The Color of our Worlds: 3/2017

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Global Literacy Statistics

LitWorld works to cultivate a new generation of leaders, storytellers and academic achievers, effecting change for themselves, their communities, and the world. Our campaigns mobilize children and adults from around the world to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people.

o Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read alouds regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)

o According to the latest report (2016), 758 million adults – two thirds of them women – lack basic reading and writing skills. (UNESCO)

o Since 1985, the female adult literacy rate has risen 15%, which is about double the growth of the male literacy rate in the same time period. (UNESCO)

o Young people in Africa and Asia are much more likely to be literate than 50 years ago. In Northern Africa, youth literacy rate (91%) is almost three times as high as the elderly literacy rate (32%). (UNESCO)

o Even though the size of the global illiterate population is shrinking, the female proportion has remained virtually steady at 63 to 64%. (UNESCO)

o Among the youth population, female literacy rates have been rising quickly. Nonetheless, three out of five youths lacking basic reading and writing skills are young women. (UNESCO)

o If all children in low-income countries left school literate, 171 million people could move out of poverty. (World Literacy Foundation)

o Poorly-literate individuals are less likely to participate in democratic processes and have fewer chances to fully exercise their civil rights (UNESCO)

o A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five than a child born to an illiterate woman. (UNESCO)

o A literate and educated girl is three times less likely to acquire AIDS, she will earn at least 25% more income, and she will produce a smaller, healthier family. (UNESCO)

o Illiterate people earn 30-42% less than their literate counterparts. (World Literacy Foundation) UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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Outstanding International Books: Presenting the 2017 USBBY Selections By Holly Johnson

After more than a decade of seeking out engaging literature for young people from across the world, the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) continues this endeavor by highlighting impressive international titles that contain literary and artistic value as well as unique cultural perspectives. The 2017 Outstanding International books (OIB) list gathers 41 titles that will delight and enlighten readers with a variety of experiences found within narratives and informational texts from or set in countries such as Brazil, Netherlands, India, Norway, Australia, and our neighbor to the north, Canada.

During a time when many have grappled with intolerance and misunderstandings, these books suggest that readers “look again” and recognize that while we are different—culturally or geographically—we are still connected and hold many common values. They present experiences that reflect our common humanity. These narratives ask readers to “think again” about their communities and those within them—those who are part of the human or animal family—in ways that remind us that we strive together in our endeavors. Finally, these works encourage young people to “value again” what they may have dismissed because of difference.

Many of these books are filled with young people reaching outside their own way of knowing or wrestling with the boundaries of community when circumstances are less than optimal. Told eloquently and with compassion, other narratives give readers a glimpse inside, where the heart and mind reside, at dreams and perhaps even nightmares. All reach beyond the individual experience in ways that create connection—to others, to self, to the world. Each beckons with a charm of its own, requesting, prodding, or enticing readers to see, to question, and to value beyond the previously presented so as to become more conscious and conscientious. As with all OIB lists, reading levels are suggested, but these are only guidelines. Enjoy all these stories as a way of creating possibilities to look more deeply, think more expansively, and care more inclusively. Outstanding international books compel us to reach out, and to begin again.

(Retrieved from, January 17, 2017.)

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Ms. Morris’ Growth Mindset Moment

After reading the chart above you probably thought about different situations you face daily and how your mindset might change with each. Therefore you have figured out most of us have a combination of both. It is important for us to realize when we have a fixed mindset so we can use strategies to change our mindset to develop our intelligence, skills and talents.

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How vocabulary can get in the way of a solving a word problem

New Math Lab at Warfield Elementary School

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Pinewood Elementary Perennial Math Competitors

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JD Parker Performs Well at Perennial Math Competition

JDP was proud to have students place at this year’s Perennial Math Tournament. The JDP 5th grade team won 1st place, and 4th graders took 2nd place in competitions against title and non-title schools. We are so proud of our mathematicians.
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Nicholas Farinello

Nicholas Farinello, a fourth grade student at SeaWind Elementary School, was recognized as a CHARACTER COUNTS! Student of the Week for demonstrating the Pillar of Respect. Nicholas shows a great deal of respect for his family, friends, classmates and his education. He is always mindful of others learning by maintaining self-control in the classroom and encouraging others. Nicholas knows what is expected of him as a student and does his best each day to stay on track and be a role model for his peers.

Tahmid Uddin

Tahmid Uddin, a fourth grade student at Warfield Elementary School, was recognized as a CHARACTER COUNTS! Student of the Week for demonstrating the Pillar of Respect. Tahmid excels in the classroom, is courteous, caring and always willing to lend a hand.

Character Counts! Honors Sandra Racette of IMS with its Caring Employee Award!

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Pinewood Celebrates Literacy Week!

As part of Just Read Florida’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Pinewood teachers and students participated in a week of fun around the theme “Literacy Changes our World”. Celebrate Literacy Week at Pinewood Elementary was January 23-27th.

Throughout the week we had many enjoyable activities. We had activities such as “Drop Everything and Read” outside across the campus, buddy reading across grade levels, book reviews, and dressing like your favorite story book character.

Our most remarkable event was the Family Literacy Night on January 24th. This night included pizza, a Writing Gallery that showcased our PWE writers, a book swap with books for each student to take home, and a Growth Mindset keynote reading from our very own Patty Morris, one of our PWE administrators. In addition, parents were able to visit two classrooms to get the full literacy experience that PWE has to offer. A large number of parents and their students participated in classroom lessons around Reading Informational and Reading Literature texts.

We would like to give a special thank you to our incredible teachers, staff, and students who really came together to make this week memorable. This week was a raging success!

Andrea Asciutto Houck & Dayna Carroll

PWE Literacy Coaches

Port Salerno Elementary School Hosts Family Literacy Night - Journey Through Literacy!

JD Parker Students Visit the Martin County Fair!

Over 700 JDP students took field trips to the Martin County Fair over three days during the week of February 13-17, 2017. The students attended the fair thanks to a STEAM grant and some private donations that were given to help them experience real world connections to many of our state standards including earth and life sciences, physics, and others. Great days of learning were had by all J

Warfield Elementary Students and Staff Join Community Members in the Warfield Green School I-Town Clean Up!

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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