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June 2014

Preregistration Summer 2014

The St. Johns County School District is encouraging parents to register kindergarten students and students new to the county and/or the public school system before school starts on August 18.

The following elementary schools are registering students throughout the summer at their campuses: John A. Crookshank, Ketterlinus, Otis A. Mason, Osceola, and South Woods elementary schools as well as The Webster School. Due to summer programs taking place at Ketterlinus Elementary School, the administrations for W. D. Hartley and R. B. Hunt elementary schools are currently housed at Ketterlinus Elementary School.

For preregistration information regarding Patriot Oaks Academy and Valley Ridge Academy, please contact those schools directly.

All other elementary and middle schools are operating out of their area high school. Parents may contact schools at their regular phone number for registration information or go to their zoned school’s consolidation site to register their children. Consolidation sites are available at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/press/2014/06/06/summer-operations/

The schools are currently operating Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All schools and district offices will be closed during the week of July 14-18 and will reopen on Monday, July 21.

To be eligible for kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 and must reside in St. Johns County. To register for first grade, children must be 6 years old on or before September 1 and have successfully completed kindergarten.

The child’s certified birth certificate is required at the time of registration and only the legal name is acceptable on student records. In addition, parents should bring three proofs of residency, i.e. current mortgage statement, lease or rent agreement and two other forms of residency such as a current electric bill, car registration and/or driver’s license.

A physical examination that has been performed within one year prior to enrollment in school will be accepted. Physical examinations can be acquired from either a private physician or from the county health department.

Additional information on registration and school attendance zones can be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7598.

Principal Appointment for Hickory Creek Elementary School

Bethany Groves, assistant principal at R.J. Murray Middle School (MMS), has been selected by Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner to be the principal of Hickory Creek Elementary School (HCES). Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board during its July 8 meeting.

She will replace Dr. Paul Goricki who was recently named as principal of John A. Crookshank Elementary (CES).

Groves began her career in 1994 as an elementary teacher in Kentucky. She continued her love of teaching for eight years at Southwest Elementary in Indiana. In 2006, Groves moved to St. Johns County where she taught fifth grade at Julington Creek Elementary School (JCES). She then became an administrator serving as an assistant principal for the past seven years at CES, HCES and MMS, respectively.

As a teacher, Groves earned the Golden Apple Achievement Award for the Southern United States for excellence in teaching, and her academic team in Kentucky earned the state championship title in 1998. While at Southwest Elementary, Groves was a lead mathematics teacher for the state of Indiana presenting best practices to teachers, serving as a speaker at academic conferences and as a member of the curriculum design team. In addition, while teaching at JCES, her math team placed third in Florida and sixth in their division in the U.S.

Groves has high expectations for her students and faculty and is committed to rigorous standards for all students within an atmosphere in which students are valued, supported and engaged. “Bethany Groves is an outstanding choice to replace Dr. Goricki at Hickory Creek,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “She is a skilled instructional leader who has experience in the community. I have a great deal of confidence in Bethany Groves and I know she will continue the excellence that has been established at Hickory Creek.”

Groves holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and Educational Leadership Certification from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“I could not be more thrilled to have this opportunity to return home to Hickory Creek,” said Groves. “Dr. Goricki has laid an amazing foundation of excellence. To work with the staff, parents and community there to build on this foundation is a great honor for which I am humbled, incredibly grateful and very excited.”

SJCSD End-of-Course Assessment Scores

Scores for the required Florida End-of-Course (EOC) assessments were released today and St. Johns County students continue to excel. EOC assessments are computer-based, criterion-referenced assessments that measure the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for specific courses as outlined in their course descriptions. St. Johns County students scored extremely well in all EOC assessment subject areas among the 67 Florida school districts. Level 3 indicates satisfactory performance (passing). Scoring at or above Level 4 indicates that the student is high achieving and has the potential to meet college-readiness standards by the time the student graduates from high school.

The Algebra 1, Biology 1, Geometry and U.S. History assessments are administered at the middle and high school levels for all students enrolled in and completing these courses as well as students who need to earn a passing score for graduation purposes. This is the first year that students participated in the statewide Civics EOC assessment, which is given to all seventh-graders. “Once again our students have met the challenge,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “I am extremely proud of our teachers, students and leadership team for the excellent preparation and results. I am also very pleased to see the outstanding first-year results on the Civics assessment. This is a very rigorous exam and our seventh-grade students and teachers rose to the occasion and performed well.”

Additional information can be found at http://fcat.fldoe.org/eoc/.

