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June 2015

Sunshine Medallion Award

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) is the recipient of a Sunshine Medallion Award for excellence in public relations. The award was presented by the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA) at the annual conference of the Florida Association of School Administrators held recently in Orlando.

The winning entry was the Secretarial Leadership Conference ’15. This annual statewide conference provides professional development to all public school administrative support professionals including both school-based and district/departmental secretaries and assistants. Six years ago, conference founders Vicki Moody, executive assistant to the Superintendent, and Gina Fallica, administrative assistant to the Chief Financial Officer, saw the need for professional development among their peers and developed a conference to provide training to colleagues across the state holding the first in 2011.

This year’s winning conference was developed by Moody and Fallica along with a five-member team of volunteers from the SJCSD including Miriam Testasecca, executive secretary for the School Board; Carolyn Johnson, executive secretary for Curriculum Services; Rebecca Johnson, executive secretary for Professional Development; Renee Baker, executive secretary for School Services and Danielle Cook, administrative assistant for Community Relations.

Each year’s conference focuses on leadership, ethics and critical skills development as well as legislative updates. This year’s conference, which took place February 26-27 in St. Augustine, included 171 attendees from 27 Florida counties. The theme was “Connect, Commit, Care,” and the featured keynote speakers were Elizabeth McCormick, best-selling author and one of the first female U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter pilots and SJCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph G. Joyner.

The SUNSPRA Sunshine Medallion Awards showcase the best public relations projects from public school districts in the state. Districts and schools compete in two major categories – “Programs and Projects” and “Publications and PR Tools” – and various sub-categories to score first-place honors from an independent panel of judges.  Entries are judged against a Standard of Excellence including research planning, measurable objectives, identified target markets, budget and cost effectiveness, creativity and technical excellence.

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Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies and the Castillo de San Marcos were recognized as the 2014-2015 St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year at the 28th annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) held on Tuesday, June 9 in Tampa. The event was produced by the Florida Department of Education in association with the Florida Education Foundation and highlighted the contributions of honorees chosen from each school district throughout the state.

The Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (IT) Manufacturing Internship Program, in partnership with St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS), is building brighter futures for at-risk students. SJTHS is a Title I school for at-risk students in St. Johns County. Carlisle IT is helping these students learn valuable skills needed to pursue higher wage jobs. The program introduces high school students to the various aspects of manufacturing technologies and gives them hands-on, industry-relevant experience. The partnership with Carlisle IT provides students with on-the-job training as an extension of their classroom instruction. As a result, Carlisle IT is developing a pool of future employment prospects that are career-ready upon graduation.

The Castillo de San Marcos is the only extant 17th century military construction in the country and the oldest masonry fortress in the United States. Students in the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers have had internships as camp counselors during the fort’s history camps and have designed standards-based curriculum that can be used to teach fourth-grade students throughout Florida. The Castillo de San Marcos’ Education Coordinator Amy Vela, supervises the summer interns and serves on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Future Teachers. Students are provided with a variety of ways to teach outside of a traditional classroom and have assisted with the implementation of a Park Steward’s Program. The Castillo de San Marcos also sponsors a Youth Ambassadors program where students representing all district high schools learn the history of St. Augustine and how to present it in interesting ways to citizens and tourists.

CBRA celebrates innovative partnerships between the business community and local school districts for the benefit of students. Businesses were recognized with a reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where they were photographed with the Florida Department of Education’s Chancellor of Public Schools Hershel Lyons and received an engraved trophy.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies and the Castillo de San Marcos will be recognized at the School Board Meeting on July 14.

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Orientation 2015-2016

The St. Johns County School District is hosting a districtwide orientation on Friday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Orientation is an opportunity for students and parents to get supply lists, receive class schedules, and meet teachers.

While many schools have scheduled orientations on other dates and times, staff will be available at all schools on Friday, August 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents are encouraged to call or visit the school website to verify any changes in orientation and open house dates.

It is also recommended that parents register their children for school as soon as possible. Parents may access information regarding registration requirements and their child’s attendance zone by visiting the school district website at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us and clicking on the “Families” tab. Additional information on registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7797.

The purpose of early registration is to help reduce the number of students who need to be enrolled at the beginning of school and to help the district prepare for the appropriate number of teachers.

The first day of class for the 2015-2016 school year is Monday, August 10.

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Summer Operations 2015

The St. Johns County School District will implement operational strategies to save money during the upcoming summer months.  These strategies helped produce an energy cost avoidance of more than $32.4 million over the last five and a half years. By restricting building operations in all district facilities during the summer, energy consumption at each site can be reduced.

