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March 2020 - Volume 9, Issue 8
Message from the Superintendent
February was a month full of academic activities and competitions, including our 9th Annual STEAM Expo. Despite some rainy weather, we welcomed more than 1,600 participants at our explosive event. Kate the Chemist blew us away with another incredible science show. Her energy set the tone for the day as guests enjoyed the STEAM Village, our Entrepreneurship Marketplace, Artist Workshop, and Bistro Café. Click here to watch the video and view photos of this spectacular event.
We were filled with so much joy as we recognized our 2019-2020 CCPS employees and volunteers of the year during our recent surprise school visits. The dedication of these fantastic individuals shines through in all that they do each and every day, and we are so happy to have them as part of our #CCPSFamily! Congratulations to the following:
  • Keri Hemrick (Gulf Coast High) - CCPS Nominee for Florida Teacher of the Year
  • Molly Skudnig (Tommie Barfield Elementary) - Elementary School Teacher of the Year
  • Katherine Bringardner (North Naples Middle) - Middle School Teacher of the Year
  • Kim Zimmerman (Gulf Coast High) - High School Teacher of the Year
  • Israel Caraza (Lorenzo Walker Technical College) - Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Petra Adame (Village Oaks Elementary) - School-Related Employee of the Year
  • Kim Shepard (Veterans Memorial Elementary) - Adult Volunteer of the Year
  • Harlene Rosenberg (Avalon Elementary) - Senior Volunteer of the Year
The 2019-2020 Champions For Learning Golden Apple Recipients were also announced last month during surprise classroom visits. Please join me in congratulating the six honorees:
  • Sarah Bratcher (Lake Park Elementary)
  • Eileen Fuentes (Sabal Palm Elementary)
  • Elizabeth Garcia (Manatee Middle)
  • Theresa Golden (Veterans Memorial Elementary)
  • Serena M. Hampton-Dunn (Gulf Coast High)
  • David Stehlin (Immokalee High)
Mark your calendars for our upcoming #CCPSFamily Day at the Fair scheduled for Monday, March 16th. Click here for more details. We look forward to seeing you all enjoy the rides and activities at the Fair!
As we continue through the year, our #CCPSFamily looks forward to continued #CCPSSuccess!
~ Dr. Kamela Patton
March 2
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:00pm
March 9 - March 13
No School (Spring Break)
March 16
No School (Teacher Planning Day)
March 16
#CCPSFamily Day at the Fair from 6:00pm-11:00pm
March 24
Spelling Bee at 7:00pm
District Calendar
6pm - 11pm
Collier County Fairgrounds
Free admission for CCPS employees and volunteers (with CCPS ID). Reduced admission for students and non-CCPS adults. Plus, $1 per ride tickets all night!
Click here for details
Over a Million Books to Collier Kids
For 15 years, Books for Collier Kids has provided new books to children in Collier County. Founded with the desire to address early literacy and provide books to disadvantaged children, this organization distributes more than 100,000 books to 8,000 children each year. In Collier County, over 62% of children (almost 2 out of every 3 children) receive free/reduced lunch, indicating there is a financial hardship in the home. In these homes, age-appropriate reading material may be scarce and access to books may be limited. Thanks to Books for Collier Kids, children receive one book each month in pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade. These books help children develop early literacy and basic language skills, increased vocabulary, expanded imagination, and a love for reading.
Learn more about Books for Collier Kids
Congratulations to this year's Laws of Life essay competition winners! These students were honored at the annual Laws of Life Awards Banquet and delivered their essay submissions to a captivated crowd consisting of parents, peers, teachers, and local business leaders. Keep an eye on @collierschools social media for a video of each winner.
Click here for the list of award winners
Congratulations to the six CCPS teachers who became a 2019-2020 Champions For Learning Golden Apple Recipient! We look forward to celebrating their accomplishment at the 30th Annual Golden Apple Celebration of Teachers Dinner on April 3, 2020.
Click here for the list of recipients
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Mrs. Stephanie Lucarelli, Chair • Mr. Erick Carter, Vice Chair
Mrs. Jen Mitchell, Member • Mr. Roy M. Terry, Member • Dr. Jory Westberry, Member
Dr. Kamela Patton
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