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Somerset Academy Miramar Stay the Course, Adventure Awaits! Student Orientation

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Orientation for Somerset MiramarStudent Orientation
• Mrs. Michelle Rojas, Elementary Reading Coach
• Dr. Yesenia Ruiz, M.S. Reading Coach
• Mrs. Christine Plaza, Math and Science Coach
• Mrs. Amanda Garcia, Guidance Counselor
• Mr. Terrell McDaniel, Before & Aftercare Manager
• Mrs. Priscilla Carrillo, Registrar & Activities Director
• School’s Website-
• Parentlink: important notices (i.e., weather)
• Interim Progress Reports are issued at the halfway mark of the grading
• Planners and Folders (Required: $5.00 for Planners)
• Guidance Services
• Drop Off Time: 7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
• Morning Care: 7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
• Pick-up Time: 2:00 p.m.
2nd-3rd Grade School Hours:
• Drop Off Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
• Morning Care Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
• Pick-Up Time: 2:30 p.m.
4th -5th Grade School Hours:
• Instructional Day: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Drop Off Time: 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
• Morning Care Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
• Pick-Up Time: 3:00 p.m.
• After Care: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• Sibling Care: 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Drop off will be on either side of the school (east or west)
Kinder students in the South building must be dropped off there
Expect traffic delays, please be patient
School supplies can be brought by student over the course of the first few days of school
Download Silent Dismissal app
No one will be allowed to park and walk student into school
Large parent meetings will continue on Zoom due to parking construction
Somerset Academy Miramar South- “Home of the Sharks”
opened in 1997 under the name Somerset Academy
Neighborhood School. It was the first of the Somerset
Academies and was one of the first Florida charter schools. It is
located in the Bahia Community. Somerset Miramar South
houses 4 kindergarten classrooms. Children do walk over to the
main building for lunch, recess and special area classes, such
as, Spanish, Art, Music, Computers and Physical Education.
School Security Officer- Scott Weismann
Teachers at Somerset Miramar South:
Mrs. Natalie Heredia
Mrs. Mayreny Objio
Ms. Adriana Moreno
Mrs. Suzette Tortosa
Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our entire school community.
School Procedures:
Our school strongly recommends the use of facial coverings for all students on campus while indoors. (A parent link with more details will be forthcoming.)
We will keep our signs displaying COVID-19 information around our school.
Parents must ensure they DO NOT send a child to school if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting results for anyone in the family exposed to an individual with COVID-19, or confirmed to have COVID-19.
Sick at School Policy: If a child develops COVID-19 symptoms at school, they will be sent to a designated area. They will remain in isolation in the designated area until they are picked up from school.
COVID-19 Reporting:
If necessary, we will notify via Parent Link email when an individual tests positive in your child’s class.
Contact tracing will be initiated to indicate any other individuals who may have been exposed.
Close contacts will be notified separately and advised of the relevant protocols.
Visitors Policy:
Parents will not be allowed on campus during the instructional day unless scheduled.
Parents must remain in their cars for during pick-up and drop-off.
City of Miramar School Resource Officer- Officer Olivares will
be with us fulltime
Crisis Alert System- Safer Watch
Video cameras located throughout the campus and in our
BCS Code of Student Conduct and Discipline Matrix
Visitors must report to the main office and bring picture ID for
school check in
Fingerprinting and background check is a requirement for all
Elementary uniform shirts must be gray with our shark logo. Middle school uniform shirts must be navy with our shark logo. Uniform tops must be tucked in at all times.
Jackets must be solid black, gray or navy. No other jacket is permitted.
Bottoms must be black, navy blue or khaki shorts, skirts, capris, pants, skorts, or jumpers with official Somerset embroidery are acceptable. Navy blue “Somerset” sweatpants are also acceptable. Note: Shorts, skirts, and skorts may be not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee. Belts must be worn daily.
Leggings are NOT permitted.
Shoes must be rubber-soled shoes/sneakers with a closed-toe area and full back must be worn. Shoes may not have any wheels, noises, lights, or other distracting devices.
Every Friday we will have a Spirit Day for $1.00, no more dress down day. Jeans with no rips or tears and the school spirit shirt or uniform shirt will be the
only attire allowed on Fridays.
School spirit shirt will be available for $10 on our online store, located on our school’s website under “online payments” tab.
