Early kindergarten registrations have resulted in more than 1,000 registrations for the 2018-2019 school year. Please visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/student/enrollment/ for kindergarten enrollment requirements or contact your zoned school.
April was proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month by the City of St. Augustine, St. Johns County, and the St. Johns County School Board. By working together as a nurturing community, we all can play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promote child and family well-being.
The SJCSB will also be recognizing May 10 as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, raising awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. This year’s national observance focuses on the importance of an integrated health approach to supporting children, youth, and young adults with serious emotional disturbance who have experienced trauma.
The St. Johns County School Board proclaimed February 5-9 as Student Services Week during their February School Meeting. Student Services Week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the services provided by school counselors, nurses, psychologists, and social workers whose work at schools supports the social, emotional, behavioral, mental, physical health, and safety of all students.
While many of these efforts are often not at the forefront when thinking of education, they are integral to student success both in and out of the classroom. Student Services professionals work directly and indirectly with students, parents, teachers, school and district administrators, and community stakeholders. Some examples of their work include increasing student attendance, providing mental health support and health education, developing and implementing positive behavior supports, promoting problem-solving, connecting community resources, addressing graduation and dropout rates, suicide prevention, crisis response and college and career planning.
The annual Uplift with A.S.S.I.S.T. Dinner and Silent Auction was held on October 19 in the First Coast Technical Center’s Character Counts Conference Center. The master of ceremonies was Michael Israel, St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Homeless Liaison, and the keynote speaker was Richard Hardy of The Hardy Group. More than $7,000 was raised which will benefit SJCSD homeless students and unaccompanied youth. Funds will be used to assist with school supplies, field trips, school, athletic and club fees, senior/graduation fees, transportation and more.
Holiday food baskets and gifts will soon be distributed to SJCSD families in need. Please contact Jan Caban, Family Services Facilitator, or Mitch Moody, Family Advocate, to donate or request services at (904) 547-7598 or visit http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/homeless/donate/