The School District of Lee County will host a Parent Education Forum at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th, at the Lee County Public Education Center.
The forum will be held in workshop format, allowing parents to attend four breakout sessions intended to help them learn more about the new Lee County Standards for Excellence, the Student Assignment process, Google Chromebooks and keys for student success in high school. Dr. Greg Adkins, Superintendent, will open the forum with a special message for parents.
The Lee County Public Education Center is located at 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.
Kindergarten teacher Kelly Mains knows first-hand the hard work required to win a Golden Apple.
The Lee County Foundation for public schools evaluates stacks of nominations, and all this week, we’re introducing you to the winners.
Here we show you why Lehigh Acres Tortuga Preserve Elementary has a reason to be proud.
The first thing Mains showed us was something you don’t expect from kindergartners — they were reading at a second-grade level.
The Lehigh Acres Golden Apple winner says everything she learned came from her mother, who also worked in education.
Kelly Mains is in her 23rd year of teaching. She says she got into the business and stays in education for two reasons: her sons Nick and Kyle.
It was an emotional Golden Apple surprise the day she won as she was surrounded by her “other kids.” She is in a sense another mom to her students.
And eventually, when the day comes to say goodbye to her final class, it will likely be a group just starting their journey.
The U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame visited Lehigh Senior High School on March 24 to recognize Wadley Pierre as a U.S. Army–Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence finalist. Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker and former Los Angeles Ram and Carolina Panthers legend Kevin Greene was on hand at Lehigh Senior High School to honor Pierre before his fellow classmates and family during a formal ceremony.
The Award for Excellence program highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country. Open to all sophomore, junior and senior-level high school athletes in the United States, finalists were determined based on athletic, academic and civic achievements. Pierre is among an elite group of 20 finalists who have demonstrated excellence in all they do and an understanding of the importance of adaptability and versatility when working as a team.
ELCHS had their 1st Annual all Art Festival — Click here to see sample of their work. Over four hundred samples were submitted for this festival
A Southwest Florida woman is at a loss for words as she tells LEHIGH ACRES GAZETTE a Lehigh Acres mother got involved in a teenager’s fight involving her daughter.
She says the woman hit her daughter after breaking up a fight between two teens and then maced students on the bus.
A spokesperson with the Lee County School District says the mother involved in the teen fight “barreled” herself on to the bus as other students were boarding. Six students were taken to the emergency room and five were treated after being sprayed with mace.
“We’ve looking at video and taking statements all day for the student discipline side of the issue and we’re certain that law enforcement has been working on this all day long,” the spokesperson said.
LEHIGH ACRES GAZETTE requested the bus video showing the fight and the mother’s interaction, but the spokesperson with the district says the video is considered to be part of the students permanent record file, meaning the “rare incident” won’t be available.
“We had 850 buses on the road this morning, we had 60 thousand bus riders on buses this morning, and we had one parent and a handful of students that behaved very badly.”
Defeat. It was this unspeakable emotion Thursday night, after so much had happened for the Lehigh boys basketball team to get back on the court.
Basketball wasn’t the story. It was Lehigh.
And the Lightning, which had their entire roster available for the Region 6A-3 quarterfinal game at Golden Gate, had looked like the superior team for stretches, even building up a 12-point lead early in the third quarter.
But the Titans, as all teams do, made two runs. And the Lightning couldn’t stop them.
Capitalizing on an injury to starting point guard Stef’An Strawder, Golden Gate chipped away at the game in the second half, eventually using a last-second shot by Derick Charles to claim a 68-66 victory, ending the Lightning’s hopes of a third straight trip to the Region 6A-3 final and the promise of a state playoff appearance.
But within 9 minutes on Thursday, Lehigh lost Strawder to a hip injury after a drive through the lane.
He tried twice to get back on the court, forcing two long 3-pointers in his short minutes back on the court. But he was ruled out with 2:55 left in the third quarter.
“It started hurting more and more, so I just had to go out,” he said. “It was disappointing to me. I wanted to be out there to help my team win.”
The Florida Department of Education released preliminary school and district grades Friday, and overall, Southwest Florida districts fared well.
Lee County received a B for 2015, the same as in 2014.
Collier improved from a B to an A. Charlotte also improved, from a C to a B.
DeSoto and Hendry both received a C, up from a D in 2014.
The only Southwest Florida district to lose a grade was Glades, which dropped to a C from a B.
Fort Myers boys basketball team only won by 3 points playing against Lehigh mostly JV team, this shows character of these young athletics.
As Lehigh Senior heads to Regional’s as the nine players that were suspended will be back Monday to practice and then play in the first game. Lehigh will be on the road to face the winner of the District 6A-12 championship between either Golden Gate or Palmetto Ridge. If Lehigh wins its first region game on Thursday, it could face the Green Wave again on Feb. 16 in the region semifinals, pending the Green Wave win their first round region game.
Lehigh Senior’s coaching staff is still suspended.
Lehigh Senior High School had three football player sign letters of intent to play.
Austin Paraison signing with University of North Carolina
Chris Matheus signing with Tusculum College in Tennessee
Matt William signing with Applalachian State
The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation announces its partnership with The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. to offer five $2,000 scholarship awards to high school seniors in Lee County. Class of 2016 in the communities served by Suncoast Credit Union have the opportunity to apply for financial support to continue their education, thanks to a $100,000 investment in scholarships this year by the Tampa-based credit union’s Foundation.
Applications are open until March 23rd and are available on www.leeschoolfoundation.org.
The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation supports education initiatives and the well-being of children in the counties that the credit union serves. Since its inception in 1990, the foundation has contributed more than $13 million, including more than 550 student scholarships valued at nearly $1 million.
“We believe the best way we can build stronger communities is by investing in children—specifically in their education, health and emotional well-being,” said Cindy Helton, Executive Director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. “Through the Suncoast Credit Union Scholars program, we have the opportunity to invest in the enormous potential of students from our communities.”