Laureen Ricks

District launches school name change tracker

Next step in the school renaming process – Voting

March 5, 2020 – The school name change process for nine schools continues with five of the schools scheduled to start their voting process after Spring Break. These schools are J.E.B. Stuart Middle, Jefferson Davis Middle, Joseph Finegan Elementary, Kirby-Smith Middle, and Stonewall Jackson Elementary. The Supervisor of Elections Office is working with all schools […]

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Duval HomeRoom graphic

Duval HomeRoom cancellation forms available for fourth quarter

March 2, 2020 –  Duval HomeRoom cancelation forms are now available for parents who wish to return their children to brick and mortar learning for the fourth quarter, which begins Tuesday, March 23. The cancellation forms are available through the  parent Focus account now through next Friday, March 12.   Cancellation is not required. However, per […]

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Black History Month

Beyond checking a box – Going deeper with African American history

Feb. 9, 2021 – TiLena Robinson remembers sitting down with a group of Duval students recently to discuss their experience with how black history was taught in their classrooms. It was enlightening, said Robinson, a social studies specialist with the district. “We’ve done student surveys where the feedback was very positive regarding how diverse histories […]

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February is You Matter Month

Video – Team Duval kicks off “You Matter Month”

Feb. 16, 2021 – This post has been updated. The original post is from Feb. 4, and is being saved below for archive purposes. The theme and language chosen for this campaign overshadowed the critical need to help teens connect with resources for mental health and suicide prevention. The district will continue the work on […]

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District launches school name change tracker

District launches School Name Change Tracker

Feb. 3, 2020 – Nine schools are currently going through the school name change process, and to help the community keep track, the district launched a new webpage. The School Name Change Tracker, located at www.duvalschools.org/tracker, will help community and school stakeholders monitor their school’s progress and know how they can provide input. Though these […]

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School choice creates live chat feature to support families

Feb. 2, 2021 – With the Feb. 28 application deadline just a few weeks away, School Choice staff is unveiling new ways families can connect with them and get questions answered. One of those ways is live chatting using the “My Chat” feature in “School Match 2021.” Brand new this year, the “My Chat” features […]

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National School Counseling Week – Recognizing impact

Feb. 1, 2021 – It’s National School Counseling Week, and Team Duval is recognizing its more than 250 school counselors and the invaluable impact they have on student achievement. “School counselors help students in more ways than families realize, especially during these times as we continue to navigate a global pandemic,” said Wendy Dunlap, Director […]

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Curbside meal service ending at 20 schools

20 schools to shift curbside meal service to alternative school sites Feb. 1

Jan. 28, 2021 – Twenty schools will shift their curbside meal pick-up service to other school sites beginning Feb. 1 due to zero participation. This will allow for more efficient use of resources, with prepared meals and food service staff being directed to school sites that have greater participation. The alternative school sites are the […]

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Mandarin teacher selected as Duval Teacher of the Year for 2021

Mandarin High educator selected as 2021 VyStar Teacher of the Year

Jan. 27, 2021 – It’s rare that anyone, especially his students, sees Jim Schmitt speechless. But that’s exactly what the Mandarin High School educator was on Wednesday afternoon when he was announced as the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The 27-year teaching veteran, who teaches U.S. History and Global Perspectives at Mandarin […]

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5Essentials Survey available Jan. 26 - Feb. 26

Teachers, students, and parents get voice in improving schools

Jan. 26, 2021 – The annual 5Essentials survey is launching today, giving students, parents, and teachers a unique opportunity to have a voice in improving their schools. The survey — available at this link now through Feb. 26 — is administered every spring and helps schools better understand areas of strength and weakness in five […]

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