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January 2015

Early Registration

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will hold early registration for children entering kindergarten and students new to St. Johns County and/or public schools on Wednesday, February 4 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Thursday, March 12 from 1-5 p.m.; Wednesday, April 15 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Friday, May 8 from 1-5 p.m.

To be eligible for public kindergarten in St. Johns County, 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 documentation of successful completion of kindergarten.

Parents must register children at the school where they are zoned for the 2015-2016 school year. Three proofs of residency must be provided such as a current mortgage statement, lease or rent agreement and two other forms of residency documentation such as a current electric bill, car registration and/or driver’s license. Additional information on residency and guardianship as well as a link to the Attendance Zone Locator can be found on the website at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us under “Featured Links.”

Florida law requires any student entering a Florida school for the first time to show proof of required immunizations documented on the HRS Form 680. Proof of a physical examination that has been obtained within one year prior to enrollment in school is also required. Physical examinations can be performed by either a private physician or by the county health department.

Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) early registration will also take place at select schools on the above dates and times. The St. Johns County School District VPK offers a high-quality early childhood education program with small class sizes and degreed teachers with certification in disabilities.

Children applying for the VPK program must be 4 years old on or before September 1. The SJCSD offers full-day VPK at the following locations: The Webster School, John A. Crookshank, Cunningham Creek, Ketterlinus, Otis Mason, Mill Creek, Ocean Palms, Osceola, PVPV/Rawlings, South Woods, Timberlin Creek and Wards Creek elementary schools. Osceola and Crookshank elementary schools as well as The Webster School are expanding their VPK programs to include more students. For additional information on VPK, please contact Early Childhood Services at 547-4897.

Students can be registered during the spring and summer for the 2015-2016 school year, however; parents are encouraged to register during the designated dates above so that schools can adequately prepare for the new school year. Additional information regarding registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7598.

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2015 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner, along with School Board Vice Chair Patrick Canan and School Board Members Kelly Barrera and Bill Mignon, as well as school district staff and representatives from the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF), had the exciting task of paying a surprise visit to the Teacher of the Year finalists at their schools. This year, the finalists were treated to a visit from a very special guest, Bucky the Beaver, mascot from Beaver Toyota Scion, which serves as a major sponsor of the Teacher of the Year Celebration. Two of the finalists were not available for the surprise visit this year so they received a special phone call from Dr. Joyner and School Board Member Barrera. The finalists are Renata Russell from Crookshank Elementary School (CES); Amanda Devany from The Webster School (TWS); Juliet Hart from St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS); Charles Moseley, Jr. from Switzerland Point Middle School (SPMS) and Katilyn Collazo from Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS).

Renata Russell is the music teacher at CES and an avid participant in Orff workshops so that she can incorporate new techniques she learns into the classroom. She has 18 years of teaching experience with five of those years in the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). Russell encourages her students to go for it and not hold back and believes if they are afraid to make mistakes, they will not experience the amazing improvement and growth that is possible. She is involved in a theater program as well as step, chorus and percussion groups with students both before and after school. She was previously selected as Teacher of the Year at CES in 2012.

Amanda Devany teaches a fifth grade, full inclusion class at TWS and is very involved in extracurricular activities with students throughout the school. She has six years of teaching experience with five of those in the SJCSD. Devany holds endorsements in both reading and ESOL. She strives to foster a learning environment in which all of her students feel they are cared for, respected and challenged to their fullest potential. She was also named the Rookie Teacher of the Year at TWS for 2010-2011.

Juliet Hart teaches English/Language Arts to eighth and ninth grade students at SJTHS. She has been employed with the SJCSD her entire teaching career of 10 years. Hart has been a leader in community service activities at her school and encourages and motivates her students through these projects. Building a strong rapport with her students is paramount to Hart so that they trust her and want to work hard for her even when they don’t want to do it for themselves. Hart actively seeks professional development opportunities because her motto is that no matter how old or young you are, if you stand still you will get left behind.

Charles Moseley, Jr. teaches informational technology to eighth graders at SPMS. Prior to this he taught teen leadership to sixth graders. He has been teaching for 20 years, all within the SJCSD at two schools, Cunningham Creek Elementary and SPMS. Moseley credits the annual Florida Education Technology Conference in Orlando as the most influential professional development he receives. Not only has he been a participant for the last 19 years, but he is currently attending this year’s conference as a presenter. He also serves as the sponsor of both the Film Club and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Club at SPMS.

