Mission: Educate All Students for Success
Vision: A Dynamic Educational System of Excellence
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

WPTV: 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 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.

Please click here to access WPTV's coverage of the Choice application period.
Kindergarten Registration to Begin March 22
Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin on March 22, 2021. Parents and guardians of children who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2021, should register with the elementary school in their attendance zone. Learn more...
Parent University Recap: Student Services
The Martin County School District held its monthly Parent University Workshop last evening. Families learned more about the Student Services Department and the various ways the Department offers support to students and schools. Watch the video...
Inspirational Leadership: Clark Advanced Learning Center Alum Honored With Global Citizen Award
If you're familiar with Students4H2O, you know that it is a student-led, non-profit organization founded here in Martin County to enhance education, stewardship, and citizenship for all students in our community. What you may not know is that the organization was founded by Clark Advanced Learning Center graduate Adriana Mancini, who felt called to action after undergoing brain surgery when she was in fifth grade.

"I had lifesaving brain surgery performed by Dr. Ben Carson," Adriana said. That event prompted her to learn more about the global water crisis - she vowed that if she got better and became healthier, she would do everything in her power to bring more attention to the critical issue.

Last week, Adriana was named the recipient of Water for South Sudan, Inc.'s 2021 Global Citizen Award for her commitment to and passion for providing clean water to some of the world's most vulnerable people. Watch the video...
Music of the Heart
Rey, a student at Indiantown Middle School, was recently gifted a very special trombone from a generous member of our community.
Story by Indiantown Middle School - This story is an act of pure kindness!

A few days ago, a gentleman by the name of James Stedham, reached out to Mr. Nottage, Indiantown Middle School's Band Director, about a trombone he was wanting to pass along to the school. This wasn't just any trombone, as it belonged to his late father and was purchased in 1979. His father went on to become a pastor but always carried the love for music with him. Mr. Stedham wanted this trombone to go to someone who shared the same love of music that his father did. His only request was that Mr. Nottage find a good home for the instrument. Needless to say, Mr. Nottage knew exactly where that would be! Knowing that Rey (pictured above) played the trombone, Mr. Nottage reached out to his mother, made the offer and the family gladly accepted it.

Of course, the story doesn’t end there - Mr. Nottage took the time to meet with Mr. Stedham, picked up the trombone and personally delivered it to young Rey. Little did they know, Rey had joined band in memory of his grandfather, who also had a love for music. His grandfather never had the opportunity to play any instruments, so Rey pursued the role and joined band, honoring his grandfather.

One last twist to the story - Mr. Stedham’s father’s name was Buren Ray, yet everyone called him Ray. So from one special Ray to another, a new incredible bond has emerged which truly exemplifies music of the heart!
WPBF: Martin County High School's Augie Lovelace Celebrated as Scholar-Athlete of the Month for February
WPBF - Senior Augie Lovelace is a two-sport athlete at Martin County High School, excelling on the gridiron and hardwood.

"He's amazing - he's a leader on the floor and a leader on the field," Athletic Director Mark Cowles shard. "He's not a big vocal leader, but he leads by example. He is such a sponge with what the coaches teach him and he puts that right to use."

LEADERLines: Community Can Help Students
LEADERLines - It takes our entire Martin County village working together to ensure our schools remain safe places for learning.

Dr. Tracey Miller, Chief Academic Officer, shared details on just how much our schools depend on the community in the latest edition of the Stuart Martin Chamber of Commerce's LEADERlines newsletter. Read more (on page 3)...
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, including the status of the complete Jensen Beach Elementary School and Palm City Elementary School rebuilds, please click here.
Preschool Story Time
Principal Monte of Palm City Elementary School read Lasco and the Ice Cream Fiasco to families during Preschool Story Time on February 26. Ms. Salome 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 SeaWind Elementary School, today's guest reader is Principal Umbaugh. 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 8, 2021. If you missed his appearance on March 1, please click here to access the recording. His segment begins at the 2:00:10 mark.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar to ensure you don't miss these upcoming meetings and events:

  • Spring Break - Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19


  • Regular School Board Meeting - Tuesday, March 23 - 4:00 p.m.

