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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.

Amy Grimm Has Been Named the 2018 Teacher of the Year

January 25, 2018 - 

Amy Grimm, a first grade teacher at Julington Creek Elementary School, was named St. Johns County’s Teacher of the Year for 2018 at the annual Teacher of the Year Banquet held on January 24th at the World Golf Village Renaissance Center.

The crowd celebrates as Amy Grimm and one of her students approach the stage to receive her award.

Hailey Fletcher, a fifth grade teacher at Patriot Oaks Academy, is St. Johns County’s Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2018.

Celebrate Literacy Week

January 22, 2018 - 

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First Lady Ann Scott Kicks off 10th Annual Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! in St. Johns County  

Ponte Vedra, Fla., January 22, 2018 – Today, First Lady Ann Scott kicked off 2018 Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! at Ponte Vedra High School in St. Johns County. The First Lady was joined by St. Johns County Superintendent Tim Forson, Department of Education and Florida Lottery officials, and Ponte Vedra High School students and staff. The 10th annual theme is “Find Yourself in a Book.”

First Lady Ann Scott said, “This is my eighth Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to spend time with hundreds of Florida students and their outstanding teachers and principals throughout the week. I look forward to this event every year because it draws attention to the invaluable role of reading and literacy in every facet of our lives.”

Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said, “In order for students to reach their full potential, they must continually hone essential reading and literacy skills. First Lady Ann Scott’s passion for literacy motivates students to love reading as much as she does, and I am so appreciative of her support of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

Following the kick-off event, First Lady Ann Scott will visit the following schools on her literacy tour:

  • Ponte Vedra Palm Valley Rawlings Elementary School
  • Robert Willis Elementary School
  • Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School
  • Tara Elementary School
  • West Navarre Primary School
  • Oriole Beach Elementary School
  • Bennett C. Russell Elementary School

Since Governor Rick Scott took office in 2011, First Lady Scott has prioritized reading and literacy, and she has visited all of Florida’s 67 counties sharing her passion for reading with Floridians. During the school year, First Lady Scott visits schools throughout the state, where she reads to Florida’s students and thanks their hardworking educators for helping to prepare them for lifelong success. Over the summer months, she partners with the Departments of Education and Environmental Protection to encourage students to remain focused on reading all year.

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is a week-long celebration each January designed to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and to inspire Florida’s students and families to make reading a part of their daily routines. The week’s events are made possible by participating sponsors: Florida Lottery; LEGOLAND Florida Resort; and the Florida Education Foundation.

For more information about Celebrate Literacy Week, visit Just Read, Florida!

High School Showcase

January 19, 2018 - 

Students in the Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical & Health Careers at Pedro Menendez High School demonstrate skills they have learned during the St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase on January 18, 2018.

The St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase on January 18, 2018 highlighted Career Academies and specialized programs available to 9th and 10th grade students throughout the district.

St. Johns Virtual School coordinator of virtual instruction, Michael Eisen, speaks with attendees of the St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase on January 18, 2018.

Spelling Bee Winner

Carly Miller, an eighth-grade student at Switzerland Point Middle School, won the 2018 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Spelling Bee held January 17 at First Coast Technical College. She won by spelling the word “piccolo” correctly. Carly is the daughter of Carrie and Jeramie Miller.

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast

Students from St. Augustine High School and St. Johns Technical High School hosted and presented colors at the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration Breakfast on January 15th at the National Guard Armory. Pictured from left to right are Gladston Bygrave, Thomas Adkison, Superintendent Tim Forson, Thomas Marrero, Cornelius Stewart. Ronald Jackson, Brenton Vona and Angelica Green (not pictured) also assisted with the event.

High School Showcase 2018

January 8, 2018 - 

High School Showcase 2018
January 18, 2018 3:30-7:00pm
World Golf Village Convention Center

Did you know that over 40% of all high school students in St. Johns County are enrolled in one or more of our Programs of Choice? Programs of Choice provide excellent options for the students of St. Johns County. To help families learn more about the Programs of Choice, each high school displays their programs at the St. Johns County School District High School Programs of Choice Showcase. This year, the High School Showcase will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 3:30 – 7:00 pm at the World Golf Village Convention Center.

This event highlights Career Academies and specialized programs available to rising 9th and rising 10th grade students who live in St. Johns County. All high school programs to which current 8th or 9th graders can apply for next school year will have booths to share information. These programs include the Career Academies; Accelerated Programs – International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE); JROTC – Navy, Army and Air Force; and the St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA). Seventh graders and their parents are also welcome to join us as they gather information for their future planning. Students can apply to any of these programs no matter which school they are zoned to attend, although some program exceptions apply to this process. For example, students will need to apply and audition to be considered for the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School. Auditions will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 at St. Augustine High School. For more information about the audition process, go to the St. Johns County Center for the Arts (SJCCA) website.

