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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers,

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LIVING WELL Community Profile: Renaissance Jax ........................................................4 Mom’s Night Out Events............................................................................5

appy New Year! We hope the peace and joy of the holiday season is yours throughout

2018. There is so much family entertainment to look forward to this winter! Marvel Universe Live will be on stage at the Veterans Memorial Arena January 19th through the 21st. Turn to page 4 for details on how you can save $5 on tickets. In addition to Marvel Universe Live, Disney presents The Lion King will on stage at the Times-Union Center January 31st through February 11th (see page 10), the 32nd Annual Hoggetowne Medeival Faire at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, January 27 – 28 and February 2 – 4 (see page 4), NANO, the interactive new exhibit the engages families in nanoscale science, technology and engineering opens at MOSH on January 3. There’s a free Winter Carnival on January 13th at The Learning Experience on San Jose Blvd. (see page 31), Wizard of Oz at the Thrasher Horne Center March 10th (see page 31), and Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters playing now at the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater (page 30). You’ll find a complete and always updated list of events, places to go and things to do online at Jax4Kids. com including event pages just for Toddlers, Teens, those with Special Needs, Outdoor and Nature Events, Health Events and Mom’s Night Out events. Join us at the Duval County Public Choice Expo on January 20th from 11am – 3pm at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. The event showcases magnet programs, career academies, charter schools, high school acceleration programs and neighborhood schools for all grade levels. Teachers, principals and students from every school will be on hand to talk with parents and

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HEALTH & SAFETY New Year, Same Allergies, New Strategy!...................................................6

SPECIAL NEEDS

“Night to Shine” Prom Now in 500 Churches.............................................7 Things To Do: Special Needs....................................................................7

students about their academic offerings. Admission and parking are free. On pages 11 through 22 you will find the complete 2018 Parent Academy Spring course schedule. These excellent courses offered free of charge to students and parents and they are available to everyone in the community, not just to students and parents of Duval County. Topics include couponing basics, building and re-building your credit, goal-setting, wellness Rx, speaking with confidence, internet safety and security, Adobe Photoshop, anger management and conflict resolution, homework help and so much more! We hope you will take advantage of this tremendous community asset. We joyfully gave away thousands of dollars in prizes during our annual 30 Days of Thanks in November and 12 Days of Christmas in December. If you’re wondering what we have in store for you next, visit us Jax4Kids.com and like us on Facebook @Jax4Kids. Until next month, Alison Peters-Carlson Editor

Follow us... Alison Peters-Carlson Editor....................................... editor@jax4kids.com Linda Bigbee Graphic Designer......................................linda@jax4kids.com Tim Chavez Graphic Designer........................................... tim@jax4kids.com Judi Fields Circulation Manager........................................judi@jax4kids.com Beth Canonica Advertising Sales.................................... beth@jax4kids.com Scott Medlin Advertising Sales...................................... scott@jax4kids.com Donna Paunetto Advertising Sales.............................. donna@jax4kids.com Mary Gustafson Business Manager............................... mary@jax4kids.com Published by Child Enrichment, LLC, 12620-3 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246. Copyright 2018. Reproduction of any artwork or copy prepared by Jax4Kids.com To Go is strictly prohibited without written consent of the publisher. We will not be responsible for any errors and/or omissions. The Publisher’s liability for error will not exceed the cost of space occupied by the error. Articles for publication are welcome and may be sent to editor@jax4kids.com. For more information concerning advertising, call 904-710-2020 or e-mail advertise@jax4kids.com.

INFANT & TODDLER

Acetaminophen and Children: Why Dose Matters .....................................8 Things to Do: Infants and Toddlers............................................................8

TEENS

College Admissions More Art Than Science..............................................10 Things to Do: Teens................................................................................10

PARENT ACADEMY

2018 Spring Course Catalog ............................................................11-22

DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

College Ready? Earn your Associates Degree during High School!.........23 Early College Applications Due Friday, January 26, 2018........................23 Duval County Public Schools Spelling Bee .............................................23 One View Single Sign-On Portal.............................................................23 Career & Technical Education................................................................23 Duval County Public Choice Expo..........................................................23 Volunteer! Community Services Opportunities.......................................23

CLAY COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS

Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Golf “All-County Coaches Team” Named.........................................................24

ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL NEWS Run for the Pillars...................................................................................25 Parade Bound .......................................................................................25 ROWITA Scholarships Available...............................................................25 New Principals Named ...........................................................................25

EDUCATION

Parents Can Get Help Navigating You Tube Waters ..................................26 NANO: Opening January 3, 2018 at MOSH .............................................27 Jacksonville Science Festival Starting To Build Up STEAM ........................28 Use the Midyear Report Card to Your Child’s Advantage ...........................29

PETS

The Dog Aging Project ...........................................................................30

THINGS TO DO

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Renaissance Jax is a non-profit organization dedicated to invigorating technology culture by helping Jacksonville-area kids and teenagers explore their love for engineering and technology in a fun, educational environment that promotes academic and career achievement by organizing and sponsoring robotics competitions, an event where robots have to accomplish a task, usually by battling other robots in order to become the best one.

their lives.” Renaissance Jax states in its mission statement.

Renaissance Jax organizes the local tournament schedule as an official Lego League Affiliate Partner for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a national organization dedicated to this program. FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-forprofit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Dean Kamen, an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for science and technology has led the growth of FIRST to where it is now universally recognized as the leading, not-for-profit STEM engagement program for kids worldwide. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded This year, Renaissance Jax will support over 1,500 life capabilities including self-confidence, kids across 20 counties and 130 FIRST Lego communication, and leadership. League (FLL) teams in its quest to design, build, and program robots for competition. More than Teams can order their robot supplies from the 150 students and 38 new teams have already “FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) storefront.” See been introduced to the world of robotics through firstinspire.org for information. its summer camp programs. Its stated goal is to support 300 robotics teams in Jacksonville. For Renaissance Jax, “Judgement Day” is Friday, Jan. 12. It will be holding team Interviews, setting “America is in the midst of an unprecedented tech up the team pits and competition area. Saturday, drought. Our students are earning science and Jan. 13, is Matchplay Day for the championship. technology degrees at a much lower rate than Teams will finish judging and matches will begin. other industrialized countries, the manufacturing Its North Florida league will send at least 6 teams sector is in steady decline, and an increasing to the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championships, number of jobs are left open because we are not Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3 at the Prime Osborn producing enough qualified candidates to fill them. Convention Center in downtown Jacksonville. This By promoting science education in a fun, event will be the largest FTC state tournament in competitive environment, we’re helping to train the history of the organization in Florida. It is America’s next generation of scientists, engineers, coupled with the North Florida Regional FLL and skilled laborers. Students who participate in Championship as well as a large FLL Jr. Expo all Renaissance Jax programs are more likely to on the same day. In total, over 100 FIRST teams pursue degrees and careers in science and will participate. j technology than other students. Regardless of renaissancejax.org what they choose to do, though, the scientific literacy, intellectual curiosity, and practical skills they learn with us will help them for the rest of

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Mom’s Night Out Events Autobahn Ladies Night Out Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 6pm to 11pm Autobahn Indoor Speedway hosts Ladies Night Out, every Friday after 6pm. Ladies will receive $5 off single races. Not valid on holidays. Autobahn Indoor Speedway / 904-674-8551 / 6601 Executive Park Ct N, Jacksonville, FL 32216 / www.autobahnspeed.com Surviving Motherhood January 25, 7pm to 8:30pm Hear different perspectives on some of today’s hottest childrearing topics & trends with moderator Andrea Mail and guest parent panelists Erica Jolles, Theresa Levy, Colleen Rodriguez and Wendy Sapolsky. Enjoy a glass of wine while moms discuss, share and laugh about everything from diapers to diplomas. Advance registration by January 23 appreciated. Free for JCA members; $5 for non-members. Jewish Community Alliance / 904-730-2100 / 8505 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32217 / jcajax.org Girls’ Night Out: Jax January 25, 7pm to 8:30pm

Moms are invited for a Girls Night Out at Sippers Coffeehouse. Whether you’re a small business owner, an emerging entrepreneur, or just a woman looking to connect with others, all ladies are invited to attend. Your ticket includes a beverage of your choice (coffee, tea, or lemonade), a pastry and the opportunity to connect with other women. Cost is $12. Sippers Coffeehouse / 7643 Gate Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www.eventbrite.com Seasonal Winter Wine and Dine January 27, 6:30pm Publix Aprons Cooking School hosts a Seasonal Winter Wine and Dine. A night of flavors that come alive throughout the Autumn and Winter seasons. This adult only demonstration class will feature Seared Scallops with Pear and Bacon Vinaigrette; Pumpkin Bisque with Cilantro Crema; Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cabbage and Pan Gastrique; Pomegranate Mojito Sorbet with Lemon Pound Cake. $50 per seat. Publix Aprons Cooking School / 904-262-4187 / 10500 San Jose Blvd Ste 36, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / www.publix.com

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new year is upon us once again! If you are like me, you may be thinking what the year will bring for your family. For some of you, this may be the year that your child transitions from elementary school to middle school, or makes a transition from middle school to high school. For many, that transition is tough enough being introduced into a new school environment with new teachers, classmates and schedules. But for those kids with severe food allergies, the transition can be even scarier. Parents also make a transition from guiding their children through a more “protected” elementary school environment to gradually teaching their kids how to manage their allergies in a fasterpaced, changing, and unpredictable environment of middle or high school.

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will be responsible for cleaning the tables/ chairs before lunch? If your child will be eating in the cafeteria, what food allergy training does the kitchen staff receive? What foods are offered and where do they come from? Does the food vendor notify the cafeteria provider of ingredient changes? Are the substitute teachers trained about food allergies and emergency protocols? Is food ever eaten in the classroom? What field trips are planned during the year? If my child plays sports, where can he/she keep the epi-pen and who is responsible for administering it if needed?

