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March 2019 - Volume 8, Issue 8
Message from the Superintendent
You may have noticed that our iNews has a fresh new look! Our hope is to provide a visual and informative newsletter that is easy to navigate. Enjoy!

February kicked off a busy season of academic activities and competitions! Our 8th Annual STEAM Conference was a phenomenal event with more than 1,800 teachers, parents, students, and community members attending. Our explosive speaker, Kate the Chemist, energized the crowd and our exciting STEAM Village, Marketplace, and Bistro Cafe offered endless opportunities to learn and play! Make sure to check out the STEAM Conference video featured later in this newsletter for all the highlights.

Our 2018-2019 Golden Apple recipients were announced last month by Champions For Learning with surprise classroom visits! Please join me in congratulating our honorees:

  • Philip Barton, Immokalee Middle School
  • Kim Benedict, Gulf Coast High School
  • Stephanie Cashion and Denise Giovinazzo, East Naples Middle School
  • Krista Fusco, Vineyards Elementary School
  • Ashley Stafford, Lake Park Elementary School
  • Jill Striz, Village Oaks Elementary School

Kudos also to the students who participated in the Laws of Life essay contest this year. We had more than 5,000 essays submitted! Congratulations to our CCPS division winners, Arya Rajaram (elementary), Joanne Augustin (middle), and Faith Hundley (high 11-12).

Good luck to all students participating in activities such as the annual Spelling Bee, Middle School Scholar Bowl, High School Debate, and many more during the month of March.

Looking forward to April, mark your calendars for April 2nd at 6pm for our Virtual Symposium: Building Grit and Strengthening Resilience in Children. We will share more details in the coming weeks.

As we continue the year, our #CCPSFamily looks forward to continued #CCPSSuccess!

~ Dr. Kamela Patton

March 5
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30pm (Business Meeting begins at 5:00pm)
March 8
No School (Teacher Planning Day)
March 11-15
No School (Spring Break)
March 18
#CCPSFamily Day at the Fair from 6:00pm-11:00pm
March 19
Collier County Spelling Bee @ 7:00pm
March 28
Strategic Plan 2020-2022 Virtual Community Forum @ 6:00pm
District Calendar
Join us at the Collier Fair held at the Collier County Fairgrounds for our annual #CCPSFamily Day at the Fair!
Free admission for CCPS employees and volunteers. Reduced admission for students and non-CCPS adults. Plus, $1 per ride tickets all night!
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In Collier County, there is a place that provides refuge and support to victims of domestic and dating abuse. The Shelter for Abused Women and Children is leading the community to prevent, protect, and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment, and social change. Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) joins them in envisioning a community free from domestic and dating violence. In order to meet that mission, the Shelter works with CCPS to provide prevention programs to students. Prevention programs include elementary programs such as "Hands Are For Helping Not For Hitting" and "Raising Gentle’men." In middle schools, the Shelter provides presentations on Healthy Friendships and in high schools Healthy Relationships. In addition, the Shelter hosts a Youth Advisory Council that includes teens from all around Collier County working to reduce teen dating violence. These programs not only help teach children about positive relationships, but they also meet state statutory requirements for curriculum in these areas (middle school and high school). Prevention is the name of the game! Working together to keep kids safe at home, safe at school, and safe in the community!
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List of Recipients
List of Recipients
List of Recipients
Wilfredo Figueroa (Figgy)
Palmetto Ridge High School (PRH)
Wilfredo Figueroa has volunteered for the past three years as the Head Chair of the Palmetto Ridge High School Band Booster Truck Crew. He has driven the band trailer to Washington, D.C., for the Presidential Inaugural Parade, to Chicago for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Parade, and to every competition and Music Performance Assessment (MPA) for the marching band, jazz band, and concert bands! PRH can always rely on Wilfredo to help make sure the students have all of their instruments for the various performances. Plus, he does the job with a great sense of humor, always making the students laugh and have a great time. Wilfredo is a true example of a parent volunteer who is compassionate, caring, and dedicated to students.
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