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Collier County Public Schools’ Nutrition Services Department is providing a Summer Food Service Program at locations throughout
the district. Free, nutritionally balanced, hot meals (breakfast and lunch) will be available to all
children 18 years old and younger. Click here for more information.

Important Dates

July 25 Individual FCAT scores may be picked up at your child's school.
July 25 & 26 Algebra I End-of-Course Exam for Summer School Students
July 31 Summer High School Graduation
  Regular School Board Meeting
August 1 Algebra I End-of-Course Exam
August 14 Regular School Board Meeting
August 20 Students return to school

Summer Information

Message from the Superintendent

They say that the most important 20 minutes each day for any mom, dad, or guardian is the 20 minutes spent reading to their child. Some three weeks into summer break, I wish to remind you that reading to your child or with your child should be a daily summertime activity. Also important is having your child read to you is just as important. In case you are wondering what to read, if you click on the “Everything Summer” area above, you will follow a link to our 2012 Summer Information page. It is full of useful information including summer reading lists. You will find our Collier County Public Schools “Splash into Summer” recreational reading lists for Kindergarten through grade five, a Just Read, Florida! summer reading list provided by the Florida Department of Education, and a “Teachers’ Choice” summer reading list. Scrolling down the page, you will also find a cute icon link to our “School is closed – now what?” Summer Boredom Busters. These are ideas you can use to help keep children focused on reading, writing, and math while school is out. Research shows that the average loss of knowledge for a student during summer break is 18 to 22% and possibly as much as 30% for our English Language Learners. With your help, we can minimize the loss. Reading to your child and having your child read to you will make a difference. If you are unable to read to your child, Storytime, the TV read aloud show, will. Watch at 7 pm seven days a week on The Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, and online at www.collierschools.com. Please enjoy the rest of your summer!
~ Dr. Kamela Patton

Message from a School Board Member

As part of our “Way of Work” and Governance Model, the School Board recently conducted an annual self-evaluation. Because this is the third year the Board has assessed our collective work using the same evaluation instrument, we are effectively able to ensure continuity as well as track our progress. I am happy to report this year’s self-evaluation resulted in positive responses throughout the assessment which focused on individual member behavior, interaction with one-another and working relationship with our superintendent. Overall, the results of the Board self-evaluation showed significant improvement over the last two years. The School Board also recently completed our annual evaluation of the superintendent which was developed to parallel the goals as outlined in our Strategic Plan. Dr. Patton’s evaluation, which was 3.76 out of 4, not only included reaching these goals but also assessing her capability for meeting professional standards. These standards included in depth analysis of her capabilities in district management inclusive of operational and instructional leadership, policy and governance, relationship with our community and personal attributes. Upon review of her exceptional evaluation at our June School Board meeting, members voted unanimously to bring back her contract in July and will vote extend her contract two years. Continuity of leadership with a great superintendent at the helm, coupled with our focus on strategic planning moving forward, and synergism among our board team, provides the foundation for making exceptional strides in student learning as we continue our work together. ~ Kathy Curatolo

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Charity for Change's mission is to create and promote opportunities for charitable giving as a way of living through character education and community engagement


Students research charities and select one to support. Then together they set a goal to raise money for the charity they select. Plus, students earn additional dollars for their classroom charity from Charity for Change Community Partners. Students learn and practice positive character traits through classroom lessons written especially for this exciting program. Charity representatives have visited more than 500 classrooms further helping students understand how their donations help others.

Collier County Public Schools’ Communications and Community Engagement Department received high honors at the recent Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) Sunshine Medallion Awards presentation held in Tampa. The district brought home three first place Sunshine Medallion Awards and a prestigious Best of Show designation chosen from the field of 20 award winners.

The district website won Best of Show and a first place Sunshine Medallion Award. The district also won first place Sunshine Medallion Awards for the promotional video "Engaging Our Students and the Community Career Academy" and the "2011 Report to the Community". This was the second year in a row that the website received a first place Sunshine Medallion Award. Judging for all categories was conducted independently by nine Manatee County business professionals unaffiliated with any school or district.

Collier County Public Schools
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For additional information on the features highlighted in this newsletter,
please visit our website at www.collierschools.com

School Board
Mr. Roy M. Terry, Chair • Mrs. Barbara Berry, Vice Chair
Mrs. Pat Carroll, Member • Mrs. Kathleen Curatolo, Member • Ms. Julie Sprague, Member

Dr. Kamela Patton