Conchita Espinosa Academy is a fully-accredited, co-educational independent private school for K3 through eighth grades. For over 80 years, Conchita Espinosa Academy has given its students an exceptional academic curriculum partnered with a sophisticated arts and humanities foundation, sensitivity to the arts and human needs, a sense of self-worth, and strong human values.
This morning Student Council hosted its last Books for Breakfast of the school year, and what a wonderful one it was! Perhaps our two very special guest readers, Mrs. Danella and Coach Eddy had something to do with it. In order to celebrate the gift of imagination, we closed the year off with a Disney theme. Mrs. Danella played the part of Mary Poppins, and Coach Eddy was a handsome Prince Charming. With their readings, they took our children on a wonderful ride, through a world of curiosity and imagination. Thank you to everyone who has supported and participated in Books for Breakfast. See you again next year... Same time, same place! See Pictures >
"Around here, we don't look backwards for very long... We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
2nd Grade Fairy Tale Ball
Each year, the second grade studies fairy tales from around the world. Not only do the second graders read the fairy tales and discuss fairy tales in class, but they also learn about the music from fairy tales in their music classes and learn a ball dance together as a group. The unit culminates in the annual Second Grade Fairy Tale Ball, when they dress up as princes and princesses and perform their musical pieces and ball dance in this magnificent enchanted morning. Parents are welcome to attend the ball, which is complete with medieval snacks. Several guests attended the ball this year, including middle school fairies who performed a ballet piece, The Big Bad Wolf, Snow White, and many more! See Pictures >
3rd grade mystery Skype in Spanish!
3rd grade is at it again with Mystery Skype! Students skype with kids in different parts of the country. Based on clues that the kids give each other about geography, capital cities, industries, and history, they have to guess where the person they Skype with is located! What a cool way to learn!
Later, they did Mystery Skype in Spanish with the help of their Spanish teacher, Ms. Miriam Casado.
Congratulations to our Mrs. Jackson, 8th grade teacher, for winning 1st Place in the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards for her children's book, Rocko's Big Launch. Rocko's Big Launch was written by Mrs. Yolande Clarke-Jackson and illustrated by her husband and pop artist and illustrator, Rodney Jackson. http://www.rockorocket.com
Congratulations Nicole, on your achievements and for representing our school!
Each year, Duke University holds the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search. Seventh grade students with strong intellectual abilities are invited to participate if they achieve a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level standardized test. Upon enrollment, Duke TIP registers this select group to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam. CEA 7th grader, Nicole Medina took the SAT college entrance exam through the Duke TIP Talent Search and received State Level recognition for her scores. Last week Nicole received an award at the 2015 Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremony celebrated at Florida Atlantic University honoring students with high SAT or ACT scores.
Student Council thanks you for your support!
We are very proud to announce that last week Student Council was able to collect over $700 for victims of the devastating earthquake near Nepal's capital City of Kathmandu. This terrible tragedy claimed more than 5,000 lives and and has left some 1.7 million children in need of humanitarian assistance. Thanks to your generosity, we were able help UNICEF's effort to provide medicine, food, and other essential supplies to these children and their families. See Pictures >
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill
Student CouncilSpirit Week Video
Congratulations to 3rd grade teacher, Vanessa Lopez
Congratulations to 3rd grade teacher, Vanessa Lopez, for being named a Discovery Education Network (DEN) STAR Teacher. Ms. Lopez was selected for her commitment to transforming her students' learning with digital media and for her willingness to share ideas and assist her colleagues in the school and around the world. Thank you, Ms. Lopez, for your contributions to CEA and your dedication to our students!
CEC's production of Cinderella features an all-student musical and theatre ensemble, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments we love in this beloved fairy tale - the pumpkin, the fairy godmother, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more. Re-live some of your favorite childhood memories through songs, such as "In My Own Little Corner" and "Impossible/It's Possible!", performed live by our Conchita Espinosa Music Ensemble.
The Elementary and Middle School Art Mastery classes and the Elementary Art Appreciation Mastery class went to Fairchild Tropical Gardens to see the Chihuly Exhibit, Dale Chihuly's largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date. Dale Chihuly is an American blown glass sculptor. Nestled within Fairchild's 83 acres, Chihuly's spectacular glass sculptures can be discovered organically or majestically as you walk through the beautiful grounds of Fairchild Tropical Gardens. See Pictures >
Don Quijote Awards 2015
Como cada año, el Instituto de Cultura Hispánica va a entregar los galardones de la Orden Académica Don Quijote de la Mancha a aquellos estudiantes que muestran un destacado esfuerzo en el aprendizaje del idioma español. Los alumnos seleccionados de Conchita Espinosa Academy son Nicole Sarduy (3.º grado), Alejandra Lopez (4.º), Sofia Duncan (5.º), Ana Milena Tamariz (5.º) y Corina Belfort (5.º). La ceremonia de entrega tuvo lugar el domingo 26 de abril a las 12 del mediodía en el teatro Manuel Artime, Miami. ¡Enhorabuena a los premiados!
The Hispanic Cultural Center of Miami will hold its annual awards ceremony for the Academic Order of Don Quijote de la Mancha, in which awards are given to students who have shown an outstanding effort in learning the Spanish language. Five students from Conchita Espinosa Academy have been selected to receive this award: Nicole Sarduy (3rd grade), Alejandra Lopez (4th grade), Sofia Duncan (5th grade), Ana Milena Tamariz (5th grade), and Corina Belfort (5th grade). The ceremony took place on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12pm at the Manuel Artime Theater, Miami. Congratulations! See Pictures >
Library of Congress' Letters About Literature Contest
Ms. Santalo's 5th and 6th grade classes submitted letters to the Library of Congress' Letters About Literature Contest. Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Read More >
Congratulations to CEA 8th grader Nicholas Aixala!
