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Disability Awareness Weeks

Disability Awareness Weeks (the first two weeks of October) were created to highlight the efforts, important contributions and achievements of individuals with disabilities. People with disabilities consist of the nation’s largest minority group, as well as the only group that any of us can become a member of at any time.

In 2016-2017, there were:

  • more than 300,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the K-12 Education system, including more than 5,800 students in the St. Johns County School District;
  • more than 20,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the Florida College System,
  • more than 14,000 students with disabilities enrolled in the State University System.

It is important to continue encouraging individuals with disabilities to realize their abilities in their education, employment and communities, and to reaffirm our commitment to the full inclusion of and equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities.

Renaissance World Golf Village Partners with Project Search

The Renaissance World Golf Village (WGV) is hosting an internship with a group of district students called Project Search.  The goal of the internship is to teach competitive, marketable and transferable skills for people with disabilities. The acquisition of these skills should lead to competitive employment at WGV or with another community employer.  The intern will also learn employable skills and the workplace culture to assist in the transition from an intern to a successful employee.

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Life Work Transition Program

First Coast Technical College (FCTC) is the new home for the students enrolled in Life Work. The goal of this program is to prepare students for competitive employment through student-centered planning and supported employment skill practice in the community. Students have already begun working at FCTC in the bookstore, cafeteria, and culinary department as well as with the preschool students in Tech Tots. They have also begun travel training with the Sunshine Bus Company, learning to read route maps and schedules to get them to desired work locations.

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ESE Parent Advisory Committee Meetings

The Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is composed of parents, educators, administrators, business representatives, and other interested community members concerned with the education of students with disabilities. The purpose of the committee is to provide information to parents and input to district staff regarding ongoing efforts to continuously improve services for students with disabilities.

Topic: Transition Services: From School to Community
Presenter: The ARC, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and Project 10
Date/Time: 10/10/17 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084

Topic: Actively Participating in the Response-to-Intervention (RtI) Process & Interpreting Psychological Reports
Presenter: Todd Watson and Kimberly Miller, SJCSD LEAs & Melissa Gullo and Anna Martin, SJCSD School Psychologists
Date/Time: 12/05/17 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084

Topic: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Presenter: Lisa D. Bailey, Ph.D., Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Date/Time: 02/06/18 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084

Topic: Raising Struggling Learners to Be Successful, Durable, and Resilient
Presenter: Edward C. Taylor, Ph.D., Child and Adolescent Psychologist
Date/Time: 04/03/18 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084

Gifted Parent Advisory Council

Do you know that identified gifted students make up over 8 percent of the total St. Johns County School District student population?

These gifted students have many needs. High-achieving students often struggle with perfectionism and anxiety. Underachieving students often need help with time management, organizational skills and goal setting. All of our gifted students can benefit from developing a sense of effective social and emotional well-being.

The Gifted Parent Advisory Council (GPAC) meets four times per year to inform the school district about ways in which the district can improve its efforts in serving gifted students. Information about giftedness and ways to help gifted students are presented at these meeting. Parents of K-12 gifted students from throughout the district are encouraged to attend.

The GPAC meetings have been scheduled for the 2017-18 school year. They are located each year in schools from different areas of the district. See schedule below.

Tuesday, September 26 SAHS 6:30-8 p.m. Media Center
Tuesday, November 14 PVHS 6:30-8 p.m. Media Center
Thursday, February 15 BTHS 6:30-8 p.m. Media Center
Tuesday, April 17 NHS 6:30-8 p.m. Media Center