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From learning to reading to becoming a critical thinker, the key to school success starts in a child’s early years. That is why early childhood education is goal one of Collier County Public
Schools’ strategic plan and why we are focusing our first-ever Virtual Town Hall Meeting on early learning.
The first concert will be November 20, 2014, at Gulf Coast High School at 7:00 p.m.
The second concert will be December 11, 2014, at Moorings Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m.
We look forward to having our entire community participate in these events as we showcase our students and their talents. Please continue to check the Barron Collier High School activities calendar for future events by visiting www.collierschools.com/bch.
For media inquiries, please contact the Communications Department at 239-377-0180.
The list of scholarships, programs and agencies is being provided for informational purposes to make students and the public aware of existing educational opportunities. Please click here. to learn more!
Seven Elementary Schools Cross the Finish LineOn your mark, get set, go! Students from Golden Gate (GGE), Golden Terrace (GTE), Highlands (HLE), Mike Davis (MDE), Parkside (PSE), Shadowlawn (SLE) and Immokalee Community School elementary schools ran the last mile of their “Whole Foods Market – Kids on the Go” program on Wednesday, November 19.
The final ceremony race featured nearly 650 students (80 from each participating elementary school) reaching their 26.2 mile goal – something they’ve been working on for the last 13 weeks. Since “Kids on the Go” began in the spring of 2012, more than 2000 students have successfully completed this marathon program. All participating students will receive a medal as they cross the finish line.
Each school’s “Kids on the Go” initiative is made possible in collaboration with the NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County, and thanks to Whole Foods Market, the program’s title sponsor. The “Whole Foods Market - Kids on the Go” program is an effort to increase physical activity and decrease the threat of obesity among kids. The program is also made possible thanks to many community business and not-for-profit partners.
To learn more, please contact NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition Executive Director Paula DiGrigoli at 537-3436.
Barron Collier Alum Featured in The Cleveland Daily BannerCongratulations to Barron Collier High School (BCH) alum Nikki DeLong for being featured in The Cleveland Daily Banner for her new pottery store, The Clayful Artist, in Cleveland, TN. DeLong credits the amazing ceramics program at BCH for helping her develop her passion for pottery. Read the story in The Cleveland Daily Banner.Parkside Elementary Wins Copper Heart AwardCongratulations to Parkside Elementary (PSE) for becoming the first Collier County public school to win the Copper Heart Award from the Pennies from the Heart fundraiser that supports the Children’s Health Network.
Palmetto Ridge High School to Host First Annual Color RunPalmetto Ridge High School (PRH) will host their first annual Color Run on Saturday, December 6, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Click here for more information.Board Approves New Meeting Dates and TimesAt its annual School Board Organizational Meeting, board members approved changes to the dates and times of their meetings. Regular School Board Meetings will now be held at 5:00 p.m. with 30 minutes for awards and recognitions and a time certain of 5:30 p.m. to begin the business portion of the meetings. School Board Workshops will be held on the third Tuesday of each month (excluding the months of June and July). Click here to review the calendar.East Naples Middle School Student Wins News-Press ContestCongratulations to Sophie Sawyer at East Naples Middle School! Sophie was the overall winner of The News-Press Media Group's 130th Birthday Celebration - Student Art, Poetry, Essay and Multi-Media Contest: "What Southwest Florida may look like in another 130 years." As the overall winner, Sophie will receive the following:
Certificate and token of appreciation
Poem published on news-press.com
Recognition on news-press.com
Invitation to a private VIP reception celebrating the 130th anniversary of The News-Press
Lunch or dinner with the publisher
CCPS Holds First-Ever Virtual Town Hall MeetingCollier County Public Schools held its first-ever Virtual Town Hall Meeting last night, and it was a great success! Using technology, we were able to offer three locations for parents and community members to interact with our panel of experts on Early Childhood Education. Thank you to all of our panelists, our Communications and Technology Departments, and our remote sites of iTECH and Everglades City School—we could not have accomplished this without all of your support! The district will hold a second Town Hall Meeting on the topic of College and Career Readiness on February 12, 2015. We hope you will join us!
