Schools

New Chief Financial Officer for the St. Johns County School District

New Chief Financial Officer for the St. Johns County School District

Michael Degutis, Deputy Superintendent of the Indian River School District (IRSD), has been named by Superintendent Joseph Joyner as the new Chief Financial Officer for the St. Johns County School District. 

Quota International of St Augustine presents scholarship to students at Florida School for the Deaf

Quota International of St Augustine presents scholarship to students at Florida School for the Deaf

Quota was present at FSDB's Graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 3rd to award two scholarships.  Amber Savard and Gus Shitama were the recipients of these scholarships.  The graduates plan to move on to higher education.  They met strict criteria and were sponsored by one of thier educators/ councelors to be selected for this award in addition to GPA requirements. President, Lisa Licata and Scholarship Chair, Jane Crawford awarded the scholarships on Friday.  The Scholarships represent a culmination of various fundraising successes in our local community.  The ambitions for the club in the future are to grow the amount and quantity of awards in the years to come in order to shape more lives and grant new posibilities.   Learn more about Quota www.quota/florida.org

 

 

 

Liberty Pines Academy Closed, June 3

Liberty Pines Academy Closed, June 3

Students at Liberty Pines Acadmey will enjoy an extra short week coming off Memorial Day weekend. The school is closed Friday June 3, 2011 due to smoke still remaining in the building and the air quality being below acceptable standards.

The St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Valued Donors at Reception

The St. Johns County Education Foundation Honors Valued Donors at Reception
The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) held their 2nd Annual Donor Reception on May 26th at A1A Ale Works.  The event honored valued donors who have worked with the SJCEF to fund and volunteer for numerous projects that directly benefit St. Johns County’s quality of living through its educational system.   

 

Present at the reception were mentors from the Take Stock in Children program, tutors from the Supplemental Educational Services program, Beth Upchurch, the Teacher of the Year, Megan Miller, the Rookie Teacher of the Year, SJCEF Board members and local donors, such as The Bailey Group, Hydro Aluminum and Regions Bank.

 

Megan Miller, who was awarded the Rookie Teacher of the Year by the SJCEF, noted that this ongoing philanthropy is a civic lesson she did not have to find on the Internet.  It is a real world example with local significance.

Warning: 'Lazy Cakes' Hitting Store Shelves on First Coast

Warning: 'Lazy Cakes' Hitting Store Shelves on First Coast

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A new "designer drug" has hit the First Coast.

"Lazy Cakes" are marketed as herbal brownies, designed to help adults de-stress, but drug and alcohol prevention experts are worried they will get into the wrong hands.

"The cartoon on it kind of looks like it's marketed toward youth and I hope that youth don't get involved with it," said Brandon Colee , a spokesman for PACT, the Prevention Coalition of St. Johns County.

The brownies contain a high dosage of melatonin, a hormone that helps people sleep. According to the Lazy Cakes website, each packaged brownie contains two servings, or about 8 mg of the hormone. Experts said most people need a much smaller dose of melatonin when it is used as a sleep aid. 

Colee said there have been reports of small children being hospitalized in other parts of  country after eating some of the brownies.

SJCEF to host annual Tools 4 Schools Program at Pacetti Bay Middle School this August

SJCEF to host annual Tools 4 Schools Program at Pacetti Bay Middle School this August

The St. Johns County Education Foundation (SJCEF) has announced that it will host its annual Tools 4 Schools event at Pacetti Bay Middle School on August 31, 2011.   Tools 4 Schools is a county-wide school supply drive hosted by the SJCEF that directly benefits the educators in the St. Johns County School District.

Beginning in July, drop-off locations for school supply donations will be established in local business and organizations.  Employees and people of the community are encouraged to donate new supplies that educators can use in their classrooms.  On August 31, 2011, Pacetti Bay will open their multipurpose room and welcome all local teachers to collect what they need from the donations for the upcoming school year.

Nease Color Guard Presentation

Nease Color Guard Presentation

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida, held it's annual meeting May 5th, 2011.  The opening ceremonies, lead by Mrs. Bruce (Jerry) Chappell, Florida Society President.    As a part of the opening ceremonies Nease High School Junior ROTC unit provided Color guard duties which  were provided by cadets B. Tucker, A. Curry, J. Ducote & G. Fultz.  Additionally, cadet N. Thatcher performed the National Anthem.  

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America is an organization founded in 1891.  The Society has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and the interpretation of historic sites throughout the United States.