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April 10, 2016

A Message from Jeff and Yolanda

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute just released a 'must read' report which reaffirms our belief that our career and technical education leads to positive student outcomes. As I was reading the study, Career and Techical Education in High School; Does it Improve Student Outcomes? It was like reading about LWTH/LWTC. According to the Assistant Professor of Educational Policy, Shaun M. Dougherty, "Students with greater exposure to CTE are more likely to graduate, enroll in a two year college, be employed, have higher wages, and just as likely to go pursue a four-year degree." Below, is a graphic which describes some of the benefits students have derived; but you must take time to read the report as it's worth the read!

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Tech Corner

Web on Wednesday is scheduled for Wed, Apr 13th at either 2:00 or 2:35pm in 2-233. This session - Discover the World of Podcasting, Part 1 - will focus on a podcast which is a digital audio files. The first part will be exploring and downloading free podcasts for both content and interest areas. We will also explore the various ways podcasts might be used for learning. Please bring your charged iPad to take full advantage of this session.

Discovery Education is providing 1 hour webinars for CCPS teachers! Mark your calendars! Click here for general instructions on using WebEx.

  • 20 Ways to combine DE and Web 2.0 tools

    • Tuesday, April 12 2:00 pm - Join WebEx meeting Meeting number: 639 635 279 Meeting password: discovery

    • Monday, April 18 7:00pm - Join WebEx meeting Meeting number: 634 142 914 Meeting password: discovery

  • SOS Strategies - Thu, May 12 1:00pm - Join WebEx meeting Meeting number: 635 067 660 Meeting password: discovery

  • Assignment/Assessment Builder Tools - Thu, May 12 2:00pm Join WebEx meeting Meeting number: 630 728 782 Meeting password: discovery

Spotlight on Strategy is the focus of Discovery Education’s Spring Training that started a couple of weeks ago - but it’s not too late to participate and there’s a possibility of winning a ball cap! :) There’s always the probability of learning and/or tweaking new instructional strategies to engage your students. Discover the details on this blog post. .
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Creative Commons licensed photo credit to BK on Flickr


  • On Monday, April 11th, 11:00 - 2:00 p.m. a P.E.O woman's group will be having lunch and touring the school.
  • On Tuesday, April 12, our 10th grade students will begin their shadowing experience of our technical areas. This is the highlight of their year and how they determine their top three technical area choices! The shadowing will begin at 8:00 a.m until 10:15 a.m. Part two of the shadowing experience is May 12.
  • 9th grade students begin ELA FSA testing on Wednesday and Thursday. Darlene sent out a revised schedule for those days.
  • Student Services is hosting the following events:
- Career Exploration Workshop on April 12th, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Interviewing Skills Workshop on Wednesday, April 13th, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m;

- Campus Tour on April 14th, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

(All workshops are open to students and the general public)

  • Thursday, April 14th from 6:45-8:00 a.m. in the high school conference room parents are encouraged to stop in for pastries, coffee, juice and conversation as we host our last "PASTRIES WITH PARENTS" of the school year.
  • Friday, April 15th seniors will head to Universal Studios in Orlando for the annual GRAD BASH event. They will return Saturday morning.


  • Tuesday, April 12th is an early release day. Make sure to check the wikispace for scheduled inservice trainings.
  • LWTC Teachers make sure to check the industry certification list to ensure all your students are included in the report Ray Smith sent you last week. Let Amanda Vazquez know if you are missing industry certifications.
  • LWTC Teachers you should be preparing your budgets for the 2016-2017 school year. Ray Smith will be contacting you to schedule budget reviews with Yolanda.
  • PLT reflections are due April 30, 2016.
  • If you received an email to complete the 60 hours of ELL training required by the district, you can register for classes in iLearn. ELL classes will be offered this summer and registration will open on May 1, 2016. Please see Lynne Bruce if you have any questions.
  • Don't forget to nominate a staff member for the month of April 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 April 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

Marcela Ugarte was a prominent architect in Bolivia before moving to Naples. While she was taking ESOL classes at BCHS over ten years ago, she became aware of a job opening there and the rest is history. As our high school receptionist, she displays her caring for the students every day. Marcela loves to travel and her favorite places are Egypt and Israel. She loves the art, architecture and history of each site she's visited. The architect in her especially appreciated the pyramids. Marcela has three children and four grandchildren. She loves swimming and crafting and Mr. Rexford added that she is an excellent cook. We are lucky to have such a talented employee at the high school front desk!