District Employee Helps Honor Fallen HeroesA very special thank you to Ed Messer, the district’s Manager of Safety and Security, for his part in a project which honored our fallen heroes. View the television news story on WINK.Gulf Coast High School Celebrates State ChampionsCongratulations to the following State Champion Swimmers at Gulf Coast High School:
Kayla Tennant: 100-yard Butterfly (54.09), Automatic All-America (0.26 seconds away from the state record), and two-time defending state champ
Elise Haan: 100-yard Freestyle (49.19) and Automatic All-America (0.46 seconds away from the state record)
A. Simpson, N. Gillen, K. Tennant, E. Haan: 200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:37.69) and Consideration for All-America
Elise Haan: 100-yard Backstroke (52.60), Automatic All-America (0.14 seconds away from the state record), and four-time defending state champ
A. Simpson, K. Tennant, N. Fistrovic, E. Haan: 400-yard Freestyle Relay (3:30.05) and Consideration for All-America
Two Barron Collier JROTC Instructors Nominated for Florida South-Western State College Military and Ongoing Service AwardBarron Collier High School's JROTC instructors, Chief Howard Rutizer and Ruben Gonzalez, were both nominated for the Florida South-Western State College Military and Ongoing Service Award. Congratulations!
Champions for Learning Surprises Parkside Elementary Teacher with GrantTwo visitors from Champions for Learning surprised Parkside Elementary School (PSE) Media Specialist Marlene Ashley with a classroom grant for Hop to It Publishing! Students at PSE will now be able to publish their writing thanks to this generous gift. Thank you!
Lorenzo Walker Inducts 17 New Members to Its National Honor SocietyCongratulations to the 17 new inductees to the Lorenzo Walker Technical High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. These students participate in a number of community engagement projects as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, Naples Botanical Gardens, Grace Place and the Boys and Girls Club. They also participate in giving school tours and visitations, promoting and organizing Red Ribbon Week activities and the annual 9/11 commemorative event, and holding a blood drive at least two times per year sponsored by NCH. Additionally, the members fundraise to offer a $750 scholarship to a senior who is in financial need for college. Congratulations, students!
Big Cypress Elementary Celebrates World Kindness DayBig Cypress Elementary School celebrated World Kindness Day yesterday. Every student contributed to its purple and yellow World Kindness chain that is displayed throughout their front office. Students were encouraged to contribute a link to the chain by writing or drawing one way that they have shown kindness. The students and staff wore yellow and purple in support and daily kindness tips were announced on the morning news.
Palmetto Ridge JROTC Supports Wounded Warrior ProjectPalmetto Ridge High School’s (PRH) JROTC raised over $1,200 for the Wounded Warrior Project last Saturday during the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament at La Playa Golf Course. Great work, PRH JROTC!
Gulf Coast's Model UN Team Wins Big at Recent CompetitionGulf Coast High School’s Model UN (GCMUN) team recently traveled to McGill University in Montreal. This was the first time the GCMUN team traveled internationally. The competition was tough. Each committee room was filled with experienced delegates who were well-spoken and well-researched. Despite the extremely competitive atmosphere, GCMUN placed 2nd overall, beating Mira Costa (always ranked 1st or 2nd in the country) and only losing to Upper Canada College. The team brought home six gavels, two 2nd place awards, and four 3rd place awards as follows:
1st Place Gavels: John Govern, Cameron Absher, Jamie Lebhar, Riley Zuccarello, Ian Fales, and Samm Crisanti.
2nd Place Awards: Quinn Riley and Olivia Orr
3rd Place Awards: Pablo Golac, Carley Mambuca, Justin Liberman, and Linnea Dulikravich
Pincrest Elementary Classroom Wins Sumdog's Collier County Math ContestCongratulations to Alicia Herrera’s fourth grade class at Pinecrest Elementary School (PCR)—the overall winner in Sumdog’s Collier County Math Contest! Marjorie Claude’s fourth grade class was also one of the daily winners. In total, four PCR classes placed in the top 10 for the district. They are now competing in Sumdog’s National Contest. Go Eagles!
