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May 12, 2022 - Volume 7, Issue 12

Around the Reef 
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon for our amazing teachers. Thank you for your dedication to our students!
A huge thank you to our volunteers who along with PTSA made this event a success!


Every Wednesday...during both lunches

10:35am - 12:15pm

Location: PTSA STORE
(Main Office)
Please note that this is for students only!
Pick-up purchased items
If you are picking up an order, bring your ORDER NUMBER.
See you around The Reef!
-Your PTSA-
Cuda Families...We're excited to make these featured products available to you! They're curated for families and kids and we think you'll like them. Shopping our featured products is an easy and fun way to SHOP, SAVE, and HELP us reach our fundraising goals to support our organization! We'll be periodically adding new special savings on featured products to our store. Up to 20% of ALL sales from these product fundraisers goes back to our organization! Share your purchases on social media - the more you share, the more funds we raise.

CLICK HERE to visit the site and view our featured products:
Our incoming Freshman helped us get off to a great start with memberships during orientation.
The Core Value for the month of May is Integrity. Standing up for your beliefs about what is right and what is wrong. Doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
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All boys interested in playing soccer next year, please sign up with Coach Bruce next week in room 283 anytime in the morning Monday thru Friday.  
CAP Bulletin


Its that time of year when you may start to receive unsolicited communications (emails, calls, regular mail, etc) regarding your post-secondary plans, offering eligibility for services and support for a fee. Please make sure you thoroughly research these organizations. Some of them are just trying to get $$$ and will charge you and your family unnecessarily.


Florida International University

Switch on Math and Science

路         June 19th - June 25th

路         On campus

路         Seven-day residential academic program for current 9th graders that aim to increase awareness of the educational and career opportunities available in the fields of science, while fostering academic, personal and career development through supplemental instruction.

路         Application Due: Friday, May 27th

Information and Application:


Florida International University

Partners In Progress I

路         July 5th - July 29th

路         Virtual

路         Four-week academic program for current 10th graders who aim to increase their SAT scores through intensive workshops and weekly practice testing. Students will also attend presentations hosted by FIU departments.

路         Application Due: Friday, May 27th

Information and Application:


Miami Dade College BIT Center Camps

This summer, Miami Dade College鈥檚 (MDC) Business Innovation & Technology (BIT) Center will offer 3 Summer Camps for high school students from June 13th to July 1st. The camps will be available virtually and in person at the BIT Center, located at MDC Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

*NOTE 鈥 They are seeking 75 rising High School Juniors or Seniors 鈥 to attend one camp (in person) for free. There will be a 15min. phone interview with the parent and the student to be considered for this financial award; the purpose is to confirm a verbal commitment that the student will attend the camp all week.

Information Link:

Camp Pre-Registration Link: 


LEAD Summer Programs

LEAD has been serving a diverse population of scholars, with over 25,000 alumni members since 1980. We proudly celebrate over 41 years of providing high school scholars with exposure to some of the top colleges and universities within the country. 
Our Global Summer Learning Institute (GSLI) Program offers a three-week immersive learning experience to rising high school seniors (current juniors expected to graduate in 2023) beginning virtually for the first week, followed by two weeks of residential learning with participating host institutions starting Monday, June 20th. In spite of COVID-19, we're working closely with our host institutions to ensure that safety protocols are put into place to protect the scholars during their visit on-campus. We've recently opened the application back up for a limited time.

Program Dates:

路         Virtual Masterclasses: Starting June 20th - June 24th

路         Residential: Starting June 27th - July 8th (w/Tentative Departure Date)

An ideal candidate for the LEAD GSLI will be a well-rounded rising senior who exhibits an interest in exploring and advancing their knowledge within a diverse community. During their three weeks, LEAD Scholars will learn about business education, careers and functions, the role of business in society, and what it takes to be a successful business leader. This includes the cohorts who will be exposed to the  business of medicine, public health, and engineering. The virtual classroom sessions will include experiential exercises designed to develop leadership skills and teach scholars about the world of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Technology. As well as attending MasterClasses for all our participating institutes.

During the residential experience, the curriculum is coordinated by the host Institution faculty and staff and allows scholars to connect with successful career professionals.

For More Information Click Here


Adelphi University

Adelphi University is excited to share with you our fourth annual Hispanic Community Partnership Program -- at no cost to high school participants!

