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South County Sentinel SPRING 2021


St. Johns County School District

St. Johns County School District Accountability & Intervention Services Sebastian Administrative Annex 3015 Lewis Speedway, Unit #3 St. Augustine, FL 32084 (904) 547-8922

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

Vision All students will choose a learning path that leads to a well-rounded graduate who demonstrates good character and leadership.

South County Geo-Zone Schools W.D. Hartley Elementary School Paul Goricki, Principal Otis A. Mason Elementary School Monique Keaton, Principal South Woods Elementary School Angela Rodgers, Principal Gamble Rogers Middle School Greg Bergamasco, Principal Pedro Menendez High School Clay Carmichael, Principal

A Message from Mr. King

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As we begin our final quarter of this unusual school year, I want to thank the teachers, administrators and support staff in each of your schools for the unwavering dedication they have shown in persevering to educate our children this year. Juggling distance learning with teaching inside the classroom amidst rolling quarantines of students and staff has been challenging to say the least. Recognizing our Teachers of the Year, Rookie Teachers of the Year, and Support Staff of the Year has never been more important, so we are including those recognitions here in this newsletter to give them the kudos they deserve. I encourage you as parents and guardians to celebrate Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week at your schools this year during May 3-7, 2021. Letters and emails of thanks from students and their parents are often the best and most memorable gifts that we as teachers ever receive. I want to extend a special congratulations to Tina Waldrop, Principal of Osceola Elementary School (OES), for receiving the 2020-2021 SJCSD Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership. As principal at OES since 2012, Ms. Waldop serves over 780 students with a school population comprised of 85% low socioeconomic students and 26% Exceptional Student Education students. Under her leadership, OES has become a shining star in academic achievement as an “A” school, and students, faculty and staff members feel at home in the positive climate and culture that Ms. Waldrop has fostered on campus. After a 35-year career in the St. Johns County School District, Ms. Waldrop will retire at the end of this school year. The end of each school year brings with it statewide testing to assess our students’ individual and collective performance on a wide variety of benchmarks in ELA, math, science and civics. With the absence of such data from last year, we know that it is vitally important to assess our students to ensure that they are not falling behind and are receiving the instruction and any accompanying remediation they need to master specific subject areas. I encourage parents to mark the testing dates on your family calendar. Please remind your students that assessments are an opportunity to “show what they know” and to identify any areas of weakness where they may need additional help. Finally, I want to thank All American Air and Smiles by Glenos & Hadgis for their continued generosity in sponsoring this newsletter. The strong support of local businesses like these makes a remarkable positive difference, particularly for our Title I schools. Sincerely, Wayne King, Associate Superintendent Accountability & Intervention Services


W.D. Hartley Elementary School

Drum Roll Please! The Winners Are… Teacher of the Year - Renee Deyo, 3rd Grade Rookie Teacher of the Year - Kelsey O’Hara, 2nd Grade Nominated by their colleagues for a superior ability to foster excellence in education and contribute to student learning and the school environment, Hartley teachers commended Mrs. Deyo for “always helping her colleagues with a smile,” “embracing new technology as a distance teacher during the pandemic,” “being patient and kind,” and “serving as grade-level chair, HAC liaison and attending every PTO event.” Mrs. O’Hara’s peers nominated her for being “a dedicated, effective teacher who is thriving in her role as a distance teacher” and “working hard to lead her students to their full potential.” Employee of the Year - Jacey Gwaltney, Extended Day Coordinator In nominating Mrs. Gwaltney for this honor, faculty and staff members wrote the following: “Jacey is always willing to help! She always has a positive attitude.” “Jacey goes well beyond her required roles: coordinating the school newsletter, updating the school website, and helping with students in crisis. She has great relationships with children, parents and staff.” “She goes above and beyond to help others and she makes all of our jobs easier.” “Jacey is amazing and always goes above and beyond, and with a smile!”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Poster and Essay Contest Winners Congratulations to Josiah Smith from Ms. Wall’s fifth grade class, for placing second in the districtwide annual MLK Celebration essay competition, elementary school level. Kudos also go to Clementine Groleau from Mrs. Deyo’s class who tied for third place winner, elementary school level in the district-wide MLK Celebration poster competition. We are very proud of Clementine and Josiah!

Spring Testing Calendar

School Volunteers of the Year Hartley’s volunteers play an important role in the life of our school. This year we are honoring three individuals who contributed many service hours to teachers and students: Youth Volunteer of the Year Samantha McKenny 199 hours Adult Volunteer of the Year Ronetta Register 244 hours Senior Volunteer of the Year Terry Olsen 243 hours

Date(s) Grade Level(s) Test April 12-13 3 FSA Reading April 15-16 3 Distance Learners FSA Reading May 3-4 4, 5 FSA Reading May 6-7 3 FSA Math May 10-11 4, 5 FSA Math May 13-14 5 Science

Otis A. Mason Elementary School Mr. Mason LEADs by Example!

