Museum of Science and History
Outreach Program: Red Rover Robotics
Elementary schools in St. Johns County had an increased focus on STEM education throughout the 2018-2019 school year. One of the most exciting opportunities for all fifth graders was a partnership with the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) of Jacksonville. The MOSH outreach program, Red Rover Robotics, took place in every elementary and K-8 and provided fifth-grade students with a team-based robotics challenge which utilized math standards, block coding, scientific reasoning, and the nature of science standards. STEM activities spark student interest and foster development in science, technology, engineering, and/or math.
Using grant funding from Florida Power and Light (FPL), and administered through the Investing in Kids (INK!) local education foundation, a year-long lesson study project is underway for middle school science and math teachers.
Earlier this year, one math teacher and one science teacher from each participating middle school observed a model lesson developed and presented in the classroom of a lead teacher. Following the observation, teachers met as a team to discuss and refine the lesson for their own use and the use of others. School-based coaches and district subject-area specialists assisted with lesson development, debriefing sessions and professional development.
Individual participants are currently delivering a lesson in their own schools with their own students while being observed by a coach and subject area specialist. The coach and specialist will offer feedback to the teacher in a post-observation conference.
The final phase of the project will be for the teacher teams to meet in the summer to refine selected lessons into a format suitable for publication in the appropriate middle school math and science curriculum maps.
Participants have reported that the process has been highly beneficial to themselves and most importantly to their students. They plan to serve as a resource for the process at their home schools and hope that FPL, INK! and SJCSD will find a way to continue a lesson study program for the 2019-2020 school year.
This year, we have expanded our after school robotics clubs in the elementary and middle schools from nine clubs to a total of 15. Our clubs compete in a range of competitions that include, First Lego League, First Tech Challenge, Wonder League, and VEX Robotics.
Twelve schools participated in the First Lego League this year:
These schools had the opportunity to compete in local area qualifying competitions, where they were able to show off their robot design, robot coding, and teamwork. Gamble Rogers Middle School placed 1st in their Robot Design and placed 5th out of 23 teams overall. Webster Elementary competed for the very first time and placed 13th out of 22 teams at their qualifying competition. Another first-year team, Wards Creek earned the RoboThrasher award at their competition.
Three teams from Palm Valley Academy participated in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. One team advanced to the Invitational Round, one of 350 teams selected out of over 7,000 teams worldwide.
Creekside High School Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences
Mr. Davenport and his engineering students teamed up with the St. Johns Housing Partnership to construct a wheelchair ramp for a family in St. Augustine. More than a dozen students dedicated their Saturday afternoon for the cause, which was a meaningful way for students to fine-tune their design and engineering skills while giving back to the community.
St. Augustine High School St. Johns County Aerospace Academy
Captain David Thompson, FAA safety inspector, visited the Aerospace Academy at St. Augustine High School for a UAV discussion and demonstration. The Academy operates drones in Area 17, an approved UAV airspace.
Nease High School Stellar Academy of Engineering
Students recently attended Construction and Career Days of Northeast Florida at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. It included more than 80 businesses offering hands-on exhibits, trade show booths, lessons on large-scale construction equipment, and opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the fields of Construction and Engineering.
February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Throughout the month, the CTE Department will highlight the wonderful work accomplished in our classrooms.
Career Academy Highlights:
Project Innovation is a Career Academy district competition to encourage students to apply skills developed in their Career Academy programs in new and unique ways to benefit society or the environment. This year 571 high school students participated on 145 Career academy teams at six high schools.
1st Place – Nease High School Stellar Academy of Engineering: Richard Bachmann, Maanasi Vadlamani, William Mitchell Project: Aqua Engineers
A water collection device absorbs humidity from the air and transforms it into potable water for people in third world countries who struggle with access to drinkable water. The device is self-sustaining and cost-efficient.
St. Augustine High School
St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers
The Teaching Academy received the 2019 Florida Future Educators of America Outstanding Chapter Award.
Level 4 Teaching Academy students, attended the November School Board Meeting to support the curriculum for their unit of study on the Organization of American Schools.
St. Johns County Aerospace Academy
Aerospace classes completed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) build through a project-based learning unit.
Aerospace Academy seniors took home 3rd place in this year’s District Project Innovation competition. The team designed a fire fighting drone that could take fire rescue to the next level.
