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Second-Day Student Count 2018

August 15, 2018 - 

The student count for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) on day two, August 13, was 38,995, an increase of 1,656 students or 4.43 percent over last year’s second-day number of 37,339. St. Johns County continues to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.

The high school student count was 12,102 with 2,616 students at Bartram Trail High School; 2,255 at Creekside High School; 1,252 at Pedro Menendez High School; 2,521 at Allen D. Nease High School; 1,767 at Ponte Vedra High School and 1,691 at St. Augustine High School. There were also 275 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School.

Middle school attendance totaled 7,468, with student headcounts ranging from 690 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,431 at Pacetti Bay Middle School. The other second day figures were Alice B. Landrum Middle School with 1,214; Fruit Cove Middle School with 1,234; R. J. Murray Middle School with 710; Gamble Rogers Middle School with 887 and Switzerland Point Middle School with 1,302.

The district’s K-8 schools totaled 7,282. Liberty Pines Academy had a second-day headcount of 1,514; Patriot Oaks Academy with 1,370 and Valley Ridge Academy with 1,343. Two new K-8 schools also opened today; Freedom Crossing Academy (FCA) with 949 and Palm Valley Academy (PVA) with 1,188. Mill Creek Elementary transitioned to Mill Creek Academy (MCA) over the summer and had a headcount of 918. FCA, PVA and MCA all opened this school year as K-6 schools with plans to add seventh and eighth grades in subsequent years.

The elementary school population totaled 11,449. This count only includes approximately 50 percent of all kindergarten students since schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a four-day period. Another 419 students are enrolled at the district’s alternative, charter and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) schools.

First Coast Technical College has 362 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.

“The hard work and dedication from administration, teachers and support staff to make opening day and the days that follow the very best resulted in happy students eager to learn and greeting their friends,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “I am so proud of our students and staff and it is wonderful to be out in the schools to share in welcoming our students this year.”

“Transportation, food service, custodial and maintenance staff did are doing an excellent job handling their responsibilities and taking care of students. The St. Johns Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Securities personnel, 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.

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School supplies and shoes

Back to School Guide

August 2, 2018 - 

Students report back to class on Friday, August 10! Visit our Back to School Guide for links to our school bus routes, lunch menus, important documents and more.

Orientation 2018 and Early Registration

July 2, 2018 - 

The St. Johns County School District is hosting a districtwide orientation Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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 2018-2019 school year is Friday, 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.

Children on the first day of school

School Grades 2018

June 29, 2018 - 

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 remains an “A” rated district. St. Johns County had 27 “A” schools, seven “B” schools, five “C” schools and one “D” school.

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

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, administrators, support staff and parents in their efforts to ensure the success of our students,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “Our school grades provide us the opportunity to celebrate areas where we are excelling and pinpoint those where we may need to apply additional resources and support.”

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, Mill Creek Elementary, Ocean Palms 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 Middle, Alice B. Landrum Middle, Pacetti Bay Middle and Switzerland Point Middle. Liberty Pines, Patriot Oaks and Valley Ridge academies received an “A” as did Bartram Trail, Creekside, Allen D. Nease and Ponte Vedra 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 St. Augustine High schools received a “B” this year. John A. Crookshank Elementary, South Woods Elementary, and St. Johns Technical High schools received a “C” this year as did The Webster School and First Coast Technical College. Osceola Elementary School received a “D”.

Additional details and information can be found at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

Elementary Battle of the Books Winners

May 11, 2018 - 
The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The Palencia Pirates Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

The Palencia Pirates Team at the 2018 Battle of the Books

Congratulations to the PVPV/Rawlings Sea Turtles and Palencia Pirates on their hard earned wins at the 12th Annual Elementary School Battle of the Books which were held on May 8th and May 10th. The Northern Battle was held at Landrum Middle School and the Southern Battle at Gamble Rogers Middle School. We are extremely proud of the students for their participation in this literacy event. The students were well prepared, well behaved, and “well read”. We also appreciate all of the parents, peers, teachers, staff members, and administrators who supported our readers.

