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District News
Half-Cent Sales Tax Renewal

With the expiration of the existing half-cent sales tax  occurring on December 31st 2015, the Monroe County School Board is proposing a renewal of this levy for another ten years to upgrade and address security needs at school facilities, equip schools with modern technology, construct new facilities, and provide for renovations and additions to existing school structures.  This renewal will be brought to the voters of Monroe County at the General Election on November 4, 2014.  More information on this proposal can be found by selecting the Half Cent Sales Tax Renewal button in the Top Issues section of this web page or click here.
Ready, Set, COLLEGE!

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

Notice of Collaborative Bargaining
The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will hold Collaborative Bargaining Sessions as follows:
 
DATE TIME LOCATION
Wednesday, October 29 1:00 - 7:00 PM
Marathon High School
350 Sombrero Beach Road
Marathon
Room 6209
Friday, October 31 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Subcommittee Meeting - Key West
Monday, November 3 3:00 - 7:00 PM Marathon High School
350 Sombrero Beach Road
Marathon
Room 6209

Everybody Writes!
District Teachers recently participated in a "train the trainer" session on the District's new writing initiative, "Everybody Writes."  The concept behind the program is to afford students opportunities to write in all subject areas prompted by questions that the teachers create to start and throughout the development of the lesson. Using this strategy, students are able to get thoughts together on the content being taught. Because the process requires students to put their thinking in writing, it prepares them for the new FSA Writing Assessment, which requires assimilation of materials to develop an essay based on the student’s interpretation of the materials. The strategy can be used across all content areas. Those being trained will share the information with teachers throughout the district.

Vocational Rehab Info Night

October is Bullying Awareness Month
The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet is supporting Bullying Awareness Month in October through a number of venues and activities. To engage families, communities, and partners throughout the state, Florida will be using the hashtag #LetsFaceBullyingFL. We invite you to join the conversation on Twitter regarding bullying throughout the month.
  
The Florida Department of Education will post a listing of activities/events sponsored by schools within each district that will occur during National Bullying Awareness Month. Photos capturing the spirit and commitment of children, youth, teachers and staff to end bullying and cyber bullying will also be posted on their website at http://www.fldoe.org/safeschools/bullying.asp.
 
Click here to read the Governor’s Proclamation for National Bullying Awareness Month.

 
Take Stock in Children Earns Program Excellence Award

For the second year in a row, the Take Stock in Children program of Monroe County has earned a program excellence award for its outstanding mentor and college success coach services. "This would not have been possible without the dedication of our devoted volunteer mentors and our wonderful college success coaches who go above and beyond." said program coordinator Chuck Licis.
 
Take Stock in Children is the flagship program of the Monroe County Education Foundation (MCEF). "Obviously, I'm thrilled and the board is delighted that we’ve been able to continue to win this award," said Steve Pribramsky, president of the MCEF. "We don't actually put a lot of emphasis on winning the award. Instead, we try to spend as much time as possible focusing on creating a better program year after year."
 
Twenty-one Take Stock programs in Florida were recognized for their achievements last year. "We are proud to be in the top third of successful programs in the state. We are looking to build on our successes and continue to work with our college bound students to earn a degree, certificate, or other credentials." Licis reiterated. 
 
"This year, we hope to offer a TSIC college scholarship opportunity to at least forty new students in the county," Licis continued, "but we need mentors. We must have a mentor for each student we enroll." The MCEF encourages community members throughout the Keys to consider becoming a mentor for a Take Stock in Children scholar.
 
For more information about mentoring or the TSIC program, call 305-293-1546 or send an email to chuck.licis@keysschools.com.

 
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
"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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