The Color of our Worlds: 1/2017

Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students

Developing Growth Mindsets: Enhancing Your Child’s Self-Condence to Learn

Monday, January 9, 6:30pm Martin County High School Auditorium

  • Free for elementary, middle and high school parents and guardians
  • Learn strategies to encourage a “can do” attitude
  • Learn how your child can learn, grow and excel when given the right kind of support and encouragement

Presented by Patty Morris, Assistant Principal, Pinewood Elementary.

Visit for more information and to register! Space is limited.

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Parent Involvement Night at Indiantown Middle School

Students and staff from South Fork High School and Indiantown Middle School (IMS) came to IMS to share information for our 8th grade students and their families, in preparation for their transition to 9th grade.

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How can working parents stay involved in school?

There is no question that when parents support their children's education, the children are more successful. Volunteering in the classroom is just one way to make a difference.

In fact, research has shown that things parents do OUTSIDE the classroom can have a bigger impact on learning. First and most importantly, let your child know that school is your family's top priority.

You do that in several ways:

  • Set a schedule that allows plenty of time to finish schoolwork.
  • Have conversations with your child about what he or she is learning in school. Offer positive comments. Simply say, "That sounds really interesting. I hope you'll tell me more," will motivate him or her.
  • Leave time for reading. Don't give up the joys of reading aloud. And sometimes, try reading a book your child is reading and then discussing it.
  • Support your child's teacher. Ask what you can do at home to help. Could uould assemble packets of student activity materials. Cut out a bulletin board display?

You CAN continue to play a role in your child's education.

Retrieved from Helping Children Learn, Tips Families Can Use to Help Children Do Better in School.

Varun Singh won 1st Place in his age group in Feather In the Wind 5K Run!

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How did the Feather in the Wind 5K Start?

A few years ago several teachers at Crystal Lake Elementary School got together and created a "Running Club." The idea was to run after school with students and teach them how to pace themselves for longer distances while also promoting health and fitness.

What the teachers did not expect was over a 100 students in grades 3-5 showing up to practice week after week. The passion and the excitement caught and soon whole families were running together, students were practicing at recess, and that year over 40 students completed their first 5k.

But the teachers and the students didn't stop. The next year they invited High School Track and Cross Country athletes to their practices. They ran with them and got advice on how to train harder and longer. They also encouraged other schools to give it a try and passionate teachers in 3 other elementary schools began their own Running Clubs.

However, there was one thing that the students wanted to accomplish more than anything else. They wanted to organize their own 5k. So at the end of the year a group of student athletes invited race directors, timing professionals, police, and neighborhood members to their classroom. With a little help from their teacher, they planned, created, designed and eventually produced the "Feather in the Wind 5k."

Retrieved from, December 23, 2016.

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Elementary students had the opportunity to participate in a FIRST LEGO League robotics team right at their school site during the fall of 2016. The Education Foundation has partnered with the Martin County School District Extended Day program to begin an elementary robotics club team at each of the twelve elementary schools in the Martin County School District.

Teams met 2 hours/week beginning in September.

The season culminated with school teams participating in a qualifying tournament that took place at South Fork High School on December 10, 2016.


Supersonic Stingrays from Port Salerno Elementary School

Awarded Trophy: Qualifying Tournament Champions

Earned a bid to the Florida-South Regional Championship Tournament

RoboRockets from J.D. Parker School of Science, Math & Technology

Awarded Trophy: Research Project

Thunder Warriors from Warfield Elementary School

Awarded Trophy: Rising Star

SeaWind STEM Class Builds Solar Ovens

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Feeding the Birds at Indiantown Middle School

TEAM Green created pinecone bird feeders to hang here at school or take home. We all had fun making them and we can see that they have been nibbled on already!

Book Fair at Indiantown Middle School Promotes and Increases Reading!

Book Fairs help your school stock up on resources to enrich your children's education and offers them volunteer opportunities. Best of all, each Fair provides kids access to more books.

More books means more choice, which means kids get to read the books they want to read. The right book can ignite a passion for reading, so we encourage families to work together to create a reading culture at home. Reading expands the mind, nourishes the imagination, and opens a world of possible.

Indiantown Middle School enjoyed a successful book fair. IMS had not had one for a few years and are happy that it was so well received! Lots of reading will be going on with the students' new purchases!

SeaWind's Dolphin Chorus Performs at the Raymond J. Kravis Center for the Holidays!

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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