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To the St. Johns County School District Families,
This year we have experienced fragmentation in our society and anxiety in our lives. The tragic death of George Floyd has been the catalyst for social unrest and protests that speak to the inequities felt by the black community. As superintendent, I believe it is paramount that our schools educate and support children as they develop into young adults with the knowledge to take the next steps in their lives and the character to help build a better world for themselves and their families.
Our mission statement reads that we “will inspire good character and lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.” Our core values go on to include the six pillars of Character Counts! and understanding that “in order to grow and thrive, individuals need caring relationships and a nurturing environment.” To accomplish our mission, we must teach students how to think for themselves, treat everyone with respect, and demonstrate caring and compassion to one another. It is important that moving forward, we engage our students in conversations about the issues of equity, opportunity, responsible citizenship and other important issues that face our country.
We strive to be a better school district every day and foster a positive supportive school community, that is free of prejudice, discrimination and racism. I am committed to continuing our hiring efforts to create a more diverse teacher and administrative workforce that best represents our students and the community we serve.
Since 1998, the St. Johns County School District has embraced Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship in the Character Counts! program. At this time, my hope is that we will lean on these foundational pillars of character to learn, teach, and grow as one community together. The biases that we each carry with us can only be confronted by our understanding and willingness to look through the lens of another. We must accept our differences in order to embrace each other as we humbly work together as one community and country. I am committed that our school system will continue to build a school community of inclusion and support, to develop trust, caring and respect in our students and staff.
Superintendent of St. Johns County Schools
View the results of the Parent Survey which was completed on June 3rd.
The St. Johns County School District will be holding a virtual Sales Surtax Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting on Monday, June 15 at 4 p.m. in the virtual platform WebEx. If you would like to join this meeting please visit https://sjcsd.webex.com/sjcsd/onstage/g.php?MTID=e512b24ff19860e6854867cc17e74cc5b from a supported Android/Mac/Windows device and you will be entered as an attendee. If you would like to make public comment, please raise your hand by selecting the hand icon on your screen. The meeting organizers will provide time for general public comments at the end of the meeting.
If you do not have the ability to log in through the virtual platform, you may call in to the virtual meeting at 1-844-992-4726, access code 120 963 4450. The meeting organizers will call on you in the order you joined the meeting via phone (you will be listed as caller number 1, 2, 3, 4…) to ask if you would like to make public comments during the time for general public comments at the end of the meeting.
In the event that you want to attend the workshop and make public comment and experience technical difficulties, please call the St. Johns County School District’s main line at 904-547-7500 for assistance.
This WebEx Event is set to allow attendees to join early. If you join early, you will see a message stating “The host for this event will arrive shortly”. Once the event begins you will be automatically joined into the event. If you have issues connecting to this event when using the WebEx app on an iPad, iPhone or Android device, please remove the WebEx app from your device and reinstall it from your device’s app store. WebEx is constantly updating their software and in most cases, this will fix the issue.
We appreciate your patience as we host this virtual Sales Surtax Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting.
Please take a moment to watch the following important message from Superintendent Forson.
All County High School Art Show
This year marked the 15th anniversary of our partnership with the St. Augustine Art Association (STAAA). Our students once again demonstrated a high level of creativity and excellence under the guidance of their high school art teachers. Many of these student artists are also the product of those who taught them in elementary and or middle school. We are proud of each of you! Regrettably, the show was cut short due to the pandemic and the doors of STAAA have been closed since the middle of March.
View a virtual tour of the All County High School Art Show.
All County Middle School Art Show
This year marks the 10th anniversary of St. Johns County School District’s partnership with STAAA, but without public access to the gallery we were not able to host a literal show. As an alternative, the STAAA launched a virtual show of our middle school artists on their website on Monday, May 25, 2020. This year’s show saw 100% participation from our 13 schools and 18 teachers with middle school art programs and included over 80 works featuring a variety of mediums and artistic expressions.
Although the St. Johns County School District was not able to host its annual Character Cup, a team of elementary school coaches, under the guidance of the K-12 Physical Education Program Specialist, Antonio Scott, came up with the idea to do a virtual fitness challenge. Each event was based on one of the pillars of Character Counts. We are so proud of our fifth grade students across the district who took on the challenge!
Thank you to the following elementary school coaches who helped organize this event: Ashley Mahaven at Valley Ridge Academy, Kurtis Wright at Freedom Crossing Academy, Robin Mace at Durbin Creek Elementary School, Angela Miller at South Woods Elementary School, Cindy Anderson at Palm Valley Academy and Jessica Lane at Timberlin Creek.
View the St. Johns County students who have been honored with American Youth Character Awards for the 2019-2020 school year.
Please view our school district’s new Mental Health and Wellness Portal which offers valuable information and links to helpful resources on a wide range of mental health related topics.
In observance of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 4th through 8th, and National Teachers Day on, Tuesday, May 5th, the St. Johns County School District honors our outstanding teachers and recognizes the lasting contributions they each make to our lives every day.
Students at Switzerland Point Middle School made a video to thank everyone who is helping the community get through the coronavirus pandemic.
Watch this video on YouTube for subtitles / closed captioning.