The Color of our Worlds: 12/2016

Providing a High Quality Education for ALL Students

Developing Growth Mindsets: Enhancing Your Child’s Self-Condence to Learn

Monday, January 9, 6:30pm Martin County High School Auditorium


  • Free for elementary, middle and high school parents and guardians
  • Learn strategies to encourage a “can do” attitude
  • Learn how your child can learn, grow and excel when given the right kind of support and encouragement


Presented by Patty Morris, Assistant Principal, Pinewood Elementary.


Visit martinschools.org for more information and to register! Space is limited.

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Pinewood Teacher is Martin County Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to the Education Foundation of Martin County's Teacher of the Year Ellise Ryan, 5th Grade Teacher at Pinewood Elementary!
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AMS Principal Timothy Aitken Graduates from NISL!

The Martin County School District celebrates two principals who graduated from the National Institute for School Leadership’s (NISL) Executive Development Program (EDP) as part of a multistate effort to increase school leader effectiveness and improve student learning. NISL’s Executive Development Program is the most widely used, rigorous school leadership development program in the country with some 10,000 school leaders trained across 27 states. Multiple research studies have shown that students in schools led by NISL-trained leaders outperformed their peers on state tests in both math and reading.


The Martin County graduates include Timothy Aitken, Principal of Anderson Middle School and David Krakoff, Principal of Stuart Middle School. Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord said, “Congratulations to Mr. Aitken and Mr. Krakoff! We know strong leaders in our schools create an inspiring learning environment for our students. We appreciate this opportunity for our principals’ involvement in such an esteemed nationally recognized program and for the leadership to educate all students for success.”


Because of NISL’s track record of success, the U.S. Department of Education selected NISL’s EDP for a “gold standard” study of implementation on a multi-state scale. The program is enabling 900 principals from California, Florida and Mississippi to enroll in NISL’s fifteen-month program.

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Arian Tuscano

Arian Tuscano, a fourth grade student at SeaWind Elementary School, was recognized as a Character Counts! Student of the Week for demonstrating the Pillar of Trustworthiness. Arian is a student that his teacher trusts a lot to help others and carry out jobs in his classroom and on campus. He is a good friend to all and has gained the trust of many of his peers and classmates. Arian is a role model and always does the right thing.
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If your child is having a hard time at school or at home, it may be difficult to know how to get help. These bilingual resources offer some ideas for getting started, explain how to work with your child's school to get the right support, and provide information on different reading and writing difficulties.
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Eli's House - Port Salerno Reads is here!

First graders received 10 books each for their home library!

Adapting to different realities
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#DeviceFreeDinner

Make the most of family time...without devices. Take the #DeviceFreeDinner challenge instead of texting at the dinner table or watching tv while eating.
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Learning with Legos at Port Salerno Elementary School

"Most students are familiar with Legos, but most students probably don’t realize the science that can be learned from them. This project will provide hands-on opportunities for students to focus on Simple and Powered Machines through the use of Legos and Project Based Learning (PBL). Students will be able to investigate and build simple machines while investigating forces and motion, motors, renewable energy, pneumatics, measurement, and mechanisms, all of which are integral parts of our Physical Science unit. Problem solving activities are included in the project, so collaboration and communication will be keys to success. Students will work in groups to complete their PBL. "


Tara Zilly- PSE

LEGO Education in Elementary

Blowing in the Wind - A Renewable Energy Unit At Warfield Elementary School

"With a focus on renewable energy resources, students will be introduced to the concept of wind energy. With this project, students will have the opportunity to conduct research, build a mini wind turbine, read the amount of energy it produces from moving air, and create a culminating digital project."


Crystal Hallee- WES

Celebrating St. Augustine at Warfield Elementary School

"The City of St. Augustine is an important part of both Florida’s history and our nation’s history. The goal of our project is to provide experiences about the cultural history of St. Augustine, the oldest permanent settlement in the continental United States. The students will participate in cross-curricular learning activities which will allow them to build background about the heritage of St. Augustine and surrounding communities. The students will read, write and utilize technology as they discover the rich history of the city’s beginnings. Then, students will experience that history first hand through a field trip to St. Augustine. Finally, students will create a literacy-based research project to demonstrate their learning. The project will be shared through a History Fair, where classes from the other grade levels are invited to “walk through” Florida’s history."


Susan Wardell- WES

Robotic Recruitment at Julian D. Parker Elementary School

"We would like to introduce our 5th graders to the world of robotics with a fun, learning filled PBL. Students will be challenged to create the next robot to star in a new advertisement for life on another planet. Students will build, program, write, direct and film a recruitment video to be sent to Hollywood!"


Jennifer Bowes- JDP

Getting to Know the USA at Indiantown Middle School

"I will acquire books that identify, describe and explore the history, building and importance of various US landmarks and National Parks. Students will choose a landmark or National Park, research it, and create a digital project to teach others about it. These projects will be shared with classmates and then the whole school."


June Parrilli- IMS

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Martin County Firemen and Sheriffs Serve Over 1300 Meals at Pinewood's Annual Thanksgiving Feast!

Pinewood Elementary held their annual Thanksgiving Feast last week serving over 1,300 meals. A very special thank you to Martin County Firefighters and Rescue personnel, Martin County Sheriff's Office, Mr. Larry Green, Ms. Jean Huffman, and the PWE Cafe Staff for serving.
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Warfield Elementary School Hosts Veteran Recognition Show!

Hispanics in Action Family Event at Hobe Sound Elementary 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