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Mastery Program

To further implement our mission of bringing out the extraordinary in every child, we have developed the Mastery Program, which assigns specific learning periods devoted to allowing students to explore and develop an area of passion.

Throughout the Lower School years, special emphasis is placed on discovering the wonders of the world and the special place each of us has in the world. We encourage students to discover and cultivate an area of interest through our Mastery Program. Grades 3 through 5 “Junior” Mastery groups meet for one hour twice a week in multi-level groups to develop individual talents and interests. This yearly commitment to a specified area of study allows them to develop stronger skills, self-awareness, independence, and pride in personal accomplishments.

Grades 6 to 8 “Senior” Mastery groups are intensive. Students make a three-year commitment to an area of interest, talent, and ability. Mastery groups meet for one hour daily and allow students to ignite passions, pursue aspirations, and develop a proficiency in a chosen area of focus.

  • JUNIOR MASTERY
  • SENIOR MASTERY

Junior Mastery – Art Appreciation

 

Art Appreciation introduces students to the history of art, including biographical information about the artist, techniques, and periods in art.  Students view, discuss, and create art masterpieces.  Technology is used to research different artists and periods of art.  Students visit museums and other art events pertaining to what the class is discussing.

Requirements:  Students should have a love of art, writing and be willing to be creative.

Some of our projects:

the Renaissance with Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. C. Prieto

Junior Mastery – Voice Mastery

Choir has been a tradition at CEA for over 50 years. Ten years ago, the CEA Youth Choir was founded as one of the school’s mastery groups. By audition only, CEA Youth Choir has been nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence as a children’s chorale. They perform several times a year in various venues.  Most recently in 2013, the Youth Choir shared the stage with the Florida Chamber Orchestra. In the Junior Choir students begin to develop their voices in preparation for Senior Choir, in which students will have additional performance opportunities.

Requirements:  Audition Required.

Junior Mastery – Civics

The Civics Mastery involves learning how communities work together within a society.  We learn how to collaborate and work together.  Every year we engage in various community projects that benefit both our community inside and outside of the school.  Some on-going, in school projects are BoxTops for Education, recycling, Seal of Approval, and Shoparoo.  We are also involved in external projects such as a Halloween costume drive, Thanksgiving canned food drive, and raising funds for medical research for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.  Civics Mastery’s goal is to make our community inside and outside of school a better place.

Requirements:  Students should be dedicated, resourceful and caring.

Junior Mastery – In the Kitchen with Miss V.

This cooking mastery is about learning the basic steps for cooking.  Students work together to create delicious kid-friendly recipes that they can re-create at home.  Students are responsible for learning to listen to directions, work in teams, all while having fun.  The goal is for every student to be able to be self-sufficient in the kitchen and be able to cook for themselves if the need arises.

Requirements:  Students must have a passion for cooking and enjoy everything they create.

Junior Mastery – Cougar Chronicle

Cougar Chronicle is a fun and creative way for students to get a glimpse of the ways of a journalist.  Students conduct interviews, take pictures, write and edit articles. COUGAR CHRONICLE! A website created by students for students!

Requirements:  Students are required to have excellent communication and writing skills.

Junior Mastery – Cross Country / Track and Field

Cross Country requires students to run long distances.  Students are expected to show up on time in proper running attire (shorts, shirt, and running shoes).  Students will be running between 2.5 and 5 miles and will include marathon, relay, and sprint-jog intervals to not only change up the routine, but also give the students a well-rounded and solid foundation as they begin to understand what cross country and track style running consists of.  Also, by changing the methods in which we run, we will be able to identify the strengths of each runner, so when the track meets roll around, we know what event to put the student in to give them the best chance to win.

Requirements:  Try-out required.

Junior Mastery – Dance

This program aims to help provide students with the tools needed for performance in the professional world and requires much dedication and hard work.  In today’s dance world, the dancer must be extremely versatile as this art form continues to develop and, therefore, classes will focus on ballet and modern technique with other styles taught whenever possible.  We primarily train for concert dance but also participate in one or two competitions throughout the year.  Field trips to performances, workshops, or a combination of both, in or out of town, are an integral part of the training.

Requirements:  Students wishing to be a part of the Dance Mastery program must audition at the beginning of the year and must be enrolled in ballet in the Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts.  Those who are accepted into the program are expected to commit fully to the program, which includes consistent attendance to all conservatory classes, all rehearsals, workshops, master classes, competitions and field trips that are scheduled at the beginning of the year.

Junior Mastery – Edible Garden

The Edible Garden will foster the interest of students, encouraging them to appreciate the beauty of nature, develop critical thinking skills, understand the need for biodiversity and conservation, tap community resources, become actively engaged citizens and realize that individuals make the difference.

Requirements:  Students must love to be outside and not be afraid of getting dirty or the dirt.

Junior Mastery – Lego Robotics

Students will learn new vocabulary, use creativity, science, technology, organization and planning skills, and problem solving skills to build models and program them.  Students will be able to share creations with peers orally and in writing.

Requirements:  Students should enjoy building and creating with Legos, blocks, etc.  Students should enjoy using technology to create programs, be good listeners, and be able to follow oral and written directions.