Xana-Kai Nash Wins Third Consecutive World Championship in FlowboardingPlease join us in congratulating Barron Collier's Xana-Kai Nash who recently won her third consecutive World Flowboarding Championship. Xana will be honored at tomorrow's Regular School Board Meeting.
Barron Collier Swimmers Break School Records and Win Big at StateBarron Collier High School's Swim Teams recently competed at State, and the final results were spectacular! Nine out of ten swimmers medaled, and five school records were broken as follows:
Boys 200 Medley Relay (Paolo Sunyak, Wyatt Kellett, Marco Leo, Charles Pivar: 1:40.08)
Marco Leo won the State Championship in the 200 IM after barely getting touched out for second last year. The Girls Team had the best finish in Barron Collier High School Girls Swim Team history with a 6th place finish. The Boys Team placed 12th after 2009 through 2012 set an all-time record for Collier County Athletics!
Congratulations to CCPS Students Chosen to Participate in the 2015 Florida All-State Bands and OrchestrasCongratulations to students selected to perform in the 2015 Florida All-State Bands and Orchestras! This is a tremendous honor as thousands of students from across the State of Florida audition for seats in these prestigious ensembles. This is the highest number of students the district has had selected for these groups in many years. We expect to have the results from the State for the Chorus ensembles soon. Congratulations to the following young musicians on their accomplishments:
Amy Wu, Pine Ridge Middle School, Oboe, Middle School Band
Ryan Garry, Oakridge Middle School, Clarinet, Middle School Band
Tallulah Bowden, Gulfview Middle School, Alto Sax, Middle School Band
Julianna Gregory, Naples High School, Clarinet, High School Concert Band
Dillon Lewis, Gulf Coast High School, Percussion, High School Concert Band
Omar Bishr, Barron Collier High School, Clarinet, High School Symphonic Band
Jeremy Brachle, Gulf Coast High School, Clarinet, High School Symphonic Band
Lindsey Haerle, Gulf Coast High School, Clarinet, High School Symphonic Band
Kelly Lewis, Gulf Coast High School, Clarinet, High School Symphonic Band
Isabell Slaven, North Naples Middle School, Tuba, Middle School Honor Band
Paxon Roan, Cypress Palm Middle School, Percussion, Middle School Honor Band
Jennyfer Deleon, Golden Gate High School, Flute, High School Honor Band
Qi Qi Anderson, Oakridge Middle School, Violin, MS All State Orchestra
Nikolett Villapando, Pine Ridge Middle School, Violin, MS All State Orchestra
Katherine Lee, Barron Collier High School, Violin, HS All State Orchestra (9/10)
Noah Boyar, Barron Collier High School, Viola, HS All State Orchestra (9/10)
Kerri Davis, Gulf Coast High School, Bass, HS All State Orchestra (9/10)
Noelle Torres, Gulf Coast High School, Violin, HS All State Orchestra (11/12)
Hsihting Wu, Naples High School, Violin, HS All State Orchestra (11/12)
Serena Votapek, Gulf Coast High School, Violin, HS All State Orchestra (11/12)
Ian Fales, Gulf Coast High School, Bass, HS All State Orchestra (11/12)
Collier's Farm to School Program Featured on the USDA National SiteCollier County's Farm to School Program is being featured on the USDA national site. Click here to view the blog.Collier County Public Schools Hosts First-Ever Virtual Town HallSuperintendent of Schools, Dr. Kamela Patton, invites you to Collier County Public Schools’ first-ever Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the MLK School Administrative Center (5775 Osceola Trail, Naples) with telecast locations at Immokalee Technical Center (508 North 9th Street, Immokalee) and Everglades City School (415 School Drive, Everglades City).
The meeting will focus on Early Childhood Education (PreK- Grade 3). Dr. Patton along with six panelists will be hand to discuss topics such as Kindergarten Readiness and Oral Language Development.
