By St. Johns County School Board Member
Kelly Barrera, District 4
The St. Johns County School District has been busy over the summer preparing for our students’ arrival on August 10th. Principals, teachers and staff have been actively refreshing, reorganizing, updating, hiring, training, and preparing for a fantastic new school year ahead! Over the summer, professional development and training sessions have been ongoing to assist our teachers and staff in learning educational and operational best practices, technology updates and integration, and providing opportunities for accessing resources for innovation.
At the elementary school level, parents, students and teachers can look forward to the implementation of some new programs to assist with curriculum. We are excited to introduce Being a Writer in our elementary schools. This new academic program was piloted last year at two elementary schools and received strong positive feedback from teachers, parents and students. It is a structured program that involves learning about a subject, writing about the information learned, facilitating in-depth classroom discussion and comprehension, and writing again to include the greater detail and feedback.
Another successful program, Being a Reader, will be expanding in our middle schools to assist in strengthening reading strategies and comprehesion.
Starting in late August, Allen D. Nease High School will pilot a Power Hour program. This program will provide students with an hour each day to meet with teachers, access tutoring, study time, attend club meetings or work on special projects. The time slot will be scheduled in the middle of the school day and the goal will be to give students time to power forward academically and deepen their school engagement.
Site work and clearing is underway for construction of our new elementary school “M” located in the World Golf Village area at 2675 Pacetti Road in St. Augustine. The new school is being built to relieve overcrowding and is expected to open for the 2017-18 school year. It will accommodate approximately 800 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Ongoing information, progress and attendance zones for the new school will be posted on the St. Johns County School District website: http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/newschools/
Lastly, with upcoming retirement Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner, the St. Johns County School Board in the process of selecting a new Superintendent of Schools. The application period for the position has closed. Our Citizen’s Superintendent Search Advisory Committee will make their recommendations to the school board for interview selection. Interviews will be scheduled on October 6th and 7th. The school board will be an evening reception open to public for the community to meet the finalists on October 6th at 5:30pm.
St. Johns County School District looks forward to an exciting school year as we continue to work to meet the challenges of a dynamic and growing school district!
by Elizabeth Loeser
Welcome to the new school year — a time when children and parents share one of the most difficult annual traditions (and transitions) in the family routine. With these helpful tips from Tutoring Club, St. Johns, you can be prepared for when summer fun fades and the structure of the fall schedule takes over. Get your child off to a great start by making back to school more fun and less stressful for the entire family.
SET EXPECTATIONS: Children thrive on predictable outcomes – by establishing a to-do list, you are including them in the preparation and will know what to expect.
ESTABLISH ROUTINES: Children should have a set bed time and bedtime routine each night both during the school year as well as the summer. Well-rested children are much more successful in school.
CHECK SCHOOL WEB SITES: Many school systems have classroom web pages where teachers may list important information regarding the start of the school year.
CENTRALIZE THE CALENDAR: Create your family calendar right away to make sure everyone knows the schedule between school, sports, activities, parties and trips.
PLAN MEALTIME: If your family meal habits changed over the summer, begin scheduling mealtimes to mimic the school year. Be sure all members of the family eat a healthy breakfast.
TO DO’S YOU DO TOGETHER: Get ready for back to school with your children, not for them, by including them in the process of getting ready and being prepared.
CHECK PAST PERFORMANCE: Look back at your child’s report card and determine if he or she needs an academic boost going into the new school year. Tutoring Club St. Johns has helped hundreds of students get ahead in a difficult subject, which helps them transition more easily.
COMMUNICATE TO EASE ANXIETY: Whether it’s a first grader or a teen, back to school anxiety is a fairly common problem. Talk with your child to make sure he or she feels prepared emotionally and otherwise.
MAKE IT FUN AND MEMORABLE: Back to school should be a moment in your child’s life that is positive, fun, and memorable.
Tutoring Club St. Johns provides tutoring, EOC Review, SAT/ACT prep and scholarship and admissions services for students of all ages in St. Johns County. To prepare your child for academic success in the new school year or to inquire about scholarship and admission services, call Elizabeth Loeser at 904-230-2855.
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