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.

“Best in Show” and “Honorable Mentions” Take Center Stage at Jacksonville Ceremony

“Best in Show” and “Honorable Mentions” Take Center Stage at Jacksonville Ceremony

Congressman Ander Crenshaw congratulated winners of his annual Congressional Arts Competition on Saturday, May 7 at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts South Campus at Florida State College Jacksonville. At the event, he presented winners with awards and visited with participating students, their families, and school representatives at the ceremony.

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.

Seacoast Christian Academy Growing, Expanding Athletics Program

While Duval County Public Schools are considering the elimination of athletic programs due to a budget crisis, one Jacksonville private school
is doing just the opposite. Seacoast Christian Academy, considered by its leadership as “Jacksonville’s best-kept secret in private education,” is growing. It is opening enrollment for an additional 100 new students for the 2011 fall semester and hiring eight additional teachers and staff as the
school prepares to expand its campus and athletic programs.

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.

Save Our Schools Rally

Students of William M. Raines High School (WMRH) are rallying today, Monday, May 02, 2011, to show support in saving their schools, Raines, Ribault, Jackson, and North-Shore K-8. It is taking place at Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in effort to educate the community & students attending the four Intervene Schools on the decisions made by the Duval County Public School Board. Local pastors, ministers, and community members will be present in support of the students.

William M. Raines Students Fight for their School

The students of William M. Raines High School (WMRH) are dissatisfied and rejecting the Duval County School Board’s (DCSB) decision to turn control of WMRH over to an Education Management Organization if the school doesn’t improve on this year's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.