The St. Johns County School District will hold pre-registration for children entering kindergarten and students new to St. Johns County and/or public schools from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 22, Tuesday, March 20 and Thursday, April 12.
To be eligible for public kindergarten in St. Johns County, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 and must reside in St. Johns County. To register for first grade, children must be 6 years old on or before September 1 and have documentation of successful completion of kindergarten.
Parents must register children at the school where they are zoned for the 2012-2013 school year. If zoned for Elementary “L” parents should plan to register children at the Palencia Amenity Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the dates listed above. Two proofs of residency must be provided such as a current mortgage statement, lease or rent agreement and one other form of residency documentation, such as a current electric bill.
Florida law requires any student entering a Florida school for the first time to show proof of required immunizations documented on the HRS Form 680. Proof of a physical examination that has been obtained within one year prior to enrollment in school is also required. Physical examinations can be performed by either a private physician or by the county health department.
Students can be registered during the spring and summer for the 2012-2013 school year, however parents are encouraged to register during the three designated dates above so that schools can adequately prepare for the new school year. Additional information regarding registration and school attendance zones may be obtained from the Student Services Office at 547-7598.
Grace Remmer, a seventh-grade home school student, won the 2012 St. Johns County School District Spelling Bee held today at the School Board Administration Building. She won by spelling the word “precipice” correctly. Grace is the daughter of Raymond and Jennifer Remmer of St. Augustine.
Twenty-nine elementary and middle school students from 25 public, one home school, and three private schools competed for the honor of representing St. Johns County in the Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee on February 18 at the Jacksonville Main Library. If for any reason the winner is not able to attend, runner-up Alex Luckau of Landrum Middle School will represent the county.
It took 25 rounds for the winner to be determined. The participants were congratulated by School Board Members Bill Fehling and Bill Mignon, Superintendent Joseph Joyner, and Deputy Superintendent Martha Mickler.
Sports Radio 1420 AM broadcasted the spelling bee live and streamed it on their website at www.1420sports.com. Media Services also taped the event and will air it via Comcast SEA-TV Channel 99 next week.
The winner of the regional spelling bee will advance to compete in the national spelling bee scheduled in May in Washington, D.C.
Laurie Hays, program specialist for elementary language arts, served as the spelling bee coordinator and the pronouncer was Lyla Springfield, grants coordinator. Judges for the event were Sandy Waldeis of Catholic Charities; Adrienne Paone, secondary language arts/reading program specialist; and Jim Welu, retired director for student services.
Four finalists for the 2011-2012 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year have been chosen from 34 nominees representing each school in the St. Johns County School District. They are Tiffany Cantwell of Ponte Vedra-Palm Valley/Rawlings Elementary School (PVPV/RES), Emily Senko of Pacetti Bay Middle School (PBMS), Gwen Westfall of Pedro Menendez High School (PMHS), and Jeffrey Nethery of Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS). Superintendent Joseph Joyner, School Board Chair Bev Slough, School Board Member Bill Fehling and School Board Member Bill Mignon, along with school district staff and representatives from the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF), surprised the finalists today in their classrooms. The winner, in conjunction with the Rookie Teacher of the Year, will be announced on Thursday, February 9 at the Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Celebration at the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village.
Tiffany Cantwell, a fourth-grade teacher at PVPV/RES, has been teaching for 11 years. Her years of teaching have all been within St. Johns County Schools, and she has been at PVPV/RES since 2005. Early in her career, she received her certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Ms. Cantwell also serves as a team leader at her school and as the chairperson of the School Advisory Committee. She credits her ability to create a bond with each of her students as having the greatest and most direct impact on their achievements in the classroom.
Emily Senko has been the Spanish teacher at PBMS since 2009 for grades 6-8. She possesses eight years of teaching experience with three in St. Johns County. Having completed the International Baccalaureate training, Ms. Senko facilitates the integration of this philosophy by leading meetings and training sessions throughout her school. She also serves as a Professional Learning Community Leader, organizing professional growth and vision for others. Her emphasis on real-world application by integrating history and culture into language lessons helps her students to increase their linguistic fluency.
