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WPBF: Statewide Testing Underway in Florida - What Parents Need to Know
WPBF - Across Florida on Monday, students went back into testing mode for the next round of statewide assessments.

Students as young as third grade are putting their reading and math skills to the test.

Because of the pandemic, the state decided that test scores will not decide if a student can graduate or move forward to the next grade.

The Martin County School District said that doesn't mean these tests aren't still important.

"For us in the school district, we use this information in order for us to make adjustments in our curriculum. To make adjustments moving forward to next year. To make sure our students get exactly what they need," said Dr. Tracey Miller, Chief Academic Officer.

Miller said students and families should prioritize state assessments.

High Schools Named to FHSAA's List of Spring Academic Team Champions
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has announced its Academic Team Champions for the spring 2021 season. The Martin County School District is pleased to announce that South Fork High School (#2 overall) and Martin County High School (#3 overall) were the state's first and second highest-performing public schools in the Class 6A division this school year! Both schools competed against 36 eligible teams in this category.  Jensen Beach High School placed twelfth in the Class 5A category, competing against 35 teams in this division. 
The FHSAA Academic Team Champion recognition program honors teamwork not only in competition but in the classroom as well. The program recognizes teams in each of the FHSAA’s sanctioned and recognized sports, naming an Academic Team Champion in each classification. In order to qualify, a school’s individual sports team must have a grade point average of at least a 3.0 on an unweighted 4.0 scale. The teams’ grade point averages are then compared to all other schools in the state with similar enrollment sizes.

“Our student-athletes continue to demonstrate their dedication to excellence by being named among the state’s top-performing schools in their respective classes,” Superintendent John D. Millay shared. “This remarkable accomplishment is reflective of their commitment to setting themselves apart not only on the court or the playing field but in the classroom as well.”
Congratulations to the following schools and teams (bold indicates a top-ten finish, red signifies a top-five finish):
Jensen Beach High School
Baseball (#4/Class 4A), Flag Football (#14/Class 1A), Boys Lacrosse (#37/ Class 1A), Girls Lacrosse (#11/ Class 1A), Softball (#17/ Class 4A), Boys Tennis (#24/ Class 2A), Girls Tennis (#1/ Class 2A), Boys Track (#18/ Class 3A) and Girls Track (#2/ Class 3A).
Martin County High School
Baseball (#5/ Class 6A)Flag Football (#8/Class 2A), Boys Lacrosse (#20/ Class 2A), Girls Lacrosse (#11/ Class 2A), Softball (#9/ Class 6A)Boys Tennis (#4/ Class 3A), Girls Tennis (#16/Class 3A), Boys Track (#2/ Class 4A) and Girls Track (#2/ Class 4A).
South Fork High School
Baseball (#4/ Class 5A)Flag Football (#5/ Class 1A), Boys Lacrosse (#27/ Class 2A), Girls Lacrosse (#20/ Class 2A), Softball (#3/ Class 5A), Boys Tennis (#14/ Class 3A) Girls Tennis (#10/Class 3A)Boys Track (#5/Class 3A), and Girls Track (#6/Class 3A)
CBS12: New Book Vending Machine Unveiled in Martin County
CBS12 - Inside the cafeteria at J. D. Parker Elementary School is an innovative way to encourage literacy throughout the Martin County School District.

CBS12 News received an exclusive first look at a one-of-a-kind book vending machine that was installed Wednesday by the Education Foundation of Martin County, a non-profit organization that works to enrich and enhance the quality of education for students and educators in Martin County's public schools.

Students gathered inside the cafeteria, peeking inside the vending machine to see which book they wanted to unlock first.

"I just thought it was pretty cool," said Luke, an elementary student at J.D. Parker. "I've never really seen one [in] my entire life."

About 100 books can fit into the unique vending machine. There are storybooks and chapter books. Books about Clifford the Big Red Dog and dragons. Books with inspiring stories and books about planetary voyages.

"We couldn't be more excited to have this opportunity," said Principal Nicole Rathnaw. "Literacy is so important for our students so that they can continue to grow and learn." Read more...
School Board Approves One-Time Bonuses for Eligible Employees Who Work District-Approved Summer Programs
On Tuesday, April 27, the Martin County School Board voted unanimously to approve the funding of one-time, lump-sum bonuses of up to $1,000 (subject to required taxes) for bargaining unit-eligible employees who work a District-approved summer program assignment during the month of June.

"We are extremely proud of all of our teachers and support staff who have dedicated themselves to our mission of educating all students for success in this unprecedented school year," Superintendent John D. Millay said. "As the District continues preparing for summer instruction and other enrichment opportunities to address gaps and prevent learning loss, we recognize the importance of providing our bargaining unit-eligible employees with the opportunity to earn additional compensation for continuing to serve our students and schools during the month of June."
The language approved by the AFSCME Local 597 and Martin County Education Association (MCEA) employee unions will allow bargaining unit- eligible employees of the District to receive a rate of $9.25/hour above their summer school rate of pay (hourly rate + 5%) up to a maximum of $1,000 for hours worked during the time period of June 2 - July 1, 2021. Eligible employees who are interested in participating in summer programs should complete the electronic survey via the link distributed by the District.
Martin County Library System Unveils Installation of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
The Library Foundation of Martin County, in partnership with the Martin County Library System, is excited to announce that Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will soon be available to all children living in Martin County who are under six years old!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five. Specially selected high-quality, age-appropriate books are personalized with each child’s name and mailed directly to their home to create a gifting experience that makes books exciting and encourages families to spend time enjoying books together. Best of all, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is available to all Martin County children age five and under, at no cost to the family. Learn more...
Arts Foundation of Martin County Honors Student Artists for Their Talent, Creativity
The Arts Foundation for Martin County's 35th annual Marvin S. Cone High School Juried Arts Show and 18th annual mARTies Awards were held recently, allowing young artists in our community the opportunity to be publicly recognized for their talent and creativity. 
This year's mARTies Awards ceremony was held at the Barn Theatre, allowing nominated students the opportunity to perform and exhibit their artwork to their family, friends and members of the community in attendance. Each student award recipient earned a $500 scholarship.  
Artwork submitted by students for the Marvin S. Cone High School Juried Art Show will be on display through May 27 at the Court House Cultural Center in downtown Stuart. 