◦ Alan Horton, Community Non-Profit Leader
◦ Susan Block, CEO, Early Learning Coalition
◦ Niccole Howard, Executive Director, Collier Child Care Resources
◦ Mary George, Vice President, Community Foundation
◦ Linda Salazar, Principal, Eden Park Elementary School
◦ Jennifer Kincaid, Executive Director, CCPS Elementary Programs
Those in attendance at all locations will have the chance to ask questions of the panel. To submit your questions ahead of time, visit www.collierschools.com and click on “Virtual Town Hall Meeting” in the District Views area. A Vendor Exhibit will also take place at the MLK School Administrative Center and Immokalee Technical Center from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.
For media inquiries, please contact the Communications Department at 239-377-0180.
Florida School Counselor Association Holds 2014 ConventionThe Florida School Counselor Association held its 2014 Convention titled, School Counselors: Advocates in Action, Champions for Children, from October 23-25 in Orlando. The convention offered six half-day pre-convention workshops, five breakout sessions, two keynote addresses, and level sharing opportunities. Celebrating their 50th Anniversary, The Florida School Counselors Association expands the image and influence of professional school counselors through advocacy, leadership, collaboration, and systemic change at the state level.
Barron Collier JROTC Helps Package Meals for Families in NeedJROTC cadets from Barron Collier High School helped to package a total of 153,000 meals during the Meals of Hope food packaging event on Saturday, October 25, 2014. These packaged meals will stay in Collier County to feed many families in need. The cadets received dozens of positive comments about their respect and hard work from other volunteers that day. They are a shining example of Barron Collier and our JROTC programs.
Palmetto Ridge High School Orchestra and Choir Director Named Florida American String Teacher Association’s New Teacher of the YearIt is with great pleasure to announce that Palmetto Ridge High School Orchestra and Choir Director, Samuel Chadwick, has been named the Florida American String Teacher Association’s New Teacher of the Year! The organization selects one fantastic new teacher (within their first five years of teaching) in the State of Florida for this award, and we are thrilled Samuel has been selected. He represents Collier County Public Schools proudly!
Barron Collier Student to Defend World Championship Flowboarding Title in DubaiXana-Kai Nash, junior at Barron Collier High School, will be traveling to Abu Dhabi/Dubai today to represent the United States as the current USA Female Flowboarding Champion and a two-time World Champion. Flowboarding is a simulated surfing machine that shoots water upwards at a speed of 30 mph and more all while the athlete performs multiple high level tricks and maneuvers on the wave. To learn more about Xana-Kai Nash, visit her website or view the recent news story on NBC-2. Good luck!
Gulf Coast Model UN Team Takes Home Outstanding Delegation AwardThe Gulf Coast High School (GCH) Model UN team traveled to Georgia Tech on October 13 and 14. The competition was a huge success for GCH as their USA delegation won first place in over half of the committee rooms! In total, GCH won nine 1st place awards, three 2nd place awards, two 3rd place awards, one 4th place award, and two 5th place awards. Overall, the team took home the Outstanding Delegation Award!
Golden Gate High School Student Helps Chef Win First Place at the AFC "Ready, Set, Cook!" Culinary CompetitionSergey Kashkin, sous chef at Bay Colony Golf Club, aided by his student assistant from Golden Gate High School, won first place on October 13 in the annual American Culinary Foundation (AFC) “Ready, Set, Cook!” culinary competition held during the annual vendor showcase at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Estero. Chefs from several area private golf clubs competed for first place in the competition. Each chef was provided a mystery basket and had 50 minutes to produce one complete dish on two plates—one to be tasted and one to be viewed. High school students with culinary aspirations and no experience in culinary competition were paired with each chef to assist on the day of the event. Gulf Coast High School, Lorenzo Walker, Palmetto, and Golden Gate high schools were represented.