On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Otis A. Mason Elementary School had a very special visitor…Mr. Otis A. Mason himself! What an exciting day for everyone in our school. Mr. Mason is known for his leadership and service to the community, values which we impress upon our students at Otis Mason. Students are encouraged to demonstrate “LEAD” behaviors: Live Safely, Exhibit Kindness, Act Responsibly, and Demonstrate Respect. We are seeing a transformation within our students to become leaders, which aligns directly with our “Mason Way” school vision—to nurture a passion in every child for personal success, good character, and a desire to learn, explore, and better themselves as they grow to be responsible members of our community.

2020-21 Recognitions

It is always difficult to select the best of the best among our wonderful educators, but we were pleased to nominate Anne Marie Raynor as Mason’s Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Raynor was serving as Instructional Math Coach at the time of her nomination and has since been appointed as our Assistant Principal. She is a wealth of knowledge and a strong advocate for student success. Kindergarten Teacher Jennifer Morrison was selected as Mason’s Rookie Teacher of the Year. The energy and enthusiasm that Mrs. Morrison brings to her classroom is felt by her Kindergarten students every day. We are very proud of both Mrs. Raynor and Mrs. Morrison for their skillful leadership at Mason Elementary!

Spring Testing Calendar Date(s) Grade Level(s) Test April 8 5 FSA Writing April 12 4 FSA Writing April 19-20 3 FSA Reading May 3-4 4 FSA Reading May 11-12 5 FSA Reading May 17-18 3 FSA Math May 20-21 5 FSA Math May 24-25 4 FSA Math May 26-27 5 Science


South Woods Elementary School

Flagler Health+ Wellness Booth at SWE, A Community Partnership School

South Woods is excited to announce the new Wellness Booth in partnership with Flagler Health+ that offers on-demand doctor visits with short wait times at no cost to students or families through the on campus telehealth kiosk! Services Offered: • Convenient telehealth medical visits in school at no cost to students or families! • Insurance not required When: Mondays & Tuesdays, 8:00am – 4:00pm Where: South Woods Elementary, A Community Partnership School, 4750 FL-206, Elkton, FL 32033 Who: Open to all students 18 years old and younger Same Day Sick Appointments When a student goes to the school nurse’s office, if needed, the nurse can contact the parent and obtain consent for your child to visit the Flagler Health+ Wellness Booth. Your child will be escorted to the Flagler Health+ Wellness Booth where our Wellness Coordinator will assist in connecting the child to a board certified doctor or nurse practitioner. The Wellness Coordinator, child, parent and doctor will be able to communicate during the visit. If needed, electronic prescriptions can be sent to a preferred pharmacy. South Woods Elementary, A Community Partnership School is a partnership among Children’s Home Society of Florida, Flagler Health, St. Johns County School District and St.

Johns River State College. For more information, contact Christopher Stone, Community Partnership School Director at (904) 415-1803 or christopher. stone@chsfl.org.

Congratulations! • •

Teacher of the Year – Hannah Wickstrom, 2nd Grade Rookie Teacher of the Year – Madison Baggett, 2nd Grade

Spring Testing Calendar Date(s) Grade Level(s) Test April 12-13 3 FSA Reading May 17-18 4, 5 FSA Reading May 20-21 3, 4, 5 FSA Math May 24-25 5 Science

Gamble Rogers Middle School Stingray Standouts GRMS Students: Our students are doing more than learning academics; they help each other to achieve success and find happiness! Below are some of the ways our students help make every day a great day at GRMS. • Our Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) program recently worked with our 6th graders in PE using fun activities and peer mentoring to talk about communication and miscommunication, including the effects assumptions can have on other people. We are so thankful for our 8th grade student WEB leaders that positively impact our campus! • Our Media Center hosted Dr. Padma Venkatraman, author of The Bridge Home (SSYRA), a book about homeless children surviving in the streets of India. Via Skype, she spoke about the writing process and the multiple edits her book went through, sharing photos of many of the places in the book with over 100 students.  • GRMS Art in the Capital school winners:  Victoria Taylor, Liam Bohanan, and Ilayda Bekcan • The St. Augustine Art Association exhibit, Crazy Cuisines, recently featured the works “Unworldly” and “Still Life with Ramen” by GRMS student Ilayda Bekcan. • GRMS District Martin Luther King Jr. Poster Contest winners are AVID students Ella Manchester and Madi Mrozek, winning 1st and 2nd place respectively. GRMS Staff:  We would like to take a moment to thank all of our teachers for the extraordinary effort they have been making to help all students as they continue to overcome unique challenges this year. Below are our employees of the year: • Teacher of the Year:  Lou Greco, Media Specialist • Rookie Teacher of the Year:  Erin Dixon, 6th Grade Science • Support Staff of the Year:  Sonya Garner, Media Center Aide GRMS Community:  We would like to thank former GRMS math teacher Tonya Wells and Wells Farms of Hastings for donating over 100 pounds of seed potatoes to our agriscience program. We want to give a shout out to our Southeast SJCPLS youth services liaison Alex

