Hispanic Heritage Highlights

GilhamDSC_1222Activities Director Jim Gilham gets into the spirit of fiesta during our annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. This rich and spicy day came together last Thursday, October 24th with leadership from our Spanish teacher, Señora Lopez. Students, parents, and staff brought hundreds of delicious platos to share. The photoPTSA spent all day organizing and serving table after table of mouth-watering dishes. And many dressed colorfully and creatively to show their cultural pride.

While feasting, the school was serenaded by a Mariachi ensemble. To burn off extra bites of flan, staff and students joined together after lunch for dancing, drumming, volleyball in the courtyard, and a thrilling Zumba session in the cafeteria.

Thank you to everyone who made this beautiful celebration so special for DASH!

Humans of DASH: Teresa Grafton

humansofdash-03GraftonI am DASH’s French teacher and World Language/Social Studies department chair. Life before DASH included 5 years at Berlitz School of Languages after graduating from college — FSU and La Sorbonne. I then taught 16 years at Coral Park Sr High before working 3 years with a mentoring and scholarship program called Take Stock in Children.

During my time with TSIC, I had the opportunity to visit DASH. I had already been a fan of the concept of a design-themed high school. My husband is an architect and we had heard of DASH before. Seeing the students and staff firsthand was what really made me fall in love with the school.

My husband is a third generation architect and native Miamian. He has many interesting stories about the history of Miami. We have two grown children – one is a pet adoption counselor and the other is studying environmental law. They all appreciate the stories I tell about my amazing DASH students and how much I love them.

Looking back thoughout my 8 years at DASH, I’ve seen our students and our school win numerous awards. Looking forward, I will probably be retired a decade down the road since this is my 30th year teaching French. But I am sure DASH will continue its relentless pursuit of excellence.

Readers might be suprised to learn that I got my private pilot’s license when I was 20 years old and that I have been up in a hot-air balloon! Last year my husband and I travelled to Japan, a fascinating country and culture. My ultimate dream is to be able to live part of the year in Miami and part of the year in another interesting world city — Paris?  Provence?  Pisa? I plan to learn Italian when I retire. Pourquoi pas?

Weekend Events: Halloween Edition


48 Hour Film Festival Halloween Costume and Watch Party
Come see this local filmmaking project’s screening on Halloween night! The 48 hour Film Festival challenges groups to complete films incorporating a set of objects and themes within 48 hours for submission. The event starts at 7pm, and at 10pm the screening will begin, featuring zombies on retirement, a day in the life of a hitman, a killer virus and a gypsy curse. Find them at Grace Cafe & Galleries, 75 N. Federal Hwy. Dania Beach, FL 33004.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Don’t miss O Cinema’s annual Rocky Horror event, hosted by Miami’s drag
mistress, Tp Lords. Doors open at 7pm for the 8pm screening, with plenty of time for the Freak Show Fashion Contest. Whether it’s your first time watching Rocky Horror, or you’re a veteran fan, this event is not one to pass up.
October 25, 2013
O Cinema Miami Shores
9806 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL

Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Night Walk
History Miami presents a tour through Miami’s oldest cemetery, full of famous and infamous trivia led by Dr. Paul George. Bring your own flashlight and a costume if you wish. Reserve your spot now!
October 25, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Super Hero Volunteers needed for Halloween Marathon

Community Service
Superhero Marathon
Joshua’s Heart Foundation is asking for marathon volunteers on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 5:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Dress like a superhero and volunteer to run a 4 miler, a half marathon, or volunteer to distribute food, water and medals at the finish table. This is a great way to get in a costume, get community service hours, and have a lot of fun. Sign up here.

The DASH animal rights club would like to remind everyone that the documentary Blackfish will be on CNN on October 24 at 9pm. The documentary tells the story of killer whales in captivity at Seaworld and how they are affected emotionally and physically.