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
A little blue bird landed at Felix A. Williams Elementary School this week, singing a sweet song to all who enter and leave. Take note the next time you are on campus!
While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we host events and recognition ceremonies, it has also provided schools with an opportunity to evolve into new traditions. At Felix A. Williams Elementary School, one of those new events is dedicating an entire day for the students and staff to celebrate the Teacher of the Year. Last Friday was deemed “Mr. Fourquet’s Day”, in honor of FAWE's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year, Michael Fourquet. Students and staff celebrated with a school-wide parade - each class made posters to hold up while Mr. Fourquet's students escorted him down every hallway. The #FAWEPROUD spirit was alive and palpable!
Mrs. Perucci's VPK class celebrated George Washington's birthday by making hats that resemble the tricorn hat typically worn by our first president. Students even let "Chuck Wood", a character from their VPK curriculum, wear their hats! You never know - Palm City Elementary School just might be the home of a future president!
What an honor it was to have Warfield Elementary School’s Angie Gilbride (2020 Florida AP of the Year Finalist) and Felix A. Williams Elementary School's Angela Roberts (MCSD/Education Foundation of Martin County’s 2020 Teacher of the Year) representing us at the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year celebration last week!
Congratulations to Jensen Beach High School's Girls Weightlifting team! Lauren Askeland, Lauren Harkins, Naiya Sawtelle, Karli Dosio and Carolina O'Hara qualified for the Class 2A Girls Weightlifting State Championship, where both Lauren Askeland and Lauren Harkins placed in the top 10. Way to go Falcons!
"Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun but you have to know how." - The Cat in the Hat

Hobe Sound Elementary School students took their style cues from Dr. Seuss when celebrating Read Across America Day on Tuesday.
Shout-out to these amazing third graders in Ms. Soliman's class at Port Salerno Elementary School. Assistant Principal Lauren Gifford reports that the students set and achieved their math goals, resulting in them receiving positive office referrals and ice cream vouchers for Whit's Frozen Custard of Stuart!
Spectrum Academy staff and Deputy Loppe of the Martin County Sheriff's Office traveled around the county last week to recognize students for their hard work and commitment to their education. Each student received a yard sign celebrating Spectrum's PRIDE expectations. Students are celebrated quarterly for Character Counts and Positive Behavior Support.

This quarter the celebrated students were:

Performance - Maria Giles-Liberato and Brisa Villatoro-Hernandez

Respect - Carla Bueso and Carlee Dober

Independence - Jatziry Tavares-Galarza

Determination - Omarion Harris

Excellence - Jesse Milares

Way to go Eagles!
Students in Ms. Stringer's class at Crystal Lake Elementary School were treated to a special guest reader for Read Across America Day on Tuesday. The Cat in the Hat came to share stories and also gave each student a new book to keep for their home libraries. Thank you to School Board Member Christia Li Roberts (District 1) for using your contacts to get the Cat in the Hat to visit CLE!
Learning is even more fun when you have a friend to share your knowledge with! Students in Ms. Crespo's class at Warfield Elementary School buddied up to prepare for their reading test this week.
There was no questioning the "angle" of Ms. Fernandez's mathematicians at Indiantown Middle School this week, as they effectively demonstrated their knowledge and proficiency.
Students enrolled in the Head Start program at the Perkins Early Childhood Center are simply wild about having the opportunity to play outdoors on Fun Fridays!
Third-grade students at Jensen Beach Elementary School presented their biography projects last week. Students researched, created presentations and shared impressive facts on iconic figures such as Michael Jackson, Abby Wambach, Helen Keller, Walt Disney, Serena Williams, Babe Ruth and Diana Taurasi.
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