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.
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!
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!
Walk for the Future. THANK YOU.
Last week brimmed with excitement as we celebrated Spirit Week at CEA, honoring the unique community we have. We had an incredible day on Walk for the Future Friday. The true spirit of CEA wafted through the air as parents joined their children in a walkathon that was the culmination of weeks of effort, hard work, and enthusiasm as we came together as a united community to achieve the goals of 100% participation and to raise $100,000. We raised $92,000 in 10 weeks! That's an accomplishment few groups can claim. We are grateful for every penny, and you know it is all going back into our school to keep it the extraordinary place it is.
This year's funds will go directly to improving our facilities, specifically replacing our roofs. As a community of like-minded people our efforts create a sense of unity, pride, and immense satisfaction in a job well done. That's what it's about - working together. We did not reach our fundraising goal of $100,000, but we still have an opportunity to make it happen! We are extending the deadline until May 15. We are looking for creative ways to raise those final funds to enable us to earn our day off on May 25. Donate Here.
Let's finish the year strong and complete. We are an exemplary community and there is really nothing we can't do. Thank you for your love, your support, your hard work, your enthusiasm, your donations of time and money, and your extraordinary spirit. You leave your mark on all of us.
THANK YOU to the incredibly committed parents we have at CEA, who support our philosophy and trust us. Thank you to those who took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer during our Spirit Week and Walk for the Future.
THANK YOU to our sponsors, Rana Furniture and Sedano's, for your generosity and commitment to CEA.
THANK YOU to our teachers, who bring us alive with their enthusiasm and spirit and who educate our children, allowing them to see the world differently and find out who they are so that they can shine in any path they choose to take.
THANK YOU to our students, especially our 8th graders, who worked extremely hard on Friday, ensuring that all of the students had sufficient water and that everything ran smoothly during Walk for the Future.
THANK YOU to all of you for
JOINING THE LEGACY. YOU ARE CONCHITA.
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!
Every year, Mrs. Julio takes the 7th grade class to the Miami Holocaust Museum. The field trip began with watching a 25-minute film titled "A Sculpture of Love and Anguish" that details the history of the Memorial and its creation process.
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 >
Pi Day celebration
We were celebrating the "Pi Day of the Century" since it is 3/14/15 (3.14) this year. The winner of our Pi Digit Memorizing Contest was Bianca Arocha from 7th grade . She memorized 90 digits of Pi. Victoria Fernandez (also from 7th grade) got 2nd place with 88 digits.
Art Appreciation Mastery Studies Impressionist Art To culminate their unit on Impressionist Art, Art Appreciation Mastery did a project in collaboration with the Elementary Dance Mastery. Degas, one of the most famous impressionist artists, loved dance studios and painted ballerinas. For this reason, Art Appreciation worked with Dance Mastery to enjoy the same experience Degas had in the 1800's. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Art Appreciation students photographed dancers, then used the app PencilSketch to digitally modify their photos. see pictures >
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.
3rd Grade Biographies. CEA 3rd graders have been studying different genres in literature. In February, they focused on biographies. The children were able to choose a book of their choice from the "Who Was, I am" series. At the end, they came to school dressed as their "person" and were interviewed with a series of questions. The children walked down a red carpet and were able to form a human timeline to give them perspective as to what happened when. see pictures >
True Jackson, CEA c/o 2014, was chosen to create and direct his own Superbowl Commercial this year for Black History Month!
True is part of the Mosley’s Adolescent production company, which seeks out and mentors young directors between the ages of 11 and 27, giving them hands-on experience (and a paycheck).
True, we are so proud of your creativity, your entrepreneurial spirit, and your go-getter attitude!! We are proud to have you as part of the CEA Family! Read full Article >
Each year the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) recognizes outstanding students from its member schools. ISSF allows each school to designate up to three students as "STARS". "STAR" students are those who have shown exceptional ability and achievement in academics, sports, community service, the arts, and/or effort.
This year’s CEA "STAR" students are...
Sofia Roa-Febres - for being an outstanding example of scholarship, hard work, determination and dedication to the Arts Daniel Sardinas - for being an example of leadership, citizenship and service
Liana Miguel - for being an outstanding example of hard work, determination, perseverance and leadership
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!
Two of our CEA 6th grade teachers, Ms. Gonzalez and Mrs. Santalo, presented workshops and sessions at the international technology in education conference, FETC 2015. Ms. Martinez (3rd grade) also attended the conference. See Pictures >
for the Week of April 20, 2015
Sunday, APRIL 19
Monday, APRIL 20
Tuesday, APRIL 21
Wednesday, APRIL 22
STAR Students Award Luncheon
Celebrate Earth Day!
Thursday, APRIL 23
Elementary Art, Middle School Art, and Elementary Art Appreciation Mastery classes field trip to Fairchild Tropical Garden
Spanish Dance Bake Sale
Friday, APRIL 24
Conchita Espinosa Theatre Department presents Cinderella 7:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Christine Prieto!
Saturday, APRIL 25
Conchita Espinosa Theatre Department presents Cinderella – 6:00 PM
Our Walk for the Future fund has continued to grow; we are up to $93, 348. We’re still working to meet our goal! Every little bit helps.
Friday, April 24 at 7:00pm
Saturday, April 25 at 6:00pm
at the Rosita Segovia Theatre
Tickets Now on Sale in the Conservatory! $15 To purchase tickets, please see Isabel Chao.
Directed by: Loly Lopez
Music Directed by: Yirka Ledon and Ibette Fernandez
Choreography: Danella Bedford and Giselle Molina Diaz
Music by: Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics Written by: Oscar Hammerstein
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.
Conservatory Spring Raffle
This year, the Conservatory will raffle the brand new American Girl doll, Isabelle. Isabelle is a CEA ballerina. She will be raffled along with her very own Conchita uniform, Spanish dance costume, Cinderella costume, and Spain t-shirt! Isabelle is a true Conchita Girl! We will also be raffling the Lego Star Wars AT-AT ($120 value)!
Raffle Tickets go on sale on Thursday, April 16th. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 4th. Tickets are $10 for 5 tickets or $5 for 2 tickets. Tickets will be sold every day after school until May 3rd.
* We need parent volunteers to sell tickets after school (2:30 - 4:00 pm). Please contact Maria Ofelia Armas in the Conservatory if you would like to volunteer. Please specify what dates you are available.
CEA Sports Banquet
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).