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Sugarloaf Recognition
Harry Russell received a GEMS award for his recognition by the Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals in receiving the Little Red School House Award for Sugarloaf School's iBElieve implementation. The Little Red School House Award is given to five districts throughout the state for projects that impact the school and the community in a positive way fostering student success. The Award was accepted for Sugarloaf by Theresa Axford at the FASA Summer Conference and presented to her by Ms. Sandi Bisceglia, former Principal of Plantation Key School and president of Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals (FAEMSP). Mrs. Axford presented the award to Mr. Russell and the staff at Sugarloaf at the Board Meeting on July 28th.
Back to School
On Monday, August 24, students in Monroe County schools will begin the 2015-2016 school year.  Parents can click on the Registration link (under Parents on the top navigation bar on this page) for information about enrolling their children in Monroe County schools.  School start times and Bus Routes will be posted online as soon as they are available.  The school year calendar is available online. Check each school's website for supply lists.

Free and Reduced Lunch applications will be available online on August 17th.  School Open House times will be posted during the week of August 17th.

New and Beginning Teachers will report on Thursday, August 13th.  Please check with your school administration or office for information regarding first and second day activities.  All teachers will report to their school sites on Monday, August 17th.  This year's Welcome Back event for all employees will be on Tuesday, August 18th at Marathon High School.

Labor Negotiations

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will conduct Labor Negotiations via video conference, with the host site being the District Administration Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, on the following dates:
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

New eBook Library!

Each school in the Monroe County School District now has its own eBook library. Visit, select your school, then login and begin reading today! Summer reading titles are available.  Login using the username and password provided by the media specialist at your school site. For more information visit the Library Learning Commons web page.  Happy reading!

The SeaPerch Challenge

Monroe County middle school students recently participated in the SeaPerch challenge, an underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting.  Each of the schools that competed, KLS, PKS, TVM, MHS, SLS, and HOB, received five SeaPerch kits with an unassembled ROV and a tool kit.  Students were able to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles with this hands-on learning experience.  Each team was put to the test by navigating their ROV through an obstacle course.  This friendly competition required students to work as a team to guide the controller and finish the course.  
Upper Keys SeaPerch Competition:  Held at Founders Park
1st place:  Team Team from Treasure Village Montessori
2nd Place:  Team Orka from Treasure Village Montessori
3rd Place tie:  Team Super Sub from KLS and Team Special from Treasure Village Montessori
4th Place tie:  Team 3 Star from KLS and Team Bubberfish from Treasure Village Montessori
5th Place:  Team Cool People from Plantation Key School
Lower Keys SeaPerch Competition:  Held at FKCC
1st Place:  Faarquad Starsquad from Horace O''Bryant
2nd Place:  Ginger Snap from Horace O'Bryant​
3rd Place:  Nemo 2.0 from Sugarloaf
4th Place:  The ORB from Sugarloaf
5th Place:  The Genius Gerbils from Marathon
Teams competed in a 15 foot underwater obstacle course navigating their ROVs through 5 hoops out and back.  
Positive Behavior Support Model Schools Recognized
Congratulations to four Monroe County Schools for being recognized by the University of South Florida Positive Behavior Support Project as a model school for 2013-14. The Project recognizes Bronze, Silver and Gold level schools. Poinciana Elementary (gold level), Plantation Key (silver level) and Stanley Switlik and Horace O'Bryant (bronze level) exemplify best practices in the implementation of school-wide positive behavior support systems.
A Florida PBS:MTSS Model School is one that has met specific criteria and has reported innovative, creative, and functional ways of supporting PBS:MTSS. Model Schools demonstrate effective methods of: (1) utilizing their data to better serve all students with a specific focus on equitable systems to support student behavior, (2) extending PBS implementation to develop effective Tier 2 and Tier 3 behavioral systems (3) consistently and proactively implementing strategies to prevent problem behavior, teach appropriate behavior, and utilize effective responses to make appropriate behaviors more likely (rewards) and inappropriate behaviors less likely (consequences), (4) extending PBS:MTSS throughout the campus and partnering with the community and parents, and (5) including PBS:MTSS into daily activities across all available teaching opportunities. PBS:MTSS Model Schools have made a commitment to high quality implementation and it shows!
There are 1,581 schools trained in school-wide PBS across the state of Florida.  Only 160 (10%) of these earned the recognition of model school.  64 sites earned  Gold distinction (4%), 41  Silver (3%), and 55 Bronze (4%). This is quite an honor bestowed on only the schools who implement the program with a high level of integrity and have truly made great strides and achieved positive climate and culture change within their building for students, staff, and community members.  If you know someone from any of these schools please take a moment to congratulate them for a job well done. 
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