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Principal’s Notes Yellow Jacket Family, we are off to a Great start of the 2017 year! I want to encourage our parents to enroll their students into the AVID program at SAHS. AVID is a college readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll and persist in four-year colleges and universities. Students will begin enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year and the AVID system has accelerated student learning, and acted as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.

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St. Augustine High School Principal:

DeArmas Graham

Assistant Principals:

Travis Brown Jill Lee George Mastoridis

Executive Secretary: Stefanie McMaugh

DeArmas Graham

At the secondary grade levels (grades 6-12), AVID is an approved elective course taken during the school day. Students are usually selected to enroll in an AVID class after an application process. For one class period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Students enrolled in AVID are typically required to enroll in at least one of their school’s most rigorous academic classes, such as Honors or Advanced Placement, AICE, in addition to the AVID Elective. As students’ progress in AVID, their self-images improve, and they become academically successful students, leaders, and role models for other students. AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum, but are falling short of reaching their potential. AVID places students into AP and Honors courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation. Parents, I would like to congratulate our 2016-2017 Rookie Teacher of the Year (Mrs. Lynn Tiner) and our 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year (Mrs. Nancy Snell)! We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to our students at SAHS. Attention Seniors!!! Senior dues are $25 and Grad Bash payments are due Jan. 9th – Feb. 10th.

Athletic Director:

Jeff Holland

Career Specialist:

Katie Maltby 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

GO JACKETS! BEE Great!!! Dr. DeArmas Graham

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.

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Guidance Department News

“BEE a part of our PTO”

School Counselor Contact Information and Appointments Yellow Jacket Families, The SAHS School Counselors work in conjunction with teachers, families, students, and other staff members to maximize student achievement. We serve all students regarding academic planning, personal/social challenges, and assist them in planning future education and career choices. Schedule an appointment with their counselor.  Parents, please contact Jackie Ard to schedule an appointment. We are here to assist students and families! Counselor Mrs. Melody Cashwell Mrs. Kristine Novelly Ms. Marjorie Bennett Mrs. Dena Bechtle Mrs. Jackie Ard Mr. Earl Brown Mrs. Karen Evans Mrs. Parker Raimann

Alpha A-G H-O P-Z AICE Guidance Secretary Registrar Computer Operator Testing Coordinator


Tis the Season, the Testing Season! Parents, please be aware of the following dates: • FSA Writing ..................................Feb 27-March 1st, March 7-9 • Algebra Retakes...........................April 3-4 • FSA Reading.................................April 17-21 • FSA EOC Math ............................April 24-28 (Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry) • US History & Biology EOC............May 1-5 • Senior Exams................................May 8-12 all district created exams will be computer based • Final Exams Underclassman........May 17-24 For more information contact: Testing Coordinator, Ms. Parker Raimann at 904 547 8835 or

Home Access Center

How to Order Transcripts

Home Access Center allows students to view grades, transcripts, submit course requests during registration, and monitor attendance. If you do not have your username and password, please contact one of the following: Karen Evans, Computer Operator, or Earl Brown, Registrar,

To order your transcripts, please go to SAHS Website and click on “order my transcript.” You need to set up an account to order transcripts.  Once you have an account, you are now able to begin ordering your transcripts for colleges or other organizations. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Karen Evans in the guidance department at 904-547-8517 or

New Superintendent

District News

St. Augustine High School welcomes our new Superintendent, Mr. Tim Forson. In addition to his many roles as teacher, assistant principal, principal and Associate Superintendent of Operations, Mr. Forson was a teacher and interim principal at SAHS. Once a Jacket, Always a Jacket! – Welcome Mr. Forson!

