🦅WE WILL NEVER FORGET🦅 Students in Ms. Urbay's third-grade class at Felix A. Williams Elementary School wrote notes of gratitude to first responders and servicemembers in remembrance of the 9/11 tragedy this week. "September 11 was a turning point for me personally, as my dad left almost immediately after to serve with the military for many years to follow," Ms. Urbay shared. "I'm thankful to honor his post 9/11 service, share with the kids each year and reflect on others who lost their lives or stepped up to assist those in need." #ALLINMartin👊
💡SPOTLIGHT ON #MCSDPotential🌟💡 Ms. Laurie Everett of Martin County Head Start Program's Port Salerno Learning Center helps students achieve their #MCSDPotential🌟 by ensuring families are active partners in education. "Ms. Laurie is a shining example of everything a parent and child wish for in a teacher," parent Desere Howard shares. "It is not just her job, but her calling. She was born to teach and educate others. It doesn't end with the child but is seamlessly integrated with the families of children. She teaches everyone how to learn, grow and help students be their personal best. When she sees someone struggling - child or parent - she is the first one to offer assistance and solutions. She builds trust that lasts a lifetime and love that is never forgotten. There are many teachers that are worthy of recognition, but Ms. Laurie is someone who often works in the background happily building others up into the spotlight. She is both humble and thankful for what she does. I believe that teachers like her only come around once in a lifetime for some children, and being lucky enough to have her in early childhood is a blessing. If there was an award to nominate her for, we would. If we could leave her an endowment, we would do that, too. I hope that she gets the recognition that she so justly deserves. She has made the lives of so many so much better by having had her be a part of it." 💓Trust that lasts a lifetime and love that is never forgotten. We're speechless, Ms. Everett. Thank you for going #ALLINMartin👊 for every child, every day! Know a student or employee who is achieving or helping others achieve their #MCSDPotential? Nominate them for recognition by clicking here: bit.ly/MCSDPotential.
Mr. Frank Frangella, Director of Safety and Security, served 20 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) before joining the Martin County School District in 2018. He was a first responder to the tragic events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. "I Was There" is his story. I was there during the horrendous attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. At that time, I was a police officer in the Brooklyn South Auto Larceny Unit within the New York City Police Department (NYPD), assigned to the midnight shift. It was a regular day off (RDO) and I was sleeping peacefully. At some point, my wife abruptly woke me up to inform me that a commercial airplane had flown into one of the twin towers at the World Trade Center. She nervously stated, “Rome is burning and you’re sleeping.” I already knew what was happening - a terrorist attack. I dressed with the news on in the background and quickly readied myself, knowing exactly where I needed to be. I asked my wife to go get our daughter out of school and bring her home just in case. She noticed that I was dressed, and with a puzzled look asked me “where are you going?” “I’m a cop. I need to go in,” I responded. The look on her face told me she did not realize or expect that I would have to go. I walked out the door not knowing if I would ever return. By this time, the NYPD had a full recall of personnel with staging areas throughout the city. I was closest to the 122nd Precinct in Staten Island. On the short ride to the precinct, fear, horror and anger were going through my mind. I did not know what was in store for me. As I arrived, with my other brothers and sisters in tow, I noticed my unit lieutenant standing by the inside door, holding a detail roster (a form the NYPD uses to keep track of assigned personnel at major events.) As he greeted me, I felt a sense of relief seeing the familiar face of my boss whom I looked up to. He put me on his roster and told me our orders were to respond to the Staten Island Ferry terminal and escort the injured coming from the scene. A temporary trauma center was set up at the base of the terminal to triage the injured coming off the ferry. There were expectations of large numbers of casualties coming across the waters from lower Manhattan. As the ferries began pulling to the docks one after another, it quickly became apparent that no one- not a single injured person or anyone else - was on board. We realized that no one would be coming. We then decided to take the next ferry heading to the City and go to the scene. It was late afternoon/early evening when we arrived. Although it has been many years since, I can still vividly remember the horror I witnessed upon arriving. It was a true war zone. For the next 20 hours or possibly more, we took turns on the bucket brigade, taking away debris in hopes of finding someone alive beneath the rubble. There was no structure or direction attached to the rescue efforts – we were told to just dig. As I stood on this massive pile of rubble and debris which was once home to two of the largest buildings in NYC, I remember thinking to myself that not a desk, phone, or anything resembling an office was visible. Everything - including the souls lost - was reduced to dust. Every so often, the brigade lines paused, and everyone stood at attention as another person was tragically found deceased. After approximately two weeks of working 12 hour+ days, I finally had a day off. Every emotion bottled inside of me finally surfaced and I just remember breaking down, crying. Mostly for the lives lost and for the horrors I witnessed, but also for myself. For the first time in my life, something had frightened me very deeply. I ultimately ended up spending the next three months at Ground Zero (as it came to be known) assigned to various duties as the rescue attempts turned into a recovery mission. I was eventually assigned to securing the perimeter of a crime scene. It is said that time heals all and memories fade, but I still wait. On this day that that marks the twentieth year, all I ask is to never forget! We will never forget. #ALLINMartin
