Campus Connections

September 25, 2016 UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Green Club Helps Keep Our Beaches Beautiful!

Message from Jeff and Yolanda

Being a surgical technologist is hard work as it can affect whether somebody lives or dies. To acknowledge all of the difficult tasks expected of a surgical technologist, September 18 through October 1 of this year has been designated National Surgical Technologist Week. At LWTC, Nancy Turmelle does an outstanding job preparing fifteen surgical technologist every year.

September 26 to October 1 is National Adult Education and Literacy Week. National Adult Education and Literacy week is an opportunity for us all to promote the adult education programs that we offer on our campus and throughout our school district. In Collier County, we serve over 4,000 adult students in ESOL, ABE and GED programs every year. When you think about how LWTHS has 73% percent of students who qualify for free and reduce lunch and LWTC has 75% who receive financial aid think about the implications of literacy for our community:

  • The level of education a mother has attained, directly affects the academic success of her children.
  • Nearly 30% of adults with household incomes at or below the poverty line do not have high school credentials.
  • Education levels had more effect on earnings over a 40-year span than any other demographic factor, such as gender, race, and Hispanic origin.

In order to help promote the importance of literacy, this upcoming week Vanessa Alvarez and the LWTHS Book Club will be collecting gently used (or new!) books of various levels and types. Please consider donating any books that you no longer need at home. They don’t have to just be adult books- they can be children’s or teen’s books as well. All books collected will be given out the week of September 26th, in the LWTC lobby. Please see Vanessa Alvarez to donate books or if you have any questions.

Below are a list of all the literacy events that will take place September 26 to October 1 so you can start spreading the word to your students.

  • All week - book tables, with free books, will be setup in the LWTC lobby
  • Monday, September 26, 2016, 10:00 - 1:00 p.m., Voter Registration in Mustang Alley
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016, Collier County Public Library Main Branch hosts Family Literacy Night 5:30 - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016, Barnes & Nobles hosts Family Literacy Night 6:00 - 7:30 PM
  • Friday, September 30, 2016, "Student Campus Connection" event - wear your favorite sports jersey. There will be music, hot dogs, chips and water during all lunches in the courtyard.


  • Welcome to Andy Flynn who on Tuesday joins the LWTC staff as the general secretary in the school store. He will replace Joseph Martino who is making the shift to work with our Adult Ed. program.

  • Do you know that educational institutions such as Lorenzo Walker Technical College, who receive federal funds are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day shall be held during the preceding or following week. Constitution Day was Friday, September 16th and we will observe it next week. We invite you to identify appropriate ways to observe it in your classroom environment. An easy way is to show your students one of Constitution Hall Pass videos which can be found at . The website is rich with educational activities. Invite us to celebrate Constitution Day with your classroom or take pictures of your the activities to share with us.

  • Come and represent Lorenzo Walker Technical College and High School at the 11th Annual United Way Walk the Way on Saturday, October 1 at the North Collier Regional Park. The 5k run begins at 7:30 am and the 1K walk begins at 7:45 am. The registration fee for the run is $30 and the walk is $15. The price goes up after September 30. If you are interested, contact Belynda Williams at to let me know you are coming. Wear your LWTC/LWTH gear. Registration link is . Participants who register will receive a same day pass to Sun N Fun park and a t-shirt and runners will receive a placement medal as well.

Wellness Corner

As part of the Wellness Corner, individuals may be asked a couple of questions that relate to maintaining health and wellness. Jeff is first up!

Q: What is the single most important thing you do to maintain your health and wellness?

A: The single most important thing that I do is to always make time to be active. I typically spend my weekends outside doing projects around the yard.

Q: What advise would you give to young people about maintaining their health?

A: The advise that I would give is to start good eating habits early. What you put into your body affects how your body and mind respond.


  • PLT Reflections are due on September 30th.
  • For the month of September, Web on Wednesdays will be held on Wednesday 9/21 ( What's New in Microsoft Office) and 9/28 (Working in the Cloud) at 2:15 p.m.
  • Save the Date - October 14th is the Advisory Committee Luncheon. Invitations were mailed to your advisory committee members on Friday.

  • LWTC Teachers - Don't forget to submit your industry certifications to Amanda Vazquez. All industry certifications, whether funded or not, are to be reported.

  • September 23rd is early release day. Check the LWCampus wiki space for schedule which will posted by Tuesday morning.

Staff and Student of the Month!

  • We are excited to bring back our nominations for Staff and Student of the Month. Please include this on your agenda for team/department meetings or just nominate students who are doing great work in your classes! Also, your opportunity to give Kudos to staff member by nominating a staff member for the month of September. Nominating a Staff of Student of the month is quick and easy. Just click on the Padlet link. Type the name of the nominated staff or student in the "Title" portion of the Padlet and post and your reasoning in the body of the post.
Post-Secondary Student Link:
9th grade Link:
10th grade Link:
11th grade Link:
12th grade Link:

Kudos to . . .

  • Amanda Vazquez and Dulcie Lora for completing the 2015-2016 Fees report in a very tight time frame.
  • Blanca Rodriguez, Laurie Lattarulo, Margot Dagher, Karla Hernandez for inputting our student data into FOCUS.
  • Dave Gabriel for being our POC for FOCUS and a support to our teachers.
  • Marcella Ugarte for translating our student/parent compact into Spanish.
  • Dr. Leo Mediavilla for presenting the first in a series on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  • Melissa Stevens for demonstrating innovative teaching for her students with IEP's to such a level that they no longer test outside of her classroom.
  • Christine Briggs for organizing mini-teacher workshops at off campus AGE sites.
  • Lesa Veitia for taking on additional work on lesson plan templates.
  • Margot Dagher for following up and sending multiple reminders home in order to obtain emergency and media release forms from students. We are close to a 100% return rate!
  • Tara Barr and the Green Club for participating in the beach clean-up to "Keep Collier Beautiful".
  • Andy Retz, Mike Barry and John Mazzarella for sharing their programs with Dr. Patton.

Happy Birthday!

No LWTHS birthdays

9/25 Kirk Jervis

Upcoming Staff Meetings and Trainings

  1. Comp. 4 11/5
  2. NG CAR-PD 9/24

Please contact Lianne Elliott @ if you have questions.

  • Next Clinical Education classes start November 2nd. Sign up to get certified to become a teacher mentor!

Campus Activities

  • Afterschool Homework Academy, HOPE Lab, 2:35-3:45, Rebecca Merhar
  • 9/26, Voter Registration, Senior Class Government 4-319 7-1:50pm, Tara Barr
  • 9/26-10/10, Ceiling tile sales for Seniors to Decorate, Tara Barr
  • 9/26 & 9/30, Senior hallway decorating, 2-3pm, Tara Barr
  • 9/30, NHS Induction Ceremony 6:00pm, LWTC Cafeteria, Susan James