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Adoption of Science Instructional Materials

The St. Johns County School District took action on February 13, 2018, to adopt science instructional materials. A complete list of the adopted materials is available on the SJCSD Instructional Materials website.  A petition period for parents and residents of St. Johns County is open from February 14 to March 15, 2018.  Petition process information is also available on the SJCSD Instructional Materials website. Questions may be directed to the SJCSD Instructional Resources Office at 904.547.3947.

Instructional Materials Adoption

The St. Johns County School Board recently conducted a hearing to receive comment from the community related to the science instructional resources adoption. Committees composed of teachers, district content experts, parents and community members, who served on the adoption committee, declared their top recommendations.  Those recommendations are posted online at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/about/textbooks/adoption/. This website also provides access to the community for viewing the selections. Board action on the final adoption of science instructional materials will take place at the school board meeting February 13.

If you would like access to available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 547-3947. Materials are available for review from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. when district offices are open.

Public Notice of School Board Meeting on Adoption of Recommended Instructional Materials

In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(c), the School Board will consider adopting recommended instructional materials at its meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, beginning at 9:00 AM in the auditorium at 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida.

The St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members including school and parent/resident representatives have completed the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Materials that have been recommended to the School Board for adoption can be accessed via the link below.  Some print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

Science Instructional Materials Recommendations-2017
This document may be revised throughout the review process. Please check back for updates.

Procedure for Contesting Adoption:

F.S. 1006.28 (3) Each district school board must establish a process by which the parent of a public school student or a resident of the county may contest the district school board’s adoption of a specific instructional material. The parent or resident must file a petition, on a form provided by the school board, within 30 calendar days after the adoption of the material by the school board. The school board must make the form available to the public and publish the form on the school district’s website. The form must be signed by the parent or resident, include the required contact information, and state the objection to the instructional material based on the criteria of s. 1006.31(2) or s. 1006.40(3)(d). Within 30 days after the 30-day period has expired, the school board must, for all petitions timely received, conduct at least one open public hearing before an unbiased and qualified hearing officer. The hearing officer may not be an employee or agent of the school district. The hearing is not subject to the provisions of chapter 120; however, the hearing must provide sufficient procedural protections to allow each petitioner an adequate and fair opportunity to be heard and present evidence to the hearing officer.

Public Notice – Hearing on Adoption of Recommended Instructional Materials

In accordance with Florida Statute 1006.283(8)(b), an open, noticed School Board hearing to receive public comment on the recommended instructional materials will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 10:15 AM in the auditorium at 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, Florida.

The St. Johns County School District curriculum department representatives and adoption committee members including school and parent/resident representatives have completed the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Materials that have been recommended to the School Board for adoption can be accessed via the link below.  Some print materials may be available for review. If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

SJCSD-Science-Instructional-Materials-Review-2017-2018-Updated 12-19-17

For more information on the instructional materials adoption please visit:

http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/textbooks/adoption/

Instructional Materials Adoption Update

The instructional Resources and Media Services Department continues to work closely with schools to support and improve student achievement and access at all levels.  Curriculum specialists and adoption committee members are currently conducting the review process for the 2017-2018 Instructional Materials Adoption for Science. Resources are available online for review.  If you would like access to the available printed materials or require assistance reviewing the online resources, please call the Instructional Resources and Media Services office at 904.547.3947. Printed materials are available for review from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM when district offices are open.

What is AVID?

The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) system is used in 14 schools across the district and trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and career, especially students underrepresented in higher education.

Amanda Bergamasco, Curriculum Resource Specialist, provides SJCSD teachers with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills.  These strategies are implemented across all content areas throughout the entire school campus.  Mrs. Bergamasco and Mrs. Dixon will provide a parent training on AVID for parents at Ketterlinus Elementary School on November 9th.  Please contact the school for more information.

Schoology Update

Brock O’Shell, Applied Technology Specialist, continues to support middle and high schools with their use of Schoology, the Learning Management System recently implemented at the secondary level.  With the recent release of the new assessment tool, teachers are excited to learn how to use it with their students.

Parents have recently been given the ability to create their own Schoology accounts as we roll out parent access across the district.  The parental access feature allows parents and guardians to view their student(s) assignments, school announcements, and grades on Schoology assignments.  Parents are also able to communicate with teachers using the platform.

For questions regarding students’ Schoology accounts and use, please contact your child’s teacher.

Support for School Media Programs

Lorraine Cosgrove, Program Specialist for School Libraries, supports media programs across the district.  Recently media specialists were trained to support the use of Learning Ally, an online resource that provides audiobooks and parent support services to empower blind, visually impaired, and dyslexic students.

Ms. Cosgrove, along with several media specialists from across the district, also attended the state conference for media hosted by the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) where the theme was “Tell Your Story”.  Connecting with students, giving them a voice and listening to their stories is a great beginning to an effective learning environment.

Please contact your child’s school media specialist to obtain information on library/media center activities and resources including books available for checkout, makerspace activities, and accessibility resources such as Learning Ally.

Science Instructional Materials Up for Adoption

St. Johns County School District, in compliance with Florida Senate Bill 864, has provided a list of the science instructional materials being considered for adoption. These materials are being made available for review by parents and will follow instructional materials cycle specified by the state.

For more information, visit the Instructional Resources & Media Services site.

Textbook Adoption Review Committee

Florida adopts instructional materials for those specific courses within a selected subject area on a rotating basis. The Florida Department of Education publishes specifications. These specifications outline the courses, as well as the standards materials, must meet. This year, the district is adopting science textbooks.  Detailed information is available on the FLDOE website at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/standards/instructional-materials/.

The textbook adoption process includes teachers and parents. If you are interested in serving on the Review Committee, please contact the School Advisory Council (SAC) chairperson at your school.