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October 2020 - Volume 10, Issue 3
Message from the Superintendent
It has been a great start to the 2020-2021 school year! I have had the pleasure of visiting many of our schools and am so impressed at the innovative teaching and learning happening in our classrooms on campus and in the virtual learning world.
As Quarter 2 nears, parents of Classroom Connect/High School Flexible students (option 2) will be receiving an email survey on October 12th. This survey will allow parents to select their instructional model preference for Quarter 2, which begins on November 2, 2020. Parents may opt to continue with Classroom Connect/High School Flexible at-home learning OR return to on-campus learning.
A reminder that is especially important for Classroom Connect/High School Flexible students (option 2): currently, the Commissioner’s Executive Order expires in December 2020 which includes our CCPS innovative model of Classroom Connect/High School Flexible virtual scheduling. As a result, all students will be expected to return to campus January 20, 2021, (January 19 is a Virtual Learning Day and the first day of Quarter 3/second semester) with the exception of students enrolled in eCollier Academy (eCA), our distinct virtual school.
Friday Night Lights and high school fall athletics are back! We have provided updated spectator guidelines as we work collaboratively with the Florida Department of Health-Collier. Click here to read the latest updated guidelines, which include increased spectator attendance at both home and away games. If you cannot make it to a game, however, CCPS is pleased to be able to offer FREE access to live streaming for football and volleyball competitions. Visit collierschools.com/SportsLive to access.
A reminder for our Class of 2021 seniors: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion period opens on October 1st. Click here for information regarding the application, FAFSA Completion Event dates, and helpful resources. Remember, the earlier you apply, the more opportunities for funding there are available.
I am excited to announce a NEW addition to iNews this month - Conversation Corner! This section will include conversation starters on social emotional learning topics such as empathy, relationships, culture, and more. You can also find our Conversation Corner in your 2020-21 CCPS Family Organization Station. We encourage parents and adults to use these conversation starters to ignite dialogue with children on important topics.
Have a great October!
~ Dr. Kamela Patton
EMPATHY refers to having the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It is about putting oneself in another's shoes.
Conversation Starter
What helps you understand what someone else is experiencing or feeling? What gets in your way?
October 1
FAFSA Application Window Opens (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
October 6
Regular School Board Meeting at 4:00pm
October 29
Early Dismissal Day
October 30
Virtual Learning Day for Students (Teacher Professional Learning Day)
District Calendar
This year, CCPS is excited to offer unlimited FREE streaming access to high school athletics.
Click here for the latest spectator guidelines.
Click here to access the live streams
CCPS officially dedicated Herbert Cambridge Elementary School at the September 8th Regular School Board Meeting.
Click here to watch this special video dedicated to Mr. Herbert Cambridge
CCPS officially dedicated Lavern Gaynor Elementary School at the September 8th Regular School Board Meeting.
Click here to watch this special video dedicated to Mrs. Lavern Gaynor
Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only 24-hour emergency and residential shelter for children removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or homelessness. Youth Haven provides home, hope, and healing to these Collier County children and teens, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This safe haven in Collier County was founded in 1972 and has met the needs of the most vulnerable youth for over 47 years. Children in the Foster Care System and Homeless Teenagers (unaccompanied youth) call Youth Haven home, serving up to 70 youth at a time. The ages of the children on their campus range from 6 to 18 years old.
Like many of us, Youth Haven has had to adjust in response to COVID-19. The organization never closed its operation during the pandemic, knowing the services were still needed. Since the youth live on its campus, Youth Haven has transitioned one of the cottages on campus to become a full-time schoolhouse connected to CCPS virtually. The youth voted on the name and logo you see above for the virtual education on their campus.
Click here to learn more about Youth Haven
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Dr. Kamela Patton
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