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.
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 www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/newschools/.
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.
Betty Griffin House “A Day Without Violence” Calendar Art and Poetry Contest Winners
St. Joseph Academy
Yuanting Zhan (Betsy), 11th Grade, Cover and First Place
Nina Rogers, 9th grade
Joshua Cebajios, 9th grade
Jane Zhong, 10th grade
Creekside High School
Samantha Boudreaux, 10th Grade, Second Place
Saima Hossain, 11th grade
W.D. Hartley Elementary School
Gabriel Pace , 2nd grade
Tyban Garner, 3rd grade
Samuel Sylvester, kindergarten
Bartram Trail High School
Keely Lardizabal, 12th grade
Praewphan Nakbun, 11th grade
Camryn Hulsey, 11th grade
Liberty Pines Academy
Luka Klipa, Kindergarten
Trinity Gill, 2nd grade, First Place
Jacob Dux, 2nd grade
Fruit Cove Middle School
Logan Mohtashemi, 7th Grade, Second Place
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
Peyton Crevasse, 6th grade
Megan Gieselman, 6th grade
Wards Creek Elementary
Nicholas Chapman, 5th grade
Bartram Trail High School
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)