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More Florida Public School Students Succeeding in Advanced Placement Program

The 7th Annual AP® Report to the Nation, released today by the College Board, reports that 22.3 percent of Florida’s public high school class of 2010 completed high school having succeeded on Advanced Placement Program® (AP) Exams — up from 13.5 percent in 2001, and exceeding the national average of 16.9 percent. Additionally, more Florida students from the class of 2010 (33,712) scored 3 or higher on an AP Exam — the score typically needed to qualify for advanced placement in colleges and universities — than even participated in AP nearly a decade ago (24,536).

Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

Literacy Week Volunteers Encouraged to Become Mentors

To continue the momentum of last week’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!, volunteers throughout the Sunshine State are encouraged to expand their commitment to service by becoming a mentor.  Statistics show that students are far less likely to skip school, have behavioral problems or begin using illegal drugs or alcohol when a mentor is active in their lives.

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Clink, clank, clunk!  That’s the sound more than 300,000 students throughout North Florida will soon hear as they pour their pocket change into collection jars to support Olive Garden’s 17th-annual Pasta for Pennies program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) School & Youth campaign.  Last year, Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies collected $6.1 million nationally, bringing the total amount donated since the program’s inception to more than $53 million.

St. Johns County Education Foundation Receives Grant for AT&T “STEM at Work” Project

St. Johns County Education Foundation Receives Grant for AT&T “STEM at Work” Project

Forty four students at Sebastian Middle School will benefit from an AT&T “STEM” at Work grant through the St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF). AT&T Florida recently provided funds to challenge Florida’s district-wide local education foundations to create work-related experiences throughout the state.  The project’s aim is to provide students and teachers hands-on experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom that are directly linked to their coursework in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM). Problem-solving, real-world application of STEM education concepts and critical thinking skills will all be key elements. To date, 31 projects have been funded—benefitting 2,477 students and 88 teachers around the state.

VPK Registration This Saturday at St. Johns & Putnam Area Malls

Registration kicks off this Saturday  for parents who want to register their four-year-old for the 2011-2012 Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program in Putnam & St. Johns Counties.

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park congratulates Ms. Kylie Rodgers from Liberty Pines Academy for her outstanding entry into the 3rd Annual Edu-Gator Contest! The prize, a young American Alligator, will be awarded to Kylie’s classroom on Wednesday, January 26th at 11:30 a.m. Katie Girvin, Curator of Education at the Alligator Farm, will make the presentation.

Kylie won the alligator for her classroom in an county-wide contest in which each fourth grade student was asked to submit an individual project answering the question “Why are American Alligators important?”  Kylie created a short film and submitted it to the contest, where it was named first-place winner. Kylie and the rest of Ms. Southworth’s fourth grade class at Liberty Pines Academy will enjoy the American alligator, an unusual class pet, for the remainder of the school year. 

St. Johns County Education Foundation Announces Newest Tutoring Program Coordinator

St. Johns County Education Foundation Announces Newest Tutoring Program Coordinator

This past December, the St. Johns County Education Foundation welcomed Brandee Anderson as the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Program Coordinator. The SES is a tutoring program that provides free tutoring in reading and math to struggling students in the county.