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WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE BUCCANEERS...WE SAIL THE 7 C's:  Character, Courage, Cooperation, Consideration, Compassion, Commitment, and Challenging Goals!
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YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR APPEARING ON ABC’s SHARK TANK SPEAKS TO MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS STUDENTS

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces, Jack Bonneau spoke to students at Horace O’Bryant School, Key Largo School, Plantation Key School, and Sugarloaf School to offer advice and words of encouragement. 
The 11-year-old entrepreneur spoke to more than 1,600 students recently to give them advice on how to thrive in the marketplace. He shared lessons he learned from beginning his own lemonade stand and words of encouragement post Irma. The 7th-grader from STEM Lab School in Colorado said MCSD students can achieve anything with a bit of optimism, an inquisitive mind, and something they are passionate about. “No matter of their challenges, no matter their age that they can do anything they want; they just need to be curious, positive, find something they're interested in and go after it. Reach out to their parents, teachers, trusted adults and if they fail, learn from it and start again!”
Jack shared his story of going from starting his first lemonade stand to sharing ways young entrepreneurs can sell their products and ideas. He also spoke to the students about his experience on the network shows ‘Shark Tank’ and the ‘Today Show’. Jack said his story is important to share with other children, because there are very few that have stepped in to do it. “There’s not many examples of kids doing what I’m doing with both my stands & marketplaces; and there’s no one that I know that shares the stories of other young entrepreneurs to kids to inspire them and let them know that if they and I can do what we’re doing, that they can to. I also wanted to provide encouraging words resilience and a positive message with all the challenges that they are experiencing due to Hurricane Irma.”
Jack donated $500 to each of the four K-8 schools he visited. Jack said he was also fortunate to be able to provide matching funds of $500 to each school from mindSpark Learning.
Superintendent Mark Porter said Jack’s donation of his time and resources shows leadership qualities can be present in anyone, no matter their age. “Jack connected to our students in only a way that someone their age can. It is crucial for children to be able to see someone young, like themselves, actively setting goals to pursue their dreams. “
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Bio and Links
Jack Bonneau is founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces (JacksStands.com). He’s eleven years old and a seventh-grader at STEM Lab School in Northglenn, CO. Jack’s mission is to inspire and provide kids the opportunity to operate their own drink stands, sell their own products in real marketplaces; and share his great experiences and lessons he’s learned about entrepreneurship, business, financial literacy, and life skills such as confidence building and being social. Bonneau is member of the National Junior Honor Society, black belt in Wado-Ryu Karate, plays the piano, loves school, math, social studies and programming; and enjoys his family, friends, and his dog Curtsy
Shark Tank...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7jX9SR0bfw&t
Inc.com http://on.inc.com/2uGfLTo
Ottercares video - http://bit.ly/MyBusinessAndOtterCares
Aspen Ideas Festival... http://bit.ly/AspenIdeas-MyBigIdea


 

TITLE III PARENT NIGHT

AWARD ASSEMBLIES
Please join us!

K-1- Tue., Nov. 7, 2:45, Cafeteria
2-3- Wed., Nov. 8, 2:45 pm, Cafeteria
4-5- Thurs., Nov. 9, 2:45 pm, Cafeteria
6th – Friday, Nov. 3, 9:00 am, Cafeteria
7th – Thursday, Nov. 2, 9:00 am, Cafeteria
8th – Monday, Nov. 6, 9:00 am, Cafeteria

 

 
Thanksgiving Luncheon


Halloween Dance 
Wednesday, October 
25th 

in the Cafeteria
For 6-8 graders
6:00-8:00 pm
Cost- $3
Refreshments will be sold

Halloween costumes are encouraged to be worn.
There will be our annual costume contest. The categories are: scariest, most original and best all-around. A prize will be given to the three winners.
Please follow these rules:
There are no masks but you may paint your face.  No handheld accessories or weapons. Costumes cannot show any midriff or be strapless.
 
CLUB & SCHOOL PICTURE INFORMATION

Band and Fall Team Pictures will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2017

5th Period
Band

After School
Cheerleading
Volleyball
Football
Dance
Direct Link to Purchase Band/Team Photos:https://onlinesales1790.onlinephotocart.com/prepay/19493979

Please include the name of the teacher that coaches or sponsors your child’s sport in the provided “Teacher” field. The teacher sponsors are as follows:

Cheerleading – Ms. Ruiz

Football, Volleyball, and Dance Team – Mr. Grimesey


HOB School Pictures will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017
REMINDER TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
All students must comply with the HOB Dress Code Policy.
Here are a few reminders:
-Shirts may be any color or pattern but may not have inappropriate words, logos or pictures. No tank tops, blouses with thin straps, or tops that reveal bare midriffs or backs (even underneath jackets). Tops that are see-through material must have a wide-strapped tank top underneath that covers the entire torso including the midriff.
-Dress Code also applies to clothing worn in pictures. Students may not change into clothing that does not comply with Dress Code to take pictures.
• Checks are to be made out to HJMiami Photo
• You may pre-pay at www. HJMIAMIPHOTO.com.
The direct link is https://onlinesales1790.onlinephotocart.com/prepay/19528396

 
 
TITLE I PARENT SURVEY
Title I Family Engagement surveys will be available at our Title I Family Night on Thursday, October 19th. For your convenience surveys are also available online by clicking the links below. 

