Color of Our Worlds October 2019

Educating ALL Students for Success!

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2019
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Hispanic Heritage Booklists

The following children's booklists feature titles about Hispanic Heritage organized by topic that can be used all year long! Many books on our recommended lists are bilingual or are available in Spanish.
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Internet Safety Presentation for Parents - October 2 at 6:30pm at the Martin County Sheriff's Office

Please join Martin County Sheriff's Office Corporal Brian Broughton for an extraordinary internet safety presentation specifically for parents, grandparents and caretakers.

You’ll learn how to protect, monitor and report concerning internet activities, learn how to spot apps that have been disguised or hidden as harmless tools on your child's phone, what to do when you think your child is engaged in sexting or cyber-bullying, and how to spot social media predators. This event is for teachers, parents, grandparents and adult care-takers only. There is no cost to attend.

Internet Safety Presentation for Parents

Martin County Sheriff's Office · Stuart

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Hobe Sound Crossing Guard - Michelle Strunk

Michelle Strunk arrives at her post at 6:45 a.m., positioning herself between Hobe Sound Elementary School and Hobe Sound Learning Center. Her uniform is a pair of khaki shorts and a white Martin County Sheriff's Office shirt. But what makes her shine are the bright pink sneakers with neon shoe laces, a yellow reflector vest and a pair of orange gloves. Strunk, with both arms raised in the air, is hard to miss.

Her right hand signals the universal symbol for "stop." Her left hand motions toward a line of cars, directing them to move through the intersection. Every so often, her hands switch roles, and a new traffic pattern begins. Between commands, she waves to drivers and students, and says "good morning." It's just part of her routine, and she does it with a smile.

Strunk is a crossing guard and traffic control officer at Hobe Sound Elementary. Advanced training allows her to direct and move traffic as well as assist students crossing the street.

She's been at her current post at Southeast Bridge Road and Southeast Gomez Avenue for 26 years. Four other crossing guards work at the school, and three of them are certified traffic control officers as well.

Michelle Strunk, a Martin County Sheriff's Office traffic control officer, directs vehicles, students and their families. Strunk is in her 28th year as a crossing guard for the school and the job is part of her family's legacy. Her mother was the first crossing guard at Hobe Sound Elementary School.

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Anderson Middle School is a Gold PBiS School!

Congratulations to DR. DAVID L. ANDERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL for achieving the Gold Tier 1 PBIS Model School Award for the 2018-2019 school year. Keep up the great work using data to identify and provide mentoring to at-risk students!

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Parent Resources

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Mapping the Middle - Saturday, October 12 at 10am

Navigating the middle school years is tough for kids and even tougher for parents. Thankfully, Tykes & Teens is here to help.

Parents and guardians are invited to enjoy cookies and conversation at this FREE event, getting up close and personal with therapists who can answer questions about tweens and sex, drugs and alcohol, body image, and creating a bond with your child during these tricky years.

Pre-registration is required by calling Dr. Marshall at 772-220-3439 or emailing

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One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is the gift of two (or more!) languages. Being bilingual is good for your child's brain, makes communication with grandparents and relatives easier, and is an advantage for finding jobs in the future.

Writing poetry in two languages
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ESE Workshop: A Parent's Guide to an IEP That Works - Thursday, October 24 at Peter & Julie Cummings Library (Palm City Library) at 6PM

Developing and implementing an IEP (Individual Education Plan) is the equal responsibility of educators, parents and other members of the IEP team. This workshop, presented by Ally Walford with the Family Network on Disabilities, explains the process and importance of parental participation. Parents/guardians will learn helpful tips for writing effective IEP goals and strategies.

RSVP to Justin Browning at
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Martin County High School - Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5 PM – 7 PM

Our goal is to provide Martin County families with all of the resources necessary to help them make informed decisions about their children's futures.

Open to all middle and high school families, the Martin County School District's first-ever College & Career Night will feature numerous college/university representatives, military recruiters and career path representatives who will speak with families about students' high school, post-secondary and financial aid options.

Workshops will take place throughout the evening on a variety of topics: planning/saving for college, the financial aid process, career and technical education (CTE) programs (for middle school students preparing for the transition to hight school) and the college admissions process.

TruckaBowl will be on-site with delicious treats available for purchase!

Transportation is available for students to and from this event. Students who will need bus transportation must return their signed permission slip to the office no later than October 11, 2019.
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School Happenings

United for one another are the students and staff of Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School!

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2019 Dads Take Your Child to School Day

The Martin County School District is proud to participate in Dads Take Your Child to School Day, an annual event created by the Florida Department of Education.

This statewide initiative highlights the significant positive impact that fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, family friends and other male role models have when playing an active role in a child's education. Studies show that when fathers or other male role models are involved in a child's education, children perform better academically, have fewer discipline problems and often become more responsible adults. Although this particular event is designed to shine the spotlight on dads, moms are welcome to join in on the fun as well!

Many schools planned events for the morning of September 25.
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Thinking Outside the Box at Spectrum Academy

When it comes to teaching reading, math and science, the faculty and staff of Spectrum Academy are always thinking outside of the box.

"We want to do our best to equip them with skills to survive in the world outside of our classrooms," said Principal Janice Mills. "Based on the students' interests and staff experience, we have created five 'survival skill' activity groups which will meet and complete a variety of activities and projects on the five District early release days."

Students participated in one of five activities with subject matter experts that educate them on a variety of life skills - automotive maintenance/care, literacy initiatives (reading with students at the Gertrude Walden Center and building their writing skills), eco-friendly practices (harvesting produce, building and maintaining a garden), basic personal finance (money management, borrowing, insurance, investing, etc.), and entrepreneurial skills (interview/application/resume assistance, talks with local business owners, etc.)

Spectrum Academy is a secondary school for students who are in need of course credit recovery solutions as well as an alternative school setting for disciplinary infractions they have received at their home school.

(Retrieved from Facebook on September 26, 2019.)

Michelle Gordon at Hobe Sound Elementary School

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IMS School Counselor Dr. Smith and the Thunderbirds at the Yellow Brick Road Program

Math, Technology, and Art OH MY!!

Robot Coding Art is Happening at Anderson Middle School!

The paths Mr.Blauvelt taped on the floor were “too easy” so the students created their own paths!

AMS Girl’s Volleyball team!

What is Your Why?

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Parent Workshop for Hobe Sound and Port Salerno Elementary Schools

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Happy Fri-Yay Smiles from Miss Skomro’s Warfield Elementary School Family

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Volunteer Breakfast at Hobe Sound Elementary School

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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

 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