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Principal’s Notes Dear Yellow Jacket Families, As principal of St. Augustine High School, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great school year! We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected, and a part of our St. Augustine family. Additionally, we strive to challenge each student to grow in his or her academic abilities and to be DeArmas Graham college and career ready by the end of four years. At St. Augustine High School, we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. Our teachers utilize research-based best practices and analyze data to determine current skill levels and to set goals for growth and improvement. We believe that all students should graduate from high school prepared for the demands of postsecondary education, meaningful careers and effective citizenship. At St. Augustine High School we are: Committed to Excellence! Although St. Augustine High School has clearly been identified as an outstanding school in Florida, our true success comes through our dedication to important details, such as relationship building, communication, and our school’s core values of, Academic Excellence, Respect for Human Differences, Cooperative and Caring Relationships, and Commitment to Community. These principles represent the non-negotiable belief system which serves as the bedrock of our school community. I hope that you will join me in honoring and emphasizing these high ideals at all times. The 2017-2018 Yellow Jacket Students will receive an orientation letter in July. This letter will indicate the dates and times for orientation. Freshman Orientation will be held on Monday, August 7th from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This is a Pep Rally style event, in which all students will work with an upperclassman Link Crew leader. The Link Crew leader will help acclimate freshmen to our school culture, conduct tours, assist with textbook pick up, and locker assignment. More information will be sent home to freshman families in July. . In addition, our New Jacket student/parent night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:00 P.M. in the auditorium. The first day of class for the 2017-2018 school year is Thursday, August 10th. ...continued on next page

Mission Statement

The St. Johns County School District will inspire in all students good character and a passion for lifelong learning, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.

9 Volume 2

Issue 3 JULY 2017

St. Augustine High School Principal:

DeArmas Graham

Assistant Principals:

Travis Brown Jill Lee George Mastoridis

Executive Secretary: Stefanie McMaugh Athletic Director:

Jeff Holland

Career Specialist:

Katie Maltby Amy Arnow Alberto Crespo Wanda Ray

Deans: Registrar:

Earl Brown

Guidance Counselors: Melody Cashwell......................... A-G Kristine Novelly............................H-O Marjorie Bennett...........................P-Z Dena Bechtle............................. AICE For the Parents, Staff, Students & Community of St. Augustine High School

‘THE BUZZ’ July 2017 Published Five Times Per Year Saint Johns County School District 40 Orange Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 Issue # 3


Principal’s Notes ...continued from front page

I am proud to announce that our very own Quinterrance Cooper has accepted the position of Boys Head Basketball Coach. Coach Cooper has a long-standing record of success as a Yellow Jacket dating back to his days as a student where he led the Yellow Jacket Football Team to a State Championship in 2005 and exceled as a defensive specialist on the basketball court. Coach Cooper currently teaches Physical Education and has served as an assistant coach for football, basketball and track and field. Coach Cooper believes in “making the person first, the student second and the athlete third.” We are confident that his passion and leadership will serve him well as he continues the tradition of excellence that embodies Yellow Jacket Athletics. The summer suggested reading list is available on our website. Read, Read, Read… On behalf of the entire school community, I am delighted to welcome you to an exciting new year at St. Augustine High School. I look forward to meeting our new parents and seeing our returning parents. Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer! GO JACKETS! BEE Great!!! Dr. DeArmas Graham

FCTC First Coast Technical College can help you get started with a “Career in a Year”. If you are looking at the option of Dual Enrollment while you are in High School your first step would be to speak to your high school Guidance Counsellor. Did you know that we assist our graduating students find a job in their field when they complete their program? We can help you find employment once you have completed one of our high demand career and technical programs.

Visit First Coast Technical College at and see what we can do for you and your future!

Summer Reading Summer reading assignments are posted on the school website. Be sure to check it out and return to school prepared!

Bee Prepared!

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3 Athletics Summer Camps and workouts are underway. Contact Athletic Director, Jeff Holland at jeff.holland@ or go to the Athletics page on the SAHS website for more details!

Save the Date for 2017 SA/KHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony All-star former Yellow Jackets will be inducted into the SA/KHS Hall of Fame this fall. Tickets will soon be available at mysahs. com for the dinner event, set for Thursday, Oct. 26 during homecoming week. Look for more announcements to follow, including the newest Hall of Fame members’ names, and plan now to reserve your spot.

Algebra Camp June 28-July 18

Algebra EOC Exam July 19 7 20

Algebra Test Prep, Breakfast, Lunch and Transportation

Contact Assistant Principal Travis Brown at travis.brown@stjohns.k12.flus or 904-547-8513

Parents as Partners Would you like to receive a newsletter from SJCSD ESE Services? Follow this link: academicservices/ese.

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by readers of the Record 8 times!

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4 Keep Up with SA/KHS Alumni Association

PTO News Did you know that St Augustine High school now has its very own PTO! We are small bunch of parents who want to continue to make St. Augustine High School THE HIGH SCHOOL! We are working on some events to hold at the school over the up and coming school year and we need parents to come and be a part of this awesome NEW organization. We will be organizing fund raisers and are working with the current Booster clubs to see what we can do to help Teachers and students! If you would like more information please contact us at thehivepto@

“Like” the SA/KHS Alumni Association Facebook page at, and visit the website at to get the latest news. At, be sure to sign up for the email list to keep up with the latest news from the alumni association for THE high school.

