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Student Life

We are aware that a child’s education does not end at 3:00 p.m. There are many after school clubs, activities, and honor societies that children can become involved with as a continuation of their education after school. Sports encourage self-discipline, teamwork, cooperation, pride in our school and in the individual, and fun.

Our Conservatory of the Arts allows students to continue developing their talents and interests in the Arts. Clubs aid children in learning to be of service to others and using their talents to their fullest and honor societies validate the academic efforts put forth by our students.


Clubs & Activities


The Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts functions independently from the school and offers classes for children, adolescents, and adults from beginner to professional levels. A wide variety of classes in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and martial arts are offered. We nurture each student's spirit through the arts, and train artists – some of which will become professionals – to value the significant role of the arts in life. The Conservatory takes an active role in shaping the future of the performing and visual arts by providing exemplary arts education, and encouraging students to reach their fullest potential as artists, advocates of the arts in society, and citizens of a cultured world. More >


Afterschool sports programs include T-ball, softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, track and field, and flag football. Team sports are for boys and girls and are by try-outs only. CEA benefits from a partnership with Thunderplex Sports, whereby athletes play in CEA's fields and additionally train at Thunderplex's state-of-the-art indoor gym. If a student does not make a CEA sports team, he or she is still encouraged to further develop their skills and technique through the specialized training at Thunderplex with CEA coaches and play their sport of choice in Thunderplex teams. More >

After School French Language

As a part of CEA's commitment, growth and vision to prepare our students to be global citizens, CEA has extended the Language program to include French. The French Language program is an after-school program designed for students in 3rd through 8th grades who have demonstrated a high proficiency and competence in Spanish. Classes are held twice a week, and are limited to a maximum of ten students per class.

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Amor en Acción

Amor en Acción is a service club that works to help support CEA’s sister school in Haiti. Members of Amor en Acción are responsible for creating awareness in the school about our sister school and collecting goods to send to them to fit their needs. They are living examples in the CEA community of the importance of being of service to others and giving back to the community.    Amor en Acción Video

Student Council

Student Council begins in the fifth grade. Student Council leaders are elected by the student body to represent the interest and needs of Conchita students. Student Council works closely with the school administration to make the voices of all students heard and the dreams of the student body for their community a reality. Each grade in the lower and upper schools have two representatives. Student Council Board is comprised of a President, Elementary Vice-President, Middle School Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. All board members are upper school students. Class representatives in 5th grade and up meet on a monthly basis to prepare Student Council Activities, which include the Meet and Greet Program, Books for Breakfast, and a toy drive for underprivileged children, among others.

Honor Societies

Students may be inducted into honor societies in 6th grade. However, their academic performance, community service, and involvement with the school throughout their lower school years may influence when they are inducted.

National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society is a national organization founded on five basic pillars: scholarship, citizenship, character, service, and leadership. Students become eligible by attaining a 3.7001 cumulative GPA and demonstrating outstanding citizenship, character, service, and leadership. Citizenship and conduct are evaluated by report cards. Leadership and character are appraised by the student’s performance in the classroom, other school activities, and how they set an example in conduct and citizenship. Service is partially determined by participation in after school clubs or any conservatory activity at CEA, service record in class and school (gift wrap, raffle tickets, etc.), and volunteering in the community.

The society is solely governed by a Faculty Council made up of six faculty members, five of which are voting members. The society’s advisor is the sixth (and non-voting) member. Students who qualify academically are assessed in each of the basic pillars by the council at the beginning of each semester. After evaluating all the pertinent information, the council votes in each new member. Eligible students receive an invitation to join the society.

Inducted members are evaluated on a quarterly basis by the advisor to ensure that they continue to meet all the required criteria. When a student fails to meet even one of the five requirements, the council convenes to discuss a one quarter probationary period and a course of action to bring the student back to within the guidelines. In the unfortunate event that a student continues to fall below the standards after probation, the council meets to discuss and vote on permanent and irrevocable dismissal from NJHS

Nu Alpha Delta Dance Honor Society

Nu Delta Alpha is open to upper school students. To join Nu Alpha Delta, dancers must maintain a 3.0 GPA and actively participate in dance related events (performances and competitions, fundraisers) and community service events (Parkinsons's walk, general help at school events etc.) Through each of these activities, dancers gain points. Once they have reached a minimum of 30 points a dancer will be eligible. Induction into Nu Delta Alpha is contingent on a dancer’s eligibility points, GPA, commitment, and overall character.

Junior International Thespian Society

National Junior Thespian Honor Society is open to upper school students. To join the National Junior Thespian Honor Society, students must demonstrate an active interest in theatre and theatre-related activities. Members are expected to actively participate in the school’s theatre activities both onstage and offstage (performances and competitions, fundraisers). Some offstage activities include stage management, lighting design, and set production, among others. Through each of these activities, thespians and aspiring thespians gain points. Once they have reached a minimum of 10 points a student will be eligible. At least 5 points need to have been accumulated while at Conchita Espinosa Academy (if a student attended a different school and participated in a theatre related activity, it may count toward his or her point, as per the school and teacher’s discretion).

