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Education Notes (3/15/17)

March 15, 2017
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Golden Apple Teacher recipients honored

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools surprised six Lee County educators in their classrooms on March 10 and presented them with the prestigious Golden Apple Teacher Award.

The following were honored:

- Dr. Jesse Bryson, with Fort Myers High Senior High School

- Patty Gair, with Cypress Lake High School Center for the Arts

- Vanessa Lynch, with Harns Marsh Middle School

- Richard Romano, with North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts

- Milagros Sowers, East Lee County High School

- Mariah Washington, with Bayshore Elementary School

The recipients are chosen after going through an extensive selection process, which began in September with a community-wide invitation to nominate teachers deserving of special recognition.

The final six were selected after completing a three-step process that included a blind comprehensive application, observation of their classroom teaching skills, and personal interviews by the Golden Apple Selection Committee.

Recipients will be honored at the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Banquet on April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. Tickets for $160 are available at 239-337-0433.

The banquet will be broadcast on NBC2 on April 9 at 7 p.m.

District announces naming rights initiative

The Lee County School District recently announced a new naming rights initiative that allows companies to put their name on a high school stadium, gym or theater.

The district has partnered with Tebo & Associates to manage the project.

The company has negotiated high school naming rights deals for districts like Orange County Public Schools and Albuquerque Public Schools. It also specializes in school-based partnerships and advertising programs.

Naming rights range between $750 and $8,000 per month, based on the amount of traffic around the facility and the number of people who attend events each year.

For information, visit online at:

FAFSA first! contest launched for students

The FAFSA first! social media contest kicked off last week. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Graduating seniors in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades are eligible to participate.

One winner from each county will receive a $500 prepaid Visa card for school expenses.

To enter, students must:

- Complete their FAFSA, then create a unique and creative post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter related to filing FAFSA

- Tag @FAFSAfirst and five friends in the post to challenge them to also file and enter

- Include the hashtag #IFiledFAFSAfirst

After posting on social media, students must submit a contest entry form online.

Deadline is March 17.

For rules and the form, visit:

A-Team Challenge finals to broadcast on NBC2

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and NBC2 will host the A-Team Challenge in April.

Thirty-three high schools from six counties, including East Lee County High School and Lehigh Senior High School, have been competing in the single-elimination academic competition.

The following games will be broadcast on NBC2:

- Quarter finals: April 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

- Semifinals: April 9 from noon to 1 p.m.

- Championship: April 16 from noon to 1 p.m.

Modeled after Jeopardy, a team of high school students from each school competes with each other, answering questions under the categories of science, math, arts and humanities, language arts, social studies and general knowledge.

Public and private schools are invited to compete, with each participating school entering four team players and four team alternates.

The champion team receives a traveling trophy for their school and individual trophies for each player.

The purpose is to encourage, promote and spotlight academic achievement and excellence.



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