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There is nothing greater and more inspirational than witnessing the sheer joy on a child’s face or the twinkle of excitement in their eyes when they grasp a new learning concept or idea. It’s magical and it is the motivation that drives our work each day in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Ensuring that students succeed both in and beyond the classroom requires individual and collective support from the entire community. Our school district boasts some of the best and brightest teachers in the nation who are extremely skilled at what they do. Each day they make instruction and learning come alive for students. But the work of supporting students academically and keeping them focused lies not only with teachers but with the community that believes in the power of education.

The power of education helps prepare students for careers at home and abroad. The power of education encourages students to stay in school and graduate. The power of education makes students aware of the possibilities available to them. The power of education produces vibrant, thriving communities for families to live and flourish.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers many opportunities for the community to be a part of the power of education through support and advocacy year-round. Here are just a few opportunities to get involved:
  • Encourage a high school junior or senior to participate in the Superintendent’s Student Innovation Challenge. This is an opportunity for students to identify real-world problems and leverage their knowledge, passion and creativity to develop innovative solutions to large-scale issues currently facing our society. Thousands of dollars in scholarships will be awarded to students. Parent/guardians, students, and teachers may access information regarding the challenge, including rules for entry and important deadlines, by visiting http://challenge.dadeschools.net.
  • Register for the 4th Annual Superintendent’s 5K Challenge – A Race for Education. The race will support Miami-Dade’s public schools through the Foundation for New Education Initiatives. This April 13th event will benefit local schools. The Foundation will donate a percentage of race proceeds to participating schools based on the number of participants each school team registers. Support your school and race for education. For more information, visit http://www.giveourstudentstheworld.org.
  • Remind students that social media can be a fun tool for learning and communicating with family and friends and should not be used to disrupt the school day or for hoax threats. We can all play a role in educating youth about the appropriate and responsible use of social media.

Alberto M. Carvalho


Three Distinguished Alumni Inducted into the M-DCPS Alumni Hall of Fame

image Building on a tradition of honoring the excellence of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Alumni; three new notable Miamians were inducted into the M-DCPS Alumni Hall of Fame in February. The new inductees join 31 others who have been welcomed into the Hall of Fame since its creation in 2012.

Internationally-acclaimed music producer and Miami Senior High School Alumnus Emilio Estefan joined the ranks of the famous alumni who have contributed to South Florida and the world through their success in Arts and Entertainment. Estefan is a 19-time Grammy Award winner who has produced some of the biggest stars in the music industry, including his wife, Gloria Estefan, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Additionally, he is a filmmaker, author, restaurateur and shareholder in the Miami Dolphins. He also gives back to South Florida through the Gloria Estefan Foundation, which promotes education, health and cultural development.

The second inductee into the Alumni Hall of Fame was Miami Coral Park graduate Alan Fein, who has had an immeasurable impact on South Florida’s sports and arts community. Fein was on the original committee that brought the Miami HEAT franchise to South Florida. He also helped create the Colony Theater, City Theater and the Adrienne Arsht Center, which through the Cultural Passport initiative allows tens of thousands of students to experience live theater performances for free. Fein was also a founding member of the Key Biscayne Village Council and led efforts to expand MAST Academy.

Ana VeigaMilton is so committed to her alma mater, Southwest Miami Senior High, that she served as its Principal TODAY this year and is working with school administration to start an alumni association at the school. She was a very active student, Valedictorian, served as Student Government President, and was voted Most Likely to Succeed. Through her work as the President of the Jose Milton Foundation, VeigaMilton gives back millions of dollars to philanthropic causes, including providing funds for a state-of-the art recording studio at Miami Arts Studio at Zelda Glazer.

All inductees were honored at an intimate reception at the home of Natasha Munilla and Bart Bastian, invited to participate in a student speaking event at Miami Coral Park Senior High, and were honored on stage at the Foundation for New Education Initiatives “For the Love of Learning” Gala.

Are you Ready to Race for Education?


What do you get when wellness and education come together? The 4th Annual Superintendent’s 5K Challenge to support Miami-Dade County Public Schools! Join thousands of students, parents, educators and community supporters on Saturday April 13, 2019 at 7 a.m. at Museum Park for a morning of running, walking and friendly competition to benefit our local public schools.

The 5K (3.1 miles) course starts and finishes at the Museum Park on Biscayne Boulevard. The route heads eastbound on the MacArthur Causeway, then loops around onto Watson Island before heading back.