A special thank you to principals Ryan Player and Greg Bergamasco for hosting the events. Please acknowledge the media specialists, teachers and support staff for the time they took to create the questions, and to recruit, prepare and mentor the students from their schools. St. Johns County School District librarians are amazing and we are better because of them. Thank you to all of the school administrators for supporting your library media programs and specialists. Additionally, many school technology specialists, maintenance managers, and other employees pitched in to make this possible. Thank you!

Lorrie Cosgrove, Brock O’Shell, Amanda Bergamasco, specialists in the Instructional Resources and Media Services department, are the epitome of hard work and coordination. This event would have been impossible without their support. Thank you also to the amazing Media Services staff for their hard, behind-the-scenes work to support these efforts.

Next year promises to be as exciting as this year. View the lists of the new SSYRA books. Be sure to share the lists and encourage your students to read, read, read over the summer.

running track

Summer 2018 High School Facility Use

May 7, 2018 - 

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 Allen D. Nease, Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez, Ponte Vedra and St. Augustine high schools will be open the following dates and times.

  • Wednesday, June 6                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 20                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 27                6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 11                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18                  6 – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25                  6 – 8 p.m.

Access to the tennis courts, track and outdoor basketball courts will be encouraged. Access will NOT be provided to the gymnasiums, stadium fields, batting cages, baseball fields, softball fields, or multi-purpose fields. The facilities will NOT be open to any organized practices, games or sport-sponsored, fee-based training. Pets are NOT permitted. All St. Johns County School Board Policies will apply.

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.

teacher appreciation week

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7, 2018 - 

teacher appreciation week

May 7th through 11th is National Teacher Appreciation Week, a time for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives. Please join us in thanking our district’s educators who work tirelessly to serve the students and families in our schools.

Middle School Battle of the Books

April 2, 2018 - 

A team of students from Switzerland Point Middle School led by Media Specialist Kristen Badger won the 2018 Middle School Battle of the Books contest.  This year’s Battle was held on Friday, March 23, 2018, at First Coast Technical College (FCTC).  Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12.

Creekside High School 2018 Battle of the Books Winners

A team of students from Creekside High School School led by Media Specialist Amelia Zukoski won the 2018 High School Battle of the Books contest.

 

2018 Character Cup

March 28, 2018 - 

The 2018 Character Cup was held on Wednesday, March 21 at St. Augustine High School. The Character Cup, a student-centered event highlighting physical education, links academics and character education through athletic competition. Two hundred student-athletes representing 20 elementary schools participated in the 2017 event.

The Players Makes a $500,000 Donation to the SJCSD

March 22, 2018 - 

THE PLAYERS will serve as the title sponsor of the district’s CHARACTER COUNTS! program beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

As part of the CHARACTER COUNTS! program, THE PLAYERS is sponsoring multiple programs in the St. Johns County school district, including:

  • WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) Mentorship Program
  • Link Crew Mentorship Program
  • Pursuing Victory With Honor Program
  • Character Cup
  • Grants available for St. Johns County teachers

In addition to the CHARACTER COUNTS! sponsorship, THE PLAYERS is purchasing The First Tee Golf in Schools program, equipment and curriculum for every elementary and K-8 school in the district. For more information about THE PLAYERS Championship visit THEPLAYERS.COM

History Fair

February 23, 2018 - 

St. Johns County School District’s Annual History Fair was recently held on February 21 and 22 at First Coast Technical College. Project categories included performance, paper, exhibit, website, and documentary. Category placements (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention) were presented for each category, as well as special awards, each with its  own unique criteria.

Science Fair

February 23, 2018 - 

Students from schools throughout St. Johns County School District participated in the 2018 Annual Science Fair on February 7th. Winners were honored at an awards ceremony held on February 8th. This annual academic competition is designed to challenge students to meticulously apply science process skills and content knowledge in order to investigate scientific questions of their own choosing. Participants also experience the importance of practicing science ethics and responsibility on a personal level.