Somerset SoMi, the new kids on the block, celebrates the end of its first year! The Charter School is the first bilingual Charter School in South Miami. “This has been a fabulous first year,” said Principal Kim Guilarte Gil. “The students, teachers, parents and administrators have been involved in making this, our first year, a successful one.”
Students have made friends and as a result, families have united to create lasting friendships. From the first gathering as a family at “Habitat for SoMi” to the Preschool and Kindergarten graduations, this year was one where many firsts were initiated. The kids participated in many cultural, after-school enrichment activities that have helped their understanding of the Community and the World.
This year they also helped the South Miami Community with its Thanksgiving food drive, raising toys for Amigos for Kids, and helping with the disaster in Haiti. The kids have learned to be part of a community where they all pitch in and give back.
“The kids have a wonderful family here at SoMi,” said VVIP president Mari Secada. “Both the teachers and administration strive for excellence and that gets passed on to the kids. It’s wonderful to see the kids enjoying school and most of all yearning to learn.”
Also, with the help of Coach Ryan, the SoMi basketball team, The Pistons (4-6th grades) and The Heat (2-3rd grade) went undefeated and were Champions of their Junior Premier Sports League. SoMi’s Flag Football team the Vikings (4-6th grades) also had a phenomenal year! The (2-3rd grade) Chargers came in second place finishing the year 7-1-1, and the (2-3rd grade)Chiefs with a 6-2 record. Great job for their first year.
Many local businesses helped SoMi throughout the year, and Somerset would in particular like to thank Cool-de-sac Play Café for providing the school with a great place to meet for their parent meetings, and Footworks for all their hard work in making this year’s Carnival a tremendous success.