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

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 2, 2019 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 January1-February 1, $35 on race day
3K-$20 before January 1, $25 January 1-February 1, $30 on race day

Registration forms and more information are available online.

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, Alice B. Landrum Middle and Valley Ridge Academy. 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 fifth 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.

Children having fun at the CHARACTER COUNTS! Six Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk

Public Records / Peachjar Flyers

Student perform on stage during a School Board MeetingCommunity Relations has received a total of 197 public record requests to date and 15 subpoenas. Our department also coordinates the monthly School Board performances and CHARACTER COUNTS! speakers.  In addition, we review and approve all Peachjar flyers received to send to individual schools for their approval and posting.

District and School Websites

The District Webmaster is preparing to update the look and feel of our school and district websites with new site design templates. The templates will follow the principles of material design and will improve the user experience on mobile devices. Additionally, training materials are in development to help teachers and staff across the school district work with new and improved website editing tools.

A Web Accessibility Committee has also formed to improve the accessibility of our school and district websites. The committee brings together leaders from several departments including Community Relations, Information Technology and Exceptional Student Education Department to solidify accessibility guidelines for our websites and respond to the needs of our diverse user community.

Teacher of the Year Finalists

We all hold fond memories of favorite teachers. Perhaps you had an English teacher whose animated personality brought literary characters to life? Or did you have a math teacher who explained the problem in just the right way, leading to an “aha” moment? These teachers exist throughout our hallways and classrooms embodying the heart of our schools, working long after the last bell rings tutoring students, running after-school clubs and always looking for new ways to teach a lesson. There are thousands of teachers in St Johns County who work hard to maintain the standards of excellence that keep SJCSD performing at an “A” level.

This year we want to congratulate the finalists for Teacher of the Year 2017-2018.

  1. Amy Grimm, 1st grade teacher at Julington Creek Elementary
  2. Jonathan Higgins, IB Psychology teacher at Pedro Menendez High School
  3. Kathleen Hunting, 2nd grade teacher at Osceola Elementary School
  4. Chassity Johnson, 8th grade mathematics teacher at Sebastian Middle

Each year, INK! celebrates the outstanding teachers in the district. Commemorate the magic with us on January 24, 2018, at The World Golf Renaissance Center from 6-9pm. Tickets are available at

Instructional Television Update

With the upcoming New Year upon us, we are currently gathering and scheduling our SEA-TV programming to span until the return from break. The department plans to include holiday season events including the St. Augustine High School choral performance as well as the holiday edition of the Superintendent Spotlight video. These videos will also reside on the front page of the district website for viewing if you do not have access to cable television.

The Jim Harbin Video Contest will be taking entries soon and we’re very excited to get a look at this year’s entries! Last year, we had seven teams place on the state level with their videos and we have a strong feeling that we’re poised for more success this year. This video contest is a student-centered competition and these videos they produce are completely done by the students. No parent or teacher participation is allowed. This media festival is in full swing soon and to get more information, go to