SR 5-16-16 Volume 5, Issue 19

The end of the year is quickly approaching and graduations are on the horizon for our seniors. We are very proud of all our graduating seniors and know they will go on to accomplish great things. Please find the graduation schedule below.

Wednesday, May 18

4:30 p.m.       St. Johns Virtual School                District Administrative Building

Wednesday, May 18

7 p.m.             St. Johns Technical High School  St. Augustine High School Auditorium

Thursday, May 19

7:30 p.m.       Pedro Menendez High School      St. Augustine Amphitheatre (SAA)

Friday, May 20

7:30 p.m.       St. Augustine High School            SAA

7:30 p.m.       Allen D. Nease High School          University of North Florida (UNF)

Saturday, May 21

1 p.m.            Bartram Trail High School             UNF

4:30 p.m.       Creekside High School                   UNF

7:30 p.m.       Ponte Vedra High School              UNF

Tuesday, May 24

7 p.m.            First Coast Technical College        Bldg. C, FCTC Campus


Be sure to visit the Superintendent Search website for information regarding the superintendent selection process. The website includes a comprehensive timeline listing important dates as well as updated information.

Department Update


New Schools

The St. Johns County School District continues to prepare to begin construction on three new schools to open for the 2017-2018 School Year.  These three schools will address extensive student growth and overcrowding in three areas of the county.  Elementary M will be located at 2675 Pacetti Road in the central portion of the county near World Golf Village.  This school will have an approximate capacity of 800 students.  The two K-8 schools will have an approximate capacity of 1,350 students each.  K-8 School KK will be built at 2135 Palm Valley Road in the Nocatee development to address growth in the northeast portion of the county.  K-8 School LL will be located at 1365 Shetland Drive in the development of Aberdeen to address growth in the northwest.

The K-8 School KK construction funding will be a combination of School Impact Fees and School Concurrency Proportionate Share Mitigation Payments, both made by developers and home builders.  Elementary School M and K-8 School LL will be funded through the voter-approved half-cent sales surtax.

More information on the new schools can be found on the school district website, including FAQs and a calendar for the school construction/opening process at

Half-Cent Sales Surtax Citizens Advisory Committee

The first meeting of the Half-Cent Sales Surtax Citizens Advisory Committee was held on April 18.  The School Board has selected a committee of citizens with relevant expertise to assist the district in fulfilling the mandate from the St. Johns County voters.  The purpose of this committee is to monitor and advise the School Board on the expenditure of the sales tax proceeds.  The committee will meet quarterly and will provide an annual report to the School Board.  A committee chair, vice chair and secretary were also selected. This committee will begin to monitor the expenditures related to the construction of Elementary M and K-8 School LL, along with the purchase of an 800 MHz radio system designed to expand communication with law enforcement and enhance the safety of students on school buses.

On the Horizon

There are lots of end-of-year activities taking place as the school year comes to a close. Be sure to check your student’s individual school website for information and events.


Status Report

Betty Griffin House “A Day Without Violence” Calendar Art and Poetry Contest Winners

Art Winners:

St. Joseph Academy

Yuanting Zhan (Betsy), 11th Grade, Cover and First Place

Honorable Mentions

Nina Rogers, 9th grade
Joshua Cebajios, 9th grade
Jane Zhong, 10th grade

Creekside High School

Samantha Boudreaux, 10th Grade, Second Place

Honorable Mention

Saima Hossain, 11th grade

W.D. Hartley Elementary School

Honorable Mentions

Gabriel Pace , 2nd grade
Tyban Garner, 3rd grade
Samuel Sylvester, kindergarten

Bartram Trail High School

Honorable Mentions

Keely Lardizabal, 12th grade
Praewphan Nakbun, 11th grade
Camryn Hulsey, 11th grade

Liberty Pines Academy

Honorable Mention

Luka Klipa, Kindergarten


Poetry Winners:

Ketterlinus Elementary

Trinity Gill, 2nd grade, First Place

Honorable Mention

Jacob Dux, 2nd grade

Fruit Cove Middle School

Logan Mohtashemi,  7th Grade, Second Place

Honorable Mentions

Andrew Ferris, 7th grade
Dominic Bucca, 7th grade
Cal Davis, 7th grade
Elyse Soracco, 7th grade
Isabella Bruno, 7th grade

R.J. Murray Middle School

Honorable Mentions

Peyton Crevasse, 6th grade
Megan Gieselman, 6th grade

Wards Creek Elementary

Honorable Mention

Nicholas Chapman, 5th grade

Bartram Trail High School

Honorable Mention

Brittany Donor, 11th grade

Elementary Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Fair

The St. Johns County Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair was held at Palencia Elementary School on Saturday, May 14.  The purpose of this event was to encourage and celebrate student interest in STEM with the primary goal of promoting student use of STEM to solve real-world problems.

Did You Know…?

  • The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument invites visitors to spend a little more time at the nation’s oldest masonry fort, with Centennial Evenings scheduled throughout the summer in honor of the National Park Service’s 100th Anniversary. This program features extended hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on the third Friday of each month from May to September 2016, giving guests more time to informally explore the history and importance of the Castillo. For additional information please call (904) 829-6506 ext. 233.
    Admission: Regular admission rates apply: $10 for adults 16 and older; free for children 15 and under.
    When: Extended hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. on the third Friday of each month from May to September 2016. Dates are May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, and September 16, 2016.
    Where: The Castillo de San Marcos is located at 1 S. Castillo Dr. in St. Augustine, FL 32084.

“Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.”
~Bertrand Russell, British mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970)