May's Parent University Workshop Featured Exceptional Student Education Department
This month's Parent University Workshop was held last evening Representatives of the Exceptional Student Education Department presented information on the programs and services available to students.

Preschool Story Time
School Board Member Christia Li Roberts (District 1) and Ms. Elizabeth Rumie read If You Give a Pig a Pancake to families in English and Spanish during Preschool Story Time on April 30. 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 continue to do just that as part of an early childhood literacy 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! 
If your child is zoned to attend Port Salerno Elementary School, you're in luck! Today's guest is Kaylee DaCosta, Parent Liasion for PSE. Click here to tune in live at 9:30 a.m. and listen to the story!
Martin Minutes With Millay
Superintendent John D. Millay chatted with Martin County Supervisor of Elections Vicki Davis and local attorney Gary Lesser about annual patriotic art contests organized by the Supervisor of Elections' Office.
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 Monday morning, please click here to listen. His segment begins at the 2:00:19 mark.

Dr. Millay's next appearance on WSTU will be Monday, May 10, 2021.
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
Registration is now open for the Environmental Studies Center's Summer Day camp! The Camp is open to rising second - eighth-graders. Campers may only sign up for ONE week of camp to allow for the opportunity to have more campers. Registration is limited and all campers MUST be residents of the Treasure Coast (Indian River, St. Lucie or Martin counties). Learn more and register...
4th and 5th-grade students at J.D. Parker Elementary School literally glowed as they practiced for statewide assessments last week. Students enjoyed polishing their math and reading skills while enjoying fun activities set up at different breakout stations. The Rockets are officially on the launchpad and ready to lift off toward success!
"Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops."

We love seeing signs honoring our #MCSDMagnificent educators that have been placed in front of schools for #TeacherAppreciationWeek!
The District was honored to have been part of last week's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new high-visibility, painted crosswalks that were recently installed by the City of Stuart near Spectrum Academy. The crosswalks will allow students and other pedestrians in the community to have a safe path for travel near both the school and Gertrude Walden Child Care Center.
Congratulations to Jensen Beach High School alum Jamien Sherwood for being selected by the New York Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft! Jamien is the first-ever Falcon to be drafted into the NFL. He attended college at Auburn University.
Pre-K students at Citrus Grove Elementary School recently participated in a writing workshop to help them develop their fine motor skills.

Get a jump start on your child's educational experience - enroll in one of our Head Start or Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) programs today! Learn more...
Elementary students throughout the District have enjoyed participating in Fraction Bootcamp! This innovative and popular program is facilitated by classroom teachers and instructional coaches who provide students with six hours of engaging instruction via Zoom.

Teachers have registered over 500 students in 25 classrooms across third, fourth and fifth grades for the program.
We are grateful for our outstanding LPNs, RNs and health assistants who are dedicated to protecting the health of our students. Happy #NursesWeek2021!
Students4H2O's presentation, Drop by Drop: Watering the Seeds of Change in South Sudan with Salva Dut, is going virtual!

This presentation will include a Q&A with Salva Dut, founder of Water for South Sudan, Inc. and the subject of The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.

Purchase tickets here - each ticket purchase will provide one person in South Sudan with clean drinking water for ten years!
Justin Timberlake's unique pronunciation of the word "me" in the chorus of *NSYNC's hit "It's Gonna Be Me" has provided a fun way for many around the world to kick of the month of May each year.

When Warfield Elementary School administrators Crissy Smith, Angie Gilbride and Cheryl Jacaruso created a short video playing on Timberlake's pronunciation last week, it's safe to say they didn't envision they'd be featured in a Billboard article. And yet here they are...
A huge round of applause goes out to Jensen Beach High School's Gabe Escobar and Nick Galligan for winning the state championship in Class 2A Doubles Tennis! Gabe and Nick are proudly coached by Mark Conrad. Read more via TCPalm...
From January 26 to April 1, 184 students from five elementary schools participated in our Spring Gear Up, which was funded by Governor Ron DeSantis’ Emergency Education Relief Grant (GEER). The students attended after-school sessions three times a week to brush up on their reading skills. After 10 weeks, 82% of the students showed growth in reading achievement!

Students who had 80% attendance during these sessions were rewarded with a personal set of books from Scholastic to allow them to continue to grow as readers.
Willoughby Learning Center students recently created a Holocaust memorial on campus. Stones were used to spell out the phrase “we hear you.” Each stone features the name of a victim of the Holocaust on one side with their fate on the other side. The phrase “we hear you” was chosen by the students after viewing a documentary that featured Elie Wiesel and Oprah Winfrey visiting Auschwitz.
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