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Burlington Coat Factory Donation

Burlington Coat Factory Donation

Representatives from Burlington Coat Factory recently donated $10,000 to classrooms at Durbin Creek Elementary School. Pictured from left to right are Principal Angela Fuller, Store Manager Vanja Rogulj, Assistant Manager Latrell Acliese, Assistant Principal Laverne Walker, and School Board Vice Chair Beverly Slough.

Hurricane Dorian Make-Up Day

September 18, 2019 - 

As a result of school closing due to Hurricane Dorian, St. Johns County School District will adjust the master school calendar for this year. On the 2019-2020 school calendar, Monday, October 14 is scheduled to be a teacher planning day, but in order to provide satisfactory instructional minutes, it will be a regular school day with students in attendance.

THE PLAYERS Make A Mark Award

THE PLAYERS Make A Mark Award Winners

September 16, 2019 - 

The Make a Mark Award is a special award honoring teachers in St. Johns County that encourage their students to make their mark on the world. When a teacher invests in their students they can inspire them to persevere and not give up! A winner will be chosen each month from an elementary and a secondary school by students & community business partners.


Courtney Johnson Named the August 2019 Make a Mark Award Winner for Elementary School

W.D. Hartley Elementary School first grade teacher Courtney Johnson won the INK! (Investing in Kids) Make A Mark award in August. Courtney always teaches straight from her heart. She shows students how to learn, play, love, respect one another, have dignity in themselves, show pride, and care. She shows compassion and never frustration. Courtney will go above and beyond to help parents and children with social development, homework, and projects.

She is so passionate about education. She continues to seek grants and raise awareness for educational products and projects that will stimulate students learning environment. She keeps it fun and exciting while teaching true life skills along with the required curriculum.

Congratulations, Courtney! You are INK-credible!


Kristen Meidling is the August 2019 Make a Mark Award Winner for Middle School

Nomination essay written by Mary Alice Hayes

In the month of June Kristen Meidling volunteered for the Summer FLY program at the Woodlawn Terrace Community. She came once a week for 3 weeks to teach the children sign language. She made learning fun through dancing with songs she taught them in sign language, and teaching them their names, as well as common phrases used. The children laughed and were delighted to learn! Kristen even brought her own young children to participate and help out. Each week, she brought a little gift to give to the children who participated. Kristen was a delight to work with and made a huge contribution to the Summer FLY program. For this reason, I think she should be nominated for Make a Mark!


Suzanne Stauble is the August 2019 Make a Mark Award Winner for High School

Nomination essay written by Claudia Dencer of Leonard’s Studio

Ms. Stauble is an amalgam of love and inspiration for hundreds of students and alumni at St Augustine High School. Not only is she a dynamic Spanish teacher, she leads the Interact program, taking students on a journey of service Above Self, and the Link Crew, who makes sure freshman feel welcome and become involved. Ms. Stauble always makes time for her students and creates an atmosphere of trust and always keeps her students engaged. I know that just recently she helped rally her Interact students to make an exchange student feel like he was not only welcome but a part of the SAHS family. She rallied her Interact Club and drove the students to locations to help during the last two hurricanes. Last year she orchestrated a food drive that fed the homeless of St Johns County. Students lined up to mentor younger students on packing meals ready for the cause. In her off time she schedules community clean ups, fundraisers and education initiatives to further the reach of all community service projects. I do not know how she does it… she balances it all and students desire to be apart of her ever glowing atmosphere. It is my honor to nominate her for the Make A Mark award. There is no doubt in my mind she deserves this moment as she is always going above and beyond the call of duty in everything she does for SAHS and the community.

Nominate a teacher who is making a mark on our students. Go to and select Make A Mark.

Winn Dixie Gives

During one week in August, Winn Dixie ran a “round up” campaign, allowing shoppers to donate to St. Johns County School District’s A.S.S.I.S.T. Program at the check out line which resulted in a donation of $4,046. Their support also included $10,000 in food to be distributed through Hugs Across the County and $5,000 in gift cards to help homeless students and unaccompanied youth in our county.

Donna Orender speaks to students at Pedro Menendez High School

Business Leader Donna Orender Visits PMHS

September 11, 2019 - 

Donna Orender speaks to students at Pedro Menendez High School

Generation WOW founder, women’s pro basketball pioneer & former WNBA president, Donna Orender, recently spoke to students at Pedro Menendez High School about her book, WOWsdom – The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible.

Interim Reports Delayed

September 6, 2019 - 

Due to Hurricane Dorian, the release of interim grades will be delayed. First quarter interim grades will now be available on Friday, September 13.

Celebrating 150 Years

Historical Fact about St. Johns County School District

To celebrate St. Johns County School District’s 150 year anniversary, we will be highlighting historical facts about our school district during our regular School Board Meetings this year and on our website.

Celebrating 150 Years

Historical Fact about St. Johns County School District

To celebrate St. Johns County School District’s 150 year anniversary, we will be highlighting historical facts about our school district during our regular School Board Meetings this year and on our website.

