Category: Elementary

Hotspot Delivery Combats Digital Divide

Philanthropy bridges digital divide for Long Branch families

Jan. 8, 2021 – Since COVID-19 disrupted schools in March, access to web-based school resources has become essential for students. This is especially true for schools like Long Branch Elementary, a Title I school on Jacksonville’s Eastside. “Many of our parents don’t have internet access,” said Long Branch Elementary School Principal Wayman Graham. “This can […]

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How to register for the 2021-22 VPK lottery

Dec. 2, 2020 – With holiday season in full swing, don’t forget that school choice season is just around the corner. Beginning Jan. 1, parents will have the opportunity to apply for their children’s school of choice. This includes Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten with Duval County Public Schools. Like last school year, applications for VPK will be online […]

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School Choice – What you need to know

Nov. 18, 2020 – Duval County Public Schools is a choice district, which means students can attend schools outside their attendance area zones through the school choice application process. While applications open in January, there is a lot families can do now to prepare. See list below. Note that while some things have changed due […]

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15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

Nov. 17, 2020 – Congratulations to the the 15 outstanding educators who were selected as semifinalists for VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Monday by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) who manages the Teacher of the Year process. The 15 educators will go on to be considered as finalists […]

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Strategies for engaging preschool students

“Minds like sponges” – New class will teach early childhood learning tips

Nov. 12, 2020 – A child’s mind is like a sponge, says DCPS educator Sonya McSwain, and the earlier they begin soaking in math and literacy skills, the better.  It’s why McSwain, the district’s director of Early Childhood Learning, believes parents of pre-school aged children should listen to today’s virtual course on “Strategies for Engaging […]

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GRASP educator works with student in classroom.

‘It’s ok to mess up’ – GRASP educators discuss serving students with dyslexia

Oct. 29, 2020 – Entering GRASP Academy on Justina Road is like entering any other school in Northeast Florida…but with one main difference. Each student at this academy demonstrates characteristics of dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a neurobiological learning disorder that is characterized by “difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and […]

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Students pay tribute to their heroes during Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony

Students pay tribute to their heroes during Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony

Oct. 21, 2020 – Sixteen years ago, Jose Ascencion Monteagudo-Avila moved from Mexico to the United States with his wife and son and little money. Sometimes earning less than $50 a week, Monteagudo-Avila decided to take a risk by selling his truck and using his life savings to venture into a new career…. So began […]

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Principal Polydore helps a student pick out new clothes in clothing closet.

Northwestern Legends and JTA partner to build new clothing closet

Oct. 19, 2020 – LaWanda Polydore knows that sometimes a clean shirt can determine whether a child succeeds or even attends school. The principal of Northwestern Legends – and the 2020 Duval Principal of the Year – gives her most recent example: A mother of five children who was worried about choosing between feeding her […]

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See how each school benefits from half-penny sales tax

Oct. 12, 2020 – Whether it’s a new roof, enhanced technology, updated/new AC systems or removal of  portables, every school in the district will benefit if the half-cent sales tax referendum passes. How they will each benefit is detailed in easy-to-read one-pagers on www.ourduvalschools.org. For most, like Fort Caroline Middle School and Abess Park Elementary, […]

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Logos of e-cards for Thank A Principal

#Thank a Principal during National Principals Month

Oct. 6, 2020 – Through visionary leadership and tireless pursuit of success for each student, principals guide and support their schools in ways large and small every day. As a community, let’s recognize National Principals Month and show these amazing leaders some love and appreciation. Visit the National Principal’s Month webpage to send your favorite […]

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