Phillips for always keeping us up to date on our amazing community library offerings. And finally, thank you to our PTO and SAC for their continued strong support! Please scan this QR code to view more information about each of these stingray standouts within a Stingray Standouts PowerPoint on our GRMS Webpage.

Spring Testing Calendar April 15 April 16 May 10-11 May 12-13 May 17-18 May 19-20 May 21 May 26-27 June 1-2 June 3

Grade Level(s) 8 7 8 8 6 6 8 7 7, 8 8

June 3-4



Test FSA Writing FSA Writing FSA Reading FSA Math FSA Reading FSA Math FSA Science FSA Math Algebra/Geometry EOC Biology/Physical Science EOC Civics EOC


Pedro Menendez High School

Community Support Makes the Difference at PMHS!

Save the Dates!

Pedro Menendez High School is able to prevail academically as well as provide that “All American High School Experience” with the support of Investing in Kids (INK) along with our Athletic and IB Boosters. This past year, INK supported our at-risk students, especially those who struggled with school closures and quarantines, by providing funds for incentives in our Credit Recovery Lab. Additionally, our school district and school advisory council allocated funds to provide “Action Mentors”—tutors in our credit recovery lab coupled with lunch break tutors as well as tutors who can execute on the spot, shoulder-toshoulder in the classroom, remediation. All of us at PMHS are grateful for the strong support of our community!

Class of 2021 Graduation – June 2, 7:00pm, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL

Congratulations! Teacher of the Year – Kristina Boss, Science Department Chair Rookie Teacher of the Year – Kevin Fulford, Band Director & Chemistry Teacher Employee of the Year – Chad Herrin, Maintenance Department

District News & Events

Early Childhood Education and Services – Summer VPK Program Enrollment is Open!

Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2021 and who have not previously used their Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) certificate during the regular school year are invited to participate in a FREE Summer VPK Program! Dates: June 14 – August 5, 2021 (5 days/week) Times: 7:30am – 3:30pm Locations: Ocean Palms Elementary School, 355 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Durbin Creek Elementary School, 4100 Race Track Road, St. Johns The Webster School, 420 N. Orange Street, St. Augustine Note: Students may attend a VPK program at the school of their choice. Transportation to and from schools must be provided by parents or guardians. To enroll your child: 1. Call (904) 547-8965 to reserve your child’s spot 2. Complete the VPK application online at ecs4kids.org 3. Bring your Certificate of Eligibility (VPK voucher) and the following documents to the Early Childhood Services Department, 102 Martin Luther King Ave, or to your local school: • Florida Certificate of Immunization (DH Form 680) • Physical examination certificate signed by a licensed examiner Taught by certified teachers and featuring low student-toteacher ratios, the Summer VPK Program uses an engaging curriculum, including arts and crafts and water days, to get your child ready for kindergarten in the fall! Please call the Early Childhood Services Department at (904) 547-8965 with any questions. Apply today!

Program of Choice: St. Johns Technical High School

St. Johns Technical High School provides an alternative setting for grades 6-12 that specializes in matching individualized instruction with career opportunities. Students in grades 6-8 who have not been successful in traditional classrooms (having been retained for at least one year) may apply to be a part of the APEX program at SJTS. The goal of the APEX program is to provide students with educational, social, and career experiences that help them become valuable, self-supporting members of the community and the world. SJTS pursues this goal by offering a customized learning path with rigorous academic standards, while allowing for grade acceleration and providing a hands-on learning experience with exposure to workplace and career opportunities. For students in grades 9-12, SJTS offers three Career Academies: •

Academy of Coastal and Water Resources - Offering students the technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in water, natural resources and environmental science, Academy students receive industry relevant, hands-on training. From water quality testing, to working with our local water utilities, to building oyster reefs, the Academy students are exposed to all aspects of managing our most precious resource, water. Academy of Culinary Arts - Guided by real-world industry professionals to be career ready upon graduation, the program offers a sequence of courses designed to provide rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical skills needed for industry certification, further education and careers in the Culinary Arts. Hands-on laboratory activities such as safe food handling, tools and equipment skills, safety procedures, and many levels and types of food preparation are integral to the program. Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (IT) Manufacturing Internship Program – Providing an introduction to the various aspects of manufacturing technologies and hands-on, industry relevant experiences, students in this program also learn essential employability and life skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. SJTS students work one-on-one on the manufacturing floor with Carlisle mentors to become future employment prospects who are career ready upon graduation.

