M.A. Milam K-8 Center

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M.A. Milam K-8 Center M.A. Milam K-8 Center - Elementary entrance.JPG
Address
6020 W. 16th Avenue
Hialeah, Florida 33012
United States United States
Information
Type Public
Established September 1961
School district Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Principal Mrs. Anna M. Hernandez
Grades K-8
Enrollment 983[1]
Color(s)

Hunter green, White

         
Nickname Colts
School Grade B (2012-2013)
School Hours

8:35 AM to 3:05 PM (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)

8:35 AM to 1:50 PM (Wed)
Website

Marcus A. Milam K-8 Center, usually referred to as M.A. Milam K-8 Center, or Milam, is located at 6020 West 16th Avenue Hialeah, Florida 33012. M.A. Milam serves as an elementary middle school or "K-8 center". Established as an elementary school in 1961 to serve the West Hialeah area, the school was expanded to serve as a K-8 school in 1998. It was named after Marcus A. Milam, a dairy pioneer and businessman. The school mascot is the colt. The school colors are white and hunter green, which are incorporated into the mandatory uniform policy.

Anna M. Hernandez assumed the position of principal at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, succeeding Dr. Robert G. Valenzuela.[1]

History[edit]

In 1961, the school was built on the grounds of the former pasture land used by businessman M.A. Milam, and was established as M.A. Milam Elementary School. In the school's inaugural year, 10 teachers educated 340 students.[2]

The school's conversion from an elementary to a K-8 institution was initiated on December 10, 1997.[3] The Middle Learning Center, often referred to as the MLC, was opened in the 1998-1999 school year, and the first Milam eighth grade class was the Class of 2001.

During the 2001-2002 school year's 4th grading period, the school had 100% attendance.[4]

The MLC was named in honor of former principal, Dr. Valenzuela's semifinal status for Principal of the Year during the 2004-2005 school year.

School grades[edit]

Milam has a consistent record of scoring as an "A" or "B" school in the State FCAT grading system.[5] This consistency began in the 2000-01 school year, when the school grade went from a "D" to an "A".[6]

School year Grade
1999-00 D
2000-01 A
2001-02 B
2002-03 A
2003-04 B
2004-05 B
2005-06 A
2006-07 C
2007-08 A
2008-09 A
2009-10 A
2010-11 B
2011-12 A
2012-13 B
2013-14 C

Traditions[edit]

The school's 8th grade Leadership Circle announces and passes down their position to the new leadership circle on the final day of the school year.

M.A. Milam K-8 Center hosts an annual prom, exclusive to 8th graders.

Every year, the school's administration announces the annual chocolate fundraiser hosted by World's Finest Chocolate. In January 2012, World's Finest Chocolate unveiled their record-setting 12,000 pound chocolate bar at the school to kick off the 2011-2012 fundraiser.[7]

The school's drama class puts on a winter and end-of-the-year spring show each school year. The school's level two and three drama students are also known as Troupe 88685[8] The troupe is currently led by Nicole Mujica. They have gone to district and state regional competitions for several years, most times winning Superior or Excellent awards. The school performs a Cuban Independence "Veinte de Mayo" show in May for the Miami-Dade County School Board.[9][10] The show is performed to celebrate Cuban culture and history, as many of the students in the school are from Cuba.[11]

Extracurricular activities and clubs[edit]

The first Milam NJHS was formed during the 2004-2005 school year with efforts from math teacher and Class of 2005 sponsor Frances Gomez and the Milam Class of 2005. Nicole Mujica is the current NJHS sponsor as of 2012.

The Milam SECME program has thrived since the 2002-2003 school year, under Norberto Fernandez and Andres Vega, when the school placed second and third at many competitions. The school peaked in achievement during the 2004-2005 school year, when it received numerous gold, silver and bronze awards. The school has placed anywhere from first to fifth in the national SECME mousetrap car champion, under the leadership of the sponsor of that competition, Andres Vega.

The school's chess club is led and run by Mr. Rivas. The club participates in various chess competitions.[12]

The school is part of the "After-School All-Stars" program. Student Bryan Jardines was a member of the third annual All-Stars Youth Advisory Board.[13]

The school does not offer any official athletic teams. However, ALM Sports offers extra-curricular athletic programs, including a flag football squad, a basketball team, a soccer team, and a dance team.[14]

Honors[edit]

Milam was the "Do The Right Thing" winner, for having the most finalists in the program for all of the Dade Middle Schools, in the 2004-2005 school year. In the years since, Milam students have consistently placed in the top ten winners.[15][16]

The 2012 SECME National Mousetrap Competition second-place trophy

During the 2004-2005 school year, Milam's principal, Dr. Robert G. Valenzuela, was a finalist for Principal of the Year.[17]

During the 2006-2007 school year, the cheerleaders won third place at an Orlando, Florida competition.

Milam was the district winner for the middle school division of SECME in Miami-Dade County during the 2004-2005 school year. The 2004-2005 Milam Mousetrap team won SECME nationals in North Carolina. The 2010-2011 Milam Mousetrap team was the district winner for the middle and high school division of SECME in regionals, and placed second in nationals.[18] The 2010-2011 Milam Mousetrap team consisted of Carlos Garcia, Diego Vega, and Yaneilys Amador. The 2011-2012 Milam Mousetrap team was the district winner for the middle and high school division of SECME in Florida regionals, and placed second in nationals.[19] The 2011-2012 Milam Mousetrap team consisted of Bryan Alcarazo, Brian Sanz, and Daniel Rodriguez.