Junior Mastery – Mathletes

This mastery is about having fun, competing, and exploring while learning and mastering math concepts.  Students learn that math is full of creativity by doing hands on activities, creating projects, playing games and competing.  Mathletes provides academic benefits and is a great way to develop teamwork skills.

Requirements:  Students must have a passion for math, be good team players, have a competitive spirit, be creative and ready to have fun.

Junior Mastery – Music Makers

Music Makers is the Mastery Group for CEA’s youngest musicians. It is geared towards students interested in developing their passion for music. Students do not need previous music experience, but it is recommended. Moderators in the Music Makers work with students on an individual basis to strengthen their technical skills as musicians, as well as participate in ensemble work, in order to discover the magic of making music through teamwork. Music Makers participate in several performances each year.

Requirements:  Audition Required.

Junior Mastery – Theatre

Students will be introduced to the qualities (and the methods to refine them) that define talented performers:  imagination, concentration, focus, relaxation, characterization and adaptation.  They will begin to hone their physical and vocal skills while exploring a variety of approaches to storytelling through the practical application of theater exercise and games.  Performance opportunities will be encouraged.

Requirements:  Audition required.

Junior Mastery – Visual Arts

Visual Arts students have the opportunity to further develop their passions for art by becoming immensely involved with media and techniques, inclusive of 3D sculpture in clay and paper mâché.  They are able to undertake and feel comfortable with more challenging projects using found objects and everyday materials (up-cycling).  Projects require thorough application of knowledge from the weekly school art class discussions, as well as experience gained in previous years of Art Mastery.  Students will also be able to participate on field trips and/or be able to experience external influences from visits from local artists.  Select students will have the opportunity to present their artwork in several exhibits each year.

Requirements:  In order to become part of the Visual Arts Mastery Group, students must present their best portfolio combination of artwork to the Art Director for admission

Junior Mastery – Future Teachers

Future Teachers work with Kindergarten – 2nd Grade classrooms helping the classroom teacher with grading and filing students’ work, bulletin boards, small group and individual tutoring, and sharing their love learning.

Requirements:  Students should love working with young children, be proactive, and be willing to work.  Interview is required.


Senior Mastery – Voice Mastery

Choir has been a tradition at CEA for over 50 years. Ten years ago, the CEA Youth Choir was founded as one of the school’s mastery groups. By audition only, CEA Youth Choir has been nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence as a children’s chorale. They perform several times a year in various venues.  Most recently, the Youth Choir shared the stage with the Florida Chamber Orchestra. They have also performed in Carnegie Hall, as well as in Puerto Rico for the 110th anniversary of the Robinson School. During their time there, they were invited by the Archbishop of Puerto Rico to sing for a mass in the Cathedral of Puerto Rico, the second oldest cathedral in the America, and in the acoustically perfect Union Church. The Senior Youth Choir prepares for several performances each year.

Requirements:  Audition Required

Senior Mastery – Conchita Magazine

CM is a student-produced news and lifestyle magazine.  The class runs like a working business that is divided into departments with different duties, schedules, and deadlines.  Students in this mastery get a taste of what it is like to work in the real world as a news reporter, sports writer, editor, photographer, or graphic designer.  Students go on field trips, host guest speakers, and learn from professionals.  They also develop a unique bond through collaboration and teamwork.  They have weekly staff meetings, celebrate staff birthdays, and work together to complete projects and prepare for school-wide fundraisers.

Requirements:  Interested students should have good leadership and organizational skills and be interested in working hard alongside a motivated and dedicated team.  A three-paragraph essay is required for consideration.  In the first paragraph, tell about yourself.  In the second, tell what you know about CM, and in the third, tell why you think CM is the place for you.

Senior Mastery – CTV

Students enjoy the daily morning news thanks to the hard work of the dedicated CTV staff.  CTV uses a professional camera, a green screen and a state-of-the-art editing program.  Each day students write, film, and edit the news for CEA.  They are responsible for being present in school events to report and film the news for the following day.  Limited and ever-changing resources call for the ability to constantly find creative and innovative ways to get the job done in a limited amount of time.  Teamwork is essential.  CTV is proud to have many former cast members who have continued to pursue communications as a career.  These students continue to fuel the passion for clear and effective communication that they first experienced at Conchita.

Requirements:  CTV looks for students with strong communication skills (both written and oral) who are looking to further develop and enhance these skills.  CTV seeks a diverse group of students; not everyone in the group will be responsible for the same tasks, but everyone is expected to be proficient in all “jobs.”  CTV seeks reporters with communication skills and editors and cameramen with strong technological skills and an eagerness to learn to use new programs.  Design skills are a plus.  CTV students must have a positive attitude, flexibility, the ability to adapt well to change and multi-task, a willingness to learn and try new things, patience, the ability and desire to work on a team, and the availability and commitment to be present at all/most school and conservatory events.  In order to join CTV, students are asked to write 1-2 paragraphs explaining why he/she would like to be part of CTV and how he/she would be an asset to the group.

