Color of Our Worlds 2/2018

Educating ALL MCSD Students for success.

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What is ACCESS for ELLs 2.0?

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4th Grader from Port Salerno Elementary School Wins Spelling Bee

Nine-year-old Olivia DuBois, a fourth grade student at Port Salerno Elementary, won the 52nd Annual Lillian A. Dassori Elementary Spelling Bee held at Jensen Beach High School on Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Sixty-five fourth and fifth grade students from the Martin County School District’s 12 elementary schools and fifth graders from Indiantown Middle School participated in the spelling bee. Special guest, Ashleigh Walters, news anchor with WPTV News channel 5, was the enunciator for the event.

DeBois’ final championship word was “hebrides.”

Samantha White, a 5th grader from Pinewood Elementary, finished second in the spelling bee.

The top twelve spellers include:

Olivia DuBois, Port Salerno Elementary
Samantha White, Pinewood Elementary
Jillian Reid, Bessey Creek Elementary

Mia Manso, Jensen Beach Elementary

Shealyn Pyne, Citrus Grove Elementary

Jackson Corbett, Felix A. Williams Elementary

Noah Monsour, Bessey Creek Elementary

Victor Camacho, Citrus Grove Elementary

Kyle Wegner-McEwan, Crystal Lake Elementary

Hannah Miller, Felix A. Williams Elementary

John Connelly, Citrus Grove Elementary

Safid Alam, JD Parker Elementary

The bee was named after Lillian A Dassori, a founding member and charter president of the Soroptomist International of Stuart and a Martin County Supervisor of Schools.

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Teaching Spelling

Many people think spelling consists of memorizing all the words in a dictionary and that spelling comes naturally to some and not to others. This is a misconception. Good spellers aren't born, they are taught! Nearly 90 percent of English words can be spelled if a student knows basic patterns, principles and rules of spelling.

If a child can spell a word, he or she can usually read the word. In fact, there is a strong relationship between spelling and word reading, because many of the same abilities — phonemic awareness, knowledge of letter patterns, an understanding of morphology and word meanings — underlie both reading and spelling. Good spellers make for better readers and writers.

(Retrieved from, January 11, 2018.)
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Find Yourself in a Book during Celebrate Literacy Week - January 22-26, 2018!

The goal of this year’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is to promote literacy and excellent reading habits in the students of Florida. We are excited to partner with Florida First Lady Ann Scott on this important initiative for the eighth consecutive year. First Lady Scott will engage in fun and exciting reading experiences with select schools and classrooms across the state.

This year, our Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2018 theme is Find Yourself in a Book! With this theme in mind, we are encouraging all schools to participate in the Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! contest and encourage students to connect to a book and book character.

Boy and Author Opens Eyes of Warfield Students during Celebrate Literacy Week!

Author Elaine Sussman read to Warfield Elementary School students to launch Celebrate Literacy Week festivities. Mrs. Sussman published her book from a poem she wrote as a child about her brother Mark, who is blind. Mrs. Sussman spoke about overcoming obstacles and treating everyone with kindness, know matter what they look like. Mark made a special appearance where he sang and played the guitar for students.

Celebrating Literacy Week at SeaWind Elementary School

School Board Chair Christia Li Roberts reads Cat in the Hat to Mrs. Hughes' second grade class during Celebrate Literacy Week at SeaWind Elementary.
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Hobe Sound Elementary Students Cozy Up with Good Books during celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

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Port Salerno’s Math Night at Home Depot of Stuart on January 11th was a huge success!

Students were challenged to solve real world math problems throughout different sections of the store.

Isabella in 4th grade said, “Math Night was great!” She also stated, “I liked getting to adding up the money and decide which fans to buy.”

Workshop at Parent Resource Center

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D.A.R.E.'s keepin' it REAL in Martin County Elementary Schools!

D.A.R.E.’s keepin’ it REAL Elementary School curriculum continues a more than thirty year commitment to providing cutting edge instruction that helps prevent drug use by developing basic, core skills needed for safe and responsible choices…skills that extend well beyond drugs to healthy and mature choices in life.