For additional information on program exceptions and considerations, please visit the Career Academy of St. Johns website. Families must make transportation arrangements for students who attend schools other than their zoned school. Out-of-zone transportation is only provided to students attending St. Johns Technical High School.

If you are unable attend this event, additional information is available on the Career Academy website. Each school also has a video overview of the programs offered at their school. Furthermore, each high school will have an Academy Night at their school to allow prospective students to tour the school, visit the classrooms, and hear more in-depth in formation about the programs from teachers, current students and business partners.

Academy Nights will all be held at 6:00 pm on the dates and at the locations listed below.
*St. Johns Technical High School Academy Night begins at 5:30 pm.

Jan. 22 – Bartram Trail
Jan. 30 – Allen D. Nease
Feb. 5 – Creekside
Jan. 23 – St Augustine
Feb. 1 – Pedro Menendez
Feb. 6 – Ponte Vedra & St. Johns Tech

Students currently in 8th or 9th grade who wish to enroll in one of the Programs of Choice for the first time MUST apply between January 18, 2018 at 8:00 am to February 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm. (Current high school students already in programs do not need to reapply.) Current SJCSD students must apply online through the student’s Home Access Center (HAC) and directions can be found at on the Career Academies website. Home School, Private School or Virtual School students who are interested in enrolling in a Program of Choice at one of the SJCSD high schools next year need to pre-register at the CURRENT zoned school your child would have attended in the SJCSD this school year. After registering as a potential student, the currently zoned school will provide you with a paper application to complete and return. The due date to apply is still February 8 at 5:00 pm. Only students residing in St. Johns county are eligible to apply for any of these programs.

Students currently not attending a SJCSD school need to pre-register. Please visit the school district’s website for the required documentation that you will need for preregistration. If accepted into one or more of these Programs of Choice, the family will need to complete the application process by bringing additional registration documents (such as transcripts, immunization records, etc.) before the start of the 2018 -2019 school year.

Eligibility to apply to the Career Academies and JROTC Programs is open to all 8th or 9th graders who reside in St. Johns County who apply during the application dates. IB and AICE have academic eligibility requirements as they are accelerated academic programs. Teacher Recommendations Forms must be submitted to the IB or AICE Coordinators at the schools for which the student is applying by Feb. 8th.

Each Program of Choice has a limited number of space for new students, so applying does not guarantee acceptance in to a program. An automated lottery system is used to select the students who will be accepted. All families will receive email notifications by the end of February as to whether their child has been accepted into one or more programs or not for the next school year.

By law, students of active military parents receive additional consideration to Programs of Choice. Active military parents of applicants should go to their child’s current school office before February 8th and show their military card to the office staff to have their military expiration date updated in the student’s eSchool records.

For questions about the SJCSD Programs of Choice that cannot be found on the website, please contact our office at 904-547-4870.

Shoeboxes of Love

In December, the school community at Alice B. Landrum Middle School collected 260 “Shoeboxes of Love” which they will be donating to City Rescue Mission, a Jacksonville-based organization which serves the homeless and needy of Northeast Florida.

CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk

December 11, 2017 - 

The CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee is calling all walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts to participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 9 a.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School located at 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine.

Walkers and runners will enjoy a course running through the neighborhoods of Kensington and Las Calinas and can choose to participate in the 6K (3.73 miles) or 3K (1.86 miles) distance. Registration fees are as follows:

6K-$25 before January 1; $30 January 1 – February 2; $35 on race day
3K-$20 before January 1; $25 January 1 – February 2; $30 on race day

Registration forms and more information are available online at

Race proceeds will support CHARACTER COUNTS! initiatives throughout the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). The run/walk is open to all ages, and the top three winners will be awarded in each of the age categories as well as the overall male and female finishers. A cash donation will be awarded to the top three to five schools with the most registrants. Last year these schools were Ocean Palms Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Valley Ridge Academy and Timberlin Creek Elementary. All race registrants will receive a tech t-shirt and lots of other goodies from area businesses and organizations. At the finish line, each race participant will receive a commemorative dog tag which is the fourth design in its series.

This event is produced by the CHARACTER COUNTS! Steering Committee and is presented by Beaver Toyota with support from businesses and community groups. Action News Jax CBS47/FOX30 is the official media sponsor of this run/walk.

The SJCSD, along with area businesses, youth organizations and civic groups, selected the national character education program of CHARACTER COUNTS! as a countywide initiative to instill positive character traits in young people throughout the county. Additionally, the SJCSD became the first school district in Florida to implement Pursuing Victory With Honor in all of its athletic programs. Character education is an important part of every School Improvement Plan and a major component of the Student Code of Conduct and the school district’s Strategic Plan.

Special ESOL Class at Creekside High School

November 27, 2017 - 

The Federal Programs Department is excited to spotlight a special ESOL class at Creekside High School. We have 23 international students sharing a classroom where they are learning not only English but new customs and traditions in their recently adopted country.