Students First – Dr. Carrion visits SSTRIDE at IHS

One by one, Dr. Jennifer Carrion went around the room, “Pediatrician, Biomedical Engineer, Nurse, Rheumatologist,” she heard. Dr. Carrion, a guest speaker from Lee Memorial Hospital, was visiting Nathaniel Benson’s SSTRIDE (Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity & Excellence) class at Immokalee High School to speak about her journey into family medicine. The story resonated […]

Students First – CCPS holds symposium at IMS

On Tuesday, April 2, Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) held a Virtual Symposium on Building Grit and Strengthening Resilience in Children. Immokalee Middle School opened its doors and welcomed parents and community members interested in attending the virtual presentation. Six panelists, including Immokalee High School principal Clara Calderon, discussed different ways parents could positively impact […]

Students First – Ethan Horn shows true Grit running

This year, CCPS has had a focus on Social Emotional Learning, or SEL. Part of that effort includes teaching students about grit and resilience. Grit is defined as passion, perseverance, and stick-to-it-ness. Making a plan, taking action, and keeping a sense of confidence helps develop grit. There have been plenty of stories this school year […]

Students First – CSO performs at LMS

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), founded in 1891, is arguably one of the greatest orchestras in the world. There are many who long for tickets to see a performance by such an esteemed group of musicians. So imagine our surprise to find that our very own students were about to get a performance of their […]

Students First – Dr. Luke Dollar speaks to fourth graders

Last week, all fourth grade students in Collier County got to feel like they were walking the soil of Madagascar as they tuned into a video conference to learn about the Fosa, a native mammal to the area. There he was on the screen, the famous Dr. Luke Dollar, live at the Naples Zoo to […]

Students First – Immokalee Schools shine at event

Pinecrest Elementary School was buzzing with excitement at the recent Immokalee Schools’ Showcase. Everyone is familiar with the district’s big STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Conference held in Naples. This Immokalee Showcase looked to be a mini version of the STEAM Conference and highlighted the activities that take place in our Immokalee classrooms […]

Students First – Leading by Example

Everyone has heard the term “leading by example,” right? The staff over at Highlands Elementary School is not only leading by example, they’re also “reading by example” to motivate their students. “Our staff wanted to model how nightly reading for enjoyment can also lead to personal growth, achievement, and success,” shares Principal Laura Mendicino. “There […]

Students First – CCPS partners with World Vision

It has been well over a year since Hurricane Irma rocked Southwest Florida’s landscape and left in its path a trail of debris and devastation. We came together as a community, and here in Immokalee and in Everglades City, we can still be seen picking up the pieces of what the storm left behind. Organizations, […]

Students First – IMS Principal Ryan Nemeth recognized

Immokalee Middle School (IMS) is celebrating the success of its leader in the way of digital innovation. On January 28, Principal Ryan Nemeth was recognized at the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando as one of three Innovative Principal of the Year finalists in the state of Florida by the Florida Council of Instructional […]

Students First – Three IMS students win county cash/trophies

The community of Immokalee has a lot to be #CCPSProud of this week. Not only is it celebrating the success of former Immokalee High School football player, J.C. Jackson, and his recent Superbowl win, but they can also be proud of the academic success of its middle school students. In November, Immokalee Middle School (IMS) […]