Adults may register as a Runner/Walker with a $30.00 + $3.03 registration fee. Students have three options to choose from: 5K, 1-mile Run, and the Kid’s Dash for children ages 2-9. Registration for each student option is $10.00 + $1.68 registration fee. Participants have the option of registering as an individual or joining an existing team.

The Foundation for New Education Initiatives (FNEI) will donate a percentage of race proceeds to participating schools based on the number or participants each school team registers. Participants are encouraged to run for a school team, so FNEI can enhance school fundraising totals. The Superintendent’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk is hosted jointly with FNEI and was created to promote health and wellness in our schools and in our community.

Registration is now open at: https://www.athlinks.com/event/superintendents-5k-challenge-race-for-education-167578. The registration deadline is April 5, 2019. See you at the finish line!

Love and Kindness Day 2019


February 14, 2019, marked the one year since the horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) took place. In solidarity with MSDHS, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) started the day with a districtwide moment of silence at 10:17 a.m. and created events that honored the 17 lives lost during that terrible day, placing focus on the importance of love, kindness and support.

“Love and Kindness Day” provided schools with positive and life-affirming activities. Schools engaged in age/grade-level appropriate activities designed to help students reflect on the importance of their actions toward others and building a strong and supportive peer community. Activities throughout the day included Kindness Corners, sending “Love and Kindness” notes, and a lunchtime “Love and Kindness” check list.

At M-DCPS, we understood that this day could trigger feelings of anxiety, sadness, or concern among some students. In July 2018, the Department of Mental Health Services was established to better meet the emotional needs of our students. Teachers, counselors, and administrators received training on how to identify a student in need of additional mental wellness support that may have been triggered by this anniversary date. In addition, resources were provided to help parents speak with their child about their feelings one year after the tragedy.

Enhancing security at our schools has also been a top priority over the last year, including a reduction in points of entry at schools; routine inspection of perimeter fencing; mandatory identification badges; locked classroom doors during the school day; designation of hard/safer corners; installation of additional security cameras (bringing the total camera count to more than 15,000 districtwide); and a visitor management system that year-to-date has screened 1.2 million registered visitors to school sites and facilities. The school district has expanded its communications outreach by sending text messages to parents and employees during emergency situations.

Additionally, school administrators and staff have been trained to respond to active shooter, bomb threats, and hostage situations and regular emergency drills are carried out at all schools. The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department collaborated with our partner agencies to be on heightened alert for hoax and/or copycat threats against our schools and/or students and to continue to share intelligence.

As always, the safety and security of our students and employees are of paramount importance, and we are taking every precaution possible to ensure our children are focused on learning, and our educators are focused on teaching them.

Advancing Toward College and Career Readiness


As Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) students inch ever closer to the college application process, becoming knowledgeable about college and career readiness can propel them toward a variety of opportunities for an excellent postsecondary education. Understanding what college can offer and what they are looking for will place students at the forefront of this exciting transition.

The College Fair Miami, hosted by M-DCPS in partnership with the National Association for College Admission Counseling, has been the grassroots event of the college application process for decades. More than 200 college and university representatives provide details about what their respective institutions have to offer. This annual fair has become one of the first, most fundamental opportunities available for both students and parents to become informed on the postsecondary path that will be most favorable to them, while still fitting budget, distance and academic needs.

In addition, the M-DCPS summer youth internship program, a partnership between the District, Miami-Dade County, The Children’s Trust, the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc., CareerSource South Florida and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., is arguably an important component of being college and career-ready. Students, backed by a portfolio of internship entries that will fuel his or her paper image for college admissions teams, will be taking one giant leap forward in the college admission process by applying for a paid summer internship position at M-DCPS.

The internship experience gives students a chance to gain real world, hands-on experience, make lasting professional connections, and discover more about their interests and proficiency along a specific career path. Internship experiences are linked to students’ future career goals to make learning more engaging and relevant. The business partners who hire these students as interns benefit from the efforts of enthusiastic, prepared, and highly conscientious workers and get the chance to train and recruit future employees. For more information about our summer internship program, and to find out how your organization can become an internship provider and help share the future, visit https://miami.getmyinterns.org.

iNspiration @MDCPS


A true warrior like her high school’s mascot. A scholarly, honest and humble student committed to overcoming all obstacles, Denisse has perfect attendance, maintains a rigorous academic load, is a high-ranking officer in JROTC and, best of all, has one of the brightest smiles in all of M-DCPS.

