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April 2019 - Volume 8, Issue 9
Message from the Superintendent
It is hard to believe that we only have two months left in the 2018-2019 school year! We have much to look forward to as we continue through a busy time of the year.
First, I want to wish those students taking state assessments much success. We know your hard work and preparation will carry you through. Remember, make sure to get plenty of rest and a healthy breakfast every day, but especially on testing days. Also, arrive to school on time and do not plan any off-campus appointments during testing days.
Thank you to all who attended our #CCPSFamily Day at the Fair last month. It was a great evening filled with rides, food, and fun STEAM activities! Thank you to the Collier Fair for collaborating with us on this event. Also last month, we held the 2019 Spelling Bee and crowned Oakridge Middle's, Bharath Ram, as our back-to-back Champion with the winning word "s-a-b-o-t-e-u-r." Plus, our high school debate tournament resulted in Lely High taking the 1st place win, Golden Gate High placing 2nd, and Gulf Coast High taking 3rd. Kudos to all participants.
Looking ahead, we will be hosting our Virtual Symposium on Building Grit and Strengthening Reslience in Children on April 2nd at 6pm. Click here for a list of locations and more information. If you miss the event, not to worry, we will post all resources and a replay of the symposium on our District website. Also this month, we are excited to host our 6th Annual STEAM Competition at Florida SouthWestern State College on April 13th. It will no doubt be an exciting day of littleBits, solar cars, and robotics!
Good luck to all students participating in academic competitions in April! Let's continue the year with phenomenal #CCPSSuccess!
~ Dr. Kamela Patton
April 2
Virtual Symposium: Building Grit and Strengthening Resilience in Children at 6:00pm
April 13
6th Annual STEAM Competition at Florida SouthWestern State College
April 16
Regular School Board Meeting at Everglades City School at 4:30pm (Business Meeting begins at 5:00pm)
April 19
No School for Students and Teachers
April 22
No School for Students and Teachers
Kindergarten Registration begins for 2019-2020 (click here for more information)
April 23
School Board Work Session (Strategic Plan) at 5:00pm
District Calendar
VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM: Building Grit and Strengthening Resilience in Children
April 2, 2019 at 6:00pm
LIVE at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center and telecast from several school locations.
You are invited to join Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kamela Patton, and a panel of experts for a CCPS Virtual Symposium. Topics of discussion will include:
  • Strategies for Developing Grit
  • Changing a Child's Self-Talk
  • Strategies for Nurturing Resilience in Children
  • Gratitude's Role in Developing Resilience
More Details
A Community Ensuring No Child is Hungry
Free and reduced lunch helps students with financial challenges. In order to qualify for free or reduced lunch, your annual household income must be less than 1.30 (to qualify for free lunch) or 1.85 (to qualify for reduced lunch) of the federal poverty line. For example, a family of four can get free lunch if their annual household income is less than $33,000. Collier County Public Schools has 66% of its students registered for free or reduced lunch, which equates to almost 30,000 students. Beyond the school day however, how do these children get their food?
The Collier County community is fortunate to have a number of non-profit organizations who help provide food for our students outside of school hours. Harry Chapin Food Bank, Meals of Hope, Collier Harvest Foundation, Salvation Army, Pan Florida Challenge, Brighter Bites, and many more organizations and groups provide help to these vulnerable children. Through the support of organizations like the Naples Children & Education Foundation and other local foundations and philanthropists, Harry Chapin and Meals of Hope are able to provide mobile pantries at five school sites and to other areas of the county that are considered food deserts. Weekend backpacks filled with food are sent home from schools with thousands of students each Friday by organizations such as the Pan Florida Challenge, Blessings in a Backpack, and more. Brighter Bites and Collier Harvest provide groceries, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, at schools in Immokalee, East Naples, and Golden Gate.
In addition to these school-based food programs, there are food pantries located throughout the county for anyone in need. Call United Way’s 2-1-1 or click on the Hunger and Homeless Coalition’s button below for a list of food pantries.
Hunger and Homeless Coalition
2018-2019 High School Debate Tournament
Congratulations to 1st place winners from Lely High School!
2019 Optimist Club of Naples Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Bharath Ram from Oakridge Middle School for being crowned back-to-back Spelling Bee Champion!
Rebecca Gonzalez (Mrs. Becky)
Immokalee Middle School (IMS)
Immokalee Middle School (IMS) sincerely thanks Rebecca Gonzalez, Mrs. Becky, for volunteering her time at the school. Mrs. Becky has been a great addition to the school as she brings knowledge of the elementary world to the 6th Grade Academy. Understanding the transition from elementary to middle school can be a challenging time for students. Mrs. Becky has a passion for doing whatever is needed to ensure students are successful at IMS. Mrs. Becky is always willing to help organize events, like the school's Fall Festival or the IMS Science Fair, and help with setting up school programs. Anytime a helping hand is needed, Mrs. Becky is only a phone call away. As a busy mom and business owner, Mrs. Becky is always looking for ways to get the word out on the many great things that are happening at IMS. Serving as a role model for students, Mrs. Becky always has a positive attitude, and is quick to remind students that their hard work in middle school puts them on the right path as they progress to high school and the post-secondary world. Thank you, Mrs. Becky!
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