Bear Nation News!!!
Friday, October 6, 2017
BTHS Newsletter is sponsored by PTO
Important Quick Links
Happy October!!!
It's hard to believe we are in October and our First Quarter is coming to an end on Friday, October 13th. Please remember that we now have school on Monday, October 16th. It is one of our Hurricane Make Up days.

BT Accreditation
We need your input!  Please click on the appropriate links below to participate in our Accreditation Survey and inventory:
        • Student Survey
        • Student Inventory

The Attendance Office at BTHS can only accept handwritten Parent Notes or Doctor Notes brought in by students. Please make sure the Student's Name and Birth Date are on the notes. We CAN NOT accept faxed or emailed notes. Thank you, Attendance Office.

Important Dates for this year
Homecoming Dance - October 21, 2017
Sadie Hawkins Dance - TBD
Miss. Bartram - April 7, 2018
Grad Bash - April 14, 2018
Prom - April 28, 2018
Graduation - May 22, 2018

Thank you,
Nery DiDeo
BTHS Newsletter Editor/Art Director
BTHS Volunteer Coordinator
BTHS Academy Newsletter Editor/Art Director
BT Teacher of the Year 2017-18

Megan Hinson

AVID and Algebra
Teacher at Bartram Trail.
BT Rookie Teacher of the Year 2017-18

Tami Treaster

Freshman Class School Counselor, and LINK Crew Sponsor
at Bartram Trail.
Adult Volunteer of the Year 2017-18

Clair Jordan

Parent volunteer for PTO, AFJROTC (last year), Band, Guard Liaison, Academy Supporter Parent Group, and anywhere else we need her at Bartram Trail.
Student Volunteer of the Year 2017-18

Cassandra Dawson

Mentors children of military families and helps to support local ESE programs and our Bartram Trail Football Team.
Student Volunteer of the Year Nominees
These students may not have won for Student Volunteer of the Year, however, they have shown exemplary volunteer services to our school and community. It is a great honor to be nominated out of 550 students in their graduating class. Please congratulate them as well as our winner Cassandra. Unfortunately, there can only be one :)
Julie DiDeo
Miguel DiDeo
Jane Hufnagel
Amanda Kahn
October 8-21
For specific information, please go to the BTHS Website
and click on “Daily Announcements” under “Important Links”.
PSAT Testing Information
Almost, Maine
The Drama Department is pleased to present Almost, Maine, a play by John Cariani. The play takes place on a cold, clear moonless night in the middle of winter. All is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. Please join us for this production on the following dates and times in the BT Auditorium:
Thursday, October 12 @7:00pm
Friday, October 13 @7:00pm
Saturday, October 14 @2:00pm and 7:00pm
You can purchase tickets at
Homecoming Week
BT Club/Team Shout Outs!
National Merit Scholarship - Semifinalists
Congratulations to both of you!!!
Cassidy Bolton
Joshua French
Ms. Wilson's Class Thanks PTO
Thank you PTO
Ms. Wilson joined PTO and with that she got a $100 Donation from PTO for her classroom. She used her Donation money to purchase "Into the Wild" books for her classroom. Great idea Ms. Wilson!!!
Spirit of Bartram Band
Dance Team
High-Q Teams
High-Q Varsity Team which represented us at Ponte Vedra High School. We won our first match, Go High-Q Varsity Bears! !!
Pictured above in order: Sophia Stachowiak, Nia Howard, Malea Jones, Miguel DiDeo, Madeline Stophel, Trevor Free, Harrison Schwartz and Easton Pillay. Not pictured above but on the team are Joshua Rosenbaum, Taylor Friedman and Havyn Ancelin.
High-Q JV Team which represented us at Ponte Vedra High School. We did not won our first match, but had a GREAT Time!!! Go High-Q JV Bears !!!
Pictured above in order: Josh Veracruz, Zach Davis, Joey Morley, Kevin Free, Henry Stophel, and Ethan Repsher. Not pictured above but on the team are Linette Velez and Kason Ancelin.
BT Club Information
ASL students will be taking their annual field trip to FSDB, Florida School for the Deaf, on November 14. If students are not a member of the ASL Club, the field trip fee is $10.00. This is paid on Schoolpay.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ will be meeting every Wednesday morning at 8:30 in
Ms. Hutson’s room, N126. Join us, meet new people, and share in the excitement.

Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After is collecting new children’s coloring books and crayons during the month of October to give to Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital. Donations can be dropped off in room N241 or at Ms. Hastings desk in the labeled box.

JV High Q room change: JV High Q will be meeting in Mr. Davis’s room N224 on Tuesday, October 10 at 8:30 am.