To learn more about St. Johns Technical High School, please visit https://www-sjths. stjohns.k12.fl.us/ or contact Principal Nigel Pillay at (904) 547-8495 or Nigel.Pillay@ stjohns.k12.fl.us.


District News & Events

SJCSD Master Calendar 2020-21

“Parents as Partners” Virtual Workshop Series Parents and guardians are invited to join us for these FREE virtual sessions, but attendance is limited, so RSVP today to guarantee your spot. Questions? Call Community Liaison Susan Connor at (904) 540-4001.

FSA Prep – Are You Smarter than Your 3rd/4th/5th Grader? With FSA testing cancelled last year due to Covid, we know some families may be feeling anxious about the upcoming state-wide assessments this spring. Join our Intervention Specialists in Reading, Math, Science and Behavior for an overview of the FSA content by subject area and sample questions that you can answer along with your students. Email Susan.Connor@stjohns.k12.fl.us for a link to watch the recorded session held on March 31, 2021.

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Social Media Awareness: It’s Friday Night, Do You Know Where Your Children Are (Online)?

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Middle School but Were Afraid to Ask!

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021 Time: 7:00-8:00pm RSVP: To Susan.Connor@stjohns.k12.fl.us by Monday, April 19

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Time: 7:00-7:45pm RSVP: To Susan.Connor@stjohns.k12.fl.us by Friday, May 21

Do you know what your children are doing online today? How well do you understand the ever-changing social media platforms that our children are using today – Snapchat, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr? What steps can you take to ensure your child is safe, personal material/content is kept private, and protective measures are established? For the answers, don’t miss this seminar presented by Susan Wind from Parents kNOwMORE! Providing research-based advice and resources, Susan will educate parents on the latest trends that adolescents are using to communicate electronically.

Graduating from elementary school and moving on to middle school can be more stressful for parents than for students! Join our panel of seasoned middle school parents for a casual conversation about how their families successfully made the transition from 5th to 6th grades, academically and socially. No question is off limits during this frank discussion!

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6 Partner Spotlight: The Players Championship Boys & Girls Club of St. Augustine With a mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens, the Boys & Girls Club has a long history in Northeast Florida, with the first chapter organization founded as the Boys Club of Jacksonville in 1962. Today, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida provide youth development and educational programming to more than 3,600 Club members in 1st – 12th grades after school each day in 38 locations throughout Duval, St. Johns and Alachua counties. Staff and volunteers provide after-school programming in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. Most importantly, students receive a healthy afterschool snack and assistance with homework/

academic tutoring at the Club each day. The Players Championship Club at 555 W. King Street in St. Augustine currently serves 85 students on a daily basis. Students at Murray Middle School, Sebastian Middle School, Osceola Elementary, The Webster School, and St. Augustine High School are provided with transportation by bus or van to our Club every day after school. Students from any school are welcome to join our club but must provide their own transportation. Under a state-funded 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, students who attend Osceola or Webster are invited to join the Club free of charge. Regular Club fees include a one-time fee of $25 per family, plus $20/month per student. However, scholarships and financial assistance is available to all families who qualify for support.

Fast Facts about Members of The Players Championship Club in St. Augustine: • 97% qualify for free or reduced lunch • 86% represent minority or ethnic races • 78% live in single-parent households • 13% are middle or high school students FREE Summer Program: Enrollment Now Open for June 14 – July 30! As part of the 21st Century Grant, the summer program is FREE to all elementary students who attend The Webster School and Osceola Elementary, and for this year only, the fee for all other students is being waived as well. Summer programs run from 9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Friday. To apply for our summer and/or after-school programs, please visit https://www.bgcnf. org/membershipapplication. Be sure to select “THE PLAYERS Championship BGC” in the “Club” field. To learn more about joining the Club as a student, adult volunteer or donor, please contact Unit Director Lendward Griffin at (904) 825-1975 or lendwardg@bgcnf.org. Great futures start here!

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South County Sentinel - Spring 2021  

St. Johns County School District - Accountability & Intervention Services Connecting students and families within the South County Geo-Zone.

South County Sentinel - Spring 2021  

St. Johns County School District - Accountability & Intervention Services Connecting students and families within the South County Geo-Zone.

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