Beginning the week of June 8, business hours for all schools and district offices will be 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and will operate on a modified consolidation program with administrative teams and custodians remaining at their home schools.

Summer school academic programs have been assigned to geographic areas of the district based on need.

Following are the summer school program locations:

Summer Reading Program
Title I
June 8-July 2, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Summer Reading Program
Non -Title I
June 15-July 17, 8 a.m.-noon

Summer Algebra I Program
July 6-24
8 a.m. – noon

John A. Crookshank Elementary Cunningham Creek Elementary Bartram Trail High
Ketterlinus Elementary W.D. Hartley Elementary Pedro Menendez High
Otis A. Mason Elementary Liberty Pines Academy Allen D. Nease High
Osceola Elementary Mill Creek Elementary St. Augustine High
South Woods Elementary PVPV/Rawlings Elementary  
The Webster School  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All schools and district offices will resume regular business hours beginning Monday, August 3.

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Summer Food Service Program 2015

The St. Johns County School District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children June 8-July 31 as outlined below.  There will be a break in service on July 3 as the school district will be closed during this time.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available.  All children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  The programs are approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced price meals during the school year.

Summer feeding sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school; however, meals are only served during the identified meal service times.

Production sites include John A. Crookshank, W.D. Hartley, Ketterlinus, Otis A. Mason, Osceola and South Woods elementary schools and The Webster School as well as Pedro Menendez, St Augustine and St. Johns Technical high schools. Pre-packaged meals will be transported to other sites and will be refrigerated at each site until served.  Site personnel will ensure all food items remain at an acceptable temperature before serving to children.

The sites listed below will be in operation as follows:  

Site

Service Days

Beg/End Dates

Breakfast Service Times

Lunch Service Times

Break in Service

St. Augustine High
3205 Varella Ave
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 30

7:45-8:15 a.m. (June 15-July 24 only)

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

July 3

John A. Crookshank Elementary
1455 N. Whitney
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 2

7:45-8 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-
12 p.m.

 

Pedro Menendez High
600 S.R. 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 24

7:45 – 8:30 a.m. (July 6-24 only)

10:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

July 3

Otis A. Mason Elementary
207 Mason Manatee Way
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 2

7:45-8:15 a.m.

12 –12:30 p.m.

 

Collier Blocker Puryear
101 N. Holmes Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 15 –
July 31

8:30-9 a.m.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

New Jerusalem Worship Ministries 5196 Avenue B
St. Augustine, FL 32095

Mon-Fri

June 15-July 2

8:15–9:15 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.

 

Osceola Elementary
1605 Osceola Elem Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 2

7:45-8:15 a.m.

12-12:30 p.m.

 

Armstrong Outreach Center
6408 Armstrong
Elkton, FL 32033

Mon-Fri

June 15 –
July 24

N/A

11:45 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.

July 3

The Players Championship Boys & Girls Club
555 W. King St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 8 –
July 24

8:30-9:30 a.m.

12 – 1 p.m.

July 3

Ketterlinus Gym
60 Orange Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

July 6-31

7:30-9 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.

 

Ketterlinus Elementary School
67 Orange St,
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 2

7:45-8:15 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 

ESHC Family Program
62 Chapin St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 31

N/A

12-12:30 p.m.

July 3

 

Harris Community Center
400 East Harris St.
Hastings, FL 32145

Mon-Fri

June 15-
July 31

8 – 9 a.m.

12–1 p.m.

July 3

Solomon Calhoun Center
1400 Duval St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 15-
July 31

 

7:30–8:30 a.m.

12–1 p.m.

July 3

Hastings Teen Center
6150 Main St
Hastings, FL 32145

Mon-Fri

June 15-
July 31

8 – 9 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-
1 p.m.

July 3

South Woods Elementary
4750 SR 206 West
Elkton, FL 32033

Mon-Fri

June 8 – July 2

7:45-8:15 a.m.

11:45 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.

 

St Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 8-July 24

7:30-8:30 a.m.(June 15-25, Mon-Thurs only)

11:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.

 

Woodlawn Terrace Apts.
200 S. Woodlawn St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Mon-Fri

June 9-July 24

N/A

11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

July 3

W.D. Hartley Elementary
206 Cacique St.
St. Augustine, FL 32086

Mon-Fri

June 15-July 17

7:45-8:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m.-
12:15 p.m.

 

New Found Favor Ministries
3970 Flagler Estates Blvd.
Hastings, FL 32145

Mon-Fri

July 6-31

N/A

12 – 1 p.m.

 

 

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