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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!
 
School Announcements
PRESIDENTS' DAY
Monroe County School District schools and district offices will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of Presidents' Day.
CELL PHONE POLICY
Please be reminded that cell phone use is prohibited during school hours. This includes courtyard, cafeteria, hallways and classrooms. Thank you!
 
Parents of ELL students: Sixth, seventh and eighth grade ELL students will be taking their ACCESS for ELLs testing on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Please help us to ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep, eats breakfast, and is on time for testing on both days.
 
HOB TESTING DATES

VFW WRITING CONTEST WINNER
The America I Believe In was the topic of the VFW’s 2016-17 writing contest for middle school students in grades 6-8. Sixth grade Horace O’Bryant student Kate Carlson was one of over 250 essays chosen from the Lower Keys to win a $200.00 check for her outstanding essay! The 300-400 word essays were rubric scored in the areas of: knowledge of the theme, theme development and clarity of ideas.
 
Kate’s essay included these heartfelt thoughts and beliefs about America:
 
  • The America I believe in does not stand down, but stands up for what is just. Whether the issue is taxes or war, Americans use their voices.
  • The America I believe in, works to find a better solution even if taxes are needed to help. This act of standing up for what we believe in represents the America I believe in.   
  • America is an established country and we can do anything we put our minds to. John F. Kennedy once said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
 
Congratulations to Kate for her faith in America and thank you to the Southernmost VFW Post 3911 for allowing the words of our future leaders to be heard. 
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).
 
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 ATHLETICS 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.
 
 

 
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.


 
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

 
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.

 


 
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!



 
WELCOME BACK LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Principal Christina McPherson welcomes students and parents to the 2016-2017 school year!
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
2016-2017 DRESS CODE INFORMATION
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.
2016-2017 SUPPLY LISTS
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