• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Jun 18, 2019
  • Category: News, School
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Cornerstone Charter Academy to be Honored for Public Service at Multiplying Good Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C

Cornerstone Charter Academy Students In Action Team will be honored alongside Von Miller, Patagonia, and unsung community heroes

BELLE ISLE, FL. (June 13, 2019)–Multiplying Good, the nation’s leading nonprofit focused on fueling personal growth and leadership through public service, today announced that Cornerstone Charter Academy Students In Action Team will be honored for their service work at its annual Jefferson Awards alongside Von Miller, Denver Broncos’ linebacker/founder Von’s Vision, and Patagonia, designer of outdoor clothing and gear/environmental advocate.

The Awards, now in its 47th year, were co-created by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard. This year’s event will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C. and is the nation’s largest convening of individuals committed to public service. The Belle Isle students will join 150 grassroots and youth Jefferson Award recipients from across the country.

Multiplying Good’s Students In Action program concentrates on building confidence and developing key skills for youth leaders through an extensive support structure encompassing training, technology, and a continuum of caring adults.

The Service Learning Dedicated Ducks, Cornerstone Charter Academy’s Students In Action team, will be recognized for their dance marathon, Quack-a-thon and their year-long fundraiser and which raised $35,000. The money will benefit Miracle Children, an initiative of the Children’s Miracle Network which helps prematures babies and critically ill children. The Service Learning Dedicated Ducks were inspired to choose this cause by the Shield’s Family, a local family who has two children that are part of the Miracle Children initiative enrolled at Cornerstone Charter Academy. The Dedicated Ducks from Cornerstone Charter Academy, under the leadership of Faculty Advisor Linda Reyes, have participated in the Students In Action program since the 2015-2016 school year.

“By providing a prestigious platform that recognizes outstanding, selfless acts of service, we motivate our award recipients to do more and we inspire others to take action in service to others, creating a ripple of good,” said Hillary Schafer, Multiplying Good CEO. “The youth, grassroots, corporations, and notable national award recipients who join us at the D.C. Jefferson Awards represent the very best of our country, people who have dedicated themselves to serving others. By bringing them together and elevating their work, we inspire positive impact in communities nationwide.”

Following a rebrand in February, which put a greater emphasis on the organization’s overall mission and programming to inspire people of all ages to get involved in service, Multiplying Good continues to pay tribute to its roots by recognizing remarkable service with its twice-annual ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and New York.

Multiplying Good will honor Cornerstone Charter Academy Students In Action team alongside the following national figures for their public service efforts and initiatives:

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will be honored with the award for Outstanding Public Service in Professional Sports. Miller’s commitment to Denver youth through Von’s Vision provides low-income children with the eye care and corrective eyewear they need to be their best in the classroom and in life. His organization works with partners to donate their time, optometric and ophthalmological services, and frames and prescriptions to benefit thousands of children annually.

On behalf of Patagonia, the company’s environmental advocate Avi Garbow will accept the award for Outstanding Public Service by a Corporation. As an American outdoor apparel company, Patagonia has long been on the leading edge of sustainability in the industry. The organization has donated more than $100 million to nonprofit environmental groups and conservation efforts since its founding in 1973. Through its corporate venture capital fund, Tin Shed Ventures, Patagonia also invests in start-ups that offer solutions to the environmental crisis. These include solar projects, innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save water and regenerate soil health, and circular economy models. When possible, Patagonia will partner with the businesses in which it invests, such as Yerdle, which helped Patagonia launch its Worn Wear business, which promises the company will produce and sell quality goods, repair them when needed, recycle them free of charge, and even buy back functional gear in an effort to prolong product use and reduce the company’s carbon, waste, and water footprint.

To purchase tickets for the 2019 D.C. Jefferson Awards, or to learn more about Multiplying Good and this year’s honorees, please visit: http://bit.ly/MULTIPLYGOODINDC.

About Multiplying Good
Multiplying Good is a national nonprofit that channels the power of public service to unleash potential in individuals. For nearly 50 years, they have honored those who build better communities, trained young leaders, and activated individuals and organizations to multiply the impact they can deliver. Through a continuum that starts with engagement and culminates in recognition, they fuel personal growth and multiply the power of service to others. Through recognition, they inspire individuals and those who hear their stories to deliver greater positive change. You can learn more about the organization by visiting MultiplyingGood.org or engaging with their online communities via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Jun 4, 2019
  • Category: News
Third grade students at Academica-supported schools showed a level of mastery in the 2019 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts (ELA), surpassing this year’s Florida state average.

Third grade students at Academica-supported schools showed a level of mastery in the 2019 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA)

Third-grade students at Academica-supported schools showed a level of mastery in the 2019 Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) in English Language Arts (ELA), surpassing this year’s Florida state average.

68% of third graders in Academica-supported schools scored a level 3 or above, Florida’s mean average was 58%.

o Miami-Dade County
Academica-Supported Schools: 76%
Traditional District Schools: 60%

o Broward County
Academica-Supported Schools: 65.8%
Traditional District Schools: 60%

o Palm Beach County
Academica-Supported Schools: 55%
Traditional District Schools: 54%

o Orange County
Academica-Supported Schools: 80%
Traditional District Schools: 55%

o Lake County
Academica-Supported Schools: 79%
Traditional District Schools: 60%

· Third grade students from Academic-serviced schools outperformed large counties such as Broward, Duval, Orange and Hillsborough by 13.5 percentage points, compared to the average percentage scores of students who scored a level 3 or above in all four counties.
· Somerset Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson County increased 9% in proficiency, having one hundred percent of the lowest quartile making gains.
· The mean FSA ELA score was 306.75 on a scale that ranges from 240 to 360.

Congratulations to all third grade students for their achievements and a round of applause to the teachers who helped them get there.

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Jun 3, 2019
  • Category: News

Miami Native Rodrigo Medinilla Completes Round 3 of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Original Article at: NBC 6

Twelve-year-old Rodrigo Medinilla’s future isn’t quite spelled out yet, but he may just “bee” on his way to student stardom.

The Miami native, a 7th grader at Pinecrest Academy Charter Middle School, is competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, one of the oldest spelling competitions in the country. It’s Medinilla’s first time participating in the bee, but the South Florida student is already moving forward.

“I worked hard to get here, and I’m going to keep working hard, because I want to win, obviously,” he said. “[But] if I don’t, it’ll be fine. I got here, and that’s the greatest part of the experience.”

Medinilla completed round three of the competition Wednesday morning. His correct spelling of the word “ecclesial” (meaning: relating to the church) is launching him into round four of the competition.

Now I have a big chance of going to the semifinals, with God’s help,” he said. “It’s been really fun, it’s been nerve-wracking because now we’re on stage in front of everyone else, but it gives me a weird sense of security,” he said

And Medinilla isn’t just well-versed with words. His friends and family call him a “human calculator” for his ability to solve complex math problems in his head. The South Florida student was also a contestant on NBC’s “Genius Junior” in May 2018.

On Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio invited Medinilla to a private tour of the U.S. Capitol and White House.

“It’s just amazing because the fruits of my labor, as I would call it, have caused this, and also the generosity of Marco Rubio,” he said.

Other words Medinilla has spelled correctly on his journey through the spelling bee? Potash, impetuous, koan, verboten, maladroit, fusi, acervation and annelid.

You can stay updated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee here.


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