Spotlight on LWTC Staff Member

Richard Ponton is a multi-talented instructor with many interests beyond his school day. As a devoted husband and father to two girls ages 13 and 16, the family has traveled to over 30 countries, which contributed to the grounded, well rounded people his daughters have become. Although Richard may not have started as the best student, he quickly realized the value of education and his desire to teach while working in the hospitality industry at the Registry Resort, here in Naples. This prompted him to complete his Master’s Degree, become a National Board Certified Teacher and also to teach at the post-graduate level at Florida International University. Richard grew up in Boulder, Colorado but would live in Popayan, Columbia if he could. He is an avid gardener and loves to go four wheeling-the muddier, the better. His talents and knowledge as a photographer makes him the ideal instructor for the Digital/Multimedia Program.

Kudos to . . .

  • Valerie Guillame and Cynthia Murin for organizing the co-enrollment coordinator's meeting.
  • Chris Fowler, Tony Singleton, Peter Quail, Chef Geri and her team for providing an excellent view of what our school is all about to Dr. Patton, Mr. Stump and all of the touring members of this months CPPS Proud Tour!
  • Maureen Tea for a perfect CAAHEP/MAERB site survey last December 2015. We have just received our re-accreditation certificate as an Accredited program with NO deficiencies noted!
  • Nancy Turmelle for representing her AORN chapter as the president elect in Anaheim, CA last week.
  • Claudia Rivero for successfully obtaining much needed letters from her clinical partners to show the Southwest Florida Workforce Board that Pharm Tech still needs to be on the Targeted Occupations List. As of Friday, it is their intent to continue the occupation on the 2016-2017 TOL which means funding for our students!
  • Tara Barr and the Green Club for their clean up efforts at Clam Pass on Saturday.
  • Dawn Peck for helping out with bus dismissal last week.
  • Joann Cassio for another successful Prom Expo on Friday evening. Also, thank you to Tara Barr and Neil Fehr for helping the student models get dressed, Marsha Bergquist for greeting guests and selling raffle tickets, Bruce Peters for being a great emcee, and Dawn Peck and Kirk Jervis for cheering the students on that evening.
  • Cynthia Murin for inputting all of the data points for the approximately 400 student applicants for LWTHS next year. It is a huge undertaking!

Happy Birthday

10 - Laurie Lattarulo

13 - Kevin Monahan

15 - Amanda Vazquez

16 - Blanca Rodriguez

Upcoming Staff Meetings and Trainings

  • See the for the LWTC/LWTHS meeting calendar.
  • We have received word that the CPR Instructor Training course, originally scheduled for 4/16/16, has been cancelled due to changes from the AHA to the agency that was going to train the trainer. If you are interested in becoming certified as an instructor, this would give you time to take one of our AHA BLS CPR certification classes in the evening. At this time, we anticipate the trainer course will be available in June. As we receive more information, we will pass it on. But in the meantime, think about getting the BLS CPR training as it is the pre-requisite to becoming an instructor. Any questions, please call Fay Warfield at ext. 70953.
  • See iBriefing 9619 if you are interested in taking Gifted Endorsement classes. They begin May 2 through June 26.
  • See iBriefing 9663 if you are interested in partaking in an online gifted book study. 20 Master Inservice Points (MIPs) are awarded upon successful completion of the course. The book "Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics" by Diane Heacox and Richard Cash will be provided to all participants. This book study will begin with a mandatory online orientation on April 20, 2016 at 5PM. Please contact Sharon Windey at if you are interested in participating or have questions.

Upcoming Student Events

  • 4/12, Early Release
  • 4/14, Pastries with Parents, 6:45am - 8:00 am, H.S. Conference Room - Joann Cassio
  • 4/15, Grad Bash, Universal Orlando - Joann Cassio