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District News
Task Force Meeting Notice
 
On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3 pm there will be a fact finding meeting of the Monroe County School District Sugarloaf Housing Task Force.  The meeting will be held at Sugarloaf School, Principal’s Conference Room, 255 Crane Blvd., Sugarloaf Key, Florida.
 
If signing, special seating or other accommodations are required, please call 293-1400 ext. 53323 72 hours prior to the meeting.
 

 
Free Meals For Monroe County Students Extended Thru January 31st
school meals extended thru January 31st, 2018 All of traditional schools and some charter schools will continue to receive meals through January 31st, 2018. All students regardless of meal plan eligibility will continue to qualify.
 






Students at the following schools who already offer reduced or free meal plans will be able to receive breakfast and lunch for free, regardless of eligibility:
  • Key Largo School
  • Coral Shores High School
  • Plantation Key School
  • Treasure Village Montessori School
  • Marathon Middle High School
  • Stanley Switlik Elementary School
  • Big Pine Academy
  • Sugarloaf School
  • Gerald Adams Elementary School
  • Poinciana Elementary School
  • Horace O’Bryant School
  • Key West High School
  • May Sands Montessori School
Food Services Director Melissa Albright said the cafeterias are prepped and ready to continue to offer the much needed service. “We are excited for the opportunity to continue to provide this service to our students, giving families some added security while we continue to heal and rebuild.”
 
For more information on the free meal plan opportunity for all students throughout the district and staggered start dates go to www.keysschools.com. Follow us on Facebook @MYMCSD, on Twitter @keysschools, and on Instagram @MYMCSD.  Follow the Superintendent on Twitter @supt_porter
School Board Meeting Notice
 
On Tuesday, December 12, 2017 the School Board will hold a Workshop (3:00 pm), Closed Attorney-Client Session (4:45 pm) and Regular Meeting (5:00 pm).  The meeting will be held at the A.J. Henriquez Building, Board Room, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, Florida.   A Public Hearing on the adoption of policies and/or job descriptions may be held.
 
Notice of Closed Attorney Session
 
SCHOOL BOARD OF MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA
NOTICE OF CLOSED ATTORNEY-CLIENT SESSION
  
NOTICE IS HEREBY given that a private closed Attorney-Client Session, in accordance with § 286.011(8), Florida Statutes, will be held at 4:45 pm or as soon as possible thereafter on December 12, 2017 at the A.J. Henriquez Administrative Building, Board Room, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, Florida to discuss settlement negotiations and/or strategy related to litigation expenditures in the following pending litigation matter:
 
Thomas Amador vs. The School Board of Monroe County, Florida
District Court of Appeal, Third District of Florida
Case No. 3D14-0039
 
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 and Attorney Dirk Smits. 
 
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 30 minutes. 
 
Notice of Science Instructional Materials Presentations for K-12 Science Adoption
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 -  9:00 am - 3:30pm  Marathon High School   Grades K-8

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 - 9:00 am - 3:30pm Marathon High School Grades 9-12

 

Residents of Monroe County are invited to attend the Science Instructional Materials publisher presentations for the adoption period of 2018-2023.  
 


Monroe Computes Commits Thousands of Dollars to Increase Certifications
Monroe Computes LogoMonroe County School District officials have accepted the challenge to increase the amount of IT industry certifications throughout the district. Monroe COMPUTES benefactors in return have committed $100,000 in rewards for students.
 
The goal is to increase the number of certifications from 300 the year before to 1,000 in the 2017-2018 school year.
 
Key West philanthropists John Padget and Jacob Dekker have agreed to donate enough cash for students to be able to continue to receive awards for completing the certification. "We are thrilled that increasing numbers of teachers and students developing their IT skills," Mr. Padget confirmed. "We have budgeted over $100,000 in awards to support their efforts."
 
"We have more students taking more technology courses than ever," Superintendent Mark Porter explained. "We expect students will qualify for over 1,000 industry certificates in IT this school year."
 
Monroe COMPUTES, which has provided cash incentives to Monroe County School students, has expanded its program to include Microsoft Office, Adobe, and IC3 certifications. IC3 certificates are available starting in 5th and 6th grades, Microsoft certificates in 7th and 8th grades. Additional Microsoft certificates plus Adobe and Apple certificates are available in high school.
 
Career and Technical Education Director, Dr. Jerry Caputo, explained, "Our largest single program will be the Microsoft Office Specialist, which includes PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.  The first 25 students earning this certificate (MICRO069) will earn $500 in prize money, three college credits, and get high school credit for an on-line course."  In addition, Monroe COMPUTES will provide incentives for all Adobe industry certifications.
 
Superintendent Porter said he is especially impressed by the mobility and flexibility of the program. "Computer-based national testing can be arranged whenever individual students are ready," Porter explained.  "Prizes range from $50 to $500, depending on the certificate."
 
CTE officials said students passing the AP Computer Science exam in May will receive $250 from Monroe COMPUTES and earn four college credits. Students can get more information from their IT teachers, or contact the office of Career and Technical Education at (305) 293-1400 x53389.
 
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, December 7, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m at  Marathon Middle High School, Room 2102. 
 
