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District News
Notice of Collaborative Bargaining

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will hold a Collaborative Bargaining Session at the Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon, on Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. 

Audit & Finance Committee Meeting Cancelled

The previously scheduled meeting of the Audit and Finance Committee meeting for Monday, September 15, 2014, has been cancelled.
Notice of Collaborative Bargaining

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will hold a Collaborative Bargaining Session at the A.J. Henriquez Adminstrative Complex, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West,on Monday, September 22, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM at the Marathon High School Media Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon.

Key Largo School Celebrates International Literacy Day
Key Largo School celebrated International Literacy Day on September 8, and classes participated in Literacy Activities throughout the day.  Sixth grade AVID students performed in a kick off video, and Middle School Elite Band students wrapped it up by reading stories, accompanied by music, to the elementary students.  Banners and signs were created by Middle School Art Students.  Thanks to all at KLS for making International Literacy Day a success!
 
Instructional Leadership and Faculty Development Program

Monroe County School District is seeking applicants for its Instructional Leadership and Faculty Development Program. Current AP’s who do not have Level II Principal Certification are requested to apply. The Regional Principal Leadership Academy leads to Level II certification; it is an 18 month blended program which prepares Assistant Principals for the Principal role. Seven slots are available for this program. In addition, teachers who are interested in gaining expertise in coaching, leadership, data analysis and assessment development should apply for the NEFEC Aspiring Administrators Program which will be delivered in a blended model. Teachers who successfully complete the program are expected to contribute to the leadership roles in the building when possible. We are also encouraging teachers who are interested in becoming school administrators (Principals or Assistant Principals) to apply for this program as well. There are two tracts: one for teacher leaders and one for aspiring administrators.  The program is funded through a grant with the Florida DOE. Twenty-five participant slots are currently available.  Please discuss this program with your principal and apply today. The  Intent to Participate Form is available herePlease send completed applications to Theresa.Axford@KeysSchools.com

For more information, contact:  Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning.   
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 2014
 
School Event Date Time
Coral Shores High School Open House Tuesday, September 16 6:00 - 7:45 PM
Gerald Adams Elementary Open House Tuesday, September 16 6:00 PM
Horace O'Bryant School Elementary Open House Thursday, September 11 5:30 - 6:30
PM
Horace O'Bryant School Middle School Open House Thursday, September 11 6:30 - 8:00
PM
Key Largo School Open House/Title I Parent Night Wednesday, September 10 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Key West HS Open House/Bonfire Thursday, September 4 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Bonfire/Pep Rally in the Backyard at 7:30 PM
Key West Montessori Charter Open House Wednesday, September 10 6:00 - 6:45 PM
followed by potluck dinner
Marathon Middle High School Open House Monday, September 8 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Plantation Key School Open House K-5 Wednesday, September 3 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Plantation Key School Open House Grades 6-8 Thursday, September 11 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Poinciana Elementary Open House Thursday, September 18 6:00 PM
Sugarloaf School Open House
Dinner
Tuesday, September 9 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Sugarloaf School Open House Tuesday, September 9 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Switlik Elementary Open House Tuesday, September 16 5:30 - 7:00 PM

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
Monroe Virtual Academy Courses 2014-15

The Monroe Virtual Academy will be offering two online courses during the 2014-15 school year:
 
1.        Great Books – Course #1020860 – This course is a one-credit class designed for highly-motivated students to develop knowledge of great literature through advanced experiences of reading, writing, speaking, listening and language.  Open to students in grades 8-12.
 
 2.       Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition – Course #1001430 – This college-level course is designed to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of richness and complexity.  For seniors who have successfully completed English III, DE Comp I or AP English Language & Composition, it brings a new dimension to critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing.  The e-text with hundreds of great literary selections, accompanied by multimedia resources, individually guided by the instructor, will prepare students for success on the AP Lit exam as well as college and beyond.  One-on-one writing instruction with specific instructor feedback offers university-bound students a competitive edge.
 
Registration for 2014-15 is open through Sunday, September 7, 2014.  Classes will begin on Monday, September 15th.  All registrations MUST be approved by the student's school counselor prior to the student being enrolled in the course. Once approved, the student will be contacted by the teacher to confirm their registration.  If you have questions regarding the online programs, please contact Barbara Cavanah (Barbara.Cavanah@KeysSchools.com) or Kerri McLean (Kerri.McLean@KeysSchools.com).
Learn Here / Work Anywhere

John Padget and Jacob Dekker today pledged financial support of $100,000 for COMPUTE$, a $400,000 initiative to create a “computing platform” of courses and certificates in Monroe County. Grants are available immediately---but must be claimed before June 30, 2015---from the Kura Hulanda Foundation, a private foundation supported by Padget and Dekker.

Grants will be made directly to all Monroe County students who successfully earn credentials in computer science during the 2014-15 school year.  “We expect at least 350 middle-, high-school, and college students to qualify,” according to Padget, Vice-Chair of Florida’s State Board of Education, and former Monroe County Superintendent of Schools. “The schools and the college will benefit, with matching performance-based funding of over $300,000 from the State of Florida.”  

 “Monroe County Schools are on the move,” said Padget.  “This year they are offering courses enabling students to earn the Microsoft certificate MICRO069, and become a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS).  This grant will reward each of the first 50 students to get their certificate with a check for $500.  The next 50 will receive $400 each, then 50 at $300 each, 50 at $200 each, and 50 at $100 each.  We’re looking to write checks totaling $75,000 to 250 middle- and high-school students, as soon as they pass the test.”

For further information, contact:   Melanie.Stefanowicz@KeysSchools.com
"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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