The Colors of Our Worlds: 1-2016

Providing A High Quality Education for ALL Students of MCSD

Signage at Martin County High is Now Bilingual

Mr. Fabrizio, Principal at Martin County High School recently ordered all of County’s signs for different locations on the school grounds (Administration, Guidance, Media) in Spanish to assist and welcome students and families when they come to the school.

Coffee Chats at Pinewood Elementary School

Pinewood parents and guardians are invited to join Pinewood Elementary Literacy and Math Coaches for Coffee Chats on the first Thursday of each month.

Please see the following schedule of topics. We look forward to having learning discussions with you while enjoying a morning cup of coffee.

Location: Pinewood Elementary Front Office Conference Room

Time: 7:45 am

(Coffee Chats will last approximately one hour)

Hosted by: Andrea Asciutto-Houck, Literacy Coach (3-5); Angie Gilbride, Literacy Coach (K-2); Heather Padget, Math Coach (3-5); Kelly Raiford, Math Coach (K-2)

Dates - Topics for 2016:

2/4/16 Numbers and Operations Fractions & Writing Standards

3/3/16 Measurement and Data & Speaking and Listening Standards

4/7/16 Geometry & Language Standards

5/5/16 Summer Learning

V-Math Improves Math performance of Students at Stuart Middle School

Students in Ms. Dawedeit's math class have an opportunity after taking their unit math test to log onto V-Math, an online program our SAC purchased for SMS in the hopes that V-Math would help struggling students to improve their performance and also to enrich high-performing students.

The weekly expectation in Ms. Dawedeit’s class is for students to be logged on for AT LEAST 100 minutes. At the end of each lesson, there is a Performance Test that shows where the student is placed within the school, district, and nation.

Late October, Zoe Grove placed FIRST in Stuart Middle School, FIRST in the DISTRICT, and 15th in the NATION!

Pretty cool for a kid who had only been logged in for about three weeks; and pretty cool evidence of Ms. Dawedeit’s effective implementation of the V-Math program to help her students excel in math!

The administration of SMS is eager to continue V-Math implementation in their classes and to see data that shows how much V-Math helps its students to perform better in math classrooms and on assessments!

Stuart Parent Resource Center

The Department of Title I, Migrant & ELL Services Stuart Parent Resource Center is an educational resource center for families. Families can check out educational games, DVDs, and learning activities. Every time you visit the Center, your child will receive a free book! The Parent Resource Center also offers educational workshops for parents. It is very important that you call the Parent Resource Center if you would like to attend a training, not only to reserve a seat but also to confirm the date, as at times we need to make a “date change” for a workshop. This is an amazing place and it is highly recommended you visit it.

Walk in Hours and Phone Number 772- 772-221-4080

Monday through Wednesday: 10:00 -4:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00-5:00 PM

Friday: By Appointment

Stuart Parent Workshop Trainings at the Parent Resource Center

Date: Topic: Time:

January 24th Sed Saber #5 9:30-11:00 AM

Indiantown Parent Resource Center

Here at the Indiantown Parent Resource Center, we have been very busy in the past few months. We have created several workshops for parents so that they can better understand and monitor their child’s progress as well as be involved in their child’s education. Some of the workshops held were, Learning to Read your Child’s Progress Report and Creating a FOCUS Account. Not only are we hosting workshops at our center, but we are also participating in community events such as The Education Exploration Event held at the Kin Doo Center. This event gave us the opportunity to reach out to families and inform them of the many services we offer at The Indiantown Parent Resource Center. If you would like to benefit from educational materials that can be checked out, using our computers for educational purposes such as i-Ready or research, attend our workshops, please come and visit us:

15383 SW Osceola St, Indiantown, FL.

Office Hours:

Monday – Wednesday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday 10:00AM – 5:00 PM

Friday – by appointment



Mock Elections at Indiantown Middle school

The eighth grade Civics students at IMS were able to participate in Presidential Mock Elections provided by the Martin County Superintendent of Elections Office.

What Schools Can Do to Help Boys Succeed

Ralph Fletcher quoted in recent Time Magazine article

Work With the Young Male Imagination
In his delightful Boy Writers: Reclaiming their Voices, celebrated author and writing instructor Ralph Fletcher advises teachers to consider their assignments from the point of view of boys. Too many writing teachers, he says, take the “confessional poet” as the classroom ideal. Personal narratives full of emotion and self-disclosure are prized; stories describing video games, skateboard competitions or a monster devouring a city are not.

Read more: Christina Hoff Sommers: 3 Things Schools Can Do to Help Boys Succeed | Read More

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Holiday Book Drive Benefits Title I Schools

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, the Martin County School District celebrated literacy with a Holiday Book Drive at Barnes & Noble. Guests were entertained with wonderful performances by JD Parker Elementary’s Chorus as well as Murray Middle School’s Chorus. Thus far, over 1,500 books have been donated to the School District for students in Title 1 schools.

Eli's House Features Sonia Manzano at Port Salerno Elementary School as Part of its Speaker Series program.

Students enjoy singing and reading with Sonia Manzano of Sesame Street. Sonia Manzano, Maria on Sesame Street, read her book, The Monster at the End of This Book to Port Salerno students.

Peep and the Big Wide World!

Public television producer WGBH has launched a bilingual website and preschool curriculum based on Peep and the Big Wide World, the award-winning STEM series for 3-5 year olds following a newly hatched chicken named Peep and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck) on their daily adventures. Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.

The accompanying site includes resources for kids (bilingual games, videos, and apps); resources for teachers (a 6-unit STEM curriculum and professional development video modules for early childhood educators); and resources for families (science activity ideas and tips). The website is also available in Spanish.
For young newcomers, a stepping stone to life in America

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