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December 2014

High School Grades and Graduation Rate

High school grades released today show that the St. Johns County School District continues to be a leader in performance and FCAT scores. High school grades are based on 2013-14 FCAT scores, as well as the graduation rate, participation and performance in accelerated programs and college readiness skills.

Of the district high schools that received a school grade, Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez and Ponte Vedra all received an “A,” while St. Augustine and Allen D. Nease received a “B.”

“I could not be more proud of all of our high schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “It is important to note that the criteria used to determine school grades was raised this year and yet our high schools continued to excel. I attribute this success to the higher standards, very high expectations, outstanding teachers, dedicated school leaders and district support. Most importantly, we have very focused and dedicated students with strong parent support. I continue to be astounded at the breadth of choice offerings both within the school district and at each individual school, high academic achievement and extracurricular participation. It is a great time to be a high school student in St. Johns County.”

The state also released the four-year federal graduation rate data today. The St. Johns County graduation rate increased a significant 1.1 percent over last year to 87.8 percent. This ranks among the highest in the state and reflects multiple years of steady increase.

For detailed information on the 2013-14 high school grades, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/.

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St. Johns County School District Launches App

The St. Johns County School District is proud to announce that it has launched an app to provide easy access to information and resources for parents and students. The app, MySJCSD, is free and currently available in both the Apple iTunes Store and Google Play Store.

MySJCSD offers the ability to easily access information that is frequently visited on the school district’s website including school menus, Home Access Center, volunteers, bus routes, school fees, CHARACTER COUNTS!, and the St. Johns County Education Foundation. In addition, sections for parents contain links to the Parent Resource Guide, Contests and Events, Zoning Information, the School Calendar and the Student Code of Conduct. The student section contains access to Edmodo, Study Island and Discovery Education. Content contained within the app will be expanded to accommodate additional resources as well as changes and updates as feedback is received.

Push notifications from MySJCSD are available at the time of installation. The app can also be used to obtain information that is communicated through the district’s Twitter account. To download the app, go to the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores and search for MySJCSD or use the following links: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mysjcsd/id939399951?ls=1&mt=8 and https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.conduit.app_f37ab3bd128846caaefe0aa86ef7cb51.app.

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CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk

The CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee is calling all walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School located at 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine.

Walkers and runners will enjoy a scenic course running through the neighborhoods of Kensington and Las Calinas and can choose to participate in the 6K (3.73 miles) or 3K (1.86 miles) distance. Registration fees are as follows:

6K-$20 before January 1, $25 January1-February 6, $30 on race day 3K-$15 before January 1, $20 January 1-February 6, $25 on race day

Registration forms and more information are available online at www.racesmith.com/races/CHARACTERCOUNTS.html.

Race proceeds will support CHARACTER COUNTS! initiatives throughout the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). The run/walk is open to all ages, and the top three winners will be awarded in each of the age categories as well as the overall male and female finishers. A cash donation will be awarded to the top three schools with the most registrants. All race registrants will receive a tech t-shirt and lots of other goodies from area businesses and organizations. At the finish line, each race participant will receive a commemorative dog tag which will be the first design in its series.

This event is produced by the CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee and is presented by Beaver Toyota Scion with support from businesses and community groups.

The SJCSD, along with area businesses, youth organizations and civic groups, selected the national character educational program of CHARACTER COUNTS! as a countywide initiative to instill positive character traits in young people throughout the county. Additionally, the SJCSD became the first school district in Florida to implement Pursuing Victory With Honor in all of its athletic programs. Character education is an important part of every School Improvement Plan and a major component of the Student Code of Conduct and the school district’s Strategic Plan.