Seven Aerospace Academy juniors were selected as the 2018-2019 Northrop Grumman High School Involvement Program (HIP) interns. They will spend four hours each month during their junior and senior years, completing STEM projects under the guidance of Northrop Grumman engineering mentors.
Academy of Law and Homeland Security
Law and Homeland Security students attended the Florida Public Service Association (FPSA) Regional competition, held at the SJR State St. Augustine campus. The students placed in all categories and took home 1st place in the Evidence Packaging, High Risk Traffic Stop, Prepared Speaking, and Fingerprinting competitions.
Creekside High School
Academy of Emerging Technology, Sponsored by Citi
Creekside High School Digital Media Academy students toured Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).
Students competed at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD. With roughly 14,000 students attending from around the globe, competing in approximately 60 various events, Creekside students placed in the Top 10 in the country:
Thomas Talbot, 9th place, Economics
Joe Parimucha, 9th place, Introduction to Information Technology
Clay Carter, Daniel Malloy, and Matthew Zweibohmer, 1st Place, Network Design (winning $1,200)
Students in the IT Principals Cybersecurity course were treated by Citi on a tour of their facility.
Academy of Engineering and Environment Science
Creekside High School, along with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) hosted the 8th Annual Model Water Tower Competition. Joey Watson, a senior in the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences won 1st place at the event! The prize included a $200 scholarship!
Freshmen students in the Environmental Sciences attended the Guana Education Center. Students worked with scientists to collect water samples and pull seine nets to determine healthy estuarine environments for species biodiversity.
Allen D. Nease High School
Stellar Academy of Engineering
Nine ladies with Nease’s Stellar Academy of Engineering took their engineering skills and knowledge to Pacetti Bay Middle School, to run a STEM event with 8th grade girls. Led by Academy Instructor Morgan Hunter, the ladies participated in a gingerbread tower building contest. This was a wonderful way to introduce the 8th grade girls to engineering concepts and skills, as well as have the opportunity to work with older students already in the Academy program.
Pedro Menendez High School
Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical and Health Careers
Forty students from the Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical and Health Careers participated in an employee orientation. These students are beginning their semester of rotations at Flagler Hospital and will shadow over 40 different departments in the hospital and a few other locations to get hands on experience in various medical careers.
Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences
Drafting and construction students toured Nocatee Spray Park Construction Site.
St. Johns Technical High School
Academy of Culinary Arts
Students from the Academy of Culinary Arts were recently treated to a fun-filled and educational day at the Raintree.
Academy of Coastal and Water Resources
Students St. Johns County Utilities’ drinking water and wastewater facilities. They observed first-hand how our drinking water is pulled from the Aquifer, processed and distributed to our municipalities. The students also traveled to a wastewater facility to examine the many processes necessary to clean and reclaim the wastewater that is pumped from our homes and businesses.
In August, a new group of St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS) students began their internship at Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. During the initial tour, the SJTHS students saw four alumni.
Bartram Trail High School
Vystar Academy of Business and Finance
Zachary Breitbart (junior) just won State DECA president for SY19-20 for Bartram
Over 30 students qualified for DECA State competition in Orlando at the end of February
Design Academy- Architecture
Congratulations to Joy Dorst, who was one of 5 finalists for the Teacher of the Year for the St. Johns County School District
Ponte Vedra High School
Academy of International Business and Marketing
Students in Marketing are preparing to be Social Media Caddies for The Players Championship in March.
Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research
Two students were selected and completed a summer-long internship with the Mayo Clinic.
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) recently published an infographic that connects workforce employability skills with CTE coursework. These are great reminders for families to review together as they discuss both college and career readiness.
ACTE has produced a new research-based fact sheet connecting the general workforce skills that employers most need—professionalism, teamwork, critical thinking, oral and written communication, leadership and more—with research demonstrating that CTE helps students develop career readiness and employability skills that have value across industries and career fields.
The research used addresses various aspects of CTE programs, including curriculum, work-based learning, career and technical student organizations and career guidance.
Pedro Menendez High School Students Win Skills USA Regionals
Masonry: Instructors Mike Rosenberg and Mike Beville with seniors Tyler Waldron; I’Leisha Smith; Frankie Perry; Emmie Edgar; Kaylee Folckemer; Eric Macy
Drafting Students Pictured: Justin Guerra, Laurence Gosselin, Hannah Hodge
Academy of Architectural & Building Sciences students competed in the Regional Masonry Competition in Starke where their team earned a first place award. Students advancing to the Skills USA State Competition this April in Pensacola, Florida are:
1st Place Tyler Waldron
2nd Place Eric Macy
3rd Place Kaylee Folckemer
AutoCAD regional winners advancing to State are:
1st Place – Laurence Gosselin, Senior
2nd Place – Hannah Hodge, Junior
3rd Place – Justin Guerra, Junior
Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS) Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research
Four students from PVHS Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research were invited to present their research atthe 55th Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium at the University of Florida on January 28-30.