MIDDLE SCHOOL Middle school introduces your child to a schedule which requires changing classes, different teachers, locker management and increased Once your child enters middle school, they will independence. However, these new freedoms most likely be changing classes, and sometimes may cause some anxiety when considering these classes may even be in different buildings. severe food allergies. One strategy that can be Your child will need to carry his/her epinephrine helpful is to come up with an agreed upon code pen with them during the day – a locker is not the or signal between the child and the teachers to place to store an epi-pen! By high school, this indicate that an issue appears to be arising that should be a well-developed habit for your child to requires their attention. An example might be a always have their pen with them. “thumbs down” or writing down the concern on a piece of paper and handing it to the teacher. There is something called the 504 Plan which is a contract between the school district and your HIGH SCHOOL family. This legally-binding written contract tells Increased independence managing his/her school employees how to keep your child safe in allergies needs continued family support at home the classroom and during school activities. and in school. Adolescents and young adults are Typically there is a 504 Plan meeting in the spring at the highest risk of fatal anaphylaxis; this age and under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, group may also participate in risk-taking food allergies are considered a disability that behaviors, such as alcohol and drugs. These requires accommodations. As a parent, you need situations require open conversations between to be present at these meetings to advocate for you and your child and it is very important that your child, and as your child gets older, he/she family support does not drop off during this time will need to become a self-advocate. of development. When discussing your child’s food allergies in a new school environment, there are some important questions that you will need answered.

Here are some websites for further information: foodallergy.org; foodallergyconsulting.com; and allergicliving.com.

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he Tim Tebow Foundation has announced it has reached 500 host churches for Night to Shine 2018, a growth of 1,150% since its inaugural year in 2015. Now entering its fourth year, the unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs will take place on Friday, Feb, 9, simultaneously through 500 churches, and counting, around the world.

as possible. This past year, Tebow visited host locations in 3 different states as well as a special international visit in Haiti for the official Night to Shine kick-off.

“This is so much more than a prom, it is a time to celebrate people, to celebrate life and to tell each King and Queen that they have great purpose and value. I am blown away by the magnitude of Night to Shine and the way that God has truly With exponential growth each year, Night to Shine blessed this worldwide movement,” said Tebow. 2018 is no exception. “We want Night to Shine in every town, in every church, in every state and As part of the Tim Tebow Foundation’s sponsorevery country… And we won’t stop until we get ship of this worldwide movement, the foundation there or until we hear God say otherwise,” shared provides each host church with the official Night Tim Tebow, Founder & Chairman of the Tim to Shine planning manual, an official Night to Tebow Foundation. Shine prom kit complete with gifts for the honored guests and branded decor, personalized The Night to Shine experience is truly a night to guidance and mentorship from a Tim Tebow remember. One of the 2017 honored guests from Foundation staff member throughout the planning Celebrate Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD process and more. Host churches can also apply stated, “This is just like a dream; I wish every day for financial grants from the Tim Tebow Foundacould be just like this day!” tion, and last year alone, the foundation contributed more than $3.5 million towards the As in the past, every guest of Night to Shine will worldwide movement of Night to Shine. In 2017, enter this complimentary VIP event on a red the Tim Tebow Foundation inked a deal with their carpet complete with a warm welcome from a first Global Partner of Night to Shine, American friendly crowd and paparazzi. Once inside, the Residential Services (ARS/Rescue Rooter) who is guests will receive the royal treatment including continuing their worldwide sponsorship of Night hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas, to Shine in 2018 and is proudly standing with TTF limousine rides, dinner, karaoke, prom favors for to impact thousands of lives. each guest, and, of course, a dance floor. Parents and caretakers of our honored guests have a The Tim Tebow Foundation launched Night to respite room available to them where they can Shine in 2014 with a simple vision…On one enjoy snacks and wait for that moment that no night, the Friday before Valentine’s Day 2015, one wants to miss... when each guest is crowned work with churches around the country to provide king or queen of the prom. an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs. This “It’s been amazing to see thousands of people past February, 375 churches representing 28 with special needs celebrated and valued in denominations and 150,000 volunteers, came communities around the world at Night to Shine,” together to host 75,000 honored guests in all 50 said Tim Tebow. “We have seen so many states, 11 countries, and 6 continents. Twentyincredible storylines over the past three years two groups of collaborating churches also came come from this worldwide movement,that together across denominational lines to help us honestly we never really never anticipated. One celebrate the kings and queens as one. narrative that has been driving this movement forward that is special to me and TTF is that To refer your church to host Night to Shine 2018 every life is of value and everyone deserves to be or find additional information on this worldwide celebrated and loved. We cannot wait to see what movement, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org. God continues to do with Night to Shine in 2018.” j To add to the excitement of the night, Tim Tebow makes surprise appearances at as many proms

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distractions will be reduced (arcade games will be off). Games & snacks provided for Sensory Friendly Participants. Access is for 2 hours of time on the trampolines and/or ninja course. One parent/caretaker/therapist is admitted for free with each sensory friendly participant. A parent/caretaker/therapist is permitted to assist child while on the jumper. Only one person is permitted to jump per square. Rebounderz Jump socks are required for anyone going out on the trampolines. Cost is $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Rebounderz / 904-300-0070 / 14985 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258 / www.rebounderz.com

Jumpstreet Special Needs Event January 6, 9am to 11am Jumpstreet hosts a special event for children with special needs and their siblings. The semi-private event will be held the first Saturday of the month. From 9am to 10am, the event is private; from 10am to 11am, the event is open to the public. Cost is $8 for children 4 and up; $4 for children 3 and under. Parents/guardians are free. Jumpstreet / 904-853-5721 / 1214 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 / www.gotjump.com

Autism Birthday Wish Club Party January 14, 9:30am to 11am The second Sunday of every month is the Autism Birthday WIsh Club Party for all kids celebrating their birthday in that month. Cost is $15 for ages 7 and up; $11 for ages 6 and under; $2/jumper for Velocity socks. One parent is free per child. Activities include one hour of jump time, 30 minutes of food/birthday cake, social skills for kids, parent connections and more. There will be five new vendors/service providers at every event. Waivers are required to participate, and can be downloaded in advance online. This private party is open to all families and friends of children of all ages with Autism. Come meet local providers and socialize with parents and children. Food and cake included. This event is hosted by Making Strides for Autism Inc. and Northeast Florida Advocates for Autism and Related Disabilities Inc. Velocity Air Sports / 904-551-4035 / 7022 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256 / www.velocityairsports.com

Things to Do Aspergers and the Arts Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 5pm to 7pm Social Thinking for Aspergers preteens 4th through 9th grade. Participants will work on drama, music and social communication. Dinner at 5pm followed by group drama and music from 6pm to 7pm. Contact MarilynBosworth@gmail for details, questions and reservations. St. John’s Cathedral / 256 E. Church Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Adaptive Play at TNT Gymnastics Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31, 9am to 10am Join TNT Gymnastics for an open play time that will allow your child to explore new surroundings, enjoy soft landings, and get those wiggles and giggles out. This play time is designed for children with sensory needs or on the autism spectrum. Parent/Guardian is required to assist child as needed throughout the facility. Held weekly on Wednesdays from 9am to 10am. Cost is $5 cash or $6 card. TNT Gymnastics / 904-998-8681 / 2683 St. Johns Bluff Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32246 / www.tntgymfit.com Sensory Friendly Night at Rebounderz January 22, 3pm to 5pm Rebounderz has partnered with Reaching Milestones to offer this special program on the first Monday of each month. During normal operating hours, the facility can be overwhelming for friends with special needs and sensory issues, so during this special time, the music will be turned off, and the

Buddy Breaks at Mandarin Presbyterian Church January 20, 1pm to 4pm This free respite program is designed to give caregivers of kids with special needs a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities. Each child and siblings are paired with an individual buddy friend for one-on-one attention as everyone has fun playing games, hearing and seeing great children’s stories, videos, music, and more, and the caregivers get a much needed break. To make a reservation, email buddybreak@ mandarinpres.com Mandarin Presbyterian Church / 904-680-9944 / 2401 Loretta Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32223 / www.nathanielshope.org Visit www.jax4kids.com for more Special Needs events.

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Acetaminophen and Children: Why Dose Matters

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n acetaminophen overdose is serious — and it can happen easier than you might think. Here’s how to protect your child. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) has long been a standard remedy for fever and pain in children. It’s effective and available without a prescription. But, in excess, it can be harmful. Here’s what you need to know about acetaminophen overdoses and children. What might cause an acetaminophen overdose? An acetaminophen overdose can happen in the blink of an eye. Consider these scenarios: •

You’re in a hurry. You might unknowingly give your child too much acetaminophen if you misread the instructions, don’t carefully measure the medication, give two doses too close together — or if you don’t realize that another caregiver has already given your child a dose. You combine medications. If your child has various cold symptoms, your instinct might be to combine acetaminophen with a cold remedy. This can be dangerous, however, because many cold medications already contain acetaminophen. Also, cough and cold medicines should be avoided in children younger than age 6 due to possibly serious side effects. You use the wrong formulation. You might cause an overdose if you give your child adult acetaminophen instead of a children’s formulation. You decide that more is better. If you’re not satisfied with the performance of the recommended dose of acetaminophen, you might increase the dose or its frequency and cause an accidental overdose. Your child mistakes the medication for candy or juice. Overdoses often occur when a child mistakes acetaminophen for something safe to eat or drink. This can happen when an adult leaves the bottle open or accessible after using medication.

What are the recommended acetaminophen doses? If you give your child acetaminophen, read the product label carefully to determine the correct dose based on your child’s weight. Generally, doses can be repeated every four hours, but shouldn’t be given more than five times in 24 hours.

