Academir Charter School Middle and AcadeMir Preparatory Academy, along with the other AcadeMir schools, took part in the Court of Dreams event took place at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Feb. 4, 2017.
Students from the schools participated to demonstrate their skills and passion for the sport, while coaches and teachers were there to support.
“The Court of Dreams event was something that Director Williams and I came up with as a way to raise funds for our school. It was also a opportunity for students, friends and family to experience what it is like to play on a professional basketball court,” Coach Andrews stated before the game.
“It’s … fun competing each other we’ve known each other for a long time.It’s … fun being competitive and going against my friends like a professional” Grade 7 student and blue team member Derek Acuna said.
The halftime show included cheerleading and dance performances from ACSM and APA. The cheerleaders also cheered for each basketball team as they played on the court.
“At first it was kind of nerve wrecking but in the end, it was an exciting and a once-in-a-life time experience.” Grade 7 student and Mirettes dance team member Melany Torres said. “The whole event in general was fun to watch.”
The players, cheerleaders and dancers seemed extremely excited and happy to show how hard they had worked to get to have such a good game as the one they had.
Students from Ms. Crespo’s Ecology of South Florida took a trip on March 9, 2017, traveling to Big Cypress National Preserve in west Miami-Dade County.
The trip, which is one of a series of trips class members have taken to various national parks in recent years, is designed to take the learning experience out of the classroom and into the environment students learn about during the class. Previous trips have seen the class travel to Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park.
“They were able to experience the true sense of an outdoor adventure as they observed native plants and animals,” Ms. Crespo said after the trip.
The students left ACSM shortly after school started on Thursday, headed for the preserve. It took about an hour for the students to arrive to the preserve, which is located northwest of Everglades National Park. Once there, students entered the welcome center and were introduced to the history and ecology of the preserve. After that, National Park Service rangers took students five miles into the park to begin a hike around the swampland.
“There was a lot to do. I learned a lot personally from the rangers. I got to see an alligator in person,” Grade 7 student Matthew Diaz said. “Taking this trip helps me learn more about the preserve and how important it is to some animals, and how their habitat is essential to their survival
“We keep this for them, these endangered species that we keep protected.”