Volume 19 | December 1, 2017
10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082                           904-547-8300 - Main Office

Office Hours: 8:30a.m. to 4:45p.m.
Teacher Work Hours: 8:30a.m. to 4p.m.
Message from Mrs. Kunze
PTSO will be hosting their Annual Holiday Luncheon for faculty and staff on Tuesday, December 19th. The meal will be catered by Mojo's, but the tradition has always been that salads and desserts are donated by parents. If you can assist, please use the sign-up genius. Thank you in advance for your support!

The Jostens Ring Ceremony and Celebration for the class of 2019 will be held on Tuesday, December 12 th at 6 pm in the PAC. If a student purchased a ring through Jostens and has paid off their balance they will be presented with their ring during the ceremony. If a student is unable to attend the ceremony Jostens will return on Wednesday, December 13 th during all lunches to deliver the remaining rings. 

Holiday Movie Under the Stars
Link Crew is excited to announce that the winning movie is Elf featuring Will Ferrell. Our first ever Holiday Movie Under the Stars event is at 6:30pm on Friday, December 8th for $5. This is a community event open to all parents and siblings as well as all Nease students. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and we look forward to seeing you there!

Lunch Detention
The dean’s office will no longer send students a reminder for lunch detention. All students should know when and where detention is. If students have any questions, they can see the appropriate dean.

Need some gift ideas for your student this year?  The Nease Band is holding an online Holiday Fundraiser selling cell phone accessories! Here is the website: 
Shopping Code: "NEASE”. You can enter a specific program to support (GUARD, PERCUSSION, OR BAND), OR leave blank.

On Saturday, December 16 th, the Nease Boys and Girls Lacrosse teams will be hosting a fundraiser at the Jacksonville Icemen game. Tickets are $30 and include entrance into the game and a pregame tailgate sponsored by O’Steen Volvo and Lance Atwood of State Farm Insurance. Tickets can be bought at www.JacksonvilleIcemen.com/neaselacrosse - Use promo code NEASELAX. More information please visit the teams’ Facebook pages. 

NOCATEE PUBLIX NO HUNGRY HOLIDAYS FOOD COLLECTION
Hugs Across the County is an all-volunteer organization working hard to make sure that 500+ St. Johns County students have food to eat over the long holiday break. Some of our most successful food collections are at local Publix lots, and we hope you will join us at Nocatee Publix! It's simple, just help hand out flyers to shoppers in the parking lot, and your heart will be full when they return from the store with a bag full of donations! KIDS ARE WELCOME (under 16 must have adult supervision). Questions? Email info@stjohnshugs.org or call 904-580-4847
You can sign-up to volunteer using the sign-up genius

Nease Chorus Holiday Carol Grams for Sale!
What is a Carol Gram?
Our talented Chorus Students will sing to your loved ones or co-workers a favorite holiday song live over the phone ! We will even leave a custom Holiday Greeting to complete the Holiday Cheer!

A Nease High School Carol Gram is the Perfect Gift: Inexpensive, Unique, Non-Fattening, and lots of Fun! Check out this link for a sample: Sample Nease Chorus Carol Gram

Only $5 per Holiday Carol Gram or $20 for 5 Holiday Carol Grams.
Orders May be dropped off in the Main Office at Nease or The Chorus Room.
Order forms must be received no later than Dec 14 th , 2017.
Cash or Check Accepted and Payable to Nease High School
Please print the carol order form and send in to the Main Office with payment to order your carol gram.

Nease Chorus will be performing at the Visitor’s Center for the St Augustine Nights of Lights this Saturday night – December 2 nd  at 6:45 and 7:25 pm. 

The Chorus will present a Winter Concert on Dec 7 th at 7:00 pm at the Nease High School Auditorium. $5 Admission.

The Nease Advanced Chorus will perform at Nights of Lights at the St Augustine Visitor’s Center on Friday, December 15 th at 6:45 and 7:25 pm.

The Nease Honor Chorus will be performing at EPCOT in the Disney Candlelight program on Tuesday, December 12 th at 5:00 pm. 


Our last day of school for Winter Break is Thursday, December 21st. The last day of instruction in courses will be Friday, December 15th, as our semester exams start on Monday, December 18th. Semester exams count 10% of the grade and can NOT be taken early. If students are absent for any of these exams, the make-up days are December 21st or January 8th & 9th when we return from break. Below is the 1st semester district exam schedule.

We are requsting that students are not checked-out early on Wednesday, Dec. 20th to avoid attending 7th period. The class is only 1 hour and they can use the time to prepare for their exam, which is the next day.

Monday, December 18th
9:15am to 10:45am - Exam in 1st period
10:55am to 12:25pm - Exam in 2nd period
12:30pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
Buses depart at 1pm. Students who drive to school or who are parent pick-up may leave at 12:25pm.
Tuesday, December 19th
9:15am to 10:45am - Exam in 3rd period
10:55am to 12:25pm - Exam in 4th period
12:30 to 1pm - Lunch
Buses depart at 1pm. Students who drive to school or who are parent pick-up may leave at 12:25pm.
Wednesday, December 20th
9:15am to 10:45am - Exam in 5th period
10:55am to 12:25pm - Exam in 6th period
12:30pm to 1:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm to 2:50pm - 7th period class
Buses depart at 2:50pm.
Thursday, December 21st
9:15am to 10:45am - Exam in 7th period
10:45am to 11:25am - Lunch
Buses depart at 11:25am.
Make-up exam from 11:30am to 1pm - Students must have their own transportation home.