What happens if the acetaminophen dose is too much? Too much acetaminophen overloads the liver’s ability to process the drug safely. An acetaminophen overdose can lead to life-threatening liver problems. If you’re concerned about a possible acetaminophen overdose or notice early signs or symptoms of an overdose — nausea, vomiting, lethargy and abdominal pain within 24 hours — call a poison control center at 800-222-1222 in the United States or seek emergency care. If possible, note the strength or concentration of acetaminophen in the product to help poison control or the emergency responders assess your child. If you seek medical help, take the medication bottle with you. In the hospital, a child with an acetaminophen overdose will have a blood test to determine if the concentration in his or her blood is toxic. If necessary, an antidote might be given to reverse the effects of the acetaminophen. How can an acetaminophen overdose be prevented? Before you give your child acetaminophen, consider whether he or she needs it. For example, the main goal of treating a child who has a fever is to improve his or her comfort — not to normalize his or her body temperature. In addition: • •

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Know your child’s weight. Follow the directions and weight-based dose recommendations printed on medication labels. Use the measuring device that comes with your child’s medication. Don’t use household teaspoons — which can vary in size — to measure liquid acetaminophen. Don’t give your child acetaminophen when he or she is taking other medications containing acetaminophen. Don’t give your child adult formulations of acetaminophen. Securely replace child-resistant caps after using medication and store all medication in its original container out of your child’s reach.

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Things to Do Infant & Toddler

Baby/Toddler Little Ones Classes Wednesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 10:15am to 10:40am Baby & Toddler Times are for children up to 18 months of age. There will be songs, stories, and more. St. Johns County Public Library System - Anastasia Island Branch / 904-209-3730 / 124 Seagrove Main Street, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / www.sjcpls.org Stories For Babies • Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:15am to 10:30am A short lap-sit program for children from birth to walking with an adult caregiver. The program includes rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and books to promote language development and positive interactions between parent and child. Attendance is limited. Jacksonville Public Library - West Regional Branch / 904-693-1448 / 1425 Chaffee Road S, Jacksonville, FL 32221 / jpl.coj.net Art Exploration • January 8, 10:45am to 11:15am This program is open to children from birth to 5 years of age with a parent or caregiver. Participants are introduced to art activities and techniques that promote cooperation and creative expression. Free. Jacksonville Public Library - Mandarin Branch / 904-262-5201 / 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 / jpl.coj.net Early Literacy for Happy Babies Class Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, 11:30am to 12noon Lapsit babies and their caregivers are invited to join library staff for stories, singing, and movement to help build early literacy skills and develop of love of reading. The 15-minute unstructured “Stay and Play” after the 15-minute class is an opportunity to make friends and music. This class is specifically designed as a lapsit program with one-on-one interaction between caregiver and infant. Please Note: For the safety of all babies attending, if you have active walkers or siblings on the move, please consider registering for the monthly “Yoga and Yarns for Preschoolers” Class (for ages 2 - 4) or enjoying the Children’s Department. St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / www.sjcpls.org Happiest Baby on the Block Class January 24, 6:30pm to 8pm Learn the five simple techniques, developed by the renowned pediatrician Harvey Karp, M.D. to promote the common reflex in your newborn baby. Taught by a certified Happiest Baby Instructor this class will teach you just how easy it is to use these simple steps to calm a fussy crying baby. The ideal class to attend before your baby is born. Parents will take home the set of Happiest Baby on the Block DVD and music CD. Expectant parents are encouraged to register for classes early, as space is limited. You do not have to be a Baptist Health patient to attend the class. Cost is $30. Registration and pre-payment is required to reserve your spot. Cost of this class includes 2 participants. Y Healthy Living Center Ponte Vedra / 904-202-2229 / 170 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / www.baptistjax.com Visit www.jax4kids.com for more Infants/Toddlers events.


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Things to Do

College Admissions More Art Than Science

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fter weeks of negotiation, Harvard University recently agreed to provide the Department of Justice access to its admissions files. The department is reopening a complaint by 63 Asian-American groups that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Separately, Harvard undergraduates have recently begun to take advantage of their right to view their own admissions files, often only to become frustrated in their efforts to pinpoint exactly why they got admitted. The inquiries of the Department of Justice and the curious Harvard students have something in common: Both are unlikely to turn up any evidence of why some applicants make the cut and others don’t. That’s because both inquiries rest on the faulty assumption that admissions decisions are driven by an objective, measurable process that will yield the same results over and over again. Elite private universities have made clear time and again that their admissions decisions are made through a holistic decision-making process that involves a series of discussions among the admissions team. This means, for example, Harvard rejects 1 in 4 students with perfect SAT scores. The University of Pennsylvania and Duke University reject three out of five high school valedictorians. Despite universities like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford having closely aligned admissions criteria and similar rates of admission, just because an applicant gets into one school does not mean the applicant will get into another. That’s why it makes headlines when a student is reported to have gained admission to all the Ivies. This is a rare, unexpected event. So, how do universities make admissions decisions? William Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions at Harvard, writes of an “expansive view of excellence.” This includes “extracurricular distinction and personal qualities” in addition to test scores and grades. Evaluating applications is a long process. At Harvard, it involves at least two readers of each file. It also involves discussions among a subcommittee of at least four individuals that last up to an hour. The process is more art than science Holistic evaluation allows admissions officers to take into account opportunities, hardships and other experiences that may have affected an applicant’s grades and SAT scores. They may also consider how those things affected their participation in activities outside of school. Nevertheless, the outcomes of admission to the most elite colleges are unequal. So, even if

holistic evaluation does a better job than looking at test scores and grades alone, the process still concludes by systematically undervaluing working class, poor, black and Latino young men and women. That is, if we assume that talent and “personal qualities” are equally distributed in our society, this disproportion should tell us something is amiss. Merit is overrated. Are there any discernible patterns between who gets in and students who were seriously considered but rejected? Probably not. Harvard President Drew Faust has said that Harvard could fill its incoming class twice with high school valedictorians. In fact, we should discard the notion that admissions is a meritocratic process that selects the “best” 18-yearolds who apply to a selective university. When we let go of our meritocracy ideals, we see more clearly that so many talented, accomplished young people who will be outstanding leaders in the future will not make it to the likes of Harvard, Stanford and Yale. There simply are not enough places for all of them. Further, many more disadvantaged young people have never had the opportunity to cultivate talents because their parents did not have the resources to pay for private music lessons or a pitching coach. In fact, the gap between what wealthy and poor parents spend on extracurricular activities has dramatically increased in recent years. So looking for explanations for why you did get in, or whether some groups are favored over others, misses the broader picture of the lack of clarity on what gets anyone into elite colleges. It also ignores the unequal opportunities young Americans have in the process. One way forward for college admissions, which I have suggested as a thought experiment in my book, “The Diversity Bargain,” is to take all qualified students for a selective college and enter them into an admissions lottery. The lottery could have weights for desired characteristics the college deems important, such as social class, geographic diversity, race and intended major. This method would make clear the arbitrariness in the admissions process. It would also help students admitted — and those not admitted - understand that admission — and rejection — should not hold the strong social meaning in American society that it does today. j Natasha Warikoo Associate Professor of Education, Harvard University The Conversation.com

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Teens Events

Harry Potter Yule Ball for All January 6, 2pm to 3:30pm Teens are invited for a New Year’s celebration Harry Potter style. Make a Potter craft, drink butterbeer and give Quidditch a try. Music provided by local deejay Mario Lambert. Jacksonville Public Library - Beaches Branch / 904-241-1141 / 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266 / jpl.coj.net Tabletop Tuesday for High Schoolers January 9, 5:30pm to 7:30pm Teens in 9th - 12th grades are invited to have fun with friends and make new ones with Tabletop Gaming at the Library. Playing cards and games will be provided by the Library along with sodas and cookies. Feel free to bring your own tabletop games as well as your friends. These events just for high schoolers - new in 2018 - are an opportunity for High Schoolers to relax with their friends and take a break from technology. Free. St. Johns County Public Library, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch / 904-827-6950 / 101 Library Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 / www. sjcpls.org SAT/ ACT Prep • January 11, 4pm to 5pm Get ready for success with free SAT / ACT Workshops for college bound students. The program will introduce you to the resources the library has to help you prepare, including where to find sample tests. It also presents an overview of test-taking tips and strategies. Jacksonville Public Library - Main Branch 904-630-0673 / 303 N. Laura Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / jpl.coj.net Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens Career Awareness Days • January 15, 10am-12pm This is a special opportunity for middle, and high school students to learn about Zoo careers. Everyone knows the Zoo employs zookeepers and veterinarians, but they also have accountants, maintenance workers, retail and food service, horticulturalists, administrative positions and much more. Students will have the chance to meet Zoo staff from different areas of the Zoo who will recommend college programs, discuss how volunteering, interning, and related work experience can give you an edge over other students and explain what they do in their day-to-day job duties. The more you know about what positions exist at the Zoo, the easier it will be for you to plan your course of study and land that dream job. The Career Awareness Days are free of charge and open to the public. Please RSVP to help staff gauge attendance. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens / 904-7574463 / 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / www.jacksonvillezoo.org Visit Jax4Kids.com for more event listings.

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Course Catalog Student Achievement Parenting & Advocacy Personal & Individual Growth

Students have TEACHERS. Parents have...the PARENT ACADEMY! Visit www.duvalschools.org/ParentAcademy or call 904.390.2960 to verify and register. Dates, times and locations are accurate at time of publication; courses listed in this guide are subject to change. JANUARY 2018 • Jax4Kids.com •

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The Parent Academy of Duval County Public Schools is a family resource designed for parents, caregivers, and community members.

2018 Spring Schedule All Parent Academy courses are free of charge. Refreshments and childcare are provided at select courses.

Student Achievement

ELEMENTARY GRADE-LEVEL PROMOTION

8TH GRADE TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL

Presented by: DCPS Staff High school graduation requirements, acceleration programs, career awareness and planning, and assessments.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/11/18

James Weldon Johnson Middle School 3276 Norman E. Thagard Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32254

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 01/11/18

Highlands Middle School 10913 Pine Estates Road East, Jacksonville, FL 32218

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 01/11/18

Kernan & Landmark Middle School (@Landmark) 101 Kernan Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 01/16/18

Arlington Middle School 8141 Lone Star Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32211

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 01/17/18

Matthew Gilbert Middle School 1424 Franklin Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

9:15 11:45 a.m.