"No Day Shall Erase You From the Memory of Time." - Virgil We will never forget. #PatriotDay #ALLINMartin
💡SPOTLIGHT ON #MCSDPotential🌟💡 Mrs. Holland and Principal Aitken of Dr. David L. Anderson Middle School help students achieve their #MCSDPotential🌟 by making sure they always have access to learning resources. "While my daughter was out on quarantine, she was not able to access the Google Classroom for one of her teachers," parent Barbara Plasse shared. "I emailed Mr. Aitken to ask how we could fix the situation so my daughter wouldn't have 10 days of work to make up. He promptly emailed me back and let me know she was being assigned to Ms. Holland so she wouldn't fall behind. Ms. Holland emailed me to let me know my daughter could access Google Classroom to get her work and that if she had any trouble, she should call her during her planning period. My daughter could not log on and called Ms. Holland for help. I received a call from Mr. Aitken letting me know that while it would take 24 hours for the problem with Google Classroom to be resolved, Ms. Holland was making a binder for my daughter with all of the missing work. He stated he would personally deliver the binder to my home as my whole household was on quarantine. I feel as though Ms. Holland went above and beyond by giving my daughter her personal phone number to call for help and then putting the binder together so she wouldn't fall behind. Also, for Mr. Aitken to hand deliver the work to us was more than I would ever expect a principal to do. I am so thankful for both of these educators and their willingness to go above and beyond." This is what it means to go #ALLINMartin👊! Know a student or employee who is achieving or helping others achieve their #MCSDPotential? Nominate them for recognition by clicking here: bit.ly/MCSDPotential.
💡SPOTLIGHT ON #MCSDPotential🌟💡 Sometimes a friendly face is all it takes to bring out the #MCSDPotential🌟 in others! "My daughter is a kindergartner at Jensen Beach Elementary School this year," parent Karen Boynton shares. "Tilloo Y. is a safety patrol in fifth-grade. She has been so unbelievably kind and welcoming to my daughter! She walked her to class every day the first week. She greets her with a smile each morning in car line and makes her feel special and welcome. I feel like my daughter's introduction to elementary school has been so smooth thanks in many parts to a very kind big girl who has taken her under her wing. Tilloo is most definitely helping MCSD reach its full potential and she deserves to be recognized for her amazing spirit!" Way to go, Tilloo! Know a student or employee who is achieving or helping others achieve their #MCSDPotential? Nominate them for recognition by clicking here: bit.ly/MCSDPotential. #ALLINMartin👊
💡SPOTLIGHT ON #MCSDPotential🌟💡 Martin County Sheriff's Office Deputy Camacho-Rubio and school crossing guards at Stuart Middle School help students achieve their #MCSDPotential🌟 by ensuring their safety. "The crossing guards at Stuart Middle do a phenomenal job every morning and afternoon to make sure all of our students get to school safe, whether it's by car or foot," parent AnneMarie Persaud shares. "They do this with a smile; all while drivers are often not obeying traffic laws. Parents are anxious to get their kids to school on time and students are crossing the streets. Also, the School Resource Officer at SMS is a kind soul. She always acknowledges the students and is very engaging." Know a student or employee who is achieving or helping others achieve their #MCSDPotential? Nominate them for recognition by clicking here: bit.ly/MCSDPotential. #ALLINMartin👊
💡SPOTLIGHT ON #MCSDPotential🌟💡 Mr. Beau Cromer, Extended Day Manager at Bessey Creek Elementary School, helps students achieve their #MCSDPotential by serving as a counselor and leader. "I have personally known him since 2001, and he has now had all three of my children in Extended Day," parent Adam Hamill shares. "He counsels and leads. He is innovative and fun. He is fair, honest, as flexible as he can be and stern when he needs to be. All three of my children have in part become who they are due to his positive influence. I feel fortunate to have had him as an extended part of my parenting through his interaction in the Extended Day program." Thank you for going #ALLINMartin👊 for our students, Mr. Cromer! Know a student or employee who is achieving or helping others achieve their #MCSDPotential? Nominate them for recognition by clicking here: bit.ly/MCSDPotential. #ALLINMartin👊
💡SPOTLIGHT ON #MCSDPotential🌟💡 Our first employee in the spotlight is Ms. Kim Harse, a teacher at Palm City Elementary School. Parent Amy Freese says Ms. Harse helps students achieve their #MCSDPotential by going above and beyond and using Zoom to keep all members of her class informed. Thank you for leading by example, Ms. Harse! Know a student or employee who is achieving or helping others achieve their #MCSDPotential? Nominate them for recognition by clicking here: bit.ly/MCSDPotential. #ALLINMartin👊
💡📚SPOTLIGHT ON LITERACY💡📚 Reporter Jon Shainman recently spoke with students and faculty at Warfield Elementary School about all of the ways the school is going #ALLINMartin👊 to help children embrace their #MCSDPotential🌟 as readers! Tune in to WPTV this afternoon between 4-6:30 for the story!
