Category: Family and Community Engagement

Full academic ride to historically black university awarded to “5000 Role Models of Excellence” students

June 29, 2021 — Disappointed after not getting into the college he applied for, Maurice Bell said he lost some of his motivation for higher education. Then Bell — who would be graduating from Lee High School — received a phone call from a 5000 Role Models of Excellence district administrator that brought everything back […]

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‘I will not let them down’ – Team Duval leader recognized for service in schools/community

May 11, 2021 – For Tia Leathers, growing up in Jacksonville’s northside helped develop her drive to be a leader who invests in her community. “My life was full of the most resilient and brilliant examples of leadership all around me,” said Leathers. “Retired educators. Doctors. Politicians. Movie stars. Each and every one of them […]

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Highlighting how schools support military children

April 30, 2021 – Duval County Public Schools is proud to serve 8,672 military students and their families! Military children often face unique challenges, with one or both parents occasionally on deployment. Schools that have a high military student population, like Venetia Elementary and Mayport Middle, have unique programs in place to aid in the […]

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Military mom surprises children in homecoming

April 22, 2021 – Three students at Neptune Beach Elementary received the surprise of a lifetime yesterday when their mom, Petty Officer Langley, showed up at their school. While the students led the pledge of allegiance at what they thought was a brief ceremony in honor of Military Child Month, school officials snuck Langley in […]

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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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Food distribution this Thursday, Dec. 17

District joins community partners in food give-away this Thursday

Dec.  14, 2020 – In the spirit of the holiday season and coming together as a community, Duval County Public Schools is joining several non-profit organizations in two different food giveaways to support local families in need.  Both events will be hosted this Thursday, Dec. 17 at two locations: Redemption Church (hosted by Feeding Northeast […]

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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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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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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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