Thursday 01/18/18

Mayport Middle School 2600 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

Thursday 01/18/18 Thursday 01/18/18

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will provide an overview of the elementary grade-level promotion requirements, as prescribed in Florida State Statue. Information will include 1) General requirements for promotion; 2) Specific promotion requirements impacting children in Grades 3-5 3) Strategies to support and advocate for children.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 02/27/18

Duval County Public Schools 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207

11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS: PARENT PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCESS

Presented by: DCPS Staff Come explore how students are being prepared to: understand how mathematics works, work fluently with numbers, and become lifelong mathematicians. This course will provide a hands-on experience to the math content your child engages in every day and provide tips on how to help them be successful.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 03/15/18

Highlands Elementary School 1000 DePaul Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32218

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

John E. Ford Pre-K-8 School 1137 Cleveland Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday 04/11/18

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 05/22/18

Venetia Elementary School 4300 Timuquana Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School 1701 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 Lake Shore Middle School 2519 Bayview Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

AM I ON TRACK? STRATEGIES FOR STUDENT SUCCESS FOR GRADES K-12

Presented by: Select School Administrators from each school level This course will give parents information of where to find and how to use resources at home to help students meet promotional requirements.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 01/20/17

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

9:15 11:45 a.m.

ATTENDANCE MATTERS

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will provide parents with information on why attendance is important for student success. It will provide information on the consequences of students who are absent regularly. In addition, it will provide data and statistics to support the importance of regular school attendance.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/25/18

Gregory Drive Elementary School 7800 Gregory Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 02/21/18

Lake Shore Middle School 2519 Bayview Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday 03/01/18

Pinedale Elementary School 4229 Edison Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM INFORMATION: ELEMENTARY TO HIGH SCHOOL

Presented by: DCPS- Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) This course will provide parents with information regarding the Dual Language Program and the value of gaining a second language.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 04/19/18

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC) on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

12:00 1:00 p.m.

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FOCUS: STAY CONNECTED, ONLINE PARENT TOOL

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff / DCPS This course will assist parents in navigating FOCUS (the online tool) to stay connected to your child’s academic performance. Parents will learn how to gain access to attendance, grades, class schedules, and more.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 02/12/18

James Weldon Johnson Middle School 3276 Norman E. Thagard Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32254

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

HOMEWORK HELP FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS (COMPUTER & INTERNET ACCESS) Presented by: DCPS - Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) This course will offer homework assistance to students and parents using online resources.

Date

Location

Time

Mondays Beginning January 22, 2018 to May 21, 2018

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHEMATICS: PREPARING STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS

Presented by: DCPS Staff Explore Digits and Eureka Math curriculum along with I-Ready resources for the year. Get the latest information on curriculum updates and the impact the adjustment will have on the students along with the opportunity to experience the life of a student in a 6-8 mathematics course.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 02/05/18

Julia Landon College Preparatory 1819 Thacker Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday 03/12/18

J.E.B. Stuart Middle School 4815 Wesconnett Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.


PREPARING FOR THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT: STRATEGIES FOR READING AND WRITING

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS ON THE HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS FSA & EOC’S

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will provide information and strategies to participants that will assist them with helping their Middle and/or High School student at home with reading and writing in preparation for the Florida Standards Assessment.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 01/24/18

Sandalwood High School 2750 John Prom Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 02/06/18

Edward H. White High School 1700 Old Middleburg Road North, Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/06/18

Arlington Middle School 8141 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

PRIORITIZING MILESTONES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS Learn how to set goals to be successful through Elementary School and upon entrance into Middle School.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/30/18

Carter G. Woodson Elementary School 2334 Butler Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 03/13/18

Fishweir Elementary School 3977 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Presented by: DCPS Staff Explore strategies for student success on the Algebra 1 and Geometry FSA/End of Course Exams.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 01/17/18

Terry Parker High School 7301 Parker School Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/06/18

William M. Raines High School 3663 Raines Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

“T” IS FOR TODDLERS & TECHNOLOGY

Presented by: DCPS Staff This workshop will provide parents with strategies, ideas, activities, and information on using Enriching Engaging Educational and Entertaining Technology for Toddlers.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 01/29/18

Neptune Beach Elementary School 1515 Florida Blvd., Neptune Beach, FL 32266

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 02/07/18

Southside Estates Elementary School 9775 Ivey Road, Jacksonville, FL 32246

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 04/26/18

Ruth N. Upson Elementary School 1090 Dancy Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

TEST TAKING STRATEGIES THAT WORK

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS This course will include ways to master reading skills that can be used to reach proficiency on classroom and standardized tests.

PRIORITIZING MILESTONES IN HIGH SCHOOL

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS Learn how to set goals to be successful throughout High School and beyond.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/11/18

Andrew Jackson High School 3816 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

SCRIBBLES TO SCRIPT FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Presented by: DCPS Staff Young children’s first form of writing is scribbling. Most adults tend to disregard this early stage of writing. This session will discuss the stages of writing and how to encourage your preschooler as they navigate through each stage.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/18/18

Cedar Hills Elementary School 6534 Ish Brant Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday 01/23/18

Richard L. Brown Elementary School 1535 Milnor Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 01/24/18

Lake Forest Elementary School 901 Kennard Street, Jacksonville, FL 32208

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

THE ONE STOP SHOP TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS (HOMEWORK HELP)

Presented by: DCPS Staff Parents, caregivers, and students can expect to learn how to navigate needana.com to get free academic resources.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 02/21/18

R.V. Daniels Elementary School, 1951 West 15th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 4:00-5:00pm

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday 03/14/18

Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary School 6736 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Jacksonville Hands on Children’s Museum 8580 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 Children are welcomed to attend with their parents/caregivers however, online registration is required

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 02/01/18

Lake Shore Middle School 2519 Bayview Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 05/01/18

Thursday 03/08/18

LaVilla School of the Arts 501 North Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 04/26/18

Mandarin High School 4831 Greenland Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

STORY TIME

Presented by: The Jacksonville Library and the Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) Read with your Baby!

TRANSITION TO KINDERGARTEN

Date

Location

Time

Thursdays 01/25/18, 02/15/18, 03/15/18, 04/19/18, 05/17/18

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC) on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

To learn more or register online go to: www.duvalschools.org/ParentAcademy

Presented by: DCPS Staff Gain important information for a smooth transition to Kindergarten.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 03/29/18

Enterprise Learning Academy 8085 Old Middleburg Road, Jacksonville, FL 32222

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 04/05/18

J. Allen Axson Elementary School 4763 Sutton Park Court, Jacksonville, FL 32224

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 05/03/18

Spring Park Elementary School 2250 Spring Park Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

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UNDERSTANDING THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT: ELEMENTARY MATH

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn how to assist elementary school students in the areas of Math on the Florida Standards Assessment.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/23/18

Ortega Elementary School 4010 Baltic Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 02/13/18

Oceanway Elementary School 12555 Gillespie Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday 03/07/18

Greenland Pines Elementary School 5050 Greenland Road, Jacksonville, FL 32258

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

UNDERSTANDING THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT: ELEMENTARY READING AND WRITING

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn how to assist Elementary School Students in the areas of Reading and Writing on the Florida Standards Assessment.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/15/18

Hyde Park Elementary, 5300 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Friday 04/27/18

Cedar Hills Elementary 6534 Ish Brant Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

WHAT IS I-READY TELLING ME ABOUT MY CHILD’S PERFORMANCE?

Presented by: DCPS Staff Learn the best utilization of the i-Ready online learning program to boost student achievement at home.

BABY UNIVERSITY PARENT MEETING

Presented by: New Town Success Zone Business Committee and Edward Waters College This course will focus on supporting, educating, and providing resources to parents who have children ages (0-3), to ensure that the children are developmentally ready to succeed.

Date

Location

Time

Every third Thursday of the month beginning 01/18/18 and ending on 05/17/18

Edward Waters College Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Building 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

BREAKFAST LEARNING SERIES

Presented by: Family Support Services This course will share helpful information while providing a networking opportunity to individuals raising children and professionals who help parents. Each session covers a different topic. The Breakfast Learning Series is held on the third Wednesday of each month from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Continental breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.

Date

Location

Time

1/17/2018, 2/21/2018, 3/21/2018, 4/18/2018, 5/16/2018

Edward Waters College Schell Sweet Community Center located at 1697 Kings Road Jacksonville, Florida 32209

8:30 10:30 a.m.

CHOICE INFORMATION SESSION

Presented by: DCPS Staff Get information about school options and special transfers while being able to ask questions.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 01/29/18

Thomas Jefferson Elementary School 8233 Nevada Street, Jacksonville, FL 32220

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 03/14/18

Arlington Middle School 8141 Lone Star Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 04/12/18

Duval County Public Schools Administration Building Cline Auditorium, First Floor, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32207

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

YEAR UP, JOIN UP, MOVE UP

Presented by: Year up/ Florida State College at Jacksonville This course will give parents and students an understanding about the organization, the admission process, opportunities for young adults, and successful outcomes. This is an option for those ages 18-24 with a high school diploma or GED.

Date

Location

Wednesdays Florida State College of Jacksonville 01/17/18, 101 West State Street, Suite 3001, Jacksonville, FL 32202 02/21/18, 03/28/18, 04/18/18, 05/23/18

Time 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Parenting & Advocacy

Presented by: Center for Children’s Rights Involvement with the juvenile justice system has lifetime consequences for young people. This course will inform parents and students about the consequences of juvenile justice involvement, ranging from school impact to housing to employment, educate parents and students about the laws governing youth’s juvenile records, as well as the process and resources for sealing and expungement of juvenile records. Come learn how to be an advocate within the juvenile justice system.

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 02/07/18

Families of Slain Children Inc. 3108 North Myrtle Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/13/18

First Baptist Church of Oakland 1025 Jessie Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

CONCUSSION & SPORT

ANGER MANAGEMENT AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Presented by: Parent Academy Parent Leader This course will assist in obtaining knowledge on how past learning can influence present behavior. It also will discuss current trends and how they impact potential future societal issues.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/23/18

George W. Carver K-6 School 2854 West 45th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 04/19/18

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 3738 Winton Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

AXIS360

Presented by: Jacksonville Public Library Learn how to browse, check out, and download eBooks and eAudiobooks from JPL using the Axis 360 app!

