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September 2011

Interim Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services Named

Retired Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Learning Martha Mickler has been named by Superintendent Joseph Joyner as the Interim Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services for the St. Johns County School District.
Mrs. Mickler will be stepping into this role to fill the opening left by Pam Stewart, who was recently named Public Schools Chancellor by the Florida Department of Education.  She will assume her duties on October 17.
During her tenure at the SJCSD, Mrs. Mickler served as assistant principal and then principal of Julington Creek Elementary School. She opened Cunningham Creek Elementary School and served as its principal for six years. While there she received the Commissioner of Education’s Outstanding Elementary Principal Achievement Award. In 2001 she was named Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Learning.
Mrs. Mickler most recently served as a member of the Core Planning Team for the district’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan.
 “I cannot tell you how appreciative I am that Martha has agreed to come out of retirement to help us out,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “This gives me a tremendous amount of peace and will allow us to continue to move forward as I take the necessary time for a quality search.”
“I am looking forward to working with the team again,” said Martha Mickler. “I am very glad to be of assistance during the transition time and support the district.”
Martha Mickler retired in 2009 after 38 years in education.

20-Day Enrollment Count

The number of students attending St. Johns County Public Schools by the 20-day enrollment count was 31,072, an increase of 909 students over the same time last year. The latest attendance figure represents a 3 percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 30,163. St. Johns County remains one of the fastest growing school districts in the state, especially during a time when most districts are experiencing declining enrollments.
Considering the school district as a whole, middle schools had the largest growth this year with 4.9 percent. High school enrollment increased by 3.1 percent while elementary school enrollment increased by 2.3 percent.
Schools with the largest increases for 2011-2012 are Osceola Elementary School (11.6 percent), Pacetti Bay Middle School (10.3 percent), Crookshank Elementary School (9 percent), Liberty Pines Academy and Creekside High School (8.3 percent), Mason Elementary School (7.3 percent), Sebastian and Fruit Cove Middle Schools (7 percent), and R. B. Hunt Elementary (6.6 percent).
In addition there are 144 St. Johns Virtual School students, 101 enrolled in high school courses and 43 in K-8 classes.
Part of the increase in the student growth rate may be attributed to available housing, the district’s academic reputation and the wide variety of educational options for students in St. Johns County.
“St. Johns County is a desirable place to live and we offer a lot of choices for students,” said Tim Forson, Deputy Superintendent for Operations. “Our nationally recognized high school academies are just one example of the variety of academic opportunities available to our students. We work closely with teachers and parents to provide the best educational experiences and extracurricular activities for all grade levels.”
In an effort to meet Class Size Amendment and growth requirements, Hickory Creek, Mill Creek and Hartley Elementary Schools were recently expanded, and an expansion at Osceola Elementary School is nearing completion. Construction has begun on Elementary school “L” in the Palencia area that will serve students in the north-central area of the county.

College and Career Night

The school district’s annual College and Career Night will be held Wednesday, September 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ponte Vedra High School gymnasium, located at 460 Davis Park Road.  All high school students and their parents are encouraged to attend.
College and Career Night provides an opportunity for St. Johns County high school students to receive firsthand information on post-secondary educational opportunities. Representatives from more than 60 colleges, universities, armed services and trade schools will be participating in this event.
The program is open to students from both public and private schools and should be of special interest to juniors and seniors.
“This event is a convenient way for our students and their parents to meet several college representatives without the expense of travel.  Information about the college admissions process, program offerings, as well as scholarship and financial aid information will be available,” said Denise Faulk, Director of Guidance and Choice and event coordinator.