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Important Dates

Apr 5 Student iFILM Festival, Rookery Bay @ 6:00 p.m.
Apr 6 Student iFILM Festival, Conservancy of Southwest Florida @ 6:00 p.m.
Apr 11 Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. (Business Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.) at Everglades City School
Apr 14 No School (Good Friday)
Apr 17 No School
Apr 24 Kindergarten Registration Begins for 2017-18 (click here to learn more)
Apr 25 Virtual Town Hall Meeting - Substance Abuse: Keeping Your Kids Safe @ 6:00 pm

It is hard to believe that the fourth quarter is already upon us! There is so much to look forward to during these last few months of the school year.


Congratulations to our 2016-17 Employees of the Year from across the district! I was thrilled to surprise these phenomenal teachers and staff with their awards last month. I appreciate their dedication to our students. Also last month, we held our first-ever "CCPS Proud Day at the Fair" as part of our ongoing employee appreciation initiatives. It was great to see our staff and volunteers and their families enjoying the attractions and activities!


We held our first Virtual Town Hall Meeting of the Year in March. Participants learned how to keep kids safe on social media. If you missed it, click here for resources and a full replay of the event. I want to thank our panel of experts for sharing their knowledge on this very important topic.


Our second Virtual Town Hall Meeting of the year will be held on April 25. This time, we will be taking on the topic of substance abuse prevention. The event will be held at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. but can be streamed to your computer or electronic device through the District website. You can also watch the event at our remote viewing locations, iTECH in Immokalee or Everglades City School.


Competition season is underway! Congratulations to the students who participated in the first-ever combined Collier and Lee County Spelling Bee as well as our high school students in the Florida Gulf Coast University Solar Go-Kart Challenge. This month, our student filmmakers will be presenting their finished products in the Student iFILM Festival at both Rookery Bay and the Conservancy. Finally, I want to wish good luck to the Immokalee High School VEX Robotics Team on their upcoming World Championship Competition in Kentucky. I know you will make us #CCPSProud!


~ Dr. Kamela Patton

The last several months have been exceedingly busy and productive for Collier County Public Schools. As a new School Board Member, I have quickly come to realize the high-level of excellence at which our District functions as highlighted by the outcome of the AdvancED External Review for District Accreditation.


AdvancED accreditation visits occur once every five years to review practices and systems for all facets of District functions. The ratings are based on five goals and thirty-five indicators that cover data collection and analysis, functioning of our governing body, academic resources and results, finance, school buildings, and capacity for continuous improvement.


The team of ten evaluators (five from Florida and five from outside the state) conducted their on-site external review randomly selecting 18 schools and 128 classrooms to visit. The team interviewed 382 stakeholders including parents, teachers, community members as well as school and District leaders. Results were remarkable. We should all feel very proud of our system.


An additional point of pride is the transparency and efficiency with which reviews occur of instructional materials for adoption. Several committees have worked diligently to review materials for adoption in the areas of Fine Arts, Social Studies, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE), Personal Fitness, and French Language. Committees consisted of volunteers from a broad range of stakeholders – parent/community members with content-area expertise, classroom teachers, and school and district administrators. You can learn more about the work of these committees by clicking here to visit the instructional materials website.


Lastly, I'd like to remind parents to stay up to date on the legislation that is being proposed that may affect your children, our teachers, and our public schools. You may do that at www.myfloridahouse.gov and www.floridasenate.gov. Write to your legislators and tell them how you feel about these bills. Of course, you may reach out to me at any time as well at lucars@collierschools.com.


~ Stephanie Lucarelli

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Collier/Lee Spelling Bee Champion
Congratulations, Surya Dodia, of North Naples Middle School! After 16 rounds of competing against students from both Collier and Lee counties, she took home the top honor at this year's Collier/Lee Regional Spelling Bee with the winning word, E-R-B-I-U-M. She will be headed to Washington, DC to compete for the national title.

Click here for all winners

CCPS Proud Day at the Fair
As part of our ongoing employee appreciation initiatives, Collier County Public Schools hosted "CCPS Proud Day at the Fair" on March 20. CCPS staff, volunteers, and students received free admission to the Collier County Fair and participated in many fun activities! Thank you to the Collier County Fair for collaborating with the District in saying "THANK YOU" to our staff and volunteers!

Sandy Martinez
Immokalee Middle School & Immokalee High School

Both Immokalee Middle and Immokalee High schools are fortunate to have FSU SSTRIDE volunteer Sandy Martinez giving back to their students. Sandy (center in photo) is a Collier County native who has received her education, lived, and worked in Immokalee her entire life. In addition to completing her Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene, she volunteers her time mentoring students in the community on the possibilities they, too, will have by attending college or a technical school. She is passionate about the opportunity to expose students to all kinds of careers in the health care industry and we are very grateful for her time. Sandy is an inspiration to so many within the Immokalee community.

Collier County Public Schools
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School Board
Mr. Roy M. Terry, Chair • Mrs. Erika Donalds, Vice Chair
Mr. Erick Carter, Member • Mrs. Kelly Lichter, Member • Mrs. Stephanie Lucarelli, Member

Dr. Kamela Patton