Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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 www.pinescharter.net.

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 www.cie.org.uk/countries/usa

Central Campus News and Notes


Congratulations to our World Languages District Academic Competitions Honorees:

1st place for Spanish 2 Impromptu Speaking:
Vanessa Angel
Camila Cabrera

1st place for Spanish 1 Impromptu Speaking:
Juan Marin

2nd place for Original Skit:
Aitana Arvelo
Angelica Repaci
Maria-Noelia Herne
Alexa Esquenazi
Mackenzie Ahearn

4th place for Original Skit:
Camila Cabrera
Vanessa Angel
Valentina Orduy
Brianna Alvarez
Nivedna Natarajan
Hannah Jackson

Please congratulate them on their great accomplishment! They did an amazing job competing in Spanish.

A special THANK YOU to Ms. Maria Alfaro and Ms. Glenda Franco for their efforts in supporting these students to succeed at the World Language Competition.

Ten Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School Central Campus Builders Club members and their parents volunteered to assist with therapeutic riding lessons with the Kiwanis Horses & Handicapped, Inc. in Davie, Florida on April 9, 2016. The students worked as side-walkers, horse leaders, and obstacle course assistants during therapeutic riding lessons for physically and/or mental challenged riders. After the lessons, the students bathed the horses and gave them a carrot treat. Ms. Piper Spencer, Builder's Club Sponsor is to be commended for promoting this very important annual service project with her students.

Kiwanis Horses & Handicapped was founded in 1979 as the premiere therapeutic riding program in South Florida. Over the years the program has grown and currently serves approximately 60 physically and/or mentally challenged riders in both Dade and Broward Counties.

Builders Club  is a student-led community service organization supported by Kiwanis International. 

This past weekend, April 8th and 9th, we had over 100 band students participate in the Florida Band Director's Association Solo and Ensemble festival.  This event took place at Pioneer middle school where over 1100 middle school students from the south area performed solos and various different ensembles.  Our band students were awarded 136 superior medals (the highest achievement), 11 excellent medals (2nd highest achievement), and 2 good medals.  This is the highest number of Superior ever earned for the Central Campus Band Program. The judges were very impressed with how well prepared the students were, and they frequently acknowledged their professionalism. They are to be commended for outstanding achievements.  

Ms. Shendell-Frankel, Band Director, is to be commended for helping to prepare our students to meet with such a high level of success!!


We are very proud to announce that on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 our Central Middle Symphonic Band, under the Direction of Ms. Edith Shendell-Frankel attended the Annual Florida Bandmaster's Association Music Performance Assessments and earned straight Superior ratings for the 14th consecutive year!!  We want to thank all of the staff and teachers for all of their  support.  We appreciate the effort everyone made to help our band to achieve this goal.

The PPCMS Science Olympiad team competed in 21 knowledge, lab and engineering events at the Southeastern Florida Regional Science Olympiad on February 13th. All students competed admirably, with skill and spirit, and the Scrambler Team (Camila Escobar and Hibah Khan) took Third Place.

Member of the  PPCMS Science Olympiad Team:
Sebastian Quintana
Logan Saenz
Samantha Lowe
Surya Vedula
Vincent Mansfield
Sergio Spears
Yingying Zhu
Hibah Khan
Camila Escobar
Melanie Jomsky
Erin Luis
Jai Rajpal
Carolina Calonge
Cara Barkey


PPCS Celebrates World Cancer Day

PPCS Central and East Campus celebrated World Cancer Day on February 4th. Students in both campuses wore purple, the color of Relay for Life. Students wore purple to honor survivors and remember those that have lost the fight against this terrible disease. PPCMS Central Jaguars Relay for Life Team asked students to donate spare change. The event entitled, "Be the Change You Wish to See in the World", raised over $2100.00. The funds will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The PPCMS Central Jaguars has raised over $8000.00 for the American Cancer Society. Together, we can help with the fight!


