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Fall Break November 23-27

There will be no school for students from Monday, November 23rd through Friday, November 27th.  District Offices will be open with limited staff through Tuesday.

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

Florida Family Engagement in Education Month
November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month. The Florida Department of Education has created a pledge to highlight the importance of family involvement in a child's education. Additionally, provides many resources for parents and educators.
Governor's Proclamation
Just Take 20 Information
Parent Pledge    
English     Spanish     Creo​le
Superintendent’s Ultimate Readers Award

Superintendent Porter plans to recognize students in Monroe County for reading outside of the school day.

Watch the video to find out more about the Superintendent’s Ultimate Readers Award.

Additional information regarding this award can be found at SURA folder at the Monroe County School District’s Library Learning Commons website.
All promotional material is available for print in Spanish, English, and Creole.
To learn more about the value of reading beyond the school day and get a personalized at-home reading plan, please visit the Florida Department of Education’s Just Take 20 website.

Notice of Meetings
A Workshop and Regular Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 beginning at 3:00 pm at the Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions will 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.
Switlik Elementary Receives Beautification Award
The Marathon Chamber of Commerce recently presented Stanley Switlik Elementary School administrators with a check for $1500 for the Chamber Beautification Program. 

Pictured: Assistant Principal Christina Rodriguez, Chamber Past Chairman Ryan Elwell, Principal Brett Unke, Chamber Chairman Elect TJ Patterson and Chamber CEO Daniel Samess with Switlik students.
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.

October 2015 GEMS
Eva Brown and Tiffany Wheaton, KLS teachers
Emily Perrotti, CSHS student​
​Lorie Lalonde, DAC Chair


Click Here to view the GEMS web page and see the latest MCSD GEMS for 2015-16!  

PKS Fish Tales and Follies
They had a "Fintastic" time at Plantation Key School (PKS) when all students, Pre-K through 8th grade, participated in a literacy event focused on pet responsibility. Students, teachers, and community members took part in a world record-breaking reading campaign!  Jumpstart's Read for the Record® is a global campaign which generates public support for high-quality early learning by mobilizing millions of children and adults to take part in the world's largest shared reading experience. On October 22, 2015, Jumpstart celebrated the 10th anniversary of Read for the Record with the campaign book, Not Norman: A Goldfish Story, written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Community members came into PKS and read to the students throughout the morning. Other local community organizations and businesses also participated to help educate the students on pet responsibility and taking care of our local environment. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) brought in a panther, a tiger, a monkey, and reptiles.  Snakes and tortoises were on site to education students about pet responsibility. Marrvelous Pet Rescue, the Upper Keys Humane Society, Dolphins Plus, Marine Mammal Conservancy, FWC, and Island Paws Veterinarian Hospital were all at PKS to educate students on how to care of their pets, to urge students to adopt pets who are in need of a home, and to teach students about animals that do not make good pets. A great time was had by all and students earned their “PKS Pet Specialist” license, which means that they are "Paws-itively" prepared to be a pet owner.  

Pictured: 5th grade students getting to know "Tonya Hardshell" a South African Leopard Tortoise
Photo courtesy of Kelli Brower

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