Tag Archives: George Abounader

Derby Day was in Full Bloom on Marco Island

By Jodi Pree On Saturday, May 6, over 250 festive islanders attended Talk Derby to Me at Sunset Grille to celebrate the 143rd Kentucky Derby. More than $20,000 was raised for the Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS). For $500, V.I.P. guests enjoyed early V.I.P. seating, admission for 4, a pre-party with appetizers, two drinks per person, a Kentucky Derby-style ... Read More »

MICMS Salutes Veterans

Submitted The students, faculty and administration of Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) celebrated a “Salute to Veterans” program by donating $800 to the G.I. GO FUND for Disabled Veterans. The money was raised by students placing change into containers in their math classes and the faculty donating $5 each for the privilege of wearing jeans to school. The students ... Read More »

Raymonds Resign

By Roger LaLonde In a shocking move to most, Roger and Karen Raymond have resigned from Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS), effective September 1. Roger Raymond has served as athletic director for MICMS since the beginning, creating all sports programs. He did the same for Marco Island Academy before resigning last year. Karen Raymond has been the school’s musical ... Read More »

Chamber Gala & Awards

Submitted On December 6 the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce held their Christmas Gala at Bistro Soleil, and presented three annual awards. The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Monte Lazarus, posthumously, and accepted by his wife Sandi Riedemann. Monte, an attorney, civic leader and magistrate, made innumerable contributions to Marco Island and the community. Jane Watt, founder and board ... Read More »

On Education Day, Leadership Marco Goes Back to School

Submitted Wednesday, September 9 brought another day of learning to the Leadership Marco Class of 2015. The Leadership Marco (LM) students started their Education and Youth Day in Naples, with a breakfast and tour of Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, which offers programs of study from airplane mechanics to veterinary assisting. LM student Steven Purcell said he found it “amazing ... Read More »

Rotary Spirit Award Winners Feted at Festive Event

By Don Manley Exemplary commitment to public service was recognized and celebrated in an elegant fashion at the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island’s annual Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction. Now in its seventh year, the festive event honors recipients of the club’s Spirit of Marco Island Award, which is presented to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Awards to Recognize Recipients

By Don Manley Giving selflessly to benefit the greater good is a pleasure for Condee Cooling and Electric. “The things we can help out with for which we have the resources, we’re happy to do that for the community that supports the families that we provide with employment,” said Erik Condee, the company’s operational coordinator. Condee Cooling and Electric has ... Read More »

MICMS to Host GaudÌ Traveling Exhibit

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School will be displaying giant reproductions — approximately 50 feet — of the fascinating architecture of Antoní Gaudi. A Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit, the huge, featured reproductions will be hung in the hallways outside of the Spanish, Art and Performing Arts classrooms during the week of Jan. 26-30. Like a passport to Spain, the exhibit ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best ... Read More »

Local Student Wins Essay

Madison Hopkins, a seventh grader, who is the school’s winner in the county-wide “Laws of Life” essay contest, as she is being awarded the certificate and a $25 gift card to the Coastland Mall by the school’s CEO/Principal, Mr. George Abounader.  Wendy Wynne Hodgson, the Coordinator for Social Studies for the District School Board of Collier County, organized this 18th annual ... Read More »

MICMS rules gridiron in first season

The parents, coaches and the athletic department of Marco Island Charter Middle School hoped to put together a good football team. The idea had been discussed for a few years. Three coaches, Jim Young, Scott Gibbs and Chris Burt were under the direction of head Mike Vanderjagt. As everyone knows, Mike played with the NFL, so experience fanned the fire ... Read More »

Your Stories: 9-11 Remembered

September 11, 2001 is one of the unique times in our lives that we will forever remember exactly where we were and what we were doing, no matter how close or how far we were to the actual events. Some were much closer than others, but it affected each and every one of us no matter where we were! From ... Read More »