The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2011-2012 Advanced Placement Scores. The Advanced Placement program provides students with rigorous coursework which aligns with college-level standards. Students participate in an international assessment to determine mastery of college-level course work. Students achieving a score of three or higher are eligible to receive college credit for the course.
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For the seventh year in a row, the Monroe County School District has been recognized as an “A” rated school district with outstanding achievement throughout the Florida Keys. Monroe County is ranked 9th out of 67 counties in the state.
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The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2011-2012 school grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education. This year’s school grades include the transition to the FCAT 2.0 and changes with rigorous cut score implementation. The outstanding performance of our schools remains strong in elementary and combination grades.
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FCAT Scores have been posted on the Florida DOE Website. Year by year comparisons have been prepared by the Office of Accountability and Assessment and are linked below.
(Photo courtesy of Lucy Given)
Most Improved Math Students at KLS
Centennial Bank again partnered with Key Largo School math teachers to identify one student in each grade as Most Improved in Math from third to fourth grading period. Students were awarded cash prizes and encouraged to save.
(Photo courtesy of Stephanie Scuderi)
The 2012 FCAT 2.0 results are in, and Take Stock in Children shows why it continues to be a great investment in our students.
Second place honors went to the student team from Horace O'Bryant Middle School, and Marathon Middle School took home the third place award. Also competing in this year's competition were teams from Key Largo School, Plantation Key School, and, for the first time, Treasure Village Montessori.
Mr. Walden said, "We are very excited to bring the championship back to Sugarloaf School. The team worked very hard this year preparing for the competition, but also had lots of fun working together. We were in last place last year so all the hard work definitely paid off. I am very proud of Team Sugarloaf. Go Sharks."
(Photo courtesy of Hank Kokenzie)
The Florida Department of Education released the 3rd Grade FCAT Reading scores and Biology and Geometry End of Course exam scores. Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson stated, "Today's results help us determine how and where we should focus our resources so students who are struggling with reading get the extra help they need to succeed. Whether we're preparing a child for college, career training or the workplace, they must have the fundamentals of reading to be successful."
Monroe County School District 3rd Grade Reading and Math results show higher achievement levels in 3rd grade reading as compared to the state. Forty-three percent of the MCSD Biology students scored in the top third as compared to 35% statewide. Forty-two percent of the MCSD Geometry students scored in the top third as compared to 34% statewide.
"In a year of assessment transition, we continue to recognize the students and teachers who have worked tirelessly throughout this year to increase achievement in reading and math. The high student performance in the top third of the state End of Course exams is representative of the outstanding commitment to shifting state requirements," stated Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara.
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Anise has only been using her iPad for several months and is already doing some amazing things. Anise loves to spell and recently participated in the Glynn Archer school wide spelling bee using her iPad. After practicing at home and at school, it was an incredible moment when Anise won the 4th grade spelling bee. Her iPad also allows her to answer questions posed to her during the reading block and has provided her with an exciting way to participate during class discussions.
Pictured: Anise M., winner of Glynn Archer 4th Grade Spelling Bee, with her teacher Regan Godsell (Photo courtesy of Marty Jacquette)
Each weekday afternoon in America as the ringing of the school bell signifies the end of the school day, over a million school-age children continue to learn by afterschool participation in academic enrichment programs and other youth development and support activities designed to enhance their academic well-being. These activities and services are being offered by 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program. The Monroe County School District would like to inform the parents and the community that MCSD is again applying for the 21st CCLC grant for the years 2012-2017.
Two days after an emergency State Department of Education meeting to discuss the FCAT Writing scores, Commissioner Gerard Robinson officially released the state’s FCAT Writing results late Thursday evening.
The Silverliners have been partners with the Monroe County School District for over 20 years. They have been instrumental in orchestrating the annual Flight to the North Pole for our Preschoolers from Big Pine to Key West. Thank you to the Silverliners for their continued dedication and generosity!
