iMater students have been participating in the Fairchild challenge all year. The Fairchild Challenge is our award-winning, interdisciplinary, environmental science competition designed to engage students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds to explore the natural world. The program has been recognized as a benchmark for exceptional STEM education and for empowering PreK – 12th grade students to become the next generation of scientists, researchers, educated voters, policy makers, and environmentally-minded citizens.
This year we competed against 54 schools (including some of the top ranked private schools). The top 16 schools are awarded bronze (10) silver (5), or gold (1) Not only did we earn the minimum number of points to be a Fairchild challenge school but also earned the highest number of points of all of the schools, placing first and earning gold! The students were also recognized for their work on individual challenges and given $1500 to invest in an environmental project, and $220 for winning the urban garden infomercial challenge. The money from that challenge will be used to install a hydroponic system in Luaces’ classroom.
Of 40 students applying for the summer internship 9 were chosen. Of those was our very own Justin Sánchez.
This is a major accomplishment for our students and the school. If you have any of the kids please make sure to congratulate them.
La profesora Monique Salazar y sus alumnos investigaron el uso de las algas como una opción para generar biocombustible. Por meses cultivaron diversos microorganismos utilizando carbono y bajo luz de un invernadero hasta lograr obtener el bioetanol.
Two high school seniors from Miami-Dade County were among a select group of 161 students nationwide chosen as 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars.
Nina Ahmadi, a senior at the Design & Architecture Senior High School (DASH) in Miami, and Mercedes F. Ferreira-Dias, a senior at Mater Lakes Academy High School in Miami Gardens, were announced Tuesday as members of the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. They were among seven students in Florida honored for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.
Ahmadi and Ferreira-Dias were selected as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
“Being named a Presidential Scholar is a remarkable honor these students will carry with them throughout their lives,” said Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, in a statement. “They were selected not only for their academic achievements, but for the hours these student leaders devoted to improving their community, fostering values as they helped others. We are elated that Miami-Dade students are among those being recognized nationally.”
The Presidential Scholars program is not a scholarship, but a “recognition program.”
Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., in June and receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. During their visit, the students will be given opportunities to “wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit area museums and monuments,” according to the program’s web page.
More than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2019 awards, which are determined by performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or via nominations from Chief State School officers, other organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.
In 2018, three students from Miami-Dade County were selected to be U.S. Presidential Scholars, including two students from New World School of the Arts in Miami and one from DASH.
The recipients are made up of one man and one woman from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad — as well as 15 “chosen at-large,” 20 Scholars in the Arts and 20 Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
The 2019 award ceremony will be June 23.
“I want to congratulate this year’s class of Presidential Scholars on their achievement both inside of the classroom and out,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a statement. “Their hard work and commitment to excellence, no matter what challenge they are tackling, will serve them well throughout their lifelong learning journeys. I have no doubt that many of tomorrow’s leaders are among this year’s class of Scholars.”
Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article230120979.html#storylink=cpy
Onelio Rios is a senior at Mater Academy Charter Middle/High School and currently has 3.9 GPA, and is a dual enrollment student. This student-athlete plays Varsity Football, Varsity Volleyball and Track and Field. He has been accepted to the University of West Florida on scholarship and will be playing football.
Onelio was recognized at the March 15, 2019 Miami Heat Game and was awarded a Carnival Cruise Lines Scholarship for mentoring and serving the youth of our community. This academic award will go to the college of his choice for the next 5 years. Congratulations to Mr. Rios and much success in the future!
The past four days, our selected juniors from Mater Academy High School and iMater High School were awarded scholarships to attend the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
When the students arrived to the SOAYLP in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, they participated in the program that consisted of workshops and classroom activities with dynamic speakers from business, government, and academia, along with the lectures and workshops. They had the chance to attend tours of Valley Forge National Historical Park, Colonial Philadelphia and even dine with an Amish family in Lancaster.
It was a great experience for all and they did a great job representing their schools!
The Florida Association of Student Councils hosts a state level convention every year in which schools from different districts get the chance to build upon student leadership, school activities, networking, and project competitions. SGA goes beyond just organizing and running events, members also have to document and evaluate these events hosted at their schools. Miami Dade County Public Schools are a part of district 6 for FASC.
When it comes to the competition part of FASC, medallion council and project books are submitted at convention. Medallion books are judged by how many school events/meetings occur at your school in comparison of your school population. Schools as a result to their medallion council books can be ranked gold, silver, or bronze. As for the project books, it is one project that get documented by a specific category. There are ten categories in FASC such as faculty and staff relations, community service, and school spirit. Books are judged by a rubric that includes evaluation of the information on the project forms and the supporting documents provided. Books can only place first, second, or third per category out of at least 15 books minimum submitted from schools overall.
Mater Academy High, Mater Academy Middle, Mater Lakes Academy High, iMater Middle, and iMater High are all proud members of district 6 in FASC. These schools listed are the only Academica charter schools to be a part of FASC in Miami Dade County. The SGA in these schools are led by Mr. Nelson Cartaya and Mrs. Mary Pino (Mater High), Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Middle), Mrs. Melissa Gil and Ms. Ana Sanchez (Mater Lakes Academy), Ms. Elisa Aviles (iMater High), and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Middle). In addition, as a Mater Family, these schools participated in the FASC convention of March 1st -3rd in Boca Raton Community High School along with 94 other schools. It was three days filled with workshops, meetings, activities, and competition. The Mater schools are proud to list their weekend accomplishments at FASC:
We as advisors are proud of our students who work hard to manage events at their schools, but also compete at a state level and win in their prospective categories. This weekend at FASC was definitely a Mater Family Takeover and we couldn’t be more content in working together for the greater good of our students who strive to be better leaders. We are always leading by example. As Nelson Cartaya says, “We teach our kids to be the example, not the exception.”