Designed to give Hispanic high school students the tools and resources they need to pursue a college education with confidence, this year's college readiness program will be offered both virtually and in-person:

路         July 18鈥22: virtual for five days, two hours each day

路         July 27鈥31: in-person (on-campus) for five days, four nights鈥攑articipants will have the opportunity to stay in one of our residence halls

Sample workshops include:

路         Navigating the College Application Process

路         Financial Literacy for Higher Education

路         College Application Essay Writing 

路         The Importance of Mentoring 

路         Overcoming Adversity 

If you would like to be nominated for this program, please let me know by Friday, May 6. However, you are able to 鈥渟elf-nominate鈥 if you鈥檇 like.


Cooper Union

The Cooper Union is committed to academic excellence in all of our pursuits, even over summer break. This summer we are offering a combination of in-person and online pre-college summer courses. Learn more and register using the links below!

Introduction to Architecture 
Summer Art Intensive 
Summer Writing Program


Florida Atlantic University

I-Deep Learn Summer Workshop (FREE week-long camp for female students) July 11-15;  8:30am-4:30pm daily

We are excited to be able to offer the following summer camp for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade FEMALE students. This is a NSF grant funded camp so it is FREE to students

The application for this camp can be found at or by emailing me directly at

I-DeepLearn Summer Workshop (Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence & Deep Learning/Artificial Intelligence processing)

Professor: Behnaz Ghoraani, Ph.D.

July 11-15, 2022

Method:          In-person: Boca Raton campus

Cost:               Free (NSF grant funded)

Who:               Open to rising female 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students?

Pre-Req:        3.25 GPA, Pre-Calculus, Fundamental programming skills and basic JavaScript


MDCPS Christian Burgos 鈥淗ero鈥 Scholarship

This scholarship is in the amount of $2,000. 

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance, demonstration of an act of heroism, integrity, financial need, and community service.  

 One scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from among the traditional high schools in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS).  

 The applicant must:  

路         have a minimum 2.0 unweighted GPA  

路         have demonstrated an exceptional act of heroism during their life, defined as putting others first, even at their own peril  

路         be admired for their courage, bravery, or noble qualities  

路         have demonstrated personal sacrifice in achieving their personal goals  

路         have demonstrated service to their school and/or the community 

路         plan to pursue a degree at an accredited college, university or M-DCPS certified technical college  

Informational Flyer 鈥 Click Here

Application Click Here


The Louie Bing Athletic Scholarship 鈥 Specifically for Track & Field athletes who have NOT BEEN RECRUITED and are not attending college on an athletic scholarship (click here for more information and application)


The John H. Peavy Jr. Scholarship (click here for more information and application)


The Clyde H. Jordan Scholarship 鈥 open to seniors who plan to major in a STEM area (click here for more information and application)


The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women Scholarship (NACOPRW)

Deadline EXTENDED through May 13

NACOPRW Miami is proud to carry on the tradition of assisting Puerto Rican women in completing their higher education programs through the NACOPRW Miami Scholarship Program.

Eligibility: The program is available to female high school seniors who will be entering their first year of college as undergraduates. In addition, they must meet the following criteria:

路         Native or descendant of Puerto Rican parent(s) or grandparent(s)

路         Must have a minimum GPA of 3.8

路         Demonstrated potential for outstanding academic achievement

路         Evidence of unmet financial need

Scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to qualified students.

Apply Here: 


Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity

Deadline EXTENDED through May 5


For more information and application, click here

Miami Dade County

Emergency Medical Technician Academy Attendance Scholarship

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue鈥檚 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Academy will be awarding attendance up to 40 Attendance Scholarships to eligible graduates from a Miami-Dade County public high school with a targeted Allied Health Program curriculum who have completed a First Responder course.

Click HERE for more information


There are several scholarship opportunities offered for members of the Educational Federal Credit Union

Check out their website for more information:


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Sign up HERE to receive notifications about the application opening in Fall 2022

College Spotlight: Johns Hopkins University

Are you interested in Johns Hopkins University?

Do you want to know what they look for in a student鈥檚 application?

Hopkins seeks out students who have different interests and perspectives because they believe diversity of thought encourages original research ideas and meaningful collaboration within the community. 