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February 2017 Dear Jacket Family, A group of adventurous SAHS parents have united together to create a brand new PTO. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our dynamic group of parents and share our mission and purpose. SAHS has not had a PTO for almost 10 years and it was brought to our attention it would benefit all of the school community if one could be established. Keeping that in mind, it is our intent to assist all of the interested parties. All sports and activities have specific groups or boosters of parents to assist them, but not all of the SAHS clientele/students are a part of the abovementioned groups. Therefore, we have created a PTO for all parties to communicate and enrich this wonderful institution and its staff and teachers. Our first Board was elected at our November meeting. • President: Kathy Hensel • Vice-President: Kathy Weed • Treasurer: Joan Long • Corresponding Secretary: Jen Seymour • Recording Secretary: Elizabeth Michaels • Booster Representative: Michelle Solana • Volunteer Coordinator: Amy Newman • Hospitality Chairs: Susan Connor and Heather Mowrey We are still in need of a Business Partner Chair. If you are interested, please let the Board know. Our mission statement is as follows: St. Augustine High School PTO: the Hive is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of students by fostering relationships among the school, families, teachers and our business partners. Our main focus is to provide a means of communication and to hold fundraisers to support the entire school community. Over 20 parents volunteered in November for the first ever “Coffee Cart”. Food and coffee was delivered throughout the hallways to all teachers and staff. It was a wonderful way to give thanks. If you would like to “Bee” a part of helping and supporting “the high school of St. Augustine”, please join us on the following dates: February 13th, March 6th, April 10th, and May 8th. All meetings start promptly at 6:00. For more information and events you can also join us on the following: • Facebook: SAHS PTO • Instagram/ Twitter/ Pinterest: TheHivePTO We hope these become a great way to stay in touch. We are looking forward to a great year! Sincerely, Kathy Hensel PTO President





We’re coming into the busiest time of the year for AICE students! There are many activities on the horizon.

AICE EXAMS – SPRING 2017! Students and teachers are gearing up for the “June 2017” AICE Exam Session. Our current SAHS students will be sitting for over 2,500 AICE/AP exams this spring!!! The PRELIMINARY AICE/AP Exam Schedule was emailed out at the beginning of November, it is available on the AICE Website (http://www-sahs.stjohns.k12. & on the AICE Edmodo page. In addition, teachers will have the Exam Schedule displayed in their rooms; it will be posted on the AICE Bulletin Board in “C” Hall, and in Guidance. Parents – please watch for an email soon with a link to the “Sign-Up Genius” for helping with AICE Exams. We’ll need LOTS of help this spring! Individual “Candidate Statements of Entry” and parent letters will be distributed by the end of January. This is the student’s personal exam schedule with the dates and times for each Cambridge exam they are taking. Students are responsible for knowing when and where they are scheduled to appear for each part of every exam on their schedule. Any parent who hasn’t seen the Statement of Entry or the letter – please ask your student about it. Letters need to be signed by a parent and returned to Ms. Bechtle BY FRIDAY, FEB. 3rd!!!!

AICE ACTIVITIES March will bring our Annual AICE Game Day to welcome the new members of the AICE Program – the Class of 2021! Watch for e-mails from Mrs. Bechtle for details on helping with this event and information about more upcoming events like fundraisers, senior luncheon, and much more. Anyone interested in helping with these events – or if you have ideas for something you’d like to suggest – please join us for the AICE Advisory Board meetings every Thursday morning at 8:20 in room C302. All AICE students and parents are welcome and encouraged to come!!

ST. AUGUSTINE HIGH SCHOOL CAMBRIDGE AICE BOOSTER CLUB The AICE Boosters are organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to support the education of students in the AICE program at SAHS by fostering relationships among the students, school, parents, and teachers. The objectives of the organization shall be: • To promote the welfare and education of students in AICE at SAHS. • To work with the administration, teachers and students to raise the standards of academic excellence and the quality of the educational environment for both the students and the teachers. • To provide avenues for communication between parents, teachers, students and the administration at SAHS • To provide resources for the purpose of educating potential AICE students and promote the further education of current AICE students. Be kept up-to-date! Join us on Facebook at sahsaiceboosterclub Join our email list by emailing or contact the AICE Booster Club President, Eileen Whittaker at Meetings are held monthly - Please join us!!

3 NEW WAYS TO SHOW YOUR PRIDE IN AICE! • Magnets and Clings - $10 each • Polo Shirts - $15 each

And lastly - Thank you to all of our great AICE parents for your amazing support! Make sure you sign up for text message alerts by texting @sahsaice to 81010 and you will receive text message announcements related to the AICE Program at SAHS. Also - if you are not receiving e-mails from Ms. Bechtle on a regular basis, please send your e-mail address to Dena.Bechtle@stjohns. so you can stay up to date.