SJCSD EOC Results

EOC 2014 State Ranking SJCSD
% Level 3
& above
State
% Level 3
& above
Algebra 1 2nd 82 57
Biology 1 1st 90 66
Civics 1st 67 35
Geometry 1st 88 63
U.S. History 1st 85 65

St. Johns County School District FACT 2.0 Results

Scores for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0 (FCAT) were received today and St. Johns County students continue to excel. On the Sunshine State Standards (SSS), which are required skills for graduation, St. Johns County students scored extremely well in reading, math and science among all 67 Florida school districts.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to see this across the board growth after starting at such a high level, it is simply amazing,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “Thanks to the teachers, students, curriculum staff, administration and parents for their focus and commitment to high achievement which is evident in our scores. I am very proud.”

Ranking
In State
2014
SJCSD
% Level 3
& above
State
% Level 3
& above
Ranking
In State
2014
SJCSD
% Level 3
& above
State
% Level 3
& above
READING 2

 

Math

 

3rd Grade

 

1st

 

76

 

57

 

3rd Grade

 

1st (T)

 

73

 

58

 

4th Grade

 

1st

 

79

 

61

 

4th Grade

 

3rd

 

80

 

63

 

5th Grade

 

1st

 

79

 

61

 

5th Grade

 

1st

 

74

 

56

 

6th Grade

 

1st

 

79

 

60

 

6th Grade

 

2nd (T)

 

72

 

53

 

7th Grade

 

1st

 

77

 

57

 

7th Grade

 

1st

 

75

 

56

 

8th Grade

 

1st

 

77

 

57

 

8th Grade

 

7th (T)

 

60

 

47

 

9th Grade

 

1st

 

72

 

53

 

10th Grade

 

1st

 

75

 

55

 

Science

 

Grade 5

 

1st

 

72

 

54

 

Grade 8

 

1st

 

74

 

49

 

(T)=Tied with another District

The FCAT, which assesses reading (third through 10th grades), math (third through eighth grades) and science (fifth and eighth grades) skills, was given in April to students throughout the state. Achievement levels range from one to five, with Level 3 being considered proficient. The test is part of a statewide effort to increase student performance and school accountability.

School grades for elementary and middle schools are expected to be released later this summer. High school grades will not be announced until later this year because the high school grading system incorporates data not yet available such as graduation rates and results of advanced academic testing.

Additional information can be found at http://fcat.fldoe.org/.

Summer Operations

The St. Johns County School District will implement operational strategies to save money during the upcoming summer months.  These strategies helped produce energy savings of more than $800,000 during the summer of 2013.
 
By restricting building operations in all district facilities during the summer, energy consumption at each site can be reduced.  This requires centralization of summer activities in buildings where the lowest energy consumption will occur.
 
Beginning on Monday, June 9, the district will operate on a four-day workweek, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, closed on Fridays. All facilities will function in an energy conservation mode Friday through Sunday.  Summer activities will be designed within the Monday-Thursday workweek and will be completed by July 31.  The district will return to the normal five-day workweek beginning on Monday, August 4.
 
All schools and district offices will be closed during the week of July 14-18 and will reopen on Monday, July 21. 
 
Beginning on Monday, June 16, the district will operate from seven high schools and one middle school serving as regional centers.  St. Johns Technical High School will remain in its permanent location due to scheduled summer programs.  All other facilities will function in an energy conservation mode. Maintenance Managers and custodial staff will work at the schools in their region on a rotating basis. 
 
Each regional high school will serve as the operations center for the schools that have been assigned to that site. School administrative teams will work in designated areas of each high school.  Staff will return to their regular sites on Monday, July 28.
 
Following are the assignments for each school:

Pedro Menendez High St. Augustine High Sebastian Middle St. Johns Technical Allen D. Nease High Creekside High Bartram Trail High Ponte Vedra High
Gamble Rogers MS Secondary ESE-ESY R.J. Murray MS St. Johns Virtual Pacetti Bay MS Fruit Cove MS Switzerland Point MS Alice B. Landrum MS
Marine Science Program   Planning & Accountability   Wards Creek ES Durbin Creek ES Liberty Pines Academy PV/ PV-Rawlings ES
        Mill Creek ES Julington Creek ES Timberlin Creek ES Ocean Palms ES
        Palencia ES Cunningham Creek ES Hickory Creek ES  

The following Title I elementary schools will hold summer programs at their home schools (the school administration will also remain at their home schools): John A. Crookshank, Ketterlinus, Otis A. Mason, Osceola, South Woods and The Webster School (Head Start, Elementary ESE ESY, the school administration for Gaines/Transition, and the St. Johns Education Foundation will also be housed at Webster. Student Records will be housed in the Yates Building).
 
Due to summer programs taking place at Ketterlinus Elementary School, the administration for W. D. Hartley and R. B. Hunt elementary schools will be housed at Ketterlinus Elementary School.