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Important Dates

May 9 Elementary Math Challenge
May 10 Regular School Board Meeting @ 4 pm (Business Meeting begins at 4:30 pm)
May 12 Early Dismissal Day *
May 13 Middle School Scholar Bowl Tournament
  UNIQUE Academic Team Competition
May 17 School Board Work Session @ 4 pm (Budget)
May 20 Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition @ Hodges University
May 21 3rd Annual iSTEM Competition @ Florida SouthWestern State College
May 25 Middle School Debate Tournament
May 27 No School
May 30 No School (Memorial Day)
* Early dismissal is 3 hours earlier than normal dismissal time.

It is hard to believe that the 2015-16 school year is already winding down.


Last month, our CCPS Proud Tour traveled to Immokalee. Community leaders had the opportunity to see all the unique activities going on in our schools that make us so CCPS Proud. They visited Village Oaks Elementary, Immokalee High School, and Immokalee Technical College (iTECH).


Also in April, we received a huge honor from the Collier County Board of Commissioners. In a proclamation, they declared April 26th as CCPS Proud Day. District and school staff celebrated the occasion by wearing their best blue and green attire. This honor would not have been possible without our amazing students, staff, and community. Thank you!


As we enter May, we have a lot of events to look forward to at Collier County Public Schools. High school students in our Entrepreneurship Program have been hard at work this year creating unique business ideas and products. After hosting school-wide competitions, the top two businesses from each school will compete in a district-level competition at Hodges University later this month. I cannot wait to see the ideas these young entrepreneurs have developed.


As if that was not exciting enough, we are looking forward to our first-ever Elementary Math Challenge, the finale of the Middle School Scholar Bowl Tournament, a UNIQUE Academic Competition, and our 3rd Annual iSTEM Competition.


Thank you again for your unwavering support of our students. Let’s finish the year strong!


~ Dr. Kamela Patton

Congratulations are in order for our first schools to achieve Blue Zones certification. Lake Park Elementary, Seagate Elementary, Gulfview Middle, and Naples High schools have been piloting this initiative during the school year and all were feted on April 27th by Southwest Florida Blue Zones Project leaders for their efforts to move toward a healthier lifestyle. Each school determined their own goals and actions to meet them in an ongoing effort to improve wellness across the district in accordance with our District’s Wellness policy.


There will be a Regular School Board Meeting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, May 10th to formalize the Strategic Plan for the next three years. After months of discussion and input from stakeholders, the plan will be put into action beginning July 1st. Also of interest on the agenda will be the adoption of the 2017-18 School Calendar. The following week on Tuesday, May 17th, the Board will hold their annual Budget Work Session to preview and give input on the budget for the upcoming year. As always, we encourage your feedback on any of these items.


Mark Saturday, May 21st on your calendar to witness the excitement generated by the 3rd Annual iSTEM Competition for elementary, middle, and high school students at the Collier Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College. If you can’t be there in person, you can watch it on the Education Channel (cable 99) or online at collierschools.com.


Celebrations and ceremonies leading up to graduation begin this month across our District to reward students for their hard work and achievements accomplished during the school year. Please take some time before the school year ends to thank our teachers and staff for their dedication and commitment to supporting our children throughout the year. We greatly appreciate all they do each and every day.


~ Julie Sprague

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State Science Fair All-Star Team
Congratulations to the students who brought home championship wins from the State Science Fair!

Click here for the list of student winners

Click here to view the photo gallery

Secretary of State Board of Education Visits
Golden Gate High School

Students, staff, and administrators at Golden Gate High School recently welcomed Tom Grady, Secretary of the State Board of Education. Mr. Grady spent some time in the school's entrepreneurship Innovation Lab.

FGCU Solar Go-Kart Races
Congratulations to the Gulf Coast High School Sun Connection Boys Team for their grand championship win at Florida Gulf Coast University's Solar Go-Cart Races! Kudos to all of our CCPS teams who participated and brought home wins.

Click here for the list of winners

Click here to see the video news package

Annual Marine Science Film Festival
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-16 Marine Science Film Festivals. The festivals were held at two sites this year - Rookery Bay and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The premier featured student-made films and student-designed movie posters.

Click here for the list of winners

Click here to see the video news package

Mary Jo Gothorpe
Lely Elementary School (LES)

Lely Elementary School is thrilled to highlight Mary Jo Gothorpe. Not only does Mary Jo volunteer endless hours at LES, she also recruits and coordinates the school's volunteers' schedules of more than 30 other retirees from all over the country. Mary Jo and her team of dedicated volunteers work one-on-one with 27 first grade students from November through May. Not only do students benefit academically from their time with Mary Jo’s team, the kind and encouraging words from the volunteers create a bond that lasts with the students for years to come. Mary Jo has been dedicating her time to Lely Elementary students for the past five years. She took over this enormous effort, first started by Mary Lou Gollart, five years ago. Students, teachers, administrators, and staff hope that she will continue this positive relationship with Lely Elementary for many years to come.

Collier County Public Schools
(239) 377-0001
For additional information on the features highlighted in this newsletter,
please visit our website at www.collierschools.com

School Board
Ms. Julie Sprague, Chair • Mr. Roy M. Terry, Vice Chair
Mrs. Kathleen Curatolo, Member • Mrs. Erika Donalds, Member • Mrs. Kelly Lichter, Member

Dr. Kamela Patton