The Color of our Worlds: 11/2016

Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students

Interactive Reading of a Story

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Ali Nava leads her students through an interactive reading of the end of "Burro's Tortillas."
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Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute, is leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth. Today, almost 60 percent of children in the United States start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language, math, and social-emotional skills. Through partnerships with pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community based organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and others, Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help them prepare their children for success in school and beyond. Whether at the pediatrician's office or the playground, Too Small to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere.

Retrieved from, October 28, 2016.

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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

Congratulations to Indiantown Middle School for a beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony. Special thanks to community members, MCSD Board Members and staff for attending this momentous occasion. What a stunning facility!

Fantasy Football Teams at Anderson Middle School!

7th grade students drafted and are now managing their own Fantasy Football Teams using values and/or equations to calculate their players score each week.
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J. D. Parker Supports Treasure Coast Food Bank

Students, families and staff from JD Parker Elementary along with members of the Treasure Coast Food Bank, and St. Mary’s Church gathered at the school to pack one week's worth of food for the entire Food Bank youth program. In total, 4,321 meals were packed for students in Martin and St. Lucie counties.

Eli's House Brings Noted Authors to Port Salerno Elementary School!

Several amazing authors have visited Port Salerno Elementary! These amazing authors are:

  • 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!
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Character Counts! Award Grant to Tisha Freedman at SeaWind!

Tisha Freedman, guidance counselor at SeaWind Elementary, was awarded a Character Counts grant to fund Social Emotional Learning curriculum. Congratulations Mrs. Freedman!

Character Counts! Award Grant to Mrs. Muto at Pinewood!

Mrs. Muto, guidance counselor at Pinewood Elementary, was awarded a Character Counts grant. Congratulations, Mrs. Muto!

Pinewood Fifth Grader, Nahomy Mencias Named Character Counts! Student of the Week!

Nahomy Mencias, a fifth grade student at Pinewood Elementary School was named CHARACTER COUNTS! Student of the Week for October 12. Nahomy demonstrates the Pillar of Caring. Nahomy is kind to her classmates and cares about her learning and helping others learn as well. She shows up every day eager to learn, thanks her teachers for helping her, and express gratitude daily. Nahomy can be seen pulling up a chair to a classmate's desk when he or she is struggling with a math problem. Nahomy patiently shows her classmates different math strategies and celebrates success with them when they accomplish a task together. Sailfish Splash Water Park, a sponsor of CHARACTER COUNTS! Student of the Week program, has graciously given Nahomy two free passes to the water park.
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Pinewood Chorus Performs at mARTies Awards!

The Performing Panthers sang their first performance at the mARTies Awards Ceremony and did an excellent job.
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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.

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In October, students received progress reports from the iReady reading and math assessments and district progress reports based on the year-long standards.

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: 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:

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:

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, 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