• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 26, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
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The Zimriyah at Ben Gamla Charter School

Israeli culture & entertainment was on full display on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Ben Gamla Charter School located on 8600 Jog Road in Boynton Beach.  The K-5th tuition free charter school, which provides a Hebrew language program, celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) Zimriyah.

What is a Zimriyah…?

The Zimriyah is an Israeli Song & Dance Performance that the Ben Gamla students put on each year celebrating Israel’s Independence Day.  The event took place at the Temple Torat Emet Social Hall from 8:30am – 10am.

 

 

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • 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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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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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 24, 2018
  • Category: News
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EDU-Garden Day 2018 was so much fun! – BRIGHT FUTURES ACADEMY

We had a great time at Saturday’s annual EDU-Garden™ celebration, where we “brought back the family dinner” with a long line of homemade, easy to make crock pot recipes, served by our staff to more than a hundred of our students and their families. Despite some threatening showers earlier in the morning, the weather held off and it was a marvelous day for a a garden party. Our Earth Ambassadors showed visitors how to build a 4×4 garden box, introduced them to our bunnies and chickens, and Mrs. Slone taught dozens of kids (and some artistic adults) how to make their own custom kitchen towels. Some lucky families went home with their own slow cookers and one lucky family won a garden box for their home. It was a special day, as it is each year. We look forward to next year’s EDU-Garden™ Day!

We posted lots of pics to our smugmug gallery . Check them out!

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 11, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
Key West Academy

Key West Collegiate Academy In The News!

Local charter school launches new security program

See something, say something.” It’s the latest catchphrase to come from school shooting tragedies such as the one that killed 17 people on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida. A new program being launched Tuesday at Key West Collegiate Academy charter high school will enable students to actually do something.

Students will be briefed on the implementation of School Text Tips, a simple and anonymous text message hotline that allows students to immediately report weapons, bullying, drugs, harassment, cyber bullying, suspicious behavior and troubled students to school faculty.

“For years, the schools have been able to send out mass communications to students and parents, but I wanted to be able to reverse that direction and enable students to easily feed information to the school faculty and administration because they’re the ones who really know what’s happening. They’re our eyes, ears and boots on the ground,” said Shawn Verne, a Sugarloaf entrepreneur and father who started designing School Text Tips six years ago after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “So many other programs require users to register a username, create an account, fill out a series of drop down menus and then receive a verification email. That’s just too cumbersome. With School Text Tips, all they do is program a contact number into their phone and send a text to that contact whenever they have something to report.”

Students need not label the contact entry as “School Text Tips,” he said. “They can label it ‘Aunt Sally’ or anything else, as long as it’s something they’ll remember.” Verne tested the program at a school on Marco Island more than a year ago, and within a few months had heard from school officials that School Text Tips had prevented a suicide and identified a student who was cutting herself. “This saves lives immediately,” Verne said. “And in a time when all parents are asking what schools are doing to keep their kids safe, here’s a step forward with no footdragging or red tape.” Verne offered School Text Tips to Superintendent Mark Porter for Monroe County’s schools once before the Parkland shooting and again since, but the district has not taken any action on the offer, Verne said. “So I approached the principal of the Collegiate Academy, and his only question was, ‘How soon can we implement it?’ I offered it for free to the school district, but the superintendent said he had to give the new school safety director time to get his feet wet, and I haven’t heard back from anyone, which is frustrating because this saves lives and I have kids at Key West High School and Sugarloaf School.” When asked about School Text Tips on Friday, Porter told The Citizen, “We are evaluating all available products and do plan to make a selection in the near future. We are aware of Shawn’s product and do certainly appreciate the fact that he is a member of our community.”

In the meantime, Key West Collegiate Academy will host an assembly Tuesday afternoon, where students will receive a complete briefing, their school’s individual phone number and program it into their phones. “The students appreciate the ability to actually do something to keep themselves safe,” Verne said, adding that the text tip system actively analyzes tips 24 hours a day, seven days a week using artificial intelligence algorithms to look for emergency “key words” such as bomb, kill, shoot, blow up, suicide, etc. Each tip is read and analyzed in realtime for nature and content and is appropriately dispatched to predesignated school officials. The system also tracks tipsters who send in misleading or inappropriate tips from which a report can be filed indicating number of incidences and other pertinent data.