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 04/03/18

GRASP Academy, 3101 Justina Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF JUVENILE JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT

Presented by: Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program Concussions are in the news and raises questions as to what we need to know about them. This course will focus on scope of the program, signs and symptoms of concussion, what happens after a concussion, impact upon one’s life and learning following a concussion. The dangers of Second Impact Syndrome and what it is. The process will help to address parent and student athlete concerns.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 04/09/18

Stanton Preparatory High School 1149 West 13th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday 04/23/18

Englewood High School 4412 Barnes Road, Jacksonville, FL 32207

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 04/24/18

Robert E. Lee High School 1200 McDuff Avenue South, Jacksonville, FL 32205

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


CREATING SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENTS/BULLY FREE

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will review the warning signs and descriptions of behavior associated with bullying for both the victim and the bully, the laws associated with bullying, and DCPS policies and procedures. This course will also provide a description of a safe and supportive environment, while offering resources for both students and their parents.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/15/18

Westview K-8 School 5270 Connie Jean Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/01/18

First Coast High School 590 Duval Station Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 04/19/18

Florida Baptist Children’s Home 2300 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Presented by: DCPS/FDLRS Child Find This course will allow parents to develop visual supports specific to their child’s needs.

Tuesday 02/27/18

Location Parent Services FDLRS/Child Find Exceptional Education DCPS, 4124 Boulevard Center Drive, Building 4600 Jacksonville, FL 32207

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/30/18

Normandy Village Elementary School 8257 Herlong Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/22/18

Jacksonville Heights Elementary School 7750 Tempest Street South, Jacksonville, FL 32244

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/13/18

Jefferson Davis Middle School 7050 Melvin Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 04/04/18

J.E.B. Stuart Middle School 4815 Wesconnett Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

HEAT & HYDRATION AND SPORTS

Presented by: Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program Face it, heat is an issue in Florida yet we can manage it. Learn what heat illness is, its causes and best practices to prevent and treat it. How do I properly hydrate and know when heat is enough? What about sports drinks, supplements and energy drinks?

CREATING VISUAL SUPPORTS FOR YOUR CHILD Date

HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY KIDS CONTINUED

Time

Date

Location

Time

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday 04/10/18

First Coast High School 590 Duval Station Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 04/26/18

Westside High School 5530 Firestone Road, Jacksonville, FL 32244

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR NUTRITIONAL MEALS

Presented by: Tamer Britton, Retired Extension Office Nutritionist This course provides parents with nutritional information. Parents will learn how to prepare tasty nutritional dishes for the family. The importance of reading nutritional labels on foods will be addressed. Parents will learn how to modify recipes to make them a more nutritious choice.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 02/17/18

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church 215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

9:15 11:45 a.m.

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO OVERCOME EMOTIONAL BEHAVIORS IN YOUTH

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course focuses on understanding why youth have emotional breakdowns, how to deal with them, and ways to help avoid meltdowns from taking place.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/30/18

Holiday Hill Elementary School 6900 Altama Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Monday 02/26/18

Abess Park Elementary School 12731 Abess Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Monday 03/26/18

Bayview K-6 School 3257 Lake Shore Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 04/24/18

Louis Sheffield Elementary School 13333 Lanier Road, Jacksonville, FL 32218

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CHILD’S IEP AND ORGANIZING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Presented by: DCPS/FDLRS Child Find This course explains the IEP process and the importance of parental participation. You will also learn helpful tips for effective parent-teacher collaborations and create your own IEP binder.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 04/17/18

Parent Services FDLRS/Child Find Exceptional Education DCPS, 4124 Boulevard Center Drive, Building 4600 Jacksonville, FL 32207

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

HOW TO BECOME A DCPS PARENT LEADER

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS The Parent Academy is always looking for great Parent Leaders! Parent Leaders are those who will support other parents, empower them, and advocate for the Parent Academy overall.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/01/18

WellCare Inc. 5115 Normandy Blvd. Suite 1, Jacksonville, FL 32205

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/22/18

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 3738 Winton Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE AND PRAISE YOUR CHILD IN THE 21ST CENTURY Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS This course will provide participants with tools and strategies to enhance and develop a two-way line of communication with their children.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 01/22/18

St. Clair Evans Academy 5443 Moncrief Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday 05/24/18

Florida Baptist Children’s Home 2300 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY

Presented by: Parent Academy Parent Leader Knowing we all can improve, this course emphasizes self-inventory on the status of family and provides tools to ensure success, not perfection.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/22/18

Florida Baptist Children’s Home 2300 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 05/08/18

The Carpenter’s Shop Center 1601 University Boulevard North Jacksonville, Florida 32211

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

INTERNET SAFETY AND SECURITY

HEALTHY MINDS, HEALTHY KIDS

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will provide parents with understanding the importance of school and community based resources to serve the WHOLE child.

Learn how to create secure passwords, avoid internet scams, and evaluate website safety in order to surf the web safely.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/08/18

Mayport Middle School 2600 Mayport Rd., Atlantic Beach, FL 32223

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/11/18

Westview K-8 School 5270 Connie Jean Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/20/18

Enterprise Learning Academy 8085 Old Middleburg Road, Jacksonville, FL 32222

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 01/25/18

Bayview K-6 School 3257 Lake Shore Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/08/18

Atlantic Beach Elementary 298 Sherry Dr., Atlantic Beach, FL, 32233

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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MAGNET INFORMATION SESSIONS

Presented by: DCPS Staff Get information about magnet schools, special transfers, and other school options, while being able to ask questions.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/25/18

Duval County Public Schools Administration Building Cline Auditorium, First Floor, 1701 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, FL 32207

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 02/08/18

Duval County Public Schools Administration Building Cline Auditorium, First Floor, 1701 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, FL 32207

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

REDUCING TOXIC STRESS: BECOMING TRAUMA INFORMED PARENTS

Presented by: NE Florida Healthy Start This course is designed to make parents and students aware of the issue of Toxic Stress and how it affects brain development and long-term health.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 02/06/18

S.P. Livingston Elementary School 1128 Barber Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 04/10/18

Carter G. Woodson Elementary School 2334 Butler Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 05/15/18

Fishweir Elementary School 3977 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

SUMMER SAFETY

Presented by: The PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital This informative workshop provides tips on how to keep your child safe during the summer months.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 05/10/18

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

12:00 1:00 p.m.

THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA: WHAT PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS NEED TO KNOW

Presented by: Center for Children’s Rights This course will provide an overview on how trauma has a long lasting impact on the development of children as they grow into adulthood. It will assist parents and caregivers to gain understanding of how trauma affects children’s health, behavior, and decision-making and will empower parents/caregivers to respond to their children and other children in the community in ways that promote health and well-being despite trauma experienced.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 04/17/18

Frank H. Peterson Academies 7450 Wilson Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

UNDERSTANDING AND COPING WITH GRIEF

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS Grief affects every individual in different ways from physical, emotional, psychological etc. This course will provide information on the stages of grief and strategies on how to cope with it.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/08/18

One Love Christian Center 2960 Edison Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PRESCHOOLERS

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course reviews developing age-appropriate social and emotional skills and milestones for three and fouryear-old children. Parents will have the opportunity to explore literature and activities that are designed to support healthy and positive social-emotional development. Parents will learn strategies they can put in place at home that will encourage social-emotional development.

UNLOCKING THE PIECES TO STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

Presented by: Children Home Society This course will increase parent’s awareness of behavioral health, as well as, increase their ability to access behavioral health services to help their child academically, emotionally and behaviorally.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/18/18

Sallye B. Mathis Elementary 3501 Winton Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday 01/22/18

Abess Park Elementary School 12731 Abess Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/08/18

Rutledge Pearson Elementary 4346 Roanoke Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32208

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 03/08/18

S.A. Hull Elementary, 7528 Hull St., Jacksonville, FL 32219

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 04/12/18

William M. Raines High, 3663 Raines Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 05/17/18

Northwestern Middle 2100 West 45th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

VISION KEEPERS

Presented by: New Town Success Zone This course will focus on creating a positive vision community development through advocacy and education.

Date

Location

Time

Every first Thursday of the month beginning 02/01/18 and ending 05/03/18

Edward Waters College Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Building 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Personal & Individual Growth BEING A BETTER YOU: ESTABLISHING AND ATTAINING LONG AND SHORT TERM GOALS Presented by: Parent Academy/ DCPS Explore ways to enhance your life using motivational, coping, and healthy techniques in reaching personal or professional milestones.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 03/15/18

Florida Baptist Children’s Home 2300 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday 04/02/18

The Carpenter’s Shop Center 1601 University Boulevard North, Jacksonville, Florida 32211

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

BUILDING AND RE-BUILDING YOUR CREDIT

Presented by: Real Sense for Prosperity Techniques to build your credit or increase your credit score.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 03/19/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library (Meeting Room B) 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

COUPONING BASICS

Presented by: Real Sense for Prosperity Keys to Saving Money! Know your prices, about stores savings programs and coupons.

Date

Location

Time

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 02/15/18

Regency Square Branch Library (Community Room B) 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

John Love Elementary School 1531 Winthrop Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Monday 04/09/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library (Meeting Room B) 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Jacksonville Hands on Children’s Museum 8580 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32216 Children are welcomed to attend with their parents/caregivers however, online registration is required

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 03/01/18

Sabal Palm Elementary School 1201 Kernan Blvd. North, Jacksonville, FL 32225

Tuesday 04/17/18 Thursday 05/17/18

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DAD ALL DAY (DAD)

Presented by: Family Support Services DAD class is open to all dads of all ages with children of all ages. Each dad will learn how to be a dad 24/7 by developing stronger relationships with their family. Learns ways to be involved in your child’s life and learn discover ways to improve communication with your child’s mother or caregiver. Class is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Date

Location

Time

Thursdays 01/11/18, 02/08/18, 03/08/18, 04/12/18, 05/10/18

Edward Waters College Center for Prevention Health Disparities Building, 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32209.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesdays

West Riverside Elementary School 2801 Herschel Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.;

SAFETY IS THE KEY TO GOING PLACES

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Presented by: UNF/3CLICKS.US This course will inspire students, teachers, and parents to discover the vast array of digital transformation feasibilities and opportunities. It will explain how digital skills can positively impact their professional lives, businesses, careers, and communities.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/01/18

Adam Herbert University Center 1200 Alumni Dr., Jacksonville, FL 32246

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

ECONOMIC GROWTH

Presented by: New Town Success Zone Business Committee This course will offer support in economic and business development.

