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The district has over 20
career and technical programs
in our high schools!

Important Dates

Feb 4 Financial Aid Information Night, 6:00 pm @ Immokalee HS
Feb 8 High School Scholar Bowl, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Feb 9 ACT Exam

High School Scholar Bowl, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Feb 12 Regular School Board Meeting, 4:00 pm
Feb 15 Early Dismissal
Feb 18 No School (President's Day)
Feb. 24 College Goal Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Feb 25 Interims go home
Feb 26 Title 1 Parent Workshop "Understanding Bullying K-12" presented by the Collier County Sheriff's Office, Immokalee Middle School, 6:30 pm
Feb 26-28 FCAT Writing for Grades 4, 8, and 10
Feb 28 Title 1 Parent Workshop "Understanding Bullying K-12" presented by the Collier County Sheriff's Office, Everglades City School, 6:30 pm
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Saturdays for Success

Message from the Superintendent

Dr. PattonIt has been another event-filled month in our school district! Our 2nd Annual STEM Conference was a huge success, with over 350 school district staff and community members in attendance. STEM Conference photos, a video, and presenter resources are available on our website. The High School Career Fair was held at Hodges University on January 10th. Our high school students had the opportunity to speak with local business leaders about their education and career experiences, as well as hear about the many job opportunities available in our area. Our Saturdays for Success Academy begins February 2nd. Click on the graphic above for more information about this wonderful learning opportunity for our students. The last of our four Financial Aid Information Nights for parents and students will be held at Immokalee High School on February 4th. Last but not least, congratulations to the 60 teachers recognized as Teachers of Distinction by Champions for Learning. We are proud of you, and thankful for all of our wonderful teachers in Collier County. ~ Dr. Kamela Patton

Message from the School Board Chair

February is upon us! On February 2nd we will know if the groundhog has seen his shadow and the folks up north will have six more weeks of winter. There probably is nothing really scientific about this event, but it is fun to see what happens every year. We are fortunate to be down here and not have to endure the subzero temperatures. Weather certainly was front and center at the STEM Conference which was held in January at GGHS. Reed Timmer of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" got our attention with the aid of the “Dominator”. The “Dominator” is one of two vehicles loaded with scientific instruments to gather data from tornadoes. Having grown up in the Midwest, I was reminded by the actual photos that Mr. Timmer had taken, why I have a healthy respect for these monsters. On a bright, chilly early morning, January 23rd, 60 Teachers of Distinction were honored at the McDonald’s in Pebblebrooke with breakfast and presentations made by McDonald’s, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union and Champions for Learning. Of these 60 fine teachers, 6 will be selected as Golden Apple Teachers after the observation and interview process. The Honors Band Concert for middle and high school students was held on January 26th in the Golden Gate High School Auditorium. This event was enjoyed by all present. Congratulations to these fine, talented, young musicians and their instructors. This is another example of the importance of the Arts in our school curriculum. February in Florida is the beginning of the baseball and softball seasons for our high school teams. We are looking forward to success for all of our student participants and their coaches. ~ Barbara Berry

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Over 350 school district staff and community members participated in an exciting STEM Conference on
January 12, 2013, at Golden Gate High School.
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The district recently held a mid-year high school graduation ceremony for students who completed their graduation requirements beyond the close of the
2011-2012 school year.

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Second grade students at Pinecrest Elementary School recently visited Naples Botanical Gardens.

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As part of a community outreach program from the Collier County Sheriff's Office, Dr. Joe Rakow and Cpl. Wayne Brooks spent time building wooden chairs with students from Calusa Park Elementary School.
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Mrs. Debbie Cleveland works with a group of students on an enrichment math program. This program is designed to challenge the children with higher-order thinking skills and problem solving. When the group gets together to meet, their discussions entail various strategies used by the students to solve the same problem. Mrs. Cleveland's role is to guide them through the discussions, helping them properly elaborate their thought processes using math vocabulary. She is a math coach with the primary goal of helping the children uncover solutions. Debbie is highly involved in Laurel Oak Elementary and is a member of the PTO Board. Working with Ms. Alger's students is just one small piece of what she does on the Laurel Oak Elementary campus. They feel fortunate to have her as a part of their Laurel Oak Community!

Thank you to volunteers like Mrs. Cleveland who spend their time and talents giving to our students!

Collier County Public Schools
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For additional information on the features highlighted in this newsletter,
please visit our website at www.collierschools.com

School Board
Mrs. Barbara Berry, Chair • Mrs. Pat Carroll, Vice Chair
Mrs. Kathleen Curatolo, Member • Ms. Julie Sprague, Member • Mr. Roy M. Terry, Member

Dr. Kamela Patton

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