Friday, May 29, 2015

Middle School Parent Survey

Please click here to access our Annual Parent Survey. We appreciate and value your feedback to help us with continuous improvement for our stakeholders. Please email Ms. Lina Marrero at [email protected] with any questions or concerns regarding this survey.

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


Student Behavior Monitoring:
Please be advised that as we are preparing for the close of the 2014-2015 school year, behavior expectations continue and we WILL NOT tolerate ANY MISBEHAVIOR!!  Student safety is critical and disorder IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Students not behaving MAY be sent home for the remainder of the school year. 

8th graders misbehaving will be sent home  and will forfeit the 8th grade trip (reimbursement may not be possible).

All student sent home for behavior violations will be required to come back to school the week of 06/08/15 to make-up final examinations with Ms. Bear.

Local 10 Chief Certified Meteorologist Betty Davis visited with 6th grade students at Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School Central Campus on May 11, 2015. Mrs. Davis taught the students the basics of meteorology including some forecasting tips. She also emphasized the importance of a good education in math and science for success  in the career field of  Broadcast Meteorology.

6th Graaders with Betty Davis

Left to right: Principal Kenneth Bass, Science Teacher, Marisabel Soliman, Meteorologist, Betty Davis, Science Teacher and Chair, Piper Spencer, and Math Teacher and Coach, Dr. Gershia Ardo


To all 8th Graders that are interested in trying out for the Majorettes club in high school.  Do you want to perform at Football Games, Basketball Games, Pep Rallies and a Disney Parade? We will be having a tryout on Wednesday, May 27th from 3:45 - 5:15. You will need to be able to do a two-turn and a one-turn catch different ways.  You will learn a short routine and then try out.

On the day of tryouts physical forms must be submitted – no exceptions! The following forms are required:
- *pre-participation physical evaluation (CVS minute clinic offers physicals)
- *consent and release from liability form
- *concussion and heat related illness form

All forms can be found on the PPCHS website under athletics and then Forms to Download. Physicals must be completed on the pre- participation physical evaluation form; the blue and yellow forms from your doctor’s office are not acceptable. For more information, please see this flyer.

Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School science teacher, Marisabel Soliman, and eighth grade student, Nika Ambre, were honored at the Southeast Florida  SECME Award Ceremony on May 9, 2015 at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Ms. Soliman was recognized as the Southeast Florida SECME Angel of the Year for her passion and hard work encouraging middle school girls to get involved in engineering programs.  Nika Ambre was recognized as the Southeast Florida SECME Student of the Year for her leadership and enthusiasm for the SECME program. Nika has led the bridge building team, the mousetrap car team, and the generator team during her three years in the SECME program.

Thirty students from  Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School - Central Campus competed at the Broward County SECME-STEM Olympiad on April 18, 2015  at J. P. Tarravella High School.  
The school received First Place in the Team challenge,  Third Place for their Wind Turbine Generator, and Third Place for their Banner.  The school also competed in Water Bottle Rocket , Balsa Wood Bridge, and Mousetrap Car categories.

The following students placed at the Broward Marine Fair this weekend:

Brittney Bond, 1st Place, Salty Satire
Guiliana Chiquito, 2nd Place, Poetry
Leanna Skeete, 2nd Place , Poetry
Saaketh Vedantam, 2nd Place, Project
Megan Sierra, 2nd Place, Crafts
Shelby Londono, 2nd Place, Underwater Habitat
Isabella Gonzalez, 3rd Place, Poetry
Kayla Good, 3rd Place, Poster
Leonette Bahr, 3rd Place, Photography
Matteo Colaferri, 3rd Place, Photography
Sarah Sevilla, 3rd Place, Photography
Bianca Greydinger, 3rd Place, Teaching Powerpoint

