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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
Hour of Code

Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all schools teach computer science. Good news is, we’re on our way to change this. If you've heard about the Hour of Code before, you might know it made history. More than 100 million students have tried an Hour of Code.
With the Hour of Code, computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo! and Disney. Over 100 partners have joined together to support this movement. Every Apple Store in the world has hosted an Hour of Code. President Obama wrote his first line of code as part of the campaign.
This year, let's make it even bigger. I’m asking you to join in for the Hour of Code 2016. Please get involved with an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week, December 5-11.
Monroe County Schools has partnered with Clever to pre register every student for the Hour of code at  For students to log in, please have students use the following login information: (will be available using the bookmark)
Username: Computer Login
Password: 44lunch#0

Winter Camp

November Students of the Month

Congratulations to our PBS Students of the Month for November. Stanley Switlik is proud to recognize these students, who make positive behavior choices on a daily basis and set an example for others to follow. They consistently do the “right thing”.

From the front right: PK – Francisco G, Grade 1 – Michael A, Grade 2 – Raysel M, Grade 3 – Justice Lee I, Grade 4 – Samantha S, Grade 5 – Alexander L

Students are pictured holding their certificates, as well as a coupon for a free pizza Papa John’s Pizza, Switlik’s amazing sponsor of the Student of the Month program.
Thank You Papa John’s!!

October Students of the Month

Congratulations to our PBS Students of the Month for October. Stanley Switlik is proud to recognize these students, who make positive behavior choices on a daily basis and set an example for others to follow. They consistently do the “right thing”.
From the front left: K – Abbigail S, Grade 1 – Yasely P, Grade 2 – Sara R, Grade 3 – Hannah H, Grade 4 – Benito L, Grade 5 – Talya N
Students are pictured holding their certificates, as well as a coupon for a free pizza Papa John’s Pizza, Switlik’s amazing sponsor of the Student of the Month program.
Thank You Papa John’s!!
AHEC Clinic is coming to Switlik!
Available dates and times 
11/30/16    Wednesday
 12/9/16       Friday
12/15/16    Thursday  
1/11/17     Wednesday
1/20/17    Friday

Patient Packet English
Patient Packet Spanish 

September Students of The Month
                               Students of the Month

Congratulations to our PBS Students of the Month for September. Stanley Switlik is proud to recognize these students, who make positive behavior choices on a daily basis and set an example for others to follow. They consistently do the “right thing”.
From the front left: PK – Keonna H , Kindergarten – Chloe R , Grade 1 – Sara S, Grade 2 – Caden P
From the back left: Mr. Willis, Counselor; Grade 5 – Aidan G, Grade 4 – Nolan O Grade 3 –Eduardo G  and Mr. Brett Unke, Principal
Students are pictured holding their certificates, as well as a coupon for a free pizza Papa John’s Pizza, Switlik’s amazing sponsor of the Student of the Month program.
Thank You Papa John’s!!
Mr. Steve Hawes is Marathon's Man of The Year!

Veteran Mission

On Sept 11, Stanley Switlik Elementary played host to 55 veterans from the Miami area.  The “First Platoon” is with a veterans support organization called, The Mission Continues. For this September 11th weekend service project, the Nation Parks Service organized a cleanup project in the Dry Tortugas on Sept. 10 and  Switlik School on the 11th.  At Switlik, the First Platoon constructed a raise vegetable garden, sponsored by Gonzalez landscaping, painted the school marquee, trimmed bushes and cleaned up the campus water front. Principal Brett Unke thanked the group for their service both during active duty and in civilian life.  For more information about The Mission Continues, check out their web site. 
Ultimate Reader Award from our Superintendent!

Additional information regarding this award can be found at SURA folder at the Monroe County School District’s Library Learning Commons site:
All promotional material is available for print in Spanish, English, and Creole.
To learn more about the value of reading beyond the school day and get a personalized at-home reading plan, please visit the Florida Department of Education’s Just Take 20 site:
2nd Grade Summer Book Swap
Stanley Switlik second graders participate in a summer book swap. Students attending the summer reading camp at SSE brought books from home and mixed them with new selections from the media center. All students then selected multiple titles to take home for the remainder of the summer so they could keep reading. Pictured are Kevin Walden and Tamya Wile with second grade students. 

2016 Marathon Yacht Club Luncheon

100 Point Club Luncheon At Marathon Yacht Club

100 AR Point Club Luncheon
Thank you Partners
This year Stanley Switlik Elementary has enjoyed many sponsors for our literacy programs.  A big thank you goes to Publix for providing cupcakes for the monthly Accelerated Reader parties, The Marathon Runners’ Club for the $1500 donation to maintain the RIF free book distribution program, Zonta for support of PTK night, Marathon Fire/Rescue for the prizes and ride to school for our monthly reader drawings, the Dolphin Research Center for providing three prize package drawings at each grade level for our 100 point earners, and of course the Marathon Yacht Club for hosting/donating the annual 100 Point AR luncheon.  These incentives go a long way to motivate our young readers. This year, seventy seven students earned at least 100 Accelerated Reader points which is by far the most students in our school’s history.   Throughout the year, in classrooms and at special events, parents, teachers, community members, and volunteers have worked together to encourage our young readers.  Thank you for your service, dedication, and continued support.

