Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

2nd Quarter has officially begun!

Students: Report cards will be distributed to your 4th period class this Friday. If you need to utilize GRADE RECOVERY - SEE YOUR TEACHER NOW! BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! Remember: credit recovery is MUCH more work, so bring that grade up NOW if you need to do so!! Grade Recovery will be available to those students that made a D of F.
Parents: Please feel free to contact the guidance secretary (Ms. Sharon Menter, extension 142) to schedule a parent/teacher conference if you have questions regarding student grades.

Georgia Southern University Scholarships & University Honors Program

See Mrs. Curran if you are applying at Georgia Southern for awesome opportunities!

FAMU African-American Women in Computer Science Scholarship

Florida A & M University is providing an outstanding opportunity for Black women entering college in the fall of 2009. It is designed to address their absence in the field of computer technology. Dr. Jason Black is the Principal Investigator of a recently awarded $552,000 NSF Grant entitled African-American Women in Computer Science . The grant provides scholarships from $3,000 to $5,000 per semester for female African American students - click HERE

Sen10rs: Are you seeking a career in Education or Nursing?

If you are in financial need and look to pursue a career in Education or in Nursing, there is a scholarship for you!! See Mrs. Curran after school for an application...

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Art & Essay Contest

Amity Turkish Cultural Center (ATCC) and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) are presenting the Annual Art and Essay contest for middle and high school students in the State of Florida. ATCC is also proud to have WJCT as the media sponsor and CSX as the business sponsor. The Contest is approved by Duval County, St John's County, and Clay County Public Schools.
Objective: To promote critical thinking skills as relates to diversity and multicultural issues. To recognize and create ways for young people to think about helping their community and to think in universal terms to foster more opportunities for alliance of civilizations, i.e. intercultural understanding and respect.
Theme: Middle and high school students in the state of Florida are invited to submit an original artwork and/or essay on the theme "Alliance of Civilizations" which is the United Nations' concept of interaction and coordination among nations and cultures globally. Its purpose is to establish relations and facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, understanding, reconciliation and cooperation and, in the process, to help counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism. Prizes: ATCC will distribute 24 awards to students and their teachers. All of the participating students will receive a special participation certificate whereas the winners and their teachers will receive special achievement certificates. The Award Ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. at The Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts (at Florida State College at Jacksonville, South Campus).
1st Place: LAPTOP PC (Student and Sponsoring Teacher)
2nd Place: $200 Gift Card (Student)
3rd Place: $100 Gift Card (Student)
4th Place: $50 Gift Card (Student)
5th Place: $25 Gift Card (Student)

Monday, October 26, 2009

The UWF Experience

Leadership skills are highly prized in the working world, and UWF students have ample opportunity to develop them before graduation. UWF's small size and close-knit community offers students the opportunity to take on a leadership role in their first year on campus. As a first-year student, you'll want lots of stuff to do during the day and a comfortable place to come home to at night. Fortunately, UWF ensures its students have both. There are plenty of opportunities in our more than 150 student organizations. Also, check out this link for an "Alumnus Experience":

Friday, October 23, 2009

Are you safe?

Check your password's strength at this website: - if the meter does not read "strong" or "best" you need to add numbers, letter or symbols (such as $, # or *) to your password! Protect yourself and your information (yes, even on Facebook y'all!)!!!


Where: Prime Osborne Convention Center - 1000 Water Street Jacksonville, FL 32204 When: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th 12:00-4:00pm What: TONS of schools, workshops with LOTS of valuable info and a chance to take a closer look at the schools to which you may be applying Estimated attendance: 5,000 Admission: FREE Parking: $5

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

2010 National High School Oratorical Contest - See Ms.

JUNIORS & SENIORS: Post Contests - Jan. 10, 2010. District Contests - Jan. 31, 2010. Area Contests - Feb. 21, 2010. State Contest - March 6, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Area contestants vie for a chance to compete on the state and national level. Area awards: 1st place = $2,500, 2nd place = $1,500, 3rd place = $1,000 & 4th-6th place = $500. National awards: 1st place = $18,000, 2nd place = $16,000 & 3rd place = $14,000!! Speech must be between 3-5 minutes.

