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District News
Meeting Time Change

The August 12, 2014 Monroe County School Board Workshop will begin at 5:00 PM at the Marathon High School Media Center. 
Poinciana Teacher Selected to JogNog "Celebrity Panel"

Congratulations to Poinciana Elementary School fifth grade teacher Kimberly Dawn Albury for being selected as a member of JogNog's "Celebrity Panel."  As a member of the panel, Dawn will have the opportunity to share her opinion with the JogNog community, providing input from a classroom teacher's perspective regarding student and teacher needs for their test prep app.  

From their website:  JogNog provides digital learning apps for online formative and summative assessment that motivate students to learn in an engaging and fun way. Specifically designed to meet teachers’ needs, it delivers quizzes aligned to Common Core and state curriculum standards for grades 2 through 12. JogNog uses the latest in educational research to create competitive learning games that enhance the process. It is available on the web, iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows phone, and the educational tablets Amplify and Kuno. For more information about JogNog, visit http://www.JogNog.com.


Monroe County School District Releases the 2013-2014 School Grades

The Monroe County School District has announced the release of the 2013-2014 school grades as reported by the 
Florida Department of Education. “The assessment-based components of all school grades are calculated based on student achievement in reading, math, writing and science, annual learning gains for each student, as well as the progress of the lowest quartile of students. School grades for middle schools include an additional component measuring middle school students’ participation and performance on high-school-level EOC assessments and industry certifications,” as defined by the FLDOE.

In Monroe County, seven out of eleven schools (High school grades pending until the fall) received an “A” rating (Big Pine Charter Academy, Key Largo School, Key West Montessori Charter, Plantation Key School, Sigsbee Charter, Stanley Switlik Elementary, and Treasure Village Montessori), two received a “B” rating (Poinciana Elementary and Sugarloaf School), and two received a “C” (Gerald Adams Elementary and Horace O’Bryant School).

In addition, the Monroe County School District was rated a “B” for 2013-2014 school year. 

Click here for the press release.

Congratulations to CSHS student Cassidy Camp!

Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Cassidy Camp from Tavernier, Florida, a student of Robin Fry at Coral Shores High School in Tavernier, placed as a semi-finalist in the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Cassidy had previously won the ESU Miami-Dade-Monroe Branch regional competition.  Congratulations, Cassidy!!

Click here for the press release.



Griffiths Elected to FSBA Board

Monroe County School Board member Andy Griffiths has been elected to the Florida School Board Association (FSBA) Board of Directors District 6 seat representing Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Monroe Counties. Griffiths joins 25 Florida School Board members on the FSBA Board of Directors. He has served in every executive office of the Association and his colleagues in District 6 unanimously elected him to the post at the FSBA June 2014 conference.

FSBA is a nonprofit corporation representing all school board members in Florida. FSBA has been the collective voice for Florida school districts since 1930.

Click here for the FSBA press release.


Monroe County Top School District for Studying Abroad

Twenty-one students from Monroe County High Schools (Key West, Key West Collegiate, Marathon and Coral Shores high schools) are preparing to participate in The Experiment in International Living’s cross cultural programs within 14 different countries. The Experiment in International Living offers immersive summer programs for high school students in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia and the Pacific.
 
“Monroe County, Florida, sends more participants every summer to The Experiment than any other school district in America outside of New York City,” according to Executive Director Dr. Aaron Morehouse.  “Since 2006, 125 Monroe County students have participated in The Experiment’s innovative cross cultural programs.”   

Click here to read the EIL press release.

KWHS recognized by FHSAA

Key West High School has been selected by the Florida High School Athletic Association as the Fred Rozelle Sportsmanship winner for Class 4A--Section 4 and
overall winner for Class 4A!.  Having a year with no ejections and a program that supports great sportsmanship is a distinguished honor.  It is a testament to the KWHS athletic department, coaches, players and fans.  Conch Pride was evident all year long, and the Conchs are proud to receive this recognition!

2014 Summer Literacy Adventure Video Now Available




Award-winning columnist Eugene Robinson dazzles 37 Take Stock in Children Graduates
Thirty-seven Monroe County high school graduates received their commemorative medallions at the Take Stock in Children (TSiC) graduation, Marathon High School on Saturday, May 31, 2014. The Monroe County EducationFoundation (MCEF) welcomed Eugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post, honored guest and commencement speaker, at the 14th annual TSiC graduation ceremony. Robinson emphasized the responsibility the grads have to their Monroe County TSiC donors and mentors, as well as to the state of Florida, noting, "Success stories like these are a credit not only to the students and their families, but to the wonderful mentors who guided them during these past few years.” 

Click here for the press release.

Photo courtesy of Kristen Livengood



 
"Like" MCSD on Facebook!

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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