4 ATTENTION SENIORS Jan. 24 Senior Spirit Night at Chipotle, 4-8. Help us raise money for a new sound system in the Gym! Jan. 25 Seniors 4 Seniors meeting in the Media Center 3:50. We are making bookmarks for Valentine’s Day for all the residents of the Pavilion @ Bayview and the Buckingham Smith Assisted Living Center. Feb. 1-3 Verify the spelling of your name for your diploma in the Cafeteria during all lunches. Feb. 10 Grad Bash forms and payments due to Ms. Raimann Feb. 17 Cap and Gown prices go up after 2/17. Order now @ Senior Graduation Dues $25.00 due before you buy a Grad Bash ticket or April 1st if not going to Grad Bash. Pay in the Media Center. “Once a Jacket Always a Jacket” lightweight hoodies are still available $25.00. See Mr. Ranick or one of your class officers to purchase one. Apr. 7 Grad Bash Apr. 21 Prom May 22 Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Luncheon May 23 Graduation @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre 7pm


The Arts at SAHS SJCCA Celebrations and Coming Events

DANCE Our SAHS Varsity Dance Team has attended two local competitions in 2017; The Sunshine Classic in Lakeland, FL and the Florida Regionals at ESPN in Orlando, FL. The team will be attending Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship in Orlando on Feb. 3-6. This is the first time a dance team from St. Augustine High School is attending this national competition. We will finally be getting our foot in the door to show teams from all across the country who we are and what we do in our wonderful little town and our school.

DRAMA Department The Drama Department is proud to present William Shakespeare’s 12th Night.  The romantic comedy is a great way to celebrate the Valentine’s Holiday and will feature members of the Drama Department and live musicians to help tell this timeless classic. Great fun for the whole family! The Drama Department is thrilled to be selected as a Mainstage Theatrical Production for 2017. Congrats to the cast and crew of The Normal Heart for being selected for this honor. We are doing a special encore performance on March 12th at 2 pm before we perform at the State Thespian Festival on March 17th. For more information contact: Mr. Mike Beaman at

Musical Theatre

SAHS Dance Team

Prom will be held on Friday, April 21st from 8-11 at The River House in St. Augustine. Tickets are $75 and will be available online starting March 1. Contact Ms. Hall dempsey.hall@stjohns.k12. OR Ms. Way for more information!

SAHS Dance Team

SJCCA will be producing 2 musical theatre productions this semester. The first is titled “Ordinary Days” and tells the story of four people struggling to connect. It’s made up of pieces that, like its characters, reveal themselves to be part of a much bigger story than we might have first imagined. “Ordinary Days” is being student directed by Anastasia Costas and will be performed in the Black Box Theatre February 23rd at 7pm, February 24th at 7pm and February 25th at 7pm. Tickets are $10.00 per person. This show contains adult themes and language and is not recommended for students under 13. The second musical will be “Legally Blonde” and will be performed on the main stage April 20th at 7pm, April 22nd at 7pm and April 23rd at 2pm. Ticket costs are $10.00 for students and $15.00 for adults. “Legally Blonde” follows Elle Woods and her entering law school to follow the guy of her dreams only to discover that he is not who she thought he was in the first place. This comedy does contain slight adult language but is appropriate for all ages.

Madrigal Dinner The SJCCA chorus and musical theatre departments will be putting on the annual Madrigal Dinner on Saturday, March 25th starting at 6pm at the St. Augustine Agricultural Center. This is an interactive / audience participation dinner theatre complete with Renaissance costumes and comedic show. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table (6 seats) contact Jeff Dodd at

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5 Band News


Ashley Booth had a wonderful performance with the All-State High School Honor Band at the FMEA convention on January 14th. The Jazz Band is scheduled to perform on February 9th at 1:50 PM at the District 21 Jazz MPA hosted at Creekside High School. Various students from the concert band and color guard programs will be participating in the District 21 Solo & Ensemble Festival hosted at Creekside High School on February 10th and 11th. The Concert Band will perform at the District 21 Concert Music Performance Assessment on March 8th at Flagler Palm Coast High School! For more information contact Director of Bands, Ms. Danielle Singer @ Danielle.Singer@

The St. Augustine High School JROTC Battalion marched in the Christmas Day Parade on December 3rd in downtown St. Augustine sounding off cadences led by 1st Sergeant Brown. The Battalion was led by cadets Harris and Vona with the banner, followed by the top 3 (BC Hull, XO Grant, and CSM Ranck), the Color Guard (Jackson, Corbin, Greene, and Luna), Staff (S-1 Farris, S-2 Dyess, S-3 Stegall, S-4 Sewell, S-5 Tesdorpf, and S-6 Thornton), followed by the rest of the Battalion. All 146 cadets proudly represented St. Augustine High School’s Army JROTC program. The SAHS JROTC Battalion also hosted the first annual Talent Show on Friday, December 16th. Thank you Mr. McCrary for hosting!

