Mustang Message

5/3 /2015

Message from the Principal

Attending extracurricular activities is one of the favorite part of my jobs because it provides me with an informal opportunity to get to know our students better and connect with families. Unfortunately, due to a severe cold, I was not able to attend either event on Friday. Thank you to Jeff Rexford for sharing his thoughts on both events.

Our campus was bustling with school spirit on Friday. It began with the Pep Rally where the Neutron players for each grade level were introduced and ended with the cheerleaders putting on remarkable dance routines for the students! The sophomore dance routine may have been cut short but the Sophomore boys could not be stopped. They handily beat the juniors 18-1 in the championship game. There was a large turn-out of staff, students and families cheering on their favorite team. Congratulations again to winning coach, Lindsey Simmons and the Sophomore team.

The week wrapped up with the Talent Show sponsored by the Sophomore Class. The students' performances varied from dance numbers, singing, rhythmic acapella, steppin', and acoustic guitars. Not to mention Mrs. Hall busting out the Vanilla Ice classic, "Ice, Ice, Baby" with back-up dancers Lisa Perez, Lindsey Simmons and other students. There was a supportive crowd that cheered on the participants and created a positive energy flowing throughout the night.

The Emcee's, Faika and Santiago did an amazing job introducing the acts and keeping the flow going smoothly. In the end, Dawn Peck, Adam Janowski, Mary Ann O'Brien, Marsha Bergquist and Carolyn Casserly had a very tough decision as they voted for the top three acts of the evening. There was a pair that tied for 1st place this year. The honor went to Pam Vazquez and Faika Sauveur for their performances. We are small school with a lot of spirit and talent! Thank you to all who helped organize and supervise these events. It means a lot to the students to see your faces supporting and cheering them on. We look forward to the event next year.

Tech Corner

Did you know...that Google for Education is offering a free virtual conference, Education on Air, this week Fri, May 8th and Sat, May 9th. Friday’s sessions focus on skills of the future, system-wide change, and empowering students via keynotes and panels. On Saturday, there are a variety of sessions for educators, administrators, IT, and general audiences. You might find something for your professional learning time this month.

Instructional Strategy - Organizing Students for Cognitively Complex Tasks (Marzano element #21) includes ways that teachers can group students for problem-solving, decision-making, experimental-inquiry, and investigation tasks. Common strategies are cooperative learning, think logs, and peer tutoring. Selecting students who have already reached advanced levels to create a video tutorial for the benefit of others can multiply the tutoring impact. Many tools are available to create brief video tutorials, but one that is often overlooked is that of screencasting. In my example, I use Screencast-O-Matic to screencast a demo of how a peer tutor could further explain the differences between Accuracy vs. Precision. Other screencasting tools, such as Jing and Camtasia, work in a similar fashion but this one seems to rise to the top in most instances being free and still allowing up to 15 minutes of recording time.

Reminder: If you missed Tech Tool Tuesday, you can always review the tutorial and submit the 'homework' for an MIP - Check out the schedule. Our next Tech Tool Tuesday is Tuesday, May 12th @2:35pm in 2-233, with a continued focus on Nearpod - a great way to combine instruction and formative assessment, especially if you use a lot of PowerPoint presentations.

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Photo credit to onlineLWIT on Flickr


  • This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We take time to thank all of you for what your do in making the lives of students and future generations a better one.

  • LWIT Teachers, in lieu of the regularly scheduled PLC, we will have a faculty meeting on Tuesday, May 5th at 2:35 p.m. in room 2-233. We will be discussing the upcoming Compliance Audit by by the State.

  • LWIT’s 2nd annual Fundamental Skills Workshops are May 5th – 7th in the dining hall from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Three prominent employers from our community will be speaking to our students each day giving them important insight to employability no matter what field they choose to work in. We encourage LWIT teachers to schedule their class to attend one of these days. If you have questions, contact your program advisor in Student Services.