Barron Collier Teacher Inducted Into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of FameBarron Collier teacher, John O’Brien, was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame this past weekend. Following please find John’s bio and visit the website:
John O’Brien graduated from high school in 1957. He attended Kensington High School in Buffalo, New York. He went to college at State University of New York in Buffalo where he graduated in 1962. He began his coaching career in
Minnesota in 1968 at Centennial High School. John would be at Centennial until 1998. During his 31-year career as
the head coach, his teams would win 383 games. There were multiple championship teams under his leadership. In fact, 14 of those teams would go on to capture conference championships, in three different conferences. John O’Brien received many accolades in his years as the head coach at Centennial, including being named the North Suburban Coach of the Year in 1983, the Tri-Metro Conference Coach of the Year in 1989, and he was a coach in the All-Star Series in 1982 and 1998. Also, John had two of his former players who played professional baseball and nine different players who played Division 1 baseball after their time at Centennial High School under John’s tutelage. John was a member of MSHSBCA throughout his career. He currently resides in Naples, Florida.
Gulf Coast High School Thespian Troupe 5876 Has Outstanding ShowingCongratulations to the members of the Gulf Coast High School Thespian Troupe 5876 for their outstanding showing at the District 6 Thespian Festival this past weekend. Sixty-one performers participated in various individual events and earned 14 Superior ratings, 2 Critiques Choice, and 6 Excellent ratings overall!
Barron Collier High School's Drama Program Wins BigAt a recent competition with more than 22 schools and over a thousand students competing, judges selected only 11 Critic’s Choice awards, and Barron Collier High School’s (BCH) Drama program received three of them:
o Paul Kenzie and Laila Kuln-Kalantari for the acting scene from the play “Scripted”
o Katie Pulling for the student-directed scene from “Peter & the Starcatchers”
o Laila Kuln-Kalantari for writing the play “Lilac’s Better Place”
In addition, the following students received Superior rating: Kelsey Wheeler for Playwriting, Paul Kenzie for Monologues, and Logan Rasmussen for Solo Musical. Excellent ratings were earned by the following: Jessie Renaud,
Artimeio Garza, Zoe VanSlyke, Vernoica Purcell, Sydnie Sterk, Tory Korkes, Kristo Llogorio, Kyle Biddle, and Eva Howard.
JROTC Cadet Reflects on First Honor FlightBeing chosen to participate in Honor Flight was not only a great honor, but also a wonderful experience that has changed my perception of military service in this country. I had the pleasure of spending my day with Navy WWII veteran Gordon Timmerman, or Tim, who shared wonderful experiences about his life and society as a whole. As we traveled from one memorial to the next, I became closer to one of our country’s heroes.
Visiting the nation’s capitol gave me the opportunity to take in the memorials in a different aspect and learn things that I had not experienced myself. I learned about the ubiquitous “Kilroy was here.” and I met another veteran whose son’s name is on the Vietnam Wall. Our nation’s capitol is a learning experience itself, with something to learn at every sight.
The generation that participated in World War II is quickly disappearing, and many of the kids in my own generation know so little about them. My veteran was a high school teacher after he served in the Navy, and many of the veterans explained that much of what happened in the War has been left out of our current curriculum. Having this information provided to us from a firsthand source is truly memorable and enlightening.
Spending the day with Tim was not just a learning experience, but an honor. He is easy to talk with, has a great sense of humor, and was as much a guardian to me as I was to him. He would frequently make sure I was comfortable and wasn’t too tired throughout our time together. As we met others, he would talk about my grades and achievements as if he were my actual grandfather. This journey gave me both an unforgettable experience and a new friend.
The Honor Flight is something I will respect forever, as this trip meant the world not only to me, but to the veterans who participated as well. I was humbled to give something back to these veterans who gave so much for America. Their welcome home reception had an enormous turn out with tons of handshakes, salutes, and thank-you’s, which was particularly special since the veterans never received their welcome home reception years ago. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and will never forget this day. I am flattered to have had the chance to meet with so many heroes, as I was given advice on life both during and after school.
