Color of Our Worlds March 2021

Educating ALL Students for Success!

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Jensen Beach High School (JBHS) will be open to ALL Martin County residents this school year. Students will not be required to enroll in a signature program to attend JBHS.

Hobe Sound Elementary School, SeaWind Elementary, Indiantown Middle School, Murray Middle School and Stuart Middle School will be open to out-of-county residents through the controlled open enrollment plan.

Section 1002.31, Florida Statutes, requires each district school board and charter school to adopt a controlled open enrollment plan that allows a parent from any school district in the state to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school that has not reached capacity. The controlled open enrollment plan is in addition to the existing choice programs such as magnet schools, alternative schools, special programs, advanced placement, and dual enrollment.

The application window for high school signature programs is currently open and will close April 2, 2021 (Martin County High School and South Fork High School) and April 5, 2021 (Jensen Beach High School). To learn more about our high school signature programs, please click here:

The choice (in-county residents) application window will open March 1 and close July 31, 2021.

The controlled open enrollment (out-of-county residents) application window will open March 1 and close March 31, 2021.

The employee choice (for MCSD employees) application window will open March 1 and close July 31, 2021.

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As part of its continued commitment to educating all students for success, the Martin County School District has launched its annual Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys, which provide stakeholders the opportunity to give feedback on their level of satisfaction and engagement with school- and District-based programs, outreach efforts, initiatives and resources.

The Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys were designed by a committee of educators and parents as a tactic of the Success Plan, the strategic planning document which outlines, guides and informs the District’s strategies for achievement across four key areas: student success, employee success, culture of collaboration and financial stability.

Teachers, students, administrators, staff and parents are encouraged to complete the surveys, which will be compiled by Instructional Services staff and distributed to schools and departments to help inform practices and create school improvement goals.

“The ability to gather and synthesize feedback from all stakeholder groups is key to our school district’s mission of educating all students for success,” Superintendent John D. Millay shared. “The annual Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys provide us with important insight about things we are doing well and areas which will require continued focus in our quest to become a dynamic educational system of excellence. I encourage all students, parents and employees to take a few moments to provide their invaluable feedback through their completion of this year’s surveys.”

The Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys launched Monday, March 1, 2021, and are accessible through both the District's website and each school’s website. The surveys will close April 13, 2021.

Parents who have children enrolled in more than one school are encouraged to complete the parent survey for each school.

The link for the parent survey in English is:

El enlace para la encuesta para padres en Espanol es:

The link for the teacher survey is:

The link for the staff survey is:

The link for the administrator survey is:

The link for the grades K-2 student survey is:

The link for the grades 3-12 student survey is:

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AMS Stallions Stampede STEM Fair!

Please join us in congratulating the following Martin County School District students for being named award recipients in this year's Martin County Regional STEM Fair:

Arnav Vivek, Anderson Middle School

Project Title: A.C.D. Atmospheric Carbon Detector

Category: Engineering

Earned Awards: Representing MCSD in the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida,

Ricoh USA Sustainable Development Award, Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S. Award, Inwater Research Group Environmental Award

Varun Singh, Anderson Middle School

Project Title: Busted! Monitoring Hand Hygiene with Smart RFID Technology: Part 2

Category: Intelligent Machines, Robotics and Systems Software

Earned Awards: Representing MCSD in the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida,

USAID - US Agency for International Development Award, Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S. Award

Kathryn Rogers, Anderson Middle School

Project Title: Saving With Solar

Category: Environmental Engineering

Earned Awards: Representing MCSD in the State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida, U.S. Metric Association Award, Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S. Award, 2021 The Lemelson Foundation Early Inventor Prize, Inwater Research Group Environmental Award

Warfield Elementary School’s Angie Gilbride - 2020 Florida AP of the Year Finalist

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J.D. Parker Paraprofessional, Paula Vasquez - 2020-2021 Brogan Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Paula Vasquez, Paraprofessional at J.D. Parker Elementary School, for being named the recipient of the 2020-2021 Mary J. Brogan Scholarship. The award was presented as part of the 2020-2021 School-Related Employee of the Year ceremony.

The Mary J. Brogan Scholarship was created to honor the wife of former Lt. Governor Frank Brogan. Mrs. Brogan, who passed away in 1999, was a longtime teacher and administrator in the Martin County School District. The award is given by the District annually to an employee who possesses Mrs. Brogan’s traits of excellence, dedication and the ability to instill a love of learning in children. Ms. Vasquez looks forward to becoming an MCSD teacher in the very near future. Congratulations, Ms. Vasquez!

