Schools

Duval Schools Have New 'Principal for a Day'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- "Back in my day, school sure was different."

Local community and business leaders throughout Jacksonville will be able to find out just how different things are today when they become Principal for a Day.

Monday, Duval County Public Schools are inviting the members of the private sector into the schools to show them how the schools today are run, and what role school leadership plays.

The hope is that fostering a closer relationship between schools and the community will translate into better performance from students.

VIEW THE LIST OF PRINCIPALS FOR A DAY

Search for the Most Innovative "Green" Office Product

With a goal of searching worldwide for the next great idea for environmentally preferable office products, Staples is giving Jacksonville-area college students an opportunity to compete for a $25,000 grand prize if they submit a 1,000 word description of their idea by Dec. 23, 2010.

Community Conversation About School Reform in Jacksonville

As a follow-up to the recent release of education-reform documentary Waiting for Superman, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund is hosting a panel discussion with education leaders, followed by a community conversation to identify education reform priorities for the city.

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the conference center of the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library, 303 N. Laura Street.

Atlantic Coast 35, Oakleaf 7

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Atlantic Coast High School football team has made history in their inaugural season.  The Stingrays are the first team in state history to have a winning record in their first season of play as Atlantic Coast defeated Oakleaf 35-7 on Friday night.

To watch highlights from this game, click on the video clip within this story.

The Willie Gary Classic College Fair, Nov. 13th

The Willie Gary Classic Presents the 8th Annual Willie Gary Classic College Fair at the Jacksonville Public Library –

  • 303 North Laura Street on Saturday November 13, 2010 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  Admission is free. 

College recruiters will represent their schools and answer student inquiries. 

Workshops will include:

  • The Jacksonville Commitment - Financial Aid options and representatives will assist in preparing financial aid online (FAFSA)
  • note: your latest tax returns must be in hand in order fill out
  • Deciding between the SAT or the ACT
  • Steps to choosing a college major or career (see assessment online)
  • Students should come prepared with three transcripts in hand
  • Register online at www.williegaryfootballclassic.com

Duval County Public Schools Creating a Green Culture

Recently, the Duval County School Board approved the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) proposal of nearly $800,000. The funded amount will continue to expand efforts within three categories: school retrofit, waste reduction activities and low emission vehicles.

School Bus Safety Week in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This week is school bus safety week in Florida.

The state has launched a new website to help educate parents, kids and drivers about school bus safety laws.  And the theme for the week-'Stop on Red, Kids Ahead'-reminds drivers they must stop when a school bus flashes its red lights and extends its stop arms.

The riskiest part of the school bus ride to school is getting on and off the bus, according to Duval County Schools.

"This week is an excellent time to teach and reiterate to students and parents simple measures they can take while going to and from the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus," said Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.  "It also gives us a chance to thank and honor the professionals who devote themselves to transporting our most precious cargo."