Katilyn Collazo teaches Social Studies/Humanities for grades 10 through 12 at PVHS and currently serves as the department chair. Her teaching career started 10 years ago in the SJCSD. Collazo is responsible for establishing the Advanced Placement Art History program at both Nease High School and PVHS. She uses the flipped classroom approach in her teaching which provides the ability to have deeper level conversations during class because students arrive with basic knowledge on the subject matter. Focusing on teaching historical inquiry skills daily, Collazo is able to encourage her students to support their perspectives and pose questions to their classmates.

The annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Celebration is produced by the SJCEF to recognize excellence in the teaching profession. For more information on the SJCEF visit www.sjcef.com.

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2015 Spelling Bee Winner

Victoria Damon, an eighth-grade student at Pacetti Bay Middle School, won the 2015 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Spelling Bee held today at the School Board Administration Building. She won by spelling the word “Frankenstein” correctly. Victoria is the daughter of John and Catia Damon.

Thirty-three elementary and middle school students from 28 public and five private schools competed for the honor of representing St. Johns County in The Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 21 at the Jacksonville Main Public Library. If for any reason the winner is not able to attend, runner-up Colin Fraser of Gamble Rogers Middle School will represent the county.

It took 28 rounds for the winner to be determined. The participants were congratulated by School Board Vice Chair Patrick Canan, School Board Member Kelly Barrera, School Board Member Bill Mignon, Superintendent Joseph Joyner and Deputy Superintendent Martha Mickler.

WFOY Newstalk 1240 AM broadcasted the spelling bee live and streamed it on their website. Media Services also taped the event.

The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee scheduled in May in Washington, D.C.

Laurie Hays, SJCSD program specialist for Elementary Language Arts, served as the spelling bee coordinator and the pronouncer was Linda Villadoniga, retired SJCSD teacher. Judges for the event were Jim Welu, retired SJCSD director of student services; Sandy Waldeis, community representative; and Laurie Hays.

The Spelling Bee will be broadcast on Saturday, January 24 at 8 p.m. and on Monday, January 26 at 6 p.m. on SEA TV channels 99 and 262.

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Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Year

The 2014-2015 Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year were recognized at the monthly School Board meeting on January 13.

These nominees represent the very best among St. Johns County School District teachers and were selected from each of the district’s 38 schools. Their colleagues have selected them for this prestigious honor, and they will advance to compete for the countywide title.

Nominations for the 2014-2015 Rookie Teacher of the Year have been submitted by 35 of the district’s schools. Eligible teachers must have taught less than three years.

This is the eighth year that the Rookie Teacher of the Year competition has been held. These nominees represent the top of their profession among new teachers, and will go on to compete for the countywide title.

The overall winner will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Celebration on Wednesday, February 4 at the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village. The St. Johns County Teacher of the Year will then be included for consideration as the Florida Department of Education Macy’s Teacher of the Year 2015.

The awards banquet is produced by the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) to recognize excellence in the teaching profession and is sponsored, in part, by THE PLAYERS Championship, Beaver Toyota/Scion and Leonard’s Studios.

Below are the lists of nominees. For additional information contact Donna Lueders at the SJCEF, (904) 547-7120.

 

2014-2015 Teachers of the Year
 
2014-2015 Rookie Teachers of the Year
Elementary Schools
 
Elementary Schools
John A. Crookshank Elementary
Ms. Renata Russell
 
John A. Crookshank Elementary
Ms. Kayla Noftell
Cunningham Creek Elementary
Ms. Mary Stanfield
 
Cunningham Creek Elementary
Ms. Jennifer Whalen
Durbin Creek Elementary
Ms. Nena Thomas
 
W. D. Hartley Elementary
Mr. John “Hank” Samuels
W. D. Hartley Elementary
Ms. Donna Boggess
 
Hickory Creek Elementary        
Ms. Megan Richards
Hickory Creek Elementary
Ms. Laura Eads
 