The school then reserves the right to decide whether the tipster should be contacted and confronted accordingly, thus reducing the chance of hoaxes. In an age of abundant caution, but amid funding shortages, school districts lament the lack of mental health counselors and school resource officials, so extra help to identify troubled students is being welcomed. “Let’s face it, the kids always know what’s going on more so than any teacher or counselor,” Verne said. “This lets us take advantage of everything they see and creates a watchdog community where bullies and troublemakers are deterred from doing harm since anyone who’s looking down at their phone could be texting a tip.” The Monroe County School Board meets Tuesday in Marathon, where a closed session is scheduled to discuss school safety.

BY TIMOTHY O’HARA
Key West Citizen
 
Original Article : https://keysnews.com/wp-content/themes/keysnews/assets/pdf/daily-editions/archive/Citizen031918.pdf

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 4, 2018
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The Mater Lakes Thespians Fly Off to Neverland!

By Lucas Menvielle and Jaily Gomez

Miami, FL, Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – The Mater Lakes Academy Thespian Society will be presenting their final show of the school year, Peter Pan, this April, from the 26th through the 28th in the Lehman Theater at Miami-Dade College. This will be their fourth performance in partnership with MDC since Annie in May 2017.

This timeless tale will feature beautiful music and, hilarious comedy. For the first time in the MLA Thespian’s history, the actors will be raised on wires, flying above the stage.

The show will be directed by MLA art teacher, Ms.  Xierra Itayem, who has previously directed the plays Scenes from a Dance and I Hate Shakespeare which were performed at Mater Lakes. However, she believes this will be unlike any show the Thespian Society has put on before.

“I think with every show we do we try to top ourselves, and I think that’s important especially with the MDC partnership,” Itayem said. “They have given us so many resources to keep growing, so we have to make sure that with every show we’re pushing ourselves and challenging ourselves to do more and do better.”

Itayem also stated “I think our actors bring a special, unique kind of humor to these shows and I think Peter Pan is perfect for how they act together.,” We talked to her actors to see their perspective.

Sophomore Jaily Gomez, who will be playing the titular role of Peter Pan, and who has been a Thespian since late 2016, has expressed her excitement to perform do aerial acrobatics. She also mentioned her increased preparation for this role, including her experience with gymnastics and ballet.

Her statements paralleled Itayem’s, specifically regarding the worth of the cast, crew and direction. “Rehearsals have been running on the set schedule and it seems like Ms. Itayem has everything in order,” Gomez said. “I think all the cast is very talented. We’re on schedule to do great things and we have a lot of time to work on this show so we can really perfect anything that goes wrong in the early stages.”

Playing Wendy in the show is sophomore Veronica Ginzo, who has had a very recent streak of success after her leading role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz., Humbly, she said she was surprised to see her name beside her role on the cast list.

“It was very unexpected because I did not expect the position of Wendy at all. I went in expecting to be an extra and not a lead, so I was very excited,” Ginzo said.

Lastly, for senior Robert Merkel, this show will mark his swansong for the Drama Club with a role of the play’s main antagonist Captain Hook. This comes after four years of impressive performances from Merkel. “I really want to knock it out of the park,” Merkel said. “I really want to make sure everyone wants to enjoy it and go out with a bang.”

Merkel also reminisced on some of his past experiences with the drama club. “I really love all the friends that I’ve been able to make and all the experiences I’ve been able to have with those friends,” Merkel said. It’s a sentiment all of the leads seemed to share. “We’re all very friendly with each other and we’re very close and we defend each other no matter what,” Gomez remarked.

Working on the play about the boy who never grew up makes everyone wonder, what is the hardest thing about growing up? For senior Robert Merkel, it’s a question he’s had to face head on as he prepares to graduate high school.

“In general it’s hard to accept that you have to have all these new responsibilities in life, and I’ve really been having a rough time accepting that, but you have to persevere,” Merkel said.

The Thespian Society has gained a reputation of never disappointing and it seems as if they’re on track to blow our minds yet again. Peter Pan will be playing in the Lehman Theater at Miami-Dade North Campus from April 26th to April 28th. Tickets are $10 at the door, come support Mater Lakes Academy and the Thespian Society and take a trip to Neverland with Peter Pan.

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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