Colors of Our Worlds: 2-2016

Providing A High Quality Education for ALL Students of MCSD

AMS Students Participate in MLK Jr. Oratorical Contest!

Congratulations to our 8th grade AMS students who participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest at The Stuart Women’s Club on January 13th, 2016.


Pictured (left to right): Louis Leon; Rigo Bartolome-Aguirre; Principal Tim Aitken; Sarah DâElia; Anthony Rossi; Teacher Mark Matluck

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Character Counts at Warfield Elementary!

They have brand new Character Counts! pillars that are proudly displayed in their cafeteria. The pillars were purchased through the Indiantown Education Coalition grant that was awarded to Jennifer Goddard, Guidance Counselor.

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Port Salerno Reads!

Eli’s House believes that the education of children takes place both in the classroom and at home. That’s why we have created our latest initiative, Port Salerno Reads. Designed to support children’s reading and learning at home, and to ease the burden on parents, Port Salerno Reads provides home libraries and reading opportunities for Port Salerno Elementary School children.


Our pilot program will start in the 2015-16 school year where 1st and 2nd grade children will receive home libraries. Many of the books in the children’s home libraries will feature authors from our Speaker Series, to further enhance the connection between school and home.


Pat Harvey, Principal of PSE, says of the program:


It is so exciting to know that the Port Salerno Reads project will provide home libraries for all of our grade one and two students. This will not only impact the children and their access to books, but it will provide family access to books that they would not otherwise have had. The availability of books to the whole family will also be an asset in allowing our students to read to their pre-school siblings which will support building their language skills. We know that children can lose up to three months of reading levels over the summer if they are not reading. So the Port Salerno Reads project will provide books for access not just during the school year but during the holidays and summers when students are not in school. Eli’s House continues to change the lives of our families, and this is an initiative that will touch every member of the families involved.

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First Grades Receive Books from Eli's House!

First graders received 10 books each for their home library.

Coffee Chats at Pinewood Elementary School

Pinewood parents and guardians are invited to join Pinewood Elementary Literacy and Math Coaches for Coffee Chats on the first Thursday of each month.


Please see the following schedule of topics. We look forward to having learning discussions with you while enjoying a morning cup of coffee.


Location: Pinewood Elementary Front Office Conference Room

Time: 7:45 am

(Coffee Chats will last approximately one hour)

Hosted by: Andrea Asciutto-Houck, Literacy Coach (3-5); Angie Gilbride, Literacy Coach (K-2); Heather Padget, Math Coach (3-5); Kelly Raiford, Math Coach (K-2)


Dates - Topics for 2016:

2/4/16 Numbers and Operations Fractions & Writing Standards

3/3/16 Measurement and Data & Speaking and Listening Standards

4/7/16 Geometry & Language Standards

5/5/16 Summer Learning

Port Salerno Talks! Empower yourself with the tools to help grow your child’s language abilities!

Research shows that when families engage their children in high levels of quality verbal interactions in their home language their children have higher vocabularies, are more advanced readers, and receive higher test scores!


Interested in building your child’s brain using the power of language?


Come join your neighbors in learning activities such as games and puzzles that can help increase the quality of interactions you have with your child. Provided in each class will be materials you get to take home. Each family will be paired with a coach that will work with you to increase the quality of verbal interactions you and your child share. Families will also receive individualized attention during monthly home visits where additional activities and games are shared.

Location: Once a month at Port Salerno Elementary School

Participants: Open to Port Salerno families with children through age 4

Beginning: January 2016 through July 2016

Meeting Times:  5:30 dinner  6:00-7:00 small group meetings (child care provided)

Cost: FREE! There are a limited number of spots available.


Reserve your spot by signing up today! If you are interested in learning more or signing up please contact Cristina Smith by phone at 772-219-1610 ex. 142 or by email @ smithc1@martin.k12.fl.us.

Family Science Night at Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School

PWE's Ms. Saxton's Class Names New Turtle at the Environmental Studies Center

Congratulations to Sherri Saxton's Kindergarten class for coming up with the winning name- Scute!
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Cardboard Boat Race at Martin County High School Pool!

On January 9, 2016 at 10:30 am at the Martin County High School Pool, Pinewood and J.D. Parker Elementary Schools competed in the 1st ever Cardboard Boat Race.
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Words and pictures together

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