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Important Dates

Jan 1 No School (Winter Break)
Jan 2 No School for Students (Teacher Planning Day)
Jan 3 Students Return to School
Jan 8 Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. (Business Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Jan 15 School Board Work Session (Board Governance) at 5:00 p.m.
Jan 16 Religious Freedom Day
Jan 21 No School (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Happy New Year! As we welcome 2019, we look forward to another year full of #CCPSSuccess!


We ended 2018 with great news! Last month, the Florida Department of Education released high school graduation rates for the 2017-18 school year. CCPS increased its graduation rate to 91.9%. That is a 3.7 percentage point increase from last year's 88.2% rate and an increase of 19.4 percentage points since 2011. This rate is the highest Federal graduation rate in the history of CCPS and the largest percentage point increase from year-to-year since 2012. CCPS has risen to a rank of 8th (2018) of 67 districts from 33rd (2011). Even with the challenges of Hurricane Irma and missed school days, our seniors showed grit, resilience, and strength through adversity. I am certainly beaming with pride on this #CCPSSuccess!


Thank you to the more than 2,100 participants who came out early on a Saturday morning for our 4th Annual CCPS 5K Walk-Run last month. We outpaced last year's event and had 100% of our schools participating. Thank you to our power sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union, and all of our sponsors for their continued support. A special thanks as well to the more than 200 volunteers who worked together to make this event - the 2nd largest 5K in Collier County - an awesome success!


Our District recently welcomed Senator Kathleen Passidomo, Representative Byron Donalds, and Representative Bob Rommel to our annual Legislative Breakfast held at Oakridge Middle School (OMS). We welcomed the opportunity to share our #CCPSSuccess stories and to showcase the musical and academic talents of OMS students. We look forward to continued collaboration with our legislators in achieving the collective goal of student achievement.


The 2018-2019 STEAM Conference is fast approaching, scheduled to be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Make sure you take a moment to register today for this STEAMtastic Saturday of hands-on learning and fun! We look forward to welcoming Kate the Chemist as our special guest speaker and our STEAM Village will be sure to impress. Click here to register.


I look forward to seeing what our #CCPSFamily accomplishes in 2019!


~ Dr. Kamela Patton

For more than 30 years, Career Source Southwest Florida (CSSF) has been working with Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) to help students be prepared for life after high school. Taking a proactive approach, CSSF has helped bring life-changing programs to the schools to support at-risk students. Through a grant from the Florida Department of Education, as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Career Source manages and operates the Miracle Program. This program provides highly effective and comprehensive afterschool and summer programming to 850 students in Immokalee schools every day. The program provides opportunities for extended academic enrichment with CCPS teachers, homework help, and personal leadership as well as a broad array of additional services and programs. CSSF also operates Destination Graduation, designed as a workforce development, education, and employer partnership. It is a comprehensive mentoring, academic intervention, and work readiness program for students who are most at risk of not graduating high school. This program serves 125 students in 5 Collier County high schools. The program has a strong history of success with 94% of participating students graduating.


In addition to the direct program support, CSSF has been a long-standing partner with Collier County in career planning. As a member of the Future Force Steering Committee, CSSF has helped shaped workforce education in the schools. Currently, CSSF supports the NAF academies in each of our high schools through the advisory board and administrative services to support CCPS’s NAF Internship program.

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4th Annual CCPS 5K Walk-Run
The 4th Annual CCPS 5K Walk-Run, powered by Suncoast Credit Union, was a phenomenal success! More than 2,100 people participated in the race, a record number for this event! Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who made this event fantastic!

Click here to view video and photo gallery

Naples Christmas Parade 2018
More than 100 #CCPSFamily members joined School Board Members and Superintendent, Dr. Kamela Patton, at the 2018 City of Naples Christmas Parade. It was a great evening of holiday cheer!

Click here to view photo gallery

Sapakie Family STEAM Grant Surprise Visits
Congratulations to five CCPS teachers who received the first-ever Sapakie Family STEAM Grants! Each honoree received a $2,000 grant to support a STEAM initiative in their classroom. Sincere thanks to the Sapakie Family!

Click here to view WINK News story

2018-2019 MATHCOUNTS Competition
Congratulations to Oakridge Middle School for their first-place win at this year's District MATHCOUNTS competition. It was a day full of solving math problems. Kudos to all the students who participated.

Allison Perry and Ashley Byrd
Gulfview Middle School (GVM)

This month, Gulfview Middle School (GVM) is proud to highlight two of its all-star volunteers! First, Allison Perry, mother of two Gulfview students, coordinated the details of the school's Turkey Trot event, beginning to plan even before the school year started. The annual Turkey Trot has taken place at the school for approximately 40 years. This time, Allison tracked event procedures so that as time goes on, the details are available to future coordinators. She is appreciated for going above and beyond for an event that sparks passion for health, wellness, community, giving, and GVM tradition all in one.

Ashley Byrd has been a part of the Gulfview family for five years between her son and daughter's years at the school. She helped organize the school's Walk-a-Thon for the second year in a row, coordinated the pep rallies, envelope distribution/retrieval, monetary collection, and the numerous details. Ashley worked closely with staff, the administration, the Walk-a-Thon director, and around 20 other parent volunteers to make this fundraiser a huge success. From pep rallies to walk-a-thons and minute-to-win-it games, everything came together impeccably. Ashley helped make the event a reality, and by doing so supported Gulfview's learning, achievement, and overall school community.

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