The CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee is calling all walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 9 a.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School located at 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine.
Walkers and runners will enjoy a course running through the neighborhoods of Kensington and Las Calinas and can choose to participate in the 6K (3.73 miles) or 3K (1.86 miles) distance. Registration fees are as follows:
6K-$25 before January 1; $30 January 1 – February 2; $35 on race day 3K-$20 before January 1; $25 January 1 – February 2; $30 on race day
Race proceeds will support CHARACTER COUNTS! initiatives throughout the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). The run/walk is open to all ages, and the top three winners will be awarded in each of the age categories as well as the overall male and female finishers. A cash donation will be awarded to the top three to five schools with the most registrants. Last year these schools were Ocean Palms Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Valley Ridge Academy and Timberlin Creek Elementary. All race registrants will receive a tech t-shirt and lots of other goodies from area businesses and organizations. At the finish line, each race participant will receive a commemorative dog tag which is the fourth design in its series.
This event is produced by the CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee and is presented by Beaver Toyota with support from businesses and community groups. Action News Jax CBS47/FOX30 is the official media sponsor of this run/walk.
The SJCSD, along with area businesses, youth organizations and civic groups, selected the national character education program of CHARACTER COUNTS! as a countywide initiative to instill positive character traits in young people throughout the county. Additionally, the SJCSD became the first school district in Florida to implement Pursuing Victory With Honor in all of its athletic programs. Character education is an important part of every School Improvement Plan and a major component of the Student Code of Conduct and the school district’s Strategic Plan.
Allen Anderson, principal at Palencia Elementary School (PES), has been selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of K-8 school “LL” and Jessica Richardson, principal at Ocean Palms Elementary School (OPES), has been selected to be the principal of K-8 school “KK.”
The Federal Programs Department is excited to spotlight a special ESOL class at Creekside High School. We have 23 international students sharing a classroom where they are learning not only English but new customs and traditions in their recently adopted country.
The St. Johns County School District uses SchoolMessenger for notification to parents/families via text, email and phone. Previously when phone calls were initiated, a school phone number was displayed on the receiver’s phone. Starting Friday, November 3rd, the number that will display when a call is generated from any school in the district will be (844) 309-7699. This change will enable the person receiving the message to call this number back and hear the most current messages received.
This change will assist us in furthering our efforts to ensure that mass phone messages are accurate and consistent. Thank you for your continued support.
Students from Sebastian Middle School’s SWAT Club (Students Working Against Tobacco) gave a presentation at the St. Johns County Legislative Delegation Meeting on October 20th. In their presentation, they called attention to the increased prevalence of vaping among youth and the need for smoke-free parks and beaches.
Free school meals provided through the FEMA Major Disaster Declaration will end on October 20, 2017 and students will revert to their normal lunch status on October 21, 2017. If you have questions, please call 904-547-8931.
The Annual UpLift with A.S.S.I.S.T. Dinner/Silent Auction is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Character Counts Conference Center on the FCTC campus. Tickets are available for a $25 donation at INK-Stjohns.org. This year’s theme is “Breaking Down Barriers…One Student at a Time.”
The Attendance Zoning process for 2018-2019 now includes a proposed Plan C posted here http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zoning/. This plan is a third option to Plans A and B. Plan C addresses proposed changes for the schools in the Northwest. For the first time, Plan C also includes students currently zoned to Hickory Creek Elementary from the RiverTown development.
This attendance zoning proposal is a part of the process to establish Attendance Zones for the two new K-8 schools. These K-8 schools are currently under construction and will open for the 2018-2019 school year. K-8 School KK is located at 2135 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, FL, 32081 and is being constructed using monies from the school impact fees, school proportionate share mitigation fees and the half-cent sales tax passed in November 2015. K-8 School LL is located at 1365 Shetland Drive, Saint Johns, FL, 32259 and is being constructed using monies from half-cent sales tax. Other possible attendance zone changes relate to Heritage Park located off of Woodlawn Road and the Sawmill Lakes development located off of SR 207, both in St. Augustine.
At this time, one of more of the proposals impact the current attendance zones and students at Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary, Fruit Cove Middle School, Hickory Creek Elementary, Alice B. Landrum Middle School, Otis A. Mason Elementary School, R.J. Murray Middle School, Ocean Palms Elementary, Palencia Elementary School, Pacetti Bay Middle School, Patriot Oaks Academy, Sebastian Middle School, Switzerland Point Middle School and Valley Ridge Academy.
As a result of days lost due to Hurricane Irma the SJCSD will make up two school days on Monday, October 16 and Friday, November 10. Information on how to make up lost time between Friday, September 8, and Friday, September 15 will be shared with all employees soon.