Date

Location

Time

Every third Monday of the month beginning 01/15/18 and end on 05/21/18 (excluding holidays)

Edward Waters College Health Disparities Building 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Presented by: Ernie Palmer’s Toyota Safety is a parent’s primary concern. When it comes to our teen’s, nothing should be taken for granted. Let’s talk about it! Ernie Palmer’s Toyota is inviting you to join them in learning about vehicle safety. This course is limited to the first 50 registrants; sign up today!

Date

Location

Time

Wednesday 01/10/18

Ernie Palmer’s Toyota Dealership 1210 Cassat Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205

11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

SPEAKING WITH CONFIDENCE

Presented by: DCPS Staff This course will teach participants how to maximize their potential by networking, perfecting their public speaking skills and ensuring an unforgettable first impression.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/25/18

Florida Baptist Children’s Home 2300 Bartram Road, Jacksonville, FL 32211

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday 03/15/18

First Baptist Church of Oakland, 1025 Jessie Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

THE FOUNDATIONS OF ESTABLISHING A BUSINESS

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/ DCPS This course will provide participants with the basic information on starting a small business. Participants will receive information on how to obtain a business license, how to get resources to start a business and begin writing your business plan within this course.

GED PREPARATION

Presented by: Jacksonville Public Library Participants will understand the characteristics of consumer installment loans. The Jacksonville Library will be hosting GED preparation courses beginning January 2018. All classes are FREE and open to adults, ages 18 and above. Registration is required prior to beginning a class. Course are offered at various dates, times, and locations. An intake appointment is required for enrollment by calling (904) 630-2426.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 04/24/18

WellCare Inc. 5115 Normandy Blvd. Suite 1, Jacksonville, FL 32205

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday 05/15/18

MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation 1096 West 6th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

THE IMMIGRANT GUIDE: WHAT EVERY IMMIGRANT NEEDS TO KNOW

LOAN TO OWN

Presented by: DCPS - Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) Information for Immigrants.

Presented by: Real Sense for Prosperity Participants will understand the characteristics of consumer installment loans.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/18/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library (Meeting Room B) 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Monday 05/21/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library (Meeting Room B) 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

ROSETTA STONE: LEARN ENGLISH/SPANISH

Presented by: DCPS - Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) At your own pace, learn English or Spanish using the individualized Rosetta Stone software. Beginning January 9, 2018 to May 24, 2018 (excluding holidays).

Date

Location

Time

Beginning January 22, 2018 to May 21, 2018 (Mondays excluding holidays)

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

WELLNESS RX

Date

Location

Time

Mondays

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC) on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.;

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC) on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.; 4:00 5:30 p.m.; and/or 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays

ROSETTA STONE: LEARN ENGLISH/SPANISH CONTINUED

Presented by: New Town Success Zone and Mayo Clinic A community led wellness program designed to empower and educate parents and caregivers with information to improve their overall health. Followed by a food pantry/grocery giveaway.

Date

Location

Time

Every fourth Edward Waters College Saturday of Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Building the month 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 beginning 01/27/18 and ending on 05/26/18.

9:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

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WELLNESS RX EDUCATION

Presented by: New Town Success Zone and Mayo Clinic A community led wellness program designed to empower and educate parents and caregivers with information to improve their overall health.

Date

Location

Every first Edward Waters College Tuesday of Center for the Prevention of Health Disparities Building the month 1401 Grunthal Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209 beginning 02/06/18 and ending on 05/01/18.

Time 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

WHAT I THINK MATTERS: CHOOSING TO REMAIN POSITIVE!

Presented by: Parent Academy Staff/DCPS This course will provide participants with POSITIVE tips and strategies to overcome negative influences and thoughts based on John Gordon’s Wall Street Journal’s Best Seller, The Energy Bus.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 02/26/18

Southeast Regional Public Library (Conference Room B) 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday 04/18/18

Westview K-8 School 5270 Connie Jean Road, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP 2

We will dig deeper into using Photoshop as we learn about layers, masking and selection tools. Students for this course should have taken Photoshop 1 or have a basic understanding of Photoshop.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/16/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/13/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday 02/16/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Friday 03/09/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

COMPUTER SKILLS FOR JOB SEEKERS

In this class, we will discuss the basic computer and internet skills that will help you with your job search, provide you with resources to take away from the class, and invite you to attend future classes that will help with more specific skills you may need.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/15/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

INTERNET SAFETY AND SECURITY

Learn how to create secure passwords, avoid internet scams, and evaluate website safety in order to surf the web safely.

WOMEN’S CIRCLE

Presented by: DCPS - Center for Language and Culture (ESOL) A networking meeting to empower moms and women! Share with us your services, abilities, skills, and empower other ladies in a relaxing and a safe environment.

Date

Location

Time

Fridays 01/19/18, 02/16/18, 03/09/18, 04/20/18, 05/18/18

The Center for Language and Culture (CLC); on the campus of Kings Trail Elementary 7401 Old Kings Road, South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

10:00 11:30 a.m.

YOUR OWN HOME

Presented by: Real Sense for Prosperity Participants will understand the home buying process and the difference between renting versus owning and financially protecting their home.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 02/15/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library (Meeting Room B) 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Library Course Offerings ADOBE PHOTOSHOP 1

Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. In this introduction we will learn how to use some of the more common tools, make basic changes to an image, gain familiarity with Adobe’s directory software and make your great photos ever better.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/25/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/13/18

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday 02/14/18

San Marco Branch Library 1513 LaSalle Street, Jacksonville, FL 32207

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/15/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/15/18

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 1

Learn to create a simple spreadsheet using formulas and formatting. Create a basic workbook, navigate between worksheets, become familiar with Excel ribbon and menus, be able to format columns, rows, and cells, and be able to create and use formulas.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/09/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 01/09/18

Southeast Regional Library 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 01/21/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Friday 02/02/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Saturday 02/10/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 02/17/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday 02/27/18

Maxville Branch Library 8375 Maxville Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32234

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/9/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/6/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday 02/9/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday 02/14/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday 03/13/18

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday 03/2/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/15/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 03/21/18

West Branch Library 1425 Chaffee Road S., Jacksonville, FL 32221

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 2

Create formulas that are more complex. Work with basic functions such as sorting data, filtering data, and creating charts. Completion of the Excel 1 class or previous experience with MS Excel is highly recommended.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/11/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 01/16/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday 01/19/18

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library 1755 Edgewood Avenue W., Jacksonville, FL 32208

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 02/10/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Saturday 02/24/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday 02/27/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/6/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Monday 03/12/18

Southeast Regional Library 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Sunday 03/18/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Tuesday 03/20/18 Thursday 03/22/18

MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 4

Learn how to clean up worksheets by finding duplicates, using Data Validation, and using the TRIM function. Students will also learn more tips and functions to save time and be more productive. Attendance to a previous Excel class or previous Excel experience is highly recommended.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/25/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 01/30/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, 02/17/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday 02/28/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 03/17/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: POWERPOINT 1

Create a simple presentation, create, edit and save slides and slide shows. You will learn to insert clip art, apply designs, work with views and run a slide show.

Date

Location

Time

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Friday, 01/19/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, 02/02/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/08/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday 02/20/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday 03/04/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday 03/13/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/27/18

Maxville Branch Library 8375 Maxville Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32234

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: EXCEL 3

Learn more functions and features in MS Excel 2010 to retrieve and analyze data. Learn how to use the VLOOKUP function, create PivotTables and Pivot Charts, create Sparklines, use conditional formatting, and more.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/18/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, 01/23/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday 02/16/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Saturday 02/17/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

MS OFFICE 2010: POWERPOINT 2

Participants will learn how to modify bulleted and numbered lists, indents and line spacing; use Word art and shapes; animate text and objects, and use audio and video in presentations. To fully benefit from this course, you should have attended the PowerPoint 1 class, or have basic experience using PowerPoint.

Tuesday 03/6/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/15/18

Tuesday 03/13/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/08/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 03/25/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, 03/20/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/27/18

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/27/18

Southeast Regional Library 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 03/29/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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MS OFFICE 2010: WORD 1

Participants will learn to open the program and find basic functions (Office button, ribbon, help menu). Learn to create, edit, save and print document. Instruction includes formatting text, cut, copy, paste and using spelling and grammar tools.

MS OFFICE 2010: WORD 3

Participants will learn about even more advanced MS Word functions such as mail merge, table of contents, advanced formatting, headers, footers and much more.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 01/20/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Saturday 02/03/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

11 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Maxville Branch Library 8375 Maxville Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32234

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday 02/15/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Thursday 02/01/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 03/06/18

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday 02/05/18

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/08/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/06/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday 03/11/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday 02/20/18

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/20/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/22/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday 03/23/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday 03/06/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Monday 03/19/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Date

Location

Time

Thursday 01/11/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Sunday 01/28/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

Tuesday 01/30/18

MS OFFICE 2010: WORD 2

Participants will learn about more advanced MS Word functions such as bulleted and numbered lists, columns, tables and images.

Date

Location

Time

Saturday 02/13/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Saturday 01/20/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 02/08/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

Sunday 02/11/18

MS OFFICE 2010: WORD FOR RESUMES

Participants will learn about more advanced MS Word functions such as bulleted and numbered lists, columns, tables, and images. Templates will also be covered with a focus on building and modifying resumes.

