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Provisional Transportation Waivers

August 14, 2019 - 

With the start of the new school year the Transportation Department has received a high volume of requests for Provisional Transportation Waivers. If you have applied for a Provisional Transportation Waiver, please note that the Transportation Department will not begin approving or denying these requests until Monday, August 26.

In the meantime, alternate transportation must be arranged by parents and guardians. In addition, if your child was approved for a provisional waiver last year, you must apply again for the current school year. Please visit the Transportation Department’s website for more information about the Provisional Transportation Waiver Program.

First Day of School 2019-2020

Opening Day 2019

August 13, 2019 - 

The student count for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) the first day of school, August 12, was 39,159, an increase of 2,240 students or 6 percent over last year’s first day number of 36,919. St. Johns County continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

The high school student count was 12,213 with 2,847 students at Bartram Trail High School, 2,217 at Creekside High School, 1,137 at Pedro Menendez High School, 2,669 at Allen D. Nease High School, 1,780 at Ponte Vedra High School, and 1,563 at St. Augustine High School. There were also 271 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School.

Middle school attendance totaled 7,238, with student headcounts ranging from 727 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,321 at Pacetti Bay Middle School. The other first day figures were Alice B. Landrum Middle School with 1,154, Fruit Cove Middle School with 1,208, R. J. Murray Middle School with 704, Gamble Rogers Middle School with 866, and Switzerland Point Middle School with 1,258.

The district’s K-8 schools totaled 7,965. Liberty Pines Academy had a first-day headcount of 1,404, Patriot Oaks Academy with 1,284, Valley Ridge Academy with 1,246; Freedom Crossing Academy with 1,302, Palm Valley Academy with 1,623, and Mill Creek Academy with 1,106.

The elementary school population totaled 11,108. This count only includes approximately 25 percent of all kindergarten students since schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a four-day period. Another 364 students are enrolled at the district’s alternative, charter and Department of Juvenile Justice schools.

First Coast Technical College has 137 students who attended its adult education programs at the St. Augustine, Barge Port and North campuses. This number does not include those students enrolled in night programs that start today.

“The hard work and dedication from administration, teachers and support staff to make opening day the very best resulted in smiling students engaging with their friends and eager to learn,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “I am so proud of our students and staff. It was wonderful to be out in the schools to share in the excitement of the first day.”

“Transportation, food service, custodial and maintenance staff are doing an excellent job handling their responsibilities and taking care of students. All local law enforcement agencies, Allied Universal School Security Guards, Public Service Assistants and Crossing Guards are incredible in supporting our operations and adding another layer of safety and security to our campuses and surrounding areas. Lastly, I want to say a huge thank you to our parents and families as we manage the beginning of the school year.”

SJCSD staff will continue to monitor attendance numbers, balance classrooms and refine bus routes throughout the coming weeks.

View Photos from the First Day of School

Districtwide Orientation 2019

July 19, 2019 - 

The St. Johns County School District is hosting a districtwide orientation Friday, August 9 from 8-11 a.m. Orientation is an opportunity for students and parents to get supply lists, receive class schedules and meet teachers.

While many schools have scheduled orientations on other dates and times, staff will be available at all schools Friday, August 9 from 8-11 a.m. Parents are encouraged to call or visit the school website to verify any changes in orientation and open house dates.

The district, including schools, is currently operating on summer hours 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These summer hours are in effect until Friday, July 28.

School Grades 2019

July 12, 2019 - 

School grades released by the Florida Department of Education show that the St. Johns County School District continues to be a top performing district in the state and is one of only two that has consistently remained an “A” rated district. St. Johns County had 31 “A” schools, seven “B” schools, one “C” school and one “D” school.

Fourteen elementary schools, four middle schools, all si¬x of the district’s K-8 academies, five high schools, St. Johns Virtual Franchise and St. Johns Virtual Instructional Program all received a grade of “A” this year.

“Our students have benefitted from the hard work and dedication of our teachers, and I am extremely proud of their efforts,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “Our school grades reaffirm that our focus and resources are applied to help our students succeed. They also provide the opportunity for us to hone in on areas and schools that may need additional support in the coming year.”

The elementary schools receiving an “A” are Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary, W.D. Hartley Elementary, Hickory Creek Elementary, R.B. Hunt Elementary, Julington Creek Elementary, Ketterlinus Elementary, Ocean Palms Elementary, Osceola Elementary, Palencia Elementary, Picolata Crossing Elementary, PVPV/Rawlings Elementary, Timberlin Creek Elementary and Wards Creek Elementary.

The middle schools with an “A” are Fruit Cove, Alice B. Landrum, Pacetti Bay and Switzerland Point. Freedom Crossing, Mill Creek, Liberty Pines, Patriot Oaks, Valley Ridge, Mill Creek, Freedom Crossing and Palm Valley academies received an “A” as did Bartram Trail, Creekside, Allen D. Nease, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine high schools. St. Johns Virtual School also received an “A”.

