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District News
Feedback on the “Every Student Succeeds Act”

To Parents and Community Stakeholders: 
 
We want to let you know that the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is now accepting public input on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and we would greatly appreciate your engagement in this very important dialogue. Through July 22, 2016, all members of the public will be able to submit comments on each component of the law, and we will consider this feedback as we develop Florida’s draft state plan. To access the public input form, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/academics/essa.stml.
 
For ease, we have divided the feedback form into specific sections named in the law (#1-7), each title named in the law (#8) and U.S. Department of Education draft regulations (#9). You are welcome to provide input on as many of these as you would like, but you are not required to respond to all. Likewise, it is not mandatory to answer every question on a specific topic.
 
  1. Challenging State Academic Standards
  2. Academic Assessments
  3. State Assessment Grants
  4. Statewide Accountability System
  5. School Improvement
  6. School Support and Improvement Activities
  7. Direct Student Services
  8. General Comments by Title of the Act (Titles I-VIII)
  9. U.S. DOE Draft Regulations on Accountability, State Plans and Data Reporting
 
It is important to note that, as we continue through this process, there will be additional opportunities for stakeholders to offer suggestions. Once FDOE develops Florida’s draft state plan, we will again ask you and all of our state’s education stakeholders to provide feedback before the state plan is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email ESSA@fldoe.org and a member of the FDOE team will get back with you. We thank you for your time and thoughtful input.
Parent Portal News

Parents and Students -
 
The Monroe County School District is the in process of implementing a new student information system which includes replacement of the Pinnacle Gradebook. The Focus Parent Portal will be available following portal registration available at your school’s open house.  Additional information regarding Parent Portal will be posted online at the start of 2016-17 school year.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to a new system.  We hope that you will find the additional resources available through the Parent Portal helpful in monitoring your child’s academic success.
Notice of Meetings

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. the Board will hold a Regular Meeting and will vote approve to advertise the 2016-2017 Budget at 5:05 P.M.. The meeting will be held at the A.J. Henriquez Administration Bldg., 241 Trumbo Road, Key West. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions may be held.
 
 
A Regular Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. at the Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon. The first Budget Hearing will be held at approximately 5:05 P.M. 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.

Notice of Labor Negotiations

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will conduct Labor Negotiations by video conferencing technology with the host site being the School District Administration Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West on the following dates:
 
Wednesday, July 6 – 9:00 to 1:00
Week of July 11 – TBD
Wednesday, July 20 – 9:00 to 4:00
Friday, July 22 – 9:00 to 1:00
Monday, July 25 – 9:00 to 1:00
Wednesday, July 27 – 9:00 to 4:00
Friday, July 29 – 9:00 to 1:00
Audit & Finance Committee Meeting
 
The Monroe County School District Audit and Finance Committee will hold a public meeting on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM.  The meeting will be held at Marathon High School, Room 2102 (350 Sombrero Beach Rd, Marathon, Florida.
 
Members of the Monroe County School Board may be in attendance.
EPIC Meeting Scheduled

The Monroe County School District Educational Performance Incentive Compensation (EPIC) Committee traditionally meets each 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month. Our next EPIC Committee meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via at the following locations via teleconference
 
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, Key Largo – Inquire at front office
 
The public is welcomed.

 
Transportation Subcommittee Meeting

The Monroe County School District Transportation subcommittee is a subset of the collective bargain team's membership. This committee investigates matter of concern to our Transportation Department and the the collective bargaining unit. The Transportation Subcommittee’s next meeting(s) have been scheduled as follows:
 
Friday, June 24, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Friday, July 01, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 07, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
                                                          
 
Interested participants may enjoin either by:
 
1.    contacting the Monroe County School District’s Department of Human Resources at 305.293.1400 (ext. 53328) for details
2.    or by visiting the site below at the meeting time specified above.
 