Name: Denisse Pino

School:12th-grade student at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School (HML)

Accomplishments: Born in the U.S. to parents who in 1992 reached Florida on a raft from Cuba, Denisse received much love and joy in childhood. But at age five, everything changed with her parents divorcing. Living without a father affected her not only emotionally but economically. Even with his child support, Denisse and her mother have never earned enough to maintain a stable home—moving from one place to another, dwelling in small rooms, shabby houses, or trailers. Despite all the hardships she has taken almost every honors, AP, and dual enrollment class offered at HML while achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in JROTC and achieving medals for attendance, leadership and scholarly excellence. Denisse is also one of HML’s best executive interns, tutoring struggling students in geometry, sharing her love of math and science. Denisse is a member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Chess and the Salsa Club. And despite the hardship each night might bring, Denisse has not missed a single day of her high school years and often stays late waiting for her mother to pick her up after work. Denisse now plans a career in engineering, attending the University of Central Florida in the fall.

Fun facts about Denisse:

  • She is a very talented and gifted artist with many of her art works displayed around the school.
  • Her favorite pastimes consist of reading and drinking tea, just like a teen of long ago.
  • Denisse is often sought out by peers for her good counsel and warm heart.
  • She hopes to foster her love of building and her creativity into a career that can provide a financially secure future for her mother and grandparents, along with a stable and loving home like the one they once gave her.

iNspiration @MDCPS


Oliver Diez is a proud M-DCPS graduate who is in his 20th year at Palmetto Elementary School, where he teaches General Music. Recently, he was selected as the 2020 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Diez has a deep understanding of the importance of music in the lives of his students. He has had fourth and fifth graders chosen for both All-State Elementary Chorus and All-State Orff Ensemble (2006-2019), as well as for Superintendent’s Honors Festival.

Name: Oliver Diez

Occupation: Music Teacher at Palmetto Elementary School

Accomplishments: Olivier Diez has established an active music program at Palmetto Elementary, which consists of a Beginning Band, Concert Band, Jazz Combo, a Drumline, a Chorus, and two levels of String Orchestra. All this has been accomplished before and after school hours. His former students have received several accolades such as being named All State musicians, participants for the National Youth Orchestra in New York City, and a recipient of the 2015 National Band Association Outstanding Jazz Student Award. Diez is actively a member of the Miami Wind Symphony where he plays Baritone Saxophone and has made over fifty appearances with the 501st Legion, which is an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen accurate replicas of Star Wars characters to voluntarily attend charity events, fundraisers, hospital visits, schools, and movie premieres to put smiles on fans of all ages.

Fun facts about Oliver:

  • The 2020 Rookie Teacher of the Year Runner up, Christopher Fisk, was Mr. Diez’s former band student.
  • Diez has been nominated twice for the “Grammy Music Educator Award” and has been a “Who’s Who in Education” nominee.
  • He also received a proclamation on June 7, 2011 by the mayor of Pinecrest declaring that date “Oliver Diez Day”.


image M-DCPS has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Cambridge District of the Year Award, recognized for its exceptionally strong commitment to expanding access and delivering a high-quality Cambridge education with equally strong performance, as shown by students' achievements.
image Year after year, M-DCPS students and employees give more to United Way than anyone else in the country, raising $1,484,055 during the 2018-2019 #MDCPSLivesUnited campaign, working together to create a #StrongerMiami.
image Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho was honored with the 2019 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Superintendent of the Year Award. School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, was also recognized by NABE with the Long-Life Educator Award.
image On January 31st, 2019, thousands of M-DCPS students between the ages of 8-18 participated in the annual Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day, learning about professionalism, responsibility and their parent’s profession. #TODASTW
image Aspiring journalists listen to insight and advice from our panel of media experts at the annual Social Media Student Journalism Forum. #MDCPSConnects
image This year, M-DCPS developed the #EliminateCigs outreach campaign to educate all stakeholders, including students, parents/guardians, employees, and community members on the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes.

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Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, University of Florida President


“I was fortunate to attend Miami Killian Senior High School and to graduate in 1973. It was at Killian where I developed a love for science. It was also at Killian where I grew in my appreciation for classmates from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and interests.”


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