SAS Leader Jessica Lamour performs for Black History Month at Board Meeting 

(As written by Mr. Dennis Lindsay.)

School for Advanced Studies (SAS) North senior and SAS Silver Knight Nominee in Drama Jessica Lamour performed “400 Years America and Still I Rise” on WLRN live television at the MDCPS Board meeting of February 15, 2017. Jessica was invited to perform by Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall to honor Black History Month. The auditorium was full and Jessica received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her performance and many accolades by the subsequent speakers.

Dr. Bendross-Mindingall and her chief of staff Cedric McMinn were instrumental in making this happen. Dr. Bendross-Mindingall even commented on the logic of Jessica being nominated for the Silver Knight in Drama.

She absolutely has a lot of talent in dramatic interpretation in addition to her stellar academic performance.

We are very proud of Jessica Lamour, her family and SAS!

Honoring Zoe’s Dolls and Women Leaders at Board Meeting

At the February 25th Board Meeting, School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was proud to recognize Zoe Terry (Zoe’s Dolls) for her leadership and work to provide dolls of color to girls throughout the County. We salute Zoe and her mother, Nakia Bowling, for their support and commitment to making our girls feel beautiful! 
Board Member Dr. Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) also honored women leaders for their work and advocacy on behalf of all women and their families. We salute you all for your passion and support to our schools and community.

Spreading Love with Zoe’s Dolls at Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary 

District 2 School Event: Happy Valentine’s Day to our deserving girls at Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary School. School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) thanks Zoe’s Dolls for distributing “Baby Alive” dolls for our students. “Zoe is an angel among us.” 

Reading Under The Stars at Holmes Elementary 

District 2 School News: Our students had an exciting time during the 3rd Annual Reading Under The Stars event at Holmes Elementary School. Thanks to Principal Dr. Yvonne Perry, Coach Ms. Tawana Akins, administration, teachers, and staff for coordinating this educational experience for our students. 

Special Shout Out to Judge Rodney Smith, Mr. Terry Wright, Ms. Precious Symonette, Miami Norland Viking Writers, and community leaders for reading to our kids. Go Baby Bulls! 

Honoring Community Leader – Mr. Terry Wright 

School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was honored to recognize Mr. Terry Wright, Founder of the movement, “Don’t Take My Life…Let Me Live”, for his efforts to stop gun violence towards our children at the January 25th School Board Meeting. 

Thanks Mr. Wright, staff and students for implementing positive solutions in our community. 

Honoring Community Leader – Greenspoon Marder Law Firm

School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was honored to recognize Greenspoon Marder Law Firm for their support and commitment to improving the lives of our students at Liberty City Elementary School at the January 25th School Board Meeting.

Thanks to Principal Dr. Orna Campbell, administration, teachers, staff, and parents for educating our precious students. Go Lions! 

Honoring local Trailblazer – Mrs. Lenora B. Smith 

District 2 School News: School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was honored to attend the Lenora B. Smith Portrait Presentation sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at the School named in her honor on January 24, 2017.

Thanks to the Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., former Principal Dr. Bryant, Local 10’s Neki Mohan, and community for recognizing our trailblazer. Special thanks to Principal Dalton, Asst. Principal Ms. Scott, teachers and staff for educating our incredible students who are “Anchored In Excellence”! Go Gators! 

Laptop Distribution to Parents at Orchard Villa Elementary School 

District 2 School News: School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (D-2) was excited to join Superintendent Carvalho and Chief Academic Officer Ms. Izquierdo at the Laptop Distribution held at Orchard Villa Elementary School in Liberty City on January 24, 2017.

Thanks to Principal Tony Ullivarri, administration, teachers, and staff for educating our wonderful students and parents. Go Bulls! 

iTECH @Thomas A. Edison Center students visit Cox Media Group Studios

District 2 School News: iTECH @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center students spent the day meeting amazing talent and executives that run Cox Media Group in South Florida on January 23, 2017.

Thanks to Mr. Lindsey “Maestro” Powell for organizing this educational experience for our students. Students were able to speak with Mr. Tom Joyner, Mr. Rodney Baltimore, and Marketing executives about the exciting world of Media. Special thanks to Principal Nasr, Assistant Principal Clermont, Instructor Augustin, and teachers for educating our students.