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Science and Engineering Fair Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the2nd Annual Monroe Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held onJanuary 24th, 2015 atStanley Switlik Elementary School.
Junior Division Results
Junior Team Competition:
1st place: Emmeline Hamilton/Paige Moore (Key West Montessori)
2nd place: Shelby Porter/Brittney Gortva (Plantation Key School)
3rd place: Francesca Carbone/Isabella Braswell (Key West Montessori)
Honorable Mention: Julian Annarumma/Reese Lewis (Sugarloaf)

Junior Individual Competition Category Winners:
Behavioral and Social Sciences
1st Place: Ashley Day (Key Largo School)

1st Place: Sophie Williams (Treasure Village Montessori)
2nd Place: Lauren Settoon (Plantation Key School)
3rd Place: Hunter Oropeza (Horace O達ryant)

1st Place: Grace Matthews (Plantation Key School)
2nd Place: Zoe Norman (Key West Montessori)
2nd Place: Ryan Kutros (Marathon Middle School)
3rd Place: Talin Royal (Sugarloaf)
Honorable Mention: Ali Woltanski (Plantation Key School),Jemma North (Sugarloaf)

Earth and Planetary Science
1st Place: Katerina Nikiforova (Marathon Middle School)

1st Place: Chloe Hartle (Key West Montessori)

Environmental Science
1st Place: Atlantis Hofstetter (Treasure Village Montessori)
2nd Place: Nathan Barroso (Horace O達ryant)
3rd Place: Emma Kost (Treasure Village Montessori)
Honorable Mention: Kaimen Meyer (Sugarloaf),Ryleigh Zebendon (Treasure Village Montessori)

1st Place: Abel Bartosek-Hillberg (Horace O達ryant)

Physics and Astronomy
1st Place Taurean Perkins (Horace O達ryant)
2nd Place: Megan Ralfe (Key West Montessori)

1st Place: Wyatt Hunt (Sugarloaf)

Junior Division Overall Top 4 (representing Monroe County at State)
1st Place: Sophie Williams (Treasure Village Montessori)
2nd Place: Atlantis Hofstetter (Treasure Village Montessori)
3rd Place: Grace Matthews (Plantation Key School)
Honorable Mention: Nathan Barroso (Horace O達ryant)

Senior Division Results
Team Competition:
1st Place: Damian Jones and Nathan Bernard (Key West Collegiate)
2nd Place: Maggie Gragg and Khanh Nguyen (Key West High School)
3rd Place: Carlie Mehan, Micaela Coger, and Hannah Gracy (Marathon High School)
Honorable Mention: Shane Smith and Jack Cook (Key West High School)

Individual Competition Category Winners:
1st Place: George Guerra (Coral Shores High School)
2nd Place: Colt McGee (Coral Shores High School)

1st Place: Victoria Nyman (Coral Shores High School)
2nd Place: Sara Smith (Key West High School)
3rd Place: Rukhsora Oblokulova (Key West High School)

1st Place: Isaiah Green (Key West Collegiate)
2nd Place: Kyris Matula (Key West Collegiate)

Environmental Science
1st Place: Noah Hane (Coral Shores High School)
2nd Place: Chynna Eckard (Key West Collegiate)

Medicine and Health
1st Place: Andie Devitt (Marathon High School)

1st Place: Hannah Child (Marathon High School)
2nd Place: Kailey Seiler (Coral Shores High School)

Physics and Astronomy
1st Place: Tyler Knight (Key West High School)

Senior Division Overall Top 4 (Representing Monroe County at State)
1st Place: Isaiah Green (Key West Collegiate)
2nd Place: Hannah Child (Marathon High School)
3rd Place: Andie Devitt (Marathon High School
Honorable Mention: Kailey Seiler (Coral Shores High School)
Notice of Meeting

A Regular Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm at the A.J. Henriquez Adm. Complex, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West. 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.
All-County Band Concert

The Band Directors of Monroe County Schools invite you to their annual All County Band Concert taking place at Marathon Middle/High School starting at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 31st. The concert will last approximately one hour, and admission is free.
This concert will be the polished product of 150 students from Horace O'Bryant School, Key Largo School, Plantation Key School, Sugarloaf School, Marathon Middle/High School, Coral Shores High School, and Key West High School. This is the largest collaborative MCSD musical production of the year, with students learning challenging and engaging music literature under the direction of two of the best music teachers in the state. Please join us for this wonderful district-wide event.