William Fernandez, a student from the school, was the 8th-grade winner of the 2012 Constitution Day Poster Design Contest.[20]

In April 2013, the school's Chess Club participated in the largest chess tournament in history, located in Nashville, Tennessee, taking home the seventh-place trophy in the K-9 Unrated Section.[12][21]

In January 2014, Principal Hernandez was chosen as one of the six best principals in Florida, according to an analysis released by Florida State University and Florida TaxWatch.[22] The analysis recognized the principals from at-risk schools which displayed major learning gains in reading and math.[23]

Awards and nominations for Milam
School year Competition/award Category Result Recipient(s)
2004-2005 Principal of the Year N/A Finalist Dr. Robert Valenzuela
Miami-Dade District SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 1st Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
National SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 1st Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
2006-2007 Cheerleading competition N/A 3rd N/A
2009-2010 Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County, FL Poster Contest Elementary Level 2
(3rd - 5th grade)
2nd Karolyn Ranero[24]
Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County, FL Essay Contest Elementary Level 2
(3rd - 5th grade)
2nd Bryan Alcarazo[25]
2010-2011 Miami-Dade District SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 1st Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
National SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 2nd Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
2011-2012 Miami-Dade District SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 1st Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
National SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 2nd Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
2012-2013 Constitution Day Poster Design 8th grade 1st William Fernandez
SuperNationals V Chess Tournament K-9 Unrated 7th place Chess team
Miami-Dade District SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 1st Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
National SECME Mousetrap Middle school division 2nd Mousetrap team, Andres Vega
2013-14 Elite Principals Award N/A Top 6 Mrs. Anna Hernandez
2015-16 Miami-Dade District SECME FPL Generator Elementary school division 1st FPL Generator team, Andres Vega

Notable people associated with Milam[edit]

Educators[edit]

  • Anna M. Hernandez, principal; 1998 Dade County Teacher of the Year
  • Lizbet Martinez, language arts teacher who became famous in 1994[26]
  • Nicole Mujica, NJHS club sponsor and Troupe 88685 sponsor; YoungArts theatre discipline coordinator
  • Andres Vega, SECME leader

Alumni[edit]

  • Jason Carmona, a marine for whom M.A. Milam K-8 Center held a special welcome home event in 2012[27]
  • Willy Ferrer, politician[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "M.A. Milam K-8 Center". Dadeschools.net. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ "M.A. Milam K-8 Center Parent-Student Handbook 2013-2014" (PDF). milam.dadeschools.net. 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Initiatives Archive". district4.dadeschools.net. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Print Untitled (4 pages) - uscis" (PDF). United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. May 4, 2005. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Marcus A. Milam K-8 Center 2013 Grade". Ledger Data. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cambium Learning and NAEP - State of Michigan" (PDF). Michigan.gov. Retrieved October 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ Finch, Justin (January 11, 2012). "Giant Chocolate Bar Tours Miami School". NBC Miami. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Meet Your Troupes". Florida State Junior Thespians. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ Schuster, John (May 18, 2009). "MILAM K-8 CENTER TO CELEBRATE CUBAN INDEPENDENCE DAY MAY 19". Dadeschools.net. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ Hantman, Perla Tabares (May 19, 2013). "The celebration of May 20 (translated from Spanish to English)". el Nuevo Herald. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ Isensee, Laura (June 29, 2012). "Miami-Dade schools bracing for new letter grades". The Miami Herald. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "USCF SuperNationalsV 4-7 April 2013 • Nashville, Tennessee". alchess. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD". Mind Medium Clients. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "M.A. Milam K-8". ALM Sports. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Fwd: News from Do The Right Thing" (PDF). egov.ci.miami.fl.us. February 17, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Winners". Do The Right Thing Inc. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  17. ^ "2004 - 2005 Principal of the Year Finalists". Dadeschools.net. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ "SECME National Competition Finals hosted by The University of Alabama June 25, 2011 MIDDLE SCHOOL SCORES" (PDF). SECME. June 25, 2011. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  19. ^ "SECME National Student Competition Finals hosted by The University of Alabama June 28, 2012 - - MIDDLE SCHOOL SCORES" (PDF). SECME. June 28, 2012. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  20. ^ "2012 Constitution Day Poster Design Contest". Constitution Facts. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Issue 24 - May 2013" (PDF). district4.dadeschools.net. May 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  22. ^ Kathleen McGrory; David Smiley (January 7, 2014). "For top principals, look to Miami-Dade schools". Miami Herald. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  23. ^ Odzer, Ari (January 13, 2014). "Anna Hernandez, Principal of Hialeah's M.A. Milam K-8 Center, Named One of Elite Principals in Florida". NBC Miami. Retrieved January 16, 2014. 
  24. ^ "YCW Poster Contest Winners 2009-2010". Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County, FL. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  25. ^ "YCW Essay Contest Winners 2009-2010". Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County, FL. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  26. ^ Tester, Hank (September 23, 2010). "All Grown Up: The Face of the Cuban Rafter Crisis". NBC Miami. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  27. ^ Bagg, Julia (March 8, 2012). "Hero's Welcome Overwhelming for Marine in Return to His Hialeah Elementary School". NBC Miami. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  28. ^ Morrissey, Siobhan (April 2010). "The Enforcer". Poder 360°. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 

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