The District has recently lost yet another torchbearer -- Mr. Kerry Highsmith. We are sad to see a dynamic leader within the District, Mr. Highsmith, pass away.
Serving as a school counselor, principal, then serving on former MCSD Superintendent Dr. A.J. ‘Bookie’ Henriquez's Executive Leadership Team, he put in countless hours during his tenure with the Monroe County School District towards ensuring student success.
Mr. Highsmith’s legacy will continue to live on in the form of leadership, integrity, and high character.
Congratulations to Marathon High School senior Amanda Ban! Amanda has been selected as a member of the 2017 FHSAA Academic All-State Team. This distinguished award honors Sunshine State Athletes with bright minds as well as superb academic and athletic achievement. According to the FHSAA website, "Each Academic All-State Team member will be recognized at a commemorative banquet on Monday, June 12 in Gainesville, Fla. Each student honored will receive a $1,700 scholarship. Out of the 24 All-State Team members, one male and one female will garner the title of “Ron Davis Scholar-Athlete of the Year,” the FHSAA’s most prestigious honor bestowed on any active student-athlete. The winners of this award will earn an additional $4,600 in scholarship funds – $6,300 in total."
For more information, visit http://www.fhsaa.org/news/2017/0410.
This past week, the Monroe County School District lost someone who dedicated her life to educating the students in Key West and around the county -- Ms. Phyllis M. Allen.
Ms. Allen gracefully wore many hats within the District. She served in roles as teacher, principal of Gerald Adams Elementary School, and deputy superintendent. She tirelessly advocated for the students and people in the community who needed assistance.
Her 50 years of leadership and service still resonates throughout the Monroe County School District. She will be greatly missed.
Congratulations to Michelle Ryan, first grade teacher at Sugarloaf School, for being selected as the 2016-2017 MCSD Inclusion Teacher of the Year!
Pictured from left to right: HOB principal, Christina McPherson, Director of Career and Adult Education, Dr. Jerry Caputo, William Niles, Monroe Computes, Jacob Dekker, Ainsley Cunningham, Skylar Larmel, Bryan Urbay, Sarah Karch, Jessica Nitti, Hunter Nitz, Christian Harnish, Microsoft Instructor, Phillip Baucom, Monroe Computes, John Padget. Not pictured: Dylon Michaud
Pictured from left to right. John Padget (Monroe Computes), Brittany Beyer, Blakely Harden, Leo Snell, Dr. Jerry Caputo (Director of Career and Adult Education), Adam Dykes, Carolina Mather, Alexandra Hardison, Rebecca Galvan.
Pictured, left to right: Wendy McPherson, (MHS Principal), John Padget (Monroe Computes founder), MHS 9th grade student Cory Bisson, Dr. Jerry Caputo (Director of Career and Adult Education), Paul Davis (MHS Microsoft Instructor)
Pictured from left to right. Dr. Jerry Caputo (Director of Career and Adult Education), Janet Vazquez (SLS Microsoft Office Instructor, Steven Winemiller, John Padget (Monroe Computes)
Photos courtesy of Sibba Mira
On March 30th through April 2nd the officers of the Coral Shores High School Key Club attended the Kiwanis – Key Club Florida State District Leadership Convention in Orlando, FL, along with 2,500 other students from across the state. Students participated in workshops to learn various aspects of leadership, caucused to select the next Florida Key Club Student Governor, and met other members of the Kiwanis family.
Coral Shores HS senior James Britton served District 26C as Lieutenant Governor for the 2016-17 year, a first for any student in the history of the school, and presented at the conference.
Pictured left to right: Noah Ross, Chris Gaskill, Chris Anderson (MHS), Sarah Maschal, Sophie Williams (CSHS), Rachelle Magdaong (CSHS), Matthew Darrow (CSHS), Alexis Martin (PKS), Isabel Betancourt (PKS), Alison Woltanski (PKS), Emma Kost (TVM), Bodie Robbins (TVM), Elisabeth Bendall (Sigsbee), and Courtney Oliver
Emma Kost (TVM): Awarded 4th Place Environmental Engineering
Bodie Robbins (TVM): Awarded Honorable Mention Plant Sciences
Chris Gaskill, Chris Anderson, and Noah Ross (MHS): Awarded Collier County Regional Science and Engineering Fair $50 cash for research demonstrating outstanding creativity, scientific thought, technical skill and clarity of presentation.
Elisabeth Bendall (Sigsbee): Awarded Brevard Intercostal Regional Science and Engineering Fair $25 cash for research demonstrating outstanding scientific and creative thinking.
Photo courtesy of Heidi Golightly
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The FOCUS Parent Portal is a tool designed to enhance communication and involvement for you in your child's education. This portal will allow you to monitor your child's progress in school by providing timely access to both assignments and grades that are entered by the teacher throughout the grading period. This communication tool will improve your ability to assist your child and to communicate with the teacher if necessary.
2. The last 4 digits of your child's Social Security Number. The SSN must be on file with the school in order for online registration to be completed.
3. Your child's date of birth.
Step-by-step instructions on creating a FOCUS Parent account
FOCUS Portal Para Padres (en Español)
FOCUS Parent Portal Instructions in Creole
Once you create your FOCUS Parent account, you will need to contact the school to complete the verification process. If you do not have the information listed above, or your child's SSN and/or date of birth are not in the FOCUS system, you will need to register in person at your child's school.
Once you have created your FOCUS Parent Portal account, you will be able to view your child's grades and attendance information by visiting the FOCUS login page (also linked under the Parents drop-down menu above).
What? Florida’s 2016-17 ESE Parent Survey: Make Your Voice Heard!
Who? All Parents of Students with an IEP (PK-22)
When? February 13th - May 31st , 2017
Pictured, from left:Dave Murphy (Director of Assessment and Accountability), Daniel Walker, Preston Holt, Keeley Catarineau, Alan Thomson, Chris Harris (Coach),Lauren Rabe, James Britton
Photo courtesy of Barbara Cavanah