Sugarloaf School, 225 Crane Blvd, Sugarloaf Key 
The public is welcomed! 
All visitors are asked to inquire/sign-in at front office
AHEC Clinic Summer Hours

SeaPerch Competition Winners!
Lower Keys SeaPerch Competition 2016
Congratulations to the teams who participated in the 2016 SeaPerch Competition!! First Place in the Lower Keys competition was taken by team Roboshark from Marathon Middle School coached by Carl Bish, 8th grade teacher at MMHS. The team was able to navigate through the obstacle course with the fastest overall time of 3:13. MMHS brought four teams to the competition. Second place went to team Fanatics from Sugarloaf School with a final time of 4:27.  Sugarloaf School was coached by SLS STEM educator Karen McKenzie with a total of four teams entering the competition. Third place went to team “I Furgot” from Horace O’Bryant School with a final time of 6:02. Melissa Alsobrooks, 8th grade science teacher from Horace O’Bryant, brought six teams to the competition. 
 
Upper Keys SeaPerch Competition
The first place finisher from Key Largo School was team Aquabots with the overall fastest time in the championship heat at 4:22.  Second place finish was by Treasure Village Montessori's team Boars with a final time of 5:09. Third place finish was by Key Largo School's team Submaggedeon, with a final time of 7:23. Key Largo School, coached by STEM/Mathematics teacher Mark Leffler, brought four teams to the competition. Treasure Village Montessori entered four teams in the competition coached by Bobbi Burson, middle school science teacher.  

Photos courtesy of Courtney Oliver
 
Poinciana Principal Announced

Superintendent Mark Porter is pleased to announce his recommendation for the new principal at Poinciana Elementary School - Dr. Larry Schmiegel. Dr. Schmiegel was selected from an outstanding group of applicants that included qualified individuals from the Monroe County Schools and from the State of Florida.  The selection process was led by Dr. Ramon Dawkins, Executive Director of Human Resources and included two rounds of personal interviews that involved stakeholders from the school and community.
 
Dr. Schmiegel is currently serving as the Principal at Frederick Leighton Elementary School in the Oswego City School District, Oswego, New York  He was previously a building level administrator in the Syracuse City School District, Syracuse, New York, with additional administrative experience in the Kingman Unified School District in Kingman, Arizona. Dr. Schmiegel’s educational background includes an MBA from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, an advanced master’s degree in education leadership from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York and an Education Doctorate degree from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York where his qualitative research focused on school principal support.
 
Click here for press release

2016 Summer Literacy Adventure
Ready to pick a book, Set to read every day, Read this summer for Success next year!
 
Join students all across Florida as they take on the Summer Literacy Adventure Challenge and pledge to read every day. Set a personal goal, work to accomplish it and strive for success! Students are being challenged to pledge to read as many books as possible throughout the summer break. Each student can fill out his or her pledge at Summer Literacy Pledge. Turn in your pledge sheet to your school Library Media Specialist/Manager in the fall.

Students have free 24/7 access to the MCSD eBook/audiobook library.  Please click here for some quick and easy instructions. For a list of summer reading titles for grades 6 and up click here.

Dolphin Research Center Supports Superintendent's Ultimate Reader Award Program
In keeping with Dolphin Research Center (DRC)’s commitment to Teaching, Learning and Caring about Marine Mammals and their long history of outreach with the Monroe County schools, the organization teamed up with the Superintendent’s Ultimate Reader’s Award Program (SURA) this year. The organization provided fun-filled, spectacular opportunities to interact with the DRC dolphins as incentives for Marathon students in grades K-12.

Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center, a nonprofit organization, promotes peaceful coexistence between marine mammals and humans and the environment we share with the wellbeing of DRC’s animals taking precedence.  DRC recognizes that reading is fundamental for any educated person and wanted to encourage Marathon students to attain a high level of recreational and informational reading in addition to their teacher’s reading assignments. Working with Media Specialists Ms. Christine Paul  at Stanley Switlik Elementary and Ms. Kathy Lancaster at Marathon Middle and High School, DRC provided some wonderful rewards for the schools’ top readers.

Ms. Paul and Ms. Lancaster set up the criteria for the awards. Using the Accelerated Reading Program (AR), students who earned 100 points with an average of 85% proficiency had their names put into a drawing at each grade level.  Kindergarten students had to reach a goal of a predetermined number of minutes as recorded by the classroom teacher.

Click here for more information about the program, a list of award winners, and photographs.
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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