Monday, April 21, 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.

Central Campus News and Notes

Dear Central Campus Parents/Guardians,

In an ongoing effort to provide the best quality education to all students, Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School-Central Campus is conducting its Annual Parent Survey. We ask that you take 5-7 minutes to complete this online survey pertaining to our school’s performance in meeting the educational needs of your child. We value your input and feedback. Survey results will help us identify our strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. Also, be assured that your responses are anonymous.

Please click on the link below to access the survey. If the link does not open the survey, please copy and paste the link into your browser.

You will have until May 14, 2014 to respond to this survey. In appreciation of your efforts, you will be awarded one (1) service hour. (The hour will be applied toward the current school year.) To ensure you receive credit, please print the confirmation page at the end of the survey and turn it into the front office. Parents are a critical component to the educational process and insure that the PPCMS-Central Campus continues to achieve academic excellence. If you have any questions concerning this survey, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

I thank you in advance for your participation and assistance in our continuous improvement process.

NOTE: Please be sure to complete the survey for each school your child(ren) attend (i.e., Central Middle, Central Elem, Charter HS, etc.)

We are pleased to announce that the Central Middle Band Students received 103 superior medals and 5 excellent medals at the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo and Ensemble Festival the weekend of April 11-12. This event took place at Silver Trail Middle School where all of the south Broward band programs were represented by their students. This is a record high achievement for the central band program. Please help in congratulating the students who participated. Thank you Ms. Shendell for your efforts in preparing and supporting our students to help them achieve these honors.

Congratulations to both the BOYS' and GIRLS' TRACK teams!! Under direction of Head Coach Masterpalo and Assistant Coach Maestu, these Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School Track Teams dominated at their Regional Track Meet whereby they took FIRST PLACE amongst the other 11 schools. Way to Go JAGS!!

Individual Regional Championships were taken home by:
Taylor Dobles- 400m, 4x4 relay Miles Jones- 4x2 relay
Avery Nowak- 1600m, 4x4 relay Alex Fonseca-4x2 relay
Ashlyn Correa- 800m, 4x4 relay Adetutu Daranijo-4x2 relay, 400m
Jada Bell- 4x4 relay Eric Cumberbatch-4x2 relay
Goodness Okwaraji- Discus Joel Martinez- 800m
Rocky Shelton- hurdles

We look forwards to District Championships on May 10, 2014. Good luck Jaguars!!

The Central and West Charter Middle Schools were selected by Disney Club Penguin, in partnership with Free the Children, to participate in a special anti-bullying project, It Starts With You tour. Both schools were invited to have their students participate in a school-wide multi-media presentation on April 10, 2014. Additionally, 15 student ambassadors were selected from each campus as representatives to participate in a 3-hour interactive workshop and action planning session towards combatting bullying. The program is also providing the teachers at each school access to bullying prevention curriculum resources. This is a wonderful opportunity for our middle school students and teachers. This program is a $2000 value being offered to the school free of charge based on a Club Penguin grant. Our school's leadership is grateful and thrilled to have been selected, as this program is aligned to the school's existing Anti-Bullying Initiative, operating via the school's Connection and Bullying Academy programs; these presentations and student trainings will help to support the schools' program goal to continue to ensure a bully-free school climate.


On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 the Central Middle Advanced Band attended the Florida Bandmaster’s Annual Evaluations at Hollywood Hills High School. Under the exceptional direction and leadership of the school’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Edie Shendell-Frankel, Band Director, the Central Middle Advanced Band students were awarded a Superior Rating for the 12th consecutive year. This is the highest rating a middle school band can earn. We are so very proud of these students’ dedication and exceptional work over the past three years in the Central Campus Band Program that has prepared them for this amazing honor and recognition. Ms. Shendell-Frankel continues to lead our students to perform at the highest level and the school’s program would not be at this level without her expertise, dedication and enthusiasm for her program and students. The Central Band Parents are to be commended for their support and dedication to the program, without which this program’s success would not be possible.

