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KWHS Senior Brian Coward Announced as a 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced Key West High School's 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, senior Brian Coward. With this prestigious accomplishment, Coward joins approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide in the 62nd Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
 About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Pre-SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The Semifinalists, who represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, are the highest-scoring entrants from each state. Each state’s number of Semifinalists is proportional to its percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To be chosen as a Finalist, these Semifinalists must submit an application, have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by their school, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on the qualifying test. Coward is an outstanding athlete, role model and contributor to his school community in addition to an outstanding scholar. Finalists will be notified in February, and scholarship winners will be announced later in the spring and summer, beginning in April. 
Pictured: Brian Coward with KWHS CAPS counselor Gavin Townsend
Photo courtesy of Amber Acevedo

Florida Healthy School District
At the October 12th Board Meeting, MCSD was recognized for  achieving Silver Status as a Florida Healthy School District by Florida Action for Healthy Kids (FLAFHK), the Florida Coordinated School Health Partnership (CSHP), the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS), and Florida KidCare, and the Monroe County School District.

The award recognizes that the district has established a culture and climate in which students and staff can reach their personal potential. The Coordinated School Health that is displayed is effective in reducing and eliminating the barriers to learning and supports academic achievement. Recognition is determined by submission of the Florida Healthy School District Self-Assessment. The self-assessment tool is based on sustainable infrastructure, policy, programs, and practices identified from national and state guidelines, best practices, and Florida statutes.
Pictured (from left):   Kathleen C. Rose, RN, MHA-N, NCSN-E, Consulting School Nurse, National Association of School Nurses, Action for Healthy Kids Executive Team Member who presented the flag, Mike Michaud, MCSD Safety and Security Coordinator, School Superintendent Mark Porter, Andy Griffiths, School Board Chairman, and Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.

EPIC Meeting Scheduled
The Monroe County School District Educational Performance Incentive Compensation (EPIC) Committee traditionally meets each 1st Thursday of the month. Our next EPIC Committee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 4 – 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the following locations via videoconference:
MCSD Administrative Building, 241 Trumbo Road Key West - “Executive Conference Room”
Sugarloaf School, 255 Crane Blvd. Sugarloaf - “ESE Director’s Office”
Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon– “Room 6209”
Plantation Key K-8 School, 100 Lake Road, Tavernier – Inquire at front office
Key Largo K-8 School, 104801 Overseas Highway, Ley Largo – Inquire at front office

The public is welcomed.

Notice of Meeting
On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 beginning at 5:00 pm, the School Board will hold a Regular Meeting at the Coral Shores High School Media Center, 89901 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions may be held.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board, with respect to any matter considered at a School Board meeting or hearing, that person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made. If signing, special seating or other accommodations are required, please call 293-1400 ext. 53323 72 hours prior to the meeting
Visiting Innovative Educator's Workplaces (VIEW)

Courtney Oliver, MCSD Science Coordinator, greeted VIEW (Visiting Innovative Educators' Workplaces) participants at Key West High School. The VIEW program allowed teachers to visit expert teachers in the areas of Technology Integration, STEM, or Flexible Grouping. Participants had a debrief after each classroom visit. The VIEW program received excellent reviews from participants and VIEW hosts as well. Another VIEW session will occur on November 15th.

Pictured, left to right:  Jake Luce, Courtney Oliver, DeKariss Barnett
Photo courtesy of Courtney Oliver


Math Stairs at Poinciana Elementary

Poinciana Elementary School recently installed multiplication facts in the main stairwell. This is in an effort to make all areas of the school learning spaces.  Thank you to the PTO for sponsoring this project.  

GEMS stands for Great Educational Moments for Monroe County Students. It is an effort to shine a light on the great things happening in the District Schools.  This is an initiative from the Curriculum Department led by Mrs. Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, which recognizes the GEMS in Monroe County. 
In order to create a GEM, it takes the leadership of a great principal, the expertise of wonderful teachers and the commitment of outstanding students.
September 2016

Esteban Sainz
Marathon High School
Janet McNaughton
Sugarloaf School
Craig Kerns
Switlik Elementary
Click Here to view the GEMS web page and see the latest MCSD GEMS for 2016-17!  

Take Your Dad to School Day

On Wednesday, September 28, schools district-wide celebrated Take Your Dad To School Day. At Plantation Key School, every grade level had events planned celebrating the male (or in some cases female) role model in students’ lives.  
In the Lower Keys, Key West Collegiate Academy principal Cory Oliver joined his son at Poinciana Elementary.
PKS Photos courtesy of Peggie Fabel
POI Photo courtesy of Cory Oliver


Inquiry Based Professional Learning

Pictured are Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning and Dr. Nancy Dana of the University of Florida. Mrs. Axford and Dr. Dana both did presentations at the Florida Association of Staff Development on Inquiry Based Professional Learning. Dr. Dana’s presentation focused on how Inquiry Questions are established through a data collection process and an examination of passions about learning. Mrs. Axford’s presentation focused on why the Inquiry Process can help teachers achieve the goals that they have for student achievement and professional learning. Dr. Dana has published numerous books on Inquiry and is considered to be one of the experts in the area. She will be working with Monroe County Schools throughout the year as a mentor for the district’s process. 

Photo courtesy of Theresa Axford
Monroe Computes Offers Laptops
Brand new laptop computers are available to all Monroe County students enrolling in Advanced Placement Computer Science (AP CS) at the Florida Virtual School (FLVS).  

“This is a new initiative from COMPUTE$,” according to John Padget, representing the sponsoring foundation. “Some students are ready to acquire additional computing skills and we want to help.”

For detailed information about this new initiative from Monroe/ COMPUTE$, please read this press release.

CareerSource South Florida Work Readiness Course
Congratulations to the students in Mr. Brian Flannigan's class at Key West High School for successfully completing the 8-week Work Readiness Course! Students were instructed by Jessica Gomez of CareerSource South Florida and Jennifer Wilsnack, KWHS ESE Job Coach, in areas of resume and cover letter writing, workplace behaviors, self-determination, and interview skills. The course concluded with individual mock interviews in which students utilized the skills learned during the course.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Wilsnack

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