(Photo submitted by Catherine Kanagy)
The Governor's office has released the location of the May 8th Cabinet Meeting. The meeting will be held at Stanley Switlik Elementary School in Marathon. Dr. Salinero and the faculty at Stanley Switlik are thrilled to have this honor; “We are doing everything we can to make this a great day for the Monroe County School District and the Governor. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with The Governor's office.” This will be the first time that a Florida Governor has held a Cabinet Meeting at a Monroe County School. “We are very excited to welcome Governor Scott and his cabinet to Stanley Switlik! We have planned several classroom visits and student speakers to participate in the Cabinet Meeting.” The Governor’s meeting begins at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 in the Ruth Alice Campbell Cafeteria at Stanley Switlik School and will conclude by 11:00 AM. Parents and community members are welcome to attend this historic event.
(Photo courtesy of Elena Delgado)
This is the first championship win for any Monroe County Academic team. For the past five years, the KWHS team has been a state finalist, coming in second place last year. Dylan Higbie, competing in the state finals all four years, earned a spot on Team Florida. One of only six students receiving such statewide recognition, he receives an additional $1,000 scholarship.
“None of this would’ve been possible without the incredible outpouring of support from this generous community. What a better way to say thank you than winning the state championship for those who supported and believed in our students. It has been a humbling and awe-inspiring experience,” said Coach McLean.
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(Photo courtesy of Teresa Regelmann)
Students in Mrs. Bernal's class at Key Largo School had the opportunity to study the development and hatching of chicks by following their incubation period for 21 days. Pictured are students with the hatched chicks. (Photo courtesy of Darren Pais)
Sigsbee Charter School Hosts a Community for the Birds
Sigsbee Charter School is the proud temporary home of the Least Tern, a threatened species that winters in Central and South America and returns every spring to a nesting ground, above the Sigsbee Media Center. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 least terns that come to nest in Florida each year.
For additional information about the Least Tern, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website.
On March 26th through 30th, Tibetan Monks visited Coral Shores HS and created a sand Mandala in the media center. The monks also helped the Geometry classes create giant chalk mandalas in the courtyard of the school. In addition, to be prepared for the monks' visit, the art classes made their own personal mandalas that decorated the media center. Language Arts teachers had students create sun shadow mandalas for characters in the literature they were studying. The visit culminated on Friday, March 30th when Social Studies classes came through the media center to walk through a timeline of modern Tibetan history, observe the monks creating the sand Mandala, and then participated in small group discussions with Geshe Sindu, the senior monk from the Drepung Gomang monastery’s North American tour group. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Truesdale)
Dr. Jara states, “Ms. Roberts stands out as one of our best! Her classroom is full of energy and love for her children. Holli is an exceptional educator who is committed to meet the needs of ALL of her students. While tutoring students before and after school, she clearly communicates that her priority and love are her children. I am very proud of her outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence. We look forward to Ms. Roberts representing Monroe County in the state competition.”
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(Photo courtesy of Bobbi Burson)
Pictured: Christina Belotti (NJHS sponsor) and the NJHS members with some of the collected items. (Photo courtesy of Christina Belotti)
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Pictured: Eric Myrmel (MKMA Vice President), Tom Cooke (MKMA Director), Chris Catlett (CSHS teacher). Photo courtesy of Paula Foley.
Plantation Key School (PKS) celebrated PRIDE Week February 6-10. There were all kinds of kindness-spreading activities throughout the week at PKS, but the A+ Student Celebration sponsored by the PKS SAC and PKS PTA was the biggest hit. K-5 students celebrated on Thursday and Middle School students celebrated on Friday. PKS Cheerleaders, PKS Band, PKS GLEE Club, and all PKS sports teams and school clubs were recognized or performed. PKS wants everyone to know that they are very proud of their students' achievements!
Certificates of Excellence were presented to Emily Christian, Nyan Feder and David Tetour (pictured, photo courtesy of Paula Foley). Nyan won first place and will compete in the state championship. The Poetry Out Loud final championship includes a cash reward of over $20,000 in addition to $20,000 in scholarship money.
Parents and taxpayers now have a new way to view the performance of school districts in Florida. The Florida Department of Education has released a numerical ranking of the state's 67 school districts, one of the first such in the country.