ED WHITE MEN: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc - Epsilon Lambda Chapter MLK Jr ORATORICAL CONTEST!! (see Mrs. Curran for applications)

The Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest will be held on February 6, 2010 (9am-1pm) at the University Center on the campus of The University of North Florida. The contest first place Recipient will be awarded a $1000.00 education award to the college of his choice. Prospective contestants must complete the registration form and mail to the P.O. Box address below no later than Jan 15, 2010.Speeches must have original content and cannot exceed more than 800 words (minimum 4-maximum 6 minutes).The members of Upsilon Lambda and the MLK Oratorical Committee will then determine which contestants will compete at the event on 2/6/2010. Tickets to attend this extraordinary event will be $30.00 which includes a breakfast and a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial information package. There is no cost for students selected to compete. 1st Place – Recipient - $1,000 Scholarship award; 2nd Place – Recipient - $700.00 Scholarship award; 3rd Place- Recipient - $500.00 scholarship award; Several Book Vouchers Stipends will also be given away. ****All Scholarships and stipend checks will be made out to the college or university of the recipient’s choice upon the receipt of the recipient’s acceptance letter.
Upsilon Lambda Chapter P.O. Box 40081 Jacksonville, Fl 32202 Attn: MLK Oratorical Committee

Friday, October 16, 2009

FIU's priority application deadine: December 1st!

I encourage you to apply early (TO ALL SCHOOLS) in order to secure your place in the entering class, receive scholarships, early financial aid packages, housing and other benefits!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Duval County Retired Educators Assn. Scholarship

  1. Must have a score of 1000 or above on the SAT
  2. Must have a score of 22 or above on the ACT
  3. Must be interested in obtaining a college degree to teach school in Florida
  4. This scholarship application will be sent to state competition & IF a winner, they would receive: $500 freshman year, $750 sophomore year, $1000 junior & senior years
  5. Applicant might win a local scholarship for $500 each year for a total of 4 years
  6. Pay back to the foundation: teach one year for each year they received the scholarship

9th-12th grades: Gates Millennium Scholars Program

  • - Applications must be submitted online (1,000 students will be selected!!!)
  • Do you have a 3.3 GPA?
  • Are you African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American?
  • Do you demonstrate leadership through community service or extracurricular activities?
  • Do you meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria (find out on the FAFSA website,
DEADLINE: January 11, 2010 by 11:59pm EST.



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

$$$$$ - SEE Mrs. Curran for an APPLICATION

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS To be eligible to receive a Boselli Award of Excellence, the applicant shall: • Maintain a 3.0+ GPA (on an unweighted 4.0 scale) from an accredited high school in Florida’s First Coast area • Participate in a junior varsity or varsity sport or its equivalent (dance, gymnastics, tae-kwon-do) • Participate in extra-curricular activities through church, school and community • Exhibit exemplary behavior, thereby being a good role model for peers • Pledge to remain drug-free, alcohol-free and tobacco-free • Complete the application process by published deadline of senior year of high school SELECTION CRITERIA The following factors will be considered in selecting the scholarship recipients: • Athletic commitment – participation in varsity, intramural or youth league sport(s) • Career goals • Christian outreach / community service • Communication skills – both written and oral • Good citizenship • Involvement in extracurricular activities • Leadership qualities • Positive attitude • Presentation of application packet – neatness and organization • Recommendations of Guidance Counselor, Coach and Minister • Relationship with peers and superiors • Scholastic record


See Mrs. Curran in guidance (before or after school) for this application - must have:
  • 2.0 GPA

  • been a Florida resident for at least 2 years

  • BE A MEMBER OF THE PTSA at your school

  • submit the application (and all required documents) by deadline: February 1, 2010

Scholarhip Website - see Guidance bulletin board for flyer

Do you have a 2.75 GPA? Are you in financial need? Do you plan on pursuing a bachelor's degree? Then check out THIS LINK between December 1st and February 10th for a scholarship opportunity!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

FREE ACT & SAT prep!!!


