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The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

Elementary Battle of the Books Winners

May 11, 2018 - 
The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The Palencia Pirates Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The Palencia Pirates Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles and Palencia Pirates on their hard earned wins at the 12th Annual Elementary School Battle of the Books which were held on May 8th and May 10th. The Northern Battle was held at Landrum Middle School and the Southern Battle at Gamble Rogers Middle School. We are extremely proud of the students for their participation in this literacy event. The students were well prepared, well behaved, and “well read”. We also appreciate all of the parents, peers, teachers, staff members, and administrators who supported our readers.

A special thank you to principals Ryan Player and Greg Bergamasco for hosting the events. Please acknowledge the media specialists, teachers and support staff for the time they took to create the questions, and to recruit, prepare and mentor the students from their schools. St. Johns County School District librarians are amazing and we are better because of them. Thank you to all of the school administrators for supporting your library media programs and specialists. Additionally, many school technology specialists, maintenance managers, and other employees pitched in to make this possible. Thank you!

Lorrie Cosgrove, Brock O’Shell, Amanda Bergamasco, specialists in the Instructional Resources and Media Services department, are the epitome of hard work and coordination. This event would have been impossible without their support. Thank you also to the amazing Media Services staff for their hard, behind-the-scenes work to support these efforts.

Next year promises to be as exciting as this year. View the lists of the new SSYRA books. Be sure to share the lists and encourage your students to read, read, read over the summer.

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Summer 2018 High School Facility Use

May 7, 2018 - 

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 6                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 20                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 27                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25                  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.

For more information, please contact the SJCSD School Services Department at (904) 547-7583 or visit the district website at

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7, 2018 - 

teacher appreciation week

May 7th through 11th is National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. Please join us in thanking our district’s educators who work tirelessly to serve the students and families in our schools.

Middle School Battle of the Books

April 2, 2018 - 

A team of students from Switzerland Point Middle School led by Media Specialist Kristen Badger won the 2018 Middle School Battle of the Books contest.  This year’s Battle was held on Friday, March 23, 2018, at First Coast Technical College (FCTC).  Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12.

Creekside High School 2018 Battle of the Books Winners

A team of students from Creekside High School School led by Media Specialist Amelia Zukoski won the 2018 High School Battle of the Books contest.


2018 Character Cup

March 28, 2018 - 

The 2018 Character Cup was held on Wednesday, March 21 at St. Augustine High School. The Character Cup, a student-centered event highlighting physical education, links academics and character education through athletic competition. Two hundred student-athletes representing 20 elementary schools participated in the 2017 event.

The Players Makes a $500,000 Donation to the SJCSD

March 22, 2018 - 

THE PLAYERS will serve as the title sponsor of the district’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

As part of the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, THE PLAYERS is sponsoring multiple programs in the St. Johns County school district, including:

  • WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Mentorship Program
  • Link Crew Mentorship Program
  • Pursuing Victory With Honor Program
  • Character Cup
  • Grants available for St. Johns County teachers

In addition to the CHARACTER COUNTS! sponsorship, THE PLAYERS is purchasing The First Tee Golf in Schools program, equipment and curriculum for every elementary and K-8 school in the district. For more information about THE PLAYERS Championship visit THEPLAYERS.COM

History Fair

February 23, 2018 - 

St. Johns County School District’s Annual History Fair was recently held on February 21 and 22 at First Coast Technical College. Project categories included performance, paper, exhibit, website, and documentary. Category placements (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention) were presented for each category, as well as special awards, each with its  own unique criteria.

Science Fair

February 23, 2018 - 

Students from schools throughout St. Johns County School District participated in the 2018 Annual Science Fair on February 7th. Winners were honored at an awards ceremony held on February 8th. This annual academic competition is designed to challenge students to meticulously apply science process skills and content knowledge in order to investigate scientific questions of their own choosing. Participants also experience the importance of practicing science ethics and responsibility on a personal level.

Amy Grimm Has Been Named the 2018 Teacher of the Year

January 25, 2018 - 

Amy Grimm, a first grade teacher at Julington Creek Elementary School, was named St. Johns County’s Teacher of the Year for 2018 at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet held on January 24th at the World Golf Village Renaissance Center.

The crowd celebrates as Amy Grimm and one of her students approach the stage to receive her award.

Hailey Fletcher, a fifth grade teacher at Patriot Oaks Academy, is St. Johns County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2018.

Celebrate Literacy Week

January 22, 2018 - 

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First Lady Ann Scott Kicks off 10th Annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! in St. Johns County  

Ponte Vedra, Fla., January 22, 2018 – Today, First Lady Ann Scott kicked off 2018 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! at Ponte Vedra High School in St. Johns County. The First Lady was joined by St. Johns County Superintendent Tim Forson, Department of Education and Florida Lottery officials, and Ponte Vedra High School students and staff. The 10th annual theme is “Find Yourself in a Book.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “This is my eighth Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to spend time with hundreds of Florida students and their outstanding teachers and principals throughout the week. I look forward to this event every year because it draws attention to the invaluable role of reading and literacy in every facet of our lives.”

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “In order for students to reach their full potential, they must continually hone essential reading and literacy skills. First Lady Ann Scott’s passion for literacy motivates students to love reading as much as she does, and I am so appreciative of her support of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

Following the kick-off event, First Lady Ann Scott will visit the following schools on her literacy tour:

  • Ponte Vedra Palm Valley Rawlings Elementary School
  • Robert Willis Elementary School
  • Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School
  • Tara Elementary School
  • West Navarre Primary School
  • Oriole Beach Elementary School
  • Bennett C. Russell Elementary School

Since Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011, First Lady Scott has prioritized reading and literacy, and she has visited all of Florida’s 67 counties sharing her passion for reading with Floridians. During the school year, First Lady Scott visits schools throughout the state, where she reads to Florida’s students and thanks their hardworking educators for helping to prepare them for lifelong success. Over the summer months, she partners with the Departments of Education and Environmental Protection to encourage students to remain focused on reading all year.

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is a week-long celebration each January designed to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and to inspire Florida’s students and families to make reading a part of their daily routines. The week’s events are made possible by participating sponsors: Florida Lottery; LEGOLAND Florida Resort; and the Florida Education Foundation.

For more information about Celebrate Literacy Week, visit Just Read, Florida!

High School Showcase

January 19, 2018 - 

Students in the Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical & Health Careers at Pedro Menendez High School demonstrate skills they have learned during the St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase on January 18, 2018.

The St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase on January 18, 2018 highlighted Career Academies and specialized programs available to 9th and 10th grade students throughout the district.

St. Johns Virtual School coordinator of virtual instruction, Michael Eisen, speaks with attendees of the St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase on January 18, 2018.