National Junior Art Honor Society

National Junior Art Honor Society is open to any 7th or 8th grade Mastery or Conservatory Art student. Student must show dedication to Art, and have exemplary behavior. NJAHS students participate in Youth Art Month projects and in the Art rotation program at the Radiation Oncology facility on the Baptist Hospital Kendall Campus.

Tri M Music Honor Society

The Tri-M Music Honor Society open to upper school students. The Tri-M Music Honor Society is designed to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students. Some projects that Tri M organizes throughout the year include a toy drive for the children of our Infantry men and women in service in Fort Benning, Georgia, the annual Santa's Castle toy drive organized by their chaplain and Company Commanders. In order to be inducted Music participation, academic achievement, leadership, service, and character are taken into consideration.

Conchita Day Writings

To celebrate Conchita Day (2/23), our founder's birthday and the final day of Spirit Week, students had the opportunity to write about their love for Conchita and what Conchita has meant for them. Our children's words express the love that permeates the buildings at Conchita. We are blessed to have such wonderful students, families, and faculty form part of the CEA community!

Christmas Themed Persuasive Letters

5th grade is learning how to write persuasive letters with Mrs. Perez. They wrote a letter to Santa trying to convince him they are the perfect person for a job at Santa's workshop. They chose a job that they could use their skills in and even filled out a job application!


Student Writings:
20 days of Gratitude Project

Upper School has been working on a project called "20 Days of Gratitude". Each day for 20 days they wrote about things that are grateful for. Happy Thanksgiving from Mrs. Jackson , Mrs. Munar, and Mrs. Perez! (Upper School Grammar and Composition Teachers)


an ever-flowing ocean of kindness

grains of




coming together to create a sandcastle                For All

                 that will flow into the ocean of peace

To a new gathering of grains of


                            respect and


To create peace

               all over again

Mrs. Mendez’s 3rd Grade


Books by Students:


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National Day of Writing


On October 20th was National Day of Writing. This year's theme for this national activity was to write about one's community. At CEA, students in all grades participated in National Day of Writing and wrote about their CEA community. Some grades prepared journal entries, some created videos, and other wrote paragraphs or essays about their CEA community.

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All students must have a MySchoolBucks account since the cafeteria will be cashless beginning the first day of school.


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The Everyday Parenting Toolkit by Alan E. Kazdin and Carlo Rotella

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Covey, Stephen. 
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families:  Building a Beautiful Family Culture in a Turbulent World. 
Franklin Covey Company and Golden Books, 1997.

Hinshaw, Stephen. 
The Triple Bind: Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures. 
Ballantine Books, 2009.

Kazdin, Alan E. 
The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child

Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.

Levine, Madeline. 
Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids
Harper Collins Publishers, 2008.

Mogel, Wendy. 
The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings To Raise Self-Reliant Children
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Seligman, Martin. 
The Optimistic Child
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Thompson, Michael and O’Neill Grace, Catherine.
Best Friends, Worst Enemies:  Understanding the Social Lives of Children. 
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How to Raise a Creative Child.
Step One: Back Off
by Adam Grant

THEY learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to end not with a bang, but with a whimper.  |  Read full article

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Observing a pianist at a recital—converting musical notations into precisely timed finger movements on a piano—can be a powerful emotional experience.  |  Read full article

Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom
by Darren Rosenblum

When I started teaching, I assumed my "fun" class, sexuality and the law, full of contemporary controversy, would prove gripping to the students. One day, I provoked them with a point against marriage equality, and the response was a slew of laptops staring back. The screens seemed to block our classroom connection. Then, observing a senior colleague's contracts class, I spied one student shopping for half the class. Another was surfing Facebook. Both took notes when my colleague spoke, but resumed the rest of their lives instead of listening to classmates.  |  Read full article

Depression on the rise in teenage girls
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With an ever-increasing demand for the transparency that social media sometimes brings about in peoples' lives, it has become apparent to researchers that there may be a correlation between social media use and teenage depression, particularly in girls. A study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, M.D., looked at the years between 2005 and 2014 in the age group of 12–17, and found that depression is steadily increasing among teenage girls, according to labroots. The results mean that teenage girls in this demographic should be routinely and thoroughly assessed for signs and symptoms of depression.  |  Read full article

Parents Should Not Put Too Much Pressure on Kids
By Rick Nauert PhD

New research suggests there is more to helping kids become successful than pushing them to be involved in a multitude of activities and to score at the top of their class. In short, being a Tiger mom may be a little short-sighted.