All State / FMEA St. Augustine High School had 9 chorus students who were selected to perform with the All State Chorus in Tampa in January. We are so proud of these students and what they accomplished to be a part of this prestigious musical ensemble. Chorus students were James Birkhimer, Chad Boyd, Mark Dougherty, Tony Freveletti, Brock Sullivan, Sydney Burge, Lydia Mayhood, Lexi Van Horn and Roxane Van Horn. In addition, Ashley Booth performed as part of the All State honor band being recommended by our band director Ms. Danielle Singer. SJCCA All State Chorus Students

SJCCA Auditions Auditions for all students currently in the 8th grade and planning to attend SAHS next school year for SJCCA should plan to attend the auditions on Friday, February 17th. See audition schedule below: St. Johns County Center for the Arts Audition Schedule for February 17, 2017 9:00am – 10:30am Visual Arts 1:30pm – 3:00pm Chorus 9:00am – 10:30am Dance 1:30pm – 3:00pm Guitar 10:30am – 12:00pm Drama 1:30pm – 3:00pm Piano 10:30am – 12:00pm Band 3:00pm – 4:00pm Musical Theatre

SAHS JROTC Cadets marching in the Christmas Parade



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Scholarships Offered for Class of ’17 Grads Several scholarships are available to deserving Class of ’17 graduates through the SA/KHS Alumni Association. Applications and instructions are on the alumni association’s website, Click on “Scholarships” to see both past recipients and available awards. Graduating SAHS seniors are encouraged to apply. A committee selects each class’s new recipients. Applications are due by April 1, so get started today!

It’s Not Too Late to Support the Athletic Complex Renaming Project People can still contribute to the effort under way to rename the SAHS athletics complex and honor more past coaching greats. New signage will be installed soon proclaiming the Joey Wiles — Walt Slater Field and H.L. “Foots” Brumley Stadium within the Wendell McCraw Athletic Complex. Donors at the $100 level will be recognized at and other venues. To help, go to and click, “Get Involved.” You can donate online or, if you prefer, via check. Checks should be made out, “SA/KHS Alumni Association” with “Athletic Complex” in the subject line. Checks can be mailed to Davis & Davis — Certified Public Accountants, P.A., c/o Trevor Davis, SA/KHS Alumni Association Treasurer, 17 Pacific St. Ste. A, St. Augustine FL 32084.

Join THE Alumni Association for THE High School If you haven’t signed up with the SA/KHS Alumni Association, you’re missing out on news about your school and classmates. Go to and click, “Get Involved” to sign up for newsletters and more. And be sure to “Like” us on Facebook at

Social Studies Textbook Adoption Update The St. Johns County School District will hold a parent review of the final social studies resource/ textbook selections currently up for adoption on Monday, January 30, 2017, in the auditorium of the Fullerwood Center (10 Hildreth Drive, St. Augustine, 32084) from 4-6 p.m. Student materials will be available for examination including access to computer hardware and software as required. Cards may be filled out with questions and feedback on the materials. St. Johns County School District staff will be available for support.

First Coast Technical College has over 19 programs that will help you get ready to start your Career in a Year. All of our programs are in high demand in the economy and have small hands-on class sizes…all to be prepared to start earning money a year after you graduate from High School! Priority Applications are available for fall enrollment! Completing and submitting your Priority Application will reserve a spot in your chosen program providing you complete the necessary steps required for each particular program. The deadline for the Priority Application is March 1st. Would you like to see what the excitement is all about? Email Jennifer Wills at jennifer. or call 904-5473354 to schedule a tour, request a Priority Application or if you have any questions.

Career Academy Updates Teaching Academy On January 20th-22nd, a group of our future teachers traveled to Orlando, FL, to attend and compete at the Florida Future Educators of America State Conference. We are excited to announce the following winners: • 3rd Place Essay – Sydney Davis • 2016-17 Outstanding Chapter Award! Ms. Kemp’s Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction students are excited to visit the classrooms at Osceola Elementary. Service-Learning is an integral part of our Academy’s curriculum, as well has getting students authentic learning experiences to explore this career field. These visits will take place during the month of February.

