Bolles Fourth Grade Hosts Annual Florida Day

Fourth grade students on the Bolles Whitehurst Campus will host the annual Florida Day on Friday, May 20, from 9-11 a.m.

Jr ROWITA Fellowship Winners Announced

Two young women High School students from St Johns County have received the first annual Jr. ROWITA Fellowships.  Hannah Drozd, a graduating senior from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was awarded the performance fellowship,   while Jessica Bourgade, a graduating senior from Allen D. Nease High School received a fellowship in the visual arts category.  There were no applicants for the Jr. ROWITA Literary Arts Fellowship. Each will receive $500 to be used to further their arts education.

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Spotlight on Students and Their Interest on Homeless Pets

Students at Fletcher Middle Participate in the Opening of the Beaches Parade

Four students from Fletcher Middle School participated in the Opening of the Beaches Parade with Friends of Jacksonville Animals (FOJA). The girls were asked to participate by the FOJA beach committee.

In addition to walking the dogs and hyping the crowd during the parade, the girls designed posters, flyers and decorations for the float. The theme was “Rock Star” and they gave the dogs names such as “Mick Wagger” and “Elvis Pawsley.” The girls continued volunteering at FOJA’s adoption event after the parade. Four of the dogs found potential homes thanks to students’ efforts.

This project began in December during a service-learning lesson in the classroom. During a unit on research and communication, the students studied and discussed pet overpopulation.

Two Duval County Students Named National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winners

Two Duval County Public Schools’ students are winners of the National Merit $2500 Scholarships. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sarah Davis and Aditya Karhade, two students from Stanton College Preparatory, were among those selected to receive the National Merit $2500 Scholarship. Sarah plans to study elementary/special education, and Aditya plans to study biomedical engineering.

Two Bolles Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

Two Bolles Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

Bolles seniors Scott Rice and Ryan Smith have been recently announced as winners in the National Merit Scholarship program.  Five students in the Bolles Class of 2011 were named National Merit Finalists and the remaining three students may still be announced as National Merit winners. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2011 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

Save Duval Schools Works to Raise Public Awareness About Impacts of Planned Education Budget Cuts

During the next few days, Jacksonville citizens will learn that draconian state education funding cuts -- once considered only a threat or bargaining position -- are now real.  Duval schools are facing more than $90 million of funding reductions in next year’s budget, this after five consecutive years of funding cuts.

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

Duval School Board Holds Final Public Meeting on Proposed Budget Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Board of Education held its final meeting to allow the public to voice its opinion about proposed budget cuts.

Monday night's meeting, held at Ed White High School, drew another large crowd.

Audience members had the opportunity to weigh in on the potential solutions to close the county's budget hole of more than $75 million: a four-day school week, furloughing teachers, or cutting sports, art and/or music from schools.

Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said he doesn't have an exact time table for a vote on the matter.
He wants to tally all of the public comments and suggestions, first, but Pratt-Dannals did say it would be soon.