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January 2020 - Volume 9, Issue 6
 
Message from the Superintendent
 
Welcome back and happy 2020! I hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Break and had a chance to make lasting memories with family to end the decade.
 
We have so many things to look forward to as we kick off the New Year. On January 11th, the 2020 Chamber of Commerce Children’s Business Fair will be taking place. I encourage everyone to make time to attend. It is an amazing opportunity for our young entrepreneurs, ages 6-17, to showcase and sell their product or service to the public. Come out and support our #CCPSFamily student entrepreneurs. Click here for more information.
 
As part of Sharing the Commitment, our 2nd ESE Expo this school year is taking place on January 22nd, at Gulf Coast High School. This is a free event providing parents a chance to connect with professionals and discover the many local resources available for preschool through high school transition-aged students with disabilities. Click here for a list of local providers and organizations that will be in attendance.
 
We will end the month of January with our Virtual Symposium on Preparing Your Child to be Life Ready! Set for January 29th at 6:00pm, this event will feature a panel of experts sharing empowerment strategies, life-ready skills, and work-readiness skills, among several other topics. The panel will be live at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center, but satellite video-conference locations will be available. Stay tuned for more information coming very soon.
 
A reminder that our annual community STEAM event has taken on a new name! The 2019-2020 STEAM Expo will be held on Saturday, February 1st, at Golden Gate High School. We are excited to welcome back Kate the Chemist, who will share another out-of-this-world demonstration! Take a walk through the STEAM Village and participate in many interactive, hands-on STEAM activities. Plus, visit our new artist workshop area and create art in a group activity. Click here to register today!
 
Together, let's make 2020 the best year yet!
 
~ Dr. Kamela Patton
 
 
 
JANUARY
IMPORTANT DATES
 
January 1 - January 3
No School (Winter Break)
January 6
No School for Students (Teacher Planning Day)
January 7
Students Return to School
January 11
2020 Naples Children's Business Fair (click here to learn more)
January 14
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:00pm
January 16
Religious Freedom Day
January 20
No School (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
January 22
ESE Expo at Gulf Coast High School, 5:30-7:30pm (click here for more information)
January 29
Virtual Symposium: Being SEL Life Ready for College and Career at 6:00pm
 
District Calendar
 
 
 
STEAM EXPO REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
 
EVENT DATE: February 1, 2020
Golden Gate High School
(2925 Titan Way, Naples)
 
The Return of Kate the Chemist!
Kate the Chemist is coming back to Collier County for another LIVE science spectacular to kick-off the STEAM Expo! Dr. Kate Biberdorf's special presentation this year is set to surpass last year's explosive show.
 
Register today!
 
STEAM Expo Registration
 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
 
 
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida has been serving families since 1983. The organization works tirelessly to meet its mission of leading the community in the fight to end hunger. Serving all of Southwest Florida, the organization works through partners to provide direct services to hungry families and operates its own direct distribution channels as well. The Harry Chapin Food Bank rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and distributes it to the community. In Collier County, there are more than 20 retail rescue partners each week. Harry Chapin Food Bank works through 38 Collier County partner agencies. Whether it is community food pantries, in-school pantries, mobile pantries, or more, they are busy taking care of Collier County. Last year, they conducted 105 mobile pantries at 14 locations, operated food pantries in two elementary schools, and provided food through a senior feeding program. It takes thousands of volunteers to help facilitate these efforts each year and even more donations. Thank you Harry Chapin Food Bank for working with so many agencies, retailers, and volunteers to make sure Collier County is fed.
 
Learn more about Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
 
 
 
IMMOKALEE HIGH HOSTS REGIONAL VEX ROBOTICS TOURNAMENT
 
Immokalee High School is a leader in the county when it comes to VEX Robotics. Just last month, the school hosted a regional state-qualifying tournament. Schools from Broward, Miami-Dade, and Lee counties made the trek to Immokalee to compete.
 
Click here to view video news package
 
 
 
CCPS MATHCOUNTS COMPETITION
 
Middle school students across the district competed last month at the annual CCPS MathCounts Competition. Congratulations to Oakridge Middle School for taking the 1st place win!
 
Click here to view video news package
 
 
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VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT
 
Yolanda Nappi
Lely Elementary School (LES)
 
Lely Elementary School can count on seeing Yolanda Nappi's smiling face almost daily. She has logged an astounding 300 volunteer hours! Yolanda volunteers her time in second grade and helps as a classroom assistant, as well as assisting with school-wide activities, special events, and field trips. She truly exemplifies what it means to be a volunteer. Ms. Yolanda, as the students call her, is dependable, honest, patient, and always consistent. She is a hidden hero and role model for the students as well as to the staff. Yolanda is always encouraging students, helping them follow school-wide expectations. She has become a part of the Lely family and is helping the school "Sail to Success" this year!
 
 
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