Senior Mastery – Cross Country / Track and Field

Cross Country requires students to run long distances.  Students are expected to show up on time in proper running attire (shorts, shirt, and running shoes).  Students will be running between 2.5 and 5 miles and will include marathon, relay, and sprint-jog intervals to not only change up the routine, but also give the students a well-rounded and solid foundation as they begin to understand what cross country and track style running consists of.  Also, by changing the methods in which we run, we will be able to identify the strengths of each runner, so when the track meets roll around, we know what event to put the student in to give them the best chance to win.

Requirements:  Students must enjoy running, be able to consistently cover the distance in daily runs (2 – 5 miles), participate in every race, and have their running apparel every day.  Being out of uniform does not excuse one from running.  Tryout is required.

Senior Mastery – Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble (CEYDE)

The Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble (CEYDE) is dedicated to enhancing the dance training for CEA’s dancers in various dance styles, including ballet, jazz, and modern. This program aims to help provide students with the tools needed for performance in the professional world and requires much dedication and hard work. In today’s dance world, the dancer must be extremely versatile as this art form continues to develop and, therefore, classes will focus on ballet and modern technique with other styles taught whenever possible. CEYDE has the opportunity to take class with guest teachers for various workshops throughout the year. CEYDE primarily trains for concert dance but also participates several competitions throughout the year. Field trips to performances, workshops, or a combination of both, in or out of town, are an integral part of the training. Our goal is not only to improve technique and offer performance opportunities, but also to develop the “human” inside. Dance cannot be considered an art if it is executed without a soul.

Requirements: Students wishing to be a part of the Dance Mastery program must audition at the beginning of the year and must be enrolled in ballet in the Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts. Those that are accepted into the program are expected to commit fully to the program, which includes consistent attendance to all conservatory classes, all rehearsals, workshops, master classes, competitions and field trips that are scheduled at the beginning of the year. Students also have the opportunity to become members of the Dance Honors Society which requires a 3.0 average, 30 points, that are required through active participation in performances, workshops, field trips and fundraisers, and above all, have good citizenship.

Senior Mastery – Future Teachers

Future Teachers work with Kindergarten – 2nd Grade classrooms helping the classroom teacher with grading and filing students work, bulletin boards, small group and individual tutoring, and sharing their love learning.

Requirements:  Students should love working with young children, be proactive, and be willing to work.  Interview is required.

Senior Mastery – Office Assistant

Students in the Office Assistant Mastery Group help with the clerical responsibilities of the administration. The Office Assistance Mastery Group targets students who demonstrate good organizational skills, a positive disposition, and the ability to multi-task. Office Assistant offers students the opportunity to learn useful skills they will need to use in the future regardless of what career path they choose. Office Assistants help the administrative team directly with filing, organizing, and learning the basic functions of office work.

Senior Mastery – Music Ensemble

Music Ensemble is a Mastery Group for students interested in developing their passion for music. Students should have previous music experience and take at least one hour of private music lessons each week. Moderators in the Music Ensemble work with students on an individual basis to strengthen their technical skills as musicians, as well as participate in ensemble work. The Music Ensemble prepares several performances each year.

Requirements:  Audition Required

Senior Mastery – STEAM

STEAM Mastery allows students to problem-solve by applying concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math.  Some challenges involve LEGO robotics, coding, animation, video game creation, Minecraft, app creation and basic device construction.

Requirements:  Students are expected to be comfortable learning through trial and error, revision, and testing.  Resilience is a key factor to success in this Mastery.

STEAM Video

Senior Mastery – Theatre

Students nurture their individuality while continuing to deepen their understanding of internal and external creative states through the Stanislavski method.  They learn to apply objectives, given circumstances and the unbroken line to long-form improvisations and classical text analysis.  While acquiring knowledge of theater history and theory, they are given the opportunity to refine their unique talents by exploring a full range of theater-related projects and skills.

Requirements:  Audition required.

Senior Mastery – Visual Arts

In Visual Arts students have the opportunity to encompass one extra hour each day enhancing the development of their passions by becoming immensely involved with media and techniques, inclusive of 3D sculptures in clay and paper mâché.  They are able to undertake and feel comfortable with more challenging projects using found objects and everyday materials (up-cycling).  In addition to participating in their “DREAM art class”, they will be exposed to art appreciation and art history.  Projects will require thorough application of knowledge from the weekly school art class discussions, as well as experience gained in previous years of Art Mastery.  Students will also be able to participate on field trips and/or be able to experience external influences from visits from local artists.  Select students will have the opportunity to participate in the annual Scholastic Arts Competition and the Beaux Arts Competition, as well as present their artwork in several exhibits each year.

Requirements:  Students must present their best portfolio combination of artwork to the Art Director for admission.

Senior Mastery – Yearbook

Overview: Legado, our yearbook, is devoted to the captured moments that are turned into memories at CEA. Students work year-round to produce the school yearbook. Staff members collaborate, lead, advise, teach, train, delegate, and solve problems on a daily basis. Assigned students are responsible for being present at all CEA functions to take pictures and accurately document all happenings for the yearbook.

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