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June 2019 - Volume 8, Issue 11
 
Message from the Superintendent
 
Summer break is officially underway and I have some exciting news to share! Just recently, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) designated Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) as an "Academically High-Performing School District." CCPS met the stringent criteria within an elite group of only nine Florida districts. This honor is a direct testament to the dedication of our teachers, administrators, students, parents, and the community.
 
Congratulations to our more than 3,200 graduates in the Class of 2019! Once again, our seniors set a record by earning close to $45 million in scholarship funds. We are #CCPSProud of our grads and are confident they have a bright future ahead of them!
 
This school year brought about so many success stories that happened every day on every campus. For a snapshot of some of these success stories, click here to take a look at our end-of-year "CCPS Success" publication that was included in the May 24th edition of the Naples Daily News.
 
As we enter summer, remember to read, read, and read some more! I encourage you to access our "Keep Learning Alive" resource to keep students engaged and learning over the summer. In addition to having fun and relaxing, summer is also a great time to get involved in extracurricular activities and set goals for the coming school year. Have a phenomenal summer!
 
~ Dr. Kamela Patton
 
 
 
SUMMER
IMPORTANT DATES
 
June 3
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30pm (Business Meeting begins at 5:00pm)
July 30
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30pm (Business Meeting begins at 5:00pm)
Tentative Budget Hearing at 5:45pm
August 6
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30pm (Business Meeting begins at 5:00pm)
August 13
First Day of School for Students
 
District Calendar
 
 
 
KEEP LEARNING ALIVE
 
SUMMER 2019 LEARNING AND RESOURCE GUIDE
 
Keep students engaged and learning this summer with our "Keep Learning Alive" resource guide! This resource is full of reading, math, science, and social studies activities for all grade levels. Keeping children learning over the summer is critical for their continued growth and development.
 
Click here for summer resources
 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
 
 
What does it take to be a foster parent? It takes love, time, dedication, flexibility, and a child-focused heart. For those who decide to make the selfless commitment to foster, there is help and support. Friends of Foster Children Forever supports families who foster and strives to fulfill the needs of every child who enters, or is at risk of entering, the foster care system in Collier County. Since 1999, this local organization has been helping children in the foster system by providing tutoring, emergency supplies, emergency backpack bundles, and afterschool and summer activities. Each year they host a large back-to-school fair to provide children in foster homes with the supplies they need for school including school uniforms, books, haircuts, backpacks, and more. They are collecting these items from now until July 17th. To find out more visit www.friendsoffosterchildren.net. Friends of Foster Children Forever supports some of the most vulnerable children in Collier County and does so with love and compassion.
 
There are currently over 400 children in foster care in Collier County and only 88 licensed foster homes. If you have room in your heart and your home and you are interested in fostering a child who needs a safe place to live, please call the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida at 1-855-933-KIDS (5437) or visit www.childnetswfl.org.
 
 
 
 
Academic Signing Days
 
Congratulations to seniors who participated in Academic Signing Days! Each of our high schools honored our highest student achievers receiving scholarships to their future college or university.
 
Click here to view video
 
Class of 2019 Grad Walks
 
Graduating seniors donned their caps and gowns days before graduation to visit and walk through their former elementary schools. The cheers and support from elementary students make these walks a special way to celebrate our seniors.
 
Click here to view photos
Click here to view video
 
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VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT
 
Alba Herrera
Pinecrest Elementary School (PCR)
 
Alba Herrera, a single parent with two children, one in elementary school and the other in middle school, readily volunteers at Pinecrest Elementary School in any way she can. She juggles her volunteer time at PCR while holding two jobs and attending Immokalee Technical College. Alba has been studying for her GED since relocating to Immokalee in 2006. Originally from Guatemala, she left her home seeking safety and economic opportunities in the U.S. Upon arriving in Texas, she immediately found work and began providing financial support to her family in Guatemala. Pinecrest Elementary is grateful for Alba's volunteer service and the role model she is for others in the community.
 
 
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