Miami Beach Senior High PTSA E-Newsletter 
                March 8, 2018 - Volume # 28                       
              Students and Faculty Showcase                         

Dear Reader,
This is the second part of the March newsletter.
For calendar, info and events please see Newsletter # 27 or click here

Get into the College of Your Dreams

Thank you to all who attended our general PTSA meeting and presentation, "What you need to know to Get into College!"
on Thursday, February 22.
The session began with CAP Advisor Ms. Sahwell and seniors Samantha Narson and Jared Stein sharing their helpful words of advice to navigate the college application process, followed by a panel presentation by representatives from the University of Miami, the University of Central Florida, and Reed College. 

 Before and after the meeting, attendees were able to speak with representatives at the College Prep Resource Fair which included International College Counselors, Miami Private Tutors, The Fitz Solutions, Revolution Prep, Putney Student Travel, Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships, University of Miami, University of Central Florida, MBSH College Club and MBSH CRES.
Thanks to our PTSA Programming Chair Tiffany Cannava for an outsanding General Meeting! 

This past October, our Thespian Troupe competed at the District 8 Thespian Competition with a play entitled "Dark Road". Our play was awarded Best Technical Crew, Best Supporting Dramatic Actress, and a Superior Rating. In addition to these awards, our play was chosen as a Critic's Choice, which means that out of 24 plays that competed, ours was chosen as the best one, along with 3 other plays. "Dark Road" is a haunting story of the Ravensbruck concentration camp during the Holocaust of the 1940s.

 This story follows Greta, known as the witch of Ravensbruck, as she undergoes a descent into evil as she becomes a guard at the camp. For this performance, Thespian Troupe 0391 earned a Superior and a Critic's Choice, as well as Best Technical Crew, Best Supporting Actress (Bella Cannava), and MVP (Samantha Gajardo). The play will be performed at the Beach High Auditorium on March 12 at 7 pm and March 13 at 2:40 pm.
Busy Beach High Artists will be all over the Miami-D ade County this month.
Right before Spring Break our students will have several pieces in the 16th Annual Young Artists' Gallery at the Coconut Grove Woman's Club, Coconut Grove. The reception will be held Saturday afternoon, March 10. See invitation below - please join us!

Awards will be announced at the reception. The exhibition will be open March 10-11 with several Beach High artists: Elizabeth Acosta, Creneesha Davis, Francesca Tobar, Von Lontok, Chloe Dasilva, Evelyn Andreoli, Lia Latty, Gabriella Blazzio, Valentina Scarduelli and Henry Ramirez. The artworks are for sale. Great art at a great price!

At Pinecrest Gardens you can find work by Chloe Dasilva and Francesca Tobar in Taste of the Tropics, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Opening Reception, Thursday, March 15, 6-8 pm.

Chloe Dasilva is also in the Women's History Month Exhibition in the SBAB Auditorium Gallery.

Ask Ms. Junquera, Ms. Money or Mr. Virgin how you too can be a Beach Artist.
 Drake and the Boys Basketball Team 
The Beach High Basketball Team received a special treat when rapper Drake met with them and gifted them with new basketball shoes & gear.
Thanks Drake for spreading kindness throughout our city!

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Lately, hip-hop star Drake has not only spent time in Miami shooting a music video. He's decided to pay it forward.
Drake donated shoes and gear to Miami Beach Senior High School's basketball team, Wednesday. This act of kindness continues his generous streak and comes after a $50,000 donation to the Lotus House women's shelter. Drake visited South Florida to shoot a music video for his new single "God's Plan."


Drake had almost $1 million to spend on a music video. He gave it all to Miami.

The Murderous Mansion of Mr. Uno    
Our Theatre Department presented "The Murderous Mansion of Mr. Uno" on February 14 and 15. Here's the cast:

  • Producer - Annie Loffredo
  • Co-Director - Melanie Haber
  • Co-Director - Rachel Saruski
  • Technical Director - Marlon Rodriguez
  • Stage Manager and Sound Design - Brynn Sklar
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Leonie Smit
  • Sound Design and Sound Board Operator - Marlon Rodriguez
  • Lighting Design and Light Board Operator- Vlad Rotchenkov
  • Lesciana Jules
  • Chloe Boudin
  • Tylee Hooker
  • Brigid Moore
  • Thomas Floeter
  • Aleksander Mordvintsev
  • Ely Martinez
  • Leandra Brooks
  • Charlize Santos
  • Ronald Luqe
  • Amber Teboe

The NJROTC held their annual Hi Tide Battalion Pass in Review and Change of Command on March 2 in the school gym. 

Shout out to the PE Department for hosting the Peace Run.
Thank you to Cheerleading Coach Longueira & Band Director Thomas for your school spirit and thank you to CRES Club for your leadership with the next generation.       

