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Dynamic Duo
Students, teachers, and staff at Gerald Adams Elementary are please to announce that our Administrators have been named Principal and Assistant Principal of the year for all of Monroe County schools.  Our "Dynamic Duo"  works hard every day to promote a safe and happy learning environment for our students and staff and we could not be more proud.  (See Press Release below).

STOCK ISLAND, Fla. – Officials in the Monroe County School District announced Dr. Ann “Frannie” Herrin and Dr. Kyle Sheer from Gerald Adams Elementary as Principal of the Year, and Assistant Principal/Dean of the Year. The two administrators received the recognition after their peers and staff enthusiastically nominated them for the District award. It is rare for the Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year to come from the same school, however, officials say the two administrators at GAE deserved receiving the honor together because of their outstanding teamwork.
Addressing the staff when the awards were announced Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Mark T. Porter said,
“What Frannie and Kyle are being recognized for is representative of the work that they do.  Leadership is a big part of that, and I think both of these people are providing great leadership here at Gerald Adams.
Dr. Sheer, Dean of GAE for three years shared his sentiments on receiving the award: “This recognition is very special to me, but the true champions of our school are the amazing teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to provide an unparalleled learning experience for our students. I feel lucky to be surrounded by such great educators who have supported me since day one.”
In the nominations, staff and administration stressed the amount of dedication to the students and their families the two promoted. They emphasized the commitment to serving the school’s community and providing the proper resources to students to help them continue to grow as learners, while aiding in keeping students safe and healthy.
Dr. Herrin, Principal of GAE for 15 years, and educator with MCSD for 29 years, said that what she and her team commits to doing every day for the students is truly a labor of love. She stated, “At Gerald Adams, we are a family that supports one another, but we work with one mission, and that is to educate our students and to prepare them for their futures, showing our students that they have amazing opportunities is at the core of all we do.”
The announcement comes just before the District’s Employee Recognition Banquet on May 19th, 2017 at Key Colony Inn in Marathon. For more information about the District, its mission and vision, visit
Junior Golf Program
Reef Relief
Please see the following letter from our friends at Reef Relief!......

Dear Gerald Adams Families,

 Reef Relief has an awesome Summer Coral Camp for Kids that allows students 6-12 years of age explore and learn about the Florida Key's marine environment outside the classroom. We have engaging educational activities at the Reef Relief Environmental Center, and we take daily field trips! Campers will experience 4 days of snorkeling: one day practicing their snorkel skills at the Key West Marine Park, one day at the seagrass beds and sponge gardens, and two days snorkeling at the reef with Sebago and Fury. Summer Coral Camp runs from June 12th-August 18th (except for the week of July 3rd) from 8:30am-4:30pm. We also have about 30 scholarships to ensure that every child in the Keys has the opportunity to attend Coral Camp. 

Our coral camp brochure and scholarship applications can be found at our website 

Interactive Panel
Would you like to have input on the BEST Interactive Panel for Monroe County K-8 students?  We cordially invite you and your families to stop by Gerald Adams Elementary on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 between 3:45 pm and 4:30 pm to provide input as to the best option for Monroe County students.  Join us at any time during this window, and we will share with you four different interactive panel options. 
Dolphin Days Schedule

Please make note of the following schedule changes for Dolphin Days.  We hope you can make it out to cheer on our athletes!
Tues. May 9th –1st grade  8:15 and 5th grade 9:45
Wed. May 10th– 2nd grade 8:15 and 3rd grade 9:45
Thurs. May 11th– Kindergarten 8:15 and 4th gr. 9:45
Friday, May 13th—Rain Make-up Day! 
FREE Food Distribution

21st CCLC Stakeholder Surveys 2016-17

At the end of each year, 21st CCLC programs are required to survey participating students, their adult family members and the students’ school-day teachers. This is a requirement of the funds that support the 21st CCLC program.

Students, adult family members and students’ school-day teachers are asked to provide information about their perception and impacts of the 21st CCLC program on student academic and personal development. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers and no identifying information will link participants to the surveys. The information obtained will assist the 21stCCLC program in making improvements to better serve students and families in the future.

