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MCSD HONORED AS RECIPIENT OF GREEN SCHOOL DISTRICT AWARD

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The Martin County School District will officially receive the Florida Green School District Silver Award from the Florida Green School Network during a virtual ceremony this afternoon.

The Florida Green School Network supports districts' efforts to reduce environmental impacts and costs, improve the health and wellness of students and staff and provide effective environmental and sustainability education. District staff submitted a comprehensive application detailing various green initiatives and activities, scoring highly in the competitive process based on its success as a Green School District. The District’s innovative efforts include school grounds enhancement, resource conservation, environmental curriculum connections, community involvement, and a school-wide commitment to sustainability.

As an honoree, District staff will provide a short presentation about District highlights at the inaugural recognition webinar from 2-3 pm on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Those interested in viewing the presentation may register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/regist…/7283817439315963147

BE SURE TO ADD IMMUNIZATIONS TO YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL LIST

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Immunizations are required for all students: traditional (in-school) or remote learning

Martin County – With the start of the new school year just a few weeks away, the Florida Department of Health is urging parents and caregivers to be sure that their student’s immunizations are up-to-date for school entry.

Proof of certain immunizations, on a #680 form (Florida Certificate of Immunization), is required for school entry if a child is entering kindergarten, seventh grade or is moving to Florida from another state or country. Additional information about immunizations is available here: http://martin.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/clinical-and-nutrition-services/immunizations/index.html

Immunizations are required for all students whether they are enrolled in traditional (in-school) or remote learning.

Everyone is encouraged to visit with their medical provider for immunizations and routine physicals, when possible. The Health Department in Martin County is offering school age immunizations for children who are uninsured, underinsured or do not have a medical provider. Immunization appointments are available by calling 772-221-4000, option #3

General information about Public Health programs and services is available at: www.MartinCountyHealth.com

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Dr. Timothy Moore Selected as IRSC's 4th President

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The Indian River State College District Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Timothy Moore, Chief Science Officer at MagPlasma and Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at Probaxstra Inc., to become the College’s next president. The decision was finalized on Wednesday, July 22, by a unanimous vote of the Trustees.

Dr. Moore will be the fourth president in the College’s 60-year history. He will succeed Dr. Edwin Massey, who has served the institution with high distinction since 1973, and will conclude his 32-year term as president in August. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a rigorous search process that began in November 2019.

“Dr. Moore comes to IRSC with an impressive history and track record as an innovative thinker, inspiring and collaborative leader, and experienced executive, all necessary qualities to guide our College into the future,” expressed IRSC District Board Chair José Conrado. “Our Board is proud that this search process was carried out with great fairness and transparency, and that it leaned heavily on the input of the IRSC community. This College has been blessed with outstanding leadership across its 60-year history, and we are confident IRSC will continue that trend under its fourth President.”

Moore, a military veteran, has a 35-year career in higher education, federal, commercial, military and start-up sectors. His roles in higher education include service as Vice President for Research at Florida A&M University, the largest of the public Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Research Program Development/Assistant Professor at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, Alabama; Director of Federal Research Program Development at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine; and Director of Federal Research Program Development at the National Agricultural Biosecurity Center at Kansas State University.

"My wife Robin joins me in thanking the Indian River State College Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, students and community for this wonderful and important opportunity to lead IRSC going forward,” shares Dr. Moore. “I am personally humbled by the confidence and kind words conveyed by the Board when they notified me of my selection to become the next president.”

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St. Lucie Public Schools Delays Start of School Year

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St. Lucie County - St. Lucie Public Schools has delayed the start of the school year by two weeks. The first day of school for students will be on August 24, 2020. Superintendent E. Wayne Gent commented, “The additional two weeks gives time for the conditions in the county to improve and additional time for staff to finalize preparations for the school year. Our number one priority is to return to school safely.”
Several factors contributed to the decision to delay the start of school. The additional two weeks allows more time:
• For the establishment of general protocols for the safe reopening of schools including safeguards for school campuses and classrooms.
• For the delivery of personal protective equipment, supplies and school signage.
• For staff professional development on virtual instruction, curricular resources, and health/safety guidelines.
• For schools to complete the complex process of scheduling students, including interventions and support for students with special needs.
• For the deployment of laptops for students who are enrolling in option 2, “MySchool Online.”
• For the routing of school buses to reduce student ridership on any given route.
• To fill instructional vacancies.
The school district is working on a revised calendar to accommodate the delayed start of school.

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Jamie Harper Set to Launch a Spirit of Innovation

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St. Lucie – Jamie Harper, Vice President of US Education for Microsoft, leads a team of innovators that support higher education and K-12 organizations across the United States. He works with educational stakeholders supporting initiatives that directly impact students, teachers and leaders both public and private. Jamie is slated to bring his empowering message to administration and staff members of St. Lucie Public Schools’ (SLPS) magnet programs during the district’s annual Back to School Magnet Symposium. For the first time, the Symposium will be virtual, utilizing Microsoft TEAMS Live where Jamie will present an engaging message that will inspire innovative thinking and connect educators with solutions that will assist in improving instructional practices and active student learning. In these unprecedented times in education, Jamie will provide insight into best practices related to a blended learning model that infuses quality instructional technology applications into classrooms. SLPS has built a strong partnership with Microsoft Education: true trailblazers in the ed tech industry.