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Port Salerno's Kate Logan is the MCSD Elementary Teacher of the Year!

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Murray Middle School's Juanita Johnson is the MCSD Middle School Teacher of the Year!

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Superintendent John D. Millay spoke with IRSC - Indian River State College 's Sindi Chavez about the many services the Indiantown Education Center provides to high school students.
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HOBE SOUND ELEMENTARY:  Chiller, Pumps & Valves  Water Intrusion repairs

INDIANTOWN MIDDLE:  Air Handler Replacement & Controls Bldg  Water Intrusion repairs

JD PARKER ELEMENTARY:  Gutter Replacement  Water Intrusion repairs

PINEWOOD ELEMENTARY:  Cafeteria Air Handler Replacement  Digital HVAC Controls  Door Hardware for ADA  Playground Replacement  Portable Classroom Additions  Water Intrusion repairs

PORT SALERNO ELEMENTARY:  Water Intrusion repairs

SEAWIND ELEMENTARY:  Intercom Replacement  Playground Resurfacing  Water Intrusion repairs

SPECTRUM ACADEMY:  Student Bathroom Renovations  Water Intrusion repairs

WARFIELD ELEMENTARY:  Media Center, Site Work  Outside Air Damper Replacement Chiller Plant Pumps  Water Intrusion repairs

WILLOUGHBY LEARNING CENTER:  Bus Loop  Water Intrusion repairs

SAFETY HARDENING PROFESSIONALLY IDENTIFIED IN VULNERABILITY AUDIT SITES:  Examples of work to be done across the MSCD but not limited to as follows: Harden Vestibule/Lobby Area with doors, magnetic locks, push button, windows etc. to secure school lobby area, Single point of entry, Install security camera system, Install keypad access and gate/fence, 8 foot fence installed around campus as indicated, Install Fencing & Site Wall at certain locations on campus as indicated, Install metal railings/barricade along the sidewalks, Install NO TRESPASSING signs, replace door hardware/ locks, Signs and Building Numbers.

Enhanced Security Projects include all Title I schools.

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Character Counts! at Spectrum Academy

Spectrum Academy staff and Martin County Sheriff's Office SRO Loppe traveled around the county to recognize students for their hard work and commitment to their education. Each student received a yard sign celebrating Spectrum's PRIDE expectations. Students are celebrated quarterly for Character Counts and Positive Behavior Support.

This quarter the celebrated students were:

Performance - Maria Giles-Liberato and Brisa Villatoro-Hernandez

Respect - Carla Bueso and Carlee Dober

Independence - Jatziry Tavares-Galarza

Determination - Omarion Harris

Excellence - Jesse Milares

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Welcome - Superintendent John D. Millay
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MCSD Encourages IN-PERSON Learning Option for ALL Students!

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Parent University Workshop - 6:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 4, 2021

WHO: Representatives of the Martin County School District's Instructional Services Department, parents/guardians of Martin County students.

WHAT: Virtual Parent University Workshop

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. - Thursday, March 4, 2021

WHERE: Parents/guardians must register for the session by visiting The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registered participants prior to the workshop.

WHY: The Martin County School District is pleased to present informational workshops via Zoom for all parents/guardians to access. A different topic will be shared in English and Spanish each month, with this month's Workshop focused on required programming - courses, topics and content the District is mandated to present to students.

To learn more about our Parent University framework, please click here.

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ESE Parent Workshop - Speech & Language Development - THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2021 AT 11 AM

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Martin County Black Heritage Initiatives was launched with the mission of building a shared community legacy for the future by preserving black history in Martin County through education and action.

Martin County School District Board Member Tony Anderson (District 4), Lloyd Jones, a Hobe Sound native and community activist, and House of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri founded the organization to uncover, share, and preserve the stories of challenges, achievements and contributions of Black Americans in shaping Martin County during its formative years and into the community it is today. The long-term vision is to improve race relations and build a shared legacy through historic preservation and education.

IMS Students Celebrate Black History Month

Students at Indiantown Middle School are celebrating Black History Month by showcasing numerous "elements" of success - biographical information about iconic Black Americans and their contributions to our society, nation and world!
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Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of moving the clocks forward one hour from Standard Time during the summer months, and changing them back again in the fall. The general idea is that this allows us all to make better use of natural daylight. However, DST has many detractors—and rightfully so.


To remember which way to set their clocks, folks often use the expression, “Spring forward, fall back.” Note that these dates are for locations in the United States and Canada only; other countries may follow different dates.

  • Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, set your clocks forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour) to “spring ahead.”
  • Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, set your clocks back one hour (i.e., gaining one hour) to “fall back.”

Note: Since the time changes at 2:00 A.M., we generally change our clocks before bed on Saturday.

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Through meal programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Health the Martin County School District's Food & Nutrition Services Department has been able to provide nutritious meals to children aged 18 and under since the onset of the pandemic.
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All students eat free during the 2020-2021 school year!

While all students will receive free breakfasts and lunches this year, we are still asking all families to complete a meal application to ensure funding continues to be available to support Martin County students.

Free Suppers and Snacks, Too!

In addition to the free breakfasts and lunches that are provided districtwide through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meals for Kids program, District-operated elementary schools currently offer free suppers and snacks to students every day that school is in session. Effective February 16, 2021, the program will be expanded to include Indiantown Middle School as a Super Snack serving site. No registration is required. Curbside service is not available for the Super Snack program - it is available to students who are attending school on campus. Snacks and suppers are available to students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
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Tiger Woods' TGR Foundation is offering a series of free, virtual afterschool courses for middle and high school students in the spring. Students may enroll in the following courses:

Technology for Good: AI - From personal robotic assistants to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence continues to grow at a fast pace. Students in this course will learn how Artificial Intelligence works, discuss ethics on developing this technology and research ideas on how to use this technology to assist humanity.

Offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. March 29- May 6, 2021

Human Body Lab: Bio Med - Is your child interested in applying their passion for science to improve people’s health and well-being? From participating in live-streamed dissections to designing prototypes of protective eyewear and face masks, students will explore the anatomy of the human body, the cause and spread of diseases and the variety of careers in health care. Students will walk away with a better understanding of how they can help themselves and others live a healthy life.

Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. March 29 - May 6, 2021

Golfology - Because it's Tiger, right?! Your child will learn up-to-date golf fundamentals that can be applied to their game! They'll explore practice methods, basic ball flight laws and on-course strategies and techniques. This class can prepare students for high-level performance either for recreational or competitive play.

Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. March 29 - May 6, 2021.

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Tykes & Teens Helps OurSchool Families!

Dr. John Millay, Superintendent spoke with Eric Garza, CEO of Tykes & Teens, about all of the services the organization provides to our students, schools and community.
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"I Know a Rhino!"

Principal Radcliff from The Pinewood Elementary will read in English and Sra. Anderson will read in Spanish. After the story, go to to choose your favorite animal friend to color and send a picture to us at mcsdstorytime@martinschools.
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Afro-Latinx Stories: Latin America and the Caribbean

These stories shine a spotlight on Black immigrants, national heroes, and historic figures who hail from Latin America or the Caribbean. Many of the stories address the prejudices that celebrated figures such as Martín de Porres, Roberto Clemente, and Celia Cruz had to overcome throughout their lifetime. Others depict the special traditions and memories that immigrants remember with nostalgia.
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Tracey Baptiste lived in Trinidad until she was fifteen, and she grew up on jumbie stories and fairy tales. Those stories inspired her to write the middle grade fantasy adventures The Jumbies and Rise of the Jumbies. She is also the author of the contemporary YA novel Angel’s Grace as well as nonfiction books for kids in elementary through high school.
From Trinidad to Brooklyn

What is Your Why?

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What You Do Matters!

Kindness Abounds at Warfield Elementary School!

It's the little things that melt our hearts. The time is always right to brighten someone else's day. Jennifer brought Josue a a card for his birthday.
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Students Supporting Students at Anderson Middle School!

Brothers Viraj and Varun Singh, who attend South Fork High School and Anderson Middle School, have put their ingenuity and generosity to work by building laptop desks for remote learners.

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COVID-19 has impacted the lives of millions. But despite school closures and other lockdown measures, the young people in this video series are finding new and interesting ways to stay engaged whilst coping with home-schooling and staying indoors. From dance to sport, from cooking to art, they are turning to their passions and interests to stay positive and learn new skills.

Each story is a window into the life of a young person who inspires with original tips for learning something new.

It’s time to reimagine a better world for every child. Check back for new episodes in our #LearnWithMe series.

Episode 3 | Learn dance with Gabriel and Sofia in Brazil | UNICEF
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Free Resource for Families of Children Aged 2-12

Under the leadership of Speaker Chris Sprowls, the Florida House has partnered with

Age of Learning to offer Florida families free access to their digital library through December 31, 2021. Children will have access to thousands of titles and the Reading IQ feature, which allows kids to select books at their current reading level and track their progress as they read and learn.

Click the link below to begin family story time!

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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

Murray 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