Mission: Educate All Students for Success
Vision: A Dynamic Educational System of Excellence
Martin County Retired Educators Association Awards Scholarship to Outstanding High School Senior
Martin County High School senior Daniel Tapia Medrano is one step closer to realizing his dream of becoming an educator, thanks to a generous scholarship awarded to him by the Martin County Retired Educators Association (MCREA). Each year, MCREA issues a scholarship to an aspiring teacher from a Martin County high school, carefully considering students’ character, financial need and recommendations from current teachers when making the award decision. While this year’s scholarship amount will be determined at a later date, it is much-appreciated assistance for Daniel, a determined and passionate student who has never shied away from personal challenges.

Daniel’s arrival at Martin County High School did not mirror the traditional path taken by many students – while born in the United States, he returned to his family’s native Mexico at the age of two and remained there for the next 14 years. 
“In Mexico, it would have been difficult for me to continue studying,” Daniel said. “The educational system in Mexico is not free like here in the United States, and my family did not have enough money for me to continue my studies. The decision to leave my parents in Mexico was a huge one for me. How was my life going to be without them? Yet in my heart, I knew that in order to achieve a better future, I had to leave.” Read more...
Event, Bell Schedules Announced for Class of 2021 Graduation Ceremonies
The Martin County School District will host graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 according to the schedule listed on the School Board-approved 2020-2021 School Calendar:

  • Clark Advanced Learning Center – Saturday, May 15, 2021 (held at Jensen Beach High School) - 9:30 a.m.

  • Jensen Beach High School – Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.

  • Martin County High School – Thursday, May 20, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.

  • South Fork High School – Friday, May 21, 2021 - 8:30 a.m.
Each ceremony will take place in the school's football stadium and will be livestreamed for graduates and guests who will be participating from home. Links and additional details will be forthcoming.
As ceremonies for Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School and South Fork High School will be held on regular school days, bell schedules for underclassmen have been modified for the date of each school's ceremony.  
The school day will begin at 11:00 a.m. for all underclassmen on the date of their school's Class of 2021 graduation ceremony.
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will adhere to the following bell schedule on the date of their school's graduation ceremony:
Breakfast 10:30 am -11:00 am 
Period 1  11:00 am - 11:28 am 
Period 2  11:32 am - 12:00 pm 
Period 3  12:04 pm - 12:31 pm 
Period 4  12:35 pm - 1:02 pm 
Period 5  1:06 pm - 2:03 pm (includes lunch)
Period 6  2:07 pm - 2:34 pm 
Period 7  2:38 pm - 3:05 pm 
Transportation will be provided to all students who are eligible for the service in accordance with School Board Policy 8600 and Chapter 1011.68, Florida Statutes. Please click the appropriate link below to access bus schedules:
Jensen Beach High School (schedule will be in effect on May 19, 2021 ONLY)

Martin County High School (schedule will be in effect on May 20, 2021 ONLY)

South Fork High School (schedule will be in effect on May 21, 2021 ONLY) 

WPTV: Martin County High School Class of 2021 Celebrates Senior Year With Semi-Formal Event
WPTV - Traditionally, many schools would be entering prom season. But with the pandemic, some traditions had to change. Over at Martin County High School, a semi-formal was held outside for the class of 2021 last Saturday.

Students enjoyed food, a movie and even cast a vote for senior class king and queen. They took pictures to commemorate the occasion and their last year at the school. Read more...
Leading the Charge for Education, Health and Success: Reopening Schools Safely During a Global Pandemic
Dr. Tracey Miller, Chief Academic Officer for the Martin County School District, recently joined CDW's Focus on K-12 web series to discuss the District's experience as one of the first school systems in the nation to successfully reopen campuses this year. Click to watch...
Outstanding Volunteers, Community Partners Honored for Contributions to Schools
The Martin County School District honored its outstanding volunteers and community partners in education on Wednesday, April 7.

Approximately 2,200 volunteers and community partners provided more than 80,000 hours of service in the 2019-2020 school year, resulting in an estimated financial impact of $2.2 million.

"Volunteerism and the support of our community and business partners is so critical to our school district’s mission of educating all students for success," Superintendent John D. Millay shared. "Martin County is one of the most philanthropic, service-oriented communities in the world - we are so grateful for the contributions made by each of our school volunteers and community partners in education. It truly is remarkable what we can do for our children when we go #ALLINMartin together." Read more...

Jensen Beach Elementary Students Participate in Dance Challenge
Students in Ms. Vojcsik's music classes at Jensen Beach Elementary School recently participated in the Jerusalema Dance Challenge. Grab your dancing shoes and click here to enjoy!
Middle, High School Students Shine at State Science & Engineering Fair
Are you smarter than a middle or high school scientist? Martin County students made an excellent showing during this year's State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida (SSEF). Four students placed among the top five in their respective categories and three took home category-specific awards.  Read more...
School Board Expected to Discuss Summer Learning, Reopening Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year During Regular Meeting on April 20
The Martin County School Board will hold its monthly Regular meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, using communication media technology. Members of the School Board may be present at 500 SE Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34994 in the School Board Meeting Room and/or participating by telephonic conference or other communication media technology.

The School Board is expected to hear a presentation on summer school programs and discuss the learning/reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year during the meeting.

In keeping with CDC recommendations and social distancing guidelines, all interested persons are invited to participate in this meeting by watching the livestream. Alternatively, members of the public may offer public comments by appearing in person. Such persons will be asked to follow current CDC guidelines as they pertain to social distancing and District protocols related to the wearing of masks. 

