Category: Achievement

Five Duval magnet schools nationally recognized for outstanding magnet programs

Feb. 7, 2020– Congratulations to five district magnet schools earning national recognition for their outstanding magnet programs. John E. Ford English and Spanish Montessori, LaVilla School of the Arts, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Spring Park Elementary and Stanton College Preparatory have all been awarded the prestigious “School of Distinction Merit Award” from the Magnet Schools […]

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Alfred DuPont eighth-grader defies odds and disability to become district spelling bee champ

Feb. 4, 2020 – DUBIOUSLY! It’s the word that made Julius Graham the district’s spelling bee champ. The DuPont Middle eighth grader went head to head with the district’s top spellers over 15 rounds at the annual district spelling bee and came out on top after successfully spelling the four-syllable word. But while “DUBIOUSLY” earned […]

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Leena Hall-Young named 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Press release below courtesy of Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Jan. 17, 2020 — Congratulations to Leena Hall-Young who was named the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year tonight at the 29th Annual EDDY Awards, hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF). Hall-Young, a 10th-grade language arts teacher at Raines High School, […]

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Kate Fulginiti, Duval County Assistant Principal of the Year

Jan. 16, 2020 – Matthew Gilbert Middle School’s Kate Fulginiti has been the assistant principal for five years, and through her hard work and dedication, she now holds the title of Duval County’s 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year.  “Absolutely excited, but totally surprised,” said Fulginiti. “There are a ton of fully–qualified people that are just as deserving, […]

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LaWanda Polydore, Duval County Principal of the Year

Jan. 16, 2020 –“Someone has to do it. Someone has to get in there and say, ‘I’m going to take care of the children.’” For Principal LaWanda Polydore, the “why” behind her work is simple – to empower her students to be the best they can be, even in spite of their circumstances. “My students […]

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Duval County Public School System Receives 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence

JACKSONVILLE, FL, Jan. 15, 2020 – Being bold. Standing up for learners. Dreaming big. These are among the qualities Duval County Public Schools was recognized for exemplifying as a recipient of the Cognia 2019 Values Driven Award of Excellence. The prestigious award was presented to Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene on Wednesday during a conference held […]

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Duval graduation rate continues historic rise

Jan. 9, 2020 – For the sixth consecutive year, Duval County Public Schools has earned its highest federal graduation rate in the district’s history.  Approximately 86.5% of our students are graduating. This is an increase of 1.4 percentage points over last year, and over 28 percentage points in the last 10 years.   This makes Duval County the leader in graduation improvement among […]

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Duval County announces 2020 Teacher of the Year Finalists

Dec. 5, 2019 -It was a moment nearly 200 teachers with the Duval County School District hoped for, as the finalists for the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year, were surprised in their classrooms this week.   “These teachers of the year have spent years honing in on their craft and perfecting […]

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Local student makes history in TIME Magazine using TikTok App

Nov. 25, 2019 –It was near the end of her junior year at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, and Brooke Pavek was preparing for her Advanced Placement United States History exam. She knew her memory needed to be sharp in order to get a top score. She didn’t know that months later, preparing for that exam would become a […]

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Duval Fourth Grader Wins Elementary Category in 2019 Florida Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest

Oct. 17, 2019 – A Pine Forest Elementary School fourth grader was among the winners announced this week of Florida’s 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay contest. Julietta Ramirez said she was both shocked and proud to be selected as the elementary school winner out of the entire state. “It didn’t feel real,” Ramirez said. “I […]

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