January 6, 2011 DCSB Duval Delegation Meeting

Date:     January 6, 2011                                                              

Time:  9:00 A.M.

The Duval County School Board will meet with members of the Duval Delegation on January 6, 2011, at 9:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held in Room 167 at the Schultz Center, 4019 Boulevard Center Drive, Jacksonville, Florida.

UNF Literacy Professor Leads Comics/Graphic Novel Session at Downtown Library

UNF Literacy Professor Leads Comics/Graphic Novel Session at Downtown Library

Dr. Katie Monnin, author and assistant professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida,” will lead a session “Calling All Parents! Come Learn Why Comics and Graphic Novels are Really Reading!” from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, in the Children’s Department at the main Jacksonville Public Library downtown.

Scot Ackerman, M.D., Announces Winners of “Good Deed” Contest

For the second year in a row, Scot Ackerman, M.D., sent the message that good deeds should be acknowledged and rewarded. His “Students Who Care” contest sponsored by First Coast Oncology (FCO) honored two local students for going above and beyond and giving back to their local community.

“Every day, good deeds go unnoticed and often unrewarded,” said Dr. Ackerman, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director of First Coast Oncology. “I believe complimenting a job well done often prompts even more positive action. That’s why we began the contest in 2009.” Olivia Musselwhite of Jacksonville and Grant Randa of Fernandina Beach, FL were honored in 2009. Musselwhite was a Bolles student and Randa is home-schooled.

The response has been overwhelming and FCO would like to congratulate all entrants on their wonderful good deeds.  “We are fortunate to have such a large community of students who care,” said Dr. Ackerman.

Jacksonville Country Day School Collects a Ton of Food for Second Harvest

Jacksonville Country Day School concluded its food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank today, having collected a ton of food -- actually, an estimated 3,000 pounds -- and nearly $700 in cash donations.

Duval County Public Schools Holiday Closures

For the winter break, all Duval County public schools will be closed from Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 31. DCPS administration offices will be closed from Thursday, December 23 through Friday, December 31.

Both schools and administration offices will re-open on Monday, January 3.

Jacksonville Country Day School Collecting Food for Second Harvest

As one of its service learning projects, the student council of Jacksonville Country Day School is collecting food and cash donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Jacksonville. The drive runs December 13-17, 2010.

"With the current state of the economy we knew there were many people who needed a helping hand," said Jennifer Roberts, student council sponsor and fourth grade teacher. "The Second Harvest Food Bank is a wonderful organization that directly affects the people who need it most."

Florida Youth Program to Graduate 158 Teens Saturday

Florida Youth Program to Graduate 158 Teens Saturday

Florida’s Youth ChalleNGe Academy is run by the Florida Department of Military Affairs and the Florida National Guard. Designed on a military model, 16- to 19-year-old high school dropouts encounter a rigorous five-and-a-half month residential phase.  These teens are given a second chance to earn a high school diploma, but this is the first class in which the Academy has partnered with St. Johns River Community College to offer college credits to the students.