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District News
Transportation Subcommittee Meeting

The Monroe County School District Transportation subcommittee is a subset of the collective bargaining team. This committee investigates matters of concern to our Transportation Department and prior to consideration by the collective bargaining unit. The Transportation Subcommittee’s next meeting has been scheduled as follows:
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                      
Interested participants may join either by contacting the Monroe County School District’s Department of Human Resources at 305.293.1400 (ext. 53328) for details or by visiting the site below at the meeting time specified above. 
AJ Henriquez Administrative Building
Monroe County School District
214 Trumbo Road, Key West
 The public is welcome! 

 
 
School Grades Released

The Monroe County School District announces the release of the 2015-2016 preliminary school and district grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education.  

Click here to read the district's press release.

 
Parent Portal News

Parents and Students -
 
The Monroe County School District is the in process of implementing a new student information system which includes replacement of the Pinnacle Gradebook. The Focus Parent Portal will be available following portal registration available at your school’s open house.  Additional information regarding Parent Portal will be posted online at the start of 2016-17 school year.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to a new system.  We hope that you will find the additional resources available through the Parent Portal helpful in monitoring your child’s academic success.
AHEC Clinic Summer Hours

SeaPerch Competition Winners!
Lower Keys SeaPerch Competition 2016
Congratulations to the teams who participated in the 2016 SeaPerch Competition!! First Place in the Lower Keys competition was taken by team Roboshark from Marathon Middle School coached by Carl Bish, 8th grade teacher at MMHS. The team was able to navigate through the obstacle course with the fastest overall time of 3:13. MMHS brought four teams to the competition. Second place went to team Fanatics from Sugarloaf School with a final time of 4:27.  Sugarloaf School was coached by SLS STEM educator Karen McKenzie with a total of four teams entering the competition. Third place went to team “I Furgot” from Horace O’Bryant School with a final time of 6:02. Melissa Alsobrooks, 8th grade science teacher from Horace O’Bryant, brought six teams to the competition. 
 
Upper Keys SeaPerch Competition
The first place finisher from Key Largo School was team Aquabots with the overall fastest time in the championship heat at 4:22.  Second place finish was by Treasure Village Montessori's team Boars with a final time of 5:09. Third place finish was by Key Largo School's team Submaggedeon, with a final time of 7:23. Key Largo School, coached by STEM/Mathematics teacher Mark Leffler, brought four teams to the competition. Treasure Village Montessori entered four teams in the competition coached by Bobbi Burson, middle school science teacher.  

Photos courtesy of Courtney Oliver
 
2016 Summer Literacy Adventure
Ready to pick a book, Set to read every day, Read this summer for Success next year!
 
Join students all across Florida as they take on the Summer Literacy Adventure Challenge and pledge to read every day. Set a personal goal, work to accomplish it and strive for success! Students are being challenged to pledge to read as many books as possible throughout the summer break. Each student can fill out his or her pledge at Summer Literacy Pledge. Turn in your pledge sheet to your school Library Media Specialist/Manager in the fall.

Students have free 24/7 access to the MCSD eBook/audiobook library.  Please click here for some quick and easy instructions. For a list of summer reading titles for grades 6 and up click here.

Dolphin Research Center Supports Superintendent's Ultimate Reader Award Program
In keeping with Dolphin Research Center (DRC)’s commitment to Teaching, Learning and Caring about Marine Mammals and their long history of outreach with the Monroe County schools, the organization teamed up with the Superintendent’s Ultimate Reader’s Award Program (SURA) this year. The organization provided fun-filled, spectacular opportunities to interact with the DRC dolphins as incentives for Marathon students in grades K-12.

Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center, a nonprofit organization, promotes peaceful coexistence between marine mammals and humans and the environment we share with the wellbeing of DRC’s animals taking precedence.  DRC recognizes that reading is fundamental for any educated person and wanted to encourage Marathon students to attain a high level of recreational and informational reading in addition to their teacher’s reading assignments. Working with Media Specialists Ms. Christine Paul  at Stanley Switlik Elementary and Ms. Kathy Lancaster at Marathon Middle and High School, DRC provided some wonderful rewards for the schools’ top readers.

Ms. Paul and Ms. Lancaster set up the criteria for the awards. Using the Accelerated Reading Program (AR), students who earned 100 points with an average of 85% proficiency had their names put into a drawing at each grade level.  Kindergarten students had to reach a goal of a predetermined number of minutes as recorded by the classroom teacher.

Click here for more information about the program, a list of award winners, and photographs.
CareerSource South Florida Work Readiness Course
Congratulations to the students in Mr. Brian Flannigan's class at Key West High School for successfully completing the 8-week Work Readiness Course! Students were instructed by Jessica Gomez of CareerSource South Florida and Jennifer Wilsnack, KWHS ESE Job Coach, in areas of resume and cover letter writing, workplace behaviors, self-determination, and interview skills. The course concluded with individual mock interviews in which students utilized the skills learned during the course.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Wilsnack

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