Otis A. Mason Elementary, R.J. Murray Middle, St. Augustine Public Montessori, Gamble Rogers Middle, Sebastian Middle, Pedro Menendez High and South Woods Elementary schools received a “B” this year. John A. Crookshank Elementary School received a “C”, and St. Johns Technical High School received a Maintaining rating this year. The Webster School received a “D”.

Additional details and information can be found at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

Outstanding Business Partner of the Year

Outstanding Business Partner of the Yewar Award

THE PLAYERS Championship was recognized as the 2018-2019 St. Johns County School District Outstanding Business Partner of the Year by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation at the 2019 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) held last month in Orlando.

History Fair Winners

History Fair Winners 2019

Allen D. Nease High School Sophomores Logan Graham, Joshua Pantano, Daniel Fedchenko, and Alan Michael won 2nd Place in the state in the Senior Group Performance category at the Florida History Day competition held last month in Tallahassee. Their project titled “Tragedy on the Trail of Engineering Triumph: A Panama Canal Flashback” moves on to compete at the national competition at the University of Maryland June 10-13.

Make A Mark Award

INK! (Investing in Kids) recently presented the Make A Mark Award to Ms. Ingle of Valley Ridge Academy. Ms. Ingle’s patience and ability to make every student feel their purpose in academics makes her one of the best in St Johns County! Nominate your teacher who is making a mark for students on the INK! (Investing in Kids) website.

running track

Summer 2019 High School Facility Use

May 14, 2019 - 

In an effort to promote community health and well-being this summer, the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will open its high school facilities to the public on select Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Outdoor facilities at Allen D. Nease, Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine high schools will be open the following dates and times.

  • Wednesday, June 5                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 12                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 19                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 26                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 10                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 17                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24                  6 – 8 p.m.

Access to the tennis courts, track and outdoor basketball courts will be encouraged. Access will NOT be provided to the gymnasiums, stadium fields, batting cages, baseball fields, softball fields, or multi-purpose fields. The facilities will NOT be open to any organized practices, games or sport-sponsored, fee-based training. Pets are NOT permitted. All St. Johns County School Board Policies will apply.

Make A Mark Award

The INK! (Investing in Kids) Make A Mark Award highlights an elementary, middle and high school teacher each month during the school year. These teachers are going the extra mile for their students by going above and beyond the call of duty. To nominate a teacher you know that is Making A Mark on our students, Visit the INK! website today!

New Principal Appointments for 2019/2020

May 10, 2019 - 

Superintendent Tim Forson has announced two principal appointments for the 2019/2020 school year. Travis Brown, assistant principal at St. Augustine High School, has been selected to be the principal of R.J. Murray Middle School (MMS). Brown will replace Paula Steele who has been serving as interim principal at MMS. She will resume her duties as the director of Leadership Development within the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD).

Kirstie Gabaldon, principal at Switzerland Point Middle School (SPMS), has been selected to be the principal of Sebastian Middle School. She will replace Wayne King who was recently appointed as associate superintendent of Accountability and Intervention Services at the SJCSD. Both of these nominations will be presented to the School Board at their June meeting.

Brown began his teaching career as a social sciences teacher at Omaha South High School in Nebraska. He joined the SJCSD in 2006 and was a social sciences teacher at Bartram Trail High School and then Creekside High School (CHS). In 2012 he became a program specialist for secondary studies and advanced programs at the district office followed by his most recent position as assistant principal at SAHS.

“Travis possesses a strong focus on students and their individual needs,” said Forson. “He will be an excellent principal who understands the importance of continuous learning and collaborative school environments. In addition, I am extremely grateful for the leadership Paula has provided to MMS as its interim principal. I look forward to having her back at the district office to develop leaders at all levels.”

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree from the American College of Education.

With more than 22 years of experience, Gabaldon has spent her entire career serving the students in St. Johns County. She started as a teacher at Nease High School and then went on to be the registrar at Bartram Trail High School before joining CHS as an assistant principal. She also served at Murray and Sebastian middle schools as an assistant principal before becoming the principal at SPMS.

“Kirstie has been an exceptional leader at SPMS,” said Forson. “I am confident she will continue to create opportunities for success and leadership at SMS whether it is for her students or the staff she serves.”

Gabaldon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of East Anglia, England and a master’s degree from UNF.

District administrators will gather input from staff and the community for the new principal of SPMS on Thursday, May 16 at 2:15 p.m. at SPMS.

Outstanding School Volunteers 2019

Outstanding school volunteers throughout our school district were honored at a ceremony held on April 4th. Special congratulations to Mason Saye, Jenny Persson, and Sal Iaropoli who were named our Youth, Adult and Senior Volunteers of the Year respectively.

National History Day Winners

Four sophomores from Allen D. Nease High School won 2nd place in the state in the Senior Group Performance category at the National History Day Competition in Tallahassee. Their project is titled “Tragedy on the Trail of Engineering Triumph: A Panama Canal Flashback.” They will now move on to compete at the national competition at the University of Maryland on June 10th.