3rd Annual KeysSchools Technology Expo - 1/31/15

Lots of great things are happening with technology at schools in the Monroe County School District, and it's time to come and see what your colleagues are doing! MCSD teachers and staff are invited to the 3rd AnnualKeysSchools Technology Expo: Digital Learning in Monroe County beginning at 9:00 AM on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Marathon High School. District teachers, along with some of our vendors and educational partners, will be presenting breakout sessions on a variety of topics including coding, STEM projects, Edmodo, The Paperless Classroom, Animoto, and iPads in the classroom. New for this year will be an Expo Gallery where teachers will be sharing some of the innovative technologies they are using in their classrooms.

Register on My Learning Plan for the Expo (keyword: expo) and join us on Saturday, January 31st!
iBElieve Survey

Families are asked to complete a short survey regarding the district behavioral program, IBElieve at: Your feedback helps us to improve our efforts.
We appreciate your time!
Thank You, Monroe County Voters!

THANK YOU to the voters of Monroe County who overwhelmingly approved an extension of the ス cent sales tax for capital improvements. Your support is greatly appreciated by our students and by our staff. I can assure you that your trust in our ability to properly invest these resources as promised; to enhance and improve our buildings, to assure safety and security for students and staff, and to deploy student technology in a way that improves student learning, will be kept, measured and well communicated. Again, thank you on behalf of our students and our staff.
~Superintendent of Schools Mark T. Porter
MCSD Mobile App Now Available!

The Monroe County School District (MCSD) has announced the launch of MCSD Mobile, a free mobile district application that brings vital district and school information directly to smartphones and mobiledevices. MCSD Mobile keeps the MCSD community connected wherever they are. Developed by Blackboard, Inc., the app offers mobile access to district news, calendars, and more. It even provides one-touch access to district/school phone lines, as well as third-party applications such as social media feeds.

Parents and students can download the application for free through Apple iTunes and Google Play app stores.Look for the app in Google Play by searching for MCSD Mobile and in iTunes using the keyword keysschools. Be sure to select the app with the Monroe County School District's Charting the Course logo. Once you have downloaded and installed the app, swipe to the right to view resources that include access to Gradebook, Facebook, Meal Pay, and the full website. To follow a school, tap on My Profile, then Follow School. Type in the school name, then select it from the list and tap 擢inished.箱 The news feed and calendar will now show items from both the district and all schools that you follow.

For additional information regarding the MCSD Mobile app, please contact the district webmaster.

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, Chief Academic Officer, 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.

December 2014 GEM was Jessica Koval.
Click Here to view the GEMSweb page and see the latestMCSDGEMSfor 2014-15!

MCSD Partners with Monroe COMPUTE$
The Monroe County School District participated in the Hour of Code which is a global movement toreach tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. The Hour of Code is a one hour introduction to computer science where the basic components of coding are introduced. In Monroe County,several schools participated including Poinciana Elementary School. Mrs. Albury's fifth grade classpartnered with Mrs. Sawyer's class to teach other fifth grade students a lesson on coding. Mrs.Albury's entire class completed a certification in the Hour of Code. The fifth grade students taughtlessons throughout the week in many grades including first grade.
Mr. John Padget, the founder of the MonroeCOMPUTE$ program which provides grants to allMonroe County students who successfully earn credentials in computer science during the 2014-2015 school year was present to observe the coding lesson. "I was so happy to watch the codingbeing done by Mrs. Albury's 5th graders," John Padget, Vice-Chair of Florida's State Board ofEducation said. "Her students will be fully qualified for computer science courses offered underthe MonroeCOMPUTE$ banner as they progress into middle school next year." Mr. Padgetand Mr. Dekker pledged $100,000 in financial support to create a 田omputing platform of coursesand certificates in Monroe County.
Superintendent Mark Porter stated, 典he importance of coding is an initiative that is sweeping acrossthe country. It is exciting to see efforts such as Mrs. Albury's and her fifth grade students leading theway in Monroe County. This is yet another great example of Charting the Course to Excellence!

Additional information is available at

Top Photo: Mrs. Albury's 5th grade class proudly displaying their coding certification
Right Photo: Mr. John Padget, Vice-Chair of Florida's State Board of Education intently looks on as this fifth grade student masterfully performs coding

Hour of Code

Students and teachers district-wide recently participated in the Hour of Code, a global movement for students to spend an hour learning how to write code, from kindergartners in Mrs. Caputo's class at Key Largo School to fifth graders in Mrs. Albury's class at Poinciana Elementary (Key West), and everyone in between! If your class participated in the Hour of Code, please send your photos to Barbara Cavanah to be included in this slideshow!

