ACSM and APA among schools who enjoy ‘Court of Dreams’ event

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 in “Ecology of South Florida” class visit Big Cypress National Preserve

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.”

DC TV shows take different paths

“The Flash” and “Arrow,” two shows with air on the CW, explore similar themes of heroes fighting against a dangerous bigger threat, but do it with different overall tones and themes, making them stand apart.

“The Flash” tells the tale of Barry Allen who has his life turned upside down after being waking up from a lightning-induced coma with the ability to move at super speeds. He becomes a hero after finding
out many other with powers similar to him are using it for evil.

“The Flash” is a overall fun and silly show which appears to be pulled right out of the flashing pages of a comic book. The fun and joyful tone is designed to entrance you. It does this with amusing stories, fun villains and wonderful special effects that only enhance the viewing experience. If you’re looking for a story with well written plots and side characters however keeping a fun superhero experience you’re looking for then”The Flash” is the show for you.

“Arrow,” which tells the story of Oliver Queen, is a nitty-gritty show which bares dark themes and a serious story line. Queen becomes stranded on a deserted island after a yachting accident, and in the five years until he is rescued, he fights for his survival. During the time he also learns secrets, including the corruption of his father. After leaving the rough conditions of the island, he changes completely as he tries to make things better and hides his identity under the shadow of a hood. He attempts to rid the city of all those who have done wrong and all who have corrupted it. “Arrow” develops a good story as it explores dark themes and includes captivating fight scenes.

New clubs offer range of experiences for students at AcadeMir schools

AcadeMir Charter School Middle and AcadeMir Preparatory Academy offer many clubs throughout the week, giving students the opportunity to learn about their interests outside of the classroom.

Both a volleyball club and basketball club will start with Coach Andrews after the break. Ms. Crespo and Ms. Perez oversees two clubs: Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, and Enrichment (SECME) and Dream in Green. Ms. Masis, who teaches a class in robotics, oversees a robotics club with Ms. Rodriguez. Finally, the newspaper is produced by a student club organized by Mr. Bunch.

The clubs offer many things to do like helping the environment to doing projects. In the Dream in Green club, you can help the environment and create environmental inventions that can help the school. In SECME club, students make inventions and compete with other schools in Florida and the nation. If a student succeeds in Ms. Masis’ robotics class, the skills learned there could have them competing in regional competitions.

“Clubs are great, because they keep students engaged in learning beyond normal school hours,” Mr. Bunch said. “Some of my best school memories come from after-school activities I participated in. I’m happy we can help provide that for other students.”

Cheers for AcadeMir! School starts cheerleading club

AcadeMir Charter School Middle and AcadeMir Preparatory Academy recently has held tryouts for girls interested in becoming a cheerleader. Tryouts took place after school and featured girls, from Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Girls came prepared with their own choreography, but also performed a routine prepared by Coach Sabrina. Those who tried out had to do different cheers and jumps and were judged by their form, flexibility, and how they performed.

“I’m glad that this year AcadeMir decided to create a cheerleading team,” said Grade 6 student and team member Bryanna Diaz. “I’m glad that this could happen because cheerleading is my favorite hobby.”

When news came out that the school had decided to form a cheerleading team for the first time, many girls were excited to participate in the tryouts.

“I’m very excited that I got the chance to be in cheerleading since last year I didn’t get the chance because there really wasn’t one,” said Grade 7 student and team member Melany Torres. “I also felt happy because I could be on the cheerleading team and express myself and have fun at the same time while fulfilling one of my many dreams.

“I also love Coach Sabrina, she is super nice and a really fun coach.”

Cheerleaders have completed their first event, which was a performance at the AcadeMir Winter Show in December. The routine the team performs on incorporates hip-hop and fast-song movements. Team members practice at least twice a week for 90 minutes, with additional work being done at home.

ACSM and APA building a new era with new campus

On Aug. 22, 2016, a new era began for AcadeMir Charter Schools. Both AcadeMir Charter School Middle and AcadeMir Preparatory Academy moved to a new building, located at 5800 SW 135th Ave. in Kendale Lakes.

The campus is actually made up of two buildings: One, which is open now, consists of three floors (one of which is the rooftop gymnasium) and can fit approximately 500 students. Next year, another new building will open, which will house an additional 300 students.

Students from ACSM, which was located previously in Westwood Lakes, and APA, which was located in Kendall near Miami-Dade College, have faced an adjustment period. However, the new building offers new opportunities for students.

The new, expanded building will allow ACSM and APA to host more events to the outside community. For example, earlier this month the schools hosted their first VEX IQ robotics competition. Previously, the school traveled to other competitions.