 
Our upcoming EPIC Committee meeting series has been scheduled as detailed below. These are  all virtual meetings* and will be held at the following locations via videoconferencing:
 
MCSD Administrative Building, 241 Trumbo Road Key West - “Executive Conference Room”

Sugarloaf School, 255 Crane Blvd. Sugarloaf - “ESE Director’s Office”
Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon– “Room 6209”
Plantation Key K-8 School, 100 Lake Road, Tavernier – Inquire at front office
Upper Keys Annex, South Building, 89990 Overseas Highway, Tavernier – Inquire at front office

Full Meeting Schedule
 
December 7 - Appeals Reviews Full Day MMHS - Rm. 2102  3 - 6 pm
*December 19 - Full Day MMHS - Rm 2102  (9 a.m. until the job is done)
January 11 - (3 until 6) Virtual Meeting
February 8 - (3 until 6) Virtual Meeting
March 8 - (3 until 6) Virtual Meeting
April 12 - (3 until 6) Virtual Meeting
May 10 - (3 until 6) Virtual Meeting

 (*please note that the 12.19.2017 meeting is face-to-face at Marathon Middle/High School).

 
 
 
Mrs. Theresa Axford Explains Inquiry-based PGP's/PLC's
photo with link to youtube video about inquiry based pgp's and plc's

 
This is the busiest time of year for our teachers in Monroe County Schools. This is also a time of year when they are deciding on ways to measure success in our students via observation and research. Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, Mrs. Theresa Axford has collaborated with her Curriculum Team to explain the Inquiry-based PGP's and PLC's to our teachers (and any interested parents!). Mrs. Axford speaks to just how exciting and insightful the process is for teachers who use it as a tool.Click on the photo above to access the link to the instructional video.

Teachers, to access the materials click here, Use your keysstudents.net login information to gain access. Contact Sarah Morton for more information.
 
New Calendar Modifications Approved
 
School Board Members approved the modified calendar at the October 24th meeting. Click on the 'Calendar' link in the upper right-hand corner of the district homepage to take a look at the full calendar with changes.

The following altered dates are listed below:
 
All Early Release Dates for Professional Development (dates vary by region) become Full Student Days

October 16 | Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day
October 27 | End of the First Quarter
November 10 | Veterans Day (observed) becomes Full Student Day
January 8 | Teacher Planning Day becomes Full Student Day
January 12 | End of Second Quarter/Semester One
February 19 | Presidents Day becomes a Full Student Day
March 9 | End of Third Quarter Teacher Planning Day becomes half-day for students
March 30 |District-Wide Early Release Day becomes Full Student Day


 
Veterans in Marathon Deliver Aid to the Community

American Legion Post 154 in Marathon has offered tremendous support to the community. Legion members coordinated food and water drop offs, clothing donations, and cleanup efforts. The Legion Hall housed truckloads of supplies for Marathon residents to pick up.
 
American Flag waves in the wind
American Legion Department of Florida disaster relief chair Bill Hoppner and Post 154 Commander and School Board Chairman, John Dick delivered 5,400 meals, 120 tarps, and infant formula for Marathon residents in need, in one service run to Stanley Switlik Elementary School and Marathon Middle High School.
volunteers and students with truck of donated goods
American Legion Post 154 is now working with Royal Furniture to house all donated items at the old Royal Furniture store. For more information on how to receive any supplies, go to American Legion Post 154’s Facebook page. Thank you to the American Legion Veterans, for your outreach and support.
 
MCSD Strong After Irma


MCSDCareer and Technical Education teachers Ebenson Michelin (IT), Cathy Sembert (Health Careers), and Lisa Rivard (Culinary Arts) work together to prepare lunch for Key West High School faculty and staff for the first day back to school after hurricane evacuations. Students were also provided with free breakfast and lunch, which will continue through October.

colleagues clear eachother's yards after Hurricane Irma
Beth Rosenow from CSHS, Meaghan Brunk and Sarah Maschal from MHS, Jessica Hornbeck from KWHS working together to clear a colleague 's property.

HOB staff cleaning up after Hurricane Irma

Staff at HOB prepared the grounds after Hurricane Irma ahead of school reopening.

Stanley Switlik Elementary School students receive toys from TV station, Telemundo

Students at Stanley Switlik Elementary School receive toys from Spanish-speaking station, Telemundo 51 in South Florida.

rainbow over sugarloaf school
Rainbow over Sugarloaf School on student's first day back after Hurricane Irma, on October 2nd. Photo taken by Kevin Walden.



 
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Teacher of the Year Samantha Hopper Wins State Award
Samantha Hopper speaks at Teacher's Roundtable
Florida Department of Education officials presented Key Largo School’s Samantha Hopper with the Mary J. Brogan ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award. Ms. Hopper has been an educator for seven years, teaching fourth grade at KLS.
 
The ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award goes to “extraordinary educators who instill passion, joy and love of learning in their students.” FLDOE officials reported, the award goes to a district teacher of the year who goes above and beyond the classroom experience.
 
Ms. Hopper said the time spent at the 2018 Teacher of the Year Roundtable promoted collaboration. “The roundtable allows for passionate teachers to collaborate with more passionate teachers from all over our great state. It is an opportunity to be inspired by others, ask questions, celebrate successes, and plan for our future students and future endeavors in education. It is an opportunity to learn from each other and start to think about how teacher leaders can have a positive impact on students beyond our own classrooms.” 
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