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February 2016

LWTHS Mission "Purpose" Statement

To create the ultimate career and college preparatory education program for all students to acquire skills for life.

A message from Jeff Rexford, Principal

I can't believe we are already into the last semester of the school year. It seems like it has gone by so fast and we have a lot to celebrate as well as a lot to look forward to.

Exciting news about Graduation rates in Collier County were just released! LWTHS had the highest graduation rate in the district at 97.5% That makes the third year in a row that LWTHS has had the highest in Collier County.

Ninth grade students have survived and thrived in their first semester in high school.

Congratulations to (41) 9th grade students who met their quarter 2 goal of no missing work and headed to Olive Garden as a reward on January 22nd. I look forward to many more reaching the 3rd quarter goal of getting all A’s and B’s and being on target for HOPE.

The 10th grade students are also participating in the 3rd quarter goal of All A’s and B’s. They are also getting ready to visit the technical areas, talk with students and teachers about the opportunities and pick their top three choices.

11th and 12th grade are combining their quarterly goals into 1: It is that students will have no D’s and F’s on the report card and no missing work.

For 11th grade. We just had 34 students chosen for the Champions for Learning College and Career Preparation program! That is a fantastic feat and it shows not just how strong our students are but also how committed they are to their continued education.

Our seniors just started the last classes for their high school career! Many of them are working on applying for scholarships and waiting to hear back from college admissions.

In case you haven't heard, there have been a few changes to administration at LWTHS and LWTC. Ms. Flores was promoted to administrative director of post-secondary and adult and community education. She still is in charge of Lorenzo Walker Technical College and will still be very involved with LWTHS because we share students. With that promotion, I was hired as the new Principal for LWTHS. I am very excited about the opportunity. Ms. Crete was then hired as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction.

Go Mustangs!

Jeff Rexford, Principal

Tech-savvy Teens Take High School Business Contest’s Top Prize

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Article from Palm Beach Atlantic Newspaper

Friends and family members frequently call upon high school students Aldo Cordero, Sydney Goforth and Angie Zavala for help with setting up smartphones and other gadgets.

Last year, the trio combined forces and launched a business.

The students at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School in Naples, Florida, created We Tech, a mobile technology assistance service, as part of a project for their entrepreneurship class.

They now have $1,000 to help them grow their company after winning first place in the 2016 Entrepreneurship High School Challenge presented by the Rinker School of Business at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

The students provide on-site tech help to small groups of clients, typically those of their parents' generation and older. They offer email and social media training as well as guidance with communication apps like Skype.

“Overall, We Tech wants to connect families together,” Cordero said during the group’s presentation to a panel of judges.

The teens said that their partnerships with high-end residential communities, which allow them to come in and offer training, are what sets them apart from competitors. They also offer help to clients one-on-one, they said.

Their presentation, along with their written business plan, official company polo shirts and lighted display board, helped them achieve first place amid a pool of five finalists.

This year’s second-place prize of $500 went to Make Up Doctor, a company started by student Jessica Blakley of The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach. She developed a kit that repairs broken compact makeup, such as pressed powder and blush.

The third-place award of $250 went to the team of Matthew Koenig, Jose Bautista and Melissa Rodriguez, also from Lorenzo Walker Technical High School. Their company, Gamers Tank, partners with companies like GameStop to host video game tournaments.​

Laws of Life Character Education Essay/Speech Contest

Congratulations to our students for earning the right to represent the "top-10" high scores for the essay portion of the Laws of Life competition for the 9th and 10th grade division in all of Collier County. They should be very proud that their essays were among the best selected from over 600 entries. We are very proud of the effort and commitment that all of our students demonstrated. Cassidy qualified as a finalist after presenting her story to a panel of judges at the district level. She will find out what place she received (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th) at the banquet on Feb 25th. Good Luck Cassidy! At Lorenzo Walker, we had our own Laws of Life Finalist banquet and we were happy that family and friends were able to be there to support and recognize the achievements of our students. The finalists were the top 5 of each ELA teacher and they were awarded a certificate of excellence and had a celebratory luncheon.