PPCMS Central participated in Relay for Life of Pembroke Pines on April 24-25th. This is the first year in many that Central Campus has had a team. Five students: Dylan Perry-Smith, Zachary Pizzo, Nicholas Pizzo, Ethan Frankel, and Alexis Cid started the team; they recruited others. Our first informational meeting was held in mid September and our official meeting began in October. Our team fundraised from October to April. Our goal was to raise a minimum of $100.00 per student, we exceeded our goal. Our team raised $4,697.73 with the total group (44 teams) raising $149,000.   During our Relay event, four cancer survivors were part of our team. Survivors participated in a dinner, a recognition ceremony receiving a medal, and the first lap around the track. Caregivers received a sash and walked the second lap around the track.  It was an amazing night. During the luminaria lighting, our team members walked around to find their friends and family members' luminaria. Many of our students have family members that have recently died of cancer or have been diagnosed with cancer. Our students relay for many reasons, the most pertinent is that they want to make a difference. This past April, the middle school participated in academic articulation, we had over 100 sixth and seventh graders interested in joining for next year. We hope to grow our membership,  raise a substantial amount, and make a difference. Proceeds from our fundraisers are donated to the American Cancer Society.   We are excited to continue with this effort next year and hope to expand out team membership and our overall financial goal.  We are proud of all of those who participated for this very worthy cause.  Thank you, Ms. Alina Perry-Smith for your leadership and dedication to this effort!


Central Middle is proud of the recognition of two of our own at the District Year-End Character Awards.  Ms. Jean McGrath, ESE Math Teacher and Madison Cortes, 8th grade student were honored at the Sun Sentinel Kids of Character End of Year Awards held at the Broward Center for Performing Arts on Monday, May 4, 2015. These ladies were selected by the Central Campus to represent our school for having demonstrated exceptional character.  We are pleased that the Character Committee agreed and honored them for their dedication to service and being kind and supportive of others. "Ms. McGrath is an inspiration to all who know her.  She is dedicated to support all students in need and always models a positive attitude and is kind to everyone," stated her colleague Ms. Soliman.  Ms. Campbell, Language Arts teacher, recommended Ms. McGrath for this honor based on her dedication to our students and school.  Madison was recommended by Ms. Spender, Science Teacher, due to her service and kindness and generosity to her peers and community. Her mother, Ms. Marisabel Soliman expressed her gratitude to our school and staff for helping to develop her daughter into the fine young lady she is today.

Madison Cortes

Left to right: Ms. McGrath, Madison Cortes, Ms. Campbell

Congratulations to the following students who will have their work displayed and judged at the 2015 Broward County Public Schools “Week of the Ocean” Marine Science Fair:
The Fair is at  Westfield Broward Mall from May 7 to May 10, 2015.

Giuliana Chiquito - The Wave Back to Shore
Giavanna Difede - Ocean
Sergio Spears - Save the Ocean's Wonders
Leanna Skeete - Another World to Defend
Isabella Gonzalez - Redemption

Salty Satire
Lena Robertson - Please Don't
Disha De - Random Spill
Brittney Bond - Mermaid Advice

Congratulations to the following students who will have their work displayed and judged at the 2015 Broward County Public Schools “Week of the Ocean” Marine Science Fair:
The Fair is at  Westfield Broward Mall from May 7 to May 10, 2015.

Giuliana Chiquito - The Wave Back to Shore
Giavanna Difede - Ocean
Sergio Spears - Save the Ocean's Wonders
Leanna Skeete - Another World to Defend
Isabella Gonzalez - Redemption

Salty Satire
Lena Robertson - Please Don't
Disha De - Random Spill
Brittney Bond - Mermaid Advice

Our students did an amazing job at the Pines 5K event. Each of them receiving a medal for placing in their age group.

Haley Newell -1st place
Luz Eiletz -2nd place

Martin Berti -1st place

Also congrats to Ms. Weston for winning 2nd place in her age group as well.

Thank you to all the teachers who participated in this event. A special thank you to Ms. Moss for her efforts with this event and cause.


Congratulations to our SECME STEM Olympiad Team. We won first in the Team Challenge, 3rd in the Generator Competition, and 3rd in the Banner Competition. All team members worked extremely hard to get to the district competition and demonstrated outstanding team spirit and admirable sportsmanship at the event this Saturday!

Also, my sincerest thanks to our SECME coaches who mentored these students on their own time for the last five months: Michael Walker, Marisabel Soliman, Melissa Maestu, Kim Scarola, Glenda Franco, and Cece Moss. A special thank you to Ms. Piper Spencer for coaching, as well as coordinating this entire event so that our students may participate and be well-represented at this very competitive district level competition.


