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Important Dates

Nov 1 College Night - Golden Gate High School at 5:30 p.m.
Nov 10 School in Session (Hurricane Make-Up Day) - Veterans Day
Nov 14 Regular School Board Meeting at 4:30 p.m. (Business Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m.)
Nov 21 School Board Organizational Meeting at 8:00 a.m.
Nov 22-24 No School (Fall Break)

The month of November is a time to reflect and give thanks. I am beyond thankful that life is beginning to return to normalcy for our Collier County students and families. As the recovery process post Hurricane Irma continues, I am amazed by the outpouring of support for students from the community and beyond.


Last month, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Collier County Public Schools. During her day here, Secretary DeVos toured Everglades City School and Pinecrest Elementary to see the recovery firsthand. I was also asked to testify before the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on PreK-12 Education in order to speak to the impact Hurricane Irma had on our schools, students, and community. In sharing our experience, I had the opportunity to highlight stories of our community coming together in response to the hurricane crisis.


Looking forward, the 3rd Annual CCPS 5K Walk-Run is only a month away. Join us on Saturday, December 2nd, for a morning of fun and fitness. All proceeds raised go back to support wellness initiatives at our schools. Click here to register.


We are also still accepting proposals for the 2017-2018 Annual STEAM Conference on January 20, 2018. December 22nd is the last day to send in your presentation booth and mini-project ideas. You can submit proposals by clicking here.


As Thanksgiving approaches, I wish you a happy and safe holiday. Please enjoy this time off with family and friends.


~ Dr. Kamela Patton

Like many of you, the school board has been playing catch up on meetings and events after Hurricane Irma. I’d like to provide an update on topics covered in October, and some that will come up in November.


At the board’s October meeting, we voted to receive proposals from state-approved CPA firms to perform a risk assessment and prepare an internal audit plan for the district. The selected firm will report directly to the school board. This financial management best practice will be an important step forward to improve the board’s oversight of district internal controls.


Also in October, the board decided not to join the lawsuit against HB 7069, a bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Scott earlier this year. The bill gives bonuses to great teachers, expands parental choice including virtual education, and allows for more equitable funding for public charter school students.


At our November 14th meeting, we will hear a presentation from the administration regarding district-wide student performance data, and will review this year’s Strategic Plan. We will also consider changes to several board policies, including the topics of bullying, technology use, and homeless students.


Your school board welcomes your input. Feel free to reach out by phone or email, or attend our meeting on November 14th at 5pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center.


~ Erika Donalds

Let us know what you think about the newsletter, our website, or if you have suggestions for future newsletters. We'd love to hear from you at feedback@collierschools.com

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Visits CCPS
Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Collier County on October 6, 2017. She toured Everglades City School and Pinecrest Elementary School to see the recovery from Hurricane Irma firsthand.

Click here to view the video

Immokalee High Robotics Teams Win at Regional Tournaments
The Immokalee High School girls and boys robotics teams have started their competition season strong with consecutive tournament wins! Congratulations to the student competitors and good luck in future competitions!

Click here to read Naples Daily News article

Carol Hamilton
Barron Collier High School (BCH)

Barron Collier High School would like to shine the volunteer spotlight on Carol Hamilton. Carol has two children attending BCH - Lexi, a senior volleyball player, and Zach, a Freshman basketball player. She is the president of the Barron Collier All-Sports Booster Club and Volleyball Club. From running the concession stand at games to selling school merchandise, she plays a vital role in fundraising and volunteers at almost every sporting event. Carol is a tremendous asset to the Barron Collier Cougars and we sincerely thank her for everything she does for the school.

Collier County Public Schools

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For additional information, please visit our website at www.collierschools.com

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