The Color of our Worlds

Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students

Realia Room Opens at Hobe Sound Elementary School

Realia refers to the practice of using real, tangible things in the classroom to help your students connect with English on a different level. It involves visual, tactile and functional methods for teaching ideas, concepts, vocabulary or grammar. It’s also extremely useful to help your students grasp the cultural differences or learn practical skills if they are planning to travel or are already living in an English-speaking country.

Port Salerno Talks, Recognized by the White House as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education


The mission of Port Salerno Talks, in partnership with our community, is to empower families to build the foundation of their child's language in order to ensure future success in both academic and lifelong pursuits.


Creating a cohesive community in Port Salerno, Florida in which parents and families are empowered to realize their potential as their child’s first teacher.


The Port Salerno Talks Early Language Initiative has been recognized by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic education. The announcement was made on September 15 at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C. The program was nominated for the White House recognition by Eli’s House, a local non-profit and avid supporter of Port Salerno Elementary School and financial supporter of the initiative.

Due to the vital importance of this work, program expansion is planned in order to involve additional families from the Port Salerno community as well as families from the East Stuart community surrounding J.D. Parker Elementary School. Future work is targeted to support families in the entirety of Martin County through the Martin Family Language Involvement Program (Martin FLIP).

To learn more about the Port Salerno Talks Early Language Initiative, please visit or

Contact Christina Smith, Program Specialist for more information.

Great Leaps is a Great Success at SeaWind Elementary School!

Great Leaps, the volunteer mentor reading program, is being implemented with the help of SeaWind's new partner, the United Way sponsored, 4Cs (Caring for Children, Clothing Children) Reading Literacy Program. Last year was so successful that we are looking to expand the program to include greater emphasis on comprehension. The more volunteers we have, the more students can grow in their reading ability.

In this one-on-one program, the mentor works individually with teacher designated students in the areas of listening, phonics, word and phrase recognition, long passage fluidity, and comprehension. We also have a segment for kindergarten reading readiness. Each student progresses at his or her own pace.

Mentors just need to come with a love for children and reading; after passing a background check all supplies are provided. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our new Coordinator, Betty Gleason.

If you don’t have time to spare, Great Leaps always needs gently used unmarked children’s books, or pages of stickers, which are used as rewards in the program. These can be dropped off in the Great Leaps box in the lobby. Thank you for all your help in the past. We learn as a team.

Author Esmerelda Santiago Visits Port Salerno Elementary School!

Congratulations to Port Salerno Elementary School, Winner of a 2015 VH1 Save The Music Keys+Kids Grant!

A huge thank you to Chelsea Hartz for writing the $10,000 Keys + Kids Grant. The announcement has been made nationally that PSE is one of only 10 schools nationwide to receive the grant. So proud of the work being done at PSE and of the effort to incorporate music into our children’s lives!
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Britannica School

All Martin County students have access to the award-winning Britannica School. Teachers, librarians, and students have found this PreK-12 tool to be a safe, time-saving, and easy-to-use resource. Now your children can use the same resource at home and at school, providing students consistent help for homework and research assignments. In addition to encyclopedia articles, Britannica School also offers thousands of videos, images, learning materials, and educational games that deliver additional activities on subjects studied in class.

To access Britannica School, simply visit:

Enter username: martincounty

Enter password: learn

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Principal Leadership Award to IMS Principal Jeff Raimann

Congratulations to Principal Jeff Raimann of Indiantown Middle School who was selected by Florida TaxWatch as a recipient of the Principal Leadership Award, acknowledging top performing principals in Florida helping at-risk students excel in school.

Jeff Raimann, Principal of Indiantown Middle School

Having an opportunity to influence the lives of our future leaders is a privilege that I will never take for granted. My background in secondary education includes working at the high school level, as both a Career Education Teacher and a Guidance Counselor. After completing three years working with high school students, I did what some thought to be "the unthinkable" - I accepted a position in Middle School and have enjoyed every minute of it. I spent the next four years serving as a Guidance Coordinator in Palm Beach County before being elevated to the position of Assistant Principal.

My educational background includes a Master's Degree in Counseling and a Specialist's Degree in Educational Leadership. In May of 2006 I was fortunate enough to be named an Assistant Principal at Indiantown Middle School and had the opportunity to learn and grow under the leadership of Mrs. Henderson. In June of 2012, I earned the greatest honor of my career; being named principal.

I have a tremendous amount of faith and admiration for our students, staff, and the great community of Indiantown. I firmly believe that Indiantown Middle School will continue to SOAR as we move forward. If at any time there are concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me, as it is my goal to be able to support your child's success here at Indiantown Middle School.

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