Wednesday, March 31, 2010

LoLisa Morgan Memorial Scholarship 2010

FOR: graduating seniors, high school graduates and GED recipients who plan to attend college during the 2010-2011 school year. The most qualified applicants will receive $1,000 for approved college expenses. All recipients will be required to furnish proof of enrollment at his/her college of choice priod to any monies being forwarded to the school on their behalf.
YOU MUST: SEE MRS. CURRAN in guidance FOR AN APPLICATION and complete a 500-750 word essay on 1 of 5 topics listed in the application.
TO: Interested students should mail their application and essay to:

Union Progressive Baptist Church
Scholarship Recipient Committee
613 Pippin Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206
*NOTE: applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2010*

Friday, March 26, 2010

Earth Hour tomorrow night!!!

On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments around the world will come together to make a bold statement about their concern for climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. In the U.S. where we are already feeling the impacts of climate change, Earth Hour sends a clear message that Americans care about this issue and want to turn the lights out on dirty air, dangerous dependency on foreign oil and costly climate change impacts, and make the switch to cleaner air, a strong economic future and a more secure nation.
You can watch a slide show of the highlights tomorrow as Earth Hour sweeps across the globe at More than 1200 landmarks including the Sydney Opera House, Bird’s Nest Stadium, Great Pyramids, Eiffel Tower, Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, and the Golden Gate bridge will all be going dark with us!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ed White Male Seniors planning on attending FSU in the fall of 2010 - see Mrs. Curran for a scholarship opportunity!

The Lambda Iota Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity is announcing its continued annual Triangle Achievement Scholarship Awards. There will be several scholarships awarded to male seniors who plan to attend Florida State University in the fall of 2010 - the awards include scholarships varying in value up to $500! The application must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2010 - see Mrs. Curran for an application!

Friday, March 19, 2010

NEED A SUMMER JOB? Mayor's Summer Jobs Program Interviews are April 2nd & 6th

Summer Jobs Program
Friday, April 2
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6
3-6 p.m.
City Hall at St. James
117 W. Duval St., Mezzanine floor

Q: Who should attend the interview event?
A: Jacksonville students ages 16-21 who wish to work with the City of Jacksonville in the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program during summer 2010.

Q: Do I have to stay at the event the entire time?
A: No. You may attend to interview at any point during that time frame. However, it is strongly advised that you arrive with enough time to park and to allow for at least 30 minutes for registration and interviewing.

Q: What can I expect after this event?
A: If you are selected as a candidate, you will receive notification regarding the new hire processing procedure.

Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A. Leah Hayes, City of Jacksonville Talent Acquisition Supervisor, at (904) 630-7090 or
*Interview does not guarantee placement in program.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Resources for the Homeless, Poverty Stricken, and just-released Ex-offenders in Jacksonville, Florida. Most items listed are FREE or very low cost.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

2010-2011 Student Registration

This Tuesday (3/15) English teachers distributed Registration Sheets to all 9-11th grade students for them to rank elective choices, indicate World Language preference (if not already begun) and request teacher input for honors, Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment courses. THESE REGISTRATION SHEETS ARE DUE BY THE END OF THE DAY FRIDAY, MARCH 19th. IF ANY STUDENT WHO DOES NOT RETURN THE SHEET, THEIR SELECTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR THEM.

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Scholarships Available for Children of Military Heroes

To show gratitude on behalf of the American people, Freedom Alliance is proud to offer aid to the children of these heroes in the form of college scholarships.
If you or someone you know is the son or daughter of a service member who has sacrificed life or limb, then the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund is available to help alleviate the costs of college.
Over $3 million has been awarded to hundreds of Freedom Alliance Scholarship recipients since 2002.
An eligible applicant must be the dependent son or daughter of a U.S. soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Guardsman who has been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) in an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently classified as a Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). They must also be a high school senior or registered as a full time undergraduate student and under the age of 26.
To learn more about the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund and/or to apply please visit or call 800-475-6620. The application deadline is July 31, 2010.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Westside Business Leaders' Association is supporting education!

