CREATED Aug. 19, 2013
NAPLES, Fla.- On Monday, 45,000 students went back to school among the 50 schools within the Collier County School District.
At Gulf Coast High School, students began with a pep rally packing into the high school gymnasium.
"What is your advice for freshman?" asked reporter Julie Salomone.
"Stay on the books.Don't get behind, do your best in all your classes. Colleges look for that," said Gulf Coast High Principal Joe Mikulski.
Gulf Coast High is one of nearly a dozen schools welcoming technology inside the classroom. They launched BYOD, bring your own device.
"Our teachers are going to have students using phones, Ipads with internet capabilities and connect through our Internet," said Mikulski.
So what's on the Superintendent's agenda this year?
Fox 4 caught up with Dr. Kamela Patton. She served breakfast to the students at Parkside Elementary School on Monday morning.
"I'll get to spend the rest of the day visiting classrooms at different schools," said Dr. Patton.
Dr. Patton spoke about a drop in school grades when the state released the district's grades last month. Some schools like Parkside Elementary earning an "F" grade. She plans on making sure schools improve.
"Our writing took a hit. That's where we will be focusing on and what we've done is partnered with a group to help us do that and do benchmark testing," said Dr. Patton.
She says the state set new stricter standards and she's focused on making sure student achievement matches.