College News: Fall Visit Schedule

capadvisory-04Every school year leading up to Portfolio Day in the spring, representatives from the best college art and design programs throughout the nation and beyond visit DASH to present about their schools and review student work. Below is the tentative fall college visit schedule.

College Presentation Date & Time Reviews
Maryland Institute College of Art 10/21, 9:15am 10:30am
University of Florida, College of Fine Arts 10/21, 2pm n/a
Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) 10/28, 9:15am 10:30am
Art Center 10/30, 11:30am 10:30am
California College of the Arts (CCA) 10/31, 9:15am 10:30am
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) 11/1, 9:15am 10:30am
Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) 11/6, 9:15am 10:30am
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 11/7, 9:15am 10:30am
University of the Arts London 11/12, 9:15am 10:30am
Kansas City Art Institute 11/13, 9:15am 10:30am
School of Visual Arts (SVA) 12/4, 9:15am 10:30am
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) 12/5, 9:15am 10:30am

Red Ribbon Week: 10/23-10/31

The Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions during Red Ribbon Week, October 23 – October 31 each year. Its sponsor, the National Family Partnership, is headquartered right here in our hometown of Miami. This year the campaign features a new blog with many ways to get involved, including taking the parent pledge to talk with young people about the dangers of drug abuse. Children of parents who talk to their teens regularly about drugs are 42% less likely to use drugs than those who don’t, yet only a quarter of teens report having these conversations.

Film Review: Gravity

by Mariana Galecki

Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonas Cuarón, bring to the screen a spectacular feat with Gravity. It’s hard to describe the movie without spoiling it since a key part of the movie is its ability to create an atmosphere of suspense and uncertainty. This ambience is amplified by masterful transitions between sound and silence which deftly suit the movie’s setting in space.

Walking into the theater, one expects something incredibly lovely in light of Cuarón and his team having accomplished an amazing backtrack of films like the Mexican movie “Y Tu Mamá También” and the internationally beloved “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Possible flaws might include the lack of scientific accuracy in the film, as noted by famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s tweets.

therealneilAll in all, I totally recommend this movie for everyone to see on the big screen and I definitely think it’ll be nominated for a few awards at next year’s Oscars.

Teen Driver Safety Week: 10/20-10/26

National Teen Driver Safety Week provides an opportunity for parents, young drivers, lawmakers and educators to work together to change risky driving behaviors and help save lives in our communities.  Local efforts have proven successful as evidenced by the passage of Florida Law that prohibits texting while driving, effective October 1, 2013. All members of the DASH community are urged never to text while driving.


Weekend Events, 10/18 – 10/20


Miami Jewish Film Festival: Au Revoir Les Enfants
Come out to the Miami Beach Cinematheque on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30pm to watch this beautiful French film. It is a WWII autobiographical tale that never sees a drop of blood or a concentration camp, and yet its story of a boys’ boarding school and its inhabitants is haunting and moving.

Miami Environmental Film Festival
October 17 – October 20
Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Find out the answer to this question and others at the Miami Beach Cinematheque’s Environmental Film Festival. This particular question is the theme of Plastic Paradise, a documentary by Angela Sun. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the environmental discussion today.

Cultue Shock Miami
Visit the Culture Shock Miami website to buy discounted (often $5) tickets for just about every type of show. Here are just some of their current listings:

Miami City Ballet’s Program 1
Come see the MCB’s contemporary breakthrough, hailed by The New York Times as a “bounding test of technique and endurance.”



Tour of the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Stroll through the estate (complete with some behind-the-scenes access!) to explore five works by artists of Mr. Deering’s day, made specifically for Vizcaya.



Technology and Interactivity Workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Arts (MoCA)
Participants will be introduced software, hardware, circuit boards and sensors commonly used in the creation of video games and animation. Day One will cover Creating Interactive Software Media; Day Two will focus on Interactivity through Sensors and Circuits.

Bullying Prevention: Today we wear purple

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Today at DASH we’re wearing purple!

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy — participants are asked to simply “go purple” on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more & go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday.