iNews Fall 2016

New Year, New Programs, Refreshed Look
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has an ongoing tradition of innovation and achievement. The District has been on the cutting edge of educational ingenuity for the past few decades. This year, M-DCPS began the 2016-2017 school year with a host of new, bold programs that build on the District’s goal of providing classroom innovation, academic rigor, and increased student access, as well as increased efficiencies in operations.

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Technical Training: Our Best Kept Secret
Miami-Dade County Public Schools has served the community over the last century, improving education and offering quality programs for families. Over 75 years ago, the school district took it a step further, offering its first adult and community education program at Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center.

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#ValuesMatterMiami – A New Approach to Emphasizing Values @MDCPS
Which Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) values describe you the best? The 2016-2017 academic year kicked off with the new Values Matter Miami campaign, which aims to create awareness and reinforcement of M-DCPS’ nine core values.

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General Obligation Bond Projects Continue to Be On Time, On Budget
Four years ago, when Miami-Dade County voters were asked to approve a General Obligation Bond to renovate schools, construct new schools, and install new classroom technology, the response was overwhelming. Nearly 70 percent of the electorate gave two thumbs up to the idea.

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Together For Children
There is a troubling trend in our community and our children are in crisis. In recent years, far too many young people have been impacted by senseless, reckless violence as either perpetrator or victim.

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iNspiration @MDCPS
Working in his home garage, Ethan challenged himself to develop, build and program an artificial heart model, using Lego NXT equipment. Through his passion for #STEM, Ethan hopes to improve the lives of people with heart conditions

Name: Ethan Levy

School: 9th grader at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School

Accomplishments: His science project was selected as one of the top 30 among 80,000 projects competing in last year’s science and engineering fairs in the U.S. Ethan has been selected as a Society for Science & the Public Broadcom MASTERS Finalist among the top two percent of all students in the United States.

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iNspiration @MDCPS
Claritha Perry has inspired a generation of Calusa Elementary students to channel their creativity through the visual arts. She has taught art at Calusa for more than 30 years, and inspired local artist Alex Yanes to follow his passion.

Name: Claritha Perry

Occupation: Art Teacher, Calusa Elementary School

Accomplishments: She was named the 2006-2007 Calusa Teacher of the Year. She is a member of the National Art Education Association and the Dade Art Education Association. Ms. Perry is a past winner of Dade County Youth Fair for submitting the most entries and her students have won numerous awards in District-wide Art Exhibitions.

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Stay iNformed and Connected


Inspiring generations – in many ways this has been the promise of Miami-Dade County Public Schools since the late 1800s when a small single-story, one-room wooden structure served as the District’s first classroom. Now more than a century later, I am reminded of this promise every time I visit a classroom in one of our more than 300 schools and I look into the eyes of a child who is brimming with excitement and anticipation for learning and discovery. On Monday, August 22, teachers and employees across the school district welcomed our more than 350,000 students and their families back to school for the 2016-2017 academic year. Children entered schools, some for the first time and others returning to continue their education, with unbridled enthusiasm and great expectations. I am proud to say our expert team of highly-skilled, highly-qualified professionals continues to meet them at their level of expectation and raise the bar even higher.
Over the past eight years, I have had the wonderful privilege of meeting parents, educators, policymakers, and business leaders from every corner of the United States. They are eager to share with me their high regard for the work we do in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, including our success in transforming classroom instruction through a substantial investment in technology as well as the implementation of a variety of programs and educational offerings, such as magnet and choice options. This school year, M-DCPS rolled out 61 new choice and magnet programs that include Design, Animation, and Gaming; Sports Medicine and Sports Management; Botany and Zoology; Legal Studies, and International Supply Chain Management just to highlight a handful of the academic options for students. This brings the total number of choice and magnet programs offered throughout the District to 600. Additionally, our continued focus on digital convergence has changed the academic landscape as students and teachers infuse the use of technology in learning and instruction. We have distributed an additional 35,000 mobile devices to students bringing the total number to nearly 140,000. This year, the new devices will be used in 6th grade U.S. history, 7th grade language arts, and 11th grade language arts and U.S. history. Additionally, 900 interactive white boards and 8,000 teacher desktop computers have replaced aging equipment in classrooms throughout the District.

To say that I am excited about this new school year and all it has to offer our students and employees is an understatement. We have established a tradition of excellence in Miami-Dade County Public Schools – excellence in teaching, excellence in learning, and excellence in accountability and operations. This year we will continue that tradition and fulfill our promise to inspire generations.

Alberto M. Carvalho


Educating kids and families about making healthier food choices at the inaugural Common Threads Cooking for Life Family Takeover Day.


Miami Dolphins player Ndamukong Suh spoke to students about the importance of attending school and seeking out mentors while handing out backpacks and school supplies.


As partners of Lotus House, M-DCPS celebrated the groundbreaking of Lotus Village, a state-of-the-art shelter that will house and provide services to nearly 500 women and children.


October is #DigitalCitizenship Month. M-DCPS continues to emphasize social media responsibility throughout our schools.


On October 15, M-DCPS will host the first-ever marching band classic featuring 13 schools. To purchase tickets for #OntheMarch, visit:


Partnership with FIU pays off! M-DCPS seniors outshined their counterparts in Florida and reported increased SAT scores in Reading, Mathematics and Writing.

iChoose M-DCPS

Miami Northwestern Senior High School
Brianna Rollins, 2016 100-metre hurdle Olympic gold medalist, on what inspired her.

“This whole thing is bigger than I am. I am here to inspire each and every person. Coach Jackson built such a great foundation for me. She’s the one who guided me through everything. I’m here because of her.”


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