Mission: Educate All Students for Success
Vision: A Dynamic Educational System of Excellence
Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 School Year Underway
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway. Parents and guardians of children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2021, are encouraged to register with the elementary school in their attendance zone. By registering early, families are able to help schools plan for the correct number of classes and teachers.

To participate in the electronic registration process, parents/guardians must:
Complete all enrollment forms (English/Español)

  • Provide a copy of their child's Florida Immunization Record (Form DH680) and Physical Examination Record (Form DH3040). The physical exam must have been completed within one year of the first day of school and signed by a licensed physician.

  • Provide two (2) proofs of residency- current utility bill with address, current year property tax bill, deed of home, lease agreement, mortgage, auto insurance policy, home purchase contract, Declaration of Domicile, FL Driver's License, or FL Photo ID Card.

Completed forms and documentation should be submitted to the appropriate school using the email addresses listed on the District's website. If needed, parents may schedule an appointment to register their child by emailing or calling the school their child is zoned to attend based on their home address.
Alumni Spotlight: Infectious Disease Expert Discusses Updated CDC Guidance Related to Social Distancing on CNN
Dr. Colleen F. Kelley, a member of South Fork High School's Class of 1995, is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. She was recently invited to speak on CNN about the latest CDC guidance that has been released related to social distancing in elementary schools.

We are beyond proud and honored to have Dr. Kelley contributing to the national health landscape and dialogue in such an important and impactful way! Click here to watch the video...

REMINDER: More than 80% of students enrolled in the Martin County School District are currently attending school on campus. The number of positive cases we've experienced related to students represents less than 2% of our enrollment.

As the Florida Department of Education is requiring all statewide assessments - including Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs) and End-of-Course exams - to be taken in person, we are encouraging students who are attending school remotely to resume their attendance on campus as they are able. This will allow them to become reacquainted with the school-based learning environment and prepared to take state assessments. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's school with any questions or to request a change in learning options.
Building Connections: When Local Businesses and Organizations Partner With MCSD, Kids Win!
In accordance with its mission of educating all students for success, the Martin County School District is seeking input from local businesses and organizations about opportunities they would be interested in offering to our students. Valuable opportunities for students include on-the-job training, internships, full/part-time employment and volunteering.

If you or your company/organization are interested in partnering with us to provide a learning opportunity for our students, please click here to complete a short questionnaire. We thank you for your interest, engagement and support of our school district.
Fun in the Sun Is Just a Few Clicks Away – Register for Our Extended Day Summer Programs Today!
The promise of a safe, fun-filled summer is just a few clicks away for elementary-aged students enrolled in the Martin County School District!

The District's Office of Extended Day Programs began accepting online applications for its summer programs on Monday, March 22. Programs are open to all Martin County students who will be enrolled in grades K-5 at a District-operated elementary school in the 2021-2022 school year. Programs will be offered at the following sites: Bessey Creek ElementaryFelix A. Williams ElementaryHobe Sound Elementary and Pinewood Elementary.

Programs will adhere to all CDC guidelines - students and staff will be required to wear masks, practice hand hygiene and maintain social distance when possible. Programs will be held Monday - Friday beginning Tuesday, June 1, and concluding Friday, July 23.

Families are encouraged to visit the District's website to learn more and access the digital registration forms.
Parent University: School Safety & Security
The Martin County School District continues to present monthly virtual, informational workshops for all parents/guardians to access. This month's Workshop, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, will focus on the many programs and plans the District has put in place to protect the safety of students and staff.

Parents/guardians who would like the opportunity to ask questions during the session must register by visiting bit.ly/mcsdparentu. The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registered participants prior to the Workshop. Parents/guardians may also access the Workshop live via YouTube, but will not be able to submit questions via this platform.

To learn more about our Parent University framework, please click here.
Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys Launched for Students, Parents and Employees
As part of its continued commitment to educating all students for success, the Martin County School District has launched its annual Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys, which provide stakeholders the opportunity to give feedback on their level of satisfaction and engagement with school- and District-based programs, outreach efforts, initiatives and resources.

