Color of Our Worlds November 2019

Educating ALL Students for Success!

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5 Students Who Attended Title I Schools Earned Perfect Scores!

The Martin County School District is proud to announce that 122 students earned a perfect score on at least one Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) or End-of-Course (EOC) exam during the 2018-2019 school year.

Last spring, students in grades 3-10 took the English Language Arts (ELA) FSA, while students in grades 3-8 took the Math FSA. The Statewide Science Exam (SSA) was administered to students in grades 5 and 8, and students enrolled in Civics, U.S. History, Algebra I and Geometry participated in EOC exams for those subjects.

Data released in August by the Florida Department of Education indicated that 20 District-operated schools had at least one student earn a perfect score last school year. Hidden Oaks Middle School had the most, with 46 perfect scores. Palm City Elementary and Pinewood Elementary tied for the highest number of perfect scores at the elementary level with seven, while Jensen Beach High School topped the high school list with 12.

The following students earned perfect scores in more than one subject area:

Student - School Attended in 18-19 - Current School

Benjamin Wetterer - Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School - Martin County High School

Anna Melton - Hobe Sound Elementary School - Murray Middle School

Natalie Tobiasz - J.D. Parker School of Technology - Stuart Middle School

Varun Singh - Pinewood Elementary School - Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School

Anointed Yusuf - Pinewood Elementary School - Out of District

AMS Student Presents Artwork to Congressman

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AMS student Tristan presents his artwork of the United States Capitol building to Congressman Brain Mast during his recent visit.
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Jeff Umbaugh - Recognized by the Florida Association of Florida Administrators

October is National Principals Month! Congratulations to elementary principal for the day: Jeff Umbaugh, from Martin County. Jeff Umbaugh is the new principal of SeaWind Elementary in Hobe Sound, Martin County School District. He brings with him a strong history not only of academic gains, but positive staff culture and climate. Jeff believes strongly in listening to his parents and supporting his staff by removing as many barriers as possible as they seek to meet the needs of their learners.
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We celebrate our Title I principals for their tireless dedication to our students and the schools they serve. These school leaders fight every day to give their students the best education.

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MCSD is 6th in State!

Congratulations to Martin County School District for being ranked 6th among Florida's best school districts in 2020 by Niche!

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Parent Resources

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MCSD Parent Notification System Now Includes Text Messaging

Spread the word, parents! The Martin County School District now offers text messaging as part of its parent notification system.

Schools will now be able to deliver text messages straight to parents’ mobile phones with important information about events, school closings, safety alerts and more!

All texts sent by the District or schools will come from one of the following short codes:


Standard text messaging rates from your mobile carrier will apply to any messages you receive. Please be sure to follow the ‘opt out’ prompt if you do not wish to receive text

messages from the Martin County School District or any District-operated schools.

If you have provided your cell phone number to your child's school, you're all set. You will begin receiving messages from the school(s) and District when messages are sent. These are one-way communications from schools and the District, so sending messages to the numbers listed above will not work. Once a message has been sent to your phone, you'll see instructions for opting out if you do not wish to receive additional text messages.

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FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows you to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials.
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Standard Response Protocol

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Meet Anne Marie Foerster Luu, TESOL's 2013 Teacher of the Year, as we talk about the importance of building relationships with ELLs and their families, as well as ideas for advocacy on behalf of ELLs and immigrant students.
Why Building Relationships with ELL and Immigrant Students Matters: Event Archive
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Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You By Justice Sonia Sotomayor & Illustrated by Rafael López

Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful. In Just Ask!, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.

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School Happenings

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Parents are Vital Partners in Education!

It's that time of year again! Parent-Teacher Elementary School Conferences will be held November 7 from 5 - 8 p.m. If you have not already done so, please follow the instructions distributed by your child's school to schedule your appointment. If your child's school uses the MCSD conferencing app to schedule conferences, you'll find the instructions below to be very helpful as you reserve time to speak with your child's teachers.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child's school with any additional questions. We're #ALLINMartin and happy to help!

