Category: Middle

James Weldon Johnson unveils new mural honoring civil rights activist, Black National Anthem

  Feb. 12, 2020 – Tuesday evening, dozens gathered at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School to celebrate the unveiling of a new school mural honoring the iconic civil rights leader who serves as the school’s namesake. The complete mural includes a portrait of Johnson as well as the lyrics to “Lift Ev’ry Voice […]

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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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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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Congratulations 2020 Teacher of the Year Semifinalists

Semifinalists named for 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year

Nov. 7, 2019 — Congratulations to the 15 outstanding public school teachers who were named semifinalists for the 2020 Florida Blue Duval County Teacher of the Year today. The semifinalists were selected from the more than 180 Teachers of the Year nominated by their schools for their results in the classroom and their commitment to […]

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National assessments show Team Duval remains at the head of the class

National assessments show Team Duval remains at the head of the class

Oct. 30, 2019 – A national assessment of student achievement and learning again shows the strength of Duval County Public Schools in comparison to other large city school districts across the country. Duval ranked in the top five of participating districts in 17 out of 20 student groupings in the 2019 National Assessment of Educational […]

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Robotics and hope — Project Lead the Way grants expands CTE opportunities for students

Aug. 8, 2019 – New computers, software and even robots. These are just a few of the things that Terry Parker computer science teacher Peter Berta said will now be available for students in his class. His school was one of eight schools to receive a multi-thousand-dollar competitive grant from Project Lead the Way (PLTW), […]

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Record-breaking graduation rate and improved learning gains move Duval to highest grade in history

July 11, 2019 – Propelled by a record-breaking graduation rate and learning gains made by students in math and reading, Duval County Public Schools is now closer to an A than it has ever been. The district leaped six overall points, and is now just 4 points shy – less than one percentage point – […]

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Duval students improve in a majority of tested areas according to state test results

June 28, 2019 – Duval County Public Schools improved student proficiency rates in a majority of tested categories according to Florida Department of Education test results released today.   Out of 21 tested categories, proficiency rates improved in 11 categories and remained the same in one. The district also outpaced or matched state growth in 12 […]

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Schools gain 14 points, close in on "A" grade

Schools gain 14 points, close in on “A” grade

June 27, 2018 – Duval County Public Schools inched ever closer to becoming an “A”-graded school district this year, gaining 14 overall points compared to last year. With these gains, Duval remains a “B” district but is just one percentage point away from “A” status. “We continue to improve and move forward,” said Superintendent Dr. […]

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Duval students make a splash at international underwater robotics competition

Duval students make a splash at international underwater robotics competition

June 27, 2018 – “Little sharks doing big things.” It’s how members of Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School’s “Team Megasharks” are describing their recent victories at the 2018 International SeaPerch Challenge, held earlier this month at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The four-student team outperformed students from around the world, placing in multiple categories – […]

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