Attention Parents of ESE / 504 Students
If your child is currently enrolled in Monroe County School District and has a current IEP or 504 plan, this information is for you. The McKay Scholarship program provides an option for eligible students to attend a participating private school or transfer to another public school as defined by the program guidelines. The annual notice document is available on the District Website (@keysschools.com) on the Exceptional Student Education Webpage. For additional information, visit the Florida School Choice website or call the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636 for full details. Thank you.
The district is strongly encouraging families to fill out a meal benefits application which qualifies the district to be able to provide our students with other services such as Title I funding, internet connection rates, Take Stock In Children, and several other student benefit programs. Each child that has an application filled out will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a prize drawing from the Food Service Department. Winners will be announced on October 4th. Please click on the link below to fill the application out Online Free & Reduced School Meals Application (Monroe County School District (FL)) (https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/MONc02)
Parents and Guardians: We are required to notify you of Reading Scholarship Accounts - available for students in grades 3 through 5. Click here for Reading Scholarship Accounts detaills in english, spanish and creole.
Balancing the fun and adventure of the Florida Keys with marine stewardship and sustainability is no easy task. The United Way of Collier and the Keys has taken a big step in bringing both of those worlds together. As part of the partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), UWCK has launched a comprehensive Marine Science Resource Guide. Found at KeysToTheSeas.org it is a free online portal for residents and visitors- a place to find excursions, educational opportunities, and careers centered around marine science in the Florida Keys.
Positivity and Predictability Crucial to Learning
One of the best ways to be happy after a situation like a global pandemic is for students to have predictable routines, a safe environment, positive expectations, positive reinforcement, active engagement in what they are doing and being able to set priorities for themselves.
Do you have questions about the MCSD STEM Fair?
Please visit our Webpage by clicking the image to the left.
Superintendent's Weekly Blog Post: The Use of Differentiated Instruction in Learning Environments
Dear Monroe Family,
One of the pillars of our instructional focus bridge is the use of differentiated instruction. You can’t go wrong with this tried and true research-based strategy to help students learn. It makes a huge difference in student engagement and helps with mastery of content too.
Monroe County School District Superintendent Theresa Axford has named Trevor Tyler to fill the assistant principal position at Marathon High School vacated due to the retirement of Liz Logan. Tyler is currently the Supervisor of Adult Education. “Trevor Tyler is an outstanding educator who always goes the extra mile to support the District’s mission,” stated Axford. “I am confident he will bring his positive attitude and strong record of success to Marathon Middle/High School.”
For students throughout the Florida Keys, school just got a little better. The United Way of Collier and the Keys announced that over $45,000 was raised to help Monroe County students this year. These funds are the result of two efforts – the United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign coordinated with Tools for Back to School from Publix.
The Monroe County School Board (MCSB) and the United Teachers of Monroe (UTM) are pleased to announce a tentative agreement regarding the 2021-22 Teacher and School Related Personnel (SRP) contracts. During the final negotiation session on Thursday, Oct. 7, after numerous sessions during the summer and fall months, representatives from the MCSB and UTM reached mutually agreed upon terms and conditions for teachers and school related personnel (SRP) for the 2021-2022 school year.
Plantation Key School participated in the MCSD Math competition that ran from Friday, Sept.24, 2021 through Thursday, Sept.30, 2021. Mrs. Duckworth’s grade 4 class took 1st place! As a reward for all of their hard work, the students are getting an ice cream party, compliments of our Principal, Mrs. Taylor! PKS students took the top 12 spots in the district!
Students celebrated American Founders Month in September, where they learned more about the Constitution, Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, and our country’s history, particularly during Celebrate Freedom Week. Click here to see some of the engaging activities that took place across the district.
Hear about us on U.S. One Radio News
Tune in to US1 Radio's Evening Edition this month for up-to-date information about MCSD. Board Member Mr. John Dick will be the guest on October 4th, Superintendent Theresa Axford will be the guest on October 11th, Board member Dr. Sue Woltanski will be the guest on October 18th, and Board Member Mrs. Mindy Conn will be the guest on October 25th.
Incentives are doubled from $250 to $500 to reward all students who excel in AP Computer Science (AP CS) or attain the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. <Monroe /> COMPUTE$ is making extra funding available to reward the students who earn the MOS industry certificate or pass the AP CS exam with a three or above during the 2020-2021 school year.
Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children is excited to announce they are accepting applications for the 2021- 2022 school year.
Applications can be submitted online.