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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!
Upcoming Events
Today
Repeating Event - Saturday School
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tomorrow
12/13/2016
- KTV Holiday Dance
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12/16/2016
12/17/2016
Repeating Event - Saturday School
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 
District Announcements
School Start Time Survey for Teachers, Students and Staff
 
​Please help us gather information on School Start Times by completing the survey below.  The survey window closes on Dec. 22.
District Survey on School Start Times is ready for responses from Monroe County School District Parents

In answer to parents’ concerns School Board members have proposed that the district conduct a survey to get input on school start times.  The survey response period begins on December 1st; it is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  It is very important that parents complete the survey at the link below to express their thoughts on this important topic. You need to fill out only one survey even if you have children in more than one school. The survey will direct you to questions regarding both schools. The preferred method is to take the survey online; however, paper and pencil versions of the survey will be available at your child’s school as well. As a convenience, if you are unable to complete the survey at home, you may go to the Parent Education Center at each school to complete the survey on a computer or you can complete a paper and pencil version as stated above. School staff will advise you how to complete the paper and pencil version. We would like to get as many parents to participate in the survey as possible, so that we will have the best information to use for planning any changes which may be in order. You will assist us in responding to your needs by completing the survey today. The survey link is below. The deadline for completing the survey is Dec. 22nd. Thank you.
 
School Announcements
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).
 
PBIS MOVIE NIGHT
HOB BAND WINTER CONCERT
VETERAN'S DAY
Monroe County schools and offices will be closed on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.
HOB BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
Tryouts for both boys and girls basketball will be held this week
Girls tryouts will be held tomorrow and Thursday from 4-6 in the gym.
Boys tryouts will be held Wednesday and Friday from 4-6 in the gym.
NOVEMBER SCREENWRITING CONTEST
What: A Screenwriting Contest
When: Nov. 2nd -30th (to be turned into Mr. Baucom, Mrs. Means or Mrs. Ring)
Who: All students K-8 (K-2 can be a class piece)
Parameters: Between 2-10 pages in length, must be a realistic fiction and has to be set in Key West.
The winning piece will be featured
as a short film produced by Mr. Baucom’s class.
Happy Writing!

EARLY PARENT PICK UP
Dear Parents,
If you intend to pick up your child before normal dismissal time, we ask that you please send a note with your child to the front office first thing in the morning stating when the child will be picked up and why. This will allow the office staff to write a dismissal pass so that your child can be waiting in the front office upon your arrival.  As students now must return their Chromebooks to their homeroom teacher before leaving, this will greatly simplify the process.
Thank you for your help with this!
                 
2016-17 ASSESSMENT FACT SHEETS
The Fact Sheets below contain extremely important information for all of the FSA assessments along with the EOCs and 5th and 8th grade Science assessments.  Please access those that apply to your grade level/subject.
 
Fact Sheets
The following fact sheets are now posted to the department’s website:
HOB ATHELTICS NEWS
 
Dear Sir or Madame,
Three years ago, under the leadership of Principal Mike Henriquez and his administrators, the Horace O’Bryant School of Key West ventured to create an athletic program.  Henriquez and Athletic Director Kaitlyn Leeman created three teams.  Currently, Buccaneer volleyball and boys and girls basketball play at a competitive level.  We are very proud of all three teams.
As we move into the 2016-2017 school year, we have a new Principal, Christina McPherson, and Athletic Director, John Grimesey.  We endeavor to build on the foundation that has been established.  This means creating a multiple sports program that increases opportunity, accountability, and participation among our young people.
To that end, we have begun implementing our running club, which we hope to build into a competitive Cross Country team, and will open our 2017-2018 year with a football team and cheerleading squad.  After accomplishing the goal of putting together solid squads in cheerleading and football, we will move to expand to additional opportunities.  The accountability and participation will grow along with those opportunities.
As a Key West sports fan, you understand the need to fundraise to field the high school-type athletic program we are striving for.  This letter is the start of that fundraising effort.
Between now and winter break, we hope to hang 20 banners dedicated to our sponsors in the gym and on our athletic field fence.  These banners will measure 4 feet X 8 feet, will include your choice of artwork and will be visible to thousands of local sports fans.  The initial cost of banner sponsorship is $500, and the banner will hang through winter break 2017-2018.  After this time, continuing yearly sponsorship will cost $250.
Please contact me if you are willing to take part in this important program.  We appreciate how many requests of this type you receive.  We believe the benefits of our program will benefit the whole Key
West Community.
 
