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Take Stock in Children Earns Program Excellence Award

For the second year in a row, the Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County has earned a program excellence award for its outstanding mentor and college success coach services. “This would not have been possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteer mentors and our wonderful college success coaches who go above and beyond.” said program coordinator Chuck Licis.
Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF). “Obviously, I’m thrilled and the board is delighted that we’ve been able to continue to win this award,” said Steve Pribramsky, president of the MCEF. “We don’t actually put a lot of emphasis on winning the award. Instead, we try to spend as much time as possible focusing on creating a better program year after year.”
Twenty-one Take Stock programs in Florida were recognized for their achievements last year. “We are proud to be in the top third of successful programs in the state. We are looking to build on our successes and continue to work with our college bound students to earn a degree, certificate, or other credentials.” Licis reiterated. 
“This year, we hope to offer a TSIC college scholarship opportunity to at least forty new students in the county,” Licis continued, “but we need mentors. We must have a mentor for each student we enroll.” The MCEF encourages community members throughout the Keys to consider becoming a mentor for a Take Stock in Children scholar.
For more information about mentoring or the TSIC program, call 305-293-1546 or send an email to

Celebrate Freedom Week
Celebrate Freedom Week is September 22-26. Students throughout the district will be engaging in activities that will educate them about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was established. 
Breakfast with the Experts

ESE Parents, please join us for “Breakfast with the Experts” on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 8:30-10:00 AM in the Poinciana Cafeteria.  Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of various district-level ESE staff in an informal question and answer session.  Light refreshments will be provided.  

Notice of Meetings

A Regular Meeting of the Monroe County School Board will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, beginning at 5:00 pm at the A.J. Henriquez Administration Bldg., 241 Trumbo Road, Key West. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions will be held. The Monroe County School Board Leasing Corporation will meet at the commencement of all regular Board business.
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 Collaborative Bargaining

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will hold a Collaborative Bargaining Session at the A.J. Henriquez Adminstrative Complex, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West,on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM at the Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon.

Key Largo School Celebrates International Literacy Day
Key Largo School celebrated International Literacy Day on September 8, and classes participated in Literacy Activities throughout the day.  Sixth grade AVID students performed in a kick off video, and Middle School Elite Band students wrapped it up by reading stories, accompanied by music, to the elementary students.  Banners and signs were created by Middle School Art Students.  Thanks to all at KLS for making International Literacy Day a success!
Instructional Leadership and Faculty Development Program

Monroe County School District is seeking applicants for its Instructional Leadership and Faculty Development Program. Current AP’s who do not have Level II Principal Certification are requested to apply. The Regional Principal Leadership Academy leads to Level II certification; it is an 18 month blended program which prepares Assistant Principals for the Principal role. Seven slots are available for this program. In addition, teachers who are interested in gaining expertise in coaching, leadership, data analysis and assessment development should apply for the NEFEC Aspiring Administrators Program which will be delivered in a blended model. Teachers who successfully complete the program are expected to contribute to the leadership roles in the building when possible. We are also encouraging teachers who are interested in becoming school administrators (Principals or Assistant Principals) to apply for this program as well. There are two tracts: one for teacher leaders and one for aspiring administrators.  The program is funded through a grant with the Florida DOE. Twenty-five participant slots are currently available.  Please discuss this program with your principal and apply today. The  Intent to Participate Form is available herePlease send completed applications to

For more information, contact:  Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.   
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.


Konrath Selected for FHSAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee

Marathon High School junior Sydney Konrath has been selected to sit on the state-level FHSAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the next two years.  She is one of four students representing Section 4 on the 16-member panel .  The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide a voice for student-athletes within the FHSAA governance structure, in the following areas:
• Current issues facing student-athletes
• Input regarding rules and regulations
• Input on FHSAA special initiatives (e.g., sportsmanship campaign)
• Promotion of a positive image of the student-athlete
For more information about the Florida High School Athletic Association, visit
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:
"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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