The Arizona State study finds obsession over grades and extracurricular activities for young schoolchildren could be counterproductive, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness.   |  Read full article


Children's sleeplessness may be linked to bedtime use of electronic gadgets
By Ariana Eunjung Cha

If you shrugged off the new screen-time guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics last month, you may want to grab your kid's tablet back for a second and reevaluate your position. An analysis published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics of data from 26,000 children provides the strongest evidence yet of a link between bedtime use of electronic devices and poor sleep, inadequate sleep and excessive daytime sleepiness.  |  Read full article

Turns Out, Counting on Your Fingers Makes You Smarter
By Jo Craven McGinty

Children who have better perception of their hands tend to be more skilled at math, research shows.   |  Read full article

This Common Activity Is Reducing Your IQ, According to Research: Lack of sleep affects intelligence
By Eric Barker

Missing an hour of sleep turns a sixth grader’s brain into that of a fourth grader. There is a correlation between grades and average amount of sleep. Not only does it affect intelligence, lack of sleep also reduces impulse control.  |  Read full article

7 Things Parents Should Tell Their Kids Every Day
By Karen Salmansohn

There are many ways to say “I love you” to your children, without actually uttering those three small-but-mighty words. Below are my seven favorite alternatives, which also double-duty as “Empowering Life Philosophies” for raising kids who feel resilient — kids who feel deep inside themselves that they have what it takes to bounce back from life’s assorted (and sordid!) challenges. After all, let’s face it. No matter how hard we all try to travel a bump-free path to happiness, life will always present its share of surprise potholes.   |  Read full article

This Is The Best Thing You Can Do
For Your Child's Brain

By Debbie Hampton

If there existed one, simple thing you could do to improve your child's performance every day at school, in addition to their long-term educational and health outcomes, earnings, and family stability, you'd want to do it, right? Well, believe it or not, this one, simple thing does exist. And it's probably even simpler than you think. The answer? Talk to your children.   |  Read full article

How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains
By Gretchen Reynolds

Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you substantially improve their ability to think, according to the most ambitious study ever conducted of physical activity and cognitive performance in children. The results underscore, yet again, the importance of physical activity for children’s brain health and development, especially in terms of the particular thinking skills that most affect academic performance.   |  Read full article

Why Sleeping May Be More Important Than Studying
By Katrina Schwartz

Getting enough sleep is an under-valued but crucial part of learning. Contrary to students’ belief that staying up all night to cram for an exam will lead to higher scores, truth is, the need for a good night’s rest is even more important than finishing homework or studying for a test.

A recent study in the journal Child Development showed that sacrificing sleep in order to study will actually backfire. The study followed 535 Los Angeles high school students for 14 days, tracking how long they slept, as well as how well they understood material being taught in class and how they performed on a test, quiz, or homework.   |  Read full article

STEM is incredibly valuable, but if we want the best innovators we must teach the arts
By Justin Brady

We’ve all heard it before, we are facing another crisis. This time it’s one of mammoth proportions, and not the wooly kind. Public education isn’t making the cut as high-tech jobs across the nation go unfilled. What’s a country to do? Knowing this challenge will only compound with time, policy leaders have acted. To compete in a global market place, our leaders are doing everything in their power to push a focus on STEM education. Sure, it’s great to see our leaders unite under a common goal, but are they going the wrong way down the field? In 2011 the governor of my home state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, signed an executive order creating a STEM advisory council.  |  Read full article

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Mr. Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Mr. Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. “They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”   |  Read full article

25 Ways to Ask Your Kids 'So How Was School Today?' Without Asking Them 'So How Was School Today?'
by liZ Evans

This year, Simon is in fourth grade and Grace is in first grade, and I find myself asking them every day after school, "So how was school today?" And every day I get an answer like "fine" or "good," which doesn't tell me a whole lot.


Or at least get a full sentence. So the other night, I sat down and made a list of more engaging questions to ask about school. They aren't perfect, but I do at least get complete sentences, and some have led to some interesting conversations... and hilarious answers... and some insights into how my kids think and feel about school.   |  Read full article

How Playing Music Affects The Developing Brain
by George Hicks

Remember “Mozart Makes You Smarter”? A 1993 study of college students showed them performing better on spatial reasoning tests after listening to a Mozart sonata. That led to claims that listening to Mozart temporarily increases IQs — and to a raft of products purporting to provide all sorts of benefits to the brain.

In 1998, Zell Miller, then the governor of Georgia, even proposed providing every newborn in his state with a CD of classical music.   |  Read full article

Music lessons for children boost 'executive brain function' throughout adult life
by James Vincent

A new study has suggested that children who receive regular music lessons display increased brain function through the rest of their adult life. Research published in the journal PLOS One found that children who had received private music lessons for at least two years showed increased activity in the areas of the brain associated with executive function – the cognitive processes that enable people to process and retain information, solve problems and regulate their behaviour.  |  Read full article

10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)
by Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what's best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn't resonate with me. Back then it was about survival, meeting daily needs and keeping my head above water.  |  Read full article


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