Way to go Central Middle Advanced Band Students!! Go JAGS!!


On Saturday, March 15, 2014 our Pembroke Pines Charter Central Middle School students, under the guidance and support of Ms. Glenda Franco and Ms. Maria Alfaro, participated in the 2014 World Languages District Academic Competition at Nova Middle School. Our students competed against other Broward County schools in original skit, poster, project and declamation. These students did an amazing job! Their hard work and dedication placed them as follows:

First place for original skit:
Lindsey Adams
Arielle Hernandez
Melanie McCleary
Gina Milito
Sameera Vedantam
Victoria Orr
Ian Teng

First place for poster:
Arielle Hernandez

First place for project:
Sameera Vedantam
Victoria Orr
Vanessa Ibarra
Alina Le

Second place for declamation:
Saaketh Vadantam
Fourth place for declamation:
Bhanuteja Madhu
Samantha Barreto
Ian Lucas
Mohammad Faizan

Congratulations to all of these above listed honorees!! Job well-done!!

On Saturday, February 1, 2014, nine members of the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School - Central Campus Mathematics Club competed in the Broward County MathCounts competition held at Blanche Ely High School. The students, from left to right are Celya Walker, Sameera Vedantam, Victoria Orr, Nivedha Natarajan, Faizan Mohammad, Surya Vedula, Marquis Alexis, Saaketh Vedantam, and Naveen Farook. The competition was extremely fierce, but our students did well. We are still awaiting the final results, however, the team took second place in the cyphering contest, and Saaketh Vedantam placed third in the individual competition. Along with three others, he has been invited to represent Broward County at the State Competition. Math Club coaches, Michael Walker and Vincent Verdile, were in attendance, along with several parents. We are all proud of the accomplishment of all of the students who participated.


Dear East or Central 5th Grade Parent/Guardians:

We are please to announce that we have begun the process of transitioning your child from elementary to middle school. Your child is scheduled to enter the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School (Central Campus) on August 18, 2014. This is an exciting time for your child to begin to take on more responsibility and independence as they enter middle school. However, many parents become nervous as this time approaches. We hope to reassure you and alleviate your concerns when we meet on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6pm in the Central Campus Cafeteria, PARENT ONLY MEETING.


Dear Central Middle Parent/Guardian(s):

Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School-Central Campus has recently purchased an educational software product from Pearson Education known as SuccessMaker 6. This research-based product promotes the development and maintenance of essential concepts, strategies, and skills in reading and mathematics. It also uses realistic content with state-of-the-art multimedia to create interactive environments for thinking and reasoning. This product consistently monitors each student's performance and selects activities to fit the student's needs with very precise instruction. The program presents math and reading skills through questioning. If the student understands the concept, he/she moves on. If the student misses a question, he/she is led to the correct answer through a tutorial. However, before beginning the specific instruction tailored to your student’s needs, the software presents an online assessment period known as Initial Placement (IP). In order to have your student access the content they need the most before FCAT, we ask parents to voluntarily help students finish the IP section as soon as possible. You can assist us in this endeavor by having your student log on and complete time in the program at home as frequently as possible. It is essential that the student log out from the SuccessMaker log off button before clicking the computer’s log off button. This assures that any work completed will be saved. Individual teachers will inform students if this is part of their homework or not.


On Thursday, January 16, 2014 the Central Middle School hosted the Annual Spelling Bee, under the direction of language arts teachers Rita Campbell, Amber Touhy and Pauline Tucker. along with the support of Ms. Altimore, Ms. Martin-Hernandez, Ms. Levine, and Ms. Lieberman. After all of our 672 students tested to become eligible to participate in the school's annual spelling bee, a distinguished group of 42, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, rose to the occasion and were selected to represent themselves and their grade in this challenge. They all should be very proud, as we are, of their performance.

