Mustang Message

January 31, 2016

A Message from Jeff and Yolanda

February, though a short month, is a busy month with National Career and Technical Education Month, American Heart Month and Black History Month. National Career and Technical Education month is a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the excellent programs and outcomes of career education. We also have an opportunity to recognize and share the many successes of our students.

In recognition of Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, students from Florida high schools, technical centers, and state colleges will gather at the state Capitol on February 10th to display the importance of career and technical education programs. Among the programs being featured will be LWTC's Airframe Mechanics and PowerPlant Mechanics. Instructor, Ed Carr, and student ,Robert Jones, along with Yolanda will be attending. Also, Governor and First Lady Scott, will be hosting a Florida First for Education Reception at the Florida Governor's Mansion and have extended an invitation to those attending the CTE on the Hill events.

Below is Governor Scott's Career and Technical Education Proclamation:


WHEREAS, profound economic and technological changes in our society are rapidly reflected in the structure and nature of work, placing new and additional responsibilities on our educational system; and

WHEREAS, the efforts of career and technical educators with business and industry stimulate the growth and vitality of our local economy and that of the entire nation, by preparing graduates for careers that are forecast to experience the largest and fastest growth in the next decade; and

WHEREAS, career and technical education serves as the backbone of a strong, well-educated workforce and contributes to America’s leadership in the international marketplace; and

WHEREAS, career and technical education provides Floridians with a school-to-careers connection, helping students experience practical and meaningful applications of any number of skills; and

WHEREAS, more than 595,000 secondary job preparation and postsecondary career and technical education students in Florida engage in this type of meaningful education; and

WHEREAS, secondary schools in all 67 school districts, all 28 Florida Colleges and 47 technical centers offer career and technical education courses; and

WHEREAS, more than 340,000 secondary CTE students are enrolled in one of over 1,800 registered Career and Professional Education Academies and more than 14,000 registered Career-Themed Courses and have earned almost 70,000 industry certifications; and

WHEREAS, over 8,000 secondary career and technical education teachers are inspiring students to succeed in college and careers; and

WHEREAS, career and technical education offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills, providing career choices and potential satisfaction;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of Florida do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing February 2016, as Career and Technical Education Month.

Tech Corner

All the cool new cameras at this year’s Super Bowl game will help you feel like you are *live* in Santa Clara - technology continues to re-tool! And if you’re not into the celebratory Sunday for the sport (Go Broncos!), you must at least like the commercials.


  • Be sure to use the SuperSaas schedulers for reserving laptop carts, computer lab times, testing dates and campus vans. The schedulers are not only used for reservations but are the basis for data in driving decision-making about needs and prioritization, etc. Links for all schedulers are on the left navigation bar of the LW Campus wiki page. Also, please remember to avoid scheduling during holidays! :)

  • If you missed any Web on Wednesday session this year, you can access an ‘online version’ via the LW Campus wiki page. Next session is a continuation of “Smashing Some Apps” using your iPad. You are most welcome to join us on Wed, Feb 10th for part 2, even if you didn’t attend part 1! You have to see what Kirk Jervis created at his first attempt with App Smashing.

Remote Location - Did you know that you can access your CCPS phone number and messages at any CCPS phone on campus? The steps to logging in at a remote location are easy and worth checking out if you are transient and/or you are in a different classroom/computer lab. Thanks to Angie here’s a short video and the steps!

  • Log in: Services, Extension Mobility, Select, User ID (CCPS user name), PIN # (12345), Submit, Log In Successful, Exit
  • Log out: Services, Extension Mobility, Select, Log Out, Yes, Log Out Successful, Exit
Remote Location Log In Out

A Note from our Wellness Champions

I have the opportunity to be part of a Collier County pilot program called “Food for Life”. The concept is using food and nutrition to heal the body and maintain overall good health. As I go through the trainings I will be happy to share any information with you that I learn.

One Highlight from week 1: GARLIC! Garlic is a natural antibiotic. Garlic is known to be a cancer fighter, however; to reach the full benefits--- chop fresh garlic and allow to rest 10 minutes before using. Elephant Garlic, while more expensive, is milder for those who cannot tolerate traditional strength garlic. To decrease the 'garlic' affect even more microwave your cloves for 35 seconds with skin on- no upset tummies.

