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Video contest open to Miramar High School Students: SHOW ME HOW YOU MOVE

Miramar Day 2012 “Let’s Move Miramar” Video Contest Rules are online. The video contest theme is “Let’s Move Miramar.”

Two Miramar High School grads are standouts in West Virginia football

Two Miramar High School class of 2009 graduates, quarterback Geno Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey, set West Virginia Mountaineer football records this past season.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Smith completed 346 of 526 passes for 4,583 yards and 31 touchdowns. He led the Big East in all passing categories and also in total offense.

Bailey, a 5-10, 193-pound junior, caught 72 passes for a record 1,279 yards and 12 TDs.

See the [West Virginia} Register Herald for the complete article.

A BAND DIRECTOR WHO TURNED AROUND A HIGH SCHOOL

Charles Osgood Podcast:

Alvin Davis

Alvin Davis

"Is it possible for a man who teaches about B flat – and never lets the band be flat – to make such a difference that it helps turn a whole school around?"

[Listen to the whole Charles Osgood podcast about Alvin Davis, finalist for National Teacher of the Year]

CBS Evening News:

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MHS teacher gets all his kids to graduate

(CBS News) If you worry about the future of our kids, listen to the story of Miramar High School. Miramar was one of the worst schools in Florida, but in 10 years, with a new administration and dedicated teachers, it’s now among the best. Leading the way is Alvin Davis, the band director, who is now a finalist for National Teacher of the Year.

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"I see every report card. I see every interim, and if the grades aren’t up to par, they’re gonna take a break from being in my program," Davis said… Ninety-percent of Miramar students graduate, but nobody beats the band. For four years in a row, 100 percent of the band has graduated and gone on to college. Davis said his kids would probably describe him as "rough."

"His number one priority and goal is to get all of us to college," said Sandra Romero, a member of the band.

[see complete story at CBSNews.com]

Former MHS football player, Justin Francis will take pre-draft visit to Jets

As Justin Francis has spoken to NFL scouts and coaches, at the league’s scouting Combine in Indianapolis and through the weeks of waiting before the draft… Francis, projected as a late-round draft pick, received an invite to the Combine… Now, he’s back home with his family near Miami, training with his former coach at Miramar High School and working on perfecting both defensive line and linebacker drills.

[see complete article at NJ.com]

Kelly makes ‘tough’ decision to step down as Miramar High School basketball coach

NEWS: Miami Herald

It feels good knowing the Miramar program is in a position where it will only continue to grow.” Kelly said he anticipates a return to coaching but said it would not be on the high school level. During Kelly’s tenure, the Patriots employed an exciting … *read article*

News archive: Looking back on the MHS class of ’76 (in 1986)

The Class Of `76 Miramar Graduates Make Their Marks Outside Of School

August 22, 1986, By JOANNE STANLEY, Sun-Sentinel Staff Writer

Miramar High School`s Class of 1976 was something special.

“The students came from all over the county,” said Bill Gilmartin of Hollywood, still the assistant administrator at Miramar High School. The school boundary extended far beyond the city of Miramar when it opened during the 1970-1971 school year.

“There was no identification there for a while,” Gilmartin said.

But the class of `76 changed all that. For the first time the basketball and football games were well-attended and after-school activities became popular. *read article*

Alvin Aureliano Davis, Finalist For National Teacher Of The Year

News: The Huffington Post

Miramar High School music teacher Alvin Aureliano Davis has made it to the semi-finals for the National Teacher of the Year award. Davis has taught for more than 11 years, eight of which were in his current position at Miramar High School. He also has numerous achievements under his belt, including the 2012 Florida Teacher of the Year award. *read the story*

Broward League of Cities announces four new Student Ambassadors

NEWS: Westside Gazette

The new Broward League of Cities student ambassadors are Miramar resident Jocelyn Flores of Miramar High, Weston resident Zach Gorwitz of Cypress Bay High School, Cooper City resident Brian Mazur of McFatter Technical High School, and Lauderdale Lakes …

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