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District News
Notice of Collaborative Bargaining

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will hold Collaborative Bargaining Session at the A.J. Henriquez Administration Bldg., 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, on Wednesday, September 3rd, 3:00PM to 7:00PM.

Future meeting dates and times are:
  • Wednesday, September 10, 3:00-7:00 PM, Location TBD
  • Monday, September 15, 3:00-7:00 PM, Location TBD
  • Monday, September 22, 1:00-7:00 PM, Location TBD
  • Thursday, October 2, 3:00-7:00 PM, Location TBD

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program

The Monroe County School District announces its policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for students under the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS. Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Deb Stecklein, 241 Trumbo Rd. Key West, FL 305-293-1400 x 53343.

Parents can sign up for the Free and Reduced-Price Meals program online.  Click here to access the online application.

 

Take Stock in Children Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Take Stock in Children, a college scholarship program for high-performing, low-income1 students, is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Motivated students, grades 7–10, with the desire and potential to attend college or learn a trade should apply. TSIC students are expected to earn As and Bs (but no less than Cs) during each grading period, maintain good attendance and behavior, attend college-readiness workshops, and meet weekly with their mentor. Upon successful completion of the TSIC program, high school graduates receive a college scholarship covering 120 credit hours of tuition and fees. 

Applications and information regarding the TSIC program are available by contacting Chuck Licis, 305-293-1546 or Chuck.Licis@keysschools.com, or you may click here for an application form.

TSIC scholarship applications for the current year are due Friday, September 12, 2014. Return completed applications to the front office of each middle or high school or mail to Chuck Licis, Take Stock in Children, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, FL 33040.
 
1Take Stock in Children 2014-15
Financial Eligibility Chart
Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income
1 21,590 1,800
2 29,101 2,426
3 36,612 3,051
4 44,123 3,677
5 51,634 4,303
6 59,145 4,929
7 66,656 5,555
8 74,167 6,181
additional family members, add 7,511 626

 
Monroe Virtual Academy Courses 2014-15

The Monroe Virtual Academy will be offering two online courses during the 2014-15 school year:
 
1.        Great Books – Course #1020860 – This course is a one-credit class designed for highly-motivated students to develop knowledge of great literature through advanced experiences of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language.  Open to students in grades 8-12.
 
 2.       Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition – Course #1001430 – This college-level course is designed to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of richness and complexity.  For seniors who have successfully completed English III, DE Comp I or AP English Language & Composition, it brings a new dimension to critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing.  The e-text with hundreds of great literary selections, accompanied by multimedia resources, individually guided by the instructor, will prepare students for success on the AP Lit exam as well as college and beyond.  One-on-one writing instruction with specific instructor feedback offers university-bound students a competitive edge.
 
Registration for 2014-15 is open through Friday, September 5, 2014.  Classes will begin on Monday, September 15th.  All registrations MUST be approved by the student's school counselor prior to the student being enrolled in the course. Once approved, the student will be contacted by the teacher to confirm their registration.  If you have questions regarding the online programs, please contact Barbara Cavanah (Barbara.Cavanah@KeysSchools.com) or Kerri McLean (Kerri.McLean@KeysSchools.com).
Learn Here / Work Anywhere

John Padget and Jacob Dekker today pledged financial support of $100,000 for COMPUTE$, a $400,000 initiative to create a “computing platform” of courses and certificates in Monroe County. Grants are available immediately---but must be claimed before June 30, 2015---from the Kura Hulanda Foundation, a private foundation supported by Padget and Dekker.

Grants will be made directly to all Monroe County students who successfully earn credentials in computer science during the 2014-15 school year.  “We expect at least 350 middle-, high-school, and college students to qualify,” according to Padget, Vice-Chair of Florida’s State Board of Education, and former Monroe County Superintendent of Schools. “The schools and the college will benefit, with matching performance-based funding of over $300,000 from the State of Florida.”  

 “Monroe County Schools are on the move,” said Padget.  “This year they are offering courses enabling students to earn the Microsoft certificate MICRO069, and become a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).  This grant will reward each of the first 50 students to get their certificate with a check for $500.  The next 50 will receive $400 each, then 50 at $300 each, 50 at $200 each, and 50 at $100 each.  We’re looking to write checks totaling $75,000 to 250 middle- and high-school students, as soon as they pass the test.”

For further information, contact:   Melanie.Stefanowicz@KeysSchools.com
School Open Houses 2014
 
School Event Date Time
Coral Shores High School Open House Tuesday, September 16 6:00 - 7:45 PM
Gerald Adams Elementary Open House Tuesday, September 16 6:00 PM
Horace O'Bryant School Elementary Open House Thursday, September 11 5:30 - 6:30
PM
Horace O'Bryant School Middle School Open House Thursday, September 11 6:30 - 8:00
PM
Key Largo School Open House/Title I Parent Night Wednesday, September 10 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Key West HS Open House/Bonfire Thursday, September 4 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Bonfire/Pep Rally in the Backyard at 7:30 PM
Marathon Middle High School Open House Monday, September 8 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Plantation Key School Open House K-5 Wednesday, September 3 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Plantation Key School Open House Grades 6-8 Tuesday, September 9 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Poinciana Elementary Open House Thursday, September 18 6:00 PM
Sugarloaf School Open House
Dinner
Tuesday, September 9 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Sugarloaf School Open House Tuesday, September 9 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Switlik Elementary Open House Tuesday, September 16 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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The "official" Monroe County School District Facebook page is now available.  Information posted on the MCSD website will be available through Facebook.  Click on the image to "Like" our page!





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