Ruminations from the Rock and Beyond

STEAM Night at TBE Blasts it Out of the Park

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond

Rain, wind and water didn’t hamper the enthusiasm of hundreds of excited students that attended the recent second annual STEAM Night on May 24th at Tommie Barfield Elementary with their eager families right alongside them. What is STEAM? It’s the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Trust me, there was an abundance of each subject to meet the […]

Turn the WOW Spotlight on the Accomplishments of TBE students

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It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this that we have amazing students that attend Tommie Barfield Elementary, right? Not to mention their talented teachers, staff and administration! Well, okay, I admit to being thrilled and inspired by the students, but there are exciting things going on with reading that you need to know about. On Thursday, April […]

Are Collier County Public Schools Preparing Students for Careers?

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Hmmm… Heard of “Career in a Year?” Let’s start with the facts. By 2018, 57% of jobs will require SKILLED TRAINING that can be achieved at a TECHNICAL COLLEGE. What does that mean? Well, for one, good paying jobs could be filled with trained/skilled workers who spend between two to 24 months getting the education and certification they need to […]

Lights, Cameras, Action on the iFilm Student Festival Red Carpet

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of students’ creativity and achievements, so I try to attend or participate in as many as possible. There are amazing opportunities that turn the spotlights on CCPS students and really make them shine. Especially the iFilm Student Festival on April 5th in the large auditorium at Barron Collier High School. Wowza! This […]

IT’S SPRING! Step on Those Cracks and Invite New Growth

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I used to recite the old rhyme while walking down the sidewalk at my elementary school, “Step on a crack, break your mother’s back” and would superstitiously avoid the cracks because breaking her back would be heartless and cruel. Plus, I didn’t want to take even the tiniest chance that the rhyme might be true. On the way back from […]


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