Results of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) regional competition
The following students placed and will move to the State Leadership conference:
Courtney Binaco 3rd Nutrition
Windsyr Maughan 3rd Health Career Display
Grace Littler 1st Forensic Medicine
Sarah and Lydia Reimer 1st Public Service Announcement
Naela Luna 1st Health Education
Zuri Goodman 1st Medical Math
Kaley Liang 4th Medical Terminology
Julia Romano 1st Medical Spelling
Gabby Savino 1st Medical Law and Ethics
Ian Sisto 2nd Biomed Lab Science
Creekside High School’s Academy of Emerging Technology and Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences
Pressel’s classes have be wrapping up their Blue Schools Grant research funded by the St. Johns River Water Management District. The grant included two trips to both Julington-Durbin Preserve and Alpine Groves to test and compare water samples to determine the effects of the area construction on water quality in our community.
Cyberpatriot teams placed 5th, 7th. And 8th in the state of Florida, and 1st place for the state in the Gold division.
St. Augustine High School
Career and Technical Student Organization Competition Results:
Florida Future Educators of America (Teaching Academy)
Outstanding Chapter Award (5th year in a row)
Florida Public Service Association (FPSA)-Academy of Law and Homeland Security
Mason Davis 5th Incident Report Writing
Cheyenne Sneyd 4th Prepared Poster Display
Mason Davis elected Vice President FPSA State Student board
Hannah Beregsasy elected Sargeant at Arms FPSA State Student board
Technology Student Association-Aerospace Academy
Noah Law won $1,500 in scholarships at the event
Did you know?
145 Career Academy students have already applied for summer internships…the Career Academy team is working hard to find placements for all of them!
The Turf Grass Program at Bartram Trail High School is taught by Ronnie Griffin. Recently an in-depth article was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of “On the Turf”, the official publication of the FL Chapters of the South FL Sports Turf Managers Association.
Riley Wills, a Teaching Academy senior at St. Augustine High School, recently received the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award.
Eleven students from the Environmental strand of the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences at Creekside High School participated in the Student GIS Mapping Competition at the URISA GIS-Pro Conference in downtown Jacksonville. Crosby Middleton, Senior, took 2nd place in the Competition and received a $500 scholarship prize. Five other Academy students received Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Fox, a senior at Ponte Vedra High School in the Academy of International Business and Marketing, for being selected as the District recipient for the CTE US Presidential Scholar Award.
In partnership with University of North Florida, Ponte Vedra High School’s Academy of International Business and Marketing has kicked off another season of Great Decisions. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, highlighting the most critical global issues facing America today.
Four of our Academy of Biotechnology & Medical Research students from Ponte Vedra High School were selected for the elite SPARK program at Mayo Clinic this year after an extensive selection process.
The PVHS Academy of Information Technology sophomore, Keegan Powers, was recently recognized with the Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.
St. Johns Technical High School and Creekside High School joined forces to support hurricane relief efforts. When Hurricane Irma hit, both schools jumped into action and offered their student manpower to help the GTMNERR’s post-storm cleanup efforts. Students from both schools cleaned up the beaches within the Research Reserve’s boundaries.
The Career and Technical Education Department would like to issue a special THANK YOU to two Academy seniors, Jake Cummings and Kierstyn Casper, for presenting their summer internship experiences at a recent school board meeting. Jake Cummings, a senior in the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Science at Creekside High School shared his experience at Fox Equipment. Kierstyn Casper a senior in the Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical and Health Careers at Pedro Menendez High School shared her experience at Flagler Hospital. Thank you to our Business Partners and hosting businesses for supporting our Academies and working with our students!
Amber Elder, an alumnus from the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers, is the first to return to teach at Crookshank Elementary School! Congratulations, Mrs. Elder!
There are 5,331 Academy Students, or roughly 41% of our high school students enrolled in a High School Career Academy. Student participation in CTE courses, like those in Career Academies, is linked to improved student achievement and higher graduation rates.