Dear Finlay Family,

As the proud principal of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary (CJF), I am looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year.  This school year our theme is “CJF sees 2020.”  Our focus this school year is to continue to be a school of excellence while providing our students with a cutting-edge Bilingual, Dual Language Curriculum.

CJF is ranked number 4 overall out of all Title I Miami-Dade County Public Elementary Schools (M-DCPS) and ranked number 12 overall out of all M-DCPS.  CJF is ranked number 4 in English Language Arts out of all Title I M-DCPS and ranked number 14 in English Language Arts out of all M-DCPS.  We are also ranked NUMBER 1 in Mathematics out of all Title I M-DCPS and ranked number 2 in Mathematics out of all M-DCPS. CJF is also very proud that our school achieved a GOLD STEAM designation this past year. 

Our entire faculty and staff are committed to providing your child with the academic and social-emotional support and skills they will need to be successful this year and in the future.  Programs such as coding, robotics, environmental, art and music help foster their talents and create well-rounded individuals. 

The 2019-2020 School Improvement Plan is composed of two essential components, Academics and School Culture.  Our school’s initiatives/goals for the 2019-2020 school year in the area of School Culture are Increasing Staff/Student Connections, Mindfulness, and Maintaining a Clean and Welcoming School Environment.  In the area of Academics our initiatives/goals are Inquiry-based Learning, 21st Century Learning, and Accountable Talk. 

Our parents, families and the community are integral pieces of our school’s success, and we look forward to cultivating positive relationships.  We invite you to become a school volunteer and an active partner in your child’s education. 

As Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”  Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary has 2020 vision, and, without question, CJF will continue to be “Simply the Best!” “¡Simplemente los mejores!”

Here’s to another Skeeterrific year!!!

Best Wishes,

Marie H. Orth-Sanchez