Marching Bands Show Off Their Beats at Palmetto Ridge High Annual Band InvitationalPalmetto Ridge High School (PRH) will host the 11th Annual Marching Band Invitational starting at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st at Bear Stadium on the school’s campus (1655 Victory Lane). Marching bands from all across the state of Florida will compete to make for an evening of great entertainment. This year, a total of 13 bands will be competing in the event, with a special finale exhibition performance by the Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Pride. The bands participating in the event include:
• Port Charlotte High School
• St. Petersburg High School
• Riverdale High School
• South Miami High School
• John I. Leonard High School
• LeHigh Senior High School
• North Fort Myers High School
• Mariner High School
• Braden River High School
• Golden Gate High School
• Lakewood Ranch High School
• Naples High School
• Palm Beach Central High School
• Palmetto Ridge High School (Exhibition)
Tickets are $7 and will be available for purchase at the gate.
To learn more, please contact PRH Director of Bands Annabelle Sarmiento at 377-4745 or via email at email@example.com.
Media inquiries should be directed to the CCPS Communications Department at 377-0180 or firstname.lastname@example.org. JROTC Cadets to Participate in Their First Honor FlightTomorrow, seven of our JROTC cadets (one from each high school) will be taking flight—participating in the fourth Collier County Honor Flight with WWII veterans. It should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience which we plan to share with you via Twitter @collierschools.
Palmetto Ridge Conducts First Science National Honor Society InductionPalmetto Ridge High School conducted its first Science National Honor Society Induction this week. The members of this society have committed to Science as a major part of their studies and course work. Along with their studies, the group is involved in bringing STEM awareness to the community and local elementary schools. Click here for pictures from the ceremony and their work with Estates Elementary.Highlands Elementary Raises Funds for Juvenile Diabetes ResearchHighlands Elementary School (HLE) students and staff believe in helping others and hold high standards for their own health. With strong support from Coach Jefferson and Coach Hernandez, they decided that they would walk to raise money for Juvenile Diabetes Research. This is a health issue that has plagued many of their students, staff, and families. They have reached 75% of their goal, raising over $2,000 for diabetes research so far. Way to go, Highlands!
North Naples Middle School to Unveil 10-Year Time Capsule at Annual Fall FestivalNext Thursday, October 23, North Naples Middle School (NNM) invites you to their annual Fall Festival at the campus from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The festival will feature food, games, music, a haunted house, a costume contest, a pumpkin carving contest, the annual ghost run, a bungee run, a candy corner, and a photo booth. Another added bonus—they will be opening a 40-inch time capsule with memorabilia from its opening year! Principal Margaret Jackson, along with those in attendance, will read and display all the items locked away for the past 10 years. The time capsule will be stuffed again with this year’s items along with several from the original and locked away for another ten years. This will be a night of mystery and fun for all!
Sabal Palm Elementary Invites You to Annual Fall Festival - October 24thSabal Palm Elementary (SPE) invites you to their annual Fall Festival. All monies collected will provide for student supplies and field trips.
Palmetto Ridge High School's Fall Blood Drive Yields Record TurnoutSenior Donor Coordinator for the NCH Community Blood Center, Elizabeth Reyes, reported that Palmetto Ridge High School’s (PRH) Fall Blood Drive, sponsored by the Student Government Association, yielded a record turnout. PRH had more than 150 staff and students register in two days to donate blood, which will result in saving 354 lives!
East Naples Middle School Creates New Junior Civitan ClubEast Naples Middle School (ENM) is proud to announce that it has started a new Junior Civitan Club. This club will take on innovative service-learning projects in the community with a special focus on helping people with developmental disabilities. Student participants will also receive valuable leadership training. While the new club is just starting, ENM will be inducting over 20 student members at a ceremony later this month.
Mike Davis Elementary School Hosts Family Reading and Math NightMike Davis Elementary School (MDE) hosted a family Reading and Math Night on Tuesday. More than 100 parents participated with their children at “Camp Learn A Lot” and discovered fun ways they can incorporate reading and math at home. The camping spectacular allowed children to fish for math facts, read “A Camping Spree for Mr. Magee,” follow directions for making s’mores and then use their five senses to describe the process, and so much more. A special thank you to the teachers and leadership team for coordinating this special evening.