Central Middle Drama Students Knock their Performance Out of this Universe with their Ensemble Performance of
Alienated, by Kenneth Preuss

The Central Middle Drama students knocked it out of the universe with their performance of "Alienated" by Kenneth R. Preuss on January 19 & 20, 2016.  Under the supportive direction of Ms. Nancy Altimore, our students did an outstanding job working as an ensemble cast of high school students from different social groups trying to solve an 18 year old mystery (See below story line description).  All of the students had stand-out moments to shine and brought the audience to tears from their laugh out loud comedic performances.  Job well done by all!!

Congratulations to the PPCMS Central 2016 Spelling Bee Winners

6th grade winners
- 1st place Adrienne Ospina
- 2nd place Vedha Dave
- 3rd place Devon Bryant

7th grade winners
- 1st place Grace Rodriguez
- 2nd place Vanessa Tojeiro
- 3rd place Arvin Saji

8th grade winners
- 1st place Rafael Sabino
- 2nd place Naveen Farook
- 3rd place Crystal Nguyen

School-wide winners
 Runners up:  1st Runner Up-Grace Rodriguez
                          2nd Runner Up-Adrienne Ospina

1st place winner and our school representative for the Broward County Spelling Bee is Rafael Sabino (8th Grade)


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 22, 2016.  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 28, 2016 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.

Dear Parents ,

As you may be aware PPCS Central Campus is trying to raise money to build an out door classroom to be used by all K-8 classes. Currently we have a project  on DonorsChoose.org. For the next 2 days, DonorsChoose will match ANY donation made to the project up to $100. If you have the time and the funds, we would really appreciate a donation. Even $1 will help (because really it will be $2 when DonorsChoose matches it).

IMPORTANT: If you decide to donate, within the next 2 days, enter the code [LIFTOFF]. DonorsChoose will only match dollar for dollar if the code [LIFTOFF] is entered.

Link to my project: http://www.donorschoose.org/project/outdoor-science-learning-center/1839067/

Our project is open until the end of April, however the match code does expire soon.

Thanks for reading, and thank you so much for donating if you are able to! Also, if you know of someone who might be interested in donating, please link them to this article. 

​​Please join us in congratulating Dante Harrison (tuba) and Nicholas Pizzo (oboe)for their fine performance at the 2016 FMEA All State Middle School Band Ensemble performance this past Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. They were selected from students throughout the State of Florida. The 129 middle school students performed for over 1,000 parents and music educators from all over the state.  This was a great honor for these young musicians, as well as for our school. Congratulations again!!  

Ms. Edie Shendell-Frankel, Band Director, was honored by the FMEA for her 25 years of service to this prestigious organization. Congratulations to her for this well-deserved honor.

These young men join three of their fellow band students at the All County Band Thursday, January 21, 2016 at the Coral Spring Center for the Arts at 7pm. Best of Luck to our Jags!!

Left Dante Harrison and right Nicholas Pizzo

6th Grade:
1st Place: Vedha Dave, Can an App Control a Hurricane Shutter?
2nd Place: Bradley Adler, Radiation Vs. Apps
3rd Place: Gabriel Diaz, A Comparison of the Content of Vitamin C in Vegetables

7th Grade:
1st Place: David Adams, Toxic Colors
2nd Place: Jayvyn Dacas, Hydroelectricity
3rd Place: Maria Herne, Boosting the Efficiency of the SODIS Method

8th Grade:
1st Place: Nicholas Pizzo, Cryopreservation: Freezing Plant Tissue
2nd Place: Sebastian Quintana, Aquaponics: Farming for the Future
3rd Place: Adrian Luis, Engineering Design: Airboat Model

School Wide Grand Prize Honoree: Zachery Pizzo, Z Pod: Climate's Effect on Sea Turtle Eggs
All of these students will represent our school at the District Science Fair in February. Please wish them the best of luck!!

Thank you to Ms. Spencer and her Science Department Team for their efforts in working with our Advanced Science students to ensure such wonderful projects.