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The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the release of the 2010-2011 high school grades as reported by the Florida Department of Education. For the sixth year in a row, the Monroe County School District has again been recognized as an “A” rated school district.
The district recognizes an outstanding accomplishment and congratulates Marathon High School achieving the highest recognition as an “A” rated school. Marathon High School attained the highest number of points in the district with 1,163 points, specifically achieving increase in the at risk graduation rate, acceleration participation, and reading readiness components. In addition, both Coral Shores High School and Key West High School obtained a “B” rating for the 2010-2011 school year.
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The Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the passing of the Half Mill Referendum vote. The referendum passed on Tuesday with 75% percent support throughout the Florida Keys. The Monroe County voters provided incredible support for the school district and the 8,415 students who attend our schools.
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Sugarloaf School recently celebrated the next phase in its journey to be a model PBS (Positive Behavior Support) school. With the help of Centennial Bank, Sugarloaf’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and teachers began migrating the paper ticket reward program to an electronically enabled card-based reward and redemption program. SLS Principal Harry Russell states, “The PBS program began to get a little stale with our middle school students and this idea presented by teacher Tracy McDonald really gave the program a much needed shot in the arm. This brings our PBS program in the 21st century and very much into the electronic age. Like I told the kids, ‘You all are making history with this program, nobody else in the country is doing what we’re doing!'”
For more information about the rewards program, click here.
The Monroe County School District congratulates Key Largo School Senior Volunteer Mr. Ernie Bernal for his selection as the State winner for Region V. Mr. Bernal will be recognized at an upcoming school board meeting. Each year, the district selects Outstanding School Volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication and commitment to quality education in our schools. Volunteers are selected based on the number of hours of service, years of service, unusual type of contribution, and/or characteristic of services rendered.
Big Pine Academy middle school students completed their Dancing Classrooms residency with a culminating event on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Teaching artists for this site were Nina Locardi and Sondra Esquinaldo. Dancing Classrooms is made possible by the Educational Coalition for Monroe County (ECMC) in collaboration with Monroe County School District, and the American Ballroom Theatre. Glynn Archer, the Montessori Elementary Charter School, and Marathon Middle School will begin their residencies this month.
Monroe County Teachers Federal Credit Union Donates $3,000 to Sponsor 12 Teacher Classrooms
Sugarloaf School Teacher Charity King and her kindergarten class were one of twelve Monroe County teachers awarded a $250 Sponsor A Classroom check by the Monroe County Teachers Federal Credit Union (MCTFCU) as part of an initiative to help the teachers buy much-needed supplies during these tough economic times. CEO Jerry Bolduc received numerous requests to a credit union initiative started last month and convinced the credit union’s Board to expand the program from 4 to 12 awards to help the struggling teachers meet their student needs. We’re all about people helping people, and as the requests started coming in it was clear that the need is there. “We just want to help in any way we can,” stated Bolduc.
MCTFCU is celebrating its 60th anniversary of serving the educational community of the Florida Keys. Chartered on December 20, 1950, the Credit Union is a full service financial institution serving over 1400 members. Membership is open to all employees, students and retirees of the Monroe County School District and the Florida Keys Community College and their and immediate family members as well as members of the credit union’s Stand Up For Education Association. For more information visit their website at http://www.monroecountyteachersfcu.org.
Plantation Key School's ALPHA and IE program recently went on a great adventure to LEGOLAND® in Winter Haven. Accompanied by parents and teachers Barbara Mesa and Tisa Lall, the students in grades K-6 were dazzled with the park and attractions, all made of Legos. The students were also able to program Mind Storm robots and build roller coasters in the Educational Center utilizing levers, pulleys and gears. The classes have been studying the use of the Lego brick in education as well as entering a nationwide competition. Their entry is available on the YouTube website under "Plantation Key School Alpha, Oil vs. the Coral Reef."