We are pleased to announce that the PPCMS Central band program earned 105 superior medals and 9 excellent medals at the Florida Bandmaster's Association's Solo and Ensemble festival. This event took place this past Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Silver Trail Middle School. We had a school record high number of band students participating and earning the highest achievements. Congratulations to all of the band students who participated. Thank you to Ms. Edie Shendell-Frankel, for her continued efforts in helping our students to achieve at the highest levels.


Immunizations Required for all Incoming 7th Grade Students (Current 6th Graders):

School Board Rule 6GX13-5D-1.021 provides for the complete immunization (See here) of children under the requirements of the Florida School Health Service Plan. To be fully immunized for entrance to 7th grade, your child should have received the Hepatitis B vaccine series (three doses), one Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (TDAP) vaccine, and a second dose of measles vaccine. These required immunizations may be obtained from your family physician or at a Broward County Department of Health Clinic.

Please be advised that if your child does not have a completed immunization certificate (Form DH680) present at Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School on/or before the first day of school, your child will not be allowed to attend.

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call Bernadette at 954-443-4847 or Marlene at 954-322-3300.


Saaketh Vedantam, an eighth-grade student from Pembroke Pines Charter Middle – Central Campus named 2015 State Champion at the Florida MathCounts held at Orlando on March 20, 2015.

MathCounts is one of the country’s largest and most successful educational event that inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in US middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. Florida MathCounts is sponsored and hosted by Florida Engineering Society, with support from industry like Lockheed Martin, Shell Oil, Boeing to name a few.

Central Parents and Students:

It is with GREAT PLEASURE that we report that the PPCMS Central Advanced Band, under the highly competent direction of Ms. Edie Shendell-Frankel, were recognized and awarded straight Superior Ratings at district's Annual Florida Band Master's Association Performance on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. This is the highest rating possible and very few schools are fortunate enough to be awarded this performance rating. " I am so very proud of our band students who had a great performance on stage and received perfect scores in the sight reading phase of the evaluation" stated Band Director, Shendell-Frankel. She added, " On the first day of these evaluations, only two bands received superior ratings in the South area of Broward County." This is Ms. Shendell-Frankel's 13th consecutive Superior Rating with her advanced band students, which is an AMAZING RECORD!! According to Dr. Kimberly Pizzo, Assistant Principal, "Ms. Shendell-Frankel is one of the finest teachers I have had the pleasure of working with as a school administrator. She is always professional and highly dedicated to the success of her band students. Her passion for her subject and her exceptional classroom instructional practices are directly responsible for the immense success her program has earned over the passed 13 years." Principal, Kenneth Bass praised Director Shend

The 2014-15 PPCMS Central Drama Class was proud to present The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring, written by Janie Downey Maxwell, during the evenings of February 24th and 25th, 2015, on the Central Campus Stage. Eighteen seventh and eighth grade student performers brought the Game of Clue to life, taking their audience on a mystery filled with betrayal, terror, humor, thievery, suspense, and surprise. Audiences were entertained as they engaged in this Mystery-slash-Comedy Theater Production to uncover who stole the queen’s missing ring. Set and production was completely designed and managed by the students. Mrs. Nancy Altimore is to be commended for her enthusiastic direction and support of these budding actors. Central Campus is proud of their Jaguar Thespians!

Back Row (Left to Right) Jenifer Zukowski, Maheen Virani, Belen Perkins, Tatiana Jaramillo, Alexia Jolly, Schneider Jean-Pierre, Janet Slavick,  Bhanuteja Madhu, Donovan Maldonado, Nyree Ocon, Brooke
Berkowitz, Adora Eboka
Front row (l to R) Marlee Bondar, Amanda Lefleur, Liana Villamil,  Ariana Estrella, Lemar Lindo, Lauren Fielding

Queen Janet Slavick, Gypsy Jennifer Zuloski, Sheriff Donovan Maldonado

During the week of February 23, 2015, Central Campus seventh and eighth grade students participated in our First Annual Knowledge Bowl. Thank you to our social studies teachers for their efforts in preparing our students for this event. Seventh grader, Rafael Sabino and eighth grader, Joseph Poon will move on to Dillard High School and compete at the Broward County Knowledge Bowl. We are confident that this team will represent the Central Campus Middle School very well.. Congratulations to Rafael and Joseph and best of luck at the 2015 Broward County Knowledge Bowl competition.



Congratulations to Winning Broward District Science Fair Participants for Central Middle!