Tips for Parents: Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Kids TAG ART School Year 2019 — 2020 Sale

Starts: November 1, 2019

Also available for purchase is student artwork from the 2018 — 2019 School Year)

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Warfield Elementary Kindergarteners Celebrate Character Counts!

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EFMC Plays Across MCSD!

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Title I Kindergartners Participate in the EFMC Plays Across MCSD Project!

A total of 33 play kits were purchased and organized for the student play centers. The play kits are rotated weekly throughout the kindergarten classes.

A typical week of the EFMC Plays Across MCSD project center looks like:

On the first day of the school week the students are introduced to a new play center ‘theme.” During this time, the teacher and students talk about and gain background knowledge about the play “theme.” The teacher provides details and descriptions about how play should look in these centers. The teacher will also assign specific roles and discuss/show and model to the students how those roles work. For example; with the Flower Shop play kit, the teacher can assign roles such as a cashier, a florist, delivery person, floral designer and a customer.

The goal of the EFMC Plays Across MCSD is to provide purposeful play opportunities for the children. By promoting language rich opportunities and communication, the students will develop their literacy, vocabulary, math, cooperative social interaction skills, problem solving and collaboration skills.

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Multi-Cultural Night at Hobe Sound Elementary School!

What is Your Why?

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#HUGSorHIGH5s at Anderson Middle School

AMS has had it with watching kids struggle to belong, feel love and valued at schools because of our learned fear about hugging kids. #NOMORE

MS students are loved dearly and now AMS staff will wear H pins to identify as people open to share/show love. Students will see who they can go to if/when they need a little extra love, celebrating, or encouragement.

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Day of the Dead 2019 in United States - Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2!

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America with colorful calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons). Learn how the Day of the Dead started and the traditions that make it unique.
What is Day of the Dead? | National Geographic
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We are THANKFUL for YOU!

Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. That is a perfect reflection of what is experienced at Martin County Title I schools. Every day, moving and inspirational acts are visible for all to see. Every day, our incredibly devoted staff use their unique ability to teach and inspire our children. Every day, our amazing parents and community support our schools.

The success of our schools is built on a foundation of mutual respect and inclusiveness. Every day, dedicated teachers and staff nurture a culture of fairness, love and caring, all focused on the goal of providing a safe learning environment for our students and families. The Martin County School District Title I Department is committed to continuing this focus and supporting our families during the school day and beyond.

We are thankful that our schools continue to strive for excellence in each and every classroom, to grow stronger by our diversity, and to cultivate an open and positive school climate.

During this time of Thanksgiving, we want to share our gratitude and thank you for being such an important part of our children’s lives. This is a wonderful time of the year to get together with friends and family to celebrate and be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. Thank you for your continued support and we wish you all a safe and happy holiday.

With respect and gratitude,

The Title I Program Staff

The First Thanksgiving | History | Holidays | Little Fox | Animated Stories for Kids

The First Thanksgiving People celebrate Thanksgiving in November. Let's learn about the history of Thanksgiving. Visit for more of our fun animated stories and songs for kids and ESL learners!

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Community Resources

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Martin County School District Title I Schools and Program Staff

Elementary Schools:

 Hobe Sound Elementary

 JD Parker Elementary School

 Pinewood Elementary School

 Port Salerno Elementary School

 Seawind Elementary School

 Warfield Elementary School

Secondary Schools:

 David Anderson Middle School

 Indiantown Middle School

 Spectrum Academy

 Willoughby Learning Center

Title I Program Staff

Shela Khanal, Director of Title I Programs

Debra George, Coordinator of Title I Programs

Deb Stull, Coordinator District Title Programs: ELL, Immigrant, and FIT

Casey Vasko, Federal Programs/ Equitable Services Liaison

Yvonne Blanco, Title I Department Secretary