We also appreciate the efforts of our judges who gave of their time to review all of the project submissions.


1st place: Crystal Nguyen- "Pop Art"

2nd Place: Amarchi Ujagbor, Thomas Castre, and Riyad Wilmot- "The Slave Trade"
3rd Place: Salonee Singh- "The Salem Witch Trials"
Honorable Mentions: Jenna Manning, Kaleb Watson, and Ashton Cooper: "Slaves and the Triangular Trade" &
Ariana Estrella, Valentine Legrand, and Samya Ali; "Exploring Women's Rights and Encountering Change in the 1920s"

Crystal Nguyen will represent our school at the Distict History Fair.  We wish her the best of luck for her wonderful project.

Thank you to Ms. Spencer and her Science Department Team for their efforts in working with our Advanced Science students to ensure such wonderful projects.

Thank you to Mr. Masterpalo and Ms. Russell for their efforts with preparing for the History Fair submission.  There were so many wonderful projects that it was truly difficult to make the decision on only one submission to the District History Fair.

We also appreciate the efforts of our judges who gave of their time to review all of the project submissions.

Central Relay for Life Team visited Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Delivering Over 2000 Pairs of Socks to Pediatric Cancer Patients
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

During the month of September, The City of Pembroke Pines Charter Central Middle School Relay for Life Team coordinated a fundraiser, "Fighting Cancer from Head to Toe". Students were able to wear a crazy hat and pair of socks if they donated a pair of socks or paid $2.00. Three campuses participated in our fundraiser FSU Elementary , East Elementary, and Central Middle/Elementary Schools. Together we raised over $2,100 for Relay for Life American Cancer Society and kids brought in over 2,000 pairs of socks to donate to Joe DiMaggio Children's Cancer Center. FSU Campus participated in memory of Dillon Joseph Brooks, a former student who passed away last year after his battle with cancer. East and Central participated to honor, support,  and celebrate a current elementary student who is going through cancer treatment. Lotsy Dotsy came to our event. She walked around and spoke to the students at the Central Campus.

It is with enormous pride that we report to that Central Middle has two band students that have made the 2016 All STATE BAND.  Congratulations to Nicholas Pizzo (Oboe)and Dante Harrison (Tuba) for this wonderful achievement.  They will represent our school and our county at the Florida Music Educators Conference from January 13 through January 15,2016 in Tampa, Florida.  This is the first time in the central band history to have two students make this prestigious band.  Congratulations!!!!!  

Ms. Shendell-Frankel, Band Director, will be accompanying these students to support them in this wonderful accomplishment and recognition of their talents.  She is to be commended for her efforts over the last three years in helping to prepare them for this state level ensemble.  Best wishes to them at this wonderful event.

Left: Dante Harrison, Tuba Right: Nicholas Pizzo, Oboe

Central Science Team helped engage our 8th grade students by teaching them about the Archimedes Findings which led to calculating mass using the volume of an irregularly shaped object through water displacement:
Archimedes' Discovery

About 2000 years ago, a smart guy named Archimedes was charged with an important task. The king of Syracuse had had a crown made for him by a jeweler, but he didn't trust the jeweler. The king suspected that the jeweler had used a cheaper metal for production (like silver) but had still charged the king for the expensive gold he had been commissioned to use.

Alas, the king had no way of proving this. But he knew how smart Archimedes was, so he asked him to prove it for him. Archimedes wanted to help the king, but he couldn't figure out how to determine what the crown was made of without destroying it.

The PPCMS Relay for Life Team went to the Memorial West Breast Cancer Center to deliver key chains to patients. The students were able to tour the center and see where women not only get treatments but also get "beautiful" at the salon. The staff was able to spend some time with them and talked to them about what women go through during treatment. It was a wonderful experience. Our students are amazingly generous; the cards they signed were thoughtful and so inspiring. Below are some of the pictures.   Read More...



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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