November 2011 Update

November 16, 2011

Partnership News:

  • Students from Holmes and Crestview Elementary Schools, in Miami-Dade, were treated to a “Day of Taste” at Jungle Island sponsored by the American Institute of Wine and Food, with support from Whole Foods and FIU’s Culinary School.  Days of Taste® inspires children to learn about food, discover how ingredients taste, and how they become part of our lives, from farm to table. After an overview, students and staffs toured Jungle Island and were treated to a 'tasting' of freshly prepared snacks, juices, and a healthy, lunch.  Event Director Phyllis Festinger was delighted and stated the program's mission is to teach young students the importance of living a healthy life and making wise food choices.  Sabrina Montilla is principal at Crestview and the CEO is Beau Parrillo.  Atunya Walker is principal at Holmes where Jeffrey Miller and Karen Fryd are the CEOs.  Dr. Patricia Dixon is the PASS© Coordinator.
  • Jeannie Floyd, principal at Lauderhill Middle and Susan Leigh-Leon, principal at Coral Springs High in Broward hosted their feeder-pattern schools to a “Day of Partnerships”.  Each school invited all their partners, potential partners, and representatives from municipalities to speak with the principals and share examples of how they can be supportive.  Dr. Patricia Dixon, Executive PASS© Coordinator, shared the importance of active involvement of the principal and the value of having the support from the business community.  Marcia Barry-Smith is the CEO at Lauderhill and Regina Juszczak is the CEO at Coral Springs.  Both CEOs are from BankAtlantic.
  • Students and parents from Holmes Elementary were treated to an exciting afternoon by NBA Players Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat and Keon Dooling of the New Jersey Nets.  The players, through their non-profit foundations, joined together to talk with the students about setting goals in life and the importance of hard work, as well as steps to follow their dreams. This memorable afternoon was enjoyed by all.
  • Welcome new Executive PASS partnerships:  Gratigny Elementary — Principal Dr. Aaron Enteen, partner Richard Rome of Lightspeed Tech;  Holmes Elementary — Principal Atunya Walker, partner Karen Fryd of South Florida Youth Foundation;  North Miami Senior — Principal Michael Lewis, partner Dao Jun Hauptman of John Hancock Financial Network; Colonial Drive Elementary — Principal Lilia Chappotin, partner Diane Hickman of Learning for Life; Jose Marti MAST 6-12 Academy — Principal Jose Enriquez Jr., partner Malou Harrison of Miami Dade College - North Campus; Miami Edison Middle — Principal Keith Anderson, partner Bernard Cottle of Integrated Learning Trust; Miami Edison Senior — Provost Dr. Pablo Ortiz, partner Henry Petithomme of Youth Power Movement; North County Elementary — Principal Melissa Mesa, partner Noah Kahn of John Hancock Financial Network; Pine Villa Elementary — Principal Dr. Latonia Harris, partner Danny Alonso of John Hancock Financial Network.

2011 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Finalists Announced:
The three Gold Medallion Finalists for this year’s award are: Dr. Patrick Galatowitsch, Fern Creek Elementary in Orange; Maritza Garcia, James H. Bright Elementary in Miami-Dade; and Enid Valdez, Piper High School in Broward County. These three outstanding school leaders will be honored at the annual Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Luncheon on November 17th at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center. The winner will receive $10,000 for personal use, and the runners up will each receive $5,000. Keep reading to learn a little more about our finalists.

Meet the 2011 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award Gold Medallion Finalists:

Dr. Patrick Galatowitsch
Fern Creek Elementary, Orange County Public Schools
Dr. Patrick Galatowitsch created a core leadership team to facilitate the implementation of a successful Professional Learning Community under the umbrella of the Continuous Improvement Model.
Under his leadership:
•    Fern Creek increased 31 total FCAT points and received its third “A”
•    89% of students received 3 or above on Reading FCAT
•    87% of students received 3 or above on Math FCAT
Dr. Galatowitsch participates in the Council’s Executive PASS program, partnering with Micki P. Meyer, Director of Rollins College’s Office of Community Engagement. Ms. Meyer describes Patrick Galatowitsch as “an incredible educator with the knowledge and commitment to foster community partnerships rooted in participation and progress”.

Maritza Garcia
James H. Bright/J.W. Johnson Elementary, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Maritza Garcia empowers staff to maximize instructional effectiveness and ignites their desire to attain a shared vision.
Under her leadership:
•    School moved from a “C” to an “A” and sustained it for 2 years
•    Science achievement increased 38% in one year
•    76% of students in reading and 78% of students in math achieved high standards.
Ms. Garcia participates in the Council’s PASS program and partners with Eleonel Lorenzo of Waste Services of Florida, Inc. She fosters a number of partnerships with other business leaders within the community. Chief Communications Officer of Beyond the Bell Learning Centers Inc., Alex Pizo, Jr. says: “words like imagination, passion, desire, dedication, and zeal are not just verbiage to describe what she demonstrates day after day at her school; they are part of the foundation that serves as this remarkable principal’s ethos and credo”.

Enid Valdez
Piper High, Broward County Schools
Enid Valdez created a climate of high expectations through student forums, parent guidance evenings, professional learning communities, and monitoring student data.
Under her leadership:
•    The graduation rate increased from 61% to 87%
•    Advance placement courses increased from 4 to 12
•    Dual enrollment classes on campus were established
Ms. Valdez is part of the Council’s PASS program and is partnered with Jordan Zimmerman, Founder and Chairman of Zimmerman Advertising. Mr. Zimmerman had this to say about Enid: “in a world filled with people that do for themselves, I have never met someone that works for others so purely – until Enid”.

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