Color of Our Worlds 3/2018
Educating ALL MCSD Students for success.
Mar 11, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Starts
When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 11, 2018 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.
2018 Climate Survey
This Climate Survey is taken by parents, students, and teachers. It is based on the hallmarks of safe and effective schools' research evaluating principles such as a positive school climate, the school's discipline system, and staff roles. We value your input.
Florida’s 2017-2018 ESE Parent Survey: February 1 – May 31
Welcome to the FSA Portal
This portal is your source for information about the Florida Standards Assessments.
Florida’s K-12 assessment system measures students’ achievement of Florida’s education standards, which were developed and implemented to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. Assessment supports instruction and student learning, and test results help Florida’s educational leadership and stakeholders determine whether the goals of the education system are being met.
For information about FCAT 2.0 or NGSSS EOC Assessments, please visit http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/assessments/k-12-student-assessment.
For more information about Florida standards, course descriptions, and standard resources, please visit www.cpalms.org.
Writing a Winning Essay
Writing a Winning Essay
"Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.'"
— Jeff Mallett
As part of assessments and/or high school graduation requirements in many states, students must pass a writing test. In most of those tests, students are given a writing prompt and are asked to compose an essay following the prompt's instructions. For my ELL students, the writing test posed one of the biggest challenges to their successful graduation. It's not surprising that they struggled since writing is usually one of the last language skills in which students develop proficiency.
My ELL students often passed the reading and math tests, but would have to take the writing test more than once to pass. They had a lot of anxiety around writing, and the state writing exam was like a monster growing in the room as the test date neared. After talking about their fears, the students and I worked together to develop a deeper understanding of the writing test requirements and how to write a solid five paragraph essay. I will outline the process in this article.
JDP Students Experience STEM at the Martin County Fair!
Many of our students look at going to the fair as night of food and fun. Without science, the fair really wouldn't be able to be what it is! We have forms of energy, force and motion, evolution, heredity, and interdependence of living organisms right at our fingertips!
2nd - 3rd grades attended the field trip on Monday, February 12th.
4th - 5th grades attended the field trip on Wednesday, February 14th.
Students rotated through stations throughout the day. Activities on the runway were done as an investigative observation.
Science Wing 1: District Science Fair Projects, SPAM Robotics, hands on activity with human organs and their functions
Science Wing 2: The ARTS of Science
Force and Motion with Coach
Midway Part I: Investigation of light reflection and refraction with the House of Mirrors Midway Part II: Identification of forms of energy
JDP students are thankful for this amazing learning opportunity!
Stuart Sound Barbershop Quartet performed at Anderson Middle School
Related Arts STEM Family Night at Warfield Elementary School!
Reading Workshop at Hobe Sound Elementary School on March 6, 2018
MOM, this is just for you!
Hobe Sound Elementary is inviting you to a reading workshop.
Guest speaker: Elizabeth
March 6, 2018 at 8:15 am
HSE Room 135
Fun activities, good learning time, new ideas for the family.
Refreshments will be served!
Please contact Ms. March if you would like to attend this workshop.
Any questions, please call at 772-219-1540 Ext. 103.
Hispanic training at Hobe Sound Elementary with Alcira Gonzalez!
Find Yourself in a Book during Celebrate Literacy Week - January 22-26, 2018!
This year, our Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2018 theme is Find Yourself in a Book! With this theme in mind, we are encouraging all schools to participate in the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! contest and encourage students to connect to a book and book character.
Warfield Elementary School Celebrates Literacy Week!
Anderson Middle School HOSA Winners
Is it getting a little tougher to help your child with math homework?
1. Savvy shopper -When you are shopping for items for school, pose math questions. For those $50 jeans your child wants, how much would they need to be discounted for the total price to drop to $25?
2. Travel time - When you’re going somewhere, ask your child how long it will take to get there if you leave at 8:00 and get there at 10:00?
3. Penny for your pancake thoughts? - Ask your child to double (or halve) the recipe in your favorite pancake recipe.
4. A better buy - Demonstrate using math to problemsolve in everyday life. Let’s say you’re grocery shopping and there are two brands of macaroni and cheese. One brand is $1.99. The other brand is $2.99. Ask your child to figure out which is the better buy. Which is cheaper or higher?
