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District News
Meeting Notice - School Board Workshop and Regular Meeting
 
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 the School Board will hold a Workshop (3:00 pm) and Regular Meeting (5:00 pm) at the Marathon High School – Media Center, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon, Florida. A Public Hearing on the adoption of policies and/or job descriptions may be held.
 
On Tuesday, June 27, 2017 the School Board will hold a Workshop (3:00 pm) and Regular Meeting (5:00 pm).  The meeting will be held at the A. J. Henriquez Administrative Building, 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 3:00 pm or as soon as possible thereafter on June 27, 2017 at the A.J. Henriquez Administrative Building, 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; Attorneys Dirk Smits, Scott Black, and Ryan Abrams. 
 
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 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 3:00 pm or as soon as possible thereafter on June 27, 2017 at the A.J. Henriquez Administrative Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West, Florida, to discuss settlement negotiations and/or strategy related to litigation expenditures in the following pending litigation matter:
 
Katherine Reitzel vs. The School Board of Monroe County, Florida
Circuit Court of the 16th Judicial Circuit, Monroe County Florida
Case No. 2010-CA-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 30 minutes.

 
Notice of Labor Negotiations

The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will conduct Labor Negotiations by video conferencing technology with the host site being the School District Administration Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
 
Meeting Notice - Audit and Finance Committee

The Monroe County School District's Audit and Finance Committee will hold a public meeting via video conferencing technology on Monday, June 26, 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 Computes
Key West HS students earn awards from Monroe Computes
Key West High School students added several new names to their I.T. Wall of Fame recently. Students in Ms. Laura Blythe's Applied Engineering and Mr. Ebenson Michelin's Applied Internet Technology classes earned new industry certifications in Microsoft Office and Autodesk Inventor. In addition to college credits, students also earned cash awards from Monroe Computes for themselves, and additional funding for their classrooms. To date, Monroe Computes has given approximately 500 MCSD students over $75,000 in cash incentives.

Pictured above, L to R:  KWHS Instructor Laura Blythe, Wendy Galo, Abigail Ladino, Anastasija Dmytryk, Kristen Haughey, Daniella McCausland, Dr. Jerry Caputo (MCSD Director of Career & Adult Education), Christopher Cervantes, Viren Alwani, Jared Perez, Eric Whiteside.
Sugarloaf Students earn awards from Monroe Computes
Mrs. Janet Vazquez's Sugarloaf Middle School students have the unique distinction of being the first students in Monroe County to complete the first section of the four part Internet Computing Core (IC3) Certification. The new district program is specifically designed to build a solid foundation in digital concepts, while promoting internet safety and responsibility for primary and middle school age children. The students each earned $50 from Monroe Computes and have the ability to earn up to $200 each for completing all four sections of the program.
 
Pictured above, L to R:  Matthew Khan, Noah Bingham, Gemma Egan, Kiera Wicht, Abigail Woods, Matthew Portillo, Harry Russel (SLS Principal), Dr. Jerry Caputo (MCSD Director of Career & Adult Education), Isabella Dell'Api, Mrs. Janet Vazquez (IT Instructor), Styder Graft, Oliver Buterbaugh, Lucas Montiel, Savannah Cole, Angelena Decesare, Marcos Montiel

Horace O'Bryant School students Savannah Oropeza and Garrett Knott are the latest recipients of Monroe Computes financial awards.  Oropeza, a 6th grader, earned $50 for completing part one of a four part Internet Computing Core (IC3) Certification.  The new program is specifically designed to build a solid foundation in digital concepts, while promoting internet safety and responsibility for primary and middle school age children.  Knott, an 8th grader, completed a Microsoft Office certification, which earned him $200 from Monroe Computes and three college credits. 
 
Pictured, L to R: HOB IT instructor, Phillip Baucom, Savannah Oropeza, Dr. Jerry Caputo (MCSD Director of Career and Adult Education), Garrett Knott, HOB Principal Christina McPherson
Summer School Schedule

SUMMER SCHOOL & EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR DATES | June 12th – July 11th 
3rd GRADE DATES | June 12th – July 18th 
VOLUNTARY PRE-KINDERGARTEN(VPK) | June 12th – July 26th 
21st CENTURY LEARNING | June 12th – July 20th 
 
SUMMER SCHOOL SITES
UPPER KEYS
Coral Shores High School | Grades 9 -- 12
Key Largo School  | For Key Largo and Plantation Key School Students VPK – Grade 8
MIDDLE KEYS
Marathon High School | Grades 6 – 12
Stanley Switlik Elementary | VPK – Grade 8
LOWER KEYS
Key West High School | Grades 9 – 12
Horace O’Bryant School | For Gerald Adams, Horace O’Bryant & Poinciana Students VPK – Grade 8
Sugarloaf School | VPK – Grade 8