They say, 鈥That's why we review the full context of a student鈥檚 application鈥攆rom their academic potential to how they engage in and outside the classroom and the causes that matter to them.鈥 Check out this video for more information:



Learning Differences Virtual College Fair

DATE: May 4, 2022

Registration opens: April 20, 2022

This fair鈥檚 program focuses on opportunities for students with a history of IEPs, 504 plans, or therapeutic supports and accommodations. Each year, about 20 percent of graduating high school students fall into this category.  It will also aid students who do not have formal accommodations because learning differences can come in many forms.

路         Learn more about what to expect in college and find some colleges that fit your needs

路         Get access to virtual college booths loaded with resources, virtual educational sessions, and live representatives

路         Have an ADA & WCAG compliant experience from the comfort of home

路         College Matchmaking鈩 provides you with a shortlist of participating colleges & universities that match what YOU are looking for in a school



Helping your Child on their road to College

Many parents are eager to find the best way to help their child navigate the confusing college search/admissions process. Please click on the article below by Madeline Holcombe, CNN for some insight on how parents can best support their kids.

Seniors and Parents,

This is a  reminder that we are having a MANDATORY meeting on Monday, May 23rd for graduation from 7:30am - 10;00 am.  We will answer all your questions in reference to your cap and gown, ticket distribution, pre-graduation preparation and graduation ceremony day requirements,  You will also receive your graduation parent letter and Ms Gayton will discuss graduation hold and your exit survey.  There will be a lot of information given so make sure to come awake!

**Make sure to have your school ID as each senior will be scanned into the auditorium.  

Looking forward to your last days at the Reef........ 27 days to graduation! 
Seniors this is a quick reminder that you must complete your FLVS class by May 27th or you will not be cleared for graduation.  The final grade must be posted so your counselor can see you have completed and passed the class.  If you are still working on an FLVS class, and you need the credit to graduate, you have about a month left, get it done! 
Many of you have been asking how to let us know where to send your FINAL transcripts.
Below are instructions for updating SCOIR (you MUST do this even if you are not attending a college/university next year)
Please follow the following steps (even those of you NOT attending college/university)
2.    Click on the 鈥淐olleges鈥 tab (at the top)
3.    Make sure all schools that you applied to are in the 鈥淎pplied鈥 column
4.    There should not be any schools in the 鈥淎pplying鈥 column
5.    Click the word 鈥淪COIR鈥 at the top left of the page
a.    This will take you to the Updating Outcomes page
6.    Look at the box under the word 鈥淗i鈥 鈥 it will give you a link to 鈥淪hare Your Plans鈥
7.    The Link takes you to a page that shows you if you have 鈥淧ending Plans鈥
路         Delaying Enrollment
路         Going straight to the world of work
路         Military
路         Trade School
路         Other
8.    Under the 鈥淧ending Plans鈥 box is the 鈥淒ecided鈥 box.
9.    Update each school you applied to (Accepted, Deferred, Waitlisted, Denied)
10. Mark the school you will be Enrolling at
Important Note - If you have already indicated which college/university you will be 鈥淓nrolling In鈥 鈥 The box to 鈥淪hare Your Plans鈥 (Step 6) will not appear. You are done and you can exit out 鈥 just make sure that you have updated each school you applied to with 鈥渁ccepted鈥, 鈥渄eferred鈥, 鈥渨aitlisted鈥, or 鈥渄enied鈥.
As always 鈥 If you need help, please let me know 鈥 I am happy to assist you.
Remember 鈥 You will not be cleared to pick up your cap/gown unless these steps are done. 
Seniors and Parents of our Senior Class, 

Graduation Date: June 6, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Location: University of Miami Watsco Center

Here are answers to many of your graduation related questions.....

1. How many tickets does each senior get?  We have not been given that count at this point.  Once I know I will email you all.  The last we were told, it was 2 tickets per senior. If that changes, we will let you know. (those seniors who sold magazines will receive their extra ticket) 

2. Cost of graduation tickets? There is no charge for the graduation tickets - each senior will be given their tickets when they receive their cap and gown packet

3. When do you receive your cap & gown? Cap and Gown will be distributed by your Academy Lead teacher and Counselor beginning 2 weeks prior to graduation.  Once you are cleared to graduate, meaning you have submitted community service, passed all your classes, paid all your obligations, served all your detentions, etc.... Your counselor and lead will meet with you for your exit interview and give you the cap and gown.

