Diplomat Roar

September 2022

Principal Message

Hello Wildcats!

We are glad to be together again. Summer breaks can be rejuvenating and relaxing, but I like having you on campus.

Our theme this year is ‘WILD About Learning’. We expect all students to learn, all teachers and staff to learn, and all administrators to learn. We are growing together.

We recently held our first 6th Grade Summer Bootcamp in July and about half of the incoming 6th graders attended--as did many of their parents. It was a great experience for everyone and we look forward to repeating it each summer.

We have a success belief that we repeat each morning after the pledge:

I am success

Success is me

I am in charge of my destiny

I am a Wildcat

One of the speakers from Read 180 made a similar statement to that during our training day and so we tweaked it for our Wildcat family.

It is up to each of us to make our days the best we can. It is up to each of us to challenge ourselves to learn. It is up to each of us to persevere and keep moving forward when we begin to struggle.

I am proud to be in this pride; we are one team and one family.


Your Principal,

Mrs. Bennington

Attendance email address

If your child is going to be absent from school, please email your child's name and grade level, a reason for absence and any doctor's note to 0772.Attendance@Leeschools.net

Interim Grade Reports will be posted to Focus on September 16, 2022.

Big picture

Parent Pick Up/Dismissal Reminders

A reminder that students are not signed out after 3:30. If you need to pick up your child early from school, you must plan accordingly.

There is always a chance that we will have lightning during dismissal. If lightning is within 5 miles of the school (even with no rain), we alter our dismissal procedures. Walkers and bike riders are held until it is safe to release them. If we are under a lightning dismissal and you want to pick up your walker or bike rider, you must wait in the parent pick up line. It will take time for your child to get to the parent pick up area, so please follow staff directions.

Dismissal will always take a bit longer during these lightning dismissals, but the safety of all of our students is top priority.

If you need to make a change to how your child is going home, notify the front office by phone and we will make sure your child receives the message.

Intramural Sports News

Basketball Game Schedule: All games begin at 5:45 pm

Sept 7: Diplomat at Mariner

Sept 12: NFMAA at Diplomat

Sept 14: Caloosa at Diplomat

Sept 19: Oasis at Diplomat

Sept 21: Diplomat at Trafalgar

Sept 26: Diplomat at Challenger

Cross Country begins Sept 6 with Head Coach Floetker, assisted by Mr. Tetreault.

In order to participate in intramural sports, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA. There are two forms required for participation. Forms can be obtained from Coach Gross or Coach Papp.

Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesday dates for the 2022-2023 School Year are:

August 31

September 28

October 26

November 30

December 14

January 25

February 22

March 29

April 26

May 10

For information regarding Wellness Wednesdays, visit our website.

Orchestra Optional Practice

Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Toadvine and Ms. Evenson are so excited for the 22/23 school year! Remember, if you have any issues or concerns, you can contact your student’s school counselor - Ms. Evenson – A-L and Mrs. Toadvine M-Z. We have been working these past weeks to adjust schedules, review academic histories and assist with getting the students placed correctly and transfer grades recorded. We are looking forward to September and will be working on several projects. It is our intention to record a weekly “counselor’s corner” for the students to watch on the TV News. During counselor’s corner we give tips, talk about character education and explain upcoming events. This month we will also be doing class talks with our 6th grade students and engaging in getting to know you activities and 6th grade orientation. Much time has been set aside for us to review student needs and we are currently working with our team and creating tier 2/3 interventions. We will also be meeting with individual students who are credit deficient and working to create a plan for academic success this year.

Remember the character word for September is Acceptance.

Please reach out to Mrs. Chrapla (school counseling secretary) if you need to speak to one of the School Counselors.

Students of the Month

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Advanced Health Class News

Advanced Health students have been learning how to perform vital signs that include pulse, respiration and blood pressure. The class will be learning Medical Terminology next week and we will have voting next week for HOSA officers to prepare for medical competition in April. Good luck to all that campaign and prepare speeches.

SGA News

The annual food drive sponsored by SGA begins on September 6. Bring any canned or box goods to your 1st period teacher. Please no glass, expired or perishable foods. If you have any questions, reach out to Mrs. Villela, SGA sponsor.

Culinary Corner

Happy Month of September! This is Mr. Uphoff coming to you from the “Culinary Corner!” First, I would like to thank all of you who have so generously given your donations to support the Culinary Arts program this year. Your generosity has given me the ability to purchase the ingredients necessary, giving your student as many opportunities as possible this semester, to learn simple and fun recipes that they are willing to cook for you at home. Without your support, this program would not be possible. So far, the students have had a lot of fun learning the possibilities of the wonderful egg. They have learned to cook the perfect, fluffy, and sometimes cheesy, scrambled eggs. Currently, they are in the process of learning how to make the perfect fried egg, for the delicious and iconic, “Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwich.” Stay tuned for next month, because we are making homemade pancakes. They will have the difficult choice of making them with bananas, blueberries, or chocolate chips, and of course, we won’t forget the butter and whipped cream on top. I will also share with them my homemade meatball recipe, along with a simple and fresh homemade marinara sauce, where we will make the classic “Spaghetti and Meatballs.” I will then show them the beauty of leftovers, where they will make a “Meatball Slider with Mozzarella Cheese.” My intent is always that they will offer to show you these recipes at home.

This month's highlighted recipe is “Cowboy Caviar” with homemade tortilla chips. I made it for them, and it was a big hit! It is a great appetizer or dip for any occasion, especially good with the upcoming football season that is just around the corner!

Cowboy Caviar


· 3 Roma tomatoes seeds removed, diced

· 2 ripe avocados diced

· ⅓ cup red onion diced

· 15 oz black beans rinsed and drained

· 15 oz Pinto Beans rinsed and drained

· 15 oz Sweet Corn (recipe called for frozen)

· 1 bell pepper diced (I used half a green and half an orange or yellow, but color doesn’t matter)

· 1 jalapeno pepper seeds removed, diced into very small pieces

· ⅓ cup Cilantro finely chopped


· ⅓ cup olive oil

· 2 tablespoons lime juice fresh preferred

· 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

· 1 teaspoon sugar

· ½ teaspoon salt

· ½ teaspoon pepper

· ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

· Tortilla chips for serving


1. Combine tomatoes, avocado, onion, black beans, black-eyed peas, corn, pepper, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl. Toss/stir well so that ingredients are well-combined.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

3. Pour dressing over other ingredients and stir/toss very well.

4. Keep refrigerated. If not serving immediately, be sure to toss/stir well before serving.

Business Partners


Two Meatballs in the Kitchen


Iguana Mia

Super Target

Garden Club of Cape Coral

Sam's Club

Stuff A Bagel

Publix Supermarket Charities


Rosales Flowers


Jason's Deli


Yucatan Grill

El Rio Golf Club

Farmer Joe’s

Walmart Market

Sylwia's Ice Cream Parlor

Headpinz of Cape Coral

School Board of Lee County

Debbie Jordan, District 4 (Chair)

Mary Fischer, District 1 (Vice Chair)

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2

Chris N. Patricca, District 3

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5

Betsy Vaughn, District 6

Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Christopher Bernier