Category: Elementary

Spring Park Elementary students raise their hands during the "JA in a Day" assembly.

Spring Park Elementary students pocket tips for financial success thanks to “JA in a Day”

Oct. 26, 2023 – They may not have perfected their stock portfolios just yet, but students at Spring Park Elementary School are definitely pocketing smart financial tips thanks to the “JA in a Day” program that took place on Wednesday. “JA in a Day” is a special collaboration among the school district, Junior Achievement (JA), […]

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New Amazon grant to boost computer science education in Duval elementary schools

Aug. 4, 2023 — Amazon and Duval County Public Schools this week announced that Amazon is funding computer science education and teacher professional development for elementary schools in the district — impacting thousands of students from underserved communities and groups currently underrepresented in tech — as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program. Duval County […]

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Students participating in the UFLI program.

With a focus on phonics, new literacy program is rooted in science of reading

June 13, 2023 – Coming to K-2 students this fall – it’s a new reading curriculum district leaders say teachers are “raving about” and is leading to student success. It’s called the UFLI Foundations. UFLI stands for the University of Florida Literacy Institute. With this curriculum, teachers focus on teaching students phonics – or sounding […]

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Animal Lovers Club helps Mandarin Oaks students foster a love for science and animal care

March 31 – Chickens, chinchillas, and a baby pig aren’t what you see in an average school classroom. But for one class at Mandarin Oaks Elementary, they have become a staple. The Animal Lovers Club, started by teacher Ana Andenmatten, focuses on teaching children how to take care of animals. Andematten says she also hopes […]

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Teacher and students building a robot.

Students showcase STEM skills at Computer Science and Robotics festival

March 28, 2023 – From flight simulators, to robotics and 3D printing, students from schools across the county got the opportunity to show off their technology projects and better understand how their studies can start them on a path to scientific-based jobs. Held at the 121 Financial Ballpark on March 21, the Duval County Public […]

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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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District taking further steps to comply with Florida laws on library books

Jan. 23, 2023 – Duval County Public Schools continues to take steps to ensure compliance with all recent legislation regarding books and materials available to children through school media centers and classroom libraries. The Florida Department of Education has trained all Florida schools districts to “err on the side of caution” in determining if a […]

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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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