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SeaPerch Competition Winners!
Lower Keys SeaPerch Competition 2016
Congratulations to the teams who participated in the 2016 SeaPerch Competition!! First Place in the Lower Keys competition was taken by team Roboshark from Marathon Middle School coached by Carl Bish, 8th grade teacher at MMHS. The team was able to navigate through the obstacle course with the fastest overall time of 3:13. MMHS brought four teams to the competition. Second place went to team Fanatics from Sugarloaf School with a final time of 4:27.  Sugarloaf School was coached by SLS STEM educator Karen McKenzie with a total of four teams entering the competition. Third place went to team “I Furgot” from Horace O’Bryant School with a final time of 6:02. Melissa Alsobrooks, 8th grade science teacher from Horace O’Bryant, brought six teams to the competition. 
Upper Keys SeaPerch Competition
The first place finisher from Key Largo School was team Aquabots with the overall fastest time in the championship heat at 4:22.  Second place finish was by Treasure Village Montessori's team Boars with a final time of 5:09. Third place finish was by Key Largo School's team Submaggedeon, with a final time of 7:23. Key Largo School, coached by STEM/Mathematics teacher Mark Leffler, brought four teams to the competition. Treasure Village Montessori entered four teams in the competition coached by Bobbi Burson, middle school science teacher.  

Photos courtesy of Courtney Oliver
Poinciana Principal Announced

Superintendent Mark Porter is pleased to announce his recommendation for the new principal at Poinciana Elementary School - Dr. Larry Schmiegel. Dr. Schmiegel was selected from an outstanding group of applicants that included qualified individuals from the Monroe County Schools and from the State of Florida.  The selection process was led by Dr. Ramon Dawkins, Executive Director of Human Resources and included two rounds of personal interviews that involved stakeholders from the school and community.
Dr. Schmiegel is currently serving as the Principal at Frederick Leighton Elementary School in the Oswego City School District, Oswego, New York  He was previously a building level administrator in the Syracuse City School District, Syracuse, New York, with additional administrative experience in the Kingman Unified School District in Kingman, Arizona. Dr. Schmiegel’s educational background includes an MBA from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, an advanced master’s degree in education leadership from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York and an Education Doctorate degree from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York where his qualitative research focused on school principal support.
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2016 Summer Literacy Adventure
Ready to pick a book, Set to read every day, Read this summer for Success next year!
Join students all across Florida as they take on the Summer Literacy Adventure Challenge and pledge to read every day. Set a personal goal, work to accomplish it and strive for success! Students are being challenged to pledge to read as many books as possible throughout the summer break. Each student can fill out his or her pledge at Summer Literacy Pledge. Turn in your pledge sheet to your school Library Media Specialist/Manager in the fall.

Students have free 24/7 access to the MCSD eBook/audiobook library.  Please click here for some quick and easy instructions. For a list of summer reading titles for grades 6 and up click here.

Transportation Subcommittee Meeting

The Monroe County School District Transportation subcommittee is a subset of the collective bargain team's membership. This committee investigates matter of concern to our Transportation Department and the the collective bargaining unit. The Transportation Subcommittee’s next meeting(s) have been scheduled as follows:
Friday, June 24, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Friday, July 01, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 07, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Interested participants may enjoin either by:
1.    contacting the Monroe County School District’s Department of Human Resources at 305.293.1400 (ext. 53328) for details
2.    or by visiting the site below at the meeting time specified above.
Sugarloaf School, 225 Crane Blvd, Sugarloaf Key 
The public is welcomed! 
All visitors are asked to inquire/sign-in at front office
Notice of Meetings
On Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. the Board will hold a Regular Business Meeting at the Coral Shores High School Media Center, 89901 Overseas Hwy., 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.
Dolphin Research Center Supports Superintendent's Ultimate Reader Award Program
In keeping with Dolphin Research Center (DRC)’s commitment to Teaching, Learning and Caring about Marine Mammals and their long history of outreach with the Monroe County schools, the organization teamed up with the Superintendent’s Ultimate Reader’s Award Program (SURA) this year. The organization provided fun-filled, spectacular opportunities to interact with the DRC dolphins as incentives for Marathon students in grades K-12.

Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center, a nonprofit organization, promotes peaceful coexistence between marine mammals and humans and the environment we share with the wellbeing of DRC’s animals taking precedence.  DRC recognizes that reading is fundamental for any educated person and wanted to encourage Marathon students to attain a high level of recreational and informational reading in addition to their teacher’s reading assignments. Working with Media Specialists Ms. Christine Paul  at Stanley Switlik Elementary and Ms. Kathy Lancaster at Marathon Middle and High School, DRC provided some wonderful rewards for the schools’ top readers.

Ms. Paul and Ms. Lancaster set up the criteria for the awards. Using the Accelerated Reading Program (AR), students who earned 100 points with an average of 85% proficiency had their names put into a drawing at each grade level.  Kindergarten students had to reach a goal of a predetermined number of minutes as recorded by the classroom teacher.

Click here for more information about the program, a list of award winners, and photographs.
Notice of Labor Negotiations
The Monroe County School District and The United Teachers of Monroe, Florida will conduct Labor Negotiations which will use video conferencing technology with the host site being the School District Administration Building, 241 Trumbo Road, Key West on the following dates:
Monday, June 6 – 1:00 to 4:00
Monday, June 13 – 9:00 to 1:00
Friday, June 17 – 9:00 to 1:00
Monday, June 20 – 9:00 to 1:00
Tuesday, June 21 – 9:00 to 1:00
Monday, June 27 – 9:00 to 1:00
Thursday, June 30 – 9:00 to 4:00

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.
May 2016
Mary Lou Darczuk, Switlik Elementary School counselor
Click Here to view the GEMS web page and see the latest MCSD GEMS for 2015-16!  

AHEC Clinic Summer Hours

Special Ed Connection
Parents of Students with Disabilities:

Special Ed Connection® is an online resource provided free of charge by the Florida Department of Education. Answer these questions and more:
  • What is special education?
  • How does special education work?
  • How does special education change as my child progresses through school and exits to adulthood?
  • What are my child’s legal rights?
  • What are specific procedures and real-world strategies that can support success?
To find out more about gaining access to this exciting resource, contact Cecilia Nieto with FDLRS-South at or 305-274-3501. (English and Spanish)

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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