4. Do we keep the cap and gown and all other graduation items? You keep everything with the exception of the gown.  You will return the gown and then receive your graduation diploma.

5. What happens if I did not order my cap and gown? At this point you will have to wait until the last 2 weeks of May to get your cap and gown.  Seniors who did not order within the time of sales will receive a graduation completion form from your counselor.  This form cannot be given until you are cleared to graduate.  At that time, you will then take the form to Herff Jones in person and pay for your cap and gown at their main office.  You will need to pay a late fee and hope they have your size available.  The sooner you are cleared the better!  For any questions on being cleared please talk to your counselor.

I hope this helps, I know you all have more questions but for now we do not have any answers except date, location and time.  I hope to have more information for you after Spring Break!

One suggestion, take your graduation pictures with your cap and gown as soon as you receive your items.  It is an early graduation ceremony and arrival time for seniors will be between 7:30/8:00 am that day, which doesn't give a lot of time to take pictures before the ceremony.  

Looking forward to planning the graduation and hoping that I will have answers to all your questions.

Rebecca Santalo
Are you looking for a wild way to spend the Summer? Are you interested in wildlife, conservation, education and fun? Come join our amazing team of Camp Counselors at Zoo Miami! Camp Counselors are the key to the success of our award-winning Camp program. As a Counselor, you鈥檒l introduce children ages 4-12 to the wonder of the natural world through hands-on activities and interactive animal fun. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, contact Daniele Leoce, Education Programs Manager, at or 305-328-8812.
Thank you for your support,
Stefan Schwindeman
Manager of Events & Stewardship
Zoo Miami Foundation |
Zoo Miami|12400 SW 152 St.|Miami, FL 33177
Direct: 305-328-8849 | Main: 305-255-5551

The Best Ways to Spend Your Summer to Prepare for College (or Not)

Summer is a few months away, but it鈥檚 time to consider how you might spend it. And yes, there are many rewarding ways to spend your summer, and many of them are not stressful. 

If you鈥檙e feeling ambitious, summer is a great time to boost your application for college, and you don鈥檛 have to spend a lot of money to do so. Consider completing a personal project, or if you鈥檙e a senior, learning about what freshman year will be like

But taking time to relax and enjoy yourself is also important鈥攈ere are a few ways to spend your summer that don鈥檛 involve trying to save the world. 

One more resource: a podcast episode with an expert on the matter, who answers questions like 鈥淎re expensive summer programs worth it?鈥 and 鈥淲hat should students and parents do (but often don鈥檛) when it comes to planning their summer?鈥

I invite you to follow the Cuda Cap Instagram Page if you haven't done so already @cudacap

Dr. Yvette Perez

The Collegiate World Series by the National Hispanic Institute and Sewanee

The National Hispanic Institute is a youth organization that seeks to shape future leaders in the Latino community by building experiences that engage high-achieving young minds in roles that advance our quality of life.
As a partner of NHI, Sewanee is bringing 125 rising seniors to campus from June 29-July 3, 2022, as participants in the International Collegiate World Series. This is an opportunity for students to learn how to maximize their chances of admission to top-ranked colleges. 

Here鈥檚 what students can expect from the CWS:

路         A gaming component where students participate as teams to fulfill college entrance requirements.

路         An evaluation component to increase students鈥 awareness about their readiness to apply to college as well as their strengths and areas for improvement.

路         Two networking components, one to meet peers and college student mentors, and one to meet and learn from college admission professionals.

路         A student recognition and acknowledgement ceremony.

路         An inquiry game that simulates some of the significant life decisions students will make in the future.

路         A graduation ceremony that serves as both a reflection and a commencement for the future.

For questions regarding enrollment, program details, costs, and COVID-19 policies, as well as information about how to apply, visit our website. Please contact NHI at 512-357-6137 or Rudy Rodriguez for full details on admission.


The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive

路         Develop your college application portfolio!

