St. Johns County School District Encourages Early Kindergarten & New Student Registration

The St. Johns County School District is encouraging parents to register kindergarten students and new students to the county and/or the public school system before school begins on August 22.

Elementary and middle schools are currently operating out of their area high school but can be contacted at their regular phone number. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Schools will return to their campuses on Monday, August 1.

Teacher Merit Pay Fails in NYC Before Florida Schools Start Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local education advocates are calling on Governor Rick Scott to look to New York City after their teacher merit pay program was abandoned Monday.

"I applaud New York for doing what's fiscally responsible and realizing that political ideology shouldn't set the tone for what we put into practice," said Colleen Wood, Save Duval Schools Executive Director.

The program in New York City rewarded the entire school based on performance.

Here in Florida individual teachers would be rewarded.

Wood has rallied against teacher merit pay since it was first introduced in Florida, and she thinks the state should follow in New York's footsteps.

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back-to-School Sales Show Up Extra Early at Some Retailers

Back to school already?

Some anxious retailers are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra early. With good reason: Last year consumers spent more than $55 billion on back-to-school shopping, the National Retail Federation says. Many retailers are still nervous about consumer spending in a topsy-turvy economy.

That's one reason why Toys R Us' "Pack to School" sale on backpacks and lunchboxes started as early as July 1 in some parts of the country.


Runners Band Together to Save Cross Country

Runners Band Together to Save Cross Country

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- On Saturday morning, Bartram Trail High School hosted a special 5K race that brought runners together from all over the state.

Proceeds from the Save Cross Country 5K were donated to a fund that will benefit the sport of cross country in Duval County high schools.  Cross country is one of seven sports that might be eliminated next school year because of budget cuts.  The only way to save cross country, lacrosse, golf, tennis, wrestling, slow pitch softball, and J.V. soccer is to have enough money raised from donations from the private sector.

2011 Creekside High School graduate Jimmy Clark and 2011 Mandarin High School graduate Eduardo Garcia were co-winners of Saturday's race.  They both finished at the same time (17:26).

Clark was the 2010 Class 3A state champ in cross country and Garcia finished third in the 2010 Class 4A meet.  Both runners will compete at the University of Florida beginning in the fall.

Education Foundation Seeks Mentors for Take Stock in Children Program

The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) is currently seeking volunteers to become mentors to students in middle and high school as part of the Take Stock in Children (TSIC) Program. Mentors meet with students in order to help them acquire skills to transition into college and a future career.

St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

Hydro Aluminum and the National Safety Commission were recognized as the 2010-2011 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year at the 24th Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) held last Thursday in Tampa. The event was hosted by the Florida Department of Education in partnership with the Florida Education Foundation and highlighted contributions of the honorees selected from each school district.

Ponte Vedra High School Climbs Higher in FHSAA All Sports Rankings

In Floyd E Lay, Sunshine Cup rankings, released by the FHSAA last week, Ponte Vedra High School has finished the 2010-11 school year as the 7th ranked, overall, athletic program in Class 4A.  The Sunshine Cup standings are calculated by accumulating points for post season play in all sports, while points are deducted for unsportsmanlike activity.