5. Daily ruminations - Celebrate math out loud for a day! Since much of an adult’s everyday life is filled with mental math, spend one day sharing these usually silent calculations with your child. You can start from the moment you get up and begin; say, by adding the minutes on the clock, For instance, if we leave at 7:30 every day, how long do we have till we leave the house to be on time? All day long, share your mathematical thinking with your child and challenge her to participate in the math of your family life.
6. Cards and board games boost math! - Play mathboosting games with your child, such as Crazy 8’s.
24th Annual Book Mania - March 3, 2018 at Jensen Beach High School
9:15–10am Know Your Body, Know Your Food
Moderator: Inez Frid
James Hamblin If Our Bodies Could Talk
Larry Olmsted Real Food, Fake Food
10:30–11:15am A Dogs Tale
Moderator: Jackie Williams
Maria Goodavage Secret Service Dogs
David Rosenfelt Collared
11:45am-12:30pm It's All in the Family: Writing Teams
Moderator: Joanna Campbell
Slan Liv Constantine (sisters Lynne & Valerie Constantine) The Last Mrs. Parrish
Charles Todd (son and mother Charles & Caroline Todd) The Gate Keeper
1:15–2pm The Spy Next Door: True Tales of Espionage and Intrigue
Moderator: Luann Justak
Michele Rigby Assad Breaking Cover
Eva Dillon Spies in the Family
Paul Kix The Saboteur
2:30–3:15pm When Past and Present Collide: Revealing Our Journey
Moderator: Edie Donohue
Jamie Ford Love and Other Consolation Prizes
Kate Quinn The Alice Network
Lisa Wingate Before We Were Yours
3:30–4:15pm On the Edge of Your Seat
Moderator: Paula Hundt
Rene Denfeld The Child Finder
A.J. Finn The Woman in the Window
Anne Hillerman Song of the Lion
Presented by The Library Foundation of Martin County, Inc.
SPRING EQUINOX 2018: FIRST DAY OF SPRING
The first day of Spring 2018 will be on March 20, with winter officially ending exactly at 12:15 P.M. EDT.
SIGNS OF THE EQUINOX IN NATURE
The vernal equinox signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere!
- Worms begin to emerge from the earth. In fact, the March Full Moon is called “The Full Worm Moon” for this reason.
- Notice the arc of the Sun across the sky as it shifts toward the north. Birds are migrating northward, along with the path of the Sun.
- Speaking of birds, did you know that the increasing sunlight is what triggers birds to sing? Cool, eh? Enjoy our Bird Songs page.
- Trees, shrubs, and flowers are sensitive to temperature and daylength, too! Since ancient days, people have used them as indicators of when the weather is right for planting. For example: Blooming crocus are your cue to plant radishes, parsnips and spinach. See more of nature’s signs.
- Of course, the longer days bring warmer weather! Both we and the animals around us strip off our clothes and heavy coats!
- Ready, set, plant! March is time to start gardens and sow seeds in many regions. See your personalized Best Planting Dates.
Spring Break is the Perfect Time for Family Activities!
1. Have Fun with Spring Crafts: There’s something about springtime that inspires fun & colorful creations. Look for spring craft ideas at https://www.verywell.com/school-aged-children-easyand-fun-crafts-4013934 for inspiration & instructions.
2. Play Outdoor Games: Spring break is a great time for fun. Lots of fun games can be played outside in fresh air & sunshine. Now that days are longer & temperatures are finally beginning to warm up, classic outdoor games like four square are perfect for play during a break from school. The best part: You get exercise while having fun!.
3. Head to your local library: The Kent Free Library is offering its Tales & Treats program Tuesdays through March 28 at 4:00 pm. Children entering grades Kindergarten through 2nd are invited to join them for a program filled with stories, games, activities, friends, and fun! OR join in their Friday Family Story Time for children of all ages for books, songs, finger plays and fun! Contact:
Don’t forget...while on Spring Break it is still important to read at least 20 minutes a day or more (alone or together with family). Make reading the most important – and happiest – 20 minutes of your day! Have fun reading !
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The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:
AMS: Anderson Middle School
HSE: Hobe Sound Elementary School
IMS: Indiantown Middle School
JDP: J. D. Parker Elementary School
PWE: Pinewood Elementary School
PSE: Port Salerno Elementary School
SWE: SeaWind Elementary School
WES: Warfield Elementary School