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2018 Graduation Schedule

The St. Johns County School District announces the schedule of 2018 graduation ceremonies for St. Johns County high schools and First Coast Technical College (FCTC).

Thursday, January 25
5 p.m. First Coast Technical College FCTC Campus, Bldg. C
Tuesday, May 15
 4:30 p.m.  St. Johns Virtual School District Administrative Building Auditorium
Wednesday, May 16
 7 p.m.  St. Johns Technical High School St. Augustine High School Auditorium
Thursday, May 17
 7 p.m.  Pedro Menendez High School St. Augustine Amphitheatre (SAA)
Saturday, May 19
 9 a.m.  Creekside High School University of North Florida (UNF)
 1 p.m.  Ponte Vedra High School UNF
Monday, May 21
 7 p.m. Allen D. Nease High School UNF
Tuesday, May 22
 7 p.m. Bartram Trail High School UNF
Wednesday, May 23
7 p.m.  St. Augustine High School SAA
Friday, May 25
4 p.m. First Coast Technical College FCTC Campus, Bldg. C

 

 

Proposed Calendars 2019-2022

The St. Johns County School District is seeking comments on the proposed 2019-2020, 2020-2021, 2021-2022 school calendars.

Survey links are now available on the school district website for community members to provide input on the calendars. The survey links can be accessed at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/calendar/proposed/ or on the school district’s home page. Individuals are encouraged to submit any ideas, suggestions or concerns about the proposed calendars.

Feedback will be collected through Friday, October 27.

The final proposed calendars must be approved by the School Board.

Final Town Hall Meeting September 25

The final Town Hall meeting to discuss Attendance Zoning changes for the two new K-8 Schools will be held Monday, September 25 at 6 p.m. at First Coast Technical College, Character Counts Conference Center/Building C, located at 2890 Collins Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084. These K-8 Schools are currently under construction and opening for the 2018-2019 school year. K-8 School KK is located at 2135 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, FL, 32081 and is being constructed using monies from the school impact fees, school proportionate share mitigation fees and the half-cent sales tax passed in November 2015. K-8 School LL is located at 1365 Shetland Drive, Saint Johns, FL, 32259 and is being constructed using monies from half-cent sales tax. Other possible attendance zone changes relate to Heritage Park located off of Woodlawn Road and the Sawmill Lakes development located off of SR 207, both in St. Augustine.

A revised zoning plan for Northwest St. Johns County students is posted here www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zoning/

There will be an opportunity for the public to provide comment. School Board members and district staff will be in attendance.

At this time, the proposals impact the current attendance zones and students at Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary, Fruit Cove Middle School, Alice B. Landrum Middle School, Otis A. Mason Elementary School, R.J. Murray Middle School, Ocean Palms Elementary, Palencia Elementary School, Pacetti Bay Middle School, Patriot Oaks Academy, Sebastian Middle School, Switzerland Point Middle School and Valley Ridge Academy.

This meeting takes the place of the meeting originally scheduled for September 14 but canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

Town Hall Meetings

Three Town Hall meetings have been scheduled to discuss potential Attendance Zoning changes for the two new K-8 Schools currently under construction and opening for the 2018-2019 School Year. K-8 School KK is located at 2135 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, FL, 32081 and is being constructed using monies from the school impact fees, school proportionate share mitigation fees and the half-cent sales tax passed in November 2015. K-8 School LL is located at 1365 Shetland Drive, St. Johns, FL, 32259 and is being constructed using monies from half-cent sales tax. Other possible attendance zone changes relate to Heritage Park located off of Woodlawn Road and the Sawmill Landing development located off of SR 207, both in St. Augustine.

The meetings will take place as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 5 at 6 p.m. at Creekside High School, located at 100 Knights Lane, St. Johns, FL 32259
  • Thursday, September 7 at 6 p.m. at Valley Ridge Academy, located at 105 Greenleaf Drive, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
  • Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m. at First Coast Technical College, Building C, located at 2980 Collins Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084This town hall was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma
  • Monday, September 25 at 6 p.m. at First Coast Technical College, Building C, located at 2980 Collins Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084

The same information will be discussed at all three meetings. School Board members and district staff will be in attendance and there will be opportunities for public comment.

