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District News
Memorial Day Observance


Monroe County School District schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.
 

Graduation Information

Graduation dates for 2016 - click on the school name for information for seniors: 
Notice of Labor Negotiations

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will conduct Labor Negotiations at Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 beginning at 1:30 PM.
Community Meeting - Gerald Adams Elementary School Construction Project

Monroe County School District will hold its first community meeting for the Gerald Adams Elementary School construction project on Monday, June 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Gerald Adams, Cafeteria, 5855 College Road, Stock Island. 

The intent of the meeting is to seek public input on the design of the new facility, specifically how 21st century educational principles will be incorporated into the new school. 
 
Harvard Jolly Architects will lead the discussion presenting initial concepts on educational programming, building site options and challenges, and preliminary project schedules. The meeting will be conducted in an open house format and a question and answer session will follow the presentation.
 
All interested citizens are encouraged to attend this preliminary meeting and provide their valuable input into the process. School Board Members may be in attendance.
Notice of Meetings

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. the Monroe County School Board will hold a Workshop & Special Meeting at the A.J. Henriquez Administration Bldg., 241 Trumbo Road, Key West. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions may be held.
 
On Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. the Board will hold a Regular Business Meeting at the Coral Shores High School Media Center, 89901 Overseas Hwy., Tavernier. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions may 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.
AHEC Clinic Summer Hours

Middle School Academic Challenge
Congratulations to the Sugarloaf Middle School Academic Challenge Team for their repeat 1st Place win in the Monroe County School District Championship held on Wednesday, May 11th at Marathon High School.  Horace O'Bryant School received 2nd place and Treasure Village Montessori 3rd place.  Many thanks to the coaches and judges who assisted in the competition as well.

Green Commute Challenge
The Monroe County School District Administration Building employees participated in the City of Key West Green Commute Challenge from Monday, March 28th to Sunday, April 3rd.  They competed against other Key West employers and earned points determined by how green (based on carbon footprint) the mode of travel was to and from work.  At the May 3rd City of Key West Commission meeting, Mayor Cates recognized the participants in the Green Commute Challenge.

Photo courtesy of City of Key West
GEMS
 
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.
 
March 2016 GEMS
State Volunteer of the Year Anne O'Neil, Five Star Schools KLS and PKS, Jackie Patterson (PKS), and Kelley Steinmetz (KLS)
April 2016 GEMS
KWHS Ninth Grade Center, Five Star Schools Poinciana and Key West HS, PBIS Coaches, HOB student Divya Navani



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

Key Largo School and Ocean Reef Community Foundation

The Ocean Reef Community Foundation (ORCF) has been very generous to Key Largo School. This is the second year in a row they will fund the KLS Summer Recreation program.  In addition to $50,000 for the Summer Rec program, they also funded a technology update for the media center for $19,000, AVID student trips and teacher professional development at the Summer Institute for $11,430, a grant for the KLS K-5 STEM program for $5244, along with $1000 for supplies for the elementary art program and $1000 for transportation for our 5th graders to see the 'Rock Odyssey' at the Arsht Center in Miami.  Key Largo School is very fortunate and grateful to have the community support and involvement from ORCF!

Photo courtesy of Laura Lietaert
Law Day Banner Contest
The 16th Judicial Circuit and Monroe County Bar Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Law Day Banner Contest that was held district wide kindergarten through 5th grade.  The theme this year was Miranda: More than Words.  Entries were judged on creativity, originality, and adherence to theme. 
 
Lower Keys Winners
K-2, First Place Sigsbee- Ms. Kane, Kindergarten 
3-5, First Place Gerald Adams - Ms. Madok, 3rd Grade 
   
Upper Keys Winners
K-2, First Place Treasure Village – Ms. Harris, Ms. Garcia, and Ms. Frick, 2nd Grade
3-5, First Place  Plantation Key - Ms. Crispino, 4th Grade
 
              
Professional Development Opportunities for RE-Certification via FDLRS - PDA (SWD-Students With Disabilities points)
Teachers, as you renew your teaching certificates, keep in mind the online self paced SWD  ESE PD class through FDLRS. FDLRS offers several facilitated and self paced Professional Development Classes. The choice is yours.

For convenience and ease, once on the FDLRS-PDA site look for two particular independent study courses that are self paced and qualify for 20 SWD PD points.
  1. Teaching Students with Disabilities – This course enables educators to increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills for providing effective instruction for SWDs.  An emphasis is on how to develop universally designed and differentiated environment by identifying models of support for assisting SWDs accessing the general education curricula while meeting their individual needs.
  2. Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities: This course enables educators to develop and increase appropriate instructional practices for SWDs. The goal is to provide an instructional environment that acknowledges student variance and eliminates barriers to learning so that SWDs can achieve rigorous academic standards. Application examples are provided in areas of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Please follow the link below.  Be sure to work with your school based PD contact for points in MLP.
http://www.fl-pda.org/docs/PDA_descrip_catalog_Aug2015.pdf
Special Ed Connection
Parents of Students with Disabilities:

Special Ed Connection® is an online resource provided free of charge by the Florida Department of Education. Answer these questions and more:
  • What is special education?
  • How does special education work?
  • How does special education change as my child progresses through school and exits to adulthood?
  • What are my child’s legal rights?
  • What are specific procedures and real-world strategies that can support success?
To find out more about gaining access to this exciting resource, contact Cecilia Nieto with FDLRS-South at cmgnieto@dadeschools.net or 305-274-3501. (English and Spanish)



 
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

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