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Notice of Meeting - Audit and Finance Committee

The Monroe County School District’s Audit and Finance Committee will hold a public meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 9:30. The meeting will be held at Marathon High School, in the Principal's, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon, Florida.

Members of the Monroe County School Board may be in attendance.​

Title I Needs Your Input
Title I Services for Monroe County Schools would like your feedback. Click on the links below to access the survey in English, Spanish, or Creole. The survey is open until November 10th. For help or more information click here to access the Title I page.

Survey in English
Survey in Spanish
Survey in Haitian Creole


New Calendar Modifications for Board Approval
A meeting this week between Superintendent Mark Porter and United Teachers Monroe Representative Holly Hummell-Gorman resulted in some final adjustments to the 2017-2018 instructional calendar.  These adjustments are in accordance with the previously stated School Board priorities.  Specifically, the agreed upon modifications will not impact Fall, Winter or Spring Breaks and will not change the end of the school year or any graduation dates.
The modifications to the calendar accounts for 7.5 makeup days for students. Early release days for professional development would extend to full instructional days for primary and secondary school students. These dates vary by region. In addition, the observance of Veterans’ Day (November 10th) and President’s Day (February 19th) will become full student instructional days, as well as. The teacher planning day scheduled for January 8th would become a full student day. 

The following altered dates are listed below:
All Early Release Dates for Professional Development (dates vary by region) become Full Student Days
October 16 | Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day
October 27 | End of the First Quarter
November 10 | Veterans Day (observed) becomes Full Student Day
January 8 | Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day
January 12 | End of Second Quarter/Semester One
February 19 | Presidents Day becomes a Full Student Day
March 9 | End of Third Quarter Teacher Planning Day becomes half-day for students
March 30 |District-Wide Early Release Day becomes Full Student Day

Free Meals For Monroe County Students Extended
 All of traditional schools and some charter schools will continue to receive meals through November 30th. All students regardless of meal plan eligibility will continue to qualify.

Students at the following schools who already offer reduced or free meal plans will be able to receive breakfast and lunch for free, regardless of eligibility:
  • Key Largo School
  • Coral Shores High School
  • Plantation Key School
  • Treasure Village Montessori School
  • Marathon Middle High School
  • Stanley Switlik Elementary School
  • Big Pine Academy
  • Sugarloaf School
  • Gerald Adams Elementary School
  • Poinciana Elementary School
  • Horace O’Bryant School
  • Key West High School
  • May Sands Montessori School
Food Services Director Melissa Albright said the cafeterias are prepped and ready to continue to offer the much needed service. “We are excited for the opportunity to continue to provide this service to our students, giving families some added security while we continue to heal and rebuild.”
For more information on the free meal plan opportunity for all students throughout the district and staggered start dates go to Follow us on Facebook @MYMCSD, on Twitter @keysschools, and on Instagram @MYMCSD.  Follow the Superintendent on Twitter @supt_porter
Veterans in Marathon Deliver Aid to the Community

American Legion Post 154 in Marathon has offered tremendous support to the community. Legion members coordinated food and water drop offs, clothing donations, and cleanup efforts. The Legion Hall housed truckloads of supplies for Marathon residents to pick up.
American Flag waves in the wind
American Legion Department of Florida disaster relief chair Bill Hoppner and Post 154 Commander and School Board Chairman, John Dick delivered 5,400 meals, 120 tarps, and infant formula for Marathon residents in need, in one service run to Stanley Switlik Elementary School and Marathon Middle High School.
volunteers and students with truck of donated goods
American Legion Post 154 is now working with Royal Furniture to house all donated items at the old Royal Furniture store. For more information on how to receive any supplies, go to American Legion Post 154’s Facebook page. Thank you to the American Legion Veterans, for your outreach and support.
MCSD Strong After Irma

MCSDCareer and Technical Education teachers Ebenson Michelin (IT), Cathy Sembert (Health Careers), and Lisa Rivard (Culinary Arts) work together to prepare lunch for Key West High School faculty and staff for the first day back to school after hurricane evacuations. Students were also provided with free breakfast and lunch, which will continue through October.

colleagues clear eachother's yards after Hurricane Irma
Beth Rosenow from CSHS, Meaghan Brunk and Sarah Maschal from MHS, Jessica Hornbeck from KWHS working together to clear a colleague 's property.

HOB staff cleaning up after Hurricane Irma

Staff at HOB prepared the grounds after Hurricane Irma ahead of school reopening.

Stanley Switlik Elementary School students receive toys from TV station, Telemundo

Students at Stanley Switlik Elementary School receive toys from Spanish-speaking station, Telemundo 51 in South Florida.

rainbow over sugarloaf school
Rainbow over Sugarloaf School on student's first day back after Hurricane Irma, on October 2nd. Photo taken by Kevin Walden.

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Teacher of the Year Samantha Hopper Wins State Award
Samantha Hopper speaks at Teacher's Roundtable
Florida Department of Education officials presented Key Largo School’s Samantha Hopper with the Mary J. Brogan ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award. Ms. Hopper has been an educator for seven years, teaching fourth grade at KLS.
The ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award goes to “extraordinary educators who instill passion, joy and love of learning in their students.” FLDOE officials reported, the award goes to a district teacher of the year who goes above and beyond the classroom experience.
Ms. Hopper said the time spent at the 2018 Teacher of the Year Roundtable promoted collaboration. “The roundtable allows for passionate teachers to collaborate with more passionate teachers from all over our great state. It is an opportunity to be inspired by others, ask questions, celebrate successes, and plan for our future students and future endeavors in education. It is an opportunity to learn from each other and start to think about how teacher leaders can have a positive impact on students beyond our own classrooms.” 
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