Proposals are currently being developed and could impact attendance zones and students at Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary, Fruit Cove Middle School, Alice B. Landrum Middle School, Otis A. Mason Elementary School, R.J. Murray Middle School, Ocean Palms Elementary, Palencia Elementary School, Pacetti Bay Middle School, Patriot Oaks Academy, Sebastian Middle School, Switzerland Point Middle School and Valley Ridge Academy.

College and Career Night

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will hold its annual College and Career Night Wednesday, September 6 from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Augustine High School located at 3205 Varella Avenue, St. Augustine.

College and Career Night provides an excellent opportunity for St. Johns County high school students from both public and private schools to receive firsthand information on post-secondary educational opportunities. Representatives from over 75 colleges, universities, armed services, career institutes and trade schools will be available from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Families will find an increased presence of representatives with a focus on meeting their student’s diverse needs and expectations.

The latest information on topics such as the college admissions process, college transition, scholarship and financial aid will also be available during information sessions from 5 – 7 p.m.

While this event traditionally focuses on juniors and seniors, underclassmen are also encouraged to attend. Many colleges have very selective admissions criteria and students should start planning early.

“We are delighted to provide an opportunity for families to meet with post-secondary representatives from across the state and the nation without having to travel outside of our county,” said Denise Sumerix, director for Guidance and Programs of Choice. “I love seeing the excitement that this event creates for our students as they explore their many options and renew their focus on goals.”

The event is presented by the SJCSD Department of Guidance and Programs of Choice. For more information, please contact your school’s guidance department, visit the website at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/gpc/college/  or call Dana Chapman, Dept. of Guidance and Programs of Choice, at (904) 547-7754.

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Opening Day

Welcome back!

Our teachers and staff have anxiously awaited your children’s arrival and we are excited to begin the year with each and every one of them.  In and out of the classroom, this year promises to be one filled with new and exciting learning experiences for students.   Our administrators, teachers, and staff are prepared to provide instruction that supports a positive learning environment and build on opportunities that motivate students based on the six pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!

This school year also features the opening of Picolata Crossing Elementary and the expansion at Nease High School. The work of staff and school administration to get these facilities ready is nothing compared to the enthusiasm and delight students showed this morning upon arrival.

I am thankful and humbled to serve as your superintendent and this is just the beginning of a wonderful 2017/2018 school year for your child and your family.

The student count for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) on opening day, August 10, was 36,253, an increase of 1,347 students or 3.85 percent over last year’s first-day number of 34,906. St. Johns County has continued to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

The high school student count was 11,509 with 2,453 students at Bartram Trail High School; 2,107 at Creekside High School; 1,324 at Pedro Menendez High School; 2,248 at Allen D. Nease High School; 1,739 at Ponte Vedra High School and 1,638 at St. Augustine High School. There were also 262 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School.

Middle school attendance totaled 7,426, with student headcounts ranging from 634 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,429 at Pacetti Bay Middle School. The other first day figures were Alice B. Landrum Middle School with 1,255; Fruit Cove Middle School with 1,162; R. J. Murray Middle School with 758; Gamble Rogers Middle School with 873 and Switzerland Point Middle School with 1,315.

The district’s K-8 schools totaled 4,369. Liberty Pines Academy had a first-day headcount of 1,424; Patriot Oaks Academy with 1,453 and Valley Ridge Academy with 1,492.

The elementary school population totaled 12,344, which included students attending the district’s new elementary school Picolata Crossing. This count only includes approximately 25 percent of all kindergarten students since schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a four-day period. Another 207 students are enrolled at the district’s alternative, charter and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) schools.

First Coast Technical College has 238 students enrolled in its adult education programs at the St. Augustine, Palatka, Barge Port and North campuses. This number does not include those students enrolled in night programs that start today.

Today was a great first day. The dedication, time and effort that was put into preparations this year was proven in the smiling, happy students who walked through our doors today. I could not be more pleased with our principals, teachers and staff who enthusiastically stood ready to support and instruct each and every child.

Transportation, food service, custodial and maintenance staff did a stellar job in handling challenges and celebrating success realized on the first day. The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office, Public Service Assistants and Crossing Guards were incredible in supporting our operations. Lastly, I want to say a huge thank you to our parents and families as we manage the beginning of the school year.