 
KWHS Fire Fighting and Emergency Responder Class
KWHS Fire Fighting and Emergency Responder students
The Key West High School Fire Fighting and Emergency Responder class recently held their recognition ceremony honoring the 2017 class.  Five KWHS seniors received their Fire Fighter 1, Emergency Responder  and Career Ready Practices Certificates, putting them one step closer to becoming certified Fire Fighters. Underclassmen completing the course received their Career Ready Practices and Emergency Medical Responder Certificates.
Monroe County's Sunshine State Scholar
Ben Ryder and Carrollyn Cox
Congratulations to Marathon High School Junior, Benjamin Ryder who was selected as the Sunshine State Scholar from Monroe County. Ben and science teacher Carrollyn Cox represented the district at the Sunshine State Scholar conference in Orlando.  
Social Studies Outstanding Teachers of the Year

Monroe County School District is pleased to announce the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS) Elementary Teacher of the Year for Monroe County is Anne Osborne from Plantation Key School and the Secondary Teacher of the Year is Nora Laubenstein. Mrs. Osborne and Mrs. Laubenstein were selected because of their ability to foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, the student-teacher relationships they have built, their professionalism, and their outstanding teaching methods.

Jennifer Barrios, Anne Osborne, Lisa TaylorMrs. Osborne teaches several grades in the Gifted and High Achievers program at Plantation Key School.  Mrs. Osborne has a passion for social studies. She has attended numerous summer seminars sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Her “coup de gras” social studies project this year was working with the Keys History and Discovery Center and the Art Guild of the Purple Isles (AGPI). The project began with a field trip to Lignum Vitae Key to learn Florida history. After the field trip local artists from the AGPI provided guidance as the students brought back sketches and created beautiful water color paintings that are currently hanging in the hallway at Plantation Key School as a reminder of their trip. “Mrs. Osborne provides hands on, authentic experiences that bring social studies to life for the Plantation Key School students. Our students are very fortunate to have a Mrs. Osborne as their teacher,” Plantation Key School Principal Lisa Taylor said.
 
Amber Acevedo, Nora Laubenstein, Jennifer BarriosMrs. Laubenstein currently teaches Advanced Placement World History and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Mrs. Laubenstein loves what she teaches and she strives to get her students to become historians by instilling a curiosity to learn from the past. This summer Mrs. Laubenstein will be leading her first overseas tour to Central Europe with some of her current and former students so that they can see part of the world through historical eyes. “Nora Laubenstein helps make students connect history to the everyday world around them. Her ability to engage students in their own learning enables them to be successful, not only in her class, but in other academic areas. Her work exemplifies excellence in education while building the confidence of the students she works with every day,” Key West High School Principal Amber Acevedo said.  
 
Both will be honored at the FCSS awards dinner October 21, 2017, in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Enlightened Educator - Kerri Worthington, Stanley Switlik Elementary
Kerri Worthington, Sarah Morton
Recognition of Kerri Worthington, second grade teacher at Stanley Switlik Elementary, is an incredible outgrowth of two district-wide initiatives: the MCSD’s Community of Experts Catalog and Second Grade Literacy Redesign. The Experts Catalog is designed to provide teachers with contacts across the district that have had success with the resources provided by the district. Kerri is the Learning A-Z contact and license coordinator in this catalog. The Second Grade Literacy Redesign project is a Literacy Calendar with a standards-based focus, created by second grade teachers in the Monroe County School District in order to best prepare students for the rigor of third grade. Kerri linked all resources to make them fingertip-ready, and aligned the calendar and resources using Learning A-Z. Additionally, Kerri led her second grade team in strong implementation through a Professional Learning Community focused on the calendar and the results of their efforts will be used to make this project even better. Recently, Learning A-Z recognized Kerri as an Enlightened Educator, and the Monroe County School District definitely agrees. Thank you Kerri for your outstanding efforts in Literacy this year!
 
Pictured with Monroe County School District’s Literacy Coordinator, Sarah Adams Morton
GEMS
 
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.

June 2017
GEMS for the 61317 Board Meeting featuring MHS Athletic Department and Marathon Writes Coordinator
 
 
Click Here to view the GEMS web page and see the latest MCSD GEMS for 2016-17!  

 
SeaPerch
Sea Perch contest winners
On Thursday, May 11th, Key Largo, Plantation Key, Treasure Village Montessori, Marathon Middle/High, Horace O’Bryant, and Sugarloaf Schools sent teams of middle school students to Founders Park in Islamorada for the 3rd Annual Monroe SeaPerch Competition. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics (STEM) while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students learned engineering concepts, problem solving, teamwork, and technical applications.
SeaPerch
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FOCUS Parent Portal Registration
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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.
 
In order to create a Parent Portal Account, 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.
 

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).


 
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