Pembroke Pines Charter School Charter Chat

Pembroke Pines Charter School
Charter Chat
Volume 10, Issue 7
March 6, 2015
General Information
Vision-Our vision, as a community, is to cultivate character, and foster life-long learning through a challenging
educational experience in a safe environment.
Mission– It is our mission to prepare students to succeed in a global society by providing a personalized and
rigorous curriculum through excellence in teaching.
Uniform Policy
All students must be in uniform
each day. Navy blue bottoms,
appropriate uniform shirt as well
as uniform sweater and/or
jacket. Solid navy blue jacket/
sweater may be used. Please
remember to put your child’s
name on all sweaters, jackets and
Advisory Meeting
The next Advisory Board meeting
for East, West & Central will be
on April 7, 2015 at 6:00pm at the
Central Campus. You will receive
service hours for attending.
PPCS is committed to providing
students an education in a safe
and secure learning environment.
Please know that for school safety, children are not to arrive at
school prior to 8:15 am or to
remain on school grounds after
3:45 pm. The school has a supervised before and after school
child care program for students
who need to be dropped off or
picked up earlier or later than the
times listed above.
Pembroke Pines Celebrations
The annual Taste of Pines will be
held Thursday, April 16th from
6-9pm at Southwest Focal Point
Community Center. Tickets are
available at each campus.
Pines Day will be held on April 18,
2015 complete with a Pines Day
Parade, Kids Konnection Business
Expo, Pageants, a cake-cutting ceremony, free concerts and a fireworks
show. A family fun day you won't
want to miss! Please visit for event times
and locations.
City Manager/
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Charles Dodge
Central Campus
Principal - Kenneth Bass
A.P. Elem - Dr. Linda Montoto
A.P. Middle Dr. Kimberly Pizzo
West Campus
Principal - Devarn Flowers
A.P. Elem. - JoAnna DiGioia
A.P. Middle - Michael Castellano
FSU Campus
Principal - Dr. Lisa Libidinsky
Assistant Principal - Alan Pfau
Elementary Information
FSU Art News
Congratulations to the following
students whose posters were
chosen as finalists in the Missing
Children Poster Contest:
Jose Arguelles
Angelina Cilli
Jadelyn Daniels
Spencer Friefeld
Caroline Glock
Aliya Khan
Jena Legaspi
Gabrielle Landry
Gabrielle Louis
Molly Masson
Nailah Mesidor
Jonathan Rodriguez
Eliana Salama
Jessica Siqueira
Alexa Smith
Important Phone
Sunday March 8
Remember to set
Your clocks
forward 1 hour
East Campus
Principal - Sean Chance
Assist. Principal - Jenny Iznaga
Pembroke Pines Charter School
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Important Dates
8 Daylight Savings Time begins
10 Central Dress Down
11 C. Elem. Papa John’s Fmy. Nt.
12 SOS Dress Down Day
12 FSU 2nd Field Trip
13 C. Middle Isl. Of Adv. FT
16-19 East Scholastic Book Fair
16 East All Pro Dads
16 Central In House FT
17 C. Elem. Spring Pictures
17-18 Middle Band Evaluations
18 East Book Fair Family Event
18 C. Elem. All Pro Dad’s B-fast
19 East Chuck E Cheese Night
19 End 3rd Quarter
27 Mayor’s Golf Tournament
31-4/1 FSA Testing Grades 3 & 4
31 Central Dress Down Day
31 C. Middle Science/LA Field
2 C. Middle Fun Fest - SGA
5-9 C. Middle 8th Field Trip
6 East Spring Pictures
7 8th Grade HS Tour
7 East, West, & Central
Advisory Board Mtg. @ Cent.
7-8 FSA Testing Grades 3 & 4
9 SOS Dress Down Day
10 Take Your Child to Work Day
Middle School News
AMC Math Competition
The following PPCMS Central Campus students attended and competed
in a regional AMC Math Competition held at Florida Atlantic University on 11/22/14:
Vanessa Angel, Jacob Briggs, Giuliana
Chiquito, Naveen Farook, Bhanuteja
Madhu, Neha Mathew, Faizan Mohammad, Sebastian Quintana, Grace
Rodriguez, Rafael Sabino, Saaketh
Vedantam, Surya Vedula, and Kevin
Our students had a great showing at
this event. Jacob Briggs and Kevin
Yeung were awarded Broze certificates. Saaketh Vedantam was tied
for 2nd place overall and was awarded a Gold certificate. A special
thank you to Mr. Verdile and Mr.
