Saturday, December 20, 2014

Elementary Mission & Vision

Our Vision
 To create a collaborative learning Community that cultivates Character and provides a challenging Curriculum.

Our Mission
To provide a personalized learning experience that prepares all students to become global citizens.

Our school believes that:
  1. all children are to be treated with dignity and respect and have the right to learn, grow, and maximize their full potential without limitations.
  2. collaboration among all stakeholders is vital in meeting the individual needs of all students.
  3. all students should be educated in a safe and nurturing environment and be provided with a well-rounded and rigorous curriculum.
  4. high expectations of staff and students are the key to improving academic achievement.
  5. learning for all is a life-long pursuit.



What is the Pembroke Pines Charter School Cambridge Program?
The Pembroke Pines Charter School Cambridge Program is the latest expansion of the high performing, “A” rated, Pembroke Pines Charter School System. Cambridge is an internationally renown academic program that emphasizes enhancing the ability of students to think critically, communicate clear and logical points of view on various issues and ideas, and understand global affairs with multiple perspectives. 

Cambridge is the largest provider of international education programs for students aged 5 -19. The Cambridge Program is utilized in over 9000 schools in more than 160 countries. High school students have an opportunity to earn the distinctive Cambridge AICE Diploma which gives students a competitive edge in university admissions  The program is part of the University of Cambridge, known as one of the world’s top universities for its dedication to excellence in education. The Cambridge Program is aligned with the Florida Standards.

What is the Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum Program?
The Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum Program is designed to foster the academic development of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School (PPCMS) students. Those who complete this program will automatically be enrolled in Cambridge Secondary 2 and Cambridge Advanced courses at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School.

Students in the Cambridge Secondary 1 Program should maintain a 3.0 grade point average, attain state assessment scores of a 4 or higher in reading and math, have positive teacher recommendations, and have satisfactory attendance and discipline records. Students in the Cambridge Secondary 1 Program must be highly motivated learners who are seeking a rigorous curriculum to prepare them for upper level coursework in high school.

PPCMS students in the Cambridge Secondary 1 Program will be taking advanced courses in the core areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. In the 8th grade, these students will take the Cambridge Check Point Assessment to provide evidence of readiness for the next stage in the Cambridge Program when they matriculate to the Pembroke Pines Charter High School.

What is the Definition of a Cambridge Student?
The Cambridge student is a child that is:
· Confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
· Responsible for themselves, responsible to and respectful of others
· Reflective as learners, developing their own ability to learn
· Innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
· Engaged intellectually and socially, ready to make a difference.

How Do I Apply?
Parents who are interested in registering their child into the Cambridge Program must apply for admission via the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School’s lottery system. For more information, please visit

My Child Is Already A Student In The Pembroke Pines Charter School System. How Do I Enroll Them Into the Cambridge Program?
Eligible Pembroke Pines Charter School students will automatically be enrolled in the Cambridge Program. There is no application required.

Where Do I Get More Information About Cambridge?
For more information about the Cambridge Program, please visit

Central Campus News and Notes

Please join us in CONGRATULATING the 2014 - 2015 Central Campus Teachers and Non-Instructional Employees of the Year:

Central Elementary
TOY - Alina Rodriguez
NOY - Ilene Kornblum

Central Middle:
TOY - Piper Spencer
NOY - Mindy Vasil

The tentative date for the annual recognition ceremony for all of the Teachers and Non-Instructional Employees of the Year in the Pembroke Pines Charter School System is Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the River of Grass Auditorium located on the PPCHS Campus. We invite all parents and students to attend to celebrate our honorees

Congratulations to the Central Campus Middle Science Fair Honorees for 2014-2015. Thank you to Ms. Spencer and Ms. Soliman for coordinating this event with the assistance of the Science Team members.

1st Place - Saaketh Vedantam, Power Up With Ocean Tides!
1st Place - Feliciah Fitz-Henley, Water Filtration Pump
2nd Place - David Adams, Sunburned Plants
2nd Place - Bianca Greydinger, Reflective Film and Solar Ovens
3rd Place - Grace Rodriguez, How to Make a Mechanical Hand
3rd Place - Jayvyn Dacas, Wind Turbine Generator Designs
Honorable Mention - Thierry Denis, What Helps Plants Grow Faster?
Honorable Mention - Sydni Peters, What Electronic Device Emits the most EM Radiation
Honorable Mention - Giavanna DiFide, Water Bottle Insulation
Honorable Mention - Juan Marin, Does Gatoraid, Sea Water, or Salt Water Generate the Most Electricity?

Central Middle FSA Camps Resume
January 2015 3:30-4:30pm

Mondays January 12 thru April 6, 2015 Math 6-8 (Mr. Verdile at [email protected])
Mondays January 12 thru May 4, 2015 Algebra and Geometry EOC (Mr. Verdile at [email protected])
Tuesdays January 6 thru March 17, 2015 Reading 6-8 (Ms. Carey-Walker at [email protected])
Wednesdays January 7 thru February 25, 2015 Writing Camp 6-8 (Ms. Altimore at [email protected])
Wednesdays March 4 thru May 13, 2015 Civics Camp 7th Grade Only (Ms. Moss at [email protected])

Course RECOVERY and Study Hall is available via Ms. Bear at [email protected] Mondays thru Friday 3:30-4:30pm. Please contact her for information.

