Principal’s Message

Dear Falcon Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

The JIS staff and I are thrilled to welcome back our students to in-person learning. We have been working endlessly to ensure that our students return to a safe and nurturing environment while providing the best and most interactive learning experiences possible.

This year is significant for JIS as we celebrate 25 years of academic excellence. Over the years, John I. Smith K-8 Center has been recognized by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools District and the community as an established institution that fosters a positive school culture, innovative curriculum and proven success. It is rated an “A” school by the Florida Department of Education, and we continue to soar as we aim to be the highest performing K-8 Center in our community.

As we continue to work together through these unprecedented times, I want to encourage you to continue to support our Falcon Family. Please follow us on our social media channels and website, My hope is that through shared partnerships with students, parents, families and the community, we will overcome challenges and prepare for endless possibilities.

Our theme this year is Stronger Together, because together we will conquer!

Once a Falcon, always a Falcon!

With Respect and Pride,
Maribel Rivera