3rd grade students with Principal Brett Unke and Dean of Students Christina Rodriguez receiving their Award certificate at the 100 Point Accelerated Reader Luncheon sponsored by the Marathon Yacht Club. This year 77 students achieved 100 points which is a record for Stanley Switlik

First grade Dolphin Research Prize package drawing winners- Addison C, Tinashay C, & Shamar W with Christine Paul, Brett Unke, Beth Pinkus, & Christina Rodriguez)
Fire Truck Ride to School!

Mia S and Daniela G arrived in style thanks to Marathon Fire Rescue.  The students earned this privilege for winning the March Dr. Seuss Reading log drawings.  Thank you Marathon Fire Rescue for supporting and encouraging our readers.
Switlik Celebrates Co-Teaching

Third grade teacher, Ms. Lyons and ESE Third grade teacher, Mrs. White, together deliver instruction to students who benefit from the expertise of two teachers in the classroom.
PBS Students for April

Stanley Switlik recognizes our PBS Students of the Month for April. These students make positive behavior choices on a daily basis and set an example, leading other students to follow them in deciding to do the “right thing”.
From left are:; K - Elianys R - Ms.Ferrise; Grade 4 – Manny F – Ms. Young; Grade 2 – Brooklyn B – Ms. Vals; Grade 1 – Isaak V – Ms. Doyle; Grade 3 – Kathleen V – Ms. Fenhoff; PK – David H – Ms. Jenny Wile; Grade 5 – Riley M – Ms. Wert. Ms. Jenny Wile and Ms. Darczuk are standing behind the students.
Students are pictured holding their certificates, as well as a coupon for a free pizza Papa John’s Pizza, Switlik’s fabulous sponsor of the  Students of the Month program.

Thank You Papa John’s!!      

PBS Reward!

Ms. Jimenez’s first graders posing as they enjoy their monthly reward - Facial Hair Day!
 In the words of Ms. Jimenez, “If you moustache, it was a great hit”.

Thank You Home Depot!

Stanley Switlik Kindergarten Teachers would like to wish the Moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day!  Special thank you to Home Depot for their generous donation.
A Ride to School!

Samantha J arrived to school in style thanks to Marathon Fire Rescue. She earned this privilege for winning the 3rd quarter Accelerated Reader goals drawing.  Thank you Marathon Fire Rescue for supporting our readers.


Generous Donation!
Baby Grand donated to Stanley Switlik Music program
Thanks to the generous donation by Mr. and Mrs. Watts, of Cudjoe Key, this Young Chang, Baby Grand Piano happily resides with the music program at Stanley Switlik Elementary. The Switlik Singers, under the direction of Jack Louden, will perform an appreciation concert on Thursday, May 19th at 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Pictured with Mr. Louden are Fisher and Cullen. Both boys enjoy music and take private lessons on piano and guitar.

February Students of The Month

Stanley Switlik takes great pride in recognizing the PBS Students of the Month for February. These student leaders make positive choices on a daily basis and are models for exemplary behavior.
From left are: Grade1 – Charlie A – Ms. Jimenez; K - Skylar R  - Ms. Cadwell; Ms. Darczuk, counselor; Grade 5 – Brandon B – Ms.Dolquiest; Grade 4 –William V – Ms. Zander; Ms. Rodriguez, Dean of Students - Grade 2 – Santiago S– Ms. Lancaster;  Grade 3 – Leo M - Ms. Dennington. Not pictured is PK student, Johnny L, from Ms. Bass's class.
Students are smiling because they are holding coupons for a free pizza Papa John’s Pizza. Papa John’s is our much appreciated sponsor of our Students of the Month program. Your continuous support is greatly appreciated!

Volunteer of the Year!
CONGRATULATIONS to Christina Gonzalez as Stanley Switlik's 2016 Volunteer of the Year!

 Thank you for your time and dedication to our students! 
Pictured: Christina Rodridguez- Dean of Students, Christina Gonzalez- Volunteer of the year, Brett Unke- Principal
Get Your 2016 Switlik Yearbook!
Painting with Wyland!

