Vivian Gonzalez, a music teacher at the Miami Arts Studio 6 – 12 at Zelda Glazer, received a $4,000 grant from the Give A Note Foundation after receiving the 2018 Music Educator Innovator Award for her organization, Music Arts Studio Orchestra Outreach.
The award recognizes creative music teachers who use innovative and sustainable strategies to lead school music programs that attract students. Gonzalez created MAS Orchestra Outreach to offer string instrument education to students in Miami-Dade County who had no access to music education.
“Nearly 97 percent of our students come from Latino homes, so I strategically use the music of my students’ cultures to strengthen their interest in participating in the orchestra,” said Gonzalez. “Now, my students want to give back to their communities, so we are starting a new program called MAS Orchestra Mentors that will allow them to teach string instrument education on Saturdays to elementary students in our area.”
In addition to the $4,000 grant, Gonzalez will be a special guest at the Country Music Association Foundation’s Music Teachers of Excellence Awards dinner on April 30 in Tennessee.
Nautilus Middle School
The Sharks Boys Swim Team at Nautilus Middle School won their second straight title as county champions and the Sharks Girls Swim Team was named runner-up during a recent competition against nine local schools at Miami Dade College.
Since 2014, both swim teams have won five county championships and were named county runner-up three times. This year, the top performers from the boys’ swim team were as follows: Lautaro Gomez, Kaii Winkler, Finn Winkler, Alexander Raymond, Andre Smit, Alessandro Cattabriga, Juan Fabal, Tomas Fermin, Luis Cardenas, Tru Kelly, Taylor Maggard, Hillel Alilat, Liam Lesentier, Thomas De-Souza, Nathan Balula, Dorian Vanderlaan, Zakaria Djahed, Matteo Marques, Michael Baltodano, Jai Zrihen, Kai Abel, Skyler Atkatz, Aaron Eliot, Ian Heckstall, and Simon Wieselberg.
Michael placed first in both the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay with a record of 1 minute and 39 seconds.
For the girls’ swim team, top-performing students included Esther Gonzalez, Ana Barbosa, Gabriela Suarez, Jallena Alilat, Paulina Perez, Olivia Moore, Stella McLaney, Helena Soriano, Sasha Rosenthahl, Kim Sartor, Lisa Delsolar, Leah Santos, Gabriela Sudah, and Alexandra Bak-Jain.
Gabriela and Alexandra placed second in both the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay.
The boys and girls swim teams are coached by Eric Marshall, a science teacher at the middle school.
Principal for a day
More than 700 business and community leaders from Miami-Dade County participated in the 22nd annual Principal Today Event earlier this month. Held in partnership with Scholastic, Bank of America and Feld Entertainment, the event allows local leaders to serve as principal for a day and interact with students.
This year, participating leaders included Chip Bowers, president of business operations for the Marlins, as principal at iPrep Academy; Bank of America’s senior vice president Erin Sutherland as principal at Carol City Middle School; Children’s Trust CEO and president James Haj as principal at Miami Southridge High School; Ana Milton, president of the Jose Milton Foundation, as principal at Southwest Miami High School; and Miami-Dade NAACP president Ruben Roberts as principal at Miami Jackson High School.
Dr. Michael Krop High
The boys and girls bowling teams at Dr. Michael Krop High School earned top honors during the recent Miami-Dade County District 13 Championship. The students competed against teams from Miami-Dade County’s District 13 at AMF Pembroke Pines Lanes, and the girls’ team placed first, and the boys’ team placed second — both teams earning their respective titles consecutively since 2017. Both teams qualified and competed in the Florida High School Athletic Association’s 2018 Florida High School Bowling State Championship in Orlando on Nov. 17.
Participants in the boys bowling team included Jason Granovsky, Michael Kopel, Zachary Winer, Jared Weingard, Tyler Ward, and David Rozenberg.
Participants in the girls bowling team included Sophia Palmeiro, Rebecca Vainstein, Kirra Magana, Marissa Manley, Molly Kaufman, Gabriela Pardo, Hera Soysal and Lindsey Weingard.
Take Your Daughters To Work
Miami-Dade County Public Schools will observe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on Feb. 1, 2019, instead of the national observance on April 25, 2019, to avoid disruptions during scheduled testing. All students, ages 8–18, are eligible to participate in the program.