Registrations forms are available online at: under FSA Camps (Winter Forms)

Please complete the Winter Registration Forms and return to the above listed Camp Coordinator by Friday, December 12, 2014 so that planning and staff preparations may be arranged.

Buses are available to all participants who are bus riders. Please complete the bus form on the site along with the Camp Form to secure bus transportation

Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians:

The PPCHS is delighted to invite you to our Incoming 9th Grade “Let’s Teach Our Children Well” Parent Workshop on Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8:30am – 11:00am.

Due to the enthusiastic participation in our “Let’s Teach Our Children Well!” parent education workshop series we request that you send a $10 registration fee, cash only, per participant with the attached registration form by January 23, 2015 to help support this initiative.

Thank you for your continued support.

Congratulations to Saaketh Vedantam, Jacob Briggs, Gabriel Valle, and Dante Harrison for making the 2014-15 Broward All County Band. These students are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to becoming one of the county's finest musicians.


Dear central Middle Parents of 7th graders,

Please view this form in regards to the 7th grade Field Trip to Islands of Adventure. This is a wonderful time for students (and parents) to experience one of the most technologically advanced theme parks. There is also a chance for you to earn 17 volunteer hours.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Touhy at [email protected] .

Dear Central Middle Parents/Guardians:

Your child is enrolled in an Advanced Science and/or Language Arts class. These students are eligible to participate in a special field trip opportunity to the John Pennekamp Park which includes a snorkeling component. Students interested in participating must be checked for their swimming skills. This swim check will be held by Ms. Spencer and the Pembroke Pines life guards on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 3:15-4:15pm at the Central Campus Pool. A make-up session will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014. Students must have this liability form completed and submitted in order to participate in the swim check. Please have your child come prepared with their swim attire and a towel. All students are to be picked-up by 4:15pm.

Please email Ms. Spencer at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. For more information, please see this form.

Thank you for your support with this special opportunity.

Central Middle Parents/Guardians:

Please be advised that we use a Reading and Math Online Program called SuccessMaker. This program is important to our students and their overall success. Students are asked to put in 20 minutes or more a day to reap the full benefits of this program. All students have been provided their access codes, however it has come to our attention that some students have had difficulty accessing this from home due to a JAVA issue on their home computer. Please see this reference sheet to assist you with updating your JAVA so that they may access this online resource from home.

If you are interested in volunteering on Saturday detentions, please contact Ms. Jill Bear at [email protected]

Our schedule dates are the following: 7:45 – 11:00am
09/20/14 02/21/15
10/18/14 03/07/15
11/15/14 04/18/15
12/13/14 05/09/15
01/24/15 05/30/15

Dear Central Middle Parents/Guardians:

Please be advised that the Central Middle students participated in a detailed discipline expectations orientation assembly with their grade level peers this week either on August 26 or 27, 2014.

Important information was shared with the students about RESPECT for themselves, their peers, adults, their school and their community. Mr. Bass, Dr. Pizzo, Officer Pleasants and Ms. Bear addressed various topics aimed at helping the students to have a positive year in an effort to avoid poor behavioral and social-emotional choices.

Here you will find the document shared with the students. We ask that you take time to review this document, along with the SBBC Code of Student Conduct and Discipline Matrix

Dear Charter Middle Parents and Guardians:

We are pleased to announce that our Grade Book/Attendance Program, Pinnacle will be available for parent and student access starting Thursday, August 28, 2014.

In order to enhance our school wide pinnacle grade book system, and to increase the effectiveness of pinnacle as a means of communication between school and home, we are requesting that you register an email address in the pinnacle system at your earliest convenience. Registering is simple:

We will be holding an informational parent meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30-7:30pm for those 8th grade parents interested in having their child participate in the Close-up Washington DC trip, scheduled for April 5-9, 2015.  This meeting will be held in the Central Campus Middle Cafeteria.  We hope you are able to attend.
Please contact Mr. Darrin Schwartz @ [email protected]t for any questions or concerns.

Dear Central Middle Parents/Guardians:
Please expect heavy traffic delays during the first few weeks of school. Adjust your travel time accordingly. Students need to be in class by 8:45 am. Please follow drop-off and pick-up procedures at all times. Remember: Students should not be dropped off prior to 8:15am as there is no adult supervision.

Parents may not walk students to their classrooms – PPCMS staff members will be available to provide assistance to the students. Read More...

Dear Central 6th Grade Parents/Guardians:

As the 2014 FCAT Scores have been received and posted, the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) routinely sends GEM Math Invitations to all Broward County students, including those students enrolled in charter schools. As we have our own criteria for placement in the 6th grade Advanced and Pre-Algebra math courses for students entering 6th grade. Consequently, it IS NOT necessary to sign and return the letters received from the SBBC to the charter school. Please disregard.

Thank you for your assistance with this request.

Central Middle Administration and Curriculum Team

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please note these two documents in regards to the Before Care program: document 1, document 2


Middle School Vision & Mission

Vision Statement
Our vision, as a community, is to cultivate character and foster life-long learning through a challenging educational experience in a safe environment. 

Mission Statement
It is our mission to prepare students to succeed in a global society by providing a personalized and rigorous curriculum through excellence in teaching and the development of a partnership with parents and community in order to support and empower students to maximize their potential.

Staff Directory




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