Anyone who requires special accommodations to participate in this meeting may contact the Office of the Superintendent at 772-219-1200 ext. 30222 at least 48 hours before the meeting. 

The complete meeting agenda is available here
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.
Explore Your Options: District Currently Accepting School Choice Applications
The Martin County School District is currently accepting in-county resident and employee school choice applications. Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2021.
Jensen Beach High School (JBHS) will be open to all Martin County high school students next school year. 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.

Students who will be enrolled in high school next school year may submit signature program applications through May 7, 2021.
Please click here to access forms and view additional information about the School Choice process.
April ESE Parent Workshop: Tips for Transitioning to Kindergarten
This month's Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Parent Workshop, scheduled for April 22 at 6:00 p.m., will offer tips for parents of preschool-aged children on the transition to kindergarten. The session will be presented by Ally Walford of the Family Network on Disabilities. To RSVP, please email ESE Coordinator Jeffrey Bolbach. The Zoom session may be accessed here.
Preschool Story Time
Ms. Marybeth Peña, Nurse Program Specialist for the Florida Department of Health in Martin County, read The Two Bite Club to families in English and Spanish during Preschool Story Time on April 9. 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 Dr. Mark Malham, Coordinator of Social Studies & Special Projects for the Martin County School District. 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 David Dyess, City Manager for the City of Stuart last week. As a proud graduate of the Martin County School District, Mr. Dyess spoke about how his experiences as a student prepared him for success in his career.
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 2:01:35 mark.

Dr. Millay's next appearance on WSTU will be Monday, April 19, 2021.
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendar to ensure you don't miss these upcoming meetings and events:

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
Scholar scientists at Hobe Sound Elementary School are awaiting the arrival of painted lady and monarch butterflies! Many grade levels are participating in science lessons by observing each step of a complete metamorphosis.
The faculty and staff of Palm City Elementary School proudly encouraged students as they began their FSAs in Reading and Writing. Click to watch...
Warfield Elementary School kindergarteners enjoy sharing their writing with Principal Smith!
Jensen Beach High School student-athletes Blair Stoneburg, Madeline Kohs, Brynn Stoneburg and Emily Miller are pictured proudly displaying the Florida High School Athletic Association State Championship bling they earned for taking first place in the 400 freestyle relay! Congratulations, Falcons!
The Martin County High School Boys Track team has broken FOUR school records this season:

4X400 Relay - Adam Ziskinder, Ryan Ziskinder, Garrett Slone and Joey Coulter (3:27:96)

4X200 Relay - Riley Pelletier, Ben Lamothe, Joey Coulter and Denzel Alexander (1:29:60)

Distance Medley Relay - Anthony Matthew, Adam Ziskinder, Joey Coulter and Ryan Ziskinder (10:40:70)

Javelin - Garrett Slone (151.64)

How 'bout those Tigers?!
The littlest Rockets cheered on their older peers as J.D. Parker Elementary School prepared for Florida Standards Assessments (FSAs) last week.
What happens at a 2D shape celebration? Students in Ms. Kemp's class at Port Salerno Elementary School celebrated their knowledge of 2D shapes by having a special egg hunt earlier this month. Students were challenged to hunt for the shapes they learned about in their math unit. Vocabulary was an important focus as well as having a winning attitude. Students are now ready to explore 3D shapes!
Indiantown Middle School students are serious about alcohol prevention! Students have created many fun memes to help explain the dangers associated with teenage drinking. Vote for your favorite meme on Tykes & Teens' Facebook page! The winning student will receive a $100 gift card, while semifinalists will each receive a $25 gift card.
Congratulations to the Stuart Middle School Jaguars on being named our middle school volleyball champions!
Students in Ms. Rhodes' class at Jensen Beach Elementary School geared up for the Writing FSA by playing Jeopardy! Students were presented with different categories of questions which required them to distinguish between informational and opinion prompts, write the different components needed in each kind of paragraph, explain what to do before beginning to write and also what to do after. They also practiced spelling some key words. JBE is so ready to rock the FSA!
It's never too early to explore the wonders of space! VPK students at Citrus Grove Elementary School are learning about the power of the sun by making sun prints.
Ms. Jacole Haston, a Behavior Tech at Hobe Sound Elementary School, received an inspirational gift for her little bundle of joy yesterday afternoon!

Ms. Haston, who is due in May and is also the proud parent of a 7-year-old who attends J.D. Parker Elementary School, is currently in the final year of her master's program - she'll graduate with an M.S. in mental health.

Ms. Debra George, the District's Coordinator of Title I and Ms. Haston's former teacher, presented her with the special gift.

Share your pride! Your chance to grab a t-shirt for your bundle of joy and future MCSD grad is coming soon - stay tuned for details! 
As April is National Poetry Month, students in Ms. Jones' art classes at Martin County High School participated in a cross-curricular investigation of poetry and art with a special guest - School Board Member Christia Li Roberts (District 1).

"This event was such a great experience for students in the studio art classes," Ms. Jones shared. "Mrs. Roberts is known for reading to elementary students while dressed as the Cat in the Hat, so I thought we could draw her in costume!"

Ms. Jones created the Poetry Coffee House and invited Mrs. Roberts to participate - she came dressed in an astronaut suit and even supplied a raven for the event, as one of the books read aloud was Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven. Students listened to a variety of poems and used mixed media to visually depict what they were hearing.
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