The Color of our Worlds: 11/2016
Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students
Interactive Reading of a Story
Retrieved from http://toosmall.org/mission, October 28, 2016.
Newsela is an educational website that offers an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. Every article is available to read at 5 reading levels (500L-1210L) and includes quizzes that are aligned to the Common Core. Newsela PRO subscribers are able to create a personalized dashboard for their classroom and track student progress.
Note: The service does not include translations or audio of the articles.
Newsela also has two new features: non-fiction text sets and articles in Spanish, both of which also have versions at multiple reading levels.
Indiantown Middle School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Fantasy Football Teams at Anderson Middle School!
J. D. Parker Supports Treasure Coast Food Bank
Eli's House Brings Noted Authors to Port Salerno Elementary School!
- Donna Gephart, author of “Death by Toilet Paper”;
- Will Hillenbrand (author/illustrator) author of “Counting Crocs”
- Meg Medina author of “Mango, Abuela and Me”
All of these amazing visits were brought to PSE by Eli’s House! Our students truly enjoyed these interactive visits!
Pinewood Fifth Grader, Nahomy Mencias Named Character Counts! Student of the Week!
Pinewood Chorus Performs at mARTies Awards!
IMS & WES STEM Teachers Present Pollution Solution Machines at FAST!
Lisa Knapp, STEM Lab Teacher of Indiantown Middle School, Kathleen Moeller, and Crystal Hallee, Learning Lab Teacher, both from Warfield Elementary School presented Pollution Solution Machines at the 2016 Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Attendees were provided with the opportunity to learn about water pollution and water runoff. Then, acting as students themselves, attendees were posed an Engineering Design Challenge to “Design and create a machine to help clean our waterways.” Resources and materials were provided to complete the project.
Your children have been working hard at school and there are many ways you can support at home as well. One of the best things you can do is to read with your child. Just like any sport we play, the more we practice, the more success we experience.
Along with reading nightly is the opportunity to use the iReady reading and math instructional programs at home. The website is: https://cainc.i-ready.com/ and you can contact your child’s teacher if you are unsure of your child’s log in information.
Here are some additional resources that may guide you as you help your child at home:
- Just Take 20 (JT20) is a Florida initiative to improve student achievement in reading and literacy by recognizing that literacy begins at home. http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/just-read-fl/just-take-20/families/
- Just Read, Florida! http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/just-read-fl/parents.stml
- FloridaStudents.org, your source for Florida Standards Student Tutorials and Resources http://floridastudents.org/
MCSD supports National Bullying Prevention Month and will be encouraging students to be respectful, responsible, safe, and positive citizens. Here are some resources that you may find useful:
- FLDOE Bullying Prevention http://www.fldoe.org/schools/safe-healthy-schools/safe-schools/bullying-prevention.stml
- PACER http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/
Parent Guide for English Learners
For families of English learners there is a lot to know, including how their children are:
- Identified as English learners
- Taught English and other subjects
- Tested, tested, and tested some more
- Designated as proficient in academic English and moved out of English learner services
"The Parent Guide for English Learners" gives you basic information about each of these topics. It will help you talk with your child’s school, ask the right questions, and support your child on their journey as an English learner. English and Spanish versions are available.
Retrieved from http://educationnorthwest.org/resources/parent-guide-english-learners-english-and-spanish-versions, October 28, 2016.
Title I - Migrant - ELL Services Department of the MCSD
The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:
Anderson Middle School
Hobe Sound Elementary School
Indiantown Middle School
J. D. Parker Elementary School
Pinewood Elementary School
Port Salerno Elementary School
SeaWind Elementary School
Warfield Elementary School