KLS "Takes Over" Local Restaurant
Key Largo School recently partnered with local restaurant D-Hooker for a School "Take-Over" night. Fifteen percent of all orders between 5:00 and 9:00 PM, excluding alcoholic beverages and happy hour food items, was donated to the school's playground fund. Pictured is D-Hooker Restaurant owner Betsy Duran presenting close to $300.00 to KLS Principal Julia Hoar and Assistant Principal Laura Lietaert, the proceeds from the first "Take Over" night on October 27th. KLS would like to say, "Thank you to everyone at the restaurant for a great evening." There will be a second event on November 16, 2011 from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. Flyers for the event will be sent home with students and can be picked up at the KLS front desk on November 15th and 16th by anyone in the community wishing to help the cause.
DoDEA Educational Partnership Awards $540,000 Grant to Sigsbee Charter School
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Kristina Gerbracht was one of 50 high school juniors and seniors from across the state who attended the 2011 Florida Youth Leadership Forum sponsored by the Able Trust. For four days, forum delegates learned the importance of education, advocacy, and leadership skills that will help prepare them for life beyond high school. Kristina recently shared her Leadership Forum experience through a PowerPoint presentation at the October Conch Connect Interagency Council. Kristina is a senior at Key West High School.
Sharing the Dream Grant
Dr. Lesley Salinero, Principal of Stanley Switlik Elementary School, has received news that her school has been selected as one of the top 25 applicants, nation-wide, for the Sharing the Dream grant through the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Dr. Salinero wrote the grant application last August and was recently contacted personally by the program director, who was impressed with the application's “creativity and passion for the school & community that the writing showed."
Marathon Media Center Speaker Series
Guidance Care Center discharge planner Cindy McKnight recently spoke with Marathon Middle School 7th graders about strategies for a successful life as part of the students' personal memoirs project. McKnight, a native of Marathon, was valedictorian at the Florida School for the Deaf & Blind and graduated from Gardner Webb University with a BS in Psychology. Her presentation was sponsored by the 2011-2012 Marathon Media Center Speaker Series. For more information contact Dr. Kathy Lancaster, 305-289-2480 x55364.
Bottom: Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President of FIU talking with TSIC 10th-12th grade scholars about the key to success.
Mercedes Cosby has been selected as LEAP Spokesperson in Monroe County. LEAP stands for Leadership, Excellence, Accelerating Potential. LEAP helps high school students, college students, and recent graduates, get a LEAP on success. The organization hosts an annual week long leadership program at UCLA where the curriculum is based upon the experience of those who themselves have accomplished a great success.
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Pictured - Front: Mercedes Cosby (Take Stock 10th grade scholar at Key West High School & LEAP Spokesperson) Back: Jeremy Wilkerson, Dr. Jesus Jara, and John Padget. Photo courtesy of Dresdin Edwards.
Pathways to Success
The Florida Department of Education has published the brochure Pathways to Success: College and Career Readiness, a Middle and High School planning guide for students and parents. The 2+2 Pathways to Success program is a joint program that provides opportunities for students to pursue and complete their baccalaureate degrees at their local Florida College without having to relocate closer to their State University System institution.
Click here to view the Pathways to Success: College and Career Readiness brochure.
Poinciana Principal Announcement
MCSD Administrative Appointments
Interim Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara is pleased to announce several administrative appointments within the district. Ms. Amber Archer Bosco (pictured, left) will become the principal at Key West High School. Ms. Bosco has served as Poinciana’s Elementary principal for the past seven years and was just recently named the 2011 Principal of the Year by her peers. Under her leadership, Poinciana has consistently made a School Grade of A and achieved SACS Accreditation. Ms. Bosco was the number one choice of the interview committee. Joining her at Key West High School will be Assistant Principal Mr. Dave Perkins who returns to the position after one year as the Assistant Principal at Sugarloaf School.
Ms. Linda Diaz will replace Mr. Perkins at Sugarloaf. Ms. Diaz will bring her knowledge and district level experience to school based leadership capacity. Dr. Jara is closing the position Diaz previously held at the district office in charge of Title 1 and Professional Development and redistributing those duties among current staff.
Dr. Jesus Jara, Interim Superintendent for Monroe County Schools is pleased to announce Mrs. Theresa Axford (pictured, left) as the new Executive Director for Operations and Mr. Dave Murphy as Coral Shores High School Principal.
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