For those that were unable to attend the Black History Show:
You can now view it on Beach Film News. And for those that were performers, you can view and send your performance to your loved ones.
The Beach Film News Crew

Congratulations to Ms. Carro who was recognized at the City of Miami Beach on February 14 for her great work in the community as teacher and as coordinator of the Beach High Pre-IB Scholars program.


Congratulations to Mrs. Gregory on winning the 2018 Hospitality and Tourism Management Teacher of the Year!


AOHT wins 1st place overall at the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program Competition!
Congratulations to Ralph Motola, Annahy Salas, Amy Lopez, and Gisela Carnero for winning 1st place in the 2018 Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. This is the tenth 1st place winning in the 15 years this competition has taken place. Special thanks to Mrs. Gregory for her outstanding dedication in preparing her students. She is truly one in a million!

Congratulations to Ms. Lemes and Mu Alpha Theta students for earning 3rd place at the Miami-Dade College Math Challenge. Matias Aranguiz, Jia Jun Bao, Sucre Elias, and Jordan Frank placed third in the Mini Team Competition.

Great job Hi Tides! Please congratulate these students when you see them, as well as the other competitors: Aisha Galdo, Sebastian Hereu, Jason Inirio, and David Schulman.

Mu Alpha Theta students with the leadership of Ms. Lemes rock Math SECME Competition at MDC. Go Hi Tides! 

Hi Tides Wins 1st Place in National  History Bee and Bowl

Under the leadership of president Zach Fotiadis, our 5-member team from the Social Studies Honor Society competed in the National History Bee and Bowl Championship held at American Heritage School in Delray Beach on Saturday, February 17.

Our team won 1st Place in the Junior Varsity category. The team also participated in an individual History Bee. 2nd Place went to Zach Fotiadis, 4th Place went to Daniel Simone and 6th Place to Mitchell Diaz.

Pictured left to right: Alex Otero, Mitchell Diaz, Kenneth Lopez, Zach Fotiadis, and Daniel Simone.

Congratulations to the three winners of The School Wide Writing Plan, "Claim Evidence Reasoning Poster Contest." These students were judged by the Curriculum Council for their outstanding digital design, communicating the habits of effective writers at all levels, from school to career.
The contest winners are receiving - courtesy of the Beach High PTSA - Target gift cards in the amount of $25, $50 and $100.
  • In third place: Kelsey Varona;
  • In second place: Randy Koliha;
  • And our grand prize winner, whose poster is posted in classrooms throughout Beach High, and the recipient of a $100 Target gift card: Sebastian Manrique.
 The following students placed in State DECA Competition and qualify for Internationals in April in Atlanta:
  • Jonathan Navarro took 2nd in Sports Entertainment Marketing Individual Series
  • Aisha Galdo took 4th in Food Marketing Individual Series
  • Moises Coriat and Gaby Mantovani placed 7th and are next in line to qualify.
Special Acknowledgements go to:
  • Armani Arrindell and Santina Rizzi for placing in the top 10 in their Buying and Merchandising Role Play
  • Moises Coriat and Jordan Frank for placing in the top 10 in their test scores.
There were approximately 4000 students competing and our Hi-Tides were outstanding.
On Friday, nine student musicians represented Beach High at the District 16 Solo and Ensemble Festival. As a result of their many hours of practice they all received Superior ratings making it a clean sweep! Congratulations to the students and Mr. Thomas, Director of Bands and Orchestra.
The students and the categories that they participated in are as follows:
Superior rating for Solo Performance:
1. Benjamin Eisenberg - Baritone Saxophone
2. Priscilla Flores - Bassoon
3. Fernanda Sazo - Tenor Saxophone
Superior rating for Saxophone Quartet:
1. Jaime Fernandez
2. Juan Milisenda
3. Macarena Perez
4. Andreana Vilpin
Superior rating for Saxophone Sextet:
1. Benjamin Eisenberg
2. Jaime Fernandez
3. Priscilla Flores
4. Juan Milisenda
5. Fernanda Sazo
6. Sarai Torres

Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA has been planning the event "March for Our Lives Miami" for all students and parents in Miami-Dade, and beyond, who are unable to attend the event in Washington.
What: March for Our Lives Miami rally
Where: The rally begins at Miami Beach Senior High School, 2231 Prairie Ave., and travels to Collins Park and back to the school
When: 8 am - noon March 24
"The rally will start at Miami Beach Senior High, continue to Collins Park, and then head back to the school. The city has partnered with Marjory Stoneman Douglas alumni and Miami Beach High students to stage March For Our Lives Miami, which is a response to the massacre at the Parkland school on Valentine's Day."
Read more here: Miami Herald
Beach High stands with Douglas High.

