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Florida State Reflections 2018 winners announced!

Congratulations to the 26 students from Duval County who won an award from the State PTA.  Only one student in each age/art category wins an Award of Excellence throughout the entire state.  Only six students win an Award of Merit from each age/art category.  We are so proud to be well-represented by the talented students of Duval County!

Awards of Excellence:

Dance Choreography – Benjamin Peralta – Douglas Anderson Ptsa

Literature – Nicolle Alexandra Bahamon – Julia Landon College Prep PTSA

Photography – Elsa Kang – Douglas Anderson SOTA

Photography – Ava MacDowell – Hendricks Ave Elementary

Visual Arts – Cory Kreisel – Douglas Anderson SOTA

 

Awards of Merit:

Dance Choreography

Matthew Sommers – Douglas Anderson
Sydney Connor – Douglas Anderson
Isabella Gantt – Pine Forest Elementary

Film Production
Ashley Kramer – Douglas Anderson
Brady Bunker – Stanton
Luke Glocker – Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Literature
Annelisa O’Neal – Stanton
Hanhah Overfield – Douglas Anderson
Emma Lee – Hendricks Avenue Elementary
Saniya Kylkarni – James Weldon Johnson
Kashvi Arunprakash – Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Music Composition
Courtney Dantzler – Stanton
Katherine Chase – Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Photography
Darvin Nelson – Douglas Anderson
Ava Touchton – Jacksonville Beach Elementary
Jackson Sellers – Kirby Smith Middle
Luke Glocker- Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Visual Arts
Kelsey Kiernan – Hendricks Avenue Elementary
Sarah Samrout – Kernan Middle
Ryne Newman – New Berlin Elementary
Savannah Hawkins – Alimacani Elementary

2017 DCCPTA Senior Scholarship Winners

Here are the 5 winners of the 2017 DCCPTA Senior Scholarship $500 scholarships.

1. Lacey Radloff – Sandalwood High School

2. Jose Malavet – Atlantic Coast High School

3. Logan Franks – Stanton High School

4. Anna Huynh – Stanton High School

5. Margaret Miller – Stanton High School

 

 

National PTA Reflections Winner Announced 2016-2017 – Congratulations Duval

We are proud to announce that three Duval County students have won Awards of Excellence at the national level:

  • Madison Minkley of Douglas Anderson High School (Dance Choreography)
  • Sydney VillacortaBuer of Douglas Anderson High School (Film Production)
  • Halle Taylor of Alimicani Elementary (Film Production)

Congratulations!!!

Anita Edwards
DCCPTA Reflections Chair

One X One Convention

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Congratulations To The Winners Of Our P&P Talent Search!

Congratulations to the winners of our P&P Talent Search!
There were so many amazing entries that we couldn’t choose just one, so we have awarded our top 3 submissions with performances!
Hendricks Avenue Elementary,
James Weldon Johnson Middle School
and Thomas Jefferson Elementary!
We look forward to showcasing their talents on May 16th, 2017, don’t forget to purchase your tickets!

PTA Reflections Winners From Duval County

Check out the list of Florida PTA Reflections winners from Duval County. Thirty-one students placed at the state level. Four of those will continue on to the national-level competition.

Jacksonville Mayor’s Summer Student Jobs Program

The City of Jacksonville is excited to announce the 2017 Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program!  This years’ program will be building the talent pipeline for our local economy by connecting young adults with education and employment career pathways that prepare them to meet the skill demands of employers while leading them to workforce success.

  • Our program will begin June 12 and run through July 21, 2017.
  • The program will consist of training and 20-hour work weeks, along with a wide variety of employment opportunities.
  • You must be between the ages of 16-21 (must be 16 by June 1, 2017)
  • Must be TANF eligible in order to participate in the 2017 Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program

CLICK HERE for more information about the program and application.

Public School Recess Information: Florida House of Representatives HB 67

Florida House of Representatives – HB 67 – Public School Recess

 

 

Before-School Running and Walking Program – Holiday Hill Elementary

Before-School Running and Walking Program Brings Multiple Benefits to Holiday Hillrun-sign-in Elementary

As schools across Florida reduce time devoted to recess and physical education, the rates of childhood obesity1, attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)2, and other health concerns increase annually. Allowing time for exercise and unstructured activity is one treatment, among others, that is commonly recommended.

At Holiday Hill Elementary, we offer a before-school running and walking program to help all students add more activity to their day. Holiday Hill is in the Southside between Beach and Atlantic near University. We are a K through 5 with an enrollment of about 650, and 71% economically disadvantaged. Our PTA membership is about 300.

In fall 2014 I worked with our PTA board to start the Morning Mile running program at our school after hearing about it from a friend in Gainesville. My daughter sometimes has trouble focusing in class so my hope in starting this was that she and other students could arrive at least at their first class more settled and ready to learn.

We had no idea how popular and impactful this program would be! Each day at 7:45 am, an average of 75 students and about 4 parents or grandparents come to the P.E. field. We play music and they run or walk laps around the field for 20 to 30 minutes.

During this time, the kids are free—to chat with their friends, race against each other if they choose, or play tag—while they do laps. The kids love it because it’s a period of fun in the school day, and because it’s an activity that they have chosen. It’s not a competition; they decide whether to walk, run, go with a group or just beat their personal best. For some, the only exercise they get is at school.

They also love receiving their mileage charms at our 9-week awards ceremonies. This has made the program an important part of our school’s culture.

Both parents and teachers have told me that these students are indeed much better able to focus when they arrive at class—and that’s only the short-term effect. We hope this helps them establish the habit of being active and healthy in the long term.

Here are the best things about this program:

  • It’s free.
  • Any student can participate any time. Every participant can earn mileage awards.
  • Family members and community members can join in. In addition to parents, grandparents, and siblings, we’ve had Mayor Curry, Ashley Juarez Smith, Fire Station No. 1, and even Santa Claus run with us.
  • The funding is donated by local businesses or corporations.
  • It’s simple to maintain once it is started, since it only requires two adult volunteers per day.

In the first two years of Morning Mile at Holiday Hill, our school grade went from a D to a B, more than half of our student body came out to run, and we collectively logged more than 20,000 miles. This program has turned out to be a great way to match up with PTA’s mission: it engages our families, strengthens our school community, and helps make every child’s potential a reality.

If you are interested in starting a running/walking program at your school, feel free to contact me and I will help you get it started.

Amy Mitchell

Holiday Hill Elementary PTA

(904) 504-0618

amyjmitchell@comcast.net

 

  1. Childhood Obesity Facts, Centers for Disease Control, https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/obesity/facts.htm
  2. ADHD Data & Statistics, Centers for Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/data.html

 

Tools for Success Family With Special Needs Conference

Here is a great educational opportunity Tools for Success Family With Special Needs Conference.

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General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meetings
are above and run from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, hospitality 9:00 -9:30 a.m. meeting 9:30 am. Make sure your PTA/PTSA has a representative. Join us at:
Duval County Public Schools
School Board Building
Cline Auditorium, 1st floor
1701 Prudential Dr
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

PTA – Applications – Forms – Spreadsheets – Samples

Mailing Address:

DCC PTA
P.O. Box 5397
Jacksonville, FL 32247
Email DCC President
Email Local Unit Team