Thank you,
 
John H. Grimesey
Athletic Director/Teacher
Horace O’Bryant School, Key West
john.grimesey@keysschools.com
 
 
Christina McPherson
Principal
Horace O’Bryant School, Key West
christina.mcpherson@keysschools.com
 
 How to participate in this Buccaneer Fundraiser:
  • Make check payable to Horace O’Bryant School with Athletics in the comments space.
  • Send the check to Horace O’Bryant School/Athletic Director
    1105 Leon St.
    Key West, FL 33040   
  • Email appropriate artwork to Lisa Castillo at Lisa.Castillo@keysschools.com
  • Some have approached me about using this opportunity to make a larger donation in order to fund the football program in its first year.  Obviously, this would be greatly appreciated and timely.
 
 

 
PICTURE DAY INFORMATION
HOB School Pictures will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
 
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.
 
  • Money is due on picture day for middle school students.
  • Elementary students may turn in money to their teacher in advance. 
  • Middle school students should bring money on picture day. 
  • Phone calls home for money will not be permitted.
  • Checks are to be made out to HJMIAMI PHOTO
  • You may pre-pay at www.hjmiamiphoto.com
    • Click on: Prepay/Reorder your school photos
    • Scroll down to Horace O’Bryant School Underclass Pictures 10/26/16
    • Place your order. ​
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HOB CANCER FIGHTERS- RELAY FOR LIFE MEETING

MOS NEWS


Three students at Horace O'Bryant School earned $100 each for passing their industry certification exam in Key Applications during the 2015-2016 school year. Isabel Cruz, Finn Saunders, and Julia Niles were three of the fourteen students who completed the exam and earned an industry certification.


 
HOB RUNNING CLUB

2ND ANNUAL LOWER KEYS ELL FAMILY PARENT NIGHT

Please join us for a special night to receive valuable information from the Monroe County ELL team and community organizations. Stay for dinner with your family.
 
Click here for English event flyer.
Spanish/Espanol version
Creole/Kreyol version

 


 
SPONSOR A CLASSROOM

We want you to be part of the team. There are many ways to help us reach our goal of student success at Horace O’Bryant. You can volunteer, join PTA or SAC, or you can sponsor a classroom. Sponsoring a class earns recognition for your contributions and support through the school website, the classrooms and district recognitions.
If you would like to Sponsor a Classroom, please complete the bottom portion of the sponsorship form and return it, along with the money, to the classroom teacher or the bookkeeper in the office. You determine the amount you wish to sponsor. Your support of education is greatly appreciated. Click below for sponsorship form.

SPONSORSHIP FORM

 
FOCUS STUDENT PORTAL LOGIN INFORMATION


Parents and Students -
FOCUS Student Portal is now available! Students can sign onto FOCUS through the link on the
district and school websites under Students – FOCUS Student Login, using the same credentials that they use to sign onto networked computers. First initial last name with 44 LUNCH NUMBER 0 (that’s 44, the 5-digit lunch number, and a zero – no spaces) as the password. So a student named Ann Jones with lunch number 99999 would sign on as ajones as the login name and 44999990 as the password. Some students may have a 1 or other number at the end of their name. 
PLEASE NOTE: the FOCUS login name is NOT the same as the Google account login. The Google account uses the @keysstudents.net. Their FOCUS login is just the first initial and last name (no @....).

The FOCUS Parent Portal is expected to be available in mid-September. There will be a registration process for parents to have their own accounts to access the portal. With that account, they will be able to view student grades and attendance. A single account will be used to access information on all students in a family.

 


SUPERINTENDENT'S ULTIMATE READERS AWARD

Want to be a better reader?
It’s simple… READ!
Students who read outside the school day will be recognized with a Superintendent’s Ultimate Reader Award. Document reading using the following options. Documentation is due April 15th & will be verified by the ELA/Reading teacher. Reading for homework assignments may also count as long as it is completed outside of the school day. Happy Reading!​


2016-2017 SURA Flyer
Guidelines
Reading Log

 

 
DISTRICT NEWS
Student Portal and Parent Portal News

Parents and Students -
 
The Monroe County School District has implemented a new student information system which includes replacement of the Pinnacle Gradebook. The FOCUS Student Portal is now available!  Students can sign on through the link under Students - FOCUS Student Login, and student login information has been provided to school administrators and gradebook managers.  The FOCUS Parent Portal is expected to be available in mid-September.  There will be a registration process for parents to have their own accounts to access the portal.  With that account, they will be able to view student grades and attendance.  A single account will be used to access information on all students in a family.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to a new system.  We hope that you will find the additional resources available through the Parent Portal helpful in monitoring your child’s academic success.

 


 
HORACE O'BRYANT SCHOOL'S ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
Parents,
We want to welcome you and invite you to attend Horace O’Bryant School’s Annual Open House, on Thursday, September 8th. The purpose of Open House is to highlight the academic and extracurricular programs we offer. See times below. Hope to see you there!