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Twelve "Sponsor a Classroom" Award Recipients Named

The Monroe County Teachers Federal Credit Union proudly announces the recipients of the 2014-2015 Sponsor A Classroom Initiative. Each of the 12 recipients was awarded $250 for use in their classrooms. A formal announcement will be made at the January 27th School Board meeting in Key West. All award recipients are encouraged to attend. The Monroe County School District is pleased to continue their community partnership with the Monroe County Teachers Federal Credit Union in endeavors which support our staff and ultimately our students.
Thank you, Monroe County Teachers Federal Credit Union! Congratulations to the award recipients!

The winners are:

ExxonMobil Grant Recipients
The ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program awarded $1,500 in grants to three Lower Keys schools. Gerald Adams Elementary, Key West High, and Poinciana Elementary each received a $500 grant from ExxonMobil. Dion Oil representativesGilda Niles and Kristie Hernandez presented the grants to the recipients during a presentation at the Dion Oil Company Office on December 9, 2014. The grants will be used to help support and enhance programs with emphasis on math and science in the schools.
ExxonMobil Education Alliance grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Gilda Niles of Dion Oil works with ExxonMobil to secure the Education Alliance Grants for schools through the company痴 marketing area. This year ExxonMobil awarded four thousand $500 grants to schools throughout the country for a total of $2 million.
This program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil Retailers, as well as distributors like Dion Oil Company, with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools. ExxonMobil believes that, as members of the community, local retailers and distributors are best qualified to work with local educators to help identify schools and programs most in need of support. ExxonMobil is pleased to fund this very important program at a time when budgets for our schools do not always provide for some of the most critical needs.

KWHS Student Selected for Florida Youth Commission
Morgan Denhart, a senior at Key West High School, is currently serving on the Florida Youth Commission, a group of statewide youth leaders who work with the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet. Morgan's distinguished selection was based on leadership and achievement. She participates in monthly conference calls on topics related to youth and academic achievement of students. Morgan is pictured with Zackary Gibson, Chief Child Advocate and Director with the Governor痴 Office, and KWHS Principal Amber Bosco.
District Sunshine State Scholar

Superintendent of Schools Mark T. Porter has announced that Seth Landry from Marathon High School will represent the Monroe County School District at the Sunshine State Scholars Program in February 2015. Each year the local high schools nominate a junior who is distinguished in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to be their representative as the District Sunshine State Scholar. One outstanding student represents each high school, and the three nominees were Natalia Gonzalez from Coral Shores High School, Kevin Coward from Key West High School, and Seth Landry from Marathon High School.

From the three outstanding students, this year痴 committee has selected Seth Landry from Marathon High School as the 2014-2015 Monroe County Sunshine State Scholar. Seth Landry currently has a 4.52 weighted GPA. 迭esearch is what I wish to pursue, because everything begins with research in order to find the problems and their solutions, stated Landry. 典here are so many unanswered mysteries, and as progress moves forward, even more appear. I want to be able to understand them, know where they are and what they do, and apply it all towards new discoveries so I can solve these problems.

Superintendent Mark Porter commented, 鉄eth Landry is a truly exemplary representative of the Monroe County Schools in the Sunshine State Scholar program. Seth痴 accomplishments at Marathon High School and throughout his career are a tribute to his ability and work ethic, and a tribute to his supportive parents and teachers as well. We are proud of Seth Landry and his accomplishments. Congratulations!

The District scholar, parents, and a teacher who has had a significant influence will be invited to travel to Orlando for a two-day program. (Click here for additional information)

Congratulations to all three students who also will be recognized for their outstanding achievement at a School Board Meeting held in their area.
Professional Growth Plan Development

The link below is a video prepared by Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, and Holly Hummel-Gorman, President of the United Teachers of Monroe. Holly and Terri collaborated on the video to help teachers and principals with understanding the development of Professional Growth Plans. They wanted to make sure that everyone in the district had the same information regarding the process for not only developing, but also implementing the plan to increase learning for both students and teachers. Also included are two supporting documents: the script and a step by step guide to create the PGP.
Professional Growth Plan Video
Video Script
Step-by-Step Guide to Create a PGP

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