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Community Education Courses

Happy New Year!

The St. Johns County School District invites you to participate in a new session of Community Education adult evening courses available at five different school sites. You can enroll in courses in Microsoft Office and Excel, retirement planning, memory improvement, sewing, photography, art, Spanish and French languages, guitar, banjo, songwriting, bluegrass string band, yoga, bellydancing, and improvisational theatre. Courses start soon.

To register or for information on prices, dates, and locations please visit the St. Johns County Community Education website or call 547-7565.

How to Opt-in to Receive Notifications

Parents and Guardians,

We informed you last month of our transition to a new mass notification system called SchoolMessenger.   SchoolMessenger allows the District to contact parents and guardians using voice, text and/or email.  Now that the new system is in place, we are working to complete the opt-in process that is required to communicate with you via your mobile device using texting.

The first step of the process was conducted earlier this week on 1/4/17 when we sent an opt-in Text message to all parent phone numbers on file.  If you received the opt-in message on your mobile device and responded with a “Y” or “Yes”, you should have received a confirmation text message stating, “You’re registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications”.   No further action is required for you to receive future text messages from your child’s school or from the District.

If you did not receive the opt-in message on your mobile device and want to receive text messages from your child’s school or from the District please follow the steps below:

  1. From your mobile device, Text “Yes” to 67587.  You should then receive a response text message stating,  “You’re registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications”.
  2. Now that you have registered your device to receive text messages, you must verify that your mobile device phone number(s) is on file at your child’s school.
    • You can verify that your contact phone numbers are up to date by viewing them in the SchoolMessenger Information Center mobile app for Apple and Android phones.   Please use the SchoolMessenger App Instructions to download the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter app, establish your account and verify your phone numbers and email address.
    • If you need to make changes to the phone numbers listed, please contact your child’s school.
    • If you do not have access to download the SchoolMessenger mobile app, please contact your child’s school to check the phone numbers on file.

High School Program of Choice Options

High School Showcase

Attention all 8th and 9th graders who are interested in learning about Program of Choice Options for High School next year!  The District Wide High School Showcase will be Thursday, January 19 from 3:30pm – 7:00pm at the World Golf Village Convention Center. This event is for first time applicants and their families who reside in St. Johns County. The fair will showcase all Career Academies, JROTC, AICE, IB and the St. Johns County Center for the Arts. Students and parents can drop-in and talk with teachers, students and business partners anytime during this timeframe to learn more about these programs.

How to Apply

To apply to a High School Programs of Choice or the Murray Middle School Center for the Arts Program for the 2017-2018 school year, please view our Home Access Center (HAC) Directions.

Those needing a sign language interpreter at the High School Showcase or any Academy Night, should contact Sonia Howley at s[email protected].

Academy Nights

To learn even more about the programs that interest you, plan to visit the high schools on their Academy Nights to visit the classrooms and talk more in-depth with teachers and students about their programs. Below is the schedule of each high school’s Academy Night.

January 24 Pedro Menendez 6:00 – 7:30pm
January 26 Allen D. Nease 6:00 – 7:30pm
January 30 St. Johns Technical 5:30 – 6:30pm
January 30 St. Augustine – ALL St. Johns County Center for the Arts and Murray Middle School requests must apply by February 10, 2017. (Auditions at St. Augustine High School and Murray Middle School will occur on February 17, 2017) 6:00 – 7:30pm
January 31 Bartram Trail 6:00 – 7:30pm
February 2 Ponte Vedra 6:00 – 7:30pm
February 7 Creekside 6:00 – 7:30pm

How to Apply

To apply for an academy, current 8th and 9th grade students attending a St. Johns County School District school (including St. Johns Virtual School) MUST apply online between January 19 – February 10, 2017 to be considered for any of these programs next year. View directions showing how to apply in Home Access Center (HAC).

Current St. Johns County 8th & 9th grade students who are homeschooled and do not know their Home Access Center student account numbers may call Kathy Jones at (904) 547-8087 to learn their student account numbers.

Current St. Johns County 8th and 9th graders who are attending private or charter schools MUST go to the current public school to which they are zoned to pre-register and complete a Program of Choice paper application. Then the zoned school will forward that to the Career Education Office. When pre-registering, be sure to bring the child’s birth certificate, parent’s driver’s license, current mortgage or lease, most current utility bill and one other current bill documenting your St. Johns county address.

Students not currently residing in St. Johns County are not eligible to apply to our Programs of Choice. Also, please note that school district transportation is only provided to students’ zoned schools. Families must provide transportation to other schools.

For all other information about the Programs of Choice and the Application process, visit academies.stjohns.k12.fl.us or call (904) 547-4870.

New Mass Notification System

Good Afternoon SJCSD Employees, Parents and Guardians:

The St. Johns County School District has begun using a new mass notification system called SchoolMessenger. While the migration to this new system will be a seamless process with regard to voicemails and emails from principals and district administration, it will be necessary for everyone to opt-in to receive text messaging.

There are only two requirements for a recipient to receive messages via SMS text: the recipient’s wireless number imported into SchoolMessenger from our Student System and “Opt-In Confirmation” from the recipient’s wireless device. These requirements address any concerns related to the accuracy of the database and potential costs associated with receiving text messages.

Recipients can easily opt-in by simply responding “Y” (or “Yes”), to the SchoolMessenger opt-in message from 67587. The invitation to opt-in will be sent to Parents/Guardians and District employees on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

If Parents/Guardians do not receive an opt-in text message on their mobile device from SchoolMessenger by midnight on January 4, 2017 please contact your school in the next few days that follow to add your mobile device phone number to your contact information.

If Employees do not receive an opt-in text message on their mobile device from SchoolMessenger by midnight on January 4, 2017 please update your Employee Information by logging into Employee Online and editing or adding your cell phone number.

Thank you,

St. Johns County School District

Early Literacy Skills

Students in kindergarten, first and second grades build foundational skills in early literacy development through the implementation of the “Being a Reader K-2” program which began this school year. “Being a Reader K-2” is a literacy resource developed by the Center for the Collaborative Classroom based on extensive research. The Center for the Collaborative Classroom also developed “Being a Writer,” which was implemented in SJCSD elementary schools last year. Both programs are based on best practices and support the development of the whole child while addressing social-emotional needs in tandem with reading and writing instruction. This is a proactive step in meeting the early literacy needs of every elementary student in St. Johns County.

Creekside Knights of Distinction Help with Hurricane Recovery Effort

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, members of the Creekside High School club the Knights of Distinction went to the home of a teacher at arch-rival Bartram Trail High School which had been hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. The boys helped with the urgent task of removing all the hard wood flooring from the house, some walls, countless nails in the floors and literally tons of the teacher’s previous life that had to be carted to the curb. I have never seen such destruction. It looked like images from Hurricane Katrina in Davis Shores. Every single house’s contents were piled high on the street.

Troy Kasting
Assistant Principal
Creekside High School