Mater Academy High School: Nelson Cartaya FASC Advisor of the Year, Medallion Council Silver Rank, District 6 Treasurer School
iMater Middle School: 2nd Place Membership Motivation, 3rd Place School Spirit, 3rd Place School Service
All Five Mater Schools with their trophies.
Mater Academy Middle School: 2nd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 2nd Place Health and Safety
Mater Lakes Academy High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank, 2nd Place Fundraising, 3rd Place Faculty and Staff Relations, 3rd Place Community Service, District 6 Secretary School
iMater High School: Medallion Council Gold Rank
SGA Advisors: (left to right) Bottom row: Ms. Elisa Aviles and Ms. Denise Garcia (iMater Academy High and Middle School) Top Row: Mrs. Nicole Valle (Mater Academy Middle), Mr. Nelson Cartaya (Mater Academy High), Ms. Ana Sanchez, and Mrs. Melissa Gil (Mater Lakes Academy High)
“We are pumped,” Mater Lakes coach Brandon Neifeld said via email. “We started this program six years ago from scratch and the team is looking very good and coming into form.”
“We have six seniors in the lineup, all capable of reaching the podium at states.”
Winning titles on Saturday were Danny Martinez (106), Nick Luna (120), Omar Amengol (132), David Alvarez (220), and Ethan Vargas (285). Nestor Nunez (16) also reached the finals as the Bears won with a team effort with 10 wrestlers making the podium.
“It feels great to see the kids achieving success not only individually but as a team because we really developed a family type of bond together at Mater Lakes,” Neifeld said. ‘”We have very limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”
limited facilities at our school but it doesn’t stop us from training and competing with the best teams.”
Staff members from Mater Middle-High visited Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Telehealth Command Center this past week to receive training on the hospital’s telehealth program and the NCHS Anywhere BearCare® device, which connects medical providers from Nicklaus Children’s to our school to provide full physical exams remotely. The BearCare device gives medical providers the ability to see inside the ear, listen to the heart and lungs, and view high definition video and images. We are excited to collaborate with Nicklaus Children’s and offer this advanced medical service enhancement to our students
Mater Lakes Wrestling Brings Home Five All-Americans
Mater Lakes Academy wrestling team competed in the AAU National Disney Team Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports on June 25th through the 28th.
The MLA Golden Bears wrestling club team competed at their first National tournament as a team this past June at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Disney. The tournament consisted of over 175 teams from all across the country, and it is considered one of the largest off season National team events. The Bears finished 3rd place with a 5-2 record in their pool and 6th place overall in their division with an overall record of 8-5.
Individually, there were wrestlers who achieved All-American status by losing no more than 1 match the entire tournament. Senior graduate Cole Schwartzberg led the team with an outstanding 12-0 record pinning every single opponent he faced. Incoming Senior Nicholas Luna finished 6-0 having his tournament cut short by an injury. Omar Armengol, Eric Temes, and Nestor Nunez all finished with an excellent 10-1 record achieving All American status. Senior graduate Haniel Suris finished with a Bronze level status finishing 4-2 with an injury cutting his tournament short. Incoming 8th grader Danny Martinez achieved a Copper level status finishing with a 9-3 record. Dylan Lanning finished with a 3-3 record also achieving a Copper status. Shane Cannon finished 4-1 also having his tournament end early. David Alvarez also performed well finishing with a 7-4 record. “There is no doubt that competing in this tournament has elevated our team to the next level. Traveling and competing together at a National tournament not only enhances our team comradery, but also forces our athletes to grow as individuals”, says head coach Brandon Neifeld.
The Bears will continue to train all summer as their program continues to grow and achieve success. “The addition of NCAA All American Coach JD Ramsey has had a huge impact on our team as well, we are all excited and have high expectations for next season” , says Neifeld.
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 13th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is a high performing school for over 10 years. For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.
106 Results Danny Martinez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 8-3 (Copper)
113 Results Gonzalo Perez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 5-6
120 Results Nicholas Luna of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 6-0 (All American)
126 Results Omar Armengol of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 10-1 (All American)
132 Results Rafael Alvarez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 3-8
138 Results Favian Oliva of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 1-10
145 Results Eric Temes of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 10-1 (All American)
152 Results Haniel Suris of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 4-2 (Bronze)
Jorge Rodriguez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 2-3
160 Results Nestor Nunez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 10-1 (All American)
170 Results Shane Cannon of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 4-1
Dylan Lanning of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 3-3 (Copper)
182 Results Nicholas Munoz of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 4-7
195 Results David Alvarez of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 7-4
220 Results Cole Schwartzberg of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 12-0 (All American)
285 Results Ethan Vergara of 149. MLA Golden Bears went 1-8
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.
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.
Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone: (305) 698-8000
Fax: (305) 698-1800