Vickie Gutierrez

Riverside High mentor talks with his Ruth Upson Elementary mentee.

‘I feel like I’m looking up to the right person’: Mentoring program pairs up Riverside High and Ruth Upson Elementary students

Jan. 30, 2023 – Behavior problems. A lack of confidence. A lack of motivation in school. These were some of the symptoms Ruth Upson Elementary School staff observed in a group of fourth and fifth graders, and they knew something needed to change. This prompted staff to reach out to the nearby Riverside High School, […]

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FAQ – How do I enroll my child in a district VPK program?

Dec. 15, 2022 – Looking to enroll your child in one of the school district’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program for the 2023-2024 school year? Then you need to remember this date: Jan. 1, 2023. The first of the year marks the official opening of applications for district VPK programs, as well as applications for magnet schools […]

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Students participating in the Early College Education Academy

Training the next generation of teachers through the Early College Education Academy

Dec. 6, 2022 – With a focus on education, one Duval County Public Schools program is creating a pipeline for students who want to be the newest generation of educators in Duval classrooms. The Early College Education Academy — available at First Coast High School and Westside High School — is an accelerated program equipping […]

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Helping students become better readers from home

Nov. 18, 2022 – Educators say it’s no different than riding a bike, playing basketball, or mastering a new skill. “The more you do it, the more you practice, the better you get,” says Alicia Henderson, a Secondary Reading Curriculum and Instructional Specialist with the district. Henderson is speaking to the importance of students making […]

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Video – Paxon senior earns award for Alzheimer’s research

Oct. 25, 2022 – Not many high school students can say they’ve worked side by side with scientists, doing Alzheimer’s research in the world-renown Mayo Clinic. But then, there’s Paxon senior Kristi Biswas. “So my grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” shares Kristi. “And personally, I had to grow up watching her kind of forget […]

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Stock photo of student taking test

Helping students successfully transition into kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades

Aug. 12, 2022 – New classes, new schedules, and new routines. They’re the kind of changes students and families expect as they enter a new school year. But for those transitioning from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, or into school for the first time as kindergarteners, being a student in […]

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District working to lessen impact of national bus driver shortage on families

Aug. 3, 2022 – Sign-on bonuses and hiring more part-time drivers are just a couple of ways district leaders are hoping to recruit bus drivers in the midst of a national bus driver shortage. For Erika Harding, these strategies are critical. The district’s Director of Transportation knows first-hand how the shortage of drivers directly impacts […]

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