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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.

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Conchita Magazine June Issue is coming soon!

A BIG THANK YOU to all our advertisers for continuing to support our publication. The next issue will be available the first week of June!

Thank you to advertisers:

● J.I.S Construction
Management Inc.
● Lavandula
● Associated Real Estate Services
● Advanced Micro Services
● Cuesta Construction
● Cups N Cakes by Jen
● Sunshine Gasoline
● Kazzafix
● RCN Accounting Services
● W Yoga
● Gastro Med
● Ramon Valls

Congratulations to Cesar Santalo, Silver Knight Award Winner

Congratulations Cesar Santalo, CEA Class of 2012 and Columbus Class of 2016! Cesar, we are incredibly proud of all of your accomplishments and growth!

When a fire burned down his home in fourth grade, Cesar Santalo drew and drew and discovered the healing power of art. After playing basketball all his life but not making the team his sophomore year, he founded “Young Explorers of Art” to bring students together to share art around them in museums and galleries.

He also started playing golf and he volunteered with The First Tee Miami to help young players learn the game and life skills. An AP and Honors student, he is founder and president of the Art Honor Society and a campus ministry leader. He volunteers for Liga Contra el Cancer and is active in Squires service club, Student Council and the Roller Hockey Team.

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Dear CEA Family,

Last week we had the privilege of presenting our music students in concert.  Every night, Monday through Thursday was a delight.  Each night the audience was treated to a musical journey that showcased the hard work of our musicians and the guidance of their teachers.  We had the opportunity to see the progression that takes place over the years and through the dedication and passion given by the musicians. 

We enjoyed everything from the delights of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to complex compositions by Chopin, Mozart and Hadyn.  We saw the growth in our young violinists and cellists, heard the round tones of the woodwinds (clarinets and saxophones), marveled at the dexterity of our pianists, and applauded the nimble fingers of our guitarists and percussionists.  In short, it was wonderful!

Finding the time to practice and supporting young musicians through the beginning stages of learning an instrument requires the village.  Thank you to the teachers, the musicians and their supportive families.   You made last week a huge success.  Conchita’s legacy continues.

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The Conchita Espinosa Art Show at KROMA Art Gallery was a tremendous success!

We are so proud of our Visual Arts Department and the way it has grown! Thank you so much, Karina Vazquez, for an amazingly well done job, for loving and mentoring our students, and for leading the department to great places! Thank you to Yolande Jackson and Rodney Jackson, for your generosity in allowing us to use the space and for all of your help and support, and to all who came an helped on this day! You make all the difference! See Pictures >

From the Desk of Maribel Zubieta-Diaz

May 6, 2016

I am first and foremost a learner.  Then I am a teacher.  As a learner, I feel immense respect and gratitude for every one of my teachers, young and old.  As a teacher, I have immense love, respect and appreciation for every student that has allowed me to plant a seed of discovery in his mind and heart.

Teachers’ Appreciation Day is just like Mother’s Day.  It doesn’t happen once a year.  It happens every day of the year.

Happy Learning and Teaching!

Much love,

Maribel Z. Diaz, Director

Short Films In Spanish Add Value Education

Upper School Spanish classes have been using short films as a resource this past quarter, a tool Mr. Pau Morant, Upper School Spanish teacher, has been using to motivate and engage students in single class periods, while breaking the monotony and adding variety to their day. More >

Cortometrajes Para Educar En Valores

Unos de los recursos que se utilizan en las las clases de español para la etapa de UPPER SCHOOL son los cortometrajes, o películas de corta duración, que se muestran perfectamente adaptadas para su uso en el ámbito educativo en una sola sesión lectiva. Mas >

Nutrition and Spanish

In the third quarter, Upper School Spanish students studied nutrition in Spanish, with the end goal of developing a healthy and balanced diet. Read More>

Estudio de la Alimentación en Español

Los alumnos y alumnas de Upper school en el tercer quarter, hemos trabajado la temática de "La alimentación saludable" con la una finalidad primordial; inculcar y practicar una alimentación sana y equilibrada. Lea Mas >

Congratulations to our Senior Voice Mastery!

They competed under the Show Choir category in Festival Disney the weekend of April 21st. See Videos>

Congratulations to the dancers who competed in the Shake The GroundCompetition in Miramar, FL this weekend!

