Dr. Mancuso participates in inaugural national educational summit

Document2Two Miami-Dade County Public Schools principals: Dr. Stacey Mancuso from Design and Architecture High School and Dr. Omar Monteagudo from School for Advanced Studies joined school leaders and experts from across the country last week at a two-day summit convened by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The summit participants looked for ways to identify solutions to close the excellence gap—the troubling disparity in academic performance between lower-income and higher-income students at advanced levels.  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers the largest scholarships in the country to high-performing students who have financial need.

Monteagudo and Mancuso were personally invited by the Cooke Foundation to collaborate with more than 100 other principals of selective high schools as well as leaders of organizations such as the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools, researchers focused on high-achieving, low-income students, other scholarship providers, education advocates, and John B. King, Jr., senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to learn about cutting-edge research on and share and identify best practices for supporting high-achieving, low-income students.

At this landmark event, a new organization of these principals was created, the Coalition of Leaders for Advanced Students Success, with an agenda to support and advocate for high-achieving students with financial need.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.  Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $130 million in scholarships to almost 1,900 students and over $80 million in grants. www.jkcf.org

Ms. Caudle’s Freshmen students shine in 2015 Scholastic Writing Contest


DASH students have enjoyed great success in The 2015 DASH Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. A previous posting highlighted the numerous winners in the Art categories, but our students are fine writers as well. In fact, 11 Freshmen students, with the guidance and encouragement provided by Ninth Grade Language Arts teacher, Ms. Susan Caudle, took home these prestigious prizes.   The award recipients are as follows:  James Balo, Sarah Becker, Daniela Duran, Mikaela Ehrenstein, Olivia Graham, Maddy McCarthy, Frederick Rapp, Kasey Riera, Tori Taylor, Carlos Tejera, and Sarah Tennant.

 A special congratulations to this year’s  three Silver Key Award Winners: Kasey Riera, Tori Taylor, and Sarah Tennant. You can link to the award-winning art and writing from across the nation HERE.

DASH CAP Office to Host Pre-College Forum

college aheadThe CAP Office will host a  Pre-College Forum in the Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. Sophomores, Juniors are invited to attend, while selected Junior and Senior students will serve as panelists for the event.

The ten student panelists will share their experiences from a summer pre-college program at various colleges and universities that they attended. This will be an informal discussion to educate sophomores and juniors about the benefits of attending a summer college program and hearing real life stories from their peers.

DASH Silver Knight Candidate promotes SALT Fundraiser


SALT (Save a Life Today) is a project to save children with life threatening diseases that could be cured with a single surgery. DASH Silver Knight Candidate, Maite Iribarren, supports SALT. Read her moving statement below and support this worthy cause.

“My name is Maite Iribarren and I am a seventeen year-old student in Design & Architecture Senior High School. I am also a National Young Arts Finalist and an American Red Cross Woman Spectrum Award winner. I have been volunteering at medical missions in the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) clinic in Licey, Dominican Republic since I was twelve years old.

Through these medical missions we have encountered many cases of children who lack the funds for necessary surgeries that would enable them a long, happy and healthy life. One patient, Marilissa, made me realize I could do something to help. She was diagnosed with cancer. In order for her to survive she needed the tumor removed but had no means of getting the surgery. I realized how easily she could be saved if only we could find the funds for her treatment.

I find it absurd that Marilissa and children like her are denied their natural rights because of their financial situations. As an artist and art student, I have access to artwork that could translate monetarily into a solution for these children.
Since last fall I have been collecting artwork, receiving donations from many student artists inspired by the idea of kids helping other less fortunate kids, as well as from well-known professional artists. These pieces will be auctioned at a cocktail at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art in FIU on February 7, 2015. The proceeds of all art sales and direct donations will go directly to the SALT fund (through the Cuban Order of Malta).
100% of your tax-deductible donations will go towards sponsoring one child a year identified in the ILAC clinic, who is in need of an urgent life saving surgery.”

Checks can be made to Foundation Order of Malta memo SALT
mailed to 12955 SW 42nd Street Suite 12 Miami, FL 33175

As a high school student, I cannot do this alone.
I need you to help me Save A Life Today.