Somerset Academy Miramar has a zero tolerance policy regarding the use of cell phones and other electronic devices during school hours. Cell phones and other electronic devices (i.e., iPods, all portable gaming devices, tablets, and headphones) are not allowed to be used on school grounds. This includes smart watches (like Apple Watch, etc.).
Please understand that cell phones must remain off while on campus and kept inside the book bag. If this policy is not followed, the cell phone will be confiscated by school personnel and kept in the main office until a parent comes to pick it up.
In the event that a student inappropriately uses their electronic device or a school device on more than one occasion, the school reserves the right to confiscate the device until the last day before winter break or the last day of school.
Due to the misuse of electronic devices on school grounds the staff will be diligent in enforcing this policy. We urge you and your child to discuss the implications of bringing electronic devices to school and the disruption that they may cause to the instructional environment.
This school year, each of our classrooms will have a class set of laptops. There is no need for your child to bring their own device.
Volunteer hours are mandatory and a requirement to re-register for the following school year.
30 hours per family
Teachers, office staff and Activities Director can provide suggestions for completing these hours
Completion of volunteer hours are required for re-registration
15 hours must be completed by December 15, 2021
We participate in the National School Lunch Program.
We use for student lunch account payments. We will send registration information home with your child on the first day of school.
Prices and menu are on our website
Breakfast = $2.50 Lunch = $3.50
Pin numbers are issued to all students.
Complete Free/Reduced Lunch Forms to benefit your child and the school. Only one application per family. No online or emailed applications will be accepted.
2 Volunteer Hours for turning in lunch application.
If you qualified for Free/Reduced Lunch in 2020-2021, you will have a 30 day grace period for this school year.
Before and After Care Program
Before School Care operates from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for a fee of $90 per month
After School Care operates from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a fee of $160 per month which includes snack
A 10% discount is available for families registering more than one child
We encourage students to complete homework and offer structured indoor and outdoor activities
Registration Drive-Thru: Thursday, 8/12 and Monday, 8/16 from 4:00-6:00PM on the east side of the school.
Registration forms are available on our school’s website
$25 registration fee per family, cash or check ONLY
Sibling Care Program
Sibling care is free monthly
One time $25 registration fee per family, cash or check ONLY
Registration can be found on our school’s website
Traffic safety Please comply with staff directions and traffic safety
We use the Silent Dismissal App for car riders. Parents must download the Virtual Pickup app to send in a request for pickup when they arrive at school. A dispatch message is sent to the classroom and the staff uses this information to dismiss students from the classroom when their ride arrives. More information on this will be posted on our school’s website and will be sent to you via email.
Inform your child’s teacher how your child be dismissed
Visitor Parking is on the west side of the school
Early Dismissal Policy: No child will be released after 2:15 p.m. unless they have notified the office at least three hours in advance; this policy has been instituted to minimize interruptions to the learning environment.
Late Fees: $1.00 per minute your child’s pick up time ends. After 25 minutes, your child will be placed in aftercare and charged $25.00 for the day. Considerations will be made for the first week of school due to carpool traffic and on rainy days if there is a traffic delay during carpool.
Siblings must be registered for Sibling Care; otherwise, if they are not picked up, they will be held in the office and charged a late fee.
• Be on time to school every day!
• The maximum number of days that a student may be absent without acceptable documentation justifying the absence is 5.
• Unless acceptable documentation is submitted, an accumulation of daily absences (excused or unexcused), by tardiness, or early sign-outs that equals 5 days (30 hours) in a marking period or 10 days (60 hours) within two marking periods may establish a pattern of non-attendance.
• If the student exhibits a pattern of nonattendance, Principal will request documentation for absences. (F.S. 1003.24(4)) Non- attendance for instructional activities is established by tardiness, early-sign-outs, or absences for all or any part of the day.
• Excessive tardies and/or absences may prohibit re-registration.
• SAC is a great way to get involved in the school’s decision-making
• 3 volunteer hours for attending each meeting
• Contact: Yesenia Ruiz, SAC Chair • [email protected]
• Meetings will be announced soon
Alexandra Prieto, Principal- [email protected]
Michelle Rojas, Elementary Reading Coach- [email protected]
Yesenia Ruiz, Middle School Reading Coach- [email protected]
Christine Plaza, Math & Science Coach- [email protected]
Amanda Garcia, Guidance Counselor- [email protected]
Terrell McDaniel, Before & After School Manager- [email protected]
Priscilla Carrillo, Registrar & Activities Director- [email protected]
unstoppable. Thank you for choosing
Somerset Academy Miramar!