Sirena Buchholz, a science instructor and Exploratorium director at Hochberg Preparatory School in North Miami Beach, was awarded the Eleanor Meyerhoff Katz z"l Teacher Initiative Award. The award is administered by the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, and is funded by the Eleanor M. Katz and Herbert D. Katz Family Foundation, which provides grants to teachers in Jewish Day Schools to fund projects that impact student learning.
Buchholz has been teaching more than 16 years and her method reflects the student-centered approach which allows students to learn according to their educational needs.
The award will enable the school to add a robotics program to its Exploratorium, the on-campus STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) lab that aims to enable students to learn through exploration, discovery, teamwork and problem solving. Students will be able to create and design with information technology in hopes of gaining strategies that further promote self-learning.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
School Board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall of District Two partnered last week with Miami Marlins’ Ayudan Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to distribute bookbags filled with school supplies to students enrolled at Lenora Braynon Smith Elementary School, Melrose Elementary School, and Santa Clara Elementary School.
Each backpack included paper, composition books, pencils, markers, crayons, rulers and folders. Billy the Marlin, the Marlins’ team mascot, greeted each student as they collected their backpacks.
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove invited JoAnn Deak, internationally known educator and psychologist, to campus to discuss the latest research on brain development.
Students, parents and faculty learned about various habits that can help develop strong abilities and strengthen the ones they may be weaker in, such as reading, mathematics and/or science. Deak also discussed the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation or the lack of nutrition, hydration and exercise can harm an individual’s development of both intellectual and emotional intelligence, learning patterns and critical thinking skills.
Miramar Cultural Center-Arts Park
Miramar Cultural Center-ArtsPark will present an Ansin Family Art Gallery exhibit Sept. 3 at 2400 Civic Center Pl. in Miramar for the annual Celebration of the Rich Traditions of Hispanic Heritage. The collection will feature four artists: Joan Belmar from Chile, Aimee Perez from Cuba, Francisco Pazos from Spain and Octavio Cuellar Campos from Cuba.
The Cultural Arts Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. The exhibit is available until Oct. 30. For information, call 954-602-4500.