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Important Dates

Jan 2 No School (Winter Break)
Jan 3 No School for Students (Teacher Planning Day)
Jan 10 Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. (Business Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Jan 13 Religious Freedom Day
Jan 16 No School (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
Jan 23 School Board Work Session at 4:00 p.m.

Happy 2017! I hope you all had a phenomenal Winter Break and were able to spend quality time with family and friends. As we enter the new year, we have so much to look forward to at Collier County Public Schools.


We are so proud of the continuing success of our students. Last month, the Florida Department of Education released high school graduation rates for the 2015-16 school year. CCPS increased its graduation rate to 86.7%. That is a 2.4 percentage point increase from last year's 84.3% rate! What a wonderful accomplishment heading into the second half of the school year.


I want to thank everyone who made the 2nd Annual CCPS 5K Walk-Run such a huge success. We had more than 1,700 registered participants and 100% school participation. From students, families, staff, community members, and our amazing volunteers, we could not have done it without each and every one of you. A big thank you also to our Power Sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union, and all of our event sponsors.


We have so many things to look forward to in the second half of the school year. To kick things off, the Palmetto Ridge High School marching band will be performing at the Inauguration Parade in Washington, D.C. on January 20. We are so proud of the Marching Pride as they become the first Collier County band to ever march in this parade! On February 16, I will be hosting my first “Tweet Chat” through Twitter. Join me at #CCPSChat at 12:00 p.m. with your questions. Our first Virtual Town Hall event of this school year will be held on March 29, on the topic of social media. I am also looking forward to our numerous academic competitions in the upcoming months including the Elementary Math Challenge, Middle and High School Scholar Bowls, Mock Trial Debates, Laws of Life, the annual Collier County Spelling Bee, the 4th Annual iSteam Competition, and so much more.


I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in 2017!


~ Dr. Kamela Patton


Happy New Year, CCPS Families! As we look forward to a successful 2017, I’d like to share a few updates about your district school board.


In December, the newly constituted board held its first business meeting, where we decided to schedule a board priority/strategy session to discuss how we will work productively for the benefit of all students in the coming year. If you have topics you would like to see the board address, please email us at boardoffice@collierschools.com before the work session on January 23rd.


Out-of-Zone and School Choice Priority Applications are being accepted now through February 15th. Go to collierschools.com/parentalchoice to apply or for detailed information about the process. I also encourage all parents to read the CCPS Parent Guide, which explains other school choice options and outlines many of the rights of parents and students in public schools. Click here to view the Parent Guide online.


Your School Board’s next business meeting will be held January 10th at 5:00pm (with recognitions at 4:30pm) at the Dr. Martin Luther King Administrative Center. We welcome all parents and community members to attend. Public comments on any topic are accepted at the beginning of the business meeting.


Wishing you all a wonderful 2017!


~ Erika Donalds


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2nd Annual CCPS 5K Walk-Run
The CCPS 2nd Annual CCPS 5K Walk-Run, powered by Suncoast Credit Union, was a phenomenal success! More than 1,700 people registered for the race, which outpaced our inaugural event in 2015.

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2016 City of Naples Christmas Parade
School Board Members Erick Carter and Stephanie Lucarelli joined Superintendent, Dr Kamela Patton, JROTC Cadets, students, and other community members at the 2016 City of Naples Christmas Parade.

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Thank you to all of our CCPS Volunteers!
The Collier County Public Schools family is always grateful for the commitment and generosity volunteers provide to all of our schools. Their support is one of the many factors that contribute to our continuing CCPS Success!

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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