Mission: Educate All Students for Success
Vision: A Dynamic Educational System of Excellence
School Choice Applications to be Accepted Beginning March 1
The Martin County School District will begin 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 will be open to all Martin County high school students. Students will not be required to enroll in a signature program to attend JBHS.

  • Hobe Sound Elementary School, SeaWind Elementary School, Indiantown Middle School, Murray Middle School and Stuart Middle School will be open to out-of-county residents 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.

  • 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.
CBS12: No Field Trips During the Pandemic? No Problem for Martin County Students
CBS12 - Because of the pandemic, the Martin County School District’s Environmental Studies Center (ESC) hasn’t been able to host in-person field trips.

To adapt to the times, ESC teachers have started a series of on-campus field trips for students in Martin County.

“When kids come to the center, it opens their minds," said Valerie Gaynor, who is the Coordinator of the Center. “We have truly changed the way that we are delivering our curriculum.” Read more...
Palm Beach Post: What's it Like to Hit Two Grand Slams in Your First Two Collegiate At-Bats? Let FAU's Caleb Pendleton Explain
Photo Credit: Florida Atlantic University
The Palm Beach Post - Talk about a dream debut. In his first college game Saturday, Florida Atlantic freshman Caleb Pendleton did something so rare it has only happened once in a Major League Baseball game: hit two grand slams in the same inning.

But these weren't just any at-bats. These were Pendleton's first collegiate plate appearances. Hitting two grand slams in your first two at-bats at any level is practically unheard of.

Pendleton's homers, part of a 20-15 win over UCF, grabbed national headlines and earned him a spot on SportsCenter's Top 10. But in the moment, Pendleton didn't realize the magnitude of what he had done until he got back to the Owls dugout. 

“I remember putting my catcher’s gear back on and realizing I actually hit two in one inning," Pendleton said.

Soon enough, the Jensen Beach High School grad was watching his highlights on ESPN, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

“I was on FaceTime with my one of my buddies, and he was watching ESPN, and he turned his camera around and he said ‘top 10 plays are coming on,’” Pendleton said. “Just to be on that list was pretty cool for me.” Read more...
District Proud to Celebrate Music in Our Schools
The Martin County School District is proud to participate in Music in Our Schools Month!

For more than 30 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MiOSM), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. 

The purpose of MiOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MiOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.


While we look forward to returning to the traditional venue next school year, we've curated a playlist filled with musical selections performed by our students for you to enjoy throughout the month! **Disclaimer - performances that depict students not wearing masks were recorded prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.**


Parent University Workshop Scheduled for March 4
During this month's Parent University Workshop, staff from the Student Services Department will share information on the many programs/initiatives the Martin County School District has put in place to support the social-emotional health and mental wellness of students.
 
To register for the session and obtain the Zoom link, please visit bit.ly/mcsdparentu. Parents/guardians must attend the Zoom session if they would like to ask questions during the broadcast. The session will also be streamed live on YouTube.
 
To view recordings of past Parent University sessions, please click here.
Our Dollars, Our District: Capital Projects Funded by Half-Cent Sales Tax Increase Underway Throughout the District
If you’ve been out and about in our beautiful community lately, you’ve likely seen signs advertising capital projects that are underway at several District-operated schools. These projects are being completed using funds generated by the half-cent sales tax increase that was generously approved by Martin County voters in November 2018.
 
To view details on capital projects that are underway or have been recently completed, please click here.
Thousands of Digital Books Now Available to Children Aged 12 and Under
Under the leadership of Speaker Chris Sprowls, the Florida House of Representatives has partnered with Age of Learning to offer Florida families free access to their digital library through December 31, 2021. Children will have access to thousands of titles and the Reading IQ feature, which allows kids to select books at their current reading level and track their progress as they read and learn.

Click here to begin family story time! 📚
Preschool Story Time
Principal Radcliff of Pinewood Elementary School read I Know a Rhino to families during Preschool Story Time on February 19. Ms. Anderson 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 and other District staff 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 at their home-zoned school before they start VPK or kindergarten! 
 
For families zoned to attend Palm City Elementary School, today's guest reader is Principal Monte. Click here to tune in live at 9:30 and listen to the story!
Martin Minutes With Millay
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! 

Dr. Millay's next appearance on WSTU will be Monday, March 1, 2021. If you missed his appearance on February 22, please click here to access the recording. His segment begins at the 2:00:33 mark.
Upcoming Events
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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
Around the District Photo Gallery
Brothers Viraj and Varun Singh, who attend South Fork High School and Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School, put their ingenuity and generosity to work by building laptop desks for remote learners! The brothers distributed the desks to Principal Aitken at Anderson Middle School earlier this week.
Superintendent John D. Millay congratulated winners of the second round of the Center for Constitutional Values’ Constitution Academic Games last week! Emily Sarkar and Shea Powers of Jensen Beach High School and Graeson Gajewski and Zuzzana Barksa of South Fork High School spoke with Dr. Millay about their very big plans for the future.

The students will move on -along with peers Jordan Losardo and Jillian Plymale of Martin County High School (who were unable to attend the recognition ceremony) - to compete in the interschool Constitution Academic Competition in April. 
The District's Career & Technical Education (CTE) Teachers of the Year were recognized during the School Board meeting on February 16. Congratulations to Derrick Crum (Landscape & Turfgrass Management) of South Fork High School, Michelle Hance (Early Childhood Education) of Jensen Beach High School and Aimee French (Medical Sciences) of Martin County High School. Ms. French was also named the overall winner for MCSD! 
Veterinary Assisting students at South Fork High School bid farewell to Styx, a longtime attendee of the Doggy Day Care program. Styx will soon venture off into a life of traveling with his owners. Veterinary Assisting students will surely miss this lovable guy!
Students in Ms. Beecher's class at Hobe Sound Elementary School participated in some heart stacking and graphing in celebration of Valentine's Day.
First-grade students at Crystal Lake Elementary School enjoyed learning all about agriculture from a real agronomist via Zoom! They were interested to learn that agronomists are doctors for plants.

Did you know that vegetables can get sunburn just like we can? Students learned that when a vegetable is exposed to direct sunlight and high temperatures, it can cause a sunburn on the tissue which causes the vegetable to discolor. This makes the vegetable unmarketable for grocery stores because of tissue damage and decay.

As part of their studies, students planted sunflowers and radishes with fourth-grade students. They had a blast with this STEM-tastic lesson!
Students in Mr. Dennett's class at Murray Middle School have been learning python coding skills using the Codesters online platform. Students are loving participating in interactive projects and creating animation!
Oh my, darling! Students in Ms. Michael's kindergarten class at Pinewood Elementary School sang along to their shared reading poem last week. Watch the video...
Happy Lunar New Year from these VPK cuties at Palm City Elementary School!
Fun in the Sun! Principal Smith, AP Jacaruso and IPS Coach Wright played Uno during Lunch Bunch with their Warfield Elementary School students last week.
Students in Ms. Foohs' class at Jensen Beach Elementary School conducted an experiment to create electric circuits using conductors, resistors and insulators last week. Very impressive, fourth-grade scientists!
VPK students enrolled at the Port Salerno Learning Center proudly demonstrated what they've learned about kindness on Friendship Day. VPK registration is underway at sites throughout our community! Learn more...
The Martin County School District is honored to celebrate #PublicSchoolsWeek2021. We are proud to be an A-rated, Academically High-Performing School District where ALL students are educated for success!
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