Pre K- 5: 5:30-6:30 pm
Middle School: 6:30-8 pm

 
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA AREA 11 SWIM GAMES
Congratulations to Christian Harnish! He participated in the Special Olympics Florida Area 11 Swim Games, held on Aug. 20 at Founders Park Pool. We are proud to announce that he placed 1st in the 50M Free Swim and 2nd in the 25M Free Swim. Way to go!



 
HOB ATHLETICS NEWS
Buccaneer Volleyball
Volleyball Interest Meeting
Thursday, August 25th @ 4pm
HOB Gym
Team Tryouts
Wednesday, August 31st @ 4pm
Thursday, September 1st @ 4pm
HOB Gym
 


WELCOME BACK LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Principal Christina McPherson welcomes students and parents to the 2016-2017 school year!
DISTRICT NEWS

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program

The Monroe County School District announces its policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for students under the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS. Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting the Food Services Office, 241 Trumbo Rd. Key West, FL 305-293-1400 x 53343.

Parents can sign up for the Free and Reduced-Price Meals program online.  Click here to access the online application.
BACK TO SCHOOL
On Wednesday, August 17, students in Monroe County schools will begin the 2016-2017 school year.  Parents can click on the Registration link (under Parents on the top navigation bar on this page) for information about enrolling their children in Monroe County schools.  Bus Routes will be posted online on the Transportation Department web page.  The school year calendar is available online, as are School Start Times
PARENT PORTAL NEWS
Parents & Students-
The Monroe County School District is in the process of implementing a new student information system which includes the replacement of the Pinnacle Gradebook. The Focus Parent Portal will be available following portal registration available at your school's open house. Additional information regarding parent portal will be posted online at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to a new system. We hope that you will find the additional resources available through the parent portal helpful in monitoring your child's success.
2016-2017 DRESS CODE INFORMATION
HORACE O' BRYANT ACTIVITIES & EVENTS


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Facebook page!


 
AHEC CLINICS OFFER NO COST CARE

This is just a reminder that the Monroe County School District and Keys AHEC have partnered this year to provide its students no cost primary care medical services.


As cold and flu season is just around the corner children may soon start feeling ill. If your child is in need of a physical, has an ear ache, a sore throat or has other medical needs we encourage you to take advantage of this free service (please see attached flyers).

The Keys AHEC Physician Assistant will be able to see you right away and provide the treatment your child needs.

At Horace O’ Bryant School, service is offered on Monday – Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m located in room 1-100.  At Key West High School, service is offered on Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located in room 1-102.
 
If you have not already filled out a registration form, you may do so at the time of the appointment, or download the one before ahead of time (see forms below).
 
Please call (305) 296-5628 x65328 for more information or (305) 743-7111, Ext. 210 for an appointment."

AHEC English
AHEC Spanish
AHEC Flyer

 


Monroe County School District Strategic Plan Survey
 

The District Survey for the Strategic Plan is available to all stakeholder groups at the link below.  Please encourage everyone to participate.  Thank you.
 
MCSD Students are Earning Industry Certifications

The Monroe County School District Division of Career and Adult Education congratulates Patricia, William, Christian, Hunter, Kiersten, Nicholas, and Ariadna for passing their IC3 Key Applications exam and earning their first industry certification.  With the support of their teacher, Phillip Baucom, these 7th graders have worked countless hours to ensure student success and understanding. The IC3 Digital Literacy program ensure that students are prepared to succeed in a technology-based world. IC3 Global Standard 4 (GS4) exam objectives are aligned with today's most current technologies and relevant digital literacy requirements, including social media, collaboration, and cloud computing concepts. The GS4 certification is comprised of three individual exams and is designed to validate competency in three key areas: Computing Fundamentals, Living Online, and Key Applications. This is the first year this opportunity has been provided to middle schoolers and there are currently 10 students districtwide who have earned this certification.  We expect to have more 6th and 7th grade students certify before the end of the school year.  
Notice of Return on Investment/Parent Notification
For more information click here.
NEW!! BUCSTRONG STRENGTH & CONDITIONING CLUB
FOR MORE INFORMATION
CLICK HERE
IMPORTANT INFLUENZA NOTICE TO PARENTS
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
MONROE COUNTY, FLORIDA

For information click here
Title I Parent Night Presentation
BIG THANKS TO EXXON MOBIL AND THE DION OIL COMPANY!
HOB, along with other lower keys schools, received a $500 grant from Exxon Mobil and the Dion Oil Company to be used to support our Science and Mathematics Programs. HOB is Thankful for our longstanding partnership with Dion Oil Company. 
2016-2017 SUPPLY LISTS
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