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Recent Work

  • Class Notes: There is such a thing as a free lunch in Collier schools Published 09/27/2010 at 11:22 a.m.

    While they may say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, “they” apparently don’t know about what happens here in Collier County in the summertime.

  • Class Notes: Find out what Senate Bill 4 means for your student Published 09/20/2010 at 1:33 p.m.

    Senate Bill 4, OK’d by lawmakers in March, is changing the high school landscape, but its reach trickles down into middle school as well.

  • Class Notes: New attendance policy for Collier County students Published 09/13/2010 at 4:05 p.m.

    We’re focusing today on a little bit of this and a little bit of that — several topics of interest.

  • Class Notes: Take a peak into classrooms via Education Channel’s shows Published 09/07/2010 at 11:10 a.m.

    Do you ever wonder what’s going on inside our classrooms these days? How has education changed since we were in school? The Education Channel, Comcast cable 99, takes you inside our classrooms on two of our TV shows: Class Act, ...

  • Class Notes: Principals report that school year off to a great start Published 08/31/2010 at 10:34 a.m.

    It seems that the new school year is off to one of the best starts ever. Sensing that, I wanted to drill a little deeper so I checked with several principals to learn how things are going.

  • Class Notes: School year gets off to a great start Published 08/23/2010 at 4:06 p.m.

    The new school year is well underway and off to a great start. Our 42,000-plus students are back in the classrooms of an “A” school district a second year in a row. They were greeted on Monday by 3,000 smiling, ...

  • Class Notes: Some back-to-school words of wisdom to consider Published 08/16/2010 at 4:43 p.m.

    Here we are on the eve of the dawning of the 2010-2011 school year — an exciting time. These last couple days before school doors swing open once again, we want to share some “words of wisdom” gathered from our ...

  • Class notes: Students, see you again in August! Published 06/17/2010 at 2:11 p.m.

    This will be the last time we’ll visit for the school year, but we’ll resume our weekly Class Notes columns in August just before the new school year begins on August 23.

  • Class Notes: Summer break can hinder education Published 06/11/2010 at 7:33 a.m.

    It’s time to celebrate completion of a really good school year, and time to look forward to the 2010-2011 school year which begins for students on Monday, August 23, 2010, (sorry kids).

  • Class Notes: Grads and graduation ... congrats! Published 06/03/2010 at 3:56 p.m.

    The song lyric goes, “It’s a time for joy, a time for tears, a time we’ll treasure through the years. We’ll remember always, graduation day.” And today IS graduation day (Friday, June 4, 2010) for more than 2,600 seniors graduating ...

  • Class Notes: Volunteers a key cog for schools Published 05/27/2010 at 1:36 p.m.

    They say “love makes the world go ‘round,” and there’s a song like that, but those of us here at the School District of Collier County believe the love for our students expressed by our legion of volunteers makes the ...

  • Class Notes: Schools to offer TV program on changes due to Senate Bill 4 Published 05/20/2010 at 7:52 a.m.

    If you are the parent of an eighth grader – a member of the high school class of 2014 – or the parent of even a seventh or sixth grader, you’ll need to know about Senate Bill 4, passed by ...

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - An angel? Yes, but schools have an ANGEL Published 05/05/2010 at 6:09 p.m.

    I’m sure you’ve heard someone say, “Be an angel and do this or that for me.” Well there’s a new angel on the radar for us these days, and it’s simply called ANGEL. So, what is ANGEL? It’s a web-based ...

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - Social network issue didn’t end with forum Published 04/28/2010 at 4:53 p.m.

    I think we can all agree as parents and grandparents that the recent Community Forum on Social Media – focusing on the impact misuse of social media can have on our kids – was long overdue.

  • CLASS NOTES: Joe Landon - Social network forum is must-see TV Published 04/21/2010 at 4:51 p.m.

    Monday evening’s Community Forum on Social Media can be viewed from the comfort of your living room this weekend on The Education Channel. Panelists included Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, Naples High School Principal Nancy Graham, a high school student, two parents ...

  • CLASS NOTES: Joe Landon - Shouldn’t need a reminder about this meeting Published 04/14/2010 at 5:33 p.m.

    Need to remind you about what those of us here at the school district offices believe to be a very important evening – this Monday (April 19) – the night we’re conducting a Community Forum on Social Media. Why the ...

  • CLASS NOTES: Joe Landon - Social networks for your teens? Don't miss this meeting. Published 04/07/2010 at 6:28 p.m.

    So I have a rather personal question for you this week. Do you “tweet” or have a Facebook page? More importantly, if you have a teenage son or daughter who tweets and welcomes friends to a Facebook account, or uses ...

  • CLASS NOTES: Joe Landon - Public schools’ Web site always shows late buses Published 03/31/2010 at 6:08 p.m.

