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District News
Notice of Meeting

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016 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 Administration Bldg., 241 Trumbo Road, Key West. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions may be held.


On Tuesday, October 25, 2016 beginning at 5:00 pm, the School Board will hold a Regular Meeting at the Coral Shores High School Media Center, 89901 Overseas Highway, Tavernier. A Public Hearing on the adoption of Policies and/or Job Descriptions may be held.
 
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
 
Inquiry Based Professional Learning

Pictured are Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning and Dr. Nancy Dana of the University of Florida. Mrs. Axford and Dr. Dana both did presentations at the Florida Association of Staff Development on Inquiry Based Professional Learning. Dr. Dana’s presentation focused on how Inquiry Questions are established through a data collection process and an examination of passions about learning. Mrs. Axford’s presentation focused on why the Inquiry Process can help teachers achieve the goals that they have for student achievement and professional learning. Dr. Dana has published numerous books on Inquiry and is considered to be one of the experts in the area. She will be working with Monroe County Schools throughout the year as a mentor for the district’s process. 


Photo courtesy of Theresa Axford
Student Portal and Parent Portal News

Parents and Students -
 
The Monroe County School District has implemented a new student information system which includes replacement of the Pinnacle Gradebook. The FOCUS Student Portal is now available!  Student can sign on through the link under Students - FOCUS Student Login, and student login information has been provided to school administrators and gradebook managers.  Be sure to use Chrome as your web browser.  The FOCUS Parent Portal is expected to be available by late September.  There will be a registration process for parents to have their own accounts to access the portal.  With that account, they will be able to view student grades and attendance.  A single account will be used to access information on all students in a family.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to a new system.  We hope that you will find the additional resources available through the Parent Portal helpful in monitoring your child’s academic success.
GEMS
 
GEMS 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.
 
September 2016
 

Christopher Hernandez,
Coral Shores HS 

Allison Woltanski
Plantation Key School
 
Click Here to view the GEMS web page and see the latest MCSD GEMS for 2016-17!  

 
EPIC Meeting Scheduled
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, October 6, 2016 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”
Marathon High School, 350 Sombrero Beach Road, Marathon– “Room 6209”
Plantation Key K-8 School, 100 Lake Road, Tavernier – Inquire at front office
Key Largo K-8 School, 104801 Overseas Highway, Ley Largo – Inquire at front office
 
The public is welcomed.
Monroe Computes Offers Laptops
Brand new laptop computers are available to all Monroe County students enrolling in Advanced Placement Computer Science (AP CS) at the Florida Virtual School (FLVS).  

“This is a new initiative from COMPUTE$,” according to John Padget, representing the sponsoring foundation. “Some students are ready to acquire additional computing skills and we want to help.”

For detailed information about this new initiative from Monroe/ COMPUTE$, please read this press release.

CareerSource South Florida Work Readiness Course
Congratulations to the students in Mr. Brian Flannigan's class at Key West High School for successfully completing the 8-week Work Readiness Course! Students were instructed by Jessica Gomez of CareerSource South Florida and Jennifer Wilsnack, KWHS ESE Job Coach, in areas of resume and cover letter writing, workplace behaviors, self-determination, and interview skills. The course concluded with individual mock interviews in which students utilized the skills learned during the course.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Wilsnack

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