Japanese Media Club

Senior Men's
Mandatory Senior Men’s Club meeting on Monday, October 9th, at 8:30 am in the Small Cafeteria.

NEHS will meet the last Tuesday of every month at 8:40 in Ms. Wetzel's room, 850.  All members of NEHS should join the Schoology group with the code GPV47-WCP3S. Once on Schoology, please fill out the Google Form with contact information and shirt size.

Sisterhood is meeting on Friday mornings in N126. We are also searching for Church sponsors to support the club during this school year. If you are interested please contact Carol Hutson or Tony Sowers at BT.

Science Fair
Any students interested in participating in Science Fair this year should see Ms. Jackson in room 655 to get the paperwork and discuss the project you are interested in completing.

VyStar Credit Union
VyStar Credit Union in Room 422 is now open during all lunches! Come in to open accounts and save your money! You can win a free prize featuring: Dunkin' Donuts & Chick-Fil-A gift cards, Bartram Tumblers, Athletic tickets, giant candy bars and much more.
Senior Info
ASVAB Assessment
Seniors that would like to register for the ASVAB assessment on the day of the PSAT should sign up in guidance with Ms. Kasting or 9th Grade offices with Ms. Hastings. The date is October 11th.

Senior Important Dates
Grad Bash - April 14
Prom - April 28
Graduation - May 22 at University of North Florida

For more updated Senior information, please visit the Seniors web page on the BT Website or click on this link: Seniors
Yearbook Information
Order the 2018 yearbook before other expenses arise as well as time consuming tasks!

Additional information can be found on the BT Yearbook webpage.
Direct email questions to:
Dress Code
As we embark on a great 2017-2018 school year please remember to adhere to the St. John's County School District's Dress Code Policy . We realize that off the shoulder tops and dresses are in fashion this season, however, they will NOT be permitted at Bartram Trail High School. Shoulder straps will need to be credit card width and dresses/skirts/shorts can not exceed 4 inches from the top of the knee. Lastly, please refrain from bringing/wearing hats to school, they are prohibited and will be confiscated.
School Counselors Corner
Dear BTHS Parents and Students,

Your School Counselors are excited to provide programming information that will guide students to success in the 2017-18 school year and beyond. Due to Hurricane Irma, we have rescheduled previously planned school counseling programming that was publicized for the first semester.
Please see the current school counseling plans for the first semester posted below and on the Bartram Trail High Web Site under the Guidance tab. In addition, we have attached a programming “At-A-Glance” for you to hang up at home. Below are the important highlights! Please be sure to check on additional school event information and announcements (like Homecoming, Report Card dates, and more!) on the official BTHS web site!

Students can visit counselors during all lunches. This is an OPEN DOOR time for students to drop in, ask questions, and find solutions. Students can make appointments by stopping in during lunch, before school, or after school to complete an electronic appointment request.

Senior Group Meetings – Topics on College, Career & Financial Aid:  October 9
Junior Goals – Rising Seniors and Transcript Reviews:  November 20-21
Freshmen Classroom Guidance:  October 24 (HOPE)

Counselors host Courtyard Counseling during lunches on select Wednesdays each month. Students are encouraged to stop by and visit with counselors at the Counselors in the Courtyard tent. Each Wednesday session will focus on key topics relevant to all grade levels.
Graduation Requirements and Financial Aid - October 18 th
College and Career Night - November 1 st and 15 th
Preparing for Exams and Self Care - December 6 th and 20 th

Parent Guidance Night Topics for all Grades - New Date to Be Announced
Senior Financial Aid Night for Parents - October 10, 6:00 pm at BTHS

October 11 th at BTHS
Grades 9 & 11 must pay in advance to get score results returned. Grade 10 does not have to pay for score reports. On PSAT Day, seniors will go to Senior Seminars coordinated by the school counselors.

October 14, 2017 (A reschedule is possible due to Hurricane Irma.)
The National Association for College Admission Counseling will host a national college tour in Jacksonville that is the perfect way for high school students to explore college options at public and private schools throughout the United States. The original tour date of October 14 th is subject to change based on Hurricane Irma. Please stay posted by checking with your BTHS school counselors and on the NACAC web site at .

This programming is available for juniors and seniors at BTHS only. Eligible students can reserve a seat by signing up in guidance. See Mrs. Moseley with questions. Check the BTHS Web Site under the Guidance tab for additional dates of visiting colleges.
University of Georgia - October 13 th
Florida Polytechnic University - October 18 th
Full Sail University - October 31 st
University of North Florida (Nursing) - November 2 nd
University of North Florida - November 7 th
Community Service Opportunities
Durbin Creek needs High School Helpers
A great way to get Service Hours!!!

