cecilia Guilarte, Mater Academy Elementary

Article by: www.ExcelinEd.org

Pictures by www.ExcelinEd.org

Original Release: https://mailchi.mp/excelined/gov-jeb-bush-congratulates-choices-in-education-video-competition-winner-from-miami?e=a7fa2244cd


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  • Posted On: Jan 26, 2018
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Science Fair Winners!!! from Ben Gamla Palm Beach

Congratulations, Kol HaKavod, to all of our Students and Teachers for participating in our Science Fair last week- pictures attached! Thank you to Mrs. Fishbein for coordinating the Science Fair and to our judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to come out and support our scientific inquiry! We consider ourselves particularly fortunate to merit such prestigious judges;

  • George Lockhart, Department of Charter Schools
  • Tom Medcalf, PBC Science Department  
  • Cristin Tabachnick, PBC Science Department and
  • Sarah Temple, Assistant Principal Somerset Canyons High School

The judges themselves were impressed by the projects and commented on the obvious scientific learning that is happening in our classrooms. We had several notable projects- both team and individual in 3rd-5th grade! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were announced in several categories earlier this week and 1st place winners will be participating in the District Science Fair in May.


and the Winners are…

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Class Projects

1st place – What State of Matter is Obleck?-  Ms. Hymson’s 2nd grade class

2nd place – What is the Most Common Color of Skittles?-  Mrs. Cianflone’s Kindergarten

3rd place – A Skittle Surprise – Mrs. BuShea’s 3rd grade


3rd grade Individual and Team projects

1st place- Which Soda Explodes the Highest?

2nd place- My Volcano Experiment

3rd place- A Crystally Conclusion


4th Grade

Individual projects

Tied for 1st place-  Which Type of Cup Keeps Liquids the Hottest for the Longest Amount of Time?

Tied for 1st place-  The iPhone Extreme Temperature Challenge

2nd place- No Soda Please

3rd place- Do Plants Need Water?  

4th grade Theme project– Green Project –  Splish Splash

4th grade Team Project

1st place- Danger Ball!  Which is Best? 

2nd– Fastball

3rd– Tick Sticky Oeey Gooey Science Behind Slime


5th Grade

Individual projects

1st – Fishing Frenzy

2nd– Protein Digesting Enzymes

Tied for 3rd– Drinks and Tooth Decay

Tied for 3rd place – Freezing Liquids

TEAM Projects

1st place- The Plant Position Effect

2nd place- Currents Conducting

3rd place- Artificial light effect on plants

Theme– Aviation- Weigh to Go  

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  • Posted On: Jan 23, 2018
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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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