Date

Location

Time

Monday 2/12/18

Regency Square Branch Library 9900 Regency Square Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

SELLING ITEMS ONLINE

This class is an introduction to selling goods and services online via eBay, Craigslist, Etsy and Amazon Marketplace. Learn what skills are needed to sell online, how to create and manage accounts on these sites, and how to stay safe and avoid scams. To fully benefit from this course, basic mouse and keyboard skills are necessary.

Date

Location

Time

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday 01/14/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Friday 01/26/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday 02/13/18

Highlands Regional Library 1826 Dunn Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32218

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/20/18

Mandarin Branch Library 3330 Kori Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/27/18

University Park Branch Library 3435 University Blvd. N., Jacksonville, FL 32277

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/22/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday 03/01/18

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library 6887 103rd Street, Jacksonville, FL 32210

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/13/18

Beaches Branch Library 600 3rd Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Friday 03/16/18

Pablo Creek Regional Library 13295 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Friday 03/23/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

10:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

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SMALL BUSINESS DATABASES TO HELP ENTREPRENEURS

Thinking of starting a business? Want to know how the library can help? Join us for an informative program on databases the library gives you access to, from helping you obtain demographics for areas of town, how to start, finance or manage your small business to finding sample business plans, how to guides, tips and strategies.

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday 01/16/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 02/10/18

South Mandarin Branch Library 12125 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32223

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday 02/27/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 03/27/18

Main Library (e-classroom 124) 303 North Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32202

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.


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2018 Spring Course Planner

Visit www.duvalschools.org/ParentAcademy or call 904.390.2960 to verify and register. Please tear out and use this simple Course Planner as you decide which classes you would like to attend this spring. Please consider attending our “How to Become a DCPS Parent Leader” as one of your course selections! Date and Time

Course Title

Location

Strand Student Achievement Student Achievement Parenting & Advocacy Parenting & Advocacy Parenting & Advocacy Personal & Individual Growth Bonus Course

Students have TEACHERS. Parents have...the PARENT ACADEMY!

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Clay County School News

Volleyball, Football, Swimming and Golf “All-County Coaches Team” Named Clay county high school sports coaches have selected their all-county picks in volleyball, football, swimming and golf. The first teams are shown. For more details and runner-up and honorable mentions selections see oneclay.net. Standouts include: Volleyball – The top two setters in the county are junior Jillian Bemis (Middleburg) with 256 assists, 164 kills and 154 digs and senior Nataleigh Nieuwenhuis (Fleming Island) with 409 assists, 141 digs and 37 aces. Football (Offense) – Leading the way for the regional semi-final winners Clay High is senior quarterback Caleb Eason.who completed 62% of his passes for 1604 yards and 28 touchdowns and running back Aundre Carter, who recorded an astounding 2209 yards and 23 touchdowns.

SWIMMING (Girls): Annika Dasher, Emma Grimm, Alicia Sullivan, Reagan Crosby, Abree Clark, Cori Laird, Ellie Brinkman, Anna Stotler, Elysia Addison, Sarah Grimm, Sara Stotler, Kelsie Craig. VOLLEYBALL: Andrea Merced, Jillian Bemis, Mallory Roney, Brittany Range, Tonee Hughes, Natalie Nieuwenhuis, Emily Charbonneau.

Football (Defense) – The linebacker trio of Kodi Carrington (Middleburg), Dexter Moore (Oakleaf), and Ryan Smenda (Fleming Island) lead the way with 56, 63 and 175 tackles respectively. Swimming (Girls) – Kelsie Craig (Oakleaf), Elysia Addison (Clay), Anna Stotler (Clay) and Sara Stotler (Clay) individually qualified for the state meet, while the “400 Freestyle” relay team from Fleming Island of Reagan Crosby, Abree Clark, Cori Laird, and Alicia Sullivan, made it to the state finals. Swimming (Boys) – Qualifiers for the state meet included Jack Neeley (Fleming Island) “50 Freestyle,” Daniel Hinkle and Jacob Coutant (both from Orange Park) in the “500 Freestyle,” Nick Hackett (Fleming island), “100 Butterfly” and “200 Freestyle.” Golf (Boys) – Cody Carroll (Middleburg) lead the county with a 34.6 stroke average. Carroll won district and regional titles and finished tied for 7th in the state finals. The senior golfer shot 63 in the conference championship, the lowest round in FHSAA history. Golf (Girls) – Keystone Heights has four golfers on the first team. Camille Jackson, a ninth-grader, led the county with a 39 stroke average, followed by teammates Sloane Siebert (45), Savannah Heinz (46) and Candace Jackson (46).

SWIMMING (Boys): Matthew Voigt, Drew Heinton, Jacob Thompson, Daniel Hinkle, Reed Danielson, Aidan Siebold, Nick Hackett, Josh Conomea, Zach Eubank, Adam Montgomery, Dominic Miller, Ben Bement. FOOTBALL: (Offense) Caleb Eason, Keshawn King, Aundre Carter, Jakari Williams, Ajay Belanger, Nicholas Ferendo, Jalen Rivers, Jason Brooks, Mike Carns, Darius Gooden, Dan Dodd, Terrance Johnson, Noah Hamlett, Ryan Smenda.

GOLF: (Girls) Camille Jackson, Victoria Greene, Sloane Siebert, Savannah Heinz, FOOTBALL: (Defense) Dominic Stanfield, Kendy Charles, Chantz WilCandace Jackson. (Boys) Cody Carroll, Peyton Billings, Arden Brake, Jacob liams, Jayln Robinson, Dexter Moore, Ryan Smenda, Kodi Carrington, Jordan Copeland, Bobby Brown, Zach Alvarado, Isaiah Walker, Raequan Godwin, Tyler Broadus. Williams.

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Christmas/New Year’s Break last day Planning Day/Student Holiday Inservice Day/Student Holiday Students Return to School Martin Luther King Day Holiday


St. Johns County School District News Run For the Pillars

New Principals Named Principals have been selected for the two new K-8 schools that will open in the fall. Allen Anderson, principal at Palencia Elementary School, has been selected to be the principal of K-8 school “LL” currently being constructed at 1365 Shetland Drive, St. Johns, 32259 and Jessica Richardson, principal at Ocean Palms Elementary School, has been selected to be the principal of K-8 school “KK” currently being constructed at 2135 Palm Valley Road, Ponte Vedra, 32095.

Calling all walkers, runners and fitness enthusiasts! Participate in the CHARACTER COUNTS 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 9 a.m. The run/walk will begin and end at Palencia Elementary School located at 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine. To register and pay fees see www. RaceSmith.com. Pre-Registration ends Thursday, Feb. 1st at midnight. By mail: Send registration and fees to Christina Langston, 40 Orange Street, St. Augustine FL 32084. Mail-in registration must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 19th. Make all checks payable to “District Designated Accounts.”

Anderson

Anderson has been the principal of Palencia since the 2013-2014 school year and has more than 20 years of experience within the district, serving as principal at Cunningham Creek Elementary, assistant principal at Mill Creek Elementary and Durbin Creek Elementary schools, a curriculum coordinator at Switzerland Point Middle School and a teacher at Cunningham Creek.

Parade Bound Children and grandchildren of Transportation Department employees had a fun ride in a school bus to participate in the 64th Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade.

“Allen is an innovative and collaborative leader,” said Superintendent Tim Forson. “I know that his familiarity with the community and ability to build rapport with students and parents will serve him well.” “I am very thankful for the trust and confidence from Superintendent Forson,” said Anderson. “While changing schools is always a bittersweet experience, I look forward to once again serving

ROWITA Scholarships Available Do you know a graduating high school woman (public, private or homeschooled) who intends to further her education in the arts and could use some help pursuing that dream? The St. Johns Cultural Council is seeking applications for their Junior ROWITA Fellowships. The fellowships were started in 2011 to help young women develop their artistic skills through continued study and training after graduating from high school. The fellowships are available to St. Johns County high school women (public, private or homeschooled) who are entering arts-based programs of higher education to advance their creative de-

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velopment and career. The fellowship awards up to $1000 to qualifying applicants who have either applied or been accepted into in a BFA program or a summer institute or intensive. Awards are given in three categories: performing, visual, and literary arts. In order to be eligible, candidates must have a 3.0 GPA, and acceptance into a college level arts program or summer institute. Applicants must also submit a letter describing their relationship with their art, a letter of recommendation from their arts teacher; and a DVD sampling of their work. All applications are reviewed by a panel of past recipients of the Dr.

Gail Pflaster Award ROWITA, an honor that recognizes the contributions woman have made to the artistic environment in St. Johns County. The Jr. ROWITA Fellowship application is available online at stjohnsculture.com. Deadline for applications is midnight on the last day of

those in the Northwest part of our wonderful county.” Anderson was recently chosen as the 2017-2018 Principal of the Year for St. Johns County. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree from Jacksonville University. Richardson started her teaching career in St. Johns County 18 years ago and joined Ocean Palms as principal in 2014. Prior to that she served as the assistant principal at Cunningham Creek Elementary. She also taught second, third and fourth grade and served as an instructional literacy coach. Before Cunningham Creek she worked at PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School and Ocean Palms Elementary School, where she held her first position with the district as a third grade teacher. “Jessica has an innate ability to develop strong and lasting connections with students, staff, families and community members,” said Forson. “She is the perfect candidate to provide a smooth transition to the new school.” “I am very enthusiastic about continuing my professional journey alongside the students, staff, and families in Northeast St. Johns County,” said Richardson. Richardson was named St. Johns County Assistant Principal of the Year in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University.

Follow us on Twitter February. Applications must be emailed to hala@ stjohnsculture.com, mailed, or delivered to the St. Johns Cultural Council Office, 15 Old Mission Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information, contact the St. Johns Cultural Council at hala@stjohnsculture.com or call 904-808-7330.

