MIA cheerleaders teach City Councilor Charlette Roman a cheer.
On Wednesday, it was back to school for islanders of all ages as the celebration moved to the campus of MICMS. Principal George Abounader was on hand to welcome the many guests. MICMS was founded in the 1998-99 school year by a group of concerned parents who wanted a public middle school right here on the island so their children could avoid a long bus ride to Naples each day. Ironically, now many MICMS students take a long bus ride each day in the opposite direction, coming from East Naples to Marco Island for the specific purpose of obtaining the high quality education offered at MICMS. For the past 16 years in a row, MICMS has earned a grade of “A” from the Florida Department of Education. Our charter middle school is the smallest public middle school, but it has the largest after school sports program and one of the largest middle school bands in Collier County. MICMS is governed by a local school board instead of a district board, making its enactment of policies more relevant to our community.
MICMS Principal George Abounader with MICMS Board Secretary Allyson Richards
Marco Island Academy (MIA) Principal Melissa Scott and Assistant Principal Amber Richardson also joined in the festivities. The MIA cheerleading squad was there to perform for the celebration, wowing the crowd with their athleticism and school spirit. City Councilor Charlette Roman even got in on the act as the cheerleaders taught her some of their moves!
MIA Assistant Principal Amber Richardson and Principal Melissa Scott
School Counselor Leanne Hope of Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was there to share the message of high quality elementary education, stating “Our new principal, Mrs. Kathryn Maya, asked me to represent TBE here today. We pride ourselves on being respectful responsible role models.” TBE sustains a mission to inspire excellence by providing high standards with a vision to foster academic excellence, nurture personal integrity and encourage a commitment to lifelong learning in a diverse society.
MIPD Chief Al Schettino with longtime Marco resident Pat Raney