DASH shows that #Values Matter Miami

MDCPS supports the Values Matter Miami initiative, and DASH “cooperates” enthusiastically. A variety of activities have taken place throughout the school year to demonstrate and support the nine key values, which are: Citizenship, Fairness, Cooperation, Kindness, Pursuit of Excellence, Responsibility, Respect, Integrity and Honesty.

Most recently, Ms. Janice Jackson, our Virtual School facilitator, has launched an initiative demonstrating the value of Responsibility. FLVS students have taken responsibility for building a display of magnets and other items on the lab’s whiteboard to highlight all the values throughout the year, and all students are welcome to add a symbol or message of hope to the board, which is pictured in progress below.


Earlier in the year, Ms. Rosie Gordon-Wallace, a DASH advisory board member, delivered an inspiring address to a whole school assembly inviting us all to reflect on the value of Respect.


Furthermore, DASH celebrated the Pursuit of Excellence at a celebratory school luncheon, hosted by principal Ms. Ana Alvarez Arimon, marking the awarding of a National Blue Ribbon Award to the school this year. Ms. Kerly Cileli, and Dr. Carlos Insignares from Student Services smile below as they enjoyed the celebration.


And in one of so many demonstrations of Kindness here at DASH, Madame Teresa Grafton is conducting her annual Coats for Kids drive to provide gently worn coats, scarves and sweaters for our warm hearted alumni who pursue their own visions of excellence often in cold climes.

In these ways, and many others throughout the year, DASH indeed shows that:vmpostersm

American Institute of Architects honors Theo Neil Blones – Student of the Year

Congratulations to Theo Neil Blones for being selected by the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects as Student of the Year.

Each year, a senior architecture student pursuing higher education in architecture is selected for outstanding performance in architecture, extraordinary talent, and complexity in thought.

Theo received his award at the Annual Miami AIA Awards Gala which took place on October 28, 2016 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.


From Left to Right are pictured: Elizabeth Camargo, President Elect AIA Miami Chapter, Mr. Eric Hankin, Architecture program, DASH, Theo Neil Blones, Honoree, and Mr. Jason Hagopian, President, Miami Chapter AIA.

Radicated Retrospective


OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 27; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Gallery@CGAF Mayfair Complex

3390 Mary Street, Coconut Grove

Free and open to the public

The impressively diverse collection comprised of more than 200 works of art runs the gamut of styles, techniques and movements. The great majority of the work will be on sale for just $50 a piece, to benefit the WyMan Scholarship Fund, established in 2012 for NWSA and DASH students interested in pursuing their college education at New World School of the Arts’ visual arts program.

The varied collection includes paintings, collages, drawings, photography and installations – some recently created while others were conceived and developed up to three decades ago. “It is a challenge for two artists to share a studio for thirty years and the challenge increases exponentially when the two artists are husband and wife,” said Dr. Stacey Mancuso, whose work will be featured along with her late husband Tom Wyroba’s artwork, “Our objective was to support the college education of worthy students from NWSA and DASH so that our community can continue to reap the benefits of creating, nurturing and developing world artists.”

Spanish Honor Society Supports Lauren’s Kids


Donating for Hours!

Donate today to Ms. Lopez in room M112 to help survivors heal with guidance and support!

Do you need community service hours? DASH students have the opportunity in the new year to get community service hours by donating to Lauren’s Kids!

Lauren’s kids is an organization founded by Lauren Book to provide clothing for sexually abused Kids. Every 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be abused before leaving the K-12 education system. There are 42 million survivors  of sexual abuse living in the U.S today.

The organization has helped advocate for the passage of nearly 2 dozen laws to support survivors and protect children from predators. Their mission is “To prevent sexual abuse through education and awareness, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support.”

You can help too receiving 1 hour per 5 items, which include:

  • clothing
  • shoes
  • pots
  • pans
  • dishes
  • glassware
  • plastic ware
  • toys
  • small appliances
  • picture frames
  • blankets
  • sheets
  • towels


Ms. Nuñez-Hernandez coordinates CVAC Poster Contest


Miami-Dade County’s Community Action and Human Services Department Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC)and  One Billion Rising Miami are sponsoring a Contest to create the artwork for CVAC’s Human Trafficking Poster that will be distributed throughout the county.  One (1), Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) student will be chosen and designated the winner.

 Poster and Slogan Contest Specifications:

  • All artwork must be original and acceptable media include: paint; ink; pencil; pen; crayon; pastels; photography; collage; any paper; canvas; and computer generated or digitally enhanced art. It must be delivered in a digital format that can be reproduced for print.

Entries must include:

-The name: Community Action and Human Services Department

-Slogan  (STANDS TOGETHER TO ELIMINATE HUMAN TRAFFICKING was the slogan for last year’s campaign and students are invited to create a new slogan, along with their artwork.  The purpose of the poster is to make victims aware of the services available to them, so please use this as your guide.)

-Miami Dade County logo (attached)

-Coordinated Victims Assistance Center phone number: 305-285-5900

Accompanied by:

—               Full student name and contact information

—               A list of sources (if applicable)

 Entries will be judged on:

Quality of Information

Impact of Message

Quality of Graphics/Photos/Technical

Aesthetic Appeal


All entries must be submitted to DASH lead teacher, Ms. Nuñez-Hernandez:


Ms. Nuñez-Hernandez will have a copy of last year’s poster available in her classroom to be used as a reference.

 All entries must be received by 11:59 pm October 15, 2016.   Entries received after the established deadline will not be eligible to participate. 

The Prizes:

  • An iPad Pro with an iPen and have your poster displayed at the Coordinated Victims Assistance Center.

A pizza party at DASH for the top contestants whose work was considered but was not selected for the grand prize (not to exceed 30 students).