Hi my name is Nicole Cooksey and I am the Extended Day Coordinator at Durbin Creek Elementary and wanted to reach out to you all to see about your awesome Bartram students volunteering during our after school hours. We currently have around 175, K-5 th graders in our after school program from 3:00-6:00. I am reaching out to you all to see if you have any students that may be interested in earning service hours by volunteering their time to our kids/program. I would love to have high school students who are interested in tutoring, reading with, playing with, mentoring, basically anything and just being a part of our program.We could use as many kids as you all have interested and could use them any days M-F, any time between 3:00 -6:00.  Please let me know what you think and also, if you all are not the proper people to be contacting regarding issues such as this, please let me know who to contact at BT. Thanks so very much and I look forward to hearing from you. GO BEARS!!

Nicole Cooksey
Durbin Creek Elementary, Extended Day Coordinator
Phone: 904.547.3882 • Fax: 904.547.3885
Address: 4100 Race Track Road, St. Johns, FL 32259
FOSAA Children's Arts Festival
Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre are seeking friendly, upbeat individuals who enjoy working with children to support the Children's Art Festival to be held on Sunday, October 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a large-scale, family-friendly event held annually at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. A complimentary lunch will be provided for all volunteers. This is a fun, single-day volunteer service opportunity!
Volunteers Needed:
·          Event Day Volunteers are needed to support the presenters hosting fun, interactive educational booths. Duties will include a variety of easy tasks, including helping to move groups in and out of the activities, setting up materials, and answering general questions. (Note: All children at the event are accompanied by a parent.) Volunteer Shift Options include: Morning (9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Afternoon (12:00 PM - 3:30 PM) and Full Day (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM.)
·          Event Set-up Volunteers are also needed! Individuals are needed for event set-up tasks from 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM. Set-up activities will include setting up chairs around the grounds and helping booth participants carry their materials and tables to their assigned spots, and other light tasks as needed.
  • No prior experience necessary.
  • A brief orientation will be provided to all event volunteers when you arrive onsite.
  • Adults - 18+ years of age are needed.
  • High School Students seeking community service credit are also permitted. Middle school students must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.
Additional information:
  • Casual attire - outdoor event at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.
About The Children's Arts Festival
The fourth annual FOSAA Children’s Arts Festival at the Amphitheatre is a totally FREE interactive event, allowing children to dance, sing, act, engage in art projects, try out instruments, have fun in a pedestrian rodeo, putt with First Tee, learn from the Alligator Farm, enjoy a family hoedown and so much more. Members of the arts community and a variety of organizations like the Children’s Museum and libraries, donate their time to this wonderful event. 2500 adults and children attended in 2016. Families will enjoy the interactive arts and educational experiences offered to their children by area theatre, dance, music, art individuals and organizations.
About Friends of St. Augustine Amphitheatre
The Friends of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Inc. (FOSAA) is a non-profit organization committed to making the Amphitheatre more accessible to the community. FOSAA is a private, distinct and separate organization from the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and St. Johns County. It was created in 2009 and installed its Board of Directors in early March 2010. FOSAA received 501(c) 3 tax exempt status soon after and has since become a visible presence in the community.
FOSAA is an independent corporation with its primary mission to increase access to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre by schools and other non-profit community organizations. FOSAA assists the venue in promoting excellence in programming and in being a positive contributor to the quality of life for citizens and visitors to St. Johns County.
We accomplish our mission by developing resources through Friend and Corporate Sponsorships as well as other fundraising efforts to:
1.   Provide subsidies, in the form of grants, to school and non-profit community organizations that wish to use the Amphitheatre for their own cultural or arts events and fundraisers.
2.   Sponsor a one-week “Children’s Music and Arts Camp” for elementary school students.
3.   Sponsor “St. Augustine – Camp Rock”, a one week camp for middle and high school students.
4.   Hold a free “Children’s Arts Festival” featuring activities led by local artists, musicians and arts and other organizations.
5.   Award grants to support Murray Middle School’s musical presentations for school children, at the Amphitheatre.
6.   Sponsor other special events and “family friendly” performances in conjunction with the Amphitheatre.
FOSAA website:
District News
Make-Up Hurricane Days
SJCSD students missed six instructional days due to Hurricane Irma. The Florida Department of Education has waived two days of student make-up time and the SJCSD has also waived two days. Students will make up the following two days:
Monday, October 16 (Planning Day/Student Holiday)
Friday, November 10 (Veterans Day)
The Gifted Parent Advisory Council (GPAC) meets four times per year to inform the school district about ways in which we can improve our efforts in serving our gifted students. Information about giftedness and ways to help our gifted students are presented at these gatherings. Parents of K-12 gifted students from throughout the district are encouraged to come to the meetings.
The Gifted Parent Advisory Council meetings have been scheduled for the 2017-18 school year. They are located each year in schools from different areas of the district.
T uesday, November 14                PVHS    6:30-8:00 p.m.  Media Center
Thursday, February 15                 BTHS     6:30-8:00 p.m.  Media Center
Tuesday, April 17                         NHS      6:30-8:00 p.m.  Media Center
We hope to see you there!
First Coast Technical College delivers an awesome education at a very affordable cost. Many people can do it debt free!
See a list of our current programs and start dates at
With small class sizes and hands on learning, our students can achieve national industry certifications that immediately raise their earning potential where the jobs are. We pride ourselves on the ability to help our students find employment in their field.
Would you like more information? How about coming on a tour so YOU can see what the excitement is all about!
Call 904-547-3354 or email Jennifer Wills at
Per district policy (that's listed in the student code of conduct), the new policy for courtesy bus rides/waivers is as follows:

