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  • Monroe County School District's

    2020-2021 Teacher of the Year

    Ms. Monica Horsley

    Ms.. Horsley MCSD teacher of the year

    Horsley, an eight-year veteran educator, is known for designing intriguing lesson plans and differentiating instruction to accommodate her students’ various academic and emotional needs.  According to PKS principal Lisa Taylor, “Mrs. Horsley demonstrates the attributes of a master teacher every day in her classroom.  She recognizes the importance of the balance between the academic and emotional needs of students.  Her influence reaches much farther than a traditional classroom teacher.  Her students want to learn, they thrive in her classroom, and they believe that they can achieve the high standards and expectations resulting in their success.”

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District Headlines

  • Congratulations MCSD 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year Ms. Monica Horsley

    Plantation Key School (PKS) 4th grade teacher, Monica Horsley, is Monroe County School District’s (MCSD) Teacher of the Year (TOY). Superintendent Theresa Axford made the announcement in person today with a surprise presentation in front of Horsley’s class of jubilant students. Horsley, a veteran teacher who has been teaching at PKS since 2016, responded with tears of joy, stating that she was “honored to represent all of the outstanding teachers at PKS and throughout the Monroe County School district.” All PKS teachers were able to watch the good news being delivered virtually via TEAMS. Horsley was chosen from a talented pool of MCSD school level Teachers of the Year by a committee comprised of administrators, curriculum team members and former school level teachers of the year, for her outstanding contributions in the classroom, school, and community. Candidates are judged on instruction, data, school/community involvement, recommendation letters, as well as rigorous critique of a video of a lesson.

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  • Keys Energy Services recently donated backpacks to the Monroe County School District.

    Pictured in the photo: Left to right, Poinciana School Cafeteria Manager Marlyn Anne Brown Menite, Poinciana School Principal Dr. Larry C. Schmiegel and cafeteria worker Priscilla Sullivan. Keys Energy Services recently donated backpacks to the Monroe County School District. The 2,400 backpacks will be used county-wide to help tackle the issue of food insecurity with students and their families. "These are bags we would normally have given out at community events," said Keys Energy spokesperson Julio Torrado. "Since many of these events were canceled due to the pandemic, we thought this was a great way to use them. Food insecurity in our community should be something we are all concerned about," he said.

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  • Marathon High School Student's Photo Accepted into National Competition

    Last week was Red Ribbon Week and while it looked different this year, Marathon High School still celebrated! There were two socially distanced proclamation events (for A-Day and B-Day students). One of the group photos taken by Maggie Coleman-Sayer was accepted into the National Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest. The school with the most votes wins! Please vote for MHS! People can vote once every 24 hours. Please use this link to vote - http://wshe.es/ZT3pLHaN

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  • Unity Day at Poinciana Elementary School

    Poinciana Elementary School, a Special Olympics Unified Champion School, celebrated Unity Day with students, faculty and staff wearing orange. Our Unified Partners Club members Sawyer, Sebastian, Hannah, Marlene, Jakob, Chase and Monea encouraged everyone to treat everyone with respect and kindness.

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