English
https://keysschools.co1.qualtrics.com/…/…/SV_eWYmRNhdPiEYzqt

8th Grade Students and Parents
Horace O’Bryant School would like to announce that the Preliminary SAT 8/9 (PSAT 8/9) will be administered to 8th grade students at HOB on October 25, 2017.
The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Tightly aligned with SAT and PSAT/NMSQT, it establishes a baseline for college and career readiness.  The PSAT 8/9 supports all students with early feedback on the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success. Additionally, the PSAT 8/9 gives each student personalized feedback about his/her academic strengths and weaknesses, helping each student to prepare for success in college and careers.  
For more Information click here.


DISTRICT NEWS
MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS TO RECAPTURE UP TO TWO WEEKS OF MISSED CLASS TIME AFTER IRMA
 
MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Monroe County School Officials have begun the process of recapturing days lost in the classroom during Hurricane Irma.
 
Superintendent Mark Porter has announced October 16th as the first reinstated full student contact day. The 16th was initially a professional day for school staff, but the day will now serve as a full instructional day for students. Mr. Porter has also suspended all early release days for elementary and secondary school students in traditional schools until further notice.
 
Mr. Porter said students returning back to school via the staggered start dates of September 25th, September 27th, and October 2nd have missed 13, 15, and 18 instructional days respectively. “Clearly we need to restore some of this valuable instructional time we have lost. Our students deserve nothing less. ”
 
Superintendent Porter said he and his team took the two waived days from the Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart into consideration when making the initial adjustment. Additional adjustments will be made after there has been further discussion with the school board and stakeholders. 
 
District officials will also assess the calendar for staff and payroll calendars in the near future. The last 3 of the 16 schools Sugarloaf School, Big Pine Academy, and Key West Collegiate Academy went back to the classroom Monday, October 2nd. The Monroe County School District serves approximately 8,800 students throughout the upper, middle, lower keys, and Key West.  The accredited school district consists of 10 public schools, six charter schools, as well as alternative and virtual programs. For more information about the district’s vision and mission, visit www.keysschools.com. Follow us on Facebook @MYMCSD, on Twitter @keysschools, and on Instagram @MYMCSD.  Follow the Superintendent on Twitter @supt_porter.
 
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DISTRICT NEWS
Free Meals For Monroe County Students

Students in Monroe County Schools will return to schools after Hurricane Irma able to receive free breakfast and free lunch. All of the traditional schools and some charter schools will be able to receive meals through October 20th.
 





Students at the following schools who already offer reduced or free meal plans will be able to receive breakfast and lunch for free, regardless of eligibility:
  • Key Largo School
  • Coral Shores High School
  • Plantation Key School
  • Treasure Village Montessori School
  • Marathon Middle High School
  • Stanley Switlik Elementary School
  • Big Pine Academy
  • Sugarloaf School
  • Gerald Adams Elementary School
  • Poinciana Elementary School
  • Horace O’Bryant School
  • Key West High School
  • May Sands Montessori School
 
Food Services Schools Director Melissa Albright said the district may also be eligible for an extension. Mrs. Albright added, her team is excited to be able to offer all students access to nutritious meals. “Food service in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture is looking forward to serving our students without the added pressure of having to worry about funds.  We welcome all students to join us for breakfast and lunch because we know Healthy Meals = Healthy Minds. “
 
Schools will begin in a staggered start sequence with schools in the upper keys heading back to the classroom, Monday, September 25th. For more information on the free meal plan opportunity for all students throughout the district and staggered start dates go to www.keysschools.com. Follow us on Facebook @MYMCSD, on Twitter @keysschools, and on Instagram @MYMCSD. Follow the Superintendent on Twitter @supt_porter
DISTRICT NEWS

MONROE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT APPROVES STAGGERED AFTER-IRMA BACK TO SCHOOL DATES

MONROE COUNTY, Fla --- Monroe County Schools Superintendent Mark Porter has made the decision to resume school on a staggered start basis. This decision is based on the assessment of all schools, the continued improvement of necessary infrastructure and the readiness of various communities to support school reopening.

“The revised staggered start reopening of our schools is based on input from many sources and is supported by county and community leaders. Reopening schools is a significant step toward returning to a sense of normalcy for all of our communities. These expectations will be implemented with compassion and flexibility for students and employees,” stated Superintendent Porter.

