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District News
Half-Cent Sales Tax Renewal

With the expiration of the existing half-cent sales tax  occurring on December 31st 2015, the Monroe County School Board is proposing a renewal of this levy for another ten years to upgrade and address security needs at school facilities, equip schools with modern technology, construct new facilities, and provide for renovations and additions to existing school structures.  This renewal will be brought to the voters of Monroe County at the General Election on November 4, 2014.  More information on this proposal can be found by selecting the Half Cent Sales Tax Renewal button in the Top Issues section of this web page or click here.
Lights on After School

Lights on After School brings together organizations and people who recognize the importance of quality after school programs for children in their communities. The Southernmost Boys and Girls Club will once again host the 15th annual Lights on After School celebration at Bayview Park on Thursday, October 23rd from 4 till 7 PM. There will be free hotdogs and hamburgers, soda, chips and popcorn. Plus, a bounce house, face painting and much, much more.
 
Please join the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys Area for Lights on After School on Thursday, October 23rd from 4 to 7 at Bayview Park.

Call 296-2258 for more information.
Take Stock in Children Ready to Welcome 60 New Scholars, Needs Mentors
  
Take Stock in Children, the flagship college scholarship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation, is ready to accept nearly 60 new students into the program during the last week of October. "We have a fantastic group of qualified candidates who are ready to join Take Stock in Children and work towards achieving their goal of a college education. However, if we do not have a volunteer mentor to match with the student, we cannot accept the student into our program,” said Monroe County Education Foundation president Steve Pribramsky.
 
Who can be a mentor?  “Mentors are not tutors or counselors; they are compassionate, caring adults who agree to meet with a student on campus during the school day once a week for 30 to 45 minutes,” program coordinator Chuck Licis explained. “We screen, background check, and train all mentors before paring them up our Take Stock scholars, and there is a college success coach in each area to assist the mentors and students.” Take Stock needs mentors throughout the Keys, but especially in the Lower Keys at Sugarloaf Middle, Horace O’Bryant Middle, and Key West High schools.
 
"Our mission is to accept all students from low-income families with the desire, motivation, and potential to go to college," said Licis. "These students are given the 'chance of a lifetime' with mentoring in middle and high school followed by the scholarship that pays for four years college tuition and fees.”
 
Take Stock in Children is entering its 15th year in Monroe County of providing college scholarships to low-income students who meet the eligibility requirements. Take Stock scholars make a commitment to maintain a 2.5 or higher grade point average, maintain good attendance and behavior, and meet weekly with a mentor.
 
A child is waiting for his or her chance of a lifetime, a college scholarship, but we need your help to make the dream a reality! If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Chuck Licis at 305-293-1546 or at chuck.licis@keysschools.com.
 
Take Stock in Children Contract Signing Week:
Monday, October 27 1:00 PM Sugarloaf School
SLS Media Center
255 Crane Blvd., Sugarloaf Key MM19
Tuesday, October 28 1:30 PM Coral Shores / Plantation Key / Treasure Village
CSH Media Center
89901 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier, MM 89
Tuesday, October 28 3:30 PM Key Largo School
KLS Media Center
104801 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, MM 104
Wednesday, October 29 1:30 PM Marathon Middle/High School
MHS Media Center
350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon, MM54
Thursday, October 30 9:00 AM Key West High School
KWH Media Center
2100 Flagler Ave., Key West
Thursday, October 30 3:30 PM Horace O'Bryant School
HOB Media Center
1105 Leon Street, Key West
 
Notice of Collaborative Bargaining
The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will hold Collaborative Bargaining Sessions as follows:
 
DATE TIME LOCATION
Wednesday, October 22 **Time Change
3:00 - 7:00 PM
**New Location:  
Marathon High School
350 Sombrero Beach Road
Marathon
Room 6209
Wednesday, October 29 3:00 - 7:00 PM TBD

Vocational Rehab Info Night

October is Bullying Awareness Month
The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet is supporting Bullying Awareness Month in October through a number of venues and activities. To engage families, communities, and partners throughout the state, Florida will be using the hashtag #LetsFaceBullyingFL. We invite you to join the conversation on Twitter regarding bullying throughout the month.
  
The Florida Department of Education will post a listing of activities/events sponsored by schools within each district that will occur during National Bullying Awareness Month. Photos capturing the spirit and commitment of children, youth, teachers and staff to end bullying and cyber bullying will also be posted on their website at http://www.fldoe.org/safeschools/bullying.asp.
 
Click here to read the Governor’s Proclamation for National Bullying Awareness Month.

 
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 chuck.licis@keysschools.com.

 
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 www.fhsaa.org
"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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