路         Classes in Animation, Digital Photography, Drawing, Graphic Design, & Studio Practice 

路         Special techniques workshops

路         Guest artists, museum, gallery & artists' studios visits

路         Meet the college admissions representative from Cooper Union and learn about applying to college

路         A celebratory exhibition reception of students鈥 work at The Cooper Union

路         Instructors are working professional artists & designers 

路         Classes are co-led with super-talented Cooper Union School of Art undergraduates.

路         Scholarships are available for NYC Public School students.

For Application and More Information:

Summer at UChicago 鈥 Numerous Scholar Programs 鈥 many are free
路         EXAMPLE: Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars: The Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars program brings talented rising high school seniors to the University of Chicago to get an early taste of an exceptional college experience.
o   Outstanding students who share the Neubauers' commitment to the Hispanic/Latino communities are invited to apply. Students who are U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, undocumented, and have DACA status are invited to apply. 
o   Current Juniors
o   All costs, inclusive of tuition and fees, for the program are completely covered. 
Carnegie Mellon University: Summer Pre-College Programs
Program Application:
No-Cost Pre-College Programs - Summer of 2022
  • AI4All @ Carnegie Mellon: Provides opportunities for students who have been historically excluded in STEM to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. (3-week program)
  • Computer Science Scholars: Provides students who have historically been excluded in the field of computer science an opportunity to explore the field of computer science with full-time faculty, staff and researchers who are leaders in the field.  (4-week program)
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science:  Allows students from underrepresented communities to develop a deeper understanding of STEM via traditional classroom instruction, hands-on projects, and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. (rising seniors only, 6-week program)
Pre-College Programs - Summer of 2022 鈥 Limited Scholarships Available
  • Architecture: Introduces design practice, creative problem solving, and critical thinking through a matrix of programming, celebrating curiosity and providing a strong foundation for architectural education. (4- and 6-week program options)
  • Art: Uses both traditional tools and cutting-edge technologies to explore creative ideas in a college-level studio environment. Students develop both conceptual and technical skills preparing them for a wide range of opportunities in both art studies and careers. (3- and 6-week program options)
  • Computational Biology: Provides extensive training in both cutting-edge laboratory experiments to generate biological data and the computational analysis of that data. Uses real-world scenarios for exploration. (3-week program)
  • Design: Introduces students to the discipline of Design, provides a foundation of skills, and gives a clear idea of what to expect from a college-level accredited program. (6-week program)
  • Drama: Prepares students for the college audition and interview process, illustrating the kind of creativity and discipline required of students studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama curriculum. Students you will be introduced to the intensity of a top-rated undergraduate conservatory experience. (6-week program)
  • Music: Immerses high school students in a world-class conservatory experience within an internationally recognized university. The program mirrors the first weeks of Carnegie Mellon鈥檚 first-year undergraduate School of Music curriculum. (3- and 6-week program options)
  • National High School Game Academy: Allows high school students to experience modern video game development using industry-standard technology. Students interested in artmusic and audiogame design, and software development are encouraged to apply for this interdisciplinary program. (6-week program)
  • Summer Session: Provides high school students with the opportunity to take summer courses offered by Carnegie Mellon. Students earn college credit while working in an academic setting that mirrors the supportive, rigorous environment of the first year of college. (6-week program)
  • Writing & Culture: Students explore film, art, and culture through historical and contemporary lenses. Students learn to think critically, express thoughts creatively, and write effectively for college and beyond. (6-week program)