The curriculum, designed based on the Socio-Emotional Learning Theory (SEL), identifies fundamental, basic skills and developmental processes needed for healthy development including:

  • Self-awareness and management
  • Responsible decision making
  • Understanding others
  • Relationship and communication skills
  • Handling responsibilities and challenges

SEL theory teaches youth to control their impulses and think about risks and consequences resulting in more responsible choices. D.A.R.E. believes that if you can teach youth to make safe and responsible decisions, it will guide them to healthy choices, not only about drugs, but across all parts of their lives. As they grow to be responsible citizens, they will lead healthier and more productive drug-free lives.

The course’s ten lessons are arranged in a scaffolding process, starting with the basics about responsibility and decision making and then building on each other allowing students to develop their own responses to real life situations. The very first lesson starts with responsibility and introduces decision making with subsequent lessons applying these skills in increasing complex ways to drug use and other choices in their lives.

(Retrieved from on January 11, 2018.)

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2018 Black History Month Student Contests

This year's theme is “A Celebration of Innovative African-American Leaders.”

Each February, as Florida celebrates Black History Month, many lesson plans incorporate information about the significant contributions that African Americans have made to our great state. Once again, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott have invited all Florida students to participate in the Black History Month art and essay contests. Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting artwork and students in grades 4-12 can earn a four-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship through the essay contest.

These prizes could transform the lives of a students; all students are encouraged to take full advantage of this opportunity to enhance their appreciation for African American History and prepare financially for their own future education aspirations.

Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

The deadline for all submissions is March 2, 2018.

To learn more about Florida’s Black History Month celebration and contests, visit

(Retrieved from on January 11, 2018.)

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February 1 - The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery, was adopted by the 38th Congress. Ratification was completed December 6, 1865. Also in 1870, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

February 2 - Today in 1914, artist William Ellisworth is born in Washington, North Carolina. Educated at Syracuse University, he was a student of Florida artist Augusta Savage. His works were exhibited at Atlanta University, the Whitney Museum, the Two Centuries of Black American Art exhibit, Fisk University, Hampton University, the North Carolina Museum of Art and private collectors.

February 3 - Six time All-Star Bill White was named president of National League IN 1989. Former Saint Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White is named president of the National League. He is the first African American to head a major sports league. On February 3, 1903; Jack Johnson became the first Negro Heavyweight Champion, The Negro Baseball League founded in 1920.

February 4 - Today in 1986, a stamp of Sojourner Truth is issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

February 5 - Henry "Home Run King" Aaron, baseball superstar was born in 1934.

February 6 - On this day in 1867,The Peabody Fund for Black education in the South established.

February 7 - Negro History week originated by Carter G.Woodson is observed for the first time in 1926.

February 8 - Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women's Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition, was a pre-med student at Stanford University in 1986.

February 9 - In 1979, Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Leroy "Satchel" Paige would be inducted.

February 10 - 1964, After 10 days of debate and voting on 125 amendments, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by a vote of 290-130. The bill prohibited any state or local government or public facility from denying access to anyone because of race or ethnic origin. It further gave the U.S. Attorney General the power to bring school desegregation law suits.

February 11 - Today in 1996, Penn's Baccalaureate Speaker was the Right Reverend Barbara Clementine Harris, a Philadelphian who was the first woman ever to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion.

February 12 - Birthday of William Felton Russell, better known as "Bill" Russel, he was player-coach of the Boston Celtics basketball team in 1968 and 1969. Russell was born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1934.

February 13 - The first Black professional basketball team "The Renaissance" organized 1923.

February 14 - Today in 1936, National Negro Congress organized at Chicago meeting attended by 817 delegates representing more than 500 organizations. Asa Phillip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was elected president of the new organization.

February 15 - Today in 1848, Sarah Roberts barred from white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf. Leon Spinks defeated Muhammad Ali for heavyweight boxing championship. Ali regained the title on September 15 and became the person to win the title three times in 1978.

February 16 - Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1970.

