• 2015-16 News


News from the 2015-16 School Year

  • Keys Community Concert Band Mentors Students in Upper Keys Schools

    Keys Community Concert Band will host talented young musicians from Plantation Key School, Coral Shores HS and Key Largo Middle School for this month’s Pops in the Park concert. Under the baton of Hulber Gagliardini, students are playing instruments alongside adults. They are learning faster technique, better intonation, and musical expression but even more important, they are learning that …

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  • Youth Leaders Attend PeaceJam Leadership Conference at FSU


    Keys to Be the Change Youth Leaders from Key West High School and Marathon Middle/High School recently attended the annual PeaceJam Leadership Conference at Florida State University. They met Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum from Guatemala.Pictured from Key West (from left): Kelsey Morris, Dayana Flores, Tony Vo, Gabriela Sonzogni, Keylin Castro, Bertrand Noel, Brunia Polynice, Raven …

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  • Baby Grand Donated to Switlik Music Program

    Thanks to the generous donation by Mr. and Mrs. Watts of Cudjoe Key, this Young Chang baby grand piano happily resides with the music program at Stanley Switlik Elementary School. The Switlik Singers, under the direction of music teacher Jack Louden, will perform an appreciation concert on Thursday, May 19th at 6:00 PM in the school’s cafeteria. Pictured with Mr. Louden are SSE students Fisher …

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  • State Science and Engineering Fair

    The Monroe County School District was represented at the 61st Annual State Science and Engineering Fair held on March 29th through the 31st in Lakeland, FL. Monroe County walked away with three finalists out of 850 student entries from across the state. Grace Matthews (TVM) earned a 3rd place overall finish in the Engineering Category, Jesse Ferrante (TVM) earned a 3rd place overall in the …

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  • Charting the Course to Excellence: Thank You for Your Support


    Twice in the past 18 months the electorate of Monroe County has approved the renewal of financial resources for the Monroe County Schools. In November 2014, 64% of the voters approved a ten year extension of a ˝ cent sales tax for capital projects, technology and school security, and more recently on March 15th nearly 72% of the voters approved a four year renewal of a ˝ mill to be used for …

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  • Monroe COMPUTE$

    John Padget, Vice Chair of the State Board of Education, came to speak to Raymond Archer's Computing for College and Careers classes to reiterate the importance of studying coding and computer science based on job trends. He brought Shawn Verne and Steve Wainstead, guest speakers from the IT industry, to help students gather a better understanding of what technology careers entail. During the …

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  • Horace O'Bryant Students Visit Sea Camp

    Ten of HOB’s 4th grade students enjoyed an incredible learning experience at Sea Camp this week. Superintendent Mark Porter stopped by to see them off on their three-day adventure. Students learned about shark biology, data analysis, mangrove research, squid dissection, and so much more!









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  • KWHS at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl

    Key West High School students recently participated in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition in Fort Pierce, Florida at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. This was KWHS's first ever competition team, and the students won two competitions at the event. Their teacher Pedro Laza said, "Our team showed true conch spirit while competing. This was a great opportunity for students to meet …

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  • Monroe County Students Participate in the Florida House of Representatives Page and Messenger Program


    Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) was visited by students from the Keys as part of the Florida House of Representatives Page and Messenger Program. The students pictured above - clockwise, from upper left: Julie Powers (KLS), Tessa Eggers (KWHS), Emilia Havlicek (Basilica School), and Blake Shillinger (KWHS) - had opportunities to experience the goings-on in the Capital. According to …

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  • Mock Trial Team

    Coral Shores High School will be representing the 16th Judicial Circuit at the state mock trial competition on March 17th. Team members are (left to right) Morgan Besterman, Sam Kraus, Cody Dickerson, Daniel Walker, Sacha Franks, Jakob Pooley and Carlos Martinez. The team is coached by Assistant State Attorney Johnathon Raiche.

    Photo courtesy of Mary Jo Fry

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  • Poinciana Odyssey of the Mind

    The Poinciana Odyssey of the Mind Division 1 Team (3rd-5th grade) placed first for their solution to the Long Term Problem No Cycle Recycle at the Regional Tournament at Coral Shores High School. They designed a vehicle to travel to two different ecosystems, where the vehicle picks up items to repurpose and use to solve a problem in the other environment. The students will bring their problem …

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  • Plantation Key Students Took Part in the National ReadQuest Program!


    Students at Plantation Key School took part in ReadQuest, a nationwide reading event on Friday, February 26, 2016.
    They were among thousands of students who joined in this annual reading celebration for K-12 students. ReadQuest celebrated reading with a one-day event that encouraged students to read and share their discoveries. Students read books, nonfiction articles, and …

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  • Plantation Key School News

    The MCSD Division of Career and Technical Education would like to congratulate Linda Britton and her Computing for College and Careers students for their hard work and dedication becoming the first entire class of Microsoft Office Specialists in PowerPoint 2013. Mrs. Britton is the first teacher to certify all of her students as specialists in PowerPoint 2013. Like many MCSD students …

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  • Stanley Switlik Art Fest

    Stanley Switlik School students, staff, and administrators merged with world renowned artist Wyland on Saturday, February 6th to create an original painting of Florida Keys sea life. During the Pigeon Key Art Festival in Marathon, Switlik students and teachers provided instruction and resources designed to educate the community, concerning oceanic and sea life conservation. Children visiting the …

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  • KWHS Student at Film Festival

    Key West High School student Anna Mott's film, Keep Our Beaches Beautiful, has been selected by The Palm Beach International Film Festival's 21st Annual Student Showcase of Films as the 1st place winner in the Environmental PSA category. Anna's film won out of almost 1,600 entries from across the state at the high school and college level. The PSA was expected to address the need to keep millions …

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