Tip: To remove the smell of garlic from your fingers after chopping rub them against something stainless steel like a spoon.

Please continue to share your experiences, ups, downs, suggestions for other apps, questions, diets, recipes, etc. with us. You can reach me at 70938 or you can email me at

WILKIP@COLLIERSCHOOLS.COM or you can reach Khris at 73347 or you can email her at BETTENKR@COLLIERSCHOOLS.COM.

Just a reminder, the weigh-ins for College will be on Fridays and High School on Wednesday. Good Luck to everyone and let’s have fun while losing weight and getting in shape.


  • Congratulations to Lesa Veitia Perez who this past week became engaged. Lesa is an LWTHS high school graduate, LWTC medical assisting graduate and is currently a secretary in Student Services.
  • Congratulatons to Pat Metcalf who became a grandmother of a healthy and beautiful baby girl (Elizabeth Grace) this past week.
  • QB 1 benchmark assessments for Alg 2 and US History will be administered on Friday, 2/5.
  • The Social Studies Department celebrates and honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month by asking students and staff to participate in lessons and activities recognizing the contributions of African Americans to United States and World History. The following links provide resources for your classroom and we hope that you will join us in not only recognizing MLK Day but continuing through February and even until the end of the year if you like. You will find that they have a number of lessons applicable to subject matters outside of History (i.e. Math, English, Art, etc.) Also, be on the lookout for our National Honor Society students who will be participating in the MLK Parade and Celebration on Monday, January 18 at 11:00am on 5th Ave.


  • PLT reflections are due February 29th.
  • Support Staff Meeting on Wednesday, 2/3, 1:30 PM in 2-232
  • Don't forget to nominate a staff member for the month of January 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 January 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.
Post-Secondary Link:
9th grade Link:
10th grade Link:
11th grade Link:
12th grade Link:

Spotlight on LWTHS Staff Member

Tara Barr always loved teaching and learning so becoming an educator was the natural choice for her. Being the mom of three keeps her busy enough, but she also cares for multiple pets including dogs, fish, and even a chinchilla . Tara loves New Hampshire and has a home there for summer and winter breaks. She was born in upstate New York where she loves cross country skiing. She loves science and incorporates it in all aspects of her life. We are so lucky to have her as such a positive role model for our students!

Spotlight on LWTC Staff Member

Debbie Hoofer worked for IBM, the Economic Development Movie Industry and owned a successful travel agency before becoming involved in the education field. She traveled all over the world, meeting fascinating people, but the ones that impacted her the most are President George Bush, Gary Player and Dennis Thatcher. It is difficult for her to pick her favorite part of the world, but she chooses Hawaii for its beauty, Russia and Egypt for their history and Israel for its spiritually charged atmosphere. In her spare time, Debbie is an avid dancer. She also loves to race Italian go-carts! Debbie helped to start two shelters for abused women. If she were not here, she would be involved in animal rescue. Despite any obstacle in her life, Debbie remains positive and upbeat!


  • Dawn Peck for coordinating another successful dance, "Winter in New York", that was attended by 120 students on Friday 1/29. Also, thank you to Susan James, Rose Whippo, and Bruce Peters for chaperoning the event and for Bruce's donation of the crowns for the princes and princesses at each grade level.
  • Bruce Rutila for assisting in the office on Wednesday, 1/27 and meeting with students with failing grades.
  • Pat Metcalf for organizing the event and Adam Janowski for creating the book covers of staff member's current reads for National Literacy Week.
  • Rita Kentros for organizing and hosting the Laws of Life Luncheon for our 25 school finalists and their families.
  • Rick Ponton for preparing the seniors in Multi-Media for their OCP 28 presentations on Friday, 1/29 and to Deb Young and Bob Waller for their support and feedback.
  • Lindsey Simmons and Ariel Pechokas for hosting 300 plus Key Club students and sponsors at the Spring Zone Rally on Saturday, 1/30. Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.

Happy Birthday

02 - Jeanette Kostka

Upcoming Staff Meetings and Trainings

Upcoming Student Events

  • 2/1-2/26, Hot Cocoa (sugar free) sale, 6:45-7:05, in front of HS, Mrs. Cassio
  • 2/5, Spring into Friendship Carnival, 4-7:30 pm, Courtyard-Mrs. Cassio