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Celebrate Literacy!
Excitement is building around the Ninth Annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! (CLW) events, and the students in Monroe County School District are excited to participate in this year’s activities scheduled for January 23-27, 2017! Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is an annual event during which students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers celebrate the tremendous success of Florida's students over the past decade. With this year’s theme, "Literacy Changes Our World," students are encouraged to share a book with someone and make a difference in their community, school and family.

With the support of First Lady Ann Scott and the Florida Lottery, the Florida Department of Education promotes this week-long recognition to help students strengthen their literacy skills and become better prepared for academic success.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to support reading in your homes and participate in school-wide and classroom activities.

Notice of Closed Attorney Session

NOTICE IS HEREBY given that a private closed Attorney-Client Session, in accordance with § 286.011(8), Florida Statutes, will be held at 6:00 pm or as soon as possible thereafter on January 24, 2017 at the A.J. Henriquez Administrative Complex-Board Room, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, FL  33040, to discuss settlement negotiations and/or strategy related to litigation expenditures in the following pending litigation matter:
Reitzel v. The School Board of Monroe County, Florida
Third District Court of Appeal, State of Florida
Appellate Case No. 3D15-2545
Lower Court Case No. 10-298-K
The following individuals will be in attendance: School Board Members Andy Griffiths, John Dick, Bobby Highsmith, Mindy Conn, and Ron Martin; Mark T. Porter, Superintendent of Schools; Attorneys Dirk Smits, Scott Black, Ryan Abrams and Michael Burke.
A court reporter will be present to record the start and finish times and all comments made.  A copy of the transcript shall be made available at the conclusion of the above-referenced litigation.   The session is estimated to last 60 minutes.  
Meeting Notice - School Board Workshop and Regular Meeting
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 the School Board will hold a Workshop (4:00 pm) and Regular Meeting (5:00 pm).  The meeting will be held at the A.J. Henriquez Administration Bldg., 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, Florida. 

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.

Meeting Notice - Audit and Finance Committee Meeting
The Monroe County School District's Audit and Finance Committee will hold a public meeting via video conferencing technology on Monday, January 23, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. The meeting host site will be at the School District Administration Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West.

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

Monroe County Academic Challenge
Congratulations to the Coral Shores High School Academic Challenge Team, the 1st Place winners in the Monroe County School District Championship held on Wednesday, January 18th at Marathon HS.  Marathon High School was the 2nd place team and Key West High School 3rd place.  The Coral Shores team will represent Monroe County in the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge in Orlando on April 27-29, 2017.  Many thanks to the coaches and judges who assisted in the competition.

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


EPIC Committee Meeting

The Monroe County School District Educational Performance Incentive Compensation (EPIC) Committee traditionally meets each 1st Thursday of the month. Our next EPIC Committee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 4 – 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the following locations via videoconference:
MCSD Administrative Building, 241 Trumbo Road Key West - “Executive Conference Room”
Sugarloaf School, 255 Crane Blvd. Sugarloaf - “ESE Director’s Office”
Plantation Key K-8 School, 100 Lake Road, Tavernier – Inquire at front office
Key Largo K-8 School, 104801 Overseas Highway, Key Largo – Inquire at front office
The public is welcomed.
PKS Groundbreaking
PKS Groundbreaking Ceremony
Superintendent Porter at PKS Groundbreaking

The Groundbreaking Ceremony at Plantation Key School was held on January 10, 2017.

From the program brochure:  
"The new Plantation Key School (PKS) will inspire collaborative learning for the next generation of Florida Keys students from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. The project consists of the phased replacement of existing facilities originally built in the 1970’s, while ongoing operations are maintained. The new 100,000 square foot school will be built according to the Green Globes assessment standard for sustainable building design, operation and management.​"
Click here for the program brochure.

Even the youngest PKS students got involved.....

FOCUS Parent Portal Registration - Open Registration Extended Until 1/31/17
FOCUS logo

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.
In order to create a Parent Portal Account during the December 1 - January 31 open enrollment period, you will need these three things:
1.  Your child's 10-digit ID number - this information is available from your child, from their portal page, or on their report card.
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.

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 after January 31, 2017.

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).

GEMS logoGEMS 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.
October 2016

PKS GEMS awardee
Remorna Ochoa
 Plantation Key School

KLS GEMS Awardee
Paul Mosczynski
Key Largo School
Click Here to view the GEMS web page and see the latest MCSD GEMS for 2016-17!  

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