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Tennis Advocates Plan Rally to Save Duval County Public Schools High School Tennis

Tennis Advocates Plan Rally to Save Duval County Public Schools High School Tennis

In the wake of the Duval County School Board announcing that boys' and girls' high school tennis is being placed on the tentative "cut" list for an upcoming School Board vote, Jacksonville tennis advocates are coming out in full force, organizing writing campaigns and urging tennis supporters to attend the next School Board meeting that is open to the public on June 13, 2011, when a vote on the matter will take place.

Duval County Summer Enrichment & Grade Recovery Programs

From June 20 - July 29, 2011, Duval County Public Schools will host several free summer school opportunities for our elementary, middle and high school students in need of promotion or credit/course recovery.

Bolles Fourth Grade Hosts 2011 Florida Day

Bolles Fourth Grade Hosts 2011 Florida Day

Fourth grade students on the Bolles Whitehurst Campus hosted the annual Florida Day on Friday, May 20.  Students studied the history and culture of the state and portrayed famous Floridians or characters.  Florida Day subjects included Juan Ponce de Leon, Henry Flagler, Southern Belles, Jimmy Buffett, Everglades Park Rangers, scuba divers, Walt Disney, hurricane experts, Calusa Indians, astronauts, and much more.

Hendricks Avenue Teacher of the Week

Hendricks Avenue Teacher of the Week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Our Teacher of the Week is a fourth-grade teacher at Hendricks Avenue Elementary and a former Teacher of the Year at the school.

The school year is winding down to a close, but students in Christa Ritchie's fourth-grade class remain engaged and excited about school and their current projects.

"She's a really, really fun teacher and she does really good things for us," said fourth-grader Ollie Desmond. 

"She's fun and she cares about us," said fourth-grader Annie Vodenicker. 

Ritchie truly does, even taking a few to dinner sometimes to reward great gains in the classroom. "I want to make sure they feel like they're cared for and someone's always there for them. Even when they go to middle school and high school, they can always come back."

She's also a teacher's teacher, stepping in to help whenever she's needed. 

Duval Elementary Mathematics Council Announces the 2011 Mathematics Educator of the Year

Duval Elementary Mathematics Council Announces the 2011 Mathematics Educator of the Year

The Duval Elementary Mathematics Council (DEMC) is pleased to announce that Kristina Knox, a fourth-grade teacher at Hendricks Avenue Elementary, is the recipient of the 2011 DEMC Mathematics Educator of the Year Award. As the 2011 recipient, Mrs. Knox receives a $500 award from DEMC and Pearson Publishing, the sponsor of the annual event.

SJEDS Third Grader starts TEAMS FOR TORNADOES

When San Jose Episcopal Day School (SJEDS)Third Grader Miriam Abikhaled heard about the tornado victims in Hackleburg, Alabama, she knew she had to do something.  Abikhaled, who has relatives in Alabama, was compelled to help the victims of the only F-5 tornado to hit Alabama during the tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011.  Hackleburg, a town of only 1500, was completely demolished.  While larger cities, like Tuscaloosa, were receiving a lot of national and regional attention, not much was being done to help with residents of Hackleburg.

Quality Physical Education Must be Maintained in Duval County Public Schools

Today, the Duval County Public School Board will begin to make recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and  is in an unfortunate financial situation. However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.