First Day of School 2019-2020

Opening Day 2019

August 13, 2019 - 

The student count for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) the first day of school, August 12, was 39,159, an increase of 2,240 students or 6 percent over last year’s first day number of 36,919. St. Johns County continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

The high school student count was 12,213 with 2,847 students at Bartram Trail High School, 2,217 at Creekside High School, 1,137 at Pedro Menendez High School, 2,669 at Allen D. Nease High School, 1,780 at Ponte Vedra High School, and 1,563 at St. Augustine High School. There were also 271 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School.

Middle school attendance totaled 7,238, with student headcounts ranging from 727 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,321 at Pacetti Bay Middle School. The other first day figures were Alice B. Landrum Middle School with 1,154, Fruit Cove Middle School with 1,208, R. J. Murray Middle School with 704, Gamble Rogers Middle School with 866, and Switzerland Point Middle School with 1,258.

The district’s K-8 schools totaled 7,965. Liberty Pines Academy had a first-day headcount of 1,404, Patriot Oaks Academy with 1,284, Valley Ridge Academy with 1,246; Freedom Crossing Academy with 1,302, Palm Valley Academy with 1,623, and Mill Creek Academy with 1,106.

The elementary school population totaled 11,108. This count only includes approximately 25 percent of all kindergarten students since schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a four-day period. Another 364 students are enrolled at the district’s alternative, charter and Department of Juvenile Justice schools.

First Coast Technical College has 137 students who attended its adult education programs at the St. Augustine, Barge Port and North campuses. This number does not include those students enrolled in night programs that start today.

“The hard work and dedication from administration, teachers and support staff to make opening day the very best resulted in smiling students engaging with their friends and eager to learn,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “I am so proud of our students and staff. It was wonderful to be out in the schools to share in the excitement of the first day.”

“Transportation, food service, custodial and maintenance staff are doing an excellent job handling their responsibilities and taking care of students. All local law enforcement agencies, Allied Universal School Security Guards, Public Service Assistants and Crossing Guards are incredible in supporting our operations and adding another layer of safety and security to our campuses and surrounding areas. 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 coming weeks.

View Photos from the First Day of School

Districtwide Orientation 2019

July 19, 2019 - 

The St. Johns County School District is hosting a districtwide orientation Friday, 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 Friday, 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.

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.

School Grades 2019

July 12, 2019 - 

School grades released by the Florida Department of Education show that the St. Johns County School District continues to be a top performing district in the state and is one of only two that has consistently remained an “A” rated district. St. Johns County had 31 “A” schools, seven “B” schools, one “C” school and one “D” school.

Fourteen elementary schools, four middle schools, all si¬x of the district’s K-8 academies, five high schools, St. Johns Virtual Franchise and St. Johns Virtual Instructional Program all received a grade of “A” this year.

“Our students have benefitted from the hard work and dedication of our teachers, and I am extremely proud of their efforts,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “Our school grades reaffirm that our focus and resources are applied to help our students succeed. They also provide the opportunity for us to hone in on areas and schools that may need additional support in the coming year.”

The elementary schools receiving an “A” are Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary, W.D. Hartley Elementary, Hickory Creek Elementary, R.B. Hunt Elementary, Julington Creek Elementary, Ketterlinus Elementary, Ocean Palms Elementary, Osceola Elementary, Palencia Elementary, Picolata Crossing Elementary, PVPV/Rawlings Elementary, Timberlin Creek Elementary and Wards Creek Elementary.

The middle schools with an “A” are Fruit Cove, Alice B. Landrum, Pacetti Bay and Switzerland Point. Freedom Crossing, Mill Creek, Liberty Pines, Patriot Oaks, Valley Ridge, Mill Creek, Freedom Crossing and Palm Valley academies received an “A” as did Bartram Trail, Creekside, Allen D. Nease, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine high schools. St. Johns Virtual School also received an “A”.

Otis A. Mason Elementary, R.J. Murray Middle, St. Augustine Public Montessori, Gamble Rogers Middle, Sebastian Middle, Pedro Menendez High and South Woods Elementary schools received a “B” this year. John A. Crookshank Elementary School received a “C”, and St. Johns Technical High School received a Maintaining rating this year. The Webster School received a “D”.

Additional details and information can be found at

Outstanding Business Partner of the Year

Outstanding Business Partner of the Yewar Award

THE PLAYERS Championship was recognized as the 2018-2019 St. Johns County School District Outstanding Business Partner of the Year by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation at the 2019 Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) held last month in Orlando.

History Fair Winners

History Fair Winners 2019

Allen D. Nease High School Sophomores Logan Graham, Joshua Pantano, Daniel Fedchenko, and Alan Michael won 2nd Place in the state in the Senior Group Performance category at the Florida History Day competition held last month in Tallahassee. Their project titled “Tragedy on the Trail of Engineering Triumph: A Panama Canal Flashback” moves on to compete at the national competition at the University of Maryland June 10-13.

Make A Mark Award

INK! (Investing in Kids) recently presented the Make A Mark Award to Ms. Ingle of Valley Ridge Academy. Ms. Ingle’s patience and ability to make every student feel their purpose in academics makes her one of the best in St Johns County! Nominate your teacher who is making a mark for students on the INK! (Investing in Kids) website.