Color of Our Worlds 11/2017

Educating ALL MCSD Students for success.
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The reasons for using poetry are similar to those for using songs and many activities that you do with songs can be adapted to poetry

Any authentic material exposes students to some ‘real English’ and can be very motivating for your students, provided they are supported throughout the task. The other great thing about poems is for students to have the opportunity to see the language work creatively and freely. Poems can be used in many different ways and the more you use them the more uses you’ll find for them.

(Retrieved from, November 1, 2017.)

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The Martin County School District Hurricane Makeup Days Announced

The Martin County School District (MCSD) reached an agreement with the Martin County Education Association (MCEA) regarding Hurricane Irma make-up days. Effective immediately, the remainder of the scheduled early release and early dismissal days will be regular school days, adding valuable instructional time to both the first and second semester. In addition, for the duration of the 2017-2018 school year, Port Salerno Elementary School students will receive five additional minutes of daily instruction and high school students will continue their current schedule for the remainder of the year.

The following early release and early dismissal days will now become full student days for all Martin County schools: October 31, December 21, January 24, February 14 and May 9.

The agreement allows all scheduled days off, including holidays, winter break and spring break, to remain non-school days and does not impact the last day of school which remains May 24, 2018. This agreement was reached to maintain valuable instructional time.

According to Laurie J. Gaylord, “As Superintendent, it is important to provide students the opportunity to make up lost instructional time while having minimal impact on families and staff. I appreciate the cooperation of MCEA and their willingness to work together to implement a resolution that brings the Martin County School District in compliance with the state requirements for instructional time after closing schools during Hurricane Irma.”

Amended 2017-2018 MCSD School Calendar

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Picture Books: Excellent Bilingual Books and Sleepy Sheep | November 2017 Xpress Reviews

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Matthew Mesorana

Indiantown Middle School Teacher of the Year

Martin County School District Middle School Teacher of the Year

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Martin County School District Parent Teacher Conference Dates

Elementary Schools:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Middle Schools:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

High Schools:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Parent-Teacher Conference FAQs

FAQs or Frequently asked questions

What is a parent-teacher conference?
A parent-teacher conference is a meeting between you and your child's teacher to discuss your child's progress in school. Parent-teachers conferences happen in elementary, middle, and high schools. This meeting may take place as part of the regularly-scheduled conferences held by the school each year, or your child's teacher may contact you to schedule a meeting at other times during the school year.

You can also request a conference with your child's teacher if you have questions or concerns about your child by contacting the teacher to set up a meeting.

How will I know when to go to the conference?
Usually, your child's teacher will contact you to schedule a meeting time. If you work during the day and can only go to conferences after working hours, be sure to let your child's teacher know that so you can schedule a meeting time that is convenient for both of you.

What if I don't speak English?
If you do not feel comfortable speaking with your child's teacher in English, you have the right to request that an interpreter attend the conference, or to bring an interpreter that you trust to the conference. If you request an interpreter from the school, make the request at least 24 hours before the conference. Your child's school also may have a bilingual parent liaison who can help you find an interpreter. It's important to find a way to overcome the language barrier in order to meet with your child's teacher.

Why does my child's teacher want to meet with me?
In the U.S. educational system, teachers believe that a strong partnership between the home and school will help children succeed in school. If your child's teacher schedules a meeting with you, it does not necessarily mean that your child is in trouble. Teachers welcome input from the parents about their children, such as information about what the child likes to do or what they are good at. Teachers also understand that each student is different and learns differently, and that no one knows your child better than you do. You may provide some insight that will help the teacher work more effectively with your child at school.

It is also helpful for teachers to know if a child is experiencing a difficult situation outside of school, such as a divorce, the death of a relative, a medical problem, or anything else that may affect the child's mood or behavior. Knowing of such changes will help the teacher provide the child with the necessary support in the classroom.

What information will my child's teacher give me?
Your child's teacher will probably show you some samples of your child's work, and may discuss your child's progress, grades, homework, and behavior. The teacher may also ask you about any concerns that she has about your child, as well as questions about his study habits. These questions are intended to help the teacher provide your child with any additional support needed in the classroom, and are not intended to make you feel uncomfortable or defensive.

Why is it important to go to a parent-teacher conference?
Going to the parent-teacher conference provides you and the teacher an opportunity to work together as a team in order to help your child. You each have an important perspective to share — as the parent, you know your child's personality, habits, strengths, and weaknesses. The teacher, on the other hand, has been trained professionally in the best methods of teaching, meeting individual student's needs, how to control classroom behavior, and how to help your child succeed in school. Working together you will be able to find ways that each of you can provide the appropriate and necessary support for your child.

The conference is also an opportunity for you to ask questions about your child's progress, to learn more about the class and what the students are studying, and to find out if you child is having difficulty with anything in particular.

In addition, the more you know about your children's school and classes, the more likely they will be to talk about daily experiences with you. They will appreciate your concern and involvement, and they will be more likely to approach you when they have problems.

(Retrieved from, November 1, 2017.)

Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences at Your Child's School

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Dads for Donuts at Port Salerno Elementary School!

Dads, uncles, grandparents, or other adults were invited to PSE to enjoy breakfast with their child(ren). We had almost 200 adults come eat with their child during this event!

What is Your Hope? at Pinewood Elementary School

The amazing PTA volunteers at Pinewood coordinated the efforts to have each student record what their hopes were for the year on their teacher’s sign.

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."

~Brad Henry

Learning is the Superpower at Hobe Sound Elementary School!

SeaWind Elementary Hosts STEM Vocabulary Parade!

J. D. Parker Elementary School Participates in Walk, Bike, and Roll Day!

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Title I Schools Win Smarter Lunchrooms Awards

The goal of Healthier/US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms (HUSSC: SL) is to improve the health of the Nation’s children by promoting healthier school environments. To help meet the goal, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) identifies schools that have made changes to

  • improve the quality of the foods served,
  • provide students with nutrition education, and
  • provide students with physical education and opportunities for physical activity.

Schools will meet all the requirements of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program, including meal requirements.

Schools will serve reimbursable meals that reflect good menu planning principles, such as serving a variety of healthier foods that look good, taste good, and appeal to the cultural sensitivities of the school and community populations.

Schools will plan meals that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; that include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.

Schools will offer foods that ensure that students can select a meal that meets all the HUSSC: SL criteria. Such foods should be routinely selected by students, not just token foods to meet HUSSC: SL criteria.

Anderson Middle School AVID Program Tours Florida Atlantic University

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What is iReady?

i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction is an online, interactive earning environment designed to assess students and then provide individualized instruction based on each student’s unique need.

iReady Login Link

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The Martin County School District has launched our new mobile app, which is now available for iPhones®, iPads®, Android™, Blackberry™ and Windows™ devices by searching “Martin County Schools” from SchoolInfo App. The free app enables parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff to quickly access all of the who, what, when and where for the District and every school in the district.
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Title I/Migrant/ELL Services Department

The Color of Our Worlds is an Electronic Newsletter for the school communities of:

AMS: Anderson Middle School

HSE: Hobe Sound Elementary School

IMS: Indiantown Middle School

JDP: J. D. Parker Elementary School

PWE: Pinewood Elementary School

PSE: Port Salerno Elementary School

SWE: SeaWind Elementary School

WES: Warfield Elementary School