When: October 24, 2009 Where: Prime F. Osborn III Convention CenterCost: Free!

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Herff Jones will be here next Thursday and Friday during lunch outside the cafeteria to take orders for graduation announcements, memory albums and senior jewelry. You must have at least an $80 deposit.

ROTC Four Year Scholarship (a note from the chapter president)

Yes, this is an annual scholarship. In fact, the National President from my organization (National Naval Officers Association) wants the East Coast Chapters (Jacksonville being one of the Chapters) to locate 4 deserving high school students for these scholarships. The scholarship documents must be submitted in a timely manner as indicated on the forms. All applicants of the NROTC Scholarships are required to apply at the website. Additionally, the Jacksonville Chapter of NNOA will provide scholarship funds to local deserving students around the end of the school year. We will send out applications soon and ask for the applications to be returned to us around the April 2010 time frame. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. V/r Paul Nix President, NNOA Jacksonville Chapter

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Deadline: March 1st - HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP

Do you need money for college? If so, the Southern Scholarhip Foundation can help! It's a non-profit organization which awards qualifying students with housing scholarships on the following campuses:
Interested applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a demonstrated financial need. Scholarhip recipients live cooperatively in a house with students representing a variety of backgrounds and cultures. They do not pay rent, but are responsible for their fair share of basic household expenses such as food & utilities. The entire cost to the student averages $950 per semester. APPLY HERE!!


Once again, our school is one of Channel 4's choices for this Friday's Game of the Week. Whichever game gets the most votes will be the host site for that week's Football Friday telecast. Sam and the crew would be doing live broadcasts before and during the game. Head to and look in the upper right corner of the Friday Football page and cast your vote. Voting ends Wednesday at 6 p.m. The winning Game of the Week will be announced Thursday at 10 p.m. Not that we want to be accused of cheating; but after you vote, if log off the computer and log back on; you can vote again and again. But you didn’t hear that from us.

MORE community service opportunities

1. Enter your zip code
2. See a listing of opps
...everything from "Christmas Organizer" to "Computer Pen Pal!"

Monday, October 5, 2009

Florida Virtual School TEST PREP!

Test Preparation Tips for FCAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT and More. Do you freak out before an exam? Are you overwhelmed trying to determine how or what to study? Do you often second guess yourself or get stuck determining the right answer? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, please join the FLVS counselors for some test taking tips and strategies that are sure to help. When: Monday, October 12th at 6:30PM EST Where: Log into the site below and turn up your speakers See You There! ~Student Advisement Team


Baseball for Children & Adults with Disabilities - To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we've teamed up with Hispanic College Fund to help our youth on the path to achieving higher education. You'll find applications to special merit scholarships, great prizes and useful information to make your "Going to College" process much easier. LOG ON NOW to:


