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 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.
Mrs. Theresa Axford Explains Inquiry-based PGP's/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
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
Free Meals For Monroe County Students Extended
All of traditional schools and some charter schools will continue to receive meals through November 30th. 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:
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.
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 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.
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.
Beth Rosenow from CSHS, Meaghan Brunk and Sarah Maschal from MHS, Jessica Hornbeck from KWHS working together to clear a colleague 's property.
Staff at HOB prepared the grounds after Hurricane Irma ahead of school reopening.
Students at Stanley Switlik Elementary School receive toys from Spanish-speaking station, Telemundo 51 in South Florida.
Rainbow over Sugarloaf School on student's first day back after Hurricane Irma, on October 2nd. Photo taken by Kevin Walden.
MCSD is Mobile!
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The "official" Monroe County School District Facebook page includes announcements and information regarding Monroe County schools. Click on the image to "Like" our page!
The @MyMCSD Instagram page is a place for your student to engage in district information. Click the photo to follow!
The DistrictTwitter page includes district updates and news, and keeps you connected to Superintendent Mark Porter. Click the photo to follow @keysschools!
Teacher of the Year Samantha Hopper Wins State Award
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.”