Georgetown University
This fall, Georgetown University is offering online courses to help students ages 13 and older discover their passions before college and explore future majors or careers.
Established in 1789, Georgetown is ranked among the top U.S. universities. We follow the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis鈥攃are for the whole person. Students deserve the opportunity to develop their own talents and dreams, and we believe our program of Pre-College Online Courses will help them do that.
Please tell your students to include us in their fall plans. We offer a variety of subjects, one or more of which are sure to appeal to their aspirations.
Barnard Summer Programs
Experience Summer in New York City at Barnard. With distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to STEM, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the city that never sleeps!
Learn More:
Boston University
BU鈥檚 long-running Summer Term pre-college offerings include a choice of one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs that prepare you for success in college. With five exciting and challenging pre-college summer programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in University labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. Summer is a great time to push yourself academically while experiencing college life, making new friends, and engaging in fun social activities around Boston and on campus. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries in our summer programs for high school students鈥攁 great introduction to college life and academics.
Learn about all of BU's summer offerings for 8th graders through junior year here:  BU's Summer Programs At A Glance
Summer at Brown
Taking part in Summer@Brown on the Brown University campus will give you a real taste of what college life and learning is like on an Ivy League campus. You have the opportunity to experience first-year undergraduate study at Brown, through which you also get to experience Brown鈥檚 student-centered learning.
Learn more about how to apply and program dates and costs.
Apply Dates and Costs Request Information
University of Miami Summer Scholars Program
Students explore their academic passion and consider their future career opportunities when they attend University of Miami Precollege. High achieving high school sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits in a variety of academic areas in the Summer Scholars Program.
Or, for students looking to gain hands-on experience in a more condensed format, we also offer our incredible two-week non-credit UM Academies for an intense experiential learning environment open to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.
 Click the buttons below to contact an enrollment advisor or to request more information.
2022 program dates:
Summer Scholars Program (Credit)
 For high school sophomores and juniors
Three weeks: July 3 鈥 22, 2022
UM Academies (Non-credit)
 For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
Two weeks: July 3 鈥 15, 2022
Need-based and merit scholarships are available for qualified students in the Summer Scholars Program. To be considered, eligible applicants must complete both the Summer Scholars application and the scholarship application. All supporting documents are required by March 1, 2022, for scholarship consideration. Students who meet the requirements for our need-based scholarship may also qualify for additional application fee reduction waivers. Learn more about scholarship opportunities
Moore College of Art & Design
There are 2 pre-college opportunities for students interested in Art & Design  
Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University's Pre-College Programs offer middle and high school students a unique experience to explore career pathways, discover their passion and make friends from around the world!
Visit the Summer Exploration and Summer Immersion websites to learn more about:
  • On-campus programming for middle schoolers
  • On-campus programming for high schoolers
  • Day and overnight options for both middle and high schoolers
University College Dublin
The UCD High School Summer Program returns for 2022 and applications are now open! The UCD High School Summer Program is an enrichment program designed specifically for North American students who are interested in learning more about Irish history and culture and may be considering the possibility of applying to universities in Ireland for their undergraduate degrees. Through a series of taught lectures and interactive workshops at UCD, we introduce students to the academic culture in Ireland and the variety of subjects they can study. We also introduce students to Ireland's rich history and cultural identity through field trips around Dublin and the Irish countryside. At the end of the two weeks, we hope the students will have found that the academic programs and vibrant cultural heritage will be a great fit for future studies.
 To be eligible for this program, students must:
  • Be current sophomores or juniors (16 or 17 at the time of program)
  • Demonstrate a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Write a brief essay about their interest in the program and what would make them a good candidate for the program.
  • Counselor recommendation (Kendall Hook will send counselors direct link to Google recommendation form)
Dates: July 6th-21st, 2022
Cost: 鈧2850 (excluding airfare)
Student Community Service
As you are aware, completing Community Service Hours is required to Graduate from High School. 

9th Grade:  25 hours of Community Service must be completed and documented before the end of the year. Proof of completion will be turned into your Academy Teacher as a graded assignment during the month of May. This proof should be the Community Service Project Form & Log which can be downloaded from the school website. In addition, a letter on official letterhead from the organization with which you have been volunteering is required. 
10th Grade:  50 hours of Community Service must be completed and documented before the end of the year, which will include 25 hours from the previous year. Proof of completion will be turned into your Academy Teacher as a graded assignment during the month of May. This proof should be the Community Service Project Form & Log which can be downloaded from the school website. In addition, a letter on official letterhead from the organization with which you have been volunteering is required, as well as the paperwork you turned in during your 9th grade year. 
11th Grade:  75 hours of Community Service must be completed and documented by the end of the year, which will include the 2 previous years. Proof of completion will be turned into your Academy Teacher as a graded assignment during the month of May. This proof should be the Community Service Project Form & Log which can be downloaded from the school website. In addition, a letter on official letterhead from the organization with which you have been volunteering is required, as well as the paperwork you turned in during your 9th and 10th grade year. At this time, you will also submit your final Community Service Project to your Counselor. The submission to your counselor will include all Community Service Project Forms & Logs, letters on letterhead, and essays about your Community Service activities.
All community hours must meet the requirements noted on our website.  Please refer to our site frequently to make sure you are doing your hours in an appropriate location.
Any information presented here is solely that of the organization advertising for community service and is not coming from Coral Reef Senior High School. Coral Reef Senior High School will not accept any liability in respect to such communication or activities that any student chooses to participate in.  Coral Reef Senior High will not be liable for any damages or other liability arising due to student participation in any community service events that are not specifically sponsored at our school campus.