Teachers, students, administrators, staff and parents are encouraged to complete the surveys, which will be compiled by Instructional Services staff and distributed to schools and departments to help inform practices and create school improvement goals.
“The ability to gather and synthesize feedback from all stakeholder groups is key to our school district’s mission of educating all students for success,” Superintendent John D. Millay shared. “The annual Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys provide us with important insight about things we are doing well and areas which will require continued focus in our quest to become a dynamic educational system of excellence. I encourage all students, parents and employees to take a few moments to provide their invaluable feedback through their completion of this year’s surveys.”
The Satisfaction and Engagement Surveys launched Monday, March 1, 2021, and will close Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Parents who have children enrolled in more than one school are encouraged to complete the parent survey for each school.  
The link for the parent survey in English is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S99P6MJ
El enlace para la encuesta para padres en Espanol es: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WFPMHKY
The link for the teacher survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S2YK3YG
The link for the staff survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SS38CKV 
The link for the administrator survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SRSGM8T
The link for the grades K-2 student survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SDMP92D
The link for the grades 3-12 student survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SYSXQFV

Growing Global Citizens: Felix A. Williams Elementary School Students Explore Conservationism, Advocacy
Ms. Radcliff's fifth-grade students at Felix A. Williams Elementary School have taken our global environmental concerns into their own hands. They recently participated in a project-based learning experience about plastic pollution in our oceans. Superintendent John D. Millay invited the students to present their project and findings during the School Board meeting on March 23, 2021. Watch the video...
Congressman Brian Mast Provides Real-World Civics Lesson to Students at Hidden Oaks Middle School
Students in Ms. Coleman's Civics class at Hidden Oaks Middle School received an unexpected response when completing a project that required them to write a letter to a politician about issues that were important to them.

"Students wrote about various topics," Ms. Coleman shared. "They inquired about funding for gifted programs in schools, invasive species in the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee, pollution, funding for mental health programs in schools, renewable energy, the cost of insulin, COVID-19 and many other issues that are important to them."

U.S. Representative Brian Mast was the recipient of several letters, leading his office to reach out to Ms. Coleman to ask if her students would like to meet with him via Zoom. The spirited discussion took place on March 23.

"Congressman Mast met with students to talk about how a bill becomes a law, amendments, the intelligence community and his experience as a leader in the military," Principal Chris Jones shared. "He explained that maintaining healthy waterways in our community is his top priority and strongly encouraged students to do their civic duty to advocate for the health of our river. I was proud of our Sharks for their interest in his insights and for asking thoughtful questions!"
Creating a World Without Cancer: Jensen Beach High School Junior Named Student of the Year by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of South Florida
Congratulations to Grace Bauer of Jensen Beach High School for being named a winner of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of South Florida's Students of the Year campaign! Grace and her teammate, Cade Crook, raised an astonishing $213,000 for cancer research. Each has earned a college scholarship valued at $2,500.

“This campaign has been such an amazing experience and we are thrilled to be this year’s Students of the Year winners!" Grace shared. "My teammate, Cade, and I are so grateful for the opportunity we were given to help this fantastic cause. This campaign instilled many values in me that I will utilize as I go on in life. The opportunity to benefit the blood cancer community has been incredible, and we are immensely grateful to be named the LLS Students of the Year!”

To learn more about the Students of the Year program, please click here.
Explore Your Options: District Currently Accepting School Choice Applications
The Martin County School District began accepting controlled open enrollmentin-county resident and employee school choice applications on Monday, March 1. Controlled Open Enrollment applications will be accepted through March 31, while in-county resident and employee choice applications will be accepted through July 31.
Choice highlights:
·    Jensen Beach High School (JBHS) will be open to all Martin County high school students. Students will not be required to enroll in a signature program to attend JBHS. Students who enroll at JBHS will be able to remain at the school through graduation. Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2021.
·    Hobe Sound Elementary School, SeaWind Elementary School, Indiantown Middle School, Murray Middle School and Stuart Middle School are available options through the controlled open enrollment plan.
Section 1002.31, Florida Statutes, requires each district school board and charter school to adopt a controlled open enrollment plan that allows a parent from any school district in the state to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school that has not reached capacity. The controlled open enrollment plan is in addition to the existing choice programs such as magnet schools, alternative schools, special programs, advanced placement, and dual enrollment.