SJCSD staff will continue to monitor attendance numbers, balance classrooms and refine bus routes throughout the week.

Amended School Lunch/Breakfast Policy 2017-2018

The St. Johns County School District announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2017-2018 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast meals at no charge at the following sites:

  • John A. Crookshank Elementary School
  • Osceola Elementary School
  • South Woods Elementary School
  • The Webster School

For additional information, please contact:

Sean Prevatt
Food and Nutrition Services
St. Johns County School District
40 Orange Street
St. Augustine, FL, 32084

(904) 547-8931

www.stjohns.k12.fl.us

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

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Orientation 2017 and Early Registration

The St. Johns County School District is hosting a districtwide orientation Wednesday, August 9 from 8-11 a.m. 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 Wednesday, August 9 from 8-11 a.m. 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 2017-2018 school year is Thursday, August 10.

The district, including schools, is currently operating on summer hours 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. These summer hours are in effect until Friday, July 28.

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2017 Summer High School Facility Use

In an effort to promote community health and well-being this summer, the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will open its high school facilities to the public on select Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. Outdoor facilities at Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine high schools will be open the following dates and times. Facilities at Allen D. Nease High School will not be available due to ongoing construction.

  • Wednesday, June 7                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 21                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 28                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 12                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 19                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 26                  6 – 8 p.m.

“Once again we have the opportunity to open our high school campuses to the community so that they can enjoy another recreational option during the summer,” said Superintendent Tim Forson.  “I hope that St. Johns County residents of all ages come out every Wednesday to enjoy the facilities.”

Access to the tennis courts, track and outdoor basketball courts will be encouraged. Access will not be provided to the gymnasium, stadium field, batting cages or baseball fields. The facilities will not be open to any organized practices, games or sport-sponsored, fee-based training. Pets are not permitted.

For more information, please contact the SJCSD School Services Department at (904) 547-7583 or visit the district website at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us.

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Additional Principal Appointments

Additional principal appointments have been made by Superintendent Tim Forson. These appointments are effective pending School Board approval on June 13.

“I am extremely proud of this group of leaders and their ability to take on new challenges,” said Superintendent Mr. Tim Forson. “Their dedication to children is unparalleled and I look forward to working with them as principals of their respective schools. I am also honored to welcome Linda Edel to the St. Johns County School District family and know that she will be a great asset to this exemplary team of leaders.”

Dr. Fred Oberkehr, assistant principal at Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), has been named the new principal of PVHS replacing Steve McCormick who was named as the new principal of Creekside High School.

Oberkehr has served in public education since 1989 and joined the St. Johns County School District as assistant principal at PVHS in 2015. He began his career as a mathematics teacher at the middle and high school levels. He served as a supervisor, elementary and middle school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools while in New Jersey.

Oberkehr holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a master’s degree from New Jersey City University and a doctor of education from Seton Hall University.

Linda Edel has been named as the new principal of Timberlin Creek Elementary (TCE). She will replace Traci Hemingway who was named the new principal of Liberty Pines Academy (LPA).

Edel has almost 20 years in education and most recently served as the principal at Central Elementary School in Beaver Falls, Pa. Prior to this position, she was an elementary teacher in Beaver Falls and New Brighton, Pa.

Edel holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pa. and a master’s degree from Slippery Rock University. She also holds a K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University.

Marquez Jackson, assistant principal of Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS), has been named the new principal of John A. Crookshank Elementary. He will replace Dr. Paul Goricki who will join district administration as a principal on assignment.

Jackson has more than 18 years in education and began his career as a math teacher for 10 years before becoming an assistant principal for Beaufort County Schools, NC. In 2011 he was named principal of Northeast Elementary School a PK-8, where he served two years. He joined the SJCSD in 2013 as the coordinator for School Services/Facilities Planning and went on to serve as assistant principal at PVHS and FCMS, respectively.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree from East Carolina University. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Supervision from East Carolina University.

Dr. Joy Reichenberg, assistant principal at Osceola Elementary School (OES), has been named the new principal of Hickory Creek Elementary. She will replace Bethany Groves who was named the new principal of The Webster School recently.

