The Color of our Worlds: 09/2016

Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students


The purpose of the Martin County School District Parent Checklist is to support parent’s involvement in their child’s educational progress by identifying actions and linking to resources that:

• Strengthen the child’s academic progress, especially in the area of reading;

• Strengthen the child’s citizenship, especially social skills and respect for others;

• Strengthen the child’s realization of high expectations and setting lifelong learning goals; and

• Emphasize communication between the school and the home.

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Twenty Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed At School

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children's schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child's school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have. There are many ways that parents can support their children's learning at home and throughout the school year. Here are some ideas to get you started!

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School Attendance: A Key to Success

By making your child's school attendance a priority, you will be taking an important step in supporting your child's school success, and setting a good example.
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FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award Presented by XPRIZE

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Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Invite K-12 Students to Participate in 2016 Contests

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invited Florida K-12 students to participate in the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month essay and art contests based on this year’s theme, “Honoring Hispanic American Heroes.” Parents, students, teachers, and principals are also encouraged to nominate outstanding Hispanic educators for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award.

Governor Scott said, “Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity for Florida’s students to learn about our state’s history and also compete to receive a four-year Florida College Plan scholarship. We are incredibly thankful for our Hispanic American heroes, past and present, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to defend our freedom. Ann and I look forward to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in September to honor their courageous service, and also recognize Florida’s amazing teachers and students.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “Hispanic Heritage Month is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the unique and diverse culture that we value so much in Florida. I encourage Florida’s talented students to participate in this year’s essay and art contests to learn more about our state’s history. I look forward to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in September and recognizing the winners for their wonderful accomplishments.”

About the Student Contests

About the Excellence in Education Award

  • Governor Scott’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all Hispanic, full-time educators in an elementary, middle or high school in Florida.
  • Three winners will be selected: one elementary school (grades K-5) teacher, one middle school (grades 6-8) teacher and one high school (grades 9-12) teacher.

Contest Entries and Nominations

  • All entry forms and guidelines for the contests, as well as additional information about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month and other related events, can be found
  • Completed forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180, Tallahassee, Florida 32311; faxed to 850-921-5146 or emailed to All entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM EDT on September 9, 2016. (Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs.)
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Breakfast & Lunch at NO Charge in some MCSD School Sites

The Martin County School District announced today the list of sites where students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2016- 2017 school year. This program is a part of the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision.

The sites are:

 J.D. Parker Elementary

 Pinewood Elementary

 Port Salerno Elementary

 Warfield Elementary

 Willoughby Learning Center

 Indiantown Middle

 Spectrum Jr./Sr. High

For additional information please contact: Laura Roberts, Director, Food and Nutrition Services 772-223-2655 or

HSE: Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary School is Green School Award Recipient

Our school prides itself on being the first school in the U.S. to become a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. The work we did in environmental education, energy conservation, wildlife management, and recycling has made an impact upon our students, staff, parents, and community. We are once again a recipient of the Green School Award in environmental education. We enjoy full and active support in this innovative school program as well as in our School Improvement Plan for this school year.
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Parent Resource Center at Port Salerno Elementary School

Parent Resource Center at Port Salerno Elementary School is open to parents and students for additional help. Computers available for the students use, as well as items that can be checked for extra help in any area your child needs. Hours are Monday-Wednesday 10:00 am- 5:00p.m.; and Friday by appointment. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Eva Anderson (772)219-1595 ext. 112 or the Resource Center itself at (772)-221-4080.
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Pinewood Elementary School Embraces Growth Mindset!

We are pleased to have introduced to our parents, at curriculum night, the Growth Mindset. This is a belief that our staff has embraced and we are excited to begin the process with your children. The mindset culture that we are trying to develop at Pinewood is that ALL students can and will learn… they just may not be there YET! We are teaching our students that through perseverance, resilience and hard work their intelligence can be grown. We are praising the process and not the product so our students will understand that effort and hard work play an important part in their learning. We want our students to understand that making mistakes are part of the learning process; therefore our teachers are creating a learning environment that allows our students to have the courage to learn. We are very proud of all our staff on their willingness to change their own mindsets to benefit the most important product we have…our children! We hope you will join us on our Growth Mindset journey.

Your Administrative Team,

Jen Radcliff, Principal

Cristina Smith, Assistant Principal

Patty Morris, Assistant Principal

Coffee Talks, A New Program for SeaWind Elementary School in 2016-2017!

This year we will be hosting monthly SWE Coffee Talks for our parents and guardians. We welcome parent input for topics of conversation at our monthly talks.

We look forward to building strong relationships with our SeaWind families. We welcome your suggestions for making SeaWind Elementary a great place to be for students, staff. and families.

Open House at SeaWind Elementary School

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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