Mission: Educate All Students for Success
Vision: A Dynamic Educational System of Excellence
Indian River Magazine: Newly-Appointed Martin County Superintendent Outlines Path for Student Success
Indian River Magazine - Dr. John D. Millay, the Martin County School District's new Superintendent of Schools, says he always planned to move to Florida at some point later in his life. After a 27-year career building academic success as a teacher, principal and school superintendent in Kentucky, Millay was ready to make the move, but not retire. When the position for superintendent in Martin County opened, the timing and the opportunity just seemed right.

"I love it here!" he says with enthusiasm. "The community is vibrant. The people are passionate about education which sometimes those passions run strong - and that is a good thing. I would rather see passion for education and values than the lack thereof. They believe in education, they value it, and it's a beautiful place to live."

As he plans ahead, Millay points to the District's mission and vision statements.

"In Martin County, an education - our brand - has value for all kids, and we want to make sure that all kids and families have that access and experience it. 'Dynamic' is knowing that change is needed to be vibrant and growing. It reflects that we're open to changing things if we can improve the life of a child or family. I think when we say 'excellence', it's not just an average. We're trying to get better, but it's for all. Regardless of your wealth or poverty, we want that bar for everybody."

CBS12: Retiree Volunteers as Teacher's Aide During Pandemic at J.D. Parker Elementary School
CBS12 - Retired fifth-grade teacher Susan Torres makes a virtual comeback in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to help Martin County students who need it the most.

Torres had worked at J.D. Parker Elementary School in Stuart for more than 20 years, and now she’s back at it, teaching fifth graders math, science and reading.

Torres is doing it for free; not expecting any salary or paychecks, just helping out as a volunteer teacher’s aide Tuesday through Friday, three-and-a-half hours a day.

"She’s made my job so much easier this year because I’ve got kids who need the help," said Dorothy Castillo, a fifth grade teacher at J.D. Parker. "I can’t do it all. I can’t."

"We worked it out so that I could come and volunteer in her room, kind of pay her back for what she has done for me 30 years ago," Torres said.

She and Castillo have history. Thirty years ago, Castillo was Torres' assistant and now, with the help of Zoom and virtual classes, Torres is hers.

"I like the kids that are here," Torres said. "They pick up on things and your helping them do that and all the sudden, boy, they got it." Read more...
Curbside Meals to be Available to Children Aged 18 and Under
The Martin County School District's Food & Nutrition Services Department will provide free Spring Break meals to children aged 18 and under next week.
Families will be able to pick up five days worth of breakfasts and lunches on Monday, March 15, at the following sites:
·    J.D. Parker Elementary School
1010 SE 10th Street, Stuart, FL 34996
·    Port Salerno Elementary School
3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart, FL 34997
·    Warfield Elementary School
15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown, FL 34956
Meals may be picked up between 10:00 a.m. and 12 p.m. Families must visit our website and complete the order form to reserve their meal kits. Meal kits must be reserved by Friday, March 12, at 5:00 p.m.
Families are encouraged to email AskFNS@martinschools.org or call (772) 223-2655 ext. 58100 with questions. 
High Schools Announce Plans for Senior Celebrations, Graduation Ceremonies
The Martin County School District has released its plans to commemorate the scholastic careers and many achievements of the Class of 2021. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused changes to the way schools are able to host and participate in many traditional activities, the District remains committed to organizing safe activities in accordance with CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines that will be memorable for our students.

As part of the planning process for these senior celebrations, each high school solicited feedback from seniors in the form of a survey about events they would be interested in. Once the results were tallied, school administrators and activities directors formed student focus groups to begin planning activities. The events listed for each school represent the meal, dress and activity selections made by members of the Class of 2021. Each school's event will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Additional pertinent details will be shared in the near future.

Each school will host its graduation ceremony in accordance with the date listed on the 2020-2021 School Calendar:

Ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. A livestream of each ceremony will also be available for seniors and their families. Additional details about tickets will be shared in the coming weeks.
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.
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...
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 Umbaugh of SeaWind Elementary School read ¡Vamanos! Let's Go! to families during Preschool Story Time on March 5. Ms. Stover 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! 
Today's guest reader is Ms. Jennifer Corkern, the District's Director of Pre-K Programs. Click here to tune in live at 9:30 and listen to the story!
Martin Minutes With Millay
Superintendent Millay chatted with SMSgt. Johnson, JROTC instructor at Jensen Beach High School, for a Martin Minute With Millay segment earlier this week. SMSgt. Johnson discussed the life skills that are taught in JROTC, including how the program helps students develop important character traits that will help them succeed later in life.
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 22, 2021.
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
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