Schools

Volunteers Needed for the Spring Book Fair at Pacetti Bay Middle School

At this time, Pacetti Bay Middle School does not have enough volunteers to run the book fair. PBMS asks that you please check your schedule and see if you can commit some time for March 15 through the following Monday.

Volunteers help the students locate books, keep shelves organized and ring up sales. Teachers typically bring students in by class and it is well organized. Volunteers receive a 10% discount on purchases.

To view the sign up, go to:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/spring495/714613

FPL Selects Four Teachers in St. Johns County for Renewable Energy Classroom Grants

Florida Power & Light Company today announced that four teachers in St. Johns County were selected to receive $4,000 in funding through FPL’s 2011 Renewable Energy Teacher Grant program.

The winning teachers will receive the funding to support classroom projects that help teach students about renewable energy and adhere to the Florida State Board of Education’s Sunshine State Standards. In total, 43 teachers across FPL’s 35-county service territory have been selected to receive a total of $43,000 in 2011.

Nease High School’s Wired Newscast Wins Student Television Network Excellence Award

Nease High School’s Wired Newscast Wins Student Television Network Excellence Award

On Saturday, March 12th, in a room filled with 1,400 of the best and brightest high school students from TV Production programs from around the country. Nease students were called to the stage to accept one of the most coveted awards offered at the high school level. This past week, students from around the United States flew in, from as far away as Hawaii, to attend the annual Student Television Network (STN) Convention in Orlando, Florida.

St. Johns County Rally to Support our Schools

St. Johns County Rally to Support our Schools

50th No More, the first grassroots group founded by parents to support public education in Florida is organizing a Rally in St. Augustine to support schools and protest recently proposed cuts to education.  The community is invited to attend.

Students Compete in Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF

Students Compete in Annual Regional Robotics Tournament at UNF

Get ready for a high-energy, high-tech educational experience as the Florida Regional Botball Tournament heads to the University of North Florida. Fourteen teams from Florida schools and as far away as Zimbabwe will be competing Saturday, March 12, on campus at the Student Union Ballroom, Building 58W, Rooms 3703A-3703D. Seeding rounds begin at 9:30 a.m. and the double-elimination tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Teacher Rallies Start; School Board Preps for Possible $97 Million Cut

Teacher Rallies Start; School Board Preps for Possible $97 Million Cut

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "Terrible, worse, draconian, catastrophic." 

That's how Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals described budget cuts today at a workshop in which the school board discussed how to handle a potential loss of $97 million.

The potential loss would come from Gov. Rick Scott's budget proposal in which he promised massive spending cuts.

While today's meeting covered several topics -- the intervene schools, vacant positions and governance included -- the big item was the budget.

Pratt-Dannals, in his remarks to the board, reiterated that the budget must be balanced no matter the dollar figure.

The options on the table are severe. One would cut health insurance for employees.

Another would eliminate non-core programs, including art, music, physical education, etc., or the elimination of staffing for all after-school programs, including sports and band.

Dueling Rallies with Tea Party, Unions Sweep State as Legislature Gathers

Dueling Rallies with Tea Party, Unions Sweep State as Legislature Gathers

TAMPA, Fla. -- Groups from all over Florida are planning rallies Tuesday as the Legislature's session starts.

The Florida Legislature opens its 2011 session today, and it's shaping up to be a loud and confrontational time. Republicans carry a better than two-to-one majority in the Legislature. They may have big debates within the party over what to cut and how deeply.

Then there are the Democrats, who say the state is already struggling to meet its obligations to its people without any cuts.

Dozens of rallies were planned across Florida to protest broad budget cuts and push to protect unions.

"I really think they are after the corporate bottom line," said Lance King, who took the day off from work to protest in Tallahassee.

Gov. Rick Scott wants to trim state spending by $5 billion and phase in property and corporate tax cuts.