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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE MONROE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT
Parents/Guardians, the Free/Reduced School Meal Benefits Application is available at:
If you think that your children may qualify for meal benefits, NOW is the time to complete an application.
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR ANY CHILDREN THAT MAY QUALIFY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ATTEND SCHOOL IN PERSON OR PARTICIPATE VIA DISTANCE LEARNING.
Please note that an application needs to be completed EVERY YEAR. Your child’s meal benefit status from the 2019-2020 school year will carry over but WILL EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 24TH.
If you have any questions please contact the Food Services Student Eligibility Coordinator at (305) 293-1400 x 53356.
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** Sugarloaf Updates**
The following student schedules are just samples. We will release all schedules for virtual school during the week of August 17, 2020.
Your child is required to have a tetanus booster prior to starting school. Please call your pediatrician or local health department to check your status or schedule an appointment as needed. The 680 certificate must be provided to the school before August 13th or your child may not come to school. Thank you for taking care of this matter. Any questions please feel free to contact our local Florida Department Health. Click “Learn more” for FDOH contact information
Congratulations to our Shark Family: Teachers, Students, Parents and Staff for helping become a 2019-2020 Gold Tier 1 FLPBIS Model School! We’ve put in the hard work and have been awarded Model School status.
Current Stanley Switlik principal, Brett Unke, has been chosen as Sugarloaf School’s (SLS) next principal, according to Superintendent Mark Porter. Unke, will take over for current principal Harry Russell, who moves to the district’s Executive Director for Personnel Support and Instructional Leadership role beginning 2020-2021 school year. “Mr. Unke is an exemplary leader and a strong advocate for public education,” Porter said. “His dedication and commitment to the students and professional educators he works with make him the ideal candidate for SLS.” As the Principal of Stanley Switlik Elementary School for the past seven years, Unke has implemented programs such as Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), while continually achieving 5 STAR and Gold ratings for the top rated elementary school. Unke was also the administrative lead for the construction the new Stanley Switlik Elementary campus in Marathon. His construction background will be tapped once again as Sugarloaf school enters the planning phase for its upcoming school construction project. “Sugarloaf School is fortunate to have Brett Unke as their new principal,” said incoming Superintendent Theresa Axford, who also selected Unke as a member of the MCSD Back to School Task Force. “Brett’s ability to see all facets of a multi-tiered project to completion, coupled with his strong leadership skills will greatly benefit the students, staff, and families of Sugarloaf School.” While he is proud of the great strides made at Stanley Switlik during his tenure, Unke is looking forward to his new journey at the school where he first started his lifelong passion as a career educator. “I am excited to return to where it all started,” Unke said. “My first priority, as always, will continue to be providing educational programming that serves the needs of all students equally.”
Sugarloaf School students created PSAs about how literacy takes you on adventure and the contest was based on public interaction with those PSAs on Social Media, so we want to thank all of you that liked and or shared one of the many Literacy in Monroe County Schools posts submitted by our school. Based on this criterion and the great PSA’s submitted, Sugarloaf School was recognized during this year’s state Celebrate Literacy Week Contest this school year with a second place win in our category. Along with the award recognition, Sugarloaf School will receive $300 cash award. Marathon High school was also recognized during the completion with a first place win in the High School Category. Congratulations to both schools and their creative students.
Teachers have prepared virtual end of year ceremonies for the 2019 2020 that they have shared with their students in various ways throughout this week. We want to share the links to these presentations so Parents and Students have access to view them again as well as share with family members since the campus closures did not facilitate in person ceremonies. We wish all of our Sugarloaf Shark family a safe and healthy summer. The links work best when opened in the Chrome browser. Please Click “Learn More” to access the PDF with all presentation links.
Superintendent Mark Porter has announced that Mr. Russell was selected the Monroe County School District 2020 Principal of the Year. Mr. Russell received multiple nominations and accolades from his staff and the community to earn him this honor and recognition. Sugarloaf School has recently demonstrated significant growth in student academic growth while maintaining their “A’ grade as a school. Harry is also one of our “go to” principals when it comes to school safety and security issues and has piloted several efforts in this regard. Safety Day at Sugarloaf School, Harry’s idea, is a tremendous demonstration of community partnership and support as representatives from law enforcement agencies across Monroe County come and bring with them some of their most specialized and impressive equipment. Our Shark Family is extremely happy for Mr. Russell and proud that he is receiving this well-deserved recognition. We thank him for his leadership and support for all of our staff, students and shark community.
Hello, future Sharks and Shark Parents, due to the school closure and Social Distancing directive, we are unable to hold our traditional VPK/Kindergarten round up. We have prepared a flyer with information about VPK and Kindergarten registration as well as how you can pick up and drop off the registration packets. Please click “Learn More” for a link to the Flyer. In addition, our Virtual Roundup Video has been uploaded.
We all miss you as much as you miss being here; I bet you all are surprised that you do miss school. We know this is a new transition but we also know that SHARKS can do anything! Good Luck with your virtual learning during quarter 4 and we are here for you 100 percent. #sharkpride Click Learn more to see the video link
Sugarloaf National Junior Honor Society students decided to make their charitable donation early this year. Instead of saving money for an end of year field trip, they gave $2,300 to the SOS Food Bank. According to NJHS president, 8th grader Abby Cowan, “During this time lots of families are going without jobs, unable to provide for their families, so we all felt and decided that it was most important to give our money to this organization, during a time like this. This tragic pandemic that is going around the whole world is affecting our community. We all just wanted to give back and help those in need as much as we could during this global crisis.”
Mr. Roy put together a motivational montage for our Sugarloaf Sharks. Click "Learn more" to access the link and see the video.
Say Something Week was conclude with our annual Safety Day event. Students were able to interact with various law enforcement and first responders, such as, MCSD, Monroe County Fire Rescue, KWPD and FWC to name several. Special thank you to Sheriff Ramsay for all of your continued support and shirts for the staff and kids. Students also participated in Mindfulness Yoga. Everyone was treated to a BBQ hotdog lunch provided by Centennial Bank and bottled water by Pepsi. Sugarloaf School would like to thank everyone that made this a successful event.
Teachers and District personnel throughout Monroe County visited our school for our first AVID Day showcase. The following teachers prepared for and allowed the visitors to see AVID strategies in their classrooms: Ms. Anderson Language arts, Ms. Murray Math, Ms. Osborn Kindergarten and Ms. Means Ms. Hettel and Mr. Walden did AVID Stem rotations in the Media Center. Additionally Dr. Malone and her AVID students ( Lincoln, Kyndall, Amber, Lania and Sebastian) joined Mr. Walden, our AVID Site Coordinator on a panel for the debrief. Our AVID students were very articulate in how AVID has helped them be successful students.
Briana Noda, Claudia Mendez, Alexia Williams, Bridgette Sweeney, Gracie Lechnar, Naomi Johnson, Dylan Meyer, Arlo Creighton, Dylan Meyer, J-Lan Gregoire, Christopher Taber, Jake Dale, Kevin Henderson, Summer Livengood. Thank you Monroe Computes
Our Elementary 5th grade students and our Middle school 6-8 students participated in the School based STEM Fair last semester. Students pictured were winners and qualified to submit their projects to the district completion. 5th grade student Alexander Behler, received recognition as one of the top 4 Elementary projects in the MCSD District Wide STEM Fair at Plantation Key School on February the 8th. We congratulate Alexander and all of the students that participated this year.