Reichenberg has 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a music teacher at Seacoast Christian Academy and the Providence School and was an elementary teacher at San Mateo Elementary, all in Jacksonville. She joined the SJCSD in 2006 and taught at TCE and LPA before becoming the assistant principal at OES.

Reichenberg holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, a master’s degree from the University of West Florida and a doctoral degree from Liberty University.

Allison Olson, principal at Julington Creek Elementary (JCE), has been named the new principal of Patriot Oaks Academy (POA). She will replace Emily Harrison who joins district administration as the director of Career and Technical Education.

Olson joined the SJCSD in 2015 as the principal of JCE. Prior to this, she was the principal of Bear Canyon Elementary in Highlands Ranch, Co. and had more than 27 years in education spent in Salt Lake City, Utah; Spring Valley, Ca. Stafford, Va.; and several areas in Co. She began as a teacher and taught at both the elementary and middle school levels before serving as an assistant principal and a principal.

Olson holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Jeanette Murphy, assistant principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE), has been named the new principal of JCE. She will replace Olson who will be the new principal of POA.

Murphy has over 20 years of educational experience. Before joining St. Johns County in 2004 as a middle school math teacher, she was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. In 2008, she became the assistant principal at John A. Crookshank Elementary and went on to serve in this capacity at FCMS before joining CCES in 2015.

Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a master’s degree from Barry University. She also has a certificate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

This concludes Superintendent Forson’s principal recommendations for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Summer Food Service

The St. Johns County School District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children June 5—July 28 as outlined below. There will be a break in service on July 4 as the school district will be closed for Independence Day.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfast and lunch are not available. All children 18-years-old and younger are eligible for meals on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of 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. Please note that meal service times are subject to change. For any questions and verification of meal service times, please call 1(800) 622-5985 or (904) 547-8932.

Production sites include John A. Crookshank, Osceola and South Woods elementary schools, 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 Times Lunch Times Break in Service
St. Augustine High School
3205 Varella Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 27 8:15—8:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
John A. Crookshank Elementary
1455 N. Whitney Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 14 7:45—8:15 a.m. 12—12:20 p.m. July 4
South Woods Elementary
4750 SR 206 West
Elkton, FL 32145
M-F June 5-July 14 7:45—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —12 p.m. July 4
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Monday- Thursday June 5—July 21 NA 10:15 a.m. —12 p.m. July 4
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
M-F June 28—July 21 7:30—8:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
Osceola Elementary
1605 Osceola Elem. Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F May 30—July 21 7:45—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
Armstrong Outreach Center
6408 Armstrong Rd.
Elkton, FL 32033
M-F June 5—July 14 NA 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
The Players Championship Boys & Girls Club
555 W. King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 21 8:15—8:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
The Evelyn Hamblen Center
1 Christopher St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12-July 14 7:45—8:30 a.m. 11:15—11:45 a.m. July 4
ESHC Family Program
62 Chapin Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 28 N/A 12—12:30 p.m. July 4
W.E. Harris Community Center
400 East Harris Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 5—July 21 8:30—9:15 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
Solomon Calhoun Center
1400 Duval St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 21 8—9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. July 4
Hastings Teen Center
6150 Main Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 5—July 21 8—8:30 a.m. 11 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
St. Paul AME Church
85 M.L. King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F July 10-July 21 9—9:30 a.m. 11:15—11:45 a.m. N/A
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-TH June 5—June 15 8—9 a.m. 11:15 a.m.—1 p.m. N/A
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F May 30—July 28 N/A 11:30—11:50 a.m. July 4
Woodlawn Terrace Apts.
200 S. Woodlawn Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
T-TH-F June 6—July 25 N/A 11 a.m. -1 p.m. July 4
Collier Blocker Puryear Rec.
10 N. Holmes Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5-July 21 7:30—9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —1:30 p.m. July 4
Ketterlinus Gym
60 Orange Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 21 7:30—9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. July 4
Valley Ridge Academy
105 Greanleaf Dr.
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
M-F June 12-June 16 7:45—8:15 p.m. 12­—12:30 p.m. N/A
Valley Ridge Academy
105 Greanleaf Dr.
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
M-F July 10-July 14 7:45—8:15 p.m. 12—12:30 p.m. N/A

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form [ ], (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.