Fall Break November 24-28
There will be no school for students from Monday, November 24th through Friday, November 28th. District Offices will be open with limited staff through Wednesday.
Scott Smoot was a beloved social studies teacher at Sugarloaf School. His untimely passing touches the lives of many, just as he did in life through his endeavors as an educator, coach, friend, father, husband and son.
Scott leaves behind his wife, Allison "Blake" Smoot, who also teaches at Sugarloaf School, and their two young children. Scott and Allison joined the Monroe county School District as educators at Sugarloaf School in 2005.
A benefit account has been opened to assist his family. Donations may be made at any First State Bank of the Florida Keys location or mailed to First State Bank of the Florida Keys, P.O. Box 420248, Summerland Key, FL 33042. If you wish to donate, please make checks payable to Allison Blake Smoot, Smoot Family Benefit Account.
The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the 2014-2016 Teacher and School Related Personnel (SRP) contracts.
During the final negotiation session on Monday, November 3rd, after seventeen previous sessions, representatives for the MCSB and the UTM reached a mutually agreed upon contract for the 2014-2016 school years. Holly Hummell-Gorman, President of the UTM stated, “On behalf of our members I am excited to see us reach a negotiated agreement in a more timely and effective manner. This agreement provides for much deserved compensation increases for all of our members.” Superintendent Mark T. Porter, who again led the MCSB negotiations team, echoed her comments, noting, “This was a much improved process to the credit of both sides and represents a significant step forward in terms of our labor relations and implementation of an innovative performance based salary schedule.” School Board Chairman Ron Martin, noted, “I am most excited by the manner in which this agreement was reached, putting aside so much of the animosity of the past. I am again glad that our teachers and SRP’s are receiving the compensation increases they truly deserve.”
The tentative agreement will now be presented by the UTM to its membership for a ratification vote to take place in the next two weeks. Upon ratification the agreement will come back before the MCSB for final approval at their Regular Meeting on November 18th. Implementation of the new contract will follow immediately with employees seeing the results in their December 15th payrolls checks/notices.
Professional Growth Plan Development
The link below is a video prepared by Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, and Holly Hummel-Gorman, President of the United Teachers of Monroe. Holly and Terri collaborated on the video to help teachers and principals with understanding the development of Professional Growth Plans. They wanted to make sure that everyone in the district had the same information regarding the process for not only developing, but also implementing the plan to increase learning for both students and teachers. Also included are two supporting documents: the script and a step by step guide to create the PGP.
District Teachers recently participated in a "train the trainer" session on the District's new writing initiative, "Everybody Writes." The concept behind the program is to afford students opportunities to write in all subject areas prompted by questions that the teachers create to start and throughout the development of the lesson. Using this strategy, students are able to get thoughts together on the content being taught. Because the process requires students to put their thinking in writing, it prepares them for the new FSA Writing Assessment, which requires assimilation of materials to develop an essay based on the student’s interpretation of the materials. The strategy can be used across all content areas. Those being trained will share the information with teachers throughout the district.