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DCCPTA High School Scholarship Application

The Duval County Council of PTAs is pleased to offer six (6) $500 scholarships to students graduating from Duval County schools in 2019.  This is a one-time (non-renewable) award of $500.

There are several changes to the application.  This year there are four scholarship categories:  University & Fine Arts, Community College, Vocational-Technical and Adversity/Opportunity, each with specific GPA requirements.  The Adversity/Opportunity scholarship is for a student who has an extenuating hardship situation that they are working to overcome.  Additionally, these scholarships are available to students who are attending out of state schools, an option that was not available last year.

The scholarships are available to Duval County high school students who are members of their PTA/PTSAs or the Sunshine State PTA.  Student’s full-time enrollment for 2019-2020 must be at an accredited postsecondary institution.  See https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation for the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.  Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2019. The deadline has been extended to April 15, 2019!

We look forward to reviewing the applications.  For more information, contact Scholarship@dccpta.org.

2019-DCCPTA-scholarship-application  (.PDF)

2019-DCCPTA-scholarship-application (.DOC)

Florida PTA also offers multiple scholarships of $2000.  For more information on how to apply for a Florida PTA scholarship visit  FloridaPTA

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

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.

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.

ONE by ONE: Student Voice

jpublic-ed-fundWhat does success look like for our youth?
Hear from them directly!
What does success look like for our youth?

Hear from them directly!

Too often, crucial public education decisions are made without the group that is the most affected by these changes: students. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund in collaboration with several local organizations welcome the nonprofit community, public school parents, teachers, administrators, community members and organizations working directly with our students into the conversation about how Jacksonville might look if all of our students had access to the resources they need to achieve their goals.

Please join Jacksonville Public Education Fund and our student presenters at one of our three regional events as we uncover ways to help our students achieve success ONE by ONE. Your perspective is needed!

Student Service Opportunitiesone-by-one-student-voice

Too often, crucial public education decisions are made without the group that is the most affected by these changes: STUDENTS! So we have created an opportunity for the community to learn what you need to be successful so that together, we can make it happen! What can you do to make sure student voices are heard?

  1. Serve as a student speaker at an event and share your definition of success. (6 service hours)
  2. Assist one of our adult facilitators in leading discussions around what the community can do to support students to be successful. (6 service hours)
  3. Come to the event and speak with important community members about how they can support student success. (3 service hours)

Event is free, but registration is required at onebyonejax.org.  Participating in any of the events counts toward your volunteer/community service hours if you attend the event with a tracking sheet from your school. Contact Joan Leslie at mailto:Joan@jaxpef.org to sign up!

Saturday, September 24

Riverside Baptist Church

2650 Park Street

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thursday, October 27

Johnson Family YMCA

5700 Cleveland Rd.

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 28

FSCJ Wilson Arts Center

11901 Beach Blvd.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required at onebyonejax.org

If none of these dates works for you, please reach out to Joan Leslie at mailto:Joan@jaxpef.org to explore hosting a conversation at your house or job place. We will send a trained facilitator for it.

If you need To print flyers here are the files:

ONE by ONE: Student Voice General Flyer

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DCCPTA High School Scholarship Application

The Duval County Council of PTAs is pleased to offer six (6) $500 scholarships to students graduating from Duval County schools in 2019.  This is a one-time (non-renewable) award of $500. There are several changes to the application.  This year there are four scholarship categories:  University & Fine Arts, Community College, Vocational-Technical and Adversity/Opportunity, each with specific GPA requirements.  The Adversity/Opportunity scholarship is for a student who has an extenuating hardship situation that they are working to overcome.  Additionally, these scholarships are available to students who are attending out of state schools, an option that was not available last year.

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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

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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    

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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

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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.

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Public School Recess Information: Florida House of Representatives HB 67

Florida House of Representatives – HB 67 – Public School Recess    

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Before-School Running and Walking Program – Holiday Hill Elementary

Before-School Running and Walking Program Brings Multiple Benefits to Holiday Hill 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

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Tools for Success Family With Special Needs Conference

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ONE by ONE: Student Voice

What does success look like for our youth? Hear from them directly! What does success look like for our youth? Hear from them directly! Too often, crucial public education decisions are made without the group that is the most affected by these changes: students. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund in collaboration with several local organizations welcome the nonprofit community, public school parents, teachers, administrators, community members and organizations working directly with our students into the conversation about how Jacksonville might look if all of our students had access to the resources they need to achieve their goals. Please join Jacksonville

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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