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Important Dates

Feb 7 Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. (Business Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Feb 15 Gifted Symposium, 6:00 pm @ MLK Administrative Center
Feb 16 TweetChat with the Superintendent @ Noon, #CCPSChat
Feb 18 High School Scholar Bowl
Feb 20 No School (Presidents' Day)
Feb 21 School Board Work Session at 5:00 p.m. (Board Policies)
Feb 23 Special School Board Meeting @ 2:00 pm (AdvancED Accreditation)
  Laws of Life @ Hilton Naples

Just one month into 2017 and Collier County Public Schools is full of action and achievement with promise of more to come.


Last month, I traveled with the Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Band to Washington, D.C. for their performance during the Inaugural Parade. This was such a historic moment for the band. They are the first Collier County band to march in a Presidential Inauguration. We are all CCPS Proud of the "Marching Pride." Science superstars shined during the Collier County Regional Science and Engineering Fair last month as well. This year, more than 120 students participated after being selected as school-wide winners. Thirty seven students received awards and the top 13 “Best in Show” winners will be representing the district at the Florida State Science Fair and STEM Competition in March.


Looking ahead, February 16 marks the first-ever “CCPS TweetChat.” I will be taking questions on the District's Twitter account (@collierschools) beginning at noon. So, be sure to send your question using the hashtag #CCPSChat.


As for our students, February marks the beginning of many great activities and academic competitions. They begin early in the month with the High School Project Unify Field Day, followed by the first-ever Middle School Project Unify Field Day. Both the High School Scholar Bowl Tournament and Laws of Life Banquet are this month as well. I am so looking forward to seeing our students continue to achieve!


~ Dr. Kamela Patton


My first few months as a School Board Member have been exciting as I toured schools and departments within our district. I have also enjoyed working with my fellow board members. My priority as a new board member was to begin team building. Thanks to the joint efforts of each board member, we are working towards achieving this goal. At a casual meeting on January 23, 2017, a round table type of meeting, we found agreement on some issues and found middle ground on others. I hope the show of unity from your board will trickle down to district administrators, school administrators, teachers, and lastly but most importantly, set a wonderful example for the students. We want them to recognize other view points in a positive way and not find differing options a threat, creating conflict.


I feel it’s important that the citizens of Collier County know how fortunate we are to have such a strong team at CCPS. I had the pleasure of touring our Transportation Department. The men and women that work in transportation do a wonderful job, making sure our kids get to and from school as safely as possible. Did you know that a bus driver performs a safety inspection before and after their routes? That all busses are pulled every 30 days for a complete safety inspection by our certified inspectors? That our Transportation Department keeps an eye on the bottom line by using a fleet management software, Dossier? It allows us to keep track of real-time repairs and parts used. By the way, we are working on standardizing the fleet by the 2018-19 school year, meaning all buses will have the same engine and drive train. For those of you using our transportation services, please don’t forget to thank the men and women who take such care and pride in their jobs.


~ Erick Carter


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Palmetto Ridge High School "Marching Pride" Performs in 58th Presidential Inaugural Parade
The Palmetto Ridge High School Marching Band had the distinct honor of marching in the Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

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Mid-Year Graduation - January 2017
On January 10, 2017, Collier County Public Schools held a mid-year graduation for Beacon High School students who participated in a credit recovery program to earn the necessary requirements for graduation. Congratulations, Graduates!

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Donna Byrum
Village Oaks Elementary School (VOE)

Village Oaks Elementary School has been lucky to have Donna Byrum as a classroom volunteer for approximately 10 years. Each year, teachers look forward to introducing new students to her when she returns to Florida in October. She learns each student’s name and spends time working on language, art, and academic activities. Tuesday always becomes affectionately known as “Miss Donna Day!”

Donna speaks so highly of the children that many of her friends often want to contribute clothing, shoes, and other items for VOE students. Over the years, she has also organized and collected several monetary donations for Pre-K field trips and holiday gifts. Village Oaks is so appreciative of her dedication to the school and students. She has been an invaluable resource over the years!

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