Bolles Hosts Second Annual JAX 50

The second annual JAX 50 Sprint Dual Challenge will again bring some of the world’s greatest swimmers to The Bolles School’s Uible Pool.  The event, to be held April 15-17, includes swimming competition, instruction, and fun while supporting an important cause. 

The Friday schedule will feature long course competition in each stroke at 100 meters and the 200 IM. Saturday’s morning session includes 50 meter races of each stroke with the top-two male and female swimmers in the 50 freestyle advancing to the main event on Saturday evening.  In the main event, the four qualifiers will join the group of elite swimmers to participate in a round-robin 50 freestyle competition.

Two Duval County Public Schools Students Receive National Achievement Scholarships

Two Duval County Public Schools' seniors were among the names of 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who have won Achievement Scholarship® awards through the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

“These students have shown immense dedication and focus to their education and are inspirations to their peers,” said Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools, Ed Pratt-Dannals. “This award signifies the commitment they have made to their school work, and I encourage both of them to continue striving to succeed in post-secondary education.”

JU Masters in Marine Science to Start in Fall of 2011

Jacksonville University is proud to announce our new Master of Science in Marine Science and Master of Arts in Marine Science (MS/MA) degree programs that are opening this fall. Each program is designed to provide its graduates with the specific knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a variety of marine-related positions in industry, government and education, as well as, for entry into doctoral marine science programs.

Duval County School Board Recognitions

During the presentation portion of the monthly meeting of the Duval County School Board, Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals and Board members recognized teachers, volunteers, a community partner and business partners for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to Duval County Public Schools:

Jacksonville City Rowing Championships

This Saturday, April 9, the annual youth rowing Jacksonville City Championship Regatta will be held on the Ortega River.  St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is the host site, great viewing of the races can be had from the Timuquana Bridge (Timuquana Rd/103rd St. just west of US 17.)  

After winning last week’s North Florida South Georgia Championship Regatta (vs teams from Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Savannah and Gainesville,) Stanton Riverbank Rowing defends its Jacksonville title against teams from Bolles, Episcopal, Jacksonville Rowing Club and St. Johns Country Day.  Race times begin about 8am and will wrap up mid-afternoon.

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking Rally Today in Jacksonville

6th Annual Stop Teen Underage Drinking  Rally Today in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Students from all of Duval county's public high schools are participating in the Stop Teenage Underage Drinking (S.T.U.D.) Rally.

The event addresses issues relating to underage drinking and lifestyle choices that teens face on a daily basis.

The S.T.U.D. Rally begins at 7 A.M. at the Morocco Shrine Auditorium.

Duval County Prepares Appeal for Failing Schools

Duval County Prepares Appeal for Failing Schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board will take its action plan to revamp four failing school before the state Board of Education.

That meeting is set for Tuesday in Tallahassee. 

Before that meeting the board will meet in a workshop to discuss its strategy to redesign the schools: Raines, Ribault and Andrew Jackson high schools, plus North Shore K-8.

There is no support to close the schools from the impacted communities, acccording to the board. The board offered to revamp the schools, but retain local control. The state's education commissioner rejected that plan.

Now, the school proposes a partnership with the business community callled the Duval Partnership for Excellent Education.

Education Commissioner Eric Smith has not signed off on the latest proposal, asking for more specifics on implementation. The local school board on Tuesday will present the plan that includes the committee.