Immokalee High School's National Honor Society Receives Gift to Complete Service-Learning ProjectThe State Farm Youth Advisory Board presented a check for $79,750 to One by One Leadership Foundation of SW Florida to support the Immokalee High School (IHS) National Honor Society students in giving back to the Immokalee community by successfully completing the “Environmental Responsibility” project. IHS teacher Emily Schaefer served as consultant to students while Richard Kent served as guidance counselor in preparation for the grant. The full-scale project is for service learning around water quality and renewable energy and is expected to be completed by September 2015. According to Mr. Williams from One by One Foundation, “This should leave a better appreciation of the rich natural, educational, economic, and cultural community they attain through shared responsibility.” Below are the community partners that contributed funding and/or expertise to ensure this project is completed:
o University of Florida
o Immokalee Chamber of Commerce
o Immokalee Rotary Club
o Immokalee Community Development
o Collier County Parks & Recreation
o Seminole Tribe
o First Community Bank
o Lake Trafford Marina
o South West Florida Research & Education iTECH Competes in 2014 Southwest Florida Barbers Hair Battle and ExpoLast weekend, iTECH cosmetology instructor Delia Lozano and her students competed in the 2014 Southwest Florida Barbers Hair Battle and Expo at Sunstate Academy in Fort Myers. A big congratulations to team iTECH who took home the following placements:
o Josue Martinez: 1st Place - Free-style Design and Beard and Low Fade
o Wislot Loccident: 3rd Place - Overall Mohawk
o Delia Lozano: 1st Place - Professional Cut and Color
o iTECH Girls Team: 3rd Place - Total Look Gulf Coast Freshman Helps Bring Home USA Volleyball National ChampionshipCongratulations to Gulf Coast High School (GCH) freshman Gabrielle Curran. Gabrielle was selected to represent and play for Team Florida in USA Volleyball’s High Performance National Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was one of the 12 girls selected to the team from approximately 500 girls in her age group and helped to bring home the National Championship!
Immokalee High School Teacher Receives AFCEA STEM Teacher Scholarship and $1,000 AFCEA STEM Teaching Tools GrantImmokalee High School (IHS) teacher Tyler Wippel is a recipient of The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) STEM Teacher Scholarship and will receive a $1,000 AFCEA STEM Teaching Tools grant this year. The AFCEA Educational Foundation offers scholarships to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from Booz Allen Hamilton, Terremark Worldwide, AFCEA International, and several of AFCEA’s regional chapters.
USDA Celebrates National School Lunch Week in Collier Schools
Included are pictures of Mr. Robin Bailey, the USDA Regional Administrator for the Southeast United States, visiting Manatee Elementary for the Battle of the Bands, which was held for National School Lunch Week. It was truly an honor that Collier County’s Nutrition Services Department was selected for this visit. Mr. Bailey is in charge of the entire Southeast United States and could have gone to any school district in the region. He chose Collier in part because of its Farm to School efforts and its Farm to School Snack program. Thank you, Mr. Bailey, for helping us celebrate National School Lunch Week!
Manatee Middle School's Band Helps Celebrate National School Lunch Week at Manatee ElementaryIn honor of National School Lunch Week, following, you'll find a video featuring Manatee Middle School's band playing to the youngsters at Manatee Elementary. Enjoy!
Click here to watch video.Lely High School Graduate Serves as Honorary CoachLely High School graduate, Dr. Frank Cuevas, is now Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Executive Director of University Housing at the University of Tennessee. He was recently given the privilege of serving as an Honorary Coach on the football field which you’ll see below. Enjoy!
Click here to watch video.Parkside Elementary Team Takes 1st Place at Moe's Corporate Run/WalkLast Thursday, a team from Parkside Elementary School (PSE) took 1st place at the Moe’s Corporate Run/Walk! A total of 71 PSE staff and family members participated in the event to promote healthy living. Congratulations to the team members and their families on the 1st place win! View the winning team picture.Golden Gate High School Teacher Earns CSFE CertificationCongratulations to Golden Gate High School teacher Maria Isabel Crisanti! Maria completed requirements to achieve the Certified Secondary Foodservice Educator (CSFE) certification through the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). She joins an elite group of dedicated professionals who have taken steps to improve themselves professionally and enhance the learning experiences of their students.