There were 540 entries in total. The CEA/CEC dancers represented their school beautifully! Thank you, Ms. Danella, for your consistent mentorship and the love and dedication you give our young dancers!! See Pictures and Awards >

Congratulations to 8th Grader Paulina Jalil for winning 2nd Place in the Miami Dade Public Library Teen Poetry Contest!

The poem had to be 15 lines or less and about transformations or what it means to transform. Read Poem >

Camyle Pliopa - 7th grade

Art Mastery and STEAM

Art Mastery and STEAM collaborated in a project to showcase our students' artwork and explain to parents and the student body who created each piece and why and how each artist chose their particular theme. STEAM used QR Code Generator to create a personalized code for each art piece, which leads to a video of the artist explaining his or her work. Visit our CEA Art Hallway across from the cafeteria and use Enigma Code App or QR Code Reader to scan the code and watch our students speak about their piece. The results speak for themselves! See Pictures >

Conchita Espinosa -Trip to A Noise Within Theatre
from Tim Neighbors on Vimeo

Theatre Students Travel to California to Study at A Noise Within

Theatre students in CEA 5th grade and up travelled to Pasadena, California this spring to visit and study theatre at A Noise Within. See Pictures>

Basketball Champions!

Congratulations to the CEA Varsity Basketball Team! They won the championship game 38-24 against Pinecrest Cove, making them the league champions! We are so proud of our boys!! See Pic >

Congratulations to the following students who were accepted into New World School of the Arts High School!

Bianca Arocha - Dance
Alejandra Triana - Dance
Julian Perez - Musical Theatre
Amanda Gonzalez - Dance
Hannah Pastor - Dance
Katherine Marino - Music
Ismael Salcedo - Theatre

We are so incredibly proud of our students and of their amazing teachers who guide and mentor them so they can follow their dreams! We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for you!

Our Upper School students submitted letters to the Library of Congress' Letters About Literature Student Competition. 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. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. Out of thousands of applicants, only three winners are chosen from each state.

For the third year in a row, CEA students in Mrs. Santalo's 5th/6th grade classes have placed as finalists for the state of Florida. This year, we had finalists from both Mrs. Santalo's 5th/6th and Mrs. Jackson's 8th grade classes! Out of 181 submissions, only 28 middle school entries move forward.

Congratulations to the following students and to their wonderful teachers!

Anna Gutfreund (8th grade) - The Fairest of All
Carlota Montero Billau (5th grade) – Charlotte’s Web
Danae Rose Georgiadis (5th grade) – Schooled
Anamilena Tamariz (6th grade) – Wonder

For more information about Letters About Literature, please visit

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!

for the Week of May 23, 2016

Sunday, May 22


Monday, May 23


Tuesday, May 24

Festival Run Through

Wednesday, May 25

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Somoza

Thursday, May 26


Friday, May 27

Sr. and Jr. Voice Mastery Recording

Saturday, May 28

Happy Birthday, Coach Carlos

I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. They (children) have an enthusiasm for life a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training – training that prepares them to become confident young men and women.” – Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education


Festival of the Arts Final Rehearsals


The Festival of the Arts final rehearsals will take place on:

DRESS REHEARSAL - Saturday, May 21st at CEA/CEC and

NON-DRESS REHEARSAL - Thursday, June 2nd at Miami Dade County Auditorium

Specific times per group will be announced individually, but please prepare to be present the entire day.


Conchita Espinosa Festival of the Arts
Saturday, June 4th • 6:30 pm

Every other year we gather the talent, the gifts, the wisdom, and the lessons learned by our teachers and students and showcase them in our Festival. It is a labor of love, a labor of weaving life skills, book knowledge, movement, sounds, thoughts, colors and ideas into a tapestry that spells life.

In this changing world we don't need more of the same. We need to let our minds, our hearts, and our imaginations soar. This is what we want for the future, and this is what we're building in the present. This is what our Festivals are all about.

Tickets go on sale May 1, 2016 through TICKETMASTER. When you visit the website, search for “Conchita Espinosa Academy Festival of the Arts.”

There is a wide range of prices, and visibility at Miami-Dade County Auditorium is excellent no matter where you sit.

Ticketmaster charges a surcharge per ticket if tickets are purchased online (the surcharge varies depending on the ticket price selected). However, if you purchase your tickets directly through the Miami-Dade County Auditorium Box Office, you will not incur any additional fees.

The MDCA Box Office is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The box office is closed on Sundays; however, they will be open on Sunday, May 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The MDCA Box Office will be closed on Memorial Day weekend. If you have any questions, you may call them directly at 305-547-5414.

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