January Calendar Thursday Jan. 4 .......................................... Winter Break ends Friday, Jan. 5 .............................................. Planning Day/Student Holiday Monday, Jan. 8 ........................................... Students Return to School Monday, Jan. 15 ......................................... Martin Luther King Day Holiday Monday, Jan. 29 ......................................... Inservice Day/Student Holiday

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EDUCATION

Parents Can Get Help Navigating YouTube Waters

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ids go crazy over YouTube. It’s where they head for news, entertainment, humor, and even knowledge on topics ranging from multiplication to Minecraft. But for all the fun stuff on YouTube, the inappropriate content – from ads to negative comments to swear words and hate speech – concerns many parents. Now thanks to Common Sense, the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology by empowering parents, teachers, and policymakers unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to make this media a positive force, you can read reviews of YouTube’s most popular channels, and learn more about the video service, including ways to make it safer, what to do if your kids wants their own YouTube channel and how to find quality content. There’s no way to filter out all of the bad language, age-inappropriate videos, or negative user comments on YouTube. Google, YouTube’s parent company, has a guiding philosophy of an open web, where pretty much anything is allowable -- unless it’s illegal, harmful, or extremely offensive. You can always opt to use other, more tightly curated video apps (including YouTube Kids or the subscription-based YouTube Red, among others) instead of the almost-anything-goes YouTube site. But if you or your kids want to stick with YouTube, try these built-in features to make it a little safer. •

Use Playlists. When your kids log into YouTube, they’ll see the playlists you’ve created and can watch them instead of watching whatever comes up randomly or by searching. Playlists also reformat the Up Next section, so your kids will only see the next video on the list and not an indiscriminately selected related video. Subscribe to channels you like. Subscribing to your favorite channels adds them to your feed, so kids can easily click on them when they log in. Subscribing also helps YouTube determine other, similar videos you might like. Enable Restricted Mode. In your YouTube account settings (the little gear symbol), turn on Restricted Mode at the very bottom of the page. That should cut down on some of the age-inappropriate stuff. Turn off Autoplay. The related videos next to the main video you’re watching will play automatically unless you toggle off Autoplay. Turning this off prevents a potentially age-inappropriate video from playing. Use a video blocker. Downloadable video blockers are created by third parties. You can

add them to your browser and configure them to block videos by channel, subject matter, or keywords. It may seem foreign to parents, but for kids, video is a fun way to communicate. All the coolest apps – Snapchat, Instagram, Musical.ly, Messenger – let users share video clips. So even though you may have concerns about the risks of broadcasting on the Web – and they are legitimate – your kids may see it as a way of expressing themselves, learning digital video skills, sharing with friends, and experimenting creatively. It’s important to balance your concerns with the benefits they can reap. Your kid’s age will determine how to proceed. YouTube is supposed to be for users over the age of 13, due to the fact that the parent company, Google, collects and markets. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act exempts kids from data collection. But, as we all know, plenty of kids have YouTube channels. It’s not illegal for kids under 13 to create social media profiles on sites that collect user data so long as the parent is aware of the account, knows user data is being collected, and has approved the kid’s account. OPTIONS IF YOUR KID IS UNDER 13: Use a parent’s account. If you have Gmail, you have a YouTube log-in. Simply go to YouTube, log in with your Gmail address, and go to the account settings. Pay special attention to the upload defaults (where you can make your videos private) and the comments, which you can approve before they go live or turn off altogether. If you use your account, you’ll do all the uploading, but your kid can still have lots of creative control in the design of the channel, the descriptions, and, of course, the videos. Create a Family Link account. If you have an Android device, you can use Google’s Family Link app that lets you create supervised account for kids under 13. Use a different website. YouTube is the most popular video site, but other good options offer built-in safety measures for kids. There’s a lot to be wary of on YouTube, and it can be challenging to find YouTube channels that aren’t full of behavior you don’t want your kids repeating. Luckily, that’s not the case for some of the most popular. See commonsensemedia.org to find out who are the best celebrity role models. j

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differently at different sizes. At the Build a Giant Carbon Nanotube exhibit you can use foam construction pieces to make a large model of a tiny structure called a carbon nanotube. There are plenty of examples of nano in nature, technology, and your own home. Where Can You Find Nano? lets you listen, look and touch to discover nano all around you. At Balance our Nano Future, a variety of blocks represent the challenge of trying to create a stable nano world - can you balance all the blocks on the tippy table? Throughout the exhibition, interactive panels provide information on tiny solutions for big problems, exciting technologies inspired by nature, and different perspectives on nanotechnology. The Nano exhibition includes a seating area with comfortable furniture and additional reading material about this important topic. Nano is produced by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). For more information, visit theMOSH.org.

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Jacksonville Science Festival Starting To Build Up STEAM

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he sixth annual Jacksonville Science Festival, a 3-day festival featuring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) projects by local students is set for March 1, 2 and 3. The first two days the event will be at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s south campus, 11901 Beach Blvd, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the third day, the students will be at Friendship Fountain Park on the Southbank Riverwalk downtown adjacent to the Museum of Science and History from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winning teams will be award prize money (High School $500, Middle School $300, Elementary $200) based on a popular vote. Winning teams must represent a school. A college scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to one participant to the school of their choice. (High School Teams only) The annual Heroes Scholarship fundraiser dinner and auction is set for 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at

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he Dog Aging Project is a unique opportunity to advance scientific discovery while simultaneously providing enormous benefit for people and their pets. We believe that enhancing the longevity and healthspan – the healthy period of life – in peoples’ pets will have a major impact on our lives. To accomplish this goal, we are creating a network of pet owners, veterinarians, and scientific partners that will facilitate enrolling and monitoring pets in the Project. The Dog Aging Project has two major aims, described further below: a longitudinal study of aging in dogs and an intervention trial to prevent disease and extend healthy longevity in middleaged dogs. Longitudinal Study of Aging in Pet Dogs Despite the wealth of veterinary expertise in treating elderly companion animals, there has never been a comprehensive, detailed study of aging in dogs or cats. The goal of this component of the Dog Aging Project is to perform the first nationwide, large-scale longitudinal study of aging in pet dogs, where individual animals will be followed throughout life to understand the biological and environmental factors that determine why some dogs die early or succumb to diseases such as cancer, kidney failure, and dementia, while others live to a relatively old age free from these problems. Similar longitudinal studies of aging in humans have yielded a wealth of important data, but require decades to perform. What takes decades in people will take just years in dogs. Using cutting-edge technologies, in less than a decade we could identify the critical factors that would help our pets stay healthy longer, with added bonus that we will be able to compare our outcomes to those from the human studies. Visit http://dogagingproject.com/longitudinalstudy/ if you are interested in having your dog participate in the Canine Longitudinal Study of Aging. Rapamycin Intervention Trial in Pet Dogs A small number of interventions have been shown to reproducibly and robustly extend lifespan in mice. Among these, the best candidate for working similarly in dogs and people is a drug called rapamycin. In order to meet our goal of increasing healthy longevity in pet dogs, the Dog Aging Project is performing an intervention trial to treat middleaged dogs with the FDA approved drug rapamycin. At high doses, rapamycin is used successfully in human patients to prevent organ transplant

rejection and to fight cancer. At low doses, rapamycin slows aging and extends lifespan in several organisms, including mice, with few or no side effects.

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The first phase of this study is complete and we are currently in the process of planning Phase 2. This next phase of the study will enroll a second cohort of middle-aged dogs into a longer-term, low-dose rapamycin regimen designed to maximize lifespan and healthspan extension. Several age-related parameters will be assessed before, during, and after the treatment period, including cognitive function, heart function, immunity, and cancer incidence. We intend for the second phase to include dogs from around the United States, and, if possible, the rest of the world. Our primary concern is improving animal health and well being. The dogs will be closely monitored by veterinary professionals during all phases of these studies. While it is true that high doses of rapamycin can have negative side effects such as immune suppression and delayed wound healing, these are greatly mitigated if not completely absent at the doses used to extend longevity, and both animal and human studies indicate that even mild adverse events are rare. Visit http://dogagingproject.com/phase-2-application/ if you would like to register your dog to be considered for the long term rapamycin study. We are actively raising funds to support all of these studies. This includes submission of grants to the National Institute on Aging as well as foundations who support aging and veterinary research. Unfortunately, the reality is that funding from these sources is limited and often takes several years to obtain. That’s why we are also seeking donations from people who believe that research to delay aging is important and that dogs deserve longer healthier lives. Funding for these projects would directly support recruiting pet dogs into the study, veterinary costs to perform the exams and procedures, clinical and molecular assays, and bioinformatics analysis of the collected data. With your support, we have an amazing opportunity to improve the health of millions of pet dogs. If this project were fully funded, within 5 years, we may be able to increase healthy lifespan of middle-aged dogs by 2-5 years or more. Your help can make this possible. j dogagingproject.com

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code J4KMUL. Jacksonville at Veterans Memorial Arena / 904-6303900 / 300 A Phillip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.marveluniverselive.com The Cat in the Hat • January 22, 10am and 12noon The Florida Theatre presents The Cat in the Hat. This school time performance has an approximate running time of 50 minutes. School groups, homeschoolers, and individuals are welcome to attend. There will be two performances, 10am and 12noon. Admission is $8.50 per person. Florida Theatre / 904-353-3500 / 128 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 / www.theatreworksjax. com Let’s Go Science • January 24, 10:30am Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational and entertaining performance. Professor Smart shrinks his head, has toilet paper flying, juggles and has peoples’ hair standing on end all while demonstrating principals of physics. Researcher and comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall keeps the facts straight. During the Let’s Go Science Show, kids will learn science concepts through impressive and memorable demonstrations. They will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method. Tickets are $12 each, with a $3 Facility Fee added at checkout. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 Gobsmacked! • January 28, 3pm Gobsmacked! is the next-generation a cappella show, featuring the latest sensation from the UK, reigning world champion beatboxer, Ball-Zee, and an international cast of world-class vocalists. Tickets range from $23 to $63. There is a family 4-pack available; get 25% off each ticket when you buy 4 or more. Use code “4Pack” at checkout. Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts / 904-276-6815 / 283 College Drive, Orange Park, FL 32065 / www. thcenter.org

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