Mission: Educate All Students for Success
Vision: A Dynamic Educational System of Excellence
District Continues to Encourage Families to Choose In-Person Learning
While Florida families continue to retain their choice of flexible learning options, the Martin County School District is encouraging students to resume attending school in person and on campus as they are able.

The Florida Department of Education is requiring all of this year's statewide assessments – including Florida Standards Assessments and End-of-Course Exams - to be taken in person. If your child is currently attending school remotely, we would appreciate the opportunity to welcome them back to campus. This will allow them to become reacquainted with the school-based learning environment and prepared to take state assessments.
 
"We know that the majority of students perform best when they are physically present in classrooms receiving instruction from highly-qualified teachers," Superintendent John D. Millay said. "Our schools remain safe, nurturing places for learning, and we encourage our students to begin returning to campuses as they feel comfortable doing so. The District will follow the requirements issued by the Florida Department of Education, offering targeted intervention and support to students who are struggling to make adequate progress. We remain committed to partnering with our families to ensure that every child is learning, demonstrating growth and achieving success."

Parents are encouraged to contact their child's school with questions or to request a change in learning options.
District, Education Foundation of Martin County Proudly Honor 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year
Kate Logan, Port Salerno Elementary
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
Juanita Johnson, Stuart Middle
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Leigh Anne Pike, Martin County High
High School Teacher of the Year
The Martin County School District and Education Foundation of Martin County held three fun-filled celebrations this week, honoring 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year nominees and winners from each level - elementary, middle and high. Recognition events were held Tuesday evening at Infiniti of Stuart (Elementary School Teacher of the Year), Wednesday evening at Maserati/Alfa Romeo of Stuart (Middle School Teacher of the Year) and Thursday evening at Keiser University - Port St. Lucie Campus (High School Teacher of the Year).

Ms. Kate Logan of Port Salerno Elementary School, Ms. Juanita Johnson of Stuart Middle School and Ms. Leigh Anne Pike of Martin County High School took home the top honor in their respective categories. Each has been invited to a ceremony at Audi of Stuart on Saturday, January 30, where the overall Teacher of the Year winner will be announced. The winner's name will be submitted to the Florida Department of Education for consideration in the statewide competition.

"To our teachers – I want to thank you from the very bottom of my heart," Superintendent John D. Millay shared with each group of nominees. "You wake up each day and choose to share your time, talent and commitment to excellence with our children – these facts alone make you deserving of the highest level of gratitude, recognition and praise. Respected and admired by your colleagues, administrators and families, you are the best because you have dedicated your careers to bringing out the best in our students. Thank you for contributing positively to our students’ lives and to our profession, which creates all other professions."

Each of the celebrations was streamed live on the Education Foundation of Martin County's Facebook page. Click here to view the recordings, and don't forget to tune in live for the final ceremony tomorrow at 3:00 pm!

Congratulations to each of our 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year nominees:

  • Kelly Francke, Bessey Creek Elementary School
  • Ashley Ciliberti, Citrus Grove Elementary School
  • Barry Bicksler, Clark Advanced Learning Center
  • Michael Fourquet, Felix A. Williams Elementary School
  • Robert Beasley, Hidden Oaks Middle School
  • Crystal Brandt, Hobe Sound Elementary School
  • Natalie Rzeznik, The Hope Center for Autism
  • Maryann Williams, J.D. Parker Elementary School
  • Jamie McNealy, Jensen Beach Elementary School
  • Jennifer Ali, Jensen Beach High School
  • Coli Escher, Murray Middle School
  • Heather Swindler, Palm City Elementary School
  • Vanessa Muto, Pinewood Elementary School
  • Melissa Pastor, SeaWind Elementary School
  • Wendy Schepman, South Fork High School
  • Vanessa Dayus, Treasure Coast Classical Academy
  • Rachael Sharp, Warfield Elementary School


Charting a Course for Success: Families Invited to Learn More About CTE Programs Offered in District-Operated Schools
The Martin County School District's 2021 Career Academy Showcase will be held in a virtual format. Beginning on February 1, 2021, families will be able to view on-demand videos depicting what students can expect to learn in Career & Technical Education (CTE) academies throughout the District. Each of the District's three high schools - Jensen Beach, Martin County and South Fork - will have an individual playlist. Families are encouraged to explore each CTE Academy and find the perfect fit for their child! Watch the trailer....

Like and subscribe to "CTE Martin" on YouTube to ensure you never miss a video premiere!
Sixth Annual Constitution Academic Competition Held January 26
The Center for Constitutional Values (CCV) and the Martin County School District conducted the sixth annual “Constitution Academic Competition” on January 26, 2021. Judges Laurie E. Buchanan, Darren Steele and Brett M. Waronicki (19th Judicial Court) presided over teams from each high school as they debated the constitutional issue: Which approach to judicial interpretation of the Constitution provides the strongest protection of inherent rights—originalism or living constitutionalism? 
 
Congratulations to the following student teams:
 
Jensen Beach High School
  • Shea Powers and Emily Sarkar, Originalism (Winners)
  • Tatum Bean and Emilia Glover, Living Constitutionalism


Martin County High School/Clark Advanced Learning Center
  • Jordan Losardo and Jillian Plymale, Living Constitutionalism (Winners)
  • Nick Lynch and Rose Kores, Originalism


South Fork High School
  • Graeson Gajewski and Kyle Ramos, Originalism (Winners)
  • Zuzzanna Barska and Sophie Suereth, Living Constitutionalism
 
Thanks to the generosity of President Kate Boland and CCV members, each winning student received a $250 scholarship and the opportunity to advance to a third round of interschool competition in April, where scholarships up to $1,000/each will be available. All competitors who were not part of a winning team received gift cards valued at $50. 
Next Parent University Workshop Scheduled for February 4
The Martin County School District offers numerous programming options that allow students to pursue their academic goals and unique interests.
During February's Parent University Workshop, staff from the Instructional Services Division will join school administrators in presenting information on the many academic and career/technical education options available to high school 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.
Reminder: Head Start, VPK Open Enrollment to Begin in February
The Martin County School District will begin accepting applications for its Head Start and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) programs next month. Learn more...
United Way of Martin County to Offer Valet VITA Service This Tax Season
The United Way of Martin County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to those with a household income of $57,000 or less. Due to the pandemic, services will be offered via "valet" drop off service this year. To learn more or take advantage of this service, please contact the United Way at (772) 283-4800.
Preschool Story Time
Principal Michels and Assistant Principal Law of Jensen Beach Elementary School hosted Preschool Story Time on January 23, 2021. Families of toddlers and preschoolers enjoyed listening to Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes in English and Spanish.
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 Port Salern Elementary School, today's guest reader is Principal Eberst. Click here to tune in live at 9:30 and listen to the story in English and Spanish!
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, February 1, 2021. If you missed his appearance on January 25, please click here to access the recording. His segment begins at the 2:00:45 mark.
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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