Middle School Recruitment

This is an exciting time of the year as Lorenzo Walker Technical High School representatives tour Collier County and speak with 8th grade students about becoming Lorenzo Walker's Class of 2020! Below is the schedule of when we will be meeting with 8th graders at their middle schools. As you talk with other students, parents and community members, please spread the word about our wonderful school. We are now taking applications for all grade levels. Applications can be picked up at our school or found on our website. The on-time application is due by March 15 but we will always accept late applications.

January 6: Marco Island Charter

January 7: East Naples

January 12: Pine Ridge

February 5: Gulfview Middle

February 12: Corkscrew Middle

February 18: Manatee Middle

February 26: Cypress Palm Middle

TBD: North Naples Middle School

TBD: Oakridge Middle School

Tours and informational sessions are available for families/community members that want to learn more about LWTC/LWTHS. If you know of anyone who is interested have them register on the LWTC or LWTHS website. Tours are available each week from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Spring Exam Schedule

We have the new FSA Assessment, EOC and FCAT schedule for students and parents. Please take note of the specific dates below.

*Dates may be subject to change

March 1: 9th grade FSA ELA Writing

March 2: 10th grade FSA ELA Writing

March 3: 11th grade FSA ELA Writing

March 29-30 11th grade FSA Reading Retake

March 30-31 11th grade FSA Reading Retake

April 6 NGSSS EOC Algebra 1 Retake

April 13-14: 9th grade FSA ELA Reading

April 18-19: 10th grade FSA ELA Reading

April 25-26 FSA EOC Algebra 2--Miller's classes

April 27-28 FSA EOC Geometry

May 2-3 FSA EOC Algebra 1

May 9-10 FSA EOC Algebra 2--Whippo's classes

May 17 NGSSS EOC US History

May 18 NGSSS EOC Biology

May 19 NGSSS EOC Biology


  • The Class of 2016 will be going to Universal Studio’s Grad Bash on Friday, April 15, 2016. More info will follow as the year progresses. The event is only open to graduating seniors. The park closes for everyone else and the seniors must travel with the school on buses to Orlando. The cost this year will be $120.00 which covers the bus transportation and the admission ticket into the park. Seniors can begin paying this during lunch 10:15-10:50 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays in room 4-319 (Mrs. Cassio). Seniors will receive a receipt for any amounts that they pay. This means that seniors can pay $10 a week or whatever they can afford through March 1st when the last payment is due.

Student Grades

Are you interested in accessing your child's grades? The video created by Mrs. Barr walks you through the steps for accessing eSembler. If you prefer the to hear the information in Spanish, click on this youtube link.

  • Reminder: 3rd quarter interim is 2/09
How to access student grades

Computer Labs

We have computers in the LWTC Media Center that are available for students and their families to use Monday through Thursday from 1:50 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Free Online Resources

  • If your child is needing to prepare for the SAT test, check out this free website (interactive lessons and practice tests) developed by the Khan Academy in conjunction with College Board.
  • FloridaStudents is a great tutorial site for language arts, math, and science.
  • For registration and testing dates for ACT visit: www.actstudent.org
  • For registration and testing dates for SAT visit: www.collegeboard.org
  • Upcoming Student Events

    • Entrepreneurship is going on a field trip to Tiburon Country Club on Friday, November 13.
    • Culinary is visiting Oakes Farms on Tuesday, November 17.
    • Culinary is visiting Inyoni Organic Farms on Tuesday, December 1.
    • E-Commerce Marketing and Entrepreneurship students will visit Arthrex on Wednesday, December 2.
    • Multimedia/Digital Design students will travel to ART BASEL MIAMI/MIAMI BEACH CONVENTION CENTER on Friday, December 4.
    • So far, we have over 175 students and staff registered to participate in the CCPS 5K walk-run on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 a.m. at the CCPS MLK Administration Center by Barron Collier High School
    • Culinary is heading to the Ritz Carlton on Tuesday, December 8

    School Advisory Council (SAC)

    The School Advisory Council (SAC) is a team of people representing various segments of the community-parents, teachers, students, administrators, support staff, business industry people and other interested community members. The function of SAC is to assist in the preparation and evaluation (developing and evaluating) of the results of the school improvement plan, review data, identify problem areas, develop improvement strategies, monitor their implementation and assist the principal with the annual school budget.

    Our SAC Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:00 PM in the principal’s conference room. The next meeting is February 16.