May 15, 2016
A Message from Jeff and Yolanda
It is beginning to look like a lot like the end of the school year with a jam packed week of activities including the annual Project Explore Awards Ceremony at Mooring Park, the Phelbotomy completion ceremony, the staff recognition event, the Practical Nursing Pinning ceremony, and Denise's retirement party on the Naples Princess.
The Project Explore Awards Ceremony coordinated by Anne Fredette, Lynn Bedreva and Henry Corona was spectacular yet again! The ceremony honors LWTC’s adults with disabilities and their mentors at Moorings Park. Throughout the year , the mentors help build the confidence of students while providing them with an opportunity to develop career and inter-personal skills.
The theme this year was "Perfectly Imperfect". According to Ann, the theme was chosen because snowflakes like people are perfectly imperfect.
They say that no two snowflakes are alike. Just like the snowflakes the human pattern is never cast twice. The journey of a snowflake begins by taking on the form, yet unique in its own special way . Parallel to snowflakes, we too are on a journey , headed to in the same direction towards acceptance, success and happiness.
Snowflakes sometimes bump into each other, cross paths and become altered to perfection while many magnificent transformations and changes take place along the way. Just like a snowflake; we find ourselves crossing the path of others that will change us forever. Snowflakes are not only a symbol of luck or love but in fact a belief in the miracle of flying.
We all left the ceremony inspired, energized and with some advice from the snowflakes. It's profound to watch our students change as a result of our interactions and that, in kind, they change as a result of their uniqueness. Take a moment this week to reflect on how your students are like snowflakes and the flurry of changes around you all.
The week then continued with the Phlebotomy class completion ceremony. Although a short program, Peter Quail in such little time inspires his students to believe in themselves and motivates them to further their career in the health science field. One of the students walked away with a $500 scholarship from the Berkshire Lakes Woman's Group to continue her studies in the nursing program.
Unfortunately I was not able to make it to the Practical Nursing Pinning ceremony, but I hear, as always, it was a tear jerker. Mary Crowley, Jill Peterson, Kami Greer, Pam Wilkin, Fay Warfield and Eileen Schoenknecht always make it special for the students and their families.
The week wrapped up with Denise Duzick's retirement party, a dinner cruise on the Naples Princess on Friday, 5/13. It was a great evening of stories, laughter, memories and friendship. Thank you to Jack Izbicki for coordinating the event and to all who attended. This is Denise's final week after 34 year of service to the students of Collier County and the many phases of LWIT/LWTC. Please join us on Thursday, May 19th, 2:30 p.m. for a reception in dining room "A" to wish Denise well as she starts the next phase of her life.
One last Web on Wednesday for the 2015-16 school year will take place on Wed, May 25th at either 2:00 or 2:35pm in 2-233. Please mark your calendar if you are interested in this optional session. We will be looking at two more online quiz-creating opportunities that make formative assessments much more powerful and, frankly, entertaining! Join us!
Change: Jeff Herb titled a blog post, Think Differently about Technology and Collaboration - one he wrote almost two years ago, but the message still holds. The message is not about a particular tech tool or collaborative/instructional strategy - it is about meaningful change that comes about when we really think! It’s a relatively short post - take a look and see if any of it resonates with you as we near the end of the school year.
- US History EOC exams on 5/17 and Biology EOC exams on 5/18 and 5/19.
- Denise's retirement party will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2:30 p.m. in dining room A
- A group of 9th grade Earth and Space Science students under the direction of Steve Parnell, will be taking part in the 3rd Annual Stem Competition at Florida SouthWestern College on Saturday, 5/21. The students will be competing in a geocaching event against students from the other high schools.
- Our final day of After School Homework Club will be on Wednesday, 5/25.
- District Parent Surveys are due on Monday, 5/16. Please collect the last of the surveys and they will be picked up after 1st period and 1st/3rd block by office staff.
- If you haven't already done so please finalize your evaluations in iObservation. Remember, this is not your final score.
- PLT Reflections are due 5/31.
- Don't forget to nominate a staff member for the month of May by clicking on the Padlet link. Type the name of the nominated staff member in the "Title" portion of the Padlet post and your reasoning in the body of the post. Also you can nominate by grade level a student for the month of April by clicking the appropriate link below. Follow the same protocol of putting the student name as the title and reason for nominating in the body of the posting.
9th grade Link:
10th grade Link:
11th grade Link:
12th grade Link:
Spotlight on LWTHS Staff Member
Many people have family members who are involved n education and this is how they become involved in education too. Bruce Peters followed in his father’s footsteps and studied education. He earned a degree in science and studied biology, chemistry, and geology from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana where he played strong tackle on the football team. Bruce took an intern position with the Conservancy here in Naples for nine months, and afterwards was hired full-time to work for the organization. Bruce’s brother is a nurse, and he told Bruce to go back to school to earn his nursing degree. Bruce followed his brother’s advice and did so until he attended a career fair and was hired for the opening of the new technical high school—Lorenzo Walker. He taught Biology for two years, and then began teaching nursing. He is the recent 2015-2016 recipient of the Golden Apple. Bruce and his wife have one daughter, Erica, a senior at Naples High School. Bruce enjoys the energy his students provide and this feeds him to continue teaching.
Spotlight on LWTHS Staff Member
Marguerite Dagher comes to LWTH via Lebanon. She actually came to the United States and stayed with her father in North Carolina, and then her husband was offered a job in Naples. She has worked for the school system in different capacities over the years, beginning her career in elementary school. Marguerite has three daughters. The oldest, Krystel, is married and has a daughter. She lives with her husband and child in Lebanon. The second daughter, Gayelle, is a teacher at Golden Gate Elementary and will be marrying this summer in Lebanon. The youngest of the three girls is Gabby, a senior at Naples High, and will be attending college this fall. In Marguerite’s spare time, she face times with her granddaughter Kate. Just talking with Margurite you can tell the family bond is strong, and she cannot wait for the family to all be reunited this summer for the wedding.
Kudos to . . .
- Rita Kentros for taking the 9th grade student council members to Hodges University on 5/11 to participate in the Champions for Learning event. This is the second time this year the students have participated in the round table discussions.
- Anne Genovese for coordinating the 10th grade Technical Area Shadowing and to the entire 10th grade team for their support.
- Adam Janowski, Coach Monahan, Lesa Vetia, Deb Young, Bob Waller, Rosmeri Morales and Margo Dagher for conducting the 10th grade shadowing tours.
- All of the LWTC teachers who provided activities for the 10th grade shadowing and helping our students to narrow down their top technical area choices.
- Kris Betten-Jutasi, Pat Metcalf, Stephanie Scott and Rita Kentros for the coordination and support of the 4th Annual 9th grade Spelling Bee.
- LWTC Student Services staff for conducting our final 5th grade tour last week.
- Bruce Rutila for assisting with bus duty during the support staff meeting.
- Tara Barr and the Environmental Club for the canal cleanup on 5/14.
- Sabrina Medal for making 50 plus phone calls to parents to ensure our students attended school on 5/13.
- Dave Gabriel for agreeing to be the teacher point of contact for the new FOCUS program
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Upcoming Student Events
- 5/23 - 5/26 District Final Exams
- 5/25, Awards Night, Grades 9-11, LWTC Dining Room, 6:00 pm
- 5/27, No School