Surveys must be completed by Friday, May 12, 2017. The links for the electronic surveys will be closed after this date.

Choose the survey below that is most applicable. Before beginning the survey, make sure that you know the appropriate 21st CCLC afterschool program and center name.

These surveys are available in English, Spanish, and Creole. Adult family members may choose to complete the survey in paper format (English and Spanish) and mail it directly to the survey manager. If you would like to use the paper version, please ask the program staff for the paper survey and a postage-paid envelope.

Using the latest version of the following browsers is recommended: Chrome: 49; Firefox: 45; Safari: 9; Microsoft Edge 25; Internet Explorer: 11. If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the stakeholders’ surveys, please email  

GAE Celebrates Literacy!
Gerald Adams would like to thank everyone who helped make Read Across America Day such a great success!

Read Across America Day
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY:  It is Dr. Seuss’s birthday!  On Thursday, March 2nd students at Gerald Adams will join millions of other students across the country to celebrate Read Across America Day! We will have school wide Drop Everything and Read times. We will also have guest readers come in to read to classes. If you would like to be a guest reader please let your child’s teacher or Mr. Taylor know.
PAKER Night!: What better way to end Read Across America Day?  We will have a Dr. Seuss themed evening (Thursday, March 2nd) that the students will be talking about for a long time.  Please plan to attend!  The fun begins at 5:30.

Gerald Adams Elementary would like to extend a very special thank you to Dion's Quick Mart #3 in Summerland Key for donating $500 to support math and science education. 

Florida Department of Education - Exceptional Student Education
Let the Florida Department of Education know about how Gerald Adams Elementary School partners with you, the parent, to promote parent involvement in your child’s education.  A paper survey will come home in the Tuesday envelope of children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs)If you prefer to complete the survey electronically, click the link below
Please take the time to complete this brief survey to help us at Gerald Adams School to continue to meet your family’s needs.
Green Thumbs!

4th Grade students participating in Century 21 planted and enjoyed the harvest from their garden!
Light the Torch - Publix
Light the Torch
The Light the Torch campaign is a fundraiser to raise money for the Special Olympics in order to support teams with uniforms, equipment, travel expenses, snacks, etc. Each torch is a $1.00 donation to Special Olympics.   Torches will be displayed in Publix stores.  It is being held at the New and the Old Publix stores until January 22nd.
Congratulations, James!
Hoop Shoot Contest Winner - James Osborne

Our GAE Family is proud to announce that third grade student, James Osborne won the Hoop Shoot Contest in Miami.  James will be representing Gerald Adams Elementary at Regionals.  Good luck, James!
Important Message
District Survey on School Start Times is ready for responses from Monroe County School District

               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 today; 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.

Thank you to the Masonic Lodge and Old Stone Church for their donation of Holiday Baskets!

1st Quarter Awards Ceremony
Awards Ceremony

The Gerald Adams Family is proud the hardworking students who were awarded at today's ceremonies.  Congratulations on a job well done!

Unity Day
Unity Day
Gerald Adams Elementary was a sea of orange as they celebrated Unity Day this week to spread a message of kindness, acceptance and inclusion.  A whole school assembly that used linked paperchains was conducted to symbolize our connection as one unit at GAE.  Upper grades prepared readings on peace and acceptance that the whole school could enjoy and expand on in their classrooms. Each student received a Unity Day bracelet to serve as a reminder to use kindness each day with everyone they meet.  Unity Day is celebrated in October as part of Anti-Bullying month in support to support positive treatment of all people.

Make Your Voice Heard!
Please click the link to view Gerald Adams Elementary's Parent Involvement Plan and School Improvement Plan.  We would love to hear feedback from our families.  Please review and share your thoughts with us. 

School Improvement Plan

Parent Involvement Plan

Lunch Program News
The quick easy way to prepay for meals is available online at 

Parents and students can now follow how many books and words our GAE students have read this school year.
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