The following schools will open on Monday, September 25th with employees requested to report on Thursday, September 21st:
Plantation Key School
Coral Shores High School
Key Largo School
Ocean Studies School
Treasure Village Montessori

All of the following schools in Key West and Marathon will open Wednesday, September 27th, with employees reporting Monday and Tuesday, the 25th and 26th:
Stanley Switlik Elementary School
Marathon Middle High School
Gerald Adams Elementary School
Horace O’Bryant School
Key West Collegiate Academy
Key West High School
May Sands Montessori Charter School
Poinciana Elementary School
Sigsbee Charter School

Schools in the area most impacted by the storm will open on Monday, October 2nd, with employees reporting on Thursday, September 28th:
Big Pine Academy
Sugarloaf School

Superintendent Mark Porter initially set a tentative date for all schools to start on Monday, September 25th and made the change after consulting with district officials and feedback from the community. Mr. Porter said he always intended to be flexible for the sake of students, families, and employees of the Monroe County Schools. This schedule is also subject to further revision based on necessary infrastructure improvement.

Transportation services will be restored as well, but will require flexibility and modification of prior routes and timing. In addition, any student who returns to Monroe County prior to the scheduled opening of their school of attendance, particularly Big Pine Academy and Sugarloaf School will be allowed to attend at an open Monroe County School.

The Monroe County School District serves approximately 8,600 students throughout the upper, middle, lower keys, and Key West. The accredited school district consists of 10 public schools, six charter schools, as well as alternative and virtual programs. For more information about the district’s vision and mission, visit www.keysschools.com. Follow us on Facebook @MYMCSD, on Twitter @keysschools, and on Instagram @MYMCSD. Follow the Superintendent on Twitter @supt_porter.
 


DISTRICT NEWS
***Schools Will Be Closed For Hurricane Irma***
Attention all families of the Monroe County School District: Superintendent Mark Porter has made the decision to close schools tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6th, 2017, until further notice.  All meetings, including the school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 7th, are postponed until further notice as well. Please take this time to ensure you have a preparedness plan in place.  In addition, please adhere to all advisories, warnings and directions provided by the Monroe County Emergency Management which include evacuation from the areas to be most affected. For more information on the County’s emergency plan, please go to www.monroecountyem.com. We will update our website, www.keysschools.com and the Facebook page @mymcsd with any information related to schools over the course of the storm. Please make personal safety your top priority.
NEW ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL POLICY
DISTRICT NEWS
Meal Benefit Online Application

The application for meal benefits is online and is now available
Click "Apply Online" to see if your student qualifies for a meal benefit.

MCSD Food Services Logo
Head to the Food Services page for access to additional help and information.
JOIN OUR TEAM!
"Home of the Buccaneers!" has an opening for a highly qualified paraprofessional position. For more
information please visit https://patsr7.monroe.k12.fl.us/.
 
WELCOME TO THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

2017-2018 WELCOME BACK LETTER
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6TH GRADE WEB ORIENTATION

 
2017-2018 SUPPLY LISTS
2017-2018 DRESS CODE INFORMATION
Congratulations to Horace O' Bryant School for a "B" school grade designation for the 2016-2017 year. Thank you to all our students and staff for all your hard work and dedication. We look forward to a fantastic 2017-2018 school year. HOB-One Team-One Dream!

 
SCHOOL SAFETY DRILL
On Friday, October 13th, Horace O’Bryant will conduct a lockdown drill procedure in conjunction with the Key West Police Department and Monroe County School District personnel. Key West Police will be on site conducting the drill.  Students will participate in a lockdown drill in the classroom with their teachers.  Students will be informed of the procedures prior to the drill.  Please contact the school at 305-296-5628 if you have any questions regarding this procedure.

UNIFORM DONATIONS

8TH GRADE STUDENTS & PARENTS
HOB is accepting gently used uniform shirts & jackets for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. Donations can be made to the front office.
CELL PHONE POLICY
Please be reminded that cell phone use is prohibited during school hours. This includes courtyard, cafeteria, hallways and classrooms. Thank you!
 
FOCUS PARENT PORTAL
FOCUS Parent Portal Registration is now available!
FOCUS logo

The FOCUS Parent Portal is a tool designed to enhance communication and involvement for you in your child's education.  This portal will allow you to monitor your child's progress in school by providing timely access to both assignments and grades that are entered by the teacher throughout the grading period. This communication tool will improve your ability to assist your child and to communicate with the teacher if necessary.
 
In order to create a Parent Portal Account during the December 1 - 31 open enrollment period, you will need these three things:
1.  Your child's 10-digit ID number - this information is available from your child, from their portal page, or on their report card.
2.  The last 4 digits of your child's Social Security Number.  The SSN must be on file with the school in order for online registration to be completed.
3.  Your child's date of birth.
 

If you do not have the information listed above, or your child's SSN and/or date of birth are not in the FOCUS system, you will need to register in person at your child's school after January 9, 2017.

Once you have created your FOCUS Parent Portal account, you will be able to view your child's grades and attendance information by visiting the FOCUS login page (also linked under the Parents drop-down menu above).
 
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