R. B. Hunt Elementary
Ms. Hillary Childs
R. B. Hunt Elementary
Ms. Alison Wheeler
 
Julington Creek Elementary
Ms. Katie Root
Julington Creek Elementary
Ms. Melissa Dillard
 
Ketterlinus Elementary
Ms. Sandy Wallace
Ketterlinus Elementary
Mr. Curtis Lewis II
 
Otis A. Mason Elementary
Ms. Inez Patronska
Otis A. Mason Elementary
Ms. Sally Cunningham
 
Mill Creek Elementary
Ms. Kristin Orr
Mill Creek Elementary
Ms. Jennifer Tiller
 
Ocean Palms Elementary
Ms. Nicole Mackowiak
Ocean Palms Elementary
Ms. Margaret “Peg” Daniels
 
Osceola Elementary
Ms. Allison Oester
Osceola Elementary
Ms. Kimberly Hinman
 
Palencia Elementary
Ms. Sabrina Delatorre
Palencia Elementary
Mr. Sean Farnum
 
PVPV/Rawlings Elementary
Mr. Christopher Woolston
PVPV/Rawlings Elementary
Ms. Linda Suppa
 
South Woods Elementary
Ms. Amanda “Mandy” Murdock
South Woods Elementary
Ms. Margaret “Peggy” Dwyer
 
Timberlin Creek Elementary
Ms. Jean Marie Debees
Timberlin Creek Elementary
Ms. Andrea Dieckman
 
Wards Creek Elementary
Ms. Emmaleigh Boardway
Wards Creek Elementary
Ms. Reneé Tatman
 
The Webster School
Ms. Ashley Fee
The Webster School
Ms. Amanda Devany
     
         
K-8
 
K-8
Liberty Pines Academy
Mr. Stephen Kirsche
 
Liberty Pines Academy
Ms. Angela Rudd
Patriot Oaks Academy
Ms. Michaela Durnin
 
Patriot Oaks Academy
Ms. Elizabeth King
Valley Ridge Academy
Ms. Rachel Sandler
 
Valley Ridge Academy
Ms. Magan Curtis
                         
       
Secondary Schools
 
Secondary Schools
Bartram Trail High
Mr. Jeff Davis
 
Bartram Trail High
Ms. Kathryn Wetzel
Creekside High
Ms. Jamie Godfrey
 
Creekside High
Mr. Reed Jones
Fruit Cove Middle
Ms. Teresa McCormick
 
Alice B. Landrum Middle
Mr. Beau Hogan
Alice B. Landrum Middle
Ms. Jen Smith
 
Pedro Menendez High
Ms. Susannah Jones
Pedro Menendez High
Ms. Patricia Smith
 
R. J. Murray Middle
Ms. Tina Hemby
R.J. Murray Middle
Ms. Barbara Scarpa
 
Allen D. Nease High
Ms. Amber Linskey
Allen D. Nease High
Ms. Mollie Altick-Magill
 
Pacetti Bay Middle
Ms. Hannah Hollis
Pacetti Bay Middle
Ms. Allison Birbal
 
Ponte Vedra High
Mr. Jakob Wisdom
Ponte Vedra High
Ms. Katilyn Collazo
 
Gamble Rogers Middle
Ms. Melissa Gaspard
Gamble Rogers Middle
Mr. Kevin Gamble
 
Sebastian Middle
Mr. Luke Sturgis
Sebastian Middle
Mr. Carlton Barber
 
St. Augustine High
Ms. Parker Raimann
St. Augustine High
Mr. Clark “Chip” Johnston
 
St. Johns Technical High
Ms. Tamara Birch
St. Johns Technical High
Ms. Juliet Hart
 
Switzerland Point Middle
Ms. Meagan Collier
Switzerland Point Middle
Mr. Frank “Charles” Moseley Jr.
     
Alternative Schools
 
Alternative Schools
Gaines Alternative and Transition
Mr. Dan Stevens
 
Gaines Alternative and Transition
Ms. Suzanne Sinnwell
Virtual Schools
     
St. Johns Virtual School
Ms. Elizabeth Lasseter
 
Charter Schools
Charter Schools
 
First Coast Technical College   
Mr. Michael White
First Coast Technical College
Mr. Daniel Lundberg
     
         

 

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