Gwen Westfall teaches physics and physical science at PMHS. She possesses 22 years of teaching experience and has been at PMHS since 2010. She previously taught for Flagler County Public Schools in Florida; and the Hilliard City Schools and Columbus City Schools in Ohio. She is a long-time member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and serves as the science department chair at her school. She places an importance on high quality professional development and credits this with her ability to maintain enthusiasm and originality in her instructional practices.
Jeffrey Nethery, a history teacher at PVHS since 2008, has 26 years of teaching with 25 of those years in St. Johns County. Mr. Nethery also received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. For the last three years, he has mentored and conducted workshops for the “Teach First Coast” program at Florida State College in Jacksonville. In addition, he has mentored numerous teaching interns from Flagler College and the University of North Florida. Mr. Nethery’s philosophy of teaching is based on the belief that students at all levels can be taught the strategies needed to succeed within school.
The annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Celebration is sponsored by the SJCEF to recognize excellence in the teaching profession. For more information on the SJCEF visit www.sjcef.com.
Edith (Edie) Jarrell, assistant principal at Cunningham Creek Elementary, has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the Principal of Wards Creek Elementary. Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their February 14 meeting.
She will replace Don Campbell, who was named the new Principal of Elementary “L” last month. Her appointment will be effective January 17.
“After carefully reviewing the input from staff and the community, it was very clear to me that Mrs. Jarrell was the perfect match to continue the excellence at Wards Creek,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “She is an experienced administrator with a passion for education and a love for children. She will be an outstanding principal.”
Mrs. Jarrell has four years of experience in St. Johns County, serving as the Assistant Principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary. Previously, she has served as a teacher of all elementary grade levels as well as a Media Specialist and Assistant Principal in Duval County. She is certified in Exceptional Education, Information Studies and Library Science, Educational Leadership, and School Principalship.
“It is such an honor and privilege to join the Wards Creek family,” said Edie Jarrell. “I am so delighted to serve as the principal of this outstanding school. I look forward to getting to know the students and their families as well as the faculty, staff, and community members. Together, we will continue to provide an excellent educational experience for the children of the Wards Creek community.”
The 2011-2012 Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year have been selected from each of the district’s 34 schools.
These nominees represent the very best among St. Johns County School District teachers. Their colleagues have selected them for this prestigious honor, and they will advance to compete for the countywide title.
Nominations for the 2011-2012 Rookie Teacher of the Year have been submitted by 33 of the district’s schools. Eligible teachers must have taught less than three years.
This is the fifth year that the Rookie Teacher of the Year competition has been held. These nominees represent the top of their profession among new teachers, and they will go on to compete for the countywide title.
The Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year will be honored at the monthly School Board meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 6 p.m. The overall winner will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Celebration on Thursday, February 9 at the Renaissance Resort at the World Golf Village.
The awards banquet is sponsored by the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) to recognize excellence in the teaching profession.
Below are the lists of nominees. For additional information contact Donna Lueders at the St. Johns County Education Foundation, (904) 547-7120.
High School grades released today show that the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) continues to be a leader in performance and FCAT scores. The state released high school grades today based on 2010-11 FCAT scores, as well as graduation rate, participation and performance in accelerated programs, and college readiness skills.
Out of the district’s seven high schools, two received an “A,” Nease and Ponte Vedra High Schools. Four received a grade of “B,” Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez and St. Augustine High Schools and St. Johns Technical High School received an “M.”
“I want to congratulate all of our students for their efforts and determination,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “I am very proud of all of our high schools for their outstanding results. When we look at our success it always comes down to the hard work of our students, quality teachers, and dedicated parents and support staff. We are also fortunate to have outstanding leadership through our principals that maintain high expectations for all students.”
“I remain exceptionally proud of staff and students at Bartram Trail, Creekside, Pedro Menendez and St. Augustine High Schools,” he added. “All of them earned enough points to receive an “A”, but automatic triggers placed in sub populations of students caused these four schools to receive a “B” grade.”
St. Johns Technical High School received an “M” which signifies maintaining standards. St. Johns Technical High School is designated as an alternative school which observes a different rating system than traditional high schools. Improvement in reading and math gains for the 2010-11 school year were attributed to this grade.