Here are few important reminders as we prepare to resume classes tomorrow, September 8: 😷Please monitor your child's symptoms each day. Our screening tool will allow you to quickly assess any symptoms your child may be experiencing to determine when and where to seek care: https://bit.ly/MCSDStudentSymptomCheck Students must remain home from school when they are ill, or when they or anyone in the household is awaiting test results or has tested positive for COVID-19. 🧪To view local facilities that are offering PCR/Rapid tests, please click here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/ 🩺To view voluntary vaccination opportunities for individuals aged 12+ in our community, please click here: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ 📝Our COVID-19 dashboard provides current information about positive cases and quarantines within the District. The dashboard is updated twice daily and is available here: https://bit.ly/MCSDCOVIDDashboard We look forward to welcoming our students and employees back to school tomorrow! #ALLINMartin👊
🍽️NOURISHING ALL STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS🍽️ Our outstanding Food & Nutrition Services Department was recently featured in an issue of First Taste TV's Served Digizine! The article was about our unique "Take Three and it's Free" program, which allows students who choose to bring their lunches from home to select a healthy fruit, vegetable and carton of milk each day. Click here to read more: https://nxtgennetwork.serveddigizine.com/view/877083606/20-21/ To view menus, learn how to add money to your child's account, or explore other programs operated by our Food & Nutrition Services Department, please click here: https://www.martinschools.org/page/food-nutrition-services. #ALLINMartin👊
🍎SCHOOLS CLOSED🍎 Just a reminder, families - all District-operated schools will be closed September 6 & 7 in observance of #LaborDay and #RoshHashanah. View our complete instructional calendar for the 2021-2022 school year: https://www.martinschools.org/page/calendars #ALLINMartin👊
🍎 CULTIVATING EMPLOYEE WELLNESS🍎 The District operates an Employee Wellness Program to improve the health and well-being of employees and their dependents. Earlier today, employees serving as Wellness Ambassadors for their schools and departments were treated to an adorable gift basket courtesy of our Risk Management & Employee Benefits team and Florida Blue! Each gift basket contained an umbrella, self-watering planter, MCSD-branded pot, sunflower pen, a kneeboard, small spade and a $50 Amazon gift card. Wellness Ambassadors promote District-sponsored wellness programs, encouraging participation and healthy habits among their colleagues. The District's Risk Management & Employee Benefits Department promotes a culture of health and wellness throughout the District by focusing on the following dimensions of wellness: physical, environmental, emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational and intellectual. #ALLINMartin👊
🍎EDUCATING ALL STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS🍎 Our Office of Purchasing, Warehousing, Reprographics & Property Control has had the pleasure of mentoring and providing on-the-job training to two amazing students as part of the Project SEARCH program this school year. Operated locally by our Exceptional Student Education Department, Project SEARCH is a one-year transition program for students with disabilities who are 18-21 years of age and who have deferred or are in the process of deferring their standard high school diploma and also meet the eligibility requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation's Supported Employment Program. Each day, student interns report to their host business to learn employability skills. Students participate in three internships/experiences during the year. In their classes, they define their career goals and plan necessary steps to achieve those goals. "Both of my students have been a joy to work with," said Renee Hayes, Director of Purchasing. "Our team has been so helpful in training them to develop needed skills so they can obtain jobs with the experience they are gaining in this ten-week program. Our hearts melt knowing we are positively impacting their lives and helping them develop!" We are #ALLINMartin👊 and ready to help each child achieve their #MCSDPotential🌟!
☔️When life gives us a little rain, we smile and are thankful for umbrellas!☔️ SouthState Bank in the Village of Indiantown graciously donated umbrellas for Warfield Elementary School staff to use in the carline and at the walkers' gate on rainy days. They also donated clerical supplies for the front office staff. We are so grateful for our amazing community partners! #ALLINMartin👊
🔬CELEBRATING STELLAR SCIENTISTS🔬 Congratulations to Nina Goyal of Hidden Oaks MS and Varun Singh of Anderson MS for being named two of the top 300 Broadcom MASTERS in this year's competition! Read more: https://www.martinschools.org/article/526206 #ALLINMartin👊
🎓PREPARING FOR FUTURE SUCCESS🎓 Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School and South Fork High School upperclassmen and families - did you miss last night's virtual college planning webinar with Scoir, Inc.? No worries - catch the replay by clicking here: https://vimeo.com/595416859. #ALLINMartin👊
🩺VOLUNTARY VACCINE AND TESTING OPPORTUNITIES🩺 The Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Martin County is currently offering FREE PCR testing for COVID-19. Learn more and schedule an appt: https://curative.com/sites/31397 Find other PCR/Rapid testing sites in Martin County: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/ DOH Martin's vaccine opportunities are listed in the attached photo. To view other vaccine opportunities in our community, please click here: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/ DOH Martin encourages individuals aged 12 and older to consider obtaining their COVID-19 vaccine if this recommendation is in alignment with guidance from their health care provider. Have questions? Contact DOH Martin at (772) 221-4000 option 9.