Students who are accepted into one of the aforementioned schools through the controlled open enrollment process will be permitted to remain at the school to complete the highest grade level offered on campus. Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2021.
·    The application window for high school signature programs is currently open and will close April 2, 2021 (Martin County High School and South Fork High School) and April 5, 2021 (Jensen Beach High School). Please click here to view detailed information about our high school signature programs.
Please click here to access forms and view additional information about the School Choice process.
Jensen Beach High School PTSA Offering Low-Cost ACT Test Prep Opportunity to All High School Students
The Jensen Beach High School PTSA is excited to partner with Class 101 of the Treasure Coast to provide an opportunity for all Martin County high school students to take a practice ACT test this spring!

The ACT test will be a real College Board practice test but will exclude the essay portion. The exam will be proctored and graded by Class 101 of the Treasure Coast. Students will get a baseline score and gain valuable test-taking experience.

  • Practice test date: April 10, 2021
  • Practice test time: 8:00 a.m. - noon
  • Practice test location: Student’s home (virtual exam)

The deadline to register (donation of $20) is March 31.
Please email jbhs.ptsa.guidance@gmail.com with questions or to request additional information.

DisclaimerAs this is a fundraiser for the JBHS PTSA, fees are non-refundable.

Students will need to pick up paper testing materials from Jensen Beach High School prior to the test. Results will be sent within 1-2 weeks after the answer sheet has been submitted.
Preschool Story Time
Jennifer Corkern, Director of Pre-K Programs, read Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me to families during Preschool Story Time on March 12. Ms. Peña also shared the book in Spanish! Click here to watch...
As Dr. Seuss famously shared, "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." Guest readers throughout the Martin County School District are doing just that as part of an early childhood story time initiative. 
Families of toddlers and preschool-aged children are invited to join us on Facebook Live each Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. for story time. Principals, District staff and members of the community will read an engaging story to your child while also sharing an activity for the two of you to complete together. It's a great way for toddlers, preschoolers and their families to get to know the administration and local leaders who serve their home-zoned school before they start VPK or kindergarten! 
Today's guest reader is Ms. Missi Campbell, Executive Director of the Palm City Chamber of Commerce. Click here to tune in live at 9:30 and listen to the story!
Martin Minutes With Millay
Superintendent John D. Millay chatted with School Board Vice-Chair Tony Anderson (District 4) and House Of Hope CEO Rob Ranieri at Growing Hope Farms earlier this month. More than 6,000 plants offer regular harvests at the farm, helping to provide nutritious foods to almost 40,000 area residents who are living in poverty.
Interested in learning more about Superintendent Millay and his vision for the District? It has never been easier to get connected!
Join Dr. Millay on Monday mornings for his live segment on the WSTU 1450 Morning Show. You'll also want to follow @MCSDFlorida on Facebook and Twitter to view the latest Martin Minutes With Millay, a collection of video shorts designed to keep you informed about the latest MCSD news and information! 

If you missed Dr. Millay's appearance on the WSTU Morning Show on March 22, please click here to listen. His segment begins at the 2:00:38 mark.

Dr. Millay's next appearance on WSTU will be Monday, March 29, 2021.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar to ensure you don't miss these upcoming meetings and events:

  • Good Friday (schools, District offices closed) - Friday, April 2

  • No school for students - Monday, April 5

Need to Know Info
If your child or anyone in the household is symptomatic, awaiting test results or has tested positive for COVID-19, your child must stay home from school and refrain from participating in activities (sports, clubs, gatherings, etc.) outside of your home. Please continue to monitor your child's symptoms each day using one of the screening tools shown below. 
Students are eligible to participate in remote learning only in the following scenarios:
·  A parent/guardian has registered them for the remote learning option with their school and they are successfully making adequate progress
· They are currently following quarantine or isolation protocols at the direction of DOH Martin or a healthcare professional
·  They are sick and staying home due to symptoms, but are well enough to participate in remote learning from home temporarily. Students must provide a note from their parent or physician if they will be temporarily participating in remote learning due to illness
·    They or a member of the household is awaiting testing results or has tested positive for COVID-19
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