English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - Established in the early 1960s
English for Speakers of Other Languages is a required program for students whose
home language is other than English and who are classified as less than independent in
English. It is a language arts program that incorporates all aspects of Language Arts
instruction, content, and language development. The ESOL Competency-Based
Curriculum for each grade level addresses the following components:
- Vocabulary/Word Study/Language
- Information Literacy/Study and test taking
Extended Foreign Language (EFL) refers to a program delivery system offered at the elementary level which follows the same organization as a Bilingual School Organization except that it is only offered in selected classes per grade level. The EFL Program emphasizes the teaching of language arts and curriculum content in both English and another language (e.g., Spanish, Italian). It aims towards a 60% of instruction in English and a 40% of instruction in the targeted language. The program is designed for a group of students at each grade level who, after participating in the program for one school year, are automatically enrolled in the subsequent grade level in order to move towards a continuum of bilingual studies through twelfth grade
At John I. Smith K-8 Center, we offer the Cambridge program to our students from first grade to eighth grade in Language Arts, Math and Science. Our Cambridge Program is an authentic combination of the best current teaching practices and materials with resources, tools and books from Cambridge and other reliable sources whose unique objective is to elevate the quality of our students’ education in language, math and science.
With the Cambridge program, students have to demonstrate deep understanding and core knowledge of the subject. They develop higher order thinking skills so that they can apply what they’ve learned in special assignments and integrated academic projects. Students are also exposed to interesting, enriching and rigorous learning supported by technology for research and presentation.
The Cambridge program helps students become confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged, ready to tackle the demands of tomorrow’s world and capable of shaping a better world for the future.
Internal students are assessed every year for admission to the program.
External students who apply need to meet eligibility requirements to be accepted into the program.
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“Future Farmers of America” was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting– it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways. Our club participates in plenty of competitions, both national and local. We participate in the state final competitions also. The FFA is an environment for students to learn and practice their public speaking skills.
So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.
The EESAC (Educational Excellence School Advisory Committee) is the sole body responsible for final decision-making at the school relating to the implementation of school improvement and accountability. The EESAC must assist in the preparation and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan (SIP), must assist the principal in the development of the annual budget, must make decisions regarding the use of funds allocated by the Florida Legislature to the school advisory councils (known in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as School Advisory Councils), and, with staff, must decide on the use of School Recognition Funds awarded to the school.
Meetings for John I. Smith K-8 Center are held
the second Wednesday of each month, at 2:20 p.m.
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•Available data includes: testing results, general school demographics, information about the school's EESAC, accountability information, School Improvement Plan (SIP), Non-School Site Unit Plans, Performance Indicators and school related links.
- 100% of the donation is provided to the teacher in an online account.
- Adopt-A-Classroom takes $0 for administration.
- All donations are tax-deductible.
- No donation is too small. Any amount helps.
- You receive Impact Reports that show exactly how the teacher spends the money, so it’s fully accountable and transparent.
- You receive direct feedback from the teacher so you can experience first hand the impact you have made.
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- The National Honor Society (NHS)
Established in 1921
- The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Established in 1929
- The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS)
Established in 2008
- About NEHS
The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) was established in 2008 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in cooperation with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) to recognize elementary students in both public and non-public elementary schools for their outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated personal responsibility, to provide meaningful service to the school and community, and to develop essential leadership skills in the students of elementary schools.
The John I. Smith K-8 Center's FFA Charter has been approved by the
Florida FFA Association and the National FFA Organization.
Our Chapter Number is FL1422.
Ms. Caminos is the John I. Smith K-8 Center's Agriscience teacher and our FFA faculty sponsor.