Eight senior athletes from district high schools were nominated for the David Maccaulay Mathis Memorial Pursuing Victory With Honor Award at the American Youth Character Awards held April 9. This award is sponsored by Upchurch, Bailey and Upchurch along with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Each of the eight Pursuing Victory With Honor nominees received a check for $400 and the winner, from Bartram Trail High School, received a $1,000 check.
This Award was founded in honor of David Macaulay Mathis who attended local public schools, graduating in 1999 from Allen D. Nease High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. While at Nease, David was an outstanding cadet in the Naval JROTC program, a varsity basketball player and a member of the National Honor Society. David was an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church. He graduated in 2003 from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science. David and Mary Kathryn Forbes and were married in 2004.
During Spring Break, the St. Johns County Sherriff’s Office conducted a training for its officers at Creekside High School focusing on “Active Shooter Response Scenarios.” St. Johns County School District administrators, board members, and district staff also had the opportunity to participate and observe this valuable safety and security exercise.
From Jan. 17 through Feb. 12, District employees may request that their child attend the school in which they work, or the school within closest proximity of their work location. Renewals of previously approved hardship requests will be accepted starting on January 23. Parents submitting first-time hardship requests and new employees hired for the 2018-2019 school year may submit their hardship requests starting on March 20.
The School Services Department has established a Pursuing Victory with Honor Student-Athlete Advisory Council. This Council will meet bi-monthly with the Senior Director of School Services to discuss current trends and issues in high school athletics, participate in a book study, and look at student based leadership opportunities within our current schools. The first meeting kicked off in September.
The Athletic Leadership Council students from Pedro Menendez High School football, cheer, and volleyball teams participated in the first Falcon Pride Patrol. These students went to W.D. Hartley, Otis Mason, Osceola, and South Woods elementary schools to greet the young students as they arrived at school. It was a great experience had by all.
Click the play button on the video below to catch a glimpse of this great event.