Walker for their efforts in helping to
prepare and sponsor this math team
for the competition.
Central Knowledge Bowl
The Central Campus 7th and 8th
graders participated in our First
Annual Knowledge Bowl during the
week of 2/23/15. Thank you to our
Social Studies teachers for their
efforts in preparing our students for
this event. Seventh grader, Rafael
Sabino and 8th grader Joseph Poon
will move on to Dillard High School
and compete at the Broward County Knowledge Bowl. We are confident they will represent the Central
Campus very well! Congratualtions
to Rafael and Joseph and best of luck
in the upcoming competition!
West Campus Talent Show
West Campus, “A Night of Stars”
boasted over 350 audience members
who were at hand to enjoy talents
from singing and dancing to magic
and speed art. The judging panel
composed of Mrs. Barry, Mrs. Lebron, Mrs. Lesmes, Mrs. Morales, Mr.
Mahoney, and Mrs. Reynolds, had
the difficult task of selecting the top
three from a field of talented jaguars!
In the end the top honors went to
eighth grader Antonella Lalinde for
her incredible performance of
"Popular" from the Broadway show
"Wicked." Second place went
to eighth grader Chloe Gardner,
who sang and played the piano to
her own original song "Picture Perfect" and third place went to sixth
grader McKenzie Henry for her
rendition of Sam Smith's "I'm Not
the Only One."
We have a school filled with amazing
talent. Our students worked extremely hard to put on a tremendous show both on stage and back
stage. Thank you to all who came
out to support our students!
West Science Fair Winners
West Campus students participated
in the Broward County Science Fair.
The following 7th graders received
top awards:
1st - Kylie Fernandez
2nd - Swati Kumar
4th - Aamir Lacewala
“We are proud of having such dedicated, motivated students,” said Mrs.
Yiniola Cosio, 7th Grade Science
teacher. Kylie will move on to the
state competition representing
Broward County.
Central Science Fair Winners
Congratulations to the following
students who had winning projects
in the Broward District Science Fair:
1st - Jayvyn Dacas
2nd - David Adams, Juan Marin
3rd - Bianca Greydinger
4th - Saaketh Vedantam, Grace
Rodriguez, Thierry Denis, Giavanna
Javyvyn Dacas will go on to compete
at the State Fair in March! Best of
Luck Jayvyn!
Thanks to Ms. Spencer and Ms.
Soliman as well as the other science
teachers for their support in preparing the projects and to Ms. SpecialeVannucci for her assistance in the
approval of all the projects.
West History Fair Winners
1st Place Individual
Maria Lakdawala
1st Place Group
Julian Schenker & Amanda Ciocca
These projects will be moving on to
the state competition in May!
Central SGA and Builders Club
PPCMS Central Campus raised over
$1400 for the Leukemia and Lym-
phoma Society through Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies program. The
program was co-sponsored by the
SGA and Builders Club. Mrs. Touhy’s class raised over $375 and won
the Gold Pennant as well as the
Olive Garden pasta party! Thanks
to Ms. Spencer and Ms. Franco for
their efforts with this project!!
Important Parent Meeting
There is a meeting for parents of
Central 8th grade students who will
be attending the Washington DC
field trip. The meeting will be held
on March 12th at 6:30 pm in the
Central Middle Café. This meeting
will address many of the questions
and concerns you may have in preparing your child for this trip.
West Band Teacher Honored
Mrs. Dayna Cole is the recipient of
the prestigious Oliver Hobbs Award
from the Florida Bandmasters Association for a consistently exceptional
job year after year in the position of
band director. Only 3 other band
directors in the state of Florida have
received this award this year!
West Drama
West Campus Drama Club students
gave two amazing performances on
February 27th & 28th at the Walter
C. Young Auditorium to a full house!
Director and playwright, Mr. Daryl
Mahoney, praised the cast for an
outstanding performance. A portion
of the proceeds from the play went
to the Kevin Garcia Foundation,
which helps at risk children and
teenagers overcome economic
barriers so they can achieve healthier, more productive lives. We are
so proud of Mrs. Cole!
Lady JAGS Volleyball
The Lady JAGS Volleyball team
represented themselves and our
school very well this season. They
defeated Indian Ridge in the 1st
round of playoffs and again in the
playoff game to make it to the semifinals against Falcon Cove. They had
a strong 1st game and competed
strong in the 2nd and 3rd games to
end the season. We are so proud of
our girls for the teamwork and skills
shown this season. Thanks to
Coaches Moss, Maestu, and Masterpalo for their joint efforts in
helping to support and lead the girls
this season!