You can also find us on : Twitter @theHivePTO Instagram @thehivePTO And on our very own WEBSITE!

824.9402 • A few spots are left!

Advertise in The Buzz! This is a wonderful way for your company to get community recognition and exposure, and at the same time help support your local schools!

We need you!

Jill Lee • St. Augustine High School

5 Alumni News Alumni Association Awards 2017 Scholarship Winners

A future nurse, a financial analyst and a nutritionist or physical therapist were recently announced as winners of scholarships from the St. Augustine/Ketterlinus High School (SA/KHS) Alumni Association. The recipients were revealed during the recent Class of ’17 senior awards night ceremony. Anna Faith Crum won the Terrell G. Davis Scholarship and she will major in nutrition and health sciences at the University of North Florida. At SAHS, she stayed on the honor roll and in the AICE program all fours years, while being active in volleyball and softball. She was also senior class treasurer, a member of Mu Alpha Theta, and with Anastasia Baptist Church, completed a mission trip to France. She was recently given the citizenship award from the St. Augustine City Commission. Dea’Jah Shantasi’a Jones won the Carol A. Melton Scholarship and plans to pursue a career as a financial analyst after she attends Florida A&M University. Dea’Jah was in the AVID and AICE programs, a member of National Honor Society, and on the cheerleading squad since 9th grade, serving as captain her senior year. She was also class president from 9th through 11th grades, a member of the track team, and a winner of the St. Johns County Schools’ Student of the Month and the Beaver Toyota Character Counts awards. Berkeley Tina Peterson won the Dr. Ione L. Perry Scholarship and plans to attend Southeastern University in Lakeland to become a nurse. Berkeley won the International French Exam Award two years, and was dual-enrolled at St. Johns River State College. She was on the soccer, cross-country, and track and field teams, as well as serving as football manager and volunteering with the St. Johns County Police Athletic League, the Crescent Beach Baptist Church, and for Sea Missions, where she helped repair buildings in the Bahamas. If you want to help provide scholarships for future students like Anna, Dea’Jah and Berkeley, contact Doug Wiles, president of the SA/KHS Alumni Association, at or 904-209-3805.



For more than 50 years, students who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings have voyaged ahead in pursuit of a diverse range of local, national and international careers - from doctors and judges, to editors and artists. No dream is too big for SJR State.


6 Orientation Week Orientation Schedule

Monday, July 31st 9 – 10:15 AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cafeteria) 10:15-11:30 AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cafeteria) 1-2:15 PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cafeteria) 2:15-3:30PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cafeteria)

Seniors, Last Names A-M (SAHS Seniors, Last Names N-Z (SAHS Juniors, Last Names A-M (SAHS Juniors, Last Names N-Z (SAHS

Tuesday, August 1st 9 – 10:15 AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sophomores, Last Names A-M (SAHS Cafeteria) 10:15-11:30AM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sophomores, Last Names N-Z (SAHS Cafeteria) Monday, August 7th 9AM – 12PM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All Freshmen-Link Crew Orientation Parking Passes: Contact Earl Brown, Registrar @ 904 547 8531

7 Chorus Chorus Celebration

Congratulations to the SJCCA Chamber Mixed Chorus and Chamber Women’s Chorus for receiving straight superior ratings at the Florida Vocal Association’s State Festival! This is the highest rating possible and we are very proud of our SJCCA chorus students for their world class achievements.

Chorus Officers Selected • •

Congratulations to the chorus officers selected to serve as leaders for the 2017 – 2018 school year. Presidents: Chad Boyd and Tony Freveletti; Vice-Presidents: Roxane Van Horn and Tyler Wankowski

Chorus Summer Rehearsal

“Christmas in July” is a rehearsal for all members of the 2017-2018 SJCCA Chamber Women’s Chorus (5th period) and Chamber Mixed Chorus (6th period).

Day: Thursday Date: July 20, 2017 Location: SAHS Chorus Room Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm Lunch will be provided

During this rehearsal we will sing through multiple songs to prepare for the programming of the winter performance season. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your best voices! Email Mr. Dodd if you are unable to attend this rehearsal at

Chorus Formal Uniform Fitting

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the parent volunteers will be in the SAHS chorus room starting at 2:00pm to fit the Chamber Women and Chamber Mixed members for their formal uniform for the coming school year. Please plan to stay after the “Christmas in July” rehearsal to get fitted for your formal uniform.

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Inside This Issue Summer Camp PTO News Alumi News Orientation Week Chorus

St. Johns County School District prohibits discrimination against students, employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability and political beliefs. The St.Johns County School District Board Policy 2.16 contains the grievance procedure related to harassment and discrimination for employees, students and applicants. If you believe you have been harassed or discriminated against, contact the School Administration or a member of the Equity Committee: Rhoda Ferrell – Coordinator/ Chairperson(547-7602), Scott Sherman (547-7684), Lisa Bell (547-7537), Joann Johnson (547-7682), George Leidigh (547-3869).

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2017 SA/KHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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