    There also seems to be reason for a “season” here in Collier County. Pretty soon the big “SEASON” will be ending. We’ll be saying goodbye to all of our good snowbird friends for another year, wishing them safe travel up ...

  • CLASS NOTES: Joe Landon - Athletes become scholastic champions Published 03/24/2010 at 3:54 p.m.

    Everyone loves a champion! We all do. And we’ve been fortunate here in the school district to have several state championships to celebrate over the past few years, and we’ve paid tribute to the athletes and the teams who’ve won ...

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - Locally, PBS is a behavior support system Published 03/17/2010 at 5:03 p.m.

    PBS – the Public Broadcasting Service, right? Having spent most of my life in the broadcasting world before coming to the school district, that’s what I’ve always thought.

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - Literacy highlights “Bush Month” Published 03/10/2010 at 6:54 p.m.

    Last month was “Bush month” here in our little corner of the world. “Bush 43” (George W.) and brother Jeb grabbed the Naples Town Hall Series spotlight.

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - Board certification prestigious as it is arduous Published 03/03/2010 at 4:56 p.m.

    You may have heard that our school district has two new National Board Certified Teachers -

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - First meal and first books both important Published 02/24/2010 at 3:39 p.m.

    They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Not sure who “they” are but I’m guessing they are right. I know I do better once I’ve had my bowl of cereal. Same, of course, holds true ...

  • "The three R's" have changed: Relevance, rigor and relationship Published 02/17/2010 at 4:37 p.m.

    Ever since I was a kid (many moons ago) I’ve heard about the “3 R’s” – reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic, the alliteration of course of reading, writing, and arithmetic. So much for spelling, huh? The 3 R’s have long been ...

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - Florida schools ranks 8th in nation Published 02/10/2010 at 3:10 p.m.

    Florida is ranked eighth in the nation for K-12 public education! I’m guessing you haven’t seen or heard that since the annual Quality Counts report recently issued by the Education Week publication drew little, if any, media attention.

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - District’s Web site revamped Published 02/03/2010 at 3:12 p.m.

    The district’s Web site has a fresh, new look. If you haven’t been on the site recently, you might want to check it out at As of the first of the year, the district’s Webmaster is in our office ...

  • JOE LANDON: Class Notes - More first semester highlights Published 01/27/2010 at 4:27 p.m.

    Earlier this month, I shared some first semester school highlights with you, hoping to give you a little bit of insight into what’s happening on our campuses. With the second semester just getting underway, here are a few more highlights ...

  • The Write Stuff: Keep in touch over the summer months Published 06/02/2006 at midnight

    So the school year is wrapping up and so is this column for the summer months. We want to leave you with a few important reminders.

  • GCHS raises $5,000 for Make-A-Wish Published 05/03/2006 at 3:09 p.m.

    Something really special took place earlier this week at Gulf Coast High School. According to teacher Julie Sprague, her Wild World of Medicine class presented a $5,000 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Tuesday, May 2. The funds will go ...

  • Cow bingo puts the fun in fundraising Published 04/26/2006 at 3:09 p.m.

    In last week’s column we let you know about a bunch of stuff going on at several of your schools. This is such a busy time, and there’s so much that’s happening, we’ll do the same thing right here, right ...

  • Get out and take in local talent at schools Published 04/21/2006 at 11:06 a.m.

    We told you a couple of weeks ago that this is a really busy time of the year in our schools. Well, we weren’t kidding. Our schools in northeastern Collier County have a lot going on now through the last ...

  • Here’s your chance to ask those questions Published 04/12/2006 at 4:41 p.m.

    Have you ever thought, “Gee, I’d like to ask the Superintendent of Schools about this or that?” Or has asking a school board member a question about something ever crossed your mind? If there is a burning question you’d like ...

  • Reading is taking flight at Sabal Palm Published 04/05/2006 at 3:28 p.m.

    So all third graders at Sabal Palm Elementary School in Golden Gate Estates get to go on a really cool field trip to tour the Naples Municipal Airport. What a great way to spend the day, right? But it gets ...

  • Heading into the final homestretch Published 03/30/2006 at 8:30 a.m.

    We hope that you had an enjoyable and relaxing spring break. All of us “school people” are revved up and ready to travel down the homestretch of the 2005-06 school year, planning to cross the finish line with high school ...

  • Local students with outstanding talents Published 03/16/2006 at 3:50 p.m.

    This week we congratulate the achievements of several outstanding students in the Citizen’s readership area. Palmetto Ridge High School is home to state wrestling champions Richie Dehnz, Zack Mastro and Elias Rey. All three are also Collier County Athletic Conference ...

  • MMS teacher meets NBPT standards Published 02/23/2006 at 1:42 p.m.

    The Collier County Public School District is proud to have 18 teachers who have just earned prestigious national certification after meeting the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This is the highest professional credential in the field of teaching.