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Important Dates

Feb 2 2018-2019 STEAM Conference at Golden Gate High School (click here to register)
Feb 5 Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. (Business Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Feb 12 *Early Dismissal Day (Teacher Professional Learning Day)
Feb 18 No School (Presidents' Day)
* Early dismissal is 3 hours earlier than normal dismissal time.

Just a month into the new year and Collier County Public Schools is full of action and achievement with the promise of more to come.


The 2018-2019 STEAM Conference is on February 2 at Golden Gate High School. I am so excited for what promises to be an energetic Saturday morning full of STEAM fun! Our special keynote speaker, Kate the Chemist, is set to give an "explosive" presentation that will keep everyone at the edge of their seats! Stay tuned for March's edition of iNews for highlights from this phenomenal event.


Congratulations to Immokalee Middle School Principal Ryan Nemeth for being recognized as one of three Innovative Principal of the Year finalists in the state of Florida. I had the honor of attending the awards ceremony at the end of January and introducing Mr. Nemeth as a finalist. His commitment to student achievement and digital innovation makes us #CCPSProud!


Another big congratulations is in order for our 2018-2019 Employees and Volunteers of the year! It is always such fun to be a part of the surprise "prize patrol" as we hand out each of these awards. Seeing the excitement in each classroom when the announcements are made always brings a smile to everyone's face. Our honorees truly showcase the exceptional learning happening everyday in our district. We look forward to further recognizing these employees and volunteers at the Regular School Board Meeting in May.


February marks the beginning of many great activities and academic competitions. Coming up this month is our annual Laws of Life banquet and the High School Scholar Bowl Tournament, among many other school-level STEAM challenges and competitions, some of which will culminate at our District's 6th Annual STEAM Competition on April 13 at Florida SouthWestern State College. I look forward to seeing our students continue to achieve!


~ Dr. Kamela Patton

Future Ready Collier (FRC) is a network of more than 60 organizations, businesses, schools, and community members working to ensure every child in Collier County, Florida is ready for Kindergarten, and every young person enters adulthood with a vision and plan to accomplish that vision. Collective priorities of FRC are aligned with Collier County Public Schools' (CCPS) Strategic Plan. These priorities include:

  • Engaging families with tools and resources to support the early development of their children
  • Developing and connecting community strategies to keep students engaged in school and on track for college and career readiness
  • Developing local strategies to connect students to ongoing community-based support in post-secondary experiences

On the FRC website, you will find resources available for parents including a Report to the Community, released June 2018, along with the community Kindergarten Readiness Toolkit and Early Literacy Recommended Book List (both available in three languages), as well as other resources.


Interested in building a network of support with other parents? Attend a Parent Café, a space where parents and caregivers can talk with other parents and share the challenges and victories in raising a family. Eleven of our partner organizations are hosting Parent Cafés all around the county. Email info@FutureReadyCollier.org for more information or visit www.FutureReadyCollier.org.

Let us know what you think about the newsletter, our website, or if you have suggestions for future newsletters. We'd love to hear from you at feedback@collierschools.com

Mid-Year Graduation - January 2019
Collier County Public Schools held a mid-year graduation for Beacon High School students on January 8, 2019. These students participated in a credit recovery program to earn the necessary requirements for graduation. Congratulations, Graduates!

2018-2019 Employees and Volunteers of the Year
Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Employees of the Year and Volunteers of the Year! Last month, CCPS recognized five teachers of the year, one school-related employee of the year, and two volunteers of the year. The eight honorees received their good news in surprise visits from Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton.

Click here for a list of recipients

Delene Moorer
Corkscrew Elementary School (CES)

Delene Moorer is a devoted volunteer for the students at Corkscrew Elementary School (CES). For over a decade, Delene has volunteered countless hours, sharing her love of reading while demonstrating patience, compassion, and respect. She began volunteering at CES when her two grandchildren attended the school, but long after they have moved on from CES, Delene continues to volunteer in the early childhood classrooms. She has inspired numerous students to enjoy a book and achieve their reading goals. Delene has recently received Corkscrew Elementary PTA’s Volunteer of the Month for her dedication and commitment. The comfort and care she provides in the classroom is priceless. She brilliantly uses her life experiences to inspire students to make the right choices and abide by the character traits teachers strive to instill. Her devotion to others not only impacts the young students, but teachers as well. Delene also participates in the annual CES Veterans’ Day Celebration to honor her husband and fellow veterans. Delene is truly deserving of a notable distinction for exceptional volunteer work in Collier County Public Schools.

Collier County Public Schools

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School Board
Mr. Roy M. Terry, Chair • Mrs. Stephanie Lucarelli, Vice Chair
Mr. Erick Carter, Member • Mrs. Jen Mitchell, Member • Dr. Jory Westberry, Member

Dr. Kamela Patton