Osceola Elementary School Hosts Family Reading and Writing NightOsceola Elementary School (OES) hosted a family Reading and Writing Night on Tuesday. More than 200 parents participated and learned about the new Florida Standards, assessment changes, and strategies to use with their children.
Palmetto Elementary School Celebrates Freedom WeekPalmetto Elementary School (PLE) celebrated Freedom Week by inviting Commander Steven Smith and Quartermaster/Adjutant Ralph Balzarano from the VFW Post 7721 to present on the WPLE Morning Show about the United States flag etiquette. The gentlemen also showed how the flag should be folded and presented the folded flag to the school. The flag is now in the PLE Media Center for the students to view.
New Gentlemen's and Ladies Club at Parkside Elementary SchoolParkside Elementary School is pleased to announce the launch of our Gentlemen’s and Ladies Clubs for the 2014-2015 school year. In partnership with The Peters Group, a nationally recognized education consulting and training organization, these clubs will be the first of their kind in Collier County. Click here for the story.Dreams Delivered: Champions For Learning Delivers $56K in Grants to Collier TeachersThanks to Champions for Learning, 87 teachers across our district received grants to help fund projects in their classrooms. Click here to read the story from Naples Daily News
LWIT Cafe Brings Budget-Priced Meals and Careers to Culinary StudentsWhat if $4 could change someone's life? Or launch a career? It does at Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology's culinary programDeaf HS football player: 'I can't hear it, but I feel it'Every Friday night he steps on the field, Rodriguez shows you don't need to be the biggest or the loudest to make an impact. Click here to view video.East Naples Middle School Parent WorkshopsEast Naples Middle School held the first in its series of parent workshops scheduled for the school year. Community partner Home Depot sponsored the evening themed “Build the Framework for Student Success.”
Barron Collier High School’s new National Honor SocietyCongratulations to Barron Collier High School’s new National Honor Society members who were inducted on Tuesday!
VPK Violin Literacy ProgramA VPK Violin Literacy Program is being offered to Manatee Elementary Pre-K Headstart students. The program is sponsored by the Naples Music Club Outreach Programs.
Everglades City School Adult EducationEverglades City School is now offering Adult Education classes to their non-English speaking parents and community members thanks to the support of our Adult & Community Education team.
East Naples Foundation from Parkside Elementary!A big thank you to the East Naples Foundation from Parkside Elementary! The foundation recently donated $3,500 to fund the Scholastic Reading Counts incentive program.
National Merit Scholarship Program’s list of Outstanding ParticipantsThe National Merit Scholarship Program’s list of Outstanding Participants included two additional Barron Collier seniors—Brianna Holmes and Esther Lherisson! To qualify, these young students scored in the top three percent of more than 16,000 black American students.
Barron Collier High School seniors Andre Rives and Sarah Salvatori! Congratulations to Barron Collier High School seniors Andre Rives and Sarah Salvatori! They were named National Merit Commended Students for the 2015 Scholarship Program.
Respects to the victim of 9/11 Golden Gate High School Cross Country and the JROTC Raiders paid their respects to the victim of 9/11 by participating in a three-mile run yesterday morning.
Dr. Patton statement on K-2 FAIR Test suspension by Florida Department of EducationThe district appreciates the Florida Department of Education’s recognition of the concerns and challenges expressed to them regarding the quality, length, and technological problems experienced. In addition to staff daily communication of the past few weeks, yesterday, I also had the opportunity to speak with Commissioner Stuart to express our concerns. We appreciate the sincere efforts of the students, teachers, administrators, and district staff that worked to administer the FAIR assessment to this point. The difficulty experienced is why the Superintendents, last year, requested a multi-year roll out of the new assessment and accountability plan.&rdquo
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