Miami EcoAdventures , a division of Miami Dade County Parks that specializes in interpretative nature based programing for all. We here at Miami EcoAdventures offers EcoAction Days at all five of our nature centers in Miami-Dade County.  Connecting with nature at one of our monthly volunteer days fosters environmental stewardship through conservation-driven projects that assist in restoring the park and its natural areas.



鈥 Offer volunteers a chance to visit and give back to our Nature Center Park Sites

鈥 Opportunities to meet and engage with Miami-Dade Parks鈥 naturalists.

鈥 Participate in conservation action-driven projects that yield environmental stewardship and improve parks and natural areas.

鈥 Establish dedicated park stewards through conservation-focused volunteerism opportunities beyond EcoAction Days.

鈥 Earn community service hours


Program Details:

鈥 On select days, participants meet at the designated park Nature Center

鈥 All project equipment will be provided

鈥 Volunteers should come prepared with the following: - Personal work gloves if preferred, otherwise provided - Comfortable closed-toed shoes - Insect repellent - Protection from the sun (long shirts/pants, water, hats, sunglasses)


How to Register: Visit the links below and search to find upcoming dates:


A.D. Barnes Park (4th Saturday of the month) 3401 SW 72nd Ave Miami, FL 33155 305-662-4124 -

Arch Creek Park (2nd Saturday of the month) 1855 NE 135th St N. Miami Beach, FL 33181 305-944-6111 -

Bill Sadowski Park (1st Saturday of the month) 17555 SW 79th Ave Palmetto Bay, FL 33157 305-255-4767 -

Castellow Hammock Park (3rd Sunday of the month) 22301 SW 162nd Ave Miami, FL 33170 305-242-7688 -

Crandon Park (2nd Saturday of the month) 6767 Crandon Blvd Key Biscayne, FL 33149 305-361-6767 -


Please feel to circulate this  information with the rest of your staff and student body. Feel free to contact me at (305)-666-5885 or at if you have any further questions.


