Category: Family and Community Engagement

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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St. Clair Evans Academy is the new Northwestern Legends Elementary School

Aug. 13, 2020 – St. Clair Evans Academy has officially been renamed Northwestern Legends Elementary School. The newly named school is located on the site of the former Northwestern Middle School and will house students and faculty of the former St. Clair Evans Academy. School leadership, faculty, community stakeholders, and students worked together to come […]

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Student saves neighbors during fire, receives Superintendent’s Coin of Excellence

June 23, 2020 — He’s a student some are referring to as a saint and a hero! Aaron Hill, a Sandalwood High School Saint whose brave actions saved many lives, was sent a Superintendent’s Coin of Excellence this month. It all began on May 18. Aaron says he was up late working on homework, when […]

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Photo of Tia Leathers, the Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, and her daughter Taige.

Child’s comment motivates Unconscious Bias training

June 18, 2020 –   In the communication below, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, Tia Leathers, shares a conversation she had with her daughter and how that helped motivate the creation of  an Unconscious Bias training for families. (This letter is currently being mailed to Duval families.) The training sessions begin July 1 and […]

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