The Semester Exams count 10% for all classes but very if the exam is calculated in the 2nd quarter average or entered as a semester exam in the semester grade calculation. Some of the exams are written by the district and some are teacher created. If you would like to learn more, please review the High School Course Winter Exam Guide. If you have any questions regarding exams, please contact your child's teacher first.


Policy Reminder:
Students are not checked out after 3:20pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays OR after 2:20pm on Wednesdays. If you need to check-out your child early, PLEASE submit the Early Dismissal Form and your child will be waiting for you upon arrival.
If your child will be missing school for any planned reason and you would like to see if the days could be excused, you must submit a Pre-Excused Absence Request Form
Good News!!



















Congratuations to IB Senior, Yara Chehade, for participating in Mayo Clinic's Spark Research Mentorship Program. Five students from St Johns County participated during the summer and through the fall.
Their projects are outstanding, we are so proud of them! In the back row on the right are Tim Kellett and Louis Otero, Ponte Vedra High School. In the bottom row, Courtney Krider is to the far left and Emma Kee to the far right, both are PV students.  Yara Chehade from Nease High School is 2 nd from the right.  


Congratulations to Rohan Bhargava for being selected as Beaver Toyota's Student of the Week!


Congratulations to Allie Venturi and Mohammad Alam for their work in Hugs Across the County!


We had several students participate this year in the Nease 2017 Science Fair which was held on November 16 th , 2017. There were 8 projects chosen to move to the District level of the St. Johns County Science Fair on February 7 th , 2018 hosted at the First Coast Technical College. All the projects were very well constructed but the following projects will move on to the next level. These are the names of the students and the titles of their projects. The names are in no particular order.
Yara Chehade - Investigating in vitro Stearoyl-CoA desalturase-1 (SCD-1) inhibition using the novel compound SSI-4 to determine its potential as a new therapeutic target in serous ovarian cancer
Aditya Singh – Edge Detection in the line of sight
Rishabh Singh – Waterless: Predictive Modeling of Global Drought Patterns by training Artificial Neural Networks on Soil Moisture and Precipitation data
Alan Michael – Augmented Reality App employing discrete trial training for children with autism spectrum disorder
Mackenzie Simon-Collins and Isha Chekuri – Household chemicals on alfalfa Endosymbiosis
Katherine Rodriquez – Do varying concentrations of sun protection in sunscreen impact coral bleaching
Shelby Fox – Temperature Change and Thermohaline Circulation in our Oceans
Andre Alverez and Rohan Misra – The Effects of different Wire Gauges on the Efficiency of a dynamo


Nease Model United Nations
"From November 17-19, the Nease High School Model United Nations delegation attended the Old City Model United Nations Conference at Pedro Menendez High School. This conference is attended by schools across Florida. The conference featured many councils and each council provides an opportunity for awards for outstanding performance. Each council gives out honorable mentions for delegates who perform commendably, an "excellent delegate" award for delegates that score remarkably high, and a "superior delegate" award for delegates that score the highest in their respective councils. The awards also include a "Golden Gavel" award given to delegates in a council who exhibit extraordinary skill with limited experience or delegates that improve greatly over the duration of a conference. There are also two awards given out across the entire conference for the best-written position papers. The Nease Model United Nations delegation would like to recognize the following delegates for the awards they received:

Yuan Tian (The Philippines, Human Rights Council) - Honorable Mention and Golden Gavel
Virginia Peery (Republic of the Congo, Historical Crisis Council) - Excellent Delegate and Golden Gavel
Didi Victor (Japan, Security Council) - Excellent Delegate
Anna Savo-Matthews (Bolivia, Security Council) - Golden Gavel
Shivam Shah (Bolivia, Security Council) - Excellent Delegate
Taylor Hampson (Sweden, Security Council) - Honorable Mention
Katie Pakenham (Uruguay, Security Council) - Honorable Mention
Ajay Sarma (Russian Federation, Security Council) - Superior Delegate
Sara Hingson-Rodriguez (United Kingdom, Security Council) - Excellent Delegate
Aditi Shandilya (United Kingdom, Security Council) - Honorable Mention
Maya Albold (India, Human Rights Council) - Position Paper Award
Allie Pearson (Italy, Security Council) - Excellent Delegate 

For the first time in Nease Model UN history, Nease placed at OCMUNC and received third place as a school. We are excited about the future of our club and look forward to future successes for our delegation."

Nease Band
Performing their program this year, “Under the Harvest Moon”, The Nease Marching Band had a very busy fall season, competing in 3 regional competitions and most recently The Florida Marching Band Championship’s State competition in Tampa held on November 19 th . Nease placed in the top 10 in the