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Public Notice – Hearing on Adoption of Recommended Instructional Materials

In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(b), an open, noticed School Board hearing to receive public comment on the recommended instructional materials will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 10:15 AM in the auditorium at 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida.

The St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members including school and parent/resident representatives have completed the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Materials that have been recommended to the School Board for adoption can be accessed via the link below.  Some print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

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For more information on the instructional materials adoption please visit:

http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/textbooks/adoption/

During the School Board hearing on January 9, 2018, a parent of a public school student or a resident of the county may proffer evidence that a recommended instructional material does not meet the criteria provided in Florida Statute 1006.31(2), taking into consideration course expectations based on the District’s comprehensive plan for student progression under Florida Statute 1008.25(2) and course descriptions in the course code directory.

Instructional Materials Adoption Update

The instructional Resources and Media Services Department continues to work closely with schools to support and improve student achievement and access at all levels.  Curriculum specialists and adoption committee members are currently conducting the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Resources are available online for review.  If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Printed materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

What is AVID?

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) system is used in 14 schools across the district and trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and career, especially students underrepresented in higher education.

Amanda Bergamasco, Curriculum Resource Specialist, provides SJCSD teachers with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills.  These strategies are implemented across all content areas throughout the entire school campus.  Mrs. Bergamasco and Mrs. Dixon will provide a parent training on AVID for parents at Ketterlinus Elementary School on November 9th.  Please contact the school for more information.

Schoology Update

Brock O’Shell, Applied Technology Specialist, continues to support middle and high schools with their use of Schoology, the Learning Management System recently implemented at the secondary level.  With the recent release of the new assessment tool, teachers are excited to learn how to use it with their students.

Parents have recently been given the ability to create their own Schoology accounts as we roll out parent access across the district.  The parental access feature allows parents and guardians to view their student(s) assignments, school announcements, and grades on Schoology assignments.  Parents are also able to communicate with teachers using the platform.

For questions regarding students’ Schoology accounts and use, please contact your child’s teacher.

Support for School Media Programs

Lorraine Cosgrove, Program Specialist for School Libraries, supports media programs across the district.  Recently media specialists were trained to support the use of Learning Ally, an online resource that provides audiobooks and parent support services to empower blind, visually impaired, and dyslexic students.

Ms. Cosgrove, along with several media specialists from across the district, also attended the state conference for media hosted by the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) where the theme was “Tell Your Story”.  Connecting with students, giving them a voice and listening to their stories is a great beginning to an effective learning environment.

Please contact your child’s school media specialist to obtain information on library/media center activities and resources including books available for checkout, makerspace activities, and accessibility resources such as Learning Ally.

Science Instructional Materials Up for Adoption

St. Johns County School District, in compliance with Florida Senate Bill 864, has provided a list of the science instructional materials being considered for adoption. These materials are being made available for review by parents and will follow instructional materials cycle specified by the state.

For more information, visit the Instructional Resources & Media Services site.

Textbook Adoption Review Committee

Florida adopts instructional materials for those specific courses within a selected subject area on a rotating basis. The Florida Department of Education publishes specifications. These specifications outline the courses, as well as the standards materials, must meet. This year, the district is adopting science textbooks.  Detailed information is available on the FLDOE website at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/instructional-materials/.

The textbook adoption process includes teachers and parents. If you are interested in serving on the Review Committee, please contact the School Advisory Council (SAC) chairperson at your school.