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Bus Route Changes in Key West

Changes have been made to bus routes for Gerald Adams Elementary, Horace O'Bryant School, and Key West High School.  Visit the Transportation web page to view the updated bus routes.

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.


School Open Houses 2015
School Event Date Time
Coral Shores HS  Open House Wednesday, September 16  
Gerald Adams Elementary Open House Tuesday, September 15 6:00 PM
Horace O'Bryant School Elementary Open House Wednesday, September 9 5:30 PM
Horace O'Bryant School Middle School Open House Wednesday, September 9 6:30 PM
Key Largo School Open House Thursday, September 17
(updated 8/14/15)
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Key West HS Open House/Bonfire Thursday, September 10 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Marathon HS Open House Thursday, September 10 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Plantation Key School Middle School Open House Wednesday, September 2 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Plantation Key School K-5 Open House Thursday, September 17 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Poinciana Elementary Open House Thursday, September 3 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Sugarloaf School Open House Wednesday, September 30 Dinner:  
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Classroom visits:
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Switlik Elementary Open House Wednesday, September 9 5:30 - 6:30 PM
Treasure Village Montessori Back to School Night Wednesday, September 2 5:00 - 7:00 PM

GEMS stands for Great Educational Moments for Monroe County Students. It is an effort to shine a light on the great things happening in the District Schools.  This is an initiative from the Curriculum Department led by Mrs. Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, which recognizes the GEMS in Monroe County. 
In order to create a GEM, it takes the leadership of a great principal, the expertise of wonderful teachers and the commitment of outstanding students.

August 2015 GEMS - Monica Munoz and Historic Tours of America
Click Here to view the GEMS web page and see the latest MCSD GEMS for 2015-16!  

HOB WEB Program
Horace O'Bryant School's WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) program hosted its second annual 6th grade orientation on Friday, August 21st. WEB is a peer mentoring and orientation designed to improve the transition between elementary and middle school as well as provide support throughout the year. Thirty-eight 8th grade students underwent 10 hours of training two days before hosting 120 new sixth grade students. The students participated in team building activities to develop academic strategies with their eighth grade WEB Leaders.  A campus tour, lunch and meet the teacher culminated the event.

Florida Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program

In an effort to reward Florida teachers that combine highly effective job performance with high scholastic/academic aptitude the Florida Legislature allocated 44 million dollars to the Best and Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program. Teachers meeting eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply for the scholarship which will result in eligible teachers receiving an award of up to $10,000 in the Spring of 2016. 

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Google and Chromebooks at Sugarloaf School

Thursday, August 20th was Google/Chromebook Day at the Sugarloaf School Shark Tank.  

Touch Panels for High School Teachers
Forty-five high school classrooms (15 at each of the district's three high schools) are being outfitted with interactive touch panels for the 2015-16 school year. Teachers recently attended training to learn how to seamlessly integrate this technology into their classroom instruction. 

District School Board Meeting Notices
A Workshop/Special Meeting and a Budget Hearing to adopt the 2015-2016 budget will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, beginning at 3:00 pm at the Coral Shores Media Center, 8990-1 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. The Budget Hearing will begin at 6:00 PM. A Public Hearing regarding the adoption of policies and/or job descriptions may be held.  
A Regular Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 5:00 pm at the Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Road, Marathon. 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.

TSiC Scholarship Information

Welcome, Teachers!

Monroe County Schools Welcomes 105 New Educators

On August 13th & 14th the Monroe County School District hosted the 2015-2016 New Teacher Orientation (NTO). This year was particularly exciting and unique as it marked the beginning of a new district tradition, to take the service on the road. The orientation was hosted in two (2) locations, namely the Henriquez Administrative Building (Lower Keys) and Coral Shores High School (Upper Keys). Several participants and mentor teachers commented on the benefits of this increased accessibility. "Teachers were able to attend the orientation and return to home school sites in a more timely fashion, they stated. More was accomplished." The new educators learned about the district of which they are now a part and were presented with small items capturing the MCSD branding. NTO began with a welcome to Monroe County introduction presented by the Superintendent of Schools Mr. Mark T. Porter. The participants also shared that the event allows them feel increasingly welcomed and a part of something. Topics shared included Professional Development, School Safety/Child Abuse Training, Certification and the Highly Qualified Teacher, Exceptional Student Education, Ethics and Professional Standards, Electronic Communications, Grade Book, Payroll, and Insurance and Benefits. The agenda was high impact and designed to groom the school district's new educators towards success. MCSD welcomed over 100 new educators during the two day event. The average years of experience brought into the county was 5 years and 97% of the new hires are highly qualified. Dr. Dawkins, Executive Director of Human Resources stated, "This means they will not only enter the classroom experienced and ready to engage but sustainability increases when seasoned professionals are recruited." The excitement in the room was contagious.The presentations were interactive and engaging. "The presenters really modeled what we teach," said Dawkins. With the culmination of this event schools are certainly on track to open their doors on day one of the new school year ready to receive students and engage them in high impact interactive learning experiences.  Those wishing to learn more about MCSD schools or the upcoming school based Open House events where you can meet these new educators are invited to visit your local school's website, the MCSD website or just reach out to your local school's front office.
MCSD is Awarded the 21st CCLC Grant for Gerald Adams and Poinciana Schools

Monroe County School District is pleased to announce they have been awarded the 21st  Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grant for Gerald Adams and Poinciana Elementary Schools. The purpose of the Keys to Success (KTS) 21st CCLC program is to provide after school and summer activities that advance student achievement in reading, math and science that complement the students' regular school day.  The program also offers students an array of enrichment activities and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children. Families must attend six parent workshops in order for their children to be served.
The goals of the program include increased: academic performance, homework completion, healthy lifestyles, skills in the arts, language acquisition, parent literacy, language and educational involvement in their children’s education.  The program activities integrate academics with a broad array of project based learning, tutoring, personal and physical enrichment, health and parent activities.

Targeted students (105 at each site) are those living in the attendance zone for the two schools. Parents of the selected students who are struggling in reading and/or math will be contacted by the school to offer them services through 21st CCLC.
Congratulations to Coral Shores and Marathon High Schools!

The Monroe County School District has received notification that Coral Shores High School and Marathon High School have been identified by The College Board as being above average in successfully supporting Hispanic students to success in Advanced Placement courses.  These schools will be receiving an invitation to submit a proposal for the 2016 Prepárate Conference to be held April 18-19 in New York City so that they can share their success stories.

Sugarloaf Recognition
Harry Russell received a GEMS award for his recognition by the Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals in receiving the Little Red School House Award for Sugarloaf School's iBElieve implementation. The Little Red School House Award is given to five districts throughout the state for projects that impact the school and the community in a positive way fostering student success. The Award was accepted for Sugarloaf by Theresa Axford at the FASA Summer Conference and presented to her by Ms. Sandi Bisceglia, former Principal of Plantation Key School and president of Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals (FAEMSP). Mrs. Axford presented the award to Mr. Russell and the staff at Sugarloaf at the Board Meeting on July 28th.
New eBook Library!

Each school in the Monroe County School District now has its own eBook library. Visit, select your school, then login and begin reading today! Summer reading titles are available.  Login using the username and password provided by the media specialist at your school site. For more information visit the Library Learning Commons web page.  Happy reading!

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.  
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