TALLAHASSEE – Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp visited with local Career and Technical Education (CTE) students today and challenged them to put their skills to the test by re-designing the student portion of the Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) Web site. The re-design competition is aimed at encouraging students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in their CTE course(s) to a real-world project. The winning student submission will be incorporated into the Department’s existing Web site design to be deployed in 2010. “We are living in the age of technology where the mastery of these skills can lead our children into fulfilling and prosperous careers,” said Lt. Governor Kottkamp. “This competition is a wonderful opportunity for our students to display their talent, and I am eager to see the great ideas and designs they are able to come up with.” The contest is open to any student who is enrolled in one or more of the CTE courses that prepare students for a career in Information Technology (IT), Multimedia, Web Page Design, and/or Digital Design (Media). Through Florida’s Division of Career and Adult Education there are nearly 300 Career and Technical training programs including 25 secondary CTE programs specific to information technology and Web design. The contest is open to approximately 84,000 CTE students across Florida. Student submissions will be judged by a panel of technology and design experts, as well as communications and public relations professionals. Members of the judging panel include individuals from Brandt Information Services, CoreMessage Inc., Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Salter>Mitchell, Taproot Creative and Florida Department of Education. “I’m excited to give our students the chance to apply the knowledge they’ve gained through their advanced coursework and training to the re-design of a significant portion of our Web site,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “By integrating student ideas directly into our most important communications source, we can be sure we’re providing students with the information they need and want to know to further their education.” Entries must be submitted via CD and include the name of the student, the student’s high school name and address, the teacher or advisor who assisted in the project and the name of the school district. Submissions must be postmarked by November 20, 2009, and sent to: The Florida Department of Education 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1524 Tallahassee, Florida 32399 To learn more about CTE programs, visit the Career and Adult Education Division Web site at For more information about the contest, including the rules and guidelines, visit

Friday, October 2, 2009

Grade Recovery: Step 1 to getting back on track!

Are you struggling in a class? Was your progress report grade not what you need to get that required 2.0 for graduation? TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS NOW ABOUT GRADE RECOVERY! Grade recovery is conducted on a quarterly basis, between you & your teachers, and is done through Compass Odyssey (the software program used to recovery grades & credits). You can work to bring up your grade this quarter or next! See your teacher NOW before it's too late! ***You only have until the end of the next grading period to complete that grade recovery, but you can also work to bring up this quarter's grade during this quarter!!

See this message from FSU:

Our first notification deadline is right around the corner...October 14. I have received many emails from students, parents, and counselors who think this is an early admission, early action deadline. It is not. It's just one of two deadlines. We encourage students to try to be proactive and apply early. For the last couple of years, admissions requirements increased for our second notification, there was no scholarship money available for qualified students, and on-campus housing was more limited.
Please remind your students to send us all test scores. We will not penalize them for the number of times a test is taken, or for the actual scores themselves. In our process where we have minimum subscore requirements and we combine the highest subscores to form the ACT composite or SAT total, it can only help them. In addition, if we have a score in place by our October 14 deadline, we will allow the October and November scores to roll in for our December 9 notification as long as the student indicates Florida State as a recipient of the score report.
The following are the minimum subscore requirements for admission consideration:
Writing: 500 on the SAT writing or 21 on the ACT English or 21 on the Essay/Writing optional portion of the ACT Math: 500 on the SAT math or 21 on the ACT math Reading: 500 on the critical reading portion of the SAT or 22 on the reading portion of the ACT
We are currently up in applications, so I expect the December 9 notification to be larger than last year. Have a wonderful year, and please continue to be in touch with your questions.
Janice Finney Director of Admissions Florida State University P.O. Box 3062400 Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2400 Email: Phone: 850.644.1328 Fax: 850.644.0197 Go Green: The Office of Admissions is "going green"; many of our communications, including admission decisions, will be sent electronically. Applicants should make sure that we always have the most up-to-date email address, and should remember to regularly check the online status at To ensure receipt of our emails, be sure to include in your address book.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Volunteers are needed for Painting the Region!

Paining the Region North Florida Land Trust DATE: October 6th - 10th TIME: 7:30AM - 4:00PM (Shifts are available) LOCATION: Alpine Groves Park,2060 SR 13St. Johns, FL 32259 Come enjoy the artwork, bands, food and activities at our Painting the Region event. Visitors can watch artists paint landscapes, purchase artwork and participate in family friendly conservation activities. Volunteers assist in many different ways including parking,educational activities, displaying artwork,and clean-up to name a few. Volunteers Sign Up Here!! Contact: Angela Valu E-mail: aevalu1@earthlink.netPhone: 904-273-5917 Students, groups, corporations, and individual volunteers are all welcome!