Beach High rally outside of school to support the Majory Stoneman Douglas High School. Watch it here: YouTube
"Students at Beach High chanting "We stand with Douglas" during a walkout today. The aftermath of the Stoneman Douglas shooting has ignited waves of student activism throughout the country". Video: WLRN

Both the Mayor Dan Gelber and the City Manager Jimmy Morales, Beach High alumni, were there to support the students during their peaceful activism against gun violence. 

"Miami Beach Senior High school wants to be next in turning their grief into action. Students met at Miami Beach City Hall Tuesday afternoon to talk business": YouTube
Seniors Amy Bocos, Moises Coriat, and Guido Dominguez were invited to be on the panel for an America TeVe talk show in Spanish (photos below).

A growing number of Universities is expressing full support for high school students who participated or would participate in walk outs and peaceful protests. Over 190 colleges, including Ivy Leagues such as yale, Brown, MIT and Dartmouth, have issued letters stating that prospective students or those already accepted to their programs will not be punished for peaceful activism, and they will not consider disciplinary action taken against high school students who protest MSD massacre. Article: Reuters. 

A GoFundMe fundraiser is collecting money "to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the horrific shooting" and has reached $2.7 millions.

If you would like to donate, please click here:

Number 2 in the State of Florida

Hi Tide Pride! Celebrating our Coaches Botto, Philipi and Gabriel, and State Runner Up Boys Soccer Team. Such a great season!

The MBSH Boys Soccer
Team are the regional Champions  and State runner-up.

After a dramatic 2-1 victory over the defending state champions, our Hi-Tides headed to the State Semifinal to play Plant City on Saturday, February 24 at Stetson University.

Unfortunately the Boys Soccer Team lost in the State Championship on penalty kicks.

We are very proud of the team that in-spite of playing a man down for the last 30 minutes, they kept attacking to try to win the game.

Thank you to all the fans that made it up to DeLand.
See the photos and article on the Miami Herald about our Soccer Team.

"Miami Beach boys beat Cypress Bay to advance to soccer state final four. Miami Beach Hi-Tides' Julian Enriquez (23) and Cypress Bay Lightning's Christian Macias (6) chase down the ball during the boys' soccer regional final game on Thursday, February 15, at Cypress Bay High in Weston". Andrew Uloza for The Miami Herald.

Third in the State of Florida
Congratulations to Daishaun Felton and Coach Robby on a great season. Daishaun finish 3rd in the State Wrestling Tournament last weekend.

He is a Regional champ. Attached are pictures after the tournaments. Go Hi-Tides!


Boys Water Polo

Beach High Boys Water Polo Team played in the Marcos Manga Santos Invitational and won big. They defeated Pembroke Pines Charter, Cooper City, Suncoast, and Coral Gables with a combined score of 76 to 33. Their record now is 5 and 0. They face District rivals Miami High and Hialeah High at each opponent's home pool. Please come by and support your Hi Tides in these games.


Boys Baseball Team

Congratulations to Coach Cordero and the Beach High Boys Baseball team on their great start to the season: the team is now 3-1.

  They won against American by a score of 5 -1, thanks to 11 strikeouts by Nolan Santos and great hitting by Angel Viscaino, Manny Arias, and David Castillo. They also won over Coral Reef. Attached are some pictures from their recent win against district rival Miami High last Thursday night (8-3). Go Hi-Tides!

Boys Tennis
The MBSH Tennis Team had a big win -   Miami Beach 6, Doral Academy 1
#1 Singles: Taylor Streda won 8-2
#2 Singles: Mark Dancourt won 8-2
#3 Singles: Piercarlo Usai won 8-6
#4 Singles: Yosue Noa won 8-3
#5 Singles: Adrian Barone won 8-3
MB (1-0) DA (2-1)
Track Team
Our Track Team also did very well. We are so excited to have started off with a win vs Miami Springs High School.

Boys Volleyball

MBSH's Boys Volleyball Team is back after more than 20 years! The team debu ted with a 3-1 win against Reagan.


Our Culinary Club participated in The Education Fund's Taste of Education competition on February 8 at the Double Tree by Hilton.


Culinary Club students at the Fairchild Green Cuisine Competition with their Vegan Way Galaxy Parfait.

The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce - Education Foundation delivers a check of over $13,000 to the Miami Beach feeder pattern schools.


Artist and PTSA Arts & Culture Chair Deryn Cowdy paints the new Bistrot logo. 


Beach High students showcased their talents at the recent Open Mic Night.

The Brazilian Club entertained Beach High students on February 22, during all three lunches, with Rock Ensemble performing Brazilian music and with a samba dancer. 


Hi Tide Rock Ensemble rocks North Beach Elementary!


The 64th Annual South Florida Regional Science and Engineering Fair egg drop competition did not end in Miami Beach Senior High's favor, but Mrs. Lombardo, Matthew Haber, Steven Pappadipolus and Noah Hitt had a great time! Here is a photo from the Science Fair.




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