Walmart Foundation will provide summer learning and meals for middle school students


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duval County Public Schools was recently awarded the District Summer Learning Initiative grant through the Walmart Foundation in the amount of $750,000 over two years to serve 800 youth in the 2012 Superintendent’s Summer Academy Programs. At a time when school districts around the country are curtailing summer learning programs in response to budget cuts, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) received a $4 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to provide more than 7,000 summer learning opportunities for middle school students.

Duval County School Board Hosts Community Meetings on Superintendent Search

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Duval County School Board will be talking with the community about the ongoing search for a new Superintendent.

Duval County public schools belong to the citizens of Jacksonville.  As such, Duval County School Board members want extensive citizen and employee involvement in selecting the next Superintendent. 

Below is a schedule of the meetings.  Parents and community members are encouraged to attend to provide additional information that will help determine the qualities desired in a new Superintendent.

All meetings begin at 6 p.m. see below. Dates and locations are:  

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

Vote No on House Bill 4057 to Save PE in Our Middle Schools!

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

San Mateo Elementary Teacher is Teacher of the Week

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students in Lynette Smiley's classroom love their teachers.

The 8-year teaching veteran credits success in her classroom to team teaching with Ms. Angela Vaesa.

"We really feed off each other and work well together," Smiley said. "She's a very positive teacher."

"They're awesome, like if Ms. Vaesa's teaching, Ms. Smiley will come in and she'll think of something and she'll have like a connection to what Ms. Vaesa's teaching," said student Ashlin Green.

Smiley is very involved in the school, with an extensive list of extras like offering homework assistance twice a week. She also works with safety patrols and the leadership team.

Smiley said "love" sums up her personal teaching philosophy.

"A lot of these kids don't get a lot of love," Smiley said. "I feel like if you can incorporate love into your classroom as much as possible, then these kids will want to learn for you, they'll want to be here."

Florida Gets Flexibility Waiver from US Department of Education


The U.S. Department of Education today approved Florida’s request for a flexibility waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Florida was one of 11 states asking for flexibility with regard to accountability standards mandated by the No Child Left Behind legislation implemented in 2001. The state requested the waiver to be able to move to a single statewide accountability system that would eliminate duplicative regulation and make Florida’s system easier to understand.

Planation Oaks Students Learn 2-Steps to Save a Life

Planation Oaks Students Learn 2-Steps to Save a Life

CPR Hands-Only training is  “Staying Alive” for 5th Graders at Clay County Elementary School 

Who: St. Vincent’s HealthCare, Plantation Oaks Elementary School and the American Heart Association-First Coast Market
What: Mass Hands-Only CPR instruction of more than 100 5th grade students attending Plantation Oaks Elementary School
When: Thursday, February 9, 2012 beginning at 9 a.m.