February 17 - James Nathaniel Brown, 63, Pro Football Hall of Fame Fullback, Born February 17, 1936 in St. Simons Island, GA, Michael Jeffrey Jordon, Basketball player, former minor league baseball player, Born New York, New York, February 17, 1963.

February 18 - Today in 1913, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was incorporated at Howard University.

February 19 - Vonetta Flowers became the first black gold medalist in the history of the Winter Olympic Games. She and partner Jull Brakken won the inagural women's two-person bobsled event in 2002 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

February 20 - Death of Frederick Douglass (78), Douglass was the leading Black spokesman for almost fifty years. He was a major abolitionist and a lecturer and editor. Charles Wade Barkley, basketball player, born Leeds, AL, February 20, 1963.

February 21 - Today in 1987, African Americans in Tampa, Florida rebelled after an African American man was killed by a white police officer while in custody.

February 22 - Julius Winfield ("Dr.J") Erving, former basketball player, born Roosevelt, NY, Feb 22, 1950. Also on this day DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince win the first rap Grammy for the hit single "Parents Just Don't Understand."

February 23 - Baseball catcher Elston Gene Howard was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1965, Howard signed a $70,000 contract with the NY Yankees and became the highest paid player in the history of baseball at the time in 1929.

February 24 - Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis was born James Albert Ellis in Louisville, Kentucky in 1940. Ellis won the World Boxing Association title after beating Jerry Quarry in April 1968.

February 25 - Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston for world heavyweight boxing championship in 1964. Boxer Mike Tyson becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World by defeating challenger Frank Bruno of England in 1989.

February 26 - Theodore "Georgia Deacon" Flowers wins middleweight boxing title in 1926. On this day in 1964, the Kentucky boxer known to all as Cassius Clay, changed his name to Cassius X as he accepted Islam and rejected Christianity. "I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and in peace...I'm not a Christian anymore." According to two biographies, Muhammad Ali by Anthony O. Edmonds and My View from the Corner by Angelo Dundee, Cassius Clay changed his name to Cassius X on the 26th. Elijah Muhammed, a black Muslim leader, announced Cassius X's name was being changed to Muhammed Ali.

February 27 - Figure skater Debi Thomas becomes the first African American to win a medal (bronze) at the winter Olympic Games in 1988.

February 28 - In 1932, Richard Spikes invents the automatic gear shift. Also Musician and entertainer Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards. His album, "Thriller", broke all sales records to-date, and remains one of the top-grossing albums of all time.

Chillin’ Activities for a Winter Day

Don’t let snow days be a bore for kids or a chore for you! Discover activities with STEM-connections that are perfect for days when it’s too cold to go outside. Encourage students to learn about literal and nonliteral words with Common Core lessons from Jane Yolen’s classic tale, Owl Moon, or try a vocabulary scaffold from everyone’s favorite snow story Rabbit’s Snow Dance.

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Take Your Family to School Week is February 11-17, 2018!

Empower Family Engagement
Take Your Family to School Week is fun way to create a united front of parents, teachers and administrators at schools everywhere.

The Roots of Reading looks at the earliest stages of literacy in such locations as a baby speech lab and a Head Start center. The program examines how parents, childcare providers, and kindergarten teachers can get children started on the road to literacy. Features host Fred Rogers and children's book author and illustrator Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby).

Family Guide

The colorful bilingual Family Guide includes tips for helping children get the most out of reading as well as pointers on working with schools and teachers, ideas for using the public library, and more.

Empowering Parents: Reading Rockets Parents' Guide

From the moment your child is born, there are simple things you can do to help him or her become a good reader. This guide helps parents build a child's early reading skills at home, recognize signs of trouble, support the child as he or she enters school, understand options for extra support, and recognize when parents need to go outside the school for help.

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Fun Facts about February

  • It is the shortest month of the year.
  • The Welsh call February "y mis bach" which means "little month". It is the third month of winter.
  • In the Southern Hemisphere February is a summer month the equivalent of August. The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification.
  • Together with January, it was the last of the months added to the Roman calendar.
  • The largest American sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is held in February.
  • The Saxon term for the month, Sol-monath, means "cake month". This is because they offered cakes to the gods during this month.
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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