Jamie holds an MBA from Emory University and a degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Economics from Clemson University. He is a sought-after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has previously served as the General Manager of ten countries in Asia including Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar. His global perspective ignites the intellect of his audiences as they are challenged to search for creative solutions in the classroom and beyond.
Jane Whitaker, the coordinator for SLPS magnet programs, said, “Jamie will help set the stage for our educators to push innovative thinking as they work to create the learning opportunities our students and schools deserve.” This is the third year that Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies and Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet have come together to participate in this professional learning opportunity. This two-day event, taking place on July 27th and July 28th, will provide multiple virtual workshops that will include Microsoft applications such as OneNote, TEAMS and STREAM. Trainings will also incorporate Minecraft, LEGO, Nearpod, CANVAS and more. SLPS is thrilled to kick off the 2020-21 school year with instructional technology solutions that will prepare teachers and students with future ready skills.

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What is Summer Slide?

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Summer Slide is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. DON’T LET SUMMER “SLIDE” AWAY!!!

Click on https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/summer-slide/ to explore the wide range of resources available for your child(ren). Activities range from those suitable for VPK to high school students.

Get started today with some of these Summer Reading Tips.

1. Read aloud together with your child every day.
Make it fun by reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.

2. Set a good example!
Parents must be willing to model behavior for their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.

3. Read the same book your child is reading and discuss it.
This is the way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.

4. Let kids choose what they want to read, and don’t turn your nose up at popular fiction.
It will only discourage the reading habit.

5. Buy books on tape, especially for a child with a learning disability.
Listen to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.

6. Take your children to the library regularly.
Most libraries sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events. Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.

7. Subscribe, in your child’s name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children, or National Geographic World.
Encourage older children to read the newspaper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading habit over the summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they’ve read, and listen to what they say.

8. Ease disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to become pen pals.
Present both children with postcards or envelopes that are already addressed and stamped. If both children have access to the Internet, email is another option.

9. Make trips a way to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices.
Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let them take turns being the navigator.

10. Encourage children to keep a summer scrapbook.
Tape in souvenirs of your family’s summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your children write the captions and read them and read them aloud as you look at the book together.

Source: https://www.readingrockets.org/

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Project LIFT Increases Capacity by 33% During COVID Crisis

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In Photo: A Project LIFT participant assists with Hobe Sound Flood Relief

Palm City - The youth at Project LIFT in Palm City and Belle Glade are no strangers to adversity. In fact, the program is designed to build their resilience and help them adjust their sails when a storm hits. Those storms often include trauma, generational poverty, academic struggles and substance abuse. But what happens when a storm hits the entire community, or in the case of COVID-19, the entire country? Project LIFT took a cue from the kids it serves, and adjusted its sails to not only stay open, but to actually increase services and model resilience for its young participants.

While many organizations have struggled or failed to stay open during the COVID-19 crisis, Project LIFT has seen increases in almost every area of operations. Rather than decrease programming, they did the opposite, increasing youth participation in the program from twice per week to four times, in recognition that during a crisis, at risk youth need expanded, not decreased, services.

“On March 12th we made a decision to stay open and follow strict CDC guidelines as an essential health care business”, said Bob Zaccheo, Project LIFT Chief Executive Officer. “We know that during times like this, economic stability, social interactions and resilience are key drivers to mental health functioning. Further, we knew that we would see an uptick in teenage drug overdose and suicide attempts, which drove our team to make the easy decision to stay open and adapt to a new way of life in real time in order to model resilience to the teens in our program.”

Since March 12th, when the Coronavirus essentially shut down the world as we know it, Project LIFT, a non-profit organization, has had a 33% increase in daily capacity and has had 13 students graduate from Pathway Academy of Innovation, an in- house high school diploma program. They facilitated getting 14 teens gainfully employed outside of Project LIFT, 4 of whom now work for local HVAC and construction companies. 4 youth have enrolled in college. And, because they stayed open during a time when mental health issues are compounded by economic instability and social isolation, they were able to intervene in five suicidal ideation events that required Baker Acts, and interceded in four teen drug overdoses.

Community service and giving back is at the heart of Project LIFT’s mission, and this, too, has continued during COVID. Project LIFT offers program participants the opportunity to learn one of several vocational trades, and kids in the auto mechanic program repaired 2 vehicles which were then donated, reaching a milestone of more than 125 cars repaired and given away to needy families. Additionally, when local disaster relief organization 25 UNITED put out the call for community partners to assist with flooded homes in Hobe Sound, Project LIFT showed up, providing 25 individuals to help repair and clean the devastated neighborhood.

When faced with operating during a pandemic, Project LIFT proved that a foundation of innovation allows an organization to create additional opportunity during a crisis. For more information about Project LIFT or to learn how to partner with the organization to empower local youth, visit projectliftmc.com or call 772-221-2244.

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In Photo: Youth at Project LIFT continue to learn skilled trades during COVID

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