The results are in and we are pleased to announce that our 2014 Spelling Bee Winner, Sameera Vedantam, 8th grade, will represent our school at the Broward County Spelling Bee Hosted by the Miami Herald on March 11, 2014 at the Signature Grand. The following students should be very proud of their efforts with this challenging event:

Runner up- Saaketh Vedantam, 7th Grade

8th grade winner-Sameera Vedantam (right)
Runner up- Dylan LeeMook

7th grade winner-Saaketh Vedantam (middle)
Runner up- Bhanuteja Madhu

6th grade winner- Naveen Farook (left)
Runner up- Salonee Singh

Thank you to the Language Arts Department for their collaborative efforts in preparing for and implementing this annual event.


Central Middle History Fair Winners

During the first semester all of our 8th Grade U.S. History students researched and developed a history report and presentation to be displayed and judged in various categories at our Annual History Fair held on December 19, 2013. Thank you Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Masterpalo for your efforts in helping the students to prepare these projects. Below are the honorees. First place winners will move on to Pompano Beach High School and compete within the county. We will be sending an Individual Exhibit and Group Exhibit to represent the Central Campus. Congratulations to all of the honorees and best of luck to our winners at the district competition.

Category: Individual Exhibit
First Place
Title: Flappers Impact on Women’s Rights
Name: Cameron Wheeler

Second Place
Title: Nazi Germany and the Rights and Responsibilities of a “Superior” Race
Name: Justin Montoto

Third Place
Title: Women’s Suffrage
Name: Destini Garner

Congratulations to the following Science Fair Winners. They will be representing our school at the District Fair in February.

1st Place - The Effects of Different Liquids on the Duration of a Cut Flower's Freshness by Alai Araujo
1st Place - The Weight Bearing Capacity of Bridges by Xerian Ximinies
2nd Place - Security Pal by Sebastian Quintana
2nd Place - Magnetism: A Free Energy Source by Fatima Villena
3rd Place - Quaking Shapes by Astrid Garrido
3rd Place - Is the Chlorophyll Present or Absent by Nivedha Natarajan
Honorable Mention - A Comparison of Plants Growing in Different Substances by Nicholas Pizzo
Honorable Mention - Ocean Motion: The Global Conveyor Belt by Sameera and Saaketh Vedantam
Honorable Mention - Which Types of Water Conducts Electricity by Neha Boby


Dear Parents/Guardians,

If your child is in the 5th Grade, please see this flyer.

Please join us in congratulating the following band students for their placement in the Broward All County Band 2013-14.
1) Arielle Hernandez (flute)
2) Gabriel Galvao (trumpet)
3) Jacob Briggs (trumpet)
4) Saaketh Vedantam (trumpet)
5) Sameera Vedantam (french horn)
6) Dominique Cunningham (tuba)

This is an enormous honor as these students will represent our school in this prestigious group of middle school musicians. Ms. Edith Shendell-Frankel, Band Director, is to be commended for her tireless dedication and support of her students in helping them to succeed. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note this email from Mary Jordan, Development Director for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools.

Dear Central Middle Parents/Guardians:

If your child is in need of help with organization, homework, or other assignments, peer tutoring is available before school in Mrs. Rowe's room, 128 in the M building, every Weds. from 8:15 A.M.- 8:40 A.M. In peer tutoring, National Junior Honor Society students are available to provide help to their fellow peers in any areas they may be struggling with, for example, homework help, organizational skills, test preparation. Students do not need to sign up for this service, but forms are available to better direct the peer tutoring session for your child. Tutors are available for all grade levels. If you have any questions or would like a peer tutoring form, please contact [email protected]

The PPCMS National Junior Honor Society

Dear 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.


Dear Parents:

I would like to welcome you to the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School – Central Campus. We are looking forward to an excellent educational experience for your child/children this school year. This letter is to notify you of where each middle school student is to report on the first day of school Monday, August 19, 2013 at 8:45am. Students may arrive on campus beginning at 8:15am and will be supervised in the Airnaisium/Middle School Cafeteria and directed to the appropriate classroom at 8:40am. Students will be assigned to classrooms based on grade level and last name in order to receive their schedules. Please have your child report to the classroom listed below on the First Day Class Assignment Roster.


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.

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