School Board Briefs
RECOGNITION OF ALL-COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW WINNERS
Tucker Wright-Maris of St. Augustine High School (SAHS) was recognized for winning Best in Show at the St. Johns All-County High School Art Show last month. Hannah Santillo of Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), Brennan Coker of SAHS , Jeremy Abreu of Nease High School , Laura Rotteges of PVHS, Caliegh Dean of Bartram Trail High School and Amanda Geoffrion of Creekside High School won first place in their entry categories. This annual show features high school student art and is a collaboration between the St. Johns County School District and the St. Augustine Art Association.
RECOGNITION OF 2011-2012 SCHOOL-RELATED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Trudy DuPont-Tedder, Head Start paraprofessional at South Woods Elementary School, was recognized as St. Johns County’s 2011-2012 School-Related Employee of the Year. Her selection was announced at a reception held last month and her name has been forwarded to the state where she will compete at the regional level.
RECOGNITION OF THE HEALTHIEST SITE COMPETITION WINNERS
The SJCSD in conjunction with The Bailey Group held a competition among 35 participating schools and the district offices for the healthiest site from June 1 through December 15, 2011. First Place went to Durbin Creek Elementary School, Second Place went to Cunningham Creek Elementary School, Third Place went to Switzerland Point Middle School and Fourth Place went to Ketterlinus Elementary School. Each school received prize money provided through a wellness grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.
APPROVAL OF THE 2011-2012 BUDGET AMENDMENT #2012-G-06
The School Board approved an amendment to the budget to reflect an updated estimate of current revenue and expenses. This month’s budget amendment of $56,162 takes into account adjustments for donations, rental of facilities and other miscellaneous local revenue.
RECOGNITION of OVERALL WINNERS OF 2012 RIVER REGION EAST SCIENCE FAIR
Joseph Paul of Ponte Vedra High School and Adam Snowden of Landrum Middle School were recognized for winning top honors in the science fair’s senior and junior divisions, respectively. The science fair was held last month at the First Coast Technical College and featured 130 science projects by 156 St. Johns County students.
RECOGNITION OF PONTE VEDRA HIGH SCHOOL (PVHS) GIRLS SOCCER TEAM AS THE 2012 CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONS
The PVHS Girls Soccer Team was recognized for capturing their second state championship trophy last month by defeating the Plantation American Heritage Patriots at the University of South Florida in Tampa in the state playoffs. The 22-member squad is coached by Dave Silverberg, assisted by Joey Duncan.
RECOGNITION OF 2011-2012 ST. JOHNS COUNTY’S TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND ROOKIE TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Emily Senko, a Spanish teacher at Pacetti Bay Middle School, was recognized as the Teacher of the Year and Heather Clubb, a fifth-grade teacher at Wards Creek Elementary, was recognized as the Rookie Teacher of the Year. These teachers were announced and recognized for their achievements both in the classroom and the community at last month’s Teacher of the Year celebration. Ms. Senko’s name and information has been forwarded for consideration in the FLDOE/Macy’s 2013 Teacher of the Year competition.
BOZARD FORD LINCOLN CHECK PRESENTATION
Bozard Ford Lincoln of St. Augustine donated $2011 to the St. Johns County School District to support programs that will help students meet graduation requirements. These funds were generated through a bonus program created by Ford Motor Company for a competition among sales managers at Bozard and a competing dealership.
APPROVAL OF THE 2011-2012 BUDGET AMENDMENT #2012 G-05
The School Board approved an amendment to the budget to reflect an updated estimate of current revenue and expenses. This month’s budget amendment of $38,231 takes into account adjustments of school day care revenue adjustments, donations and rental of facilities.
RECOGNITION OF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ESSAY CONTEST SCHOOL WINNERS
St. Johns County students participated in a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. poster and essay contest sponsored by the St. Johns Education Association. Individual students were recognized for their achievements in a ceremony last month. Durbin Creek Elementary, Landrum Middle and Pedro Menendez High schools were each presented with a plaque from the Martin Luther King Celebration Committee.
RECOGNITION OF THE DEPARMENT OF FLORIDA VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
Jessica Lane, a second-grade teacher at Timberlin Creek Elementary School and Chief Master Sergeant Iben Phillips, AFJROTC instructor at Bartram Trail High School, were recognized as the winners of the Department of Florida’s VFW Citizenship Teacher Award. Both will be entered for the national competition.
FEBRUARY PROCLAIMED CAREER /TECHNICAL EDUCATION MONTH
The School Board proclaimed February as Career and Technical Education Month. This observance recognizes the importance of the district’s 16 career academies and partnerships with area businesses and other educational institutions.
FEBRUARY PROCLAIMED TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH
The School Board proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This observance recognizes the work of the Betty Griffin House and its community efforts to empower teens to develop healthier relationships.
RETIREES HONORED FOR MORE THAN 580 YEARS OF SERVICE
Thirty employees were recognized for contributing more than 580 years of service to the St. Johns County School District. During the recognition and awards agenda, each retiree was introduced by a School District employee and received a print of the St. Augustine lighthouse drawn by the late Judy Springfield, a retired SJCSD art teacher.
APPROVAL OF CONTRACT BETWEEN ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND CHARTER SCHOOLS
The School Board approved a contract between the St. Johns County School Board and the Saint Augustine Montessori Community, Inc. to operate a charter school. The School Board also approved a contract between the St. Johns County School Board and St. Paul’s School of Excellence to operate a charter school. These schools will provide alternative educational opportunities to those offered in traditional public education.