Have a great day,

Leonardo Paez, Volunteer Coordinator

A.D Barnes Park Nature Center- Miami EcoAdventures

3401 SW 72nd Avenue Miami, FL 33155                                         

Telephone: (305)-666-5885, Fax: (305)-668-7404


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PTA supported this bill, which provides for care in the IEP plan, pursuant to our statement addressing comprehensive health services for children.
HB 235 Restraint of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools, effective date 07/01/2022
PTA supported this bill based on our position statement providing that the use of restraint and seclusion practices shall only be used as a last resort.
SB 236 Children with Developmental Delays, effective date 07/01/2022
PTA supported this bill which expanded the eligibility criteria of students qualifying for services, thereby allowing more children to reach their potential.
SB 292 Newborn Screenings, effective date 01/01/2023
PTA supported this bill based on our resolution to promote services for individuals and families to address infant and maternal mortality. The bill provided for an additional screening for congenital cytomegalovirus.
SB 1048 Student Assessments [3x Yearly Progress Monitoring], effective date 07/01/2022
PTA remained neutral and spoke for information only as this bill moved forward since our position statements favor formative testing like progress monitoring but advocate against the high states testing that this bill perpetuates and expands. We likewise advocated for native language testing for EL students based on our position statement to that effect.
SB 1054 Financial Literacy Instruction in Public Schools, effective date 07/01/2022
PTA supported this bill based on a NPTA resolution for an increased emphasis on the teaching of science, mathematics, and technology to assure that all youth acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy.
HB 1467 K-12 Education [Book banning], effective date 07/01/2022
PTA opposed this bill, which imposes costly and burdensome additional requirements on school districts for the selection and adoption of classroom and media center materials, based on NPTA resolutions addressing libraries & educational materials and inclusive curricula.
HB 1557 Parental Rights in Education [Don鈥檛 Say Gay], effective date 07/01/2022
PTA opposed this bill based on NPTA鈥檚 Resolution on Recognition of LGBTQ Individuals as a Protected Class, its Position Statement on Family Engagement, its Standard #4 = Speaking Up for Every Child and its Position Statement on Shared Responsibility in Educational Decision-Making. The bill prohibits discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3 and otherwise as age- or developmentally inappropriate and encourages dissatisfied parents to bring legal action against school districts rather than working cooperatively to iron out differences.
HB 1577 Homeless Youth, effective date 07/01/2022
PTA supported this bill, which provides comprehensive services necessary to guarantee equal educational opportunities for homeless students, based on the FLPTA Resolution to aid in the education of homeless children. This bill establishes liaisons to support youth experiencing homelessness in college and extends the Keys to Independence program to unaccompanied homeless youth.
               BILLS SENT TO THE GOVERNOR; pending
HB 7 Individual Freedom [aka the 鈥淪top Woke Act鈥漖
PTA opposed this bill pursuant to National PTA鈥檚 position statements on Systemic or Institutional Racism and on Inclusive Curricula in K-12 Education.**See article below.
HB 105 Regulation of Smoking by Counties and Municipalities
PTA supported this bill as it goes to the overall health of a child to restrict smoking within the boundaries of public beaches and public parks.
HB 195 Juvenile Diversion Program Expunction
PTA supported this bill because we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential鈥攅ven if they make a mistake. This bill provides for certain juvenile arrest records to be legally shielded upon completion of a diversion program.
HB 197 Public Records/Nonjudicial Record of the Arrest of a Minor
PTA supported this bill because we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential鈥攅ven if they make a mistake. This bill provides for those certain juvenile arrest records to be withheld from public scrutiny upon completion of diversion and expunction.
HB 225 Charter School Charters
PTA was neutral as to this bill in that our position statement on charter schools is mute on the issue of turn-around time for consideration of requests for charter school consolidation or changes in the terms of charter school contracts.
SB 430 Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children
PTA supported this bill pursuant to a NPTA Resolution recommending the adoption and utilization of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children by state and local education agencies.
HB 461 Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Student Service Requirements
PTA supported this bill based on a NPTA Resolution to promote increased student access to in-state tuition levels, which this bill does by allowing students to count a designated number of paid work hours as community service hours in qualifying for state post-secondary scholarships.
SB 638 Early Childhood Music Education Incentive Pilot Program
PTA supported this bill based on a NPTA statement to support the integration of the arts in school curricula.
SB 722 Education for Student Inmates
PTA supported this bill to improve student inmate education based on NPTA resolutions on High School Graduation, College Preparation and Access and on Career and Technical Education.
SB 758 Education Charter School Authorizers
PTA opposed this bill as it creates a statewide charter school authorizer which runs counter to our position statement supporting school district authority and accountability.
HB 817 Emergency Medical Care and Treatment to Minors Without Parental Consent
PTA was neutral on the bill which authorizes physicians to provide emergency medical care or treatment to a minor without parental consent. Neither FLPTA nor NPTA has a resolution or position statement that addresses this matter.
HB 899 Mental Health of Students
PTA supported this bill, which requires charter schools as well as traditional public schools to collect data regarding involuntary examinations and which requires district school boards to designate a mental health coordinator, pursuant to our statement addressing comprehensive health services for children.
HB 1421 School Safety
PTA supported this bill that bill addressed frequency of drills, family reunification, suicide screening, and training for school safety officers consistent with our mission and purpose: to advocate for laws that further the education, physical and mental health, welfare, and safety of children and youth.
SB 1808 Immigration Enforcement
PTA opposed this bill based on our NPTA Position Statement on Rights and Services for Undocumented Children. This bill prohibits local and state governments from contracting with businesses that transport undocumented immigrants, even if those immigrants are children awaiting reunification with family members or with foster parents.
Tax Holidays, but not yet signed into law
May 28 - June 10                    Disaster Preparedness Sales
July 1, 2022 鈥 June 30, 2023  Baby diapers
July 1, 2022 鈥 June 30, 2023  Energy Efficient appliances
July 1-7, 2022                          Freedom Week [Entertainment]
July 25 - August 7, 2022        Back-To-School
September 3-9, 2022              Skilled Worker Tools
October                                  Gas Tax 
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