7 Aerospace Academy Congratulations to the nine Aerospace Academy seniors selected to participation in the 2017 High School Involvement Program through Northrop Grumman. This is a 15-week internship/job shadow designed to provide students with an in-depth look at various engineering careers in the aviation world. The selected students include: Haley Lowe, Philip Valvo Schnotalla, Daniel Peterson, Ryan Lange, Cameron Widmayer, Dylan Tagrin, Alexander Mueck, Samuel Owens, and Hunter Sanchez. The St. Johns County Aerospace Academy will host its annual Family Fun Day at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport on March 25, 2017. Aerospace Academy student members and family should mark their calendars for a day of fun! A morning visiting a static display and informational booths will be followed by a free bar-b-que lunch and Academy-based awards. RSVP flyers will be sent home with students in a few weeks. Wish our Technology Student Association and Astronaut Challenge students luck as they head off to state competition in February. In our next issue, we hope to post exciting results! Upcoming Field Studies: • NAS JAX (ERAU students) – January 26, 2017 • Valiant Air Command (10th Grade) – March 10, 2017

Academy of Law and Homeland Security The Academy of Law and Homeland Security is officially St. Johns County’s newest Career Academy. Welcome Mr. Herold Rutledge our instructor who comes to us with experience in both law enforcement and education.

Mental Health In December, the school counselors met with students in Coach Esguerra’s HOPE classes to discuss mental health. Mental health is a state of well-being that allows us to know our own potential. Mental health allows us to cope effectively with the normal stresses of life, to be productive, and to contribute to our community, family, school, friends and social groups. Mental illness a medical condition that interrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Mental illness often results in an inability to cope with the normal stresses of life. Mental illness can affect up to 1 in 5 adolescents. It is important to know that anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps us deal with a tense situation, study harder, or stay focused on an important task. Positive coping strategies can include: • Physical activity, exercising, running, weightlifting, dancing, etc. • Reading • Listening to music, playing an instrument, composing music • Journaling • Drawing • Deep breathing, meditation, yoga However, feeling extremely sad, anxious, angry, hopeless or worthless could be warning signs of a mental health problem. Here are some warning signs to look for: • Self-harm • Doing reckless things that could harm others or destroy property • Often feeling uncontrollable anger • Excessively using alcohol or drugs • Obsessively exercising, dieting and/or binge-eating • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live • Feeling overly anxious or agitated • Sleeping too little – or too much • Feeling isolated and withdrawn • Experiencing extreme mood swings Mental health issues can be managed, and we are here to help! Please reach out to the school counselors, teachers, deans, nurse, family, friends, health care providers, and spiritual leaders for support. If you need additional information and resources, please visit our website at


Athletics Upcoming Home Athletic Events January 23 Softball / Tennis begins 24 Wrestling v Ponte Vedra GBB v SJRAC 27 BB v Palatka 30 Baseball begins 31 BB v SJRAC February 2 Wrestling v Nease 3 BB v Menendez 7 BB Districts 9 Softball v Fletcher 10 B Lax v Bartram BB Districts 13 SB v Stanton 14 SB v Ridgeview 17 G Lax v Gainesville

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Jacket Fans, Since the last time we checked in a lot has transpired. Yellow Jacket Athletic teams have qualified for State competition in Cross Country and Swimming, won a district Volleyball Championship and Football was a District Champion/ Conference Champion/ Regional finalist. The fall sports season sure was full of excitement and the winter teams are looking to ride the momentum to continued success. Look for Yellow Jacket Soccer, Basketball, Weight Lifting, Cheerleading and Wrestling teams competing in the North Florida Area at many local venues. Will Jacket Soccer make it back to the state playoffs, Boys Basketball repeat as the District Champions, how many girl weight lifters and will the Competitive Cheerleading squad make it to the State meet and which wrestlers will “come out on top” as the winter sports season post season bids are awarded from the Florida High School Athletic Association. Along with these bids, spring sport athletes are gearing up for their run to the end of the school year. Track, Tennis, Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball and Boys Weight Lifting are all in the startup phase of their seasons. So if you are interested in participating first, you have to have a 2.0 GPA, secondly, a Physical and EL 3 paperwork on file with the Athletic Director, lastly, be a hard worker with a good attitude and we would love for you to come join the Yellow Jacket Athletic Department as we look to make history in the Spring of 2017. If you have any questions feel free to reach to me at Jeff Holland - SAHS Athletics

Cheerleading Congratulations to the SAHS Varsity Cheerleaders for placing 3rd in the FHSAA Competitive Cheer Regional Meet at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL on Friday, January 20th. The 3rd place finish advances the team to the state competition at the University of Florida on Saturday, January 28th. Great job, ladies! Good luck and GO JACKETS!

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