Westside High School Seniors: you could be awarded $1,000 if you:
  • have a GPA of 2.0- 3.0
  • do NOT qualify for Bright Futures
  • See Mrs. Curran for an application and
  • submit that application by APRIL 30th

Friday, March 12, 2010

Community Budget Meetings - RELOCATED TO ED WHITE! COME OUT and ADVOCATE!

Due to the overwhelming response at the first community meeting, the meeting previously scheduled for Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology has been relocated to
Ed White High School!!!!
Duval County Public Schools' Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals will discuss the school system's successes, current and upcoming financial situation, available revenue, challenges and the district's plans to meet its mission of providing all students with high quality educational opportunities.

The new schedule:
Tuesday, March 16 Ed White High School, 1700 Old Middleburg Road
Thursday, March 18 Jean Ribault High School, 3701 Winton Drive
Tuesday, March 23 Mandarin High School, 4831 Greenland Road

Mayor's Asian American Advisory Board scholarship opportunity

Are you Asian American?
Are you a senior at a local high school (public or private)?
Are you in good academic standing?

If so, see MRS. CURRAN in guidance for an application!
The application is due on/before APRIL 1st!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Public Service Announcement Contest - win $500 AND help save our river!!!

St. John's Riverkeeper invites you to participate in their 3rd Annual Public Service Announcement contest!
 For the first time, the contest has 2 categories and winners will be selected for college level entries as well as high school level entries. Students in high schools, colleges and universities throughout the watershed of the St. Johns River are eligible to enter. As advocates for the St. Johns, those at St. Johns Riverkeeper have always referred to themselves as, "The Voice for the River." This year, their 10th Anniversary, they are asking young citizens to join them to make that voice even stronger.

Each winning group or individual will receive a check for $500 and the opportunity for some public fame in advocating for the St. Johns River!

ENTRY DEADLINE: Midnight, Friday, April 23, 2010


Community Budget Meetings

The District is facing a budget shortfall of $130+ million this year. Come hear the Superintendent and Community Stakeholders discuss this issue and possible solutions. Advocate for student needs and equity!

Thursday, March 11 - Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd, 32246
Tuesday, March 16 - Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology, 7450 Wilson Blvd., 32210
Thursday, March 18 - Jean Ribault High School, 3701 Winton Dr., 32208
Tuesday, March 23 - Mandarin High School, 4831 Greenland Rd., 32258

All meetings begin at 6 p.m.

FREE College Readiness Workshop for Students & Parents!!

Date: Saturday, April 17th
Where: Florida State College of Jacksonville, Downtown Campus
When: 8 am
What: A free college readiness workshop, including give-aways, breakfast and invaluable information!

Here is the link:

SAT this Saturday!!

The March SAT® is this Saturday. The March exam is one of the last chances for seniors to get their scores to colleges.
Students who missed the deadline for SAT registration may still be able to take the test on standby. This means going to a test center on test day with a completed registration form and fee payment. For more information about standby testing, click here.
As you may know, the College Board has launched a brand-new SAT website. It's full of the information that students need, presented in new and exciting ways. We encourage students to visit the Test Day Simulator, an interactive presentation designed to help students understand what the test day experience will be like.
We hope the following tips will be helpful to you on test day! And after the test, remember that students still have 9 days to take advantage of your four free score sends.
The College Board

Before Test Day
Get organized:
Know what to bring and what NOT to bring to the test center.
Prepare yourself like an athlete:
Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. Your brain works better if you're well rested.
Eat a good breakfast that morning.

On Test Day
Leave your cell phone at home. If your phone rings during testing, it could cost you your scores!
  • We strongly advise you not to bring a cell phone or any other prohibited electronic device to the test center. If your electronic device makes any noise, or you are seen using it at any time — including breaks — you may be dismissed immediately, your scores may be canceled, and the device may be confiscated.
  • This policy applies to any prohibited digital and/or electronic device such as a BlackBerry®, pager, iPod®, MP3 player, camera or other photographic equipment, or separate timers of any kind.
Check to see if your test center is open.
  • Tune in to your local media, like you do for school closing announcements.
  • Check online for a list of test center closings.
Leave early. Get to the test center no later than 7:45 a.m., unless otherwise noted on your Admission Ticket.
Go to the center listed on your Admission Ticket.
  • Even if it's not your first choice, you are only guaranteed admission to the test center on your Admission Ticket.
  • You will be charged an extra fee if you go to a different test center, and a seat may not be available for you.
Arrange your ride home ahead of time. Your testing may end a little before or after the times listed below. If you are testing with extended time, ask the supervisor for approximate finish times.
For the SAT, plan on being picked up at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Taking the Test
Keep focused:
Use breaks to eat or drink any snacks you have brought with you.
Pace yourself.
Each question counts the same.
Don't spend too much time on any one question.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Students: get in to a movie screening for FREE!

