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Meeting Notice

A Workshop & Special Meeting will be held on TuesdayJuly 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the A.J. Henriquez Administrative Complex, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West.  The Board will also approve the Advertisement of the 2015-2016 Budget.  A Public Hearing regarding the adoption of policies and/or job descriptions may be held
A Regular Meeting and a Budget Hearing on the 2015-2016 budget will be held on TuesdayJuly 28, 2015, beginning at 5:00 pm at the Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Road, Marathon. The Budget Hearing will begin at 6:00 PM. A Public Hearing regarding 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.
Labor Negotiations

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will conduct Labor Negotiations at via video conference with the host sites being the District Administration Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West and the Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon on the following dates:
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday, July 10, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Future dates with host sites to be determined are:
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The SeaPerch Challenge

Monroe County middle school students recently participated in the SeaPerch challenge, an underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting.  Each of the schools that competed, KLS, PKS, TVM, MHS, SLS, and HOB, received five SeaPerch kits with an unassembled ROV and a tool kit.  Students were able to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles with this hands-on learning experience.  Each team was put to the test by navigating their ROV through an obstacle course.  This friendly competition required students to work as a team to guide the controller and finish the course.  
Upper Keys SeaPerch Competition:  Held at Founders Park
1st place:  Team Team from Treasure Village Montessori
2nd Place:  Team Orka from Treasure Village Montessori
3rd Place tie:  Team Super Sub from KLS and Team Special from Treasure Village Montessori
4th Place tie:  Team 3 Star from KLS and Team Bubberfish from Treasure Village Montessori
5th Place:  Team Cool People from Plantation Key School
Lower Keys SeaPerch Competition:  Held at FKCC
1st Place:  Faarquad Starsquad from Horace O''Bryant
2nd Place:  Ginger Snap from Horace O'Bryant​
3rd Place:  Nemo 2.0 from Sugarloaf
4th Place:  The ORB from Sugarloaf
5th Place:  The Genius Gerbils from Marathon
Teams competed in a 15 foot underwater obstacle course navigating their ROVs through 5 hoops out and back.  
Positive Behavior Support Model Schools Recognized
Congratulations to four Monroe County Schools for being recognized by the University of South Florida Positive Behavior Support Project as a model school for 2013-14. The Project recognizes Bronze, Silver and Gold level schools. Poinciana Elementary (gold level), Plantation Key (silver level) and Stanley Switlik and Horace O'Bryant (bronze level) exemplify best practices in the implementation of school-wide positive behavior support systems.
A Florida PBS:MTSS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS:MTSS. Model Schools demonstrate effective methods of: (1) utilizing their data to better serve all students with a specific focus on equitable systems to support student behavior, (2) extending PBS implementation to develop effective Tier 2 and Tier 3 behavioral systems (3) consistently and proactively implementing strategies to prevent problem behavior, teach appropriate behavior, and utilize effective responses to make appropriate behaviors more likely (rewards) and inappropriate behaviors less likely (consequences), (4) extending PBS:MTSS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and (5) including PBS:MTSS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. PBS:MTSS Model Schools have made a commitment to high quality implementation and it shows!
There are 1,581 schools trained in school-wide PBS across the state of Florida.  Only 160 (10%) of these earned the recognition of model school.  64 sites earned  Gold distinction (4%), 41  Silver (3%), and 55 Bronze (4%). This is quite an honor bestowed on only the schools who implement the program with a high level of integrity and have truly made great strides and achieved positive climate and culture change within their building for students, staff, and community members.  If you know someone from any of these schools please take a moment to congratulate them for a job well done. 
Summer School Bus Routes

Bus routes for Summer School are as follows:  
Summer Programs
The last day for students is Friday, June 5th.  Children will be out of school and ready for an exciting summer! Monroe County agencies, community leaders and businesses are providing summer camps and programs that will provide your child with activities, fun and educational experiences.

Click here for a listing of flyers and brochures that have been sent to the Superintendent's Office, Monroe County School District.

M.O.R.E. at Poinciana
The M.O.R.E. Program, Mentors Optimizing Reading Excellence, sponsored by Keys to Be the Change, concluded this school year with an awards celebration at Poinciana Elementary School on Wednesday, May 19th. Pictured are Key West High School Mentors, from left to right: Brunia Polynice, Raven Niekerk, Tony Vo, Melson Maxime, Julien Ohayon, and Paula Lundi with their mentees. 

Photo courtesy of Heidi Golightly

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