Stanley Switlik School students, staff, and administrators merged with world renowned artist, Wyland on Saturday, February 6th to create an original painting of Florida Keys sea life.  During the Pigeon Key Art Festival in Marathon, Switlik students and teachers provided instruction and resources designed to educate the community, concerning oceanic and sea life conservation.  Children visiting the festival were invited to create an original sea turtle drawing while using warm and cool colors.  All children were encouraged to paint with Wyland to create an underwater mural depicting the sea life indigenous to the Florida Keys.  At the end of the day, Wyland chose Switlik student artist, Aliyah Gonzalez, as the top student painter of the day!  As Wyland presented Aliyah with his latest book he stated that “Aliyah is a great artist and that he had been upstaged by Aliyah’s talent”!  In light of the Pigeon Key Foundations generosity, the original Wyland-Student mural will be proudly and permanently displayed at Stanley Switlik School.

Pictured is Wyland, Switik student Aliyah G, and her Switlik art teacher Craig Kerns.
"I'm enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world."
--Quoted in interview by G.S. Viereck, October 26, 1929. Reprinted in "Glimpses of the Great" (1930).
January Students of the Month

Stanley Switlik recognizes our January Students of the Month  because these students make the right choice on a daily basis. They are Switlik’s role models for exemplary behavior.
From left are: Grade 2 – Jenice A - Ms. Worthington; Ms. Darczuk, counselor; Grade 1 – Nathalie M – Ms. Mercury; Grade 5 – Jay S – Ms. Ozbun; Grade 4 – Alejandro N – Ms. Osborn;. Grade 3 – Dakota C - Ms. Lyons; PK – Andy V – Ms. Emily S; K – Ethan W – Ms. Voellliger. Seated in center is Mr. Unke, principal.  

Students are holding certificates as well as coupons from Papa John’s Pizza, for which they receive a free pizza. Thank you Papa John’s for your generous sponsorship of our Students of the Month program. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated!  
NED show comes to Switlik!
Students at Stanley Switlik started the month of February on a positive note. They were treated to a NED Show performance on Monday morning. Swiltik’s Positive Behavior Support (PBS) team invited the NED show, to come and teach the importance of developing strong character. Channing, the performer, through storytelling and “dialogue” with NED, reinforced the message of NED’s name Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. 

NED presenter-Channing, Mary Lou Darczuk- Guidance Counselor & Ms. DePastino's  3rd grade class.

Literacy Week 2016

Students celebrate literacy week at Stanley Switlik with a free book! Thanks to the Marathon Runners club for their generous donation all students were able to select a free book of their choice.  Students love getting free books and look forward to this event all year long. 
Pictured are Mrs.Wert’s 5th graders showing off their free book.
Thank you United Way!

Thank you United Way for the large donation of school supplies from the Stuff the Bus event!  
December Students of the Month
Switlik Students of the Month 2015

Big shout-out to Switlik’s December Students of the Month!  These students consistently choose to make positive behavior choices and are recognized as behavioral role models.
From left are: PK - Tony B – Ms. Jennifer Wile; K -Luca P– Ms. Cohen; Grade 1 Melissa S - Mr. Willis; Grade 2 - Alaric R – Ms. Tami Wile; Grade 3 - David F - P - Ms. Fenhoff; Grade 4 - Travis P – Ms. Norman; Grade 5 - Sabrina G-P – Ms. Smith. Standing behind students are, Ms. Darczuk, counselor and 
Ms. Rodriguez, Dean of Students

Students are recognized by Papa John’s and receive a free pizza. Thank you Papa John’s for sponsoring our Students of the Month program and continued support. We greatly appreciate it!       

Switlik Singers

The Switlik Singers from Switlik Elementary School performed at this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Fisherman’s Hospital. The 48 singers, under the direction of Jack Louden and Kristi Ferrise, are from grades 3 through 5. A big  thank you to Centennial Bank for providing pizzas for a special Holiday party for our singers.
For more information about the Switlik Singers or to schedule a performance, please contact Jack Louden at (305) 289-2490, extension 59363.
Jr. Prinicipal For the Day!
Stanley Switlik Elementary recently completed their Read-a-thon fundraiser.  Students secured pledges for reading in the amount of $6,677.92.  These funds will be used to further the literacy program for students at Switlik.  The highest pledge winners in each grade received $25.00 in Book Bucks to spend with Scholastic Book Clubs. The student bringing in the highest amount of pledges was rewarded with the honor of “Junior Principal for the Day”.  Jack D, a first grader, and Sara B, a fifth grader, tied for this recognition.  Both students did a terrific job carrying out their responsibilities of providing leadership for the elementary school.  Congratulations, Sara and Jack!  A HUGE ‘Thank you” to students, parents and the community for supporting reading at Stanley Switlik Elementary.

Jr. Principals:  seated left to right-Sara B, (Fifth grade), Jack D (First Grade), Mr. Brett Unke (the REAL Principal).  Standing:  Mrs. Christina Rodriguez (Dean of Students)

Grade Level Winners:  (l. to r.) Jack D (first grade), Stephanie R (Kindergarten), Ella D (third grade), Kirby D (second grade) and Sara B (fifth grade).  Kiki H (fourth grade) was absent.

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