Color of Our Worlds 3/2018

Educating ALL MCSD Students for success.

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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.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

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2018 Climate Survey

It is that time of year again. We want YOUR input on how you view your child's school's climate so that we can continuously improve the services we provide to you.

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.

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Florida’s 2017-2018 ESE Parent Survey: February 1 – May 31

Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well your child’s school is partnering with you and promoting your involvement in your child’s education. All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Click on the links below for more information and to access the survey.

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

For more information about Florida standards, course descriptions, and standard resources, please visit

Writing a Winning Essay

Writing a Winning Essay


Kristina Robertson

"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.

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JDP Students Experience STEM at the Martin County Fair!

JD Parker students in 2nd-5th grades participated in a field experience with hands on learning with resources right here in our very own community at the 17th Annual 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.


 Animals

 Garden

 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

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Related Arts STEM Family Night at Warfield Elementary School!

Families participated in different STEM and music activities where they followed different rhythms and beats using the parachute. The goal: family fun interaction. J
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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!

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Find Yourself in a Book during Celebrate Literacy Week - January 22-26, 2018!

The goal of this year’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is to promote literacy and excellent reading habits in the students of Florida. We are excited to partner with Florida First Lady Ann Scott on this important initiative for the eighth consecutive year. First Lady Scott will engage in fun and exciting reading experiences with select schools and classrooms across the state.

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.

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Warfield Elementary School Celebrates Literacy Week!

Staff and students held a ‘Word March’ where they chose a vocabulary word and dressed up like that word. In addition, Warfield held a ‘Literacy on the Lawn’ event where families came together with all staff and students at WES to read together across campus.
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Anderson Middle School HOSA Winners

Pictured below is the Anderson Middle School HOSA team that competed at the 2018 Middle School Winter Leadership Conference.
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Is it getting a little tougher to help your child with math homework?

You’re not alone. There’s an all-too common misconception that some people are born with a head for numbers and others aren’t. But it’s not true. Your Attitude Can Help Studies show that a parent’s attitude toward math is contagious – and your child will catch it, good or bad. So just by having a good attitude toward math, you are helping your child. Try these fun pressure–free ways to boost your child's math skills—without a worksheet or textbook in sight and show your child your positive attitude toward math.

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

Author List and Schedule

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.

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Vernal Or Spring Equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere? The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Spring Equinox brings days and nights in equal proportions. It is simply the day when there is exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of nighttime. But, did you know that this is only true on the Equator? For the rest of us, the timing is a little sooner, or later, depending upon where we live on the planet. The other thing to note is that the Spring Equinox is just a calendar date. From a standpoint of weather, real spring arrives sooner or later depending upon where you live in the Northern Hemisphere.

The first day of Spring 2018 will be on March 20, with winter officially ending exactly at 12:15 P.M. EDT.


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!

Spring vacation is a great time for families to recharge, get ready for the home stretch of the school year, and have some fun. Whether you’re planning to take it easy at home during spring break or take a fun family trip, see below for some great ideas for spring break activities.

1. Have Fun with Spring Crafts: There’s something about springtime that inspires fun & colorful creations. Look for spring craft ideas at 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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What is iReady?

i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction is an online, interactive earning environment designed to assess students and then provide individualized instruction based on each student’s unique need.

iReady Login Link

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The Martin County School District has launched our new mobile app, which is now available for iPhones®, iPads®, Android™, Blackberry™ and Windows™ devices by searching “Martin County Schools” from SchoolInfo App. The free app enables parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff to quickly access all of the who, what, when and where for the District and every school in the district.
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Title I/Migrant/ELL Services Department

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