1st Place: Jayvyn Dacas, Wind Turbine Generator Designs
2nd Place: David Adams, Sunburned Plants
2nd Place: Juan Marin, Does Gatoraid, Sea Water, or Salt Water Generate the Most Electricity?
3rd Place: Bianca Greydinger, Reflective Film and Solar Ovens
4th Place: Saaketh Vedantam, Power Up With Ocean Tides!
4th Place: Grace Rodriguez, How to Make a Mechanical Hand
4th Place: Thierry Denis, What Helps Plants Grow Faster?
4th Place: Giavanna DiFide, Water Bottle Insulation

Jayvyn Dacas will go on to compete at the State Fair in March! Best of Luck Javvyn!!!

Thank you to the Ms. Spencer and Ms. Soliman, as well as the other science teacher for their support in preparing the projects. Thank you to Ms. Speciale-Vannucci for her assistance in the approval of all projects.

Pictured Left to Right: Juan Marin, Jayvyn Dacas, and David Adams

All three young men were received nominations to participate in the Broadcom Masters Program of Society for Science and the Public.Additionally, David Adams and Juan Marin were recognized for 2n

The PPCMS Lady JAGS Volleyball Team represented themselves and out school very well this season. They convincingly defeated the undefeated Indian Ridge team to make it to the 1st Round of Playoffs and again, defeated Indian Ridge in the Playoff Game to make it to the Semi-Finals against Falcon Cove. The Lady JAGS had a strong first game against the Falcons and competed strong in the 2nd and 3rd game to end the season. We are so proud of our girls for the teamwork and skill shown this season. With a young team, we expect to go all the way in the 15-16 season.

Thank you to the efforts of Coaches Moss, Maestu and Masterpalo for their joint efforts in helping to support and lead the girls this season.

The following PPCMS Central Campus students attended and competed in a regional math AMC Math Competition held at Florida Atlantic University on Saturday, November 22, 2014:

Vanessa Angel
Jacob Briggs
Giuliana Chiquito
Naveen Farook
Bhanuteja Madhu
Neha Mathew
Faizan Mohammad
Sebastian Quintana
Grace Rodriguez
Rafael Sabino
Saaketh Vedantam
Surya Vedula
Kevin Yeung

Our students had a great showing at this event. Jacob Briggs and Kevin Yeung were awarded Bronze certificates. Saaketh Vedantam palced first, and was awarded a Gold certificate. The top three students will be going to the state competition.  A special thank you to Mr. Verdile and Mr. Walker for their efforts in helping to prepare and sponsor this math team for this competition.

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 24, 2015. 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 29, 2015 at 6pm in the Central Campus Cafeteria, PARENT ONLY MEETING.

We will have multiple presentations and performances to showcase what to expect for your child as they enter middle school. Our curriculum team of highly qualified educators will review the core and elective course available to your child. Also, a sampling of our extracurricular program will be shared with you by our student performers.

Following our program presentation, you will be able to visit our mini-curriculum fair to ask questions of our staff and local partners (i.e., PTSA, Transportation, Planet-T Uniforms, Sports Program, etc.) and obtain information to help you to complete your child's registration materials.


Dear City of Pembroke Pines Charter School Parents and Guardians,

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that schools provide parents an annual school status report. This report is known as the School Public Accountability Report (SPAR). You can access the SPAR for your child(ren)'s school(s) at the links below. Each school will also have printed copies available for parents,guardians, and community members in the school office.

Below is the link for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School (Central, East, & West Campuses):

Below is the link for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School (Central & West Campuses):

Below is the Link for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter High School:

Below is the link for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School - Florida State University Campus:

Congratulations to the PPCMS Central 2015 Spelling Bee Winners!

6th grade winners:
1st place Vanessa Tojeiro
2nd place Fatima Fojas
3rd place Alexa Esquenazi

7th grade winners:
1st place Naveen Farook
2nd place Shazia Khan
3rd place Nicholas Pizzo

8th grade winners
1st place Saaketh Vedantam
2nd place Bhanuteja Madhu
3rd place Kevin Yeung

The First place winners from all three Grades.

Runner up: Naveen Farook
1st place winner and our school representative for the Broward County Spelling Bee- Saaketh Vedantam (8th Grade)

All participants did a wonderful job. Congratulations to each

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?

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.


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 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:

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.

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