Transportation Services Waiver
Schools are no longer authorized to issue Bus Passes or instruct bus operators regarding
bus ridership or stops. Instead, the Transportation Department is now responsible for
issuing provisional Transportation Services Waivers for a specific period of time due to
extenuating circumstances. Parents may apply for this waiver via the St. Johns County
School District webpage under the “Transportation Department". Waivers will not be
available from individual schools. This means temporary authorization to ride an unassigned bus is no longer attainable at the school level.
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Business Partner Links
Carrabba's - San Jose Blvd

Clelia's Party Dresses - Julington Creek - 585 SR 13

Huntington Learning Center - 12276 San Jose Blvd., Suite 701

KB Homes - 10475 Fortune Parkway suite 100 Jacksonville FL 32256

Mattamy Homes - 7800 Belfort Parkway #195, Jacksonville, FL 32256

PDQ - 194 North SR 13

Perce Orthodontics - 605 North SR 13, Suite 104

Publix - 450 SR 13

St. Johns Learning - 1629 Racetrack Road

Sonny's BBQ - 12485 San Jose Blvd.

State Farm Insurance - Dave and Kim Lego

UPS Store - Julington Creek - 450 SR 13

Walgreens - Racetrack Road and SR 13

Walmart Neighborhood Market - Racetrack Road and SR 13

Support our Future...
100% of money raised goes to BT!

To Pay Online, please click on one of these links below to help support our students at Bartram.


Planner Pricing

Donations are tax deductible.

Click here for downloadable BTHS PTO form below.
Other ways to help support BTHS PTO

Bozard Ford has graciously donated oil change vouchers to PTO.
Please purchase a voucher for $25 and get free oil change and car wash
at Bozard Ford in St. Augustine. Your voucher will be mailed to you.

Amazon Smile donation to BT PTO
We have also set up a donation to our PTO if you purchase items thru "Amazon Smile".
In order for this to work you must log onto Amazon thru this website: . Then you select our organization. It is called "Bartram Trail High School Parent Teacher Organization". We will receive 0.5 percentage of everything you order. It's another way to help support our students and school, and every little bit helps :)

Become a Business Partner
Contact Lesley Mackie, BT Business Partner Coordinator, at: Below are our levels, you can also click this link for a downloadable copy: Business Partner Agreements
Adult Volunteer Information
School Access for this School Year
Previously Approved
If you are going to be volunteering or coming onto our school campus this year, please make sure you are an "Approved Volunteer". If you are not sure, please email me, Nery DiDeo, at: . Please make sure you include your Full Name (as seen on your drivers license) and birth date. I can verify your status. Approved volunteer applications are active for 3 years. Please DO NOT fill out a new form unless you have had an email, phone or address change.

New Applicants
If you have NEVER filled out a Volunteer form for St. Johns County, please go to this link: and fill out the online form. YOU MUST be approved through our School Access Form Process for St. John's County in order to be on campus during school hours. That includes meetings and/or volunteering.

Training for Student and Adult Volunteers
If you are going to volunteer at BT or represent BT during a volunteering opportunity, please view whichever one of these PowerPoint presentations aapply to you. Thank you for volunteering this year at Bartram. We LOVE our Volunteers! We could not do ALL that we do without you :)
Social Media
Facebook - Bartram Trail PTO
Twitter - @BartramTrail
If you use Facebook or twitter, please look us up for announcements and updates.
Academy Parents
Academy parents and/or students...Another way to get Academy News is to join our Facebook group called: BTHS Academy Supporters
Mission Statement
"BTHS serves as a center for academic excellence,
community involvement and character development,
while fostering a joy for lifelong learning"
Bartram Trail High School
7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway, St. Johns, FL 32259 • (904) 547-8430