Controlled Open Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year

From January 29 – February 26 families residing within and outside of St. Johns County may apply for their child to attend PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School or The Webster School for the 2018-2019 school year through the Controlled Open Enrollment Process.  For detailed information and access to the application, please visit

St. Johns River State College (SJRSC) Collegiate High School Program

SJRSC’s new Collegiate High School Program is a three-year program that outlines the path for qualified students to complete 60-credits of dual enrollment coursework, culminating in both a standard high school diploma as well as an Associate of Arts (AA) degree upon completing four years of high school.

SJRSC will begin accepting applications from current freshmen who meet the minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA application requirement for the 2018-19 inaugural class of 10 graders.  All eligible students will receive an invitation to attend one of the following information sessions:  February 5 at Nease High School auditorium, February 6 at Pedro Menendez media center, or February 7 at Creekside High School auditorium.  All sessions begin at 6 p.m.

For more information, speak with your school counselor or contact Denise Sumerix, SJCSD Director for Guidance and Programs of Choice, [email protected] or Meghan Deputy, SJRSC Director for College Access and Dual Enrollment, Meghan [email protected].

District Crisis Response Team

The purpose of the Johns County School District Crisis Response Team (DCRT) is to prepare for and respond to a crisis with a goal of helping individuals and groups cope and begin the healing process after a tragedy.  Our team is comprised of diverse members with a passion for helping when an incident occurs.  The DCRT provides multiple levels of service to our school community: responder training for team members, administrators, school counselors, faculty and staff; consultation to school leaders and families; and core and extended team on-site services.

Support is provided in situations such as a student or staff death (trauma and grief); Natural Disaster (emotional recovery); tragedy and violence (resources for students and families to cope and build resiliency). For additional information or to donate resources such as children’s books to the DCRT please contact Dr. Phyllis Ingram, SJCSD Crisis Team Lead, at [email protected].

School Guidance and Counseling

2018 National School Counseling Week, “School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars,” was celebrated February 5-9 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

This year, SJCSD celebrates our first School Counselor of the Year, Angela Fusco!  Ms. Fusco is the school counselor at Sebastian Middle School.  She received the honor from our local Florida Counseling Association‘s local chapter, Coastal Counseling Association.

In addition, we are proud to highlight that this year four school counselors were nominated by their school for excellence in their role and recognized at the recent Teacher of the Year Celebration.  They are:  

Bailey Benoit – Teacher of the Year, Crookshank Elementary School
Amy Bishop – Rookie Teacher of the Year, Picolata Crossing Elementary School
Tami Treaster – Rookie Teacher of the Year, Bartram Trail High School
Sarah Vance – Teacher of the Year, Liberty Pines Academy

Suicide Prevention Training

As part of the Student Support Services ongoing plan to increase suicide awareness and prevention district-wide, Guidance and Choice provided training specific to Suicide Risk Assessment. This workshop was presented by Melissa Witmeier with the Florida Linking Individuals Needing Care Project.

School counselors, social workers and a school board member attended the training. Prior to this, school counselors participated in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training and school administrators participated in QPR Postvention Training. Students and parents can access further information on suicide prevention & awareness by visiting the National Association of School Psychologists website. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK. Helps with College and Career Exploration

Middle and high school students have access to a free program through the Florida Department of Education called FloridaShines. Within FloridaShines, students can create an account through MyCareerShines which allows them to create a profile to build their resume, check Bright Futures eligibility, review college information and take career inventories.

Middle and high school counselors and Take Stock in Children Mentors have received training to guide students in using FloridaShines. District student mentors will receive training in December.  Visit to find out more information.

College and Career Night

The Guidance and Choice Department presented the annual College and Career Night September 6.  St. Augustine High School was the host school for this year’s event. Over 80 representatives from post-secondary universities, colleges and career technical schools provided students in grades 8-12 and their families from public, private and home school of St. Johns County with an opportunity to learn more about their institutions and programs. Also, over a dozen mini-workshops were provided on topics such as the college admission process and financial aid.  The event was well attended by students and families throughout the county.  We are grateful for the collaborative effort between the department and St. Augustine High School for this year’s successful event!