  • Approximately 30-35 Superintendents, District Office Administrators and Principals will be visiting six LWTHS classrooms from 9:30am/9:45am until 10:45am on Tue, May 5th . The focus of the conference is digital learning – here’s the website: The following will be showcasing their class
  • Khris Betten-Jutasi using Nearpod and Kahoot
  • Katherine Cummings using iMovie
  • Ed Laudise using Prezi, QR codes, Socrative
  • Dulcie Neiman using PollEverywhere, Linoit, and Padlet
  • Steve Parnell using Discovery Education Board Builder, Doceri, and Edmodo
  • Lindsey Simmons using Paper Slides
  • Wednesday, 5/6 is National School Nurse Day. We thank Nurse, Jennifer Marsala for all that she does to promote the health, safety and academic success of our students.
  • 5/7-5/8 is FOCUS training for LWIT administrators and advisors, location TBD.


  • LWIT’s Graduation is May 28th at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Coast High School auditorium. Staff and students should arrive no later than 5:30 p.m. that evening and report to the cafeteria adjacent to the auditorium to line up. The newsletter was placed in your mailboxes and is accessible on our website as well. Please share the information with your students. Also, be sure and provide Olivia Ralston with a list of adult students that will be completing their programs if you have not done so, as she is working on the program. All students planning on attending should have ordered their cap and gown. If not, have them see Olivia.

  • PLT Reflections are not required for the month of May.

  • Please be sure that students are in attendance in both academic and technology classes each day. This is the time of year when students become complacent and will provide you with countless reasons as to why they need to leave your class. Students should be dismissed only when notified by front office staff that they have permission to do so.

  • If students are absent from any of your technology classes, please email Sabrina Medal so she can track their attendance immediately.

Kudos to . . .

  • Jorge and Robert for being so responsive to computer issues during testing
  • Rick Ponton for setting up the sound system and being the Emcee for the Pep Rally
  • Joann Cassio for organizing Neutron
  • Laurie Lattarulo for keeping insurance information for the players
  • Rita Kentros, Lindsey Simmons, Dawn Peck and Joann Cassio for coaching the Neutron boys
  • Jackie Hagerman, Lindsey Simmons, Dawn Peck and Joann Cassio for coaching the cheerleaders
  • Rick Ponton being a referee during the Neutron game
  • Anne Genovese for coordinating a successful Talent Show and ensuring a successful evening
  • Adam Janowski, Mary Ann O'Brien, Carolyn Casserly, Marsha Bergquist and Dawn Peck for judging the Talent Show
  • Rose Whippo, Ed Laudise, Tiffany Hall, Lisa Perez, Bruce Peters, Rebecca Mahoney and Laurie Lattarulo for being at the Neutron Game and/or Talent Show to offer your support
  • Debbie Hoofer, Debra Young, Heidi Duff, Bob Waller, Olivia Ralston, Emily Bordner, Lesa Veitia, the Culinary Arts Program and all the instructors that stopped by and encouraged their students to participate in LWIT Connection.
Happy Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Donna Lang

Bob Jackson

Staff Meetings and Trainings

  • 5/5 LWIT Faculty Meeting, 2-233, 2:35 - 3:00 p.m.
  • 5/6 LWTHS Team Meeting, 2:00-2:35
  • 5/7 Support Staff Meeting, 1:30-2:30

Upcoming Student Events

  • Cosmetology students going to Manatee Elementary, Manatee Middle, Parkside Elementary and Golden Gate Elementary 5/5-5/8 for teacher appreciation manicures, Denise Duzick
  • Car Wash, 5/5, LWIT Parking Lot, Khris Betten-Jutasi/Key Club
  • Entrepreneurship Conference at FGCU, 5/6, all day, Bob Jackson
  • Project Explore Awards ceremony at Moorings Park, 5/7, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Anne Fredette
  • Entrepreneurship competition, Hodges University for seniors, 5/8, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Bob Jackson
  • Canal Cleanup, 5/9, 951 & White Blvd., Tara Barr/Green Club
  • 10th grade Medieval Fair, 5/14, all day, Ed Laudise
  • STEM Competition, 5/16, 8:15-12:15 at Hodges, Dave Gabriel
  • Prom, 5/16, Naples Beach Club, Joann Cassio