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world's first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization.
WHEN: March 30th, doors open at 6:30pm, program & film begin at 7:00pm
WHERE: Times Union Center, 300 Water Street Jacksonville, FL
Tickets are $10 ~ students get in FREE with ID ~ click here to purchase tickets
(a panel discussion will immediately follow the film)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Anne Massey General Scholarship - possible $750!

  • Attending a four-year college/university or a community college?
  • Have financial need?
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or above?
See Mrs. Curran for an application - DEADLINE: April 15th!!

Parent Teacher Student Association Scholarship

Award Amount: $599
Number of awards to be given: 3
Deadline: April 3, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Interested in pursuing a degree in engineering, architecture or a related field? There is a camp for you!!

Engineering and Construction Camps
Application Guidelines at

At SAME Engineering and Construction Camps, high school students from across the country learn engineering solutions and skills from professional engineers while getting a taste of what it means to work for and with the military services. These exciting weeklong camps take place during the summer months in a variety of settings—the colorful Colorado Rockies, the beautiful Southern California Coast, or the historic Mississippi Valley.
SAME Jacksonville Post will fund transportation cost and one-half the registration fee (1/2 of $550) for USAF and Navy Camps; Post will fund transportation cost for US Army Camp (student fund $50 registration fee).
Submit all applications to Jax Post representative:
Laureen Borochaner, P.E.
US Army Corps of Engineers
701 San Marco Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207
(904) 232-1122

Do you know a family who is facing a cancer diagnosis?

If you know someone whose family is facing the cancer diagnosis of a parent or caregiver, you know how overwhelming that can be. In addition to important treatment decisions, financial insecurity and fears about the future, there are concerns about how to communicate with children. But now there is help.

KTAC – Kids Together Against Cancer – was developed to assist parents and caregivers provide their children with the coping skills needed for this journey. Developed by a team of oncology social workers under the auspices of St. Vincent’s HealthCare and through the generous support of the Rice Family Foundation, KTAC offers a free five week workshop program with trained professionals for children ages 5 to 17.
To find out more about KTAC, the schedule of the workshops, and how you can register to participate, please click here or call 904-308-KTAC.

National Summer Academy - Application deadline: March 31st!

Hosted on the Campus of Florida A&M University

Tallahassee, Florida
Sunday, June 13, 2010-Saturday, June 26, 2010

Application Deadline: Saturday, March 31, 2010

D.Y.G. National Summer Academy Criteria
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. (*Note: D.Y.G. Program Staff will verify the G.P.A of all Applicants).
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must be 9th-12th Grade African American Male Students. (*Note: 8th Graders entering 9th Grade are eligible to apply. Students that will be graduating at the end of the 2009-2010 academic school year with a High School Diploma are not eligible to apply).
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must have three letters of recommendation.
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must write a full one page typed essay detailing their personal background and relevant life experiences.
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must submit an official high school transcript.
- Prospective Distinguished Young Gentlemen must submit a photo with application.

Pursuing a degree in business? See Mrs. Curran for a scholarship opportunity!

GCA has extended the scholarship deadline until Friday, March 12th!!
GCA Service Group will be awarding five (5) $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree in Business at a four year institution.

  • Seniors must be enrolled in a Duval County Public School (Charter Schools not included)
  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 3.3
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (may not be from school counselor who nominated the student)
  • Must provide examples of leadership ability
  • 1100 SAT critical reading and math / 25 ACT composite
  • 500-750 word essay  on “How do you feel businesses and businesspeople can contribute to the mission, vision, and goals of Public Education?
  • Must be pursuing a degree in a business related field
***One male and one female student may be nominated from each high school by their school counselor.