Nicholas was honored on the court at the AmericanAirlines Arena as the Miami Heat/Miami Herald March Academic/Sportsmanship Team Players in conjunction with Gatorade. See Article >
Congratulations to CEA c/o 2011 alumna Lianna Farnesi!
On Monday, Lianna signed her national letter of intent for an athletic scholarship at Florida International University. Lianna is the first athlete in the eight year history of Cross Country and Track and Field Mastery at Conchita Espinosa Academy, to be rewarded for her athletic prowess with a college scholarship. Congratulations Lianna! Thank you Coach Carlos for your years of dedication to the students at CEA!
Splash Math SpringBoard Contest
Splash Math is an app on a mission to create fun learning experiences that motivate young learners to achieve mastery in math skills. Splash Math SpringBoard is a free 7-week international math contest for classrooms. Points are earned by students by answering problems, answering correctly and mastering math skills in the process. Classrooms win prizes by doing grade-level math challenges and for improving their scores week-to-week. There are two divisions: K-2 and 3-5.
3 CEA classes are on the leader board in this international, online math challenge. Ana Perez's Pre-Primary class, Vivian Martinez's 3rd grade and Noris Frades' 5th grades have all earned scores that put them in the top 10 among the 2000+ participants.
Congratulations to our champion mathematicians and to our teachers who constantly encourage our students to learn more!
Our middle school students have been using their iPads as digital learners for 2 years. But now, all 7th and 8th grade students are also digital teachers. Under the leadership of their Spanish teacher, Mr. Antonio Morata, they built their own online Spanish course for English speakers and it's available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Read More and visit website >
Middle School STEAM Students create "Game-On" Challenge
Middle School STEAM students created original video games and invited volunteers from other mastery programs to come and try them out. In order to participate, the student had to spend the entire mastery period in STEAM, playing and rating each game.
CEA in Top 10 Middle Schools in South Florida and Top 5 in Miami!
Private Schools Guide nominated Conchita Espinosa Academy one of the Top 10 Private Middle Schools in South Florida and Top 5 in Miami! Let's be proud to be at CEA, one of the top schools in South Florida, where we have been bringing out the extraordinary in every child for over 80 years!
for the Week of May 25, 2015
Sunday, May 24
Monday, May 25
No School – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 26
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Dance Exams in Conservatory
Wednesday, May 27
Dance Exams in Conservatory
Thursday, May 28
Theater Mastery Class performs a 1 act play at 6:30
Dance Exams in Conservatory
Friday, May 29
Monthly Assembly-jeans and 2015 Walk for the Future t-shirt
Gallery Night 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 30
We have had an extremely rewarding year!
We couldn’t do what we do without the help, support, and encouragement of our volunteers.
So, if you’re a delegate, if you chaperoned a field trip, if you helped make Family Affair a success, if you sold pizza or popcorn, if you encouraged our readers at our Literary Celebration and our Book Fair, if you took a group of kids to a performance on the weekend, if you walked with us on Walk for the Future day, if you supported our great Cougar teams, if you offered encouragement to our teachers and staff, if you came with a smile and a willing attitude – you and others like you made this year a success – and we are truly grateful!!!!
An Evening of Art at CEA Art Mastery and Conservatory Art students will have their annual Art Exhibit on: Friday, May 29, 2015 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Artists will be showcasing pieces that they have worked on during this school year.
CEA Sports Banquet
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 7:00 pm, Royal Ballroom The CEA Sports Banquet will celebrate our Middle School athletes and their incredible accomplishments this school year.
8th Grade Graduation
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
We are so proud of your accomplishments and the extraordinary human beings that you have become during your years at CEA. We are proud of every single one of you - you are intelligent, well-rounded, compassionate, confident, and kind individuals, and we know that with the foundation you have today, you will shine wherever you go. Now it is time for your next stage in life - follow your heart, live your dreams. You are Conchita's legacy.
To celebrate our c/o 2015, the 8th grade will have their annual:
Friday, June 5, 2015 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Graduation Ceremony and Luncheon
Saturday, June 6, 2015 Details to Follow.
Summer in the Arts
Summer is right around the corner and we are busy preparing wonderful summer intensive programs for our students! Some of these programs are by invitation or audition only (dance, music, visual arts, theatre, and tech).
Invitations have been sent out to students who have demonstrated excellence in that particular area, given that we have limited spots in each program.
However, if you did not receive an invitation for a summer intensive, but would like to participate or if you are involved in this area outside of CEA/CEC, we still want to give you a chance!
If you are interested in attending one of these programs, you can request an audition or interview by filling out the attached form and turning it in to the main office. The instructor in charge of the program will contact you.
We hope we don't have to do this, but if we do need to close school for an emergency, if the Miami-Dade County Schools close due to hurricane or other inclement weather, Conchita Espinosa Academy will also close. We will notify the local radio and television stations. We will reopen when the Miami-Dade County Schools open or you will be notified by a Parents Partnership Association member via our telephone tree. We will also keep you updated via our social media channels.
Box Tops for Education
We participate in the General Mills Box Tops for Education program. You can help, too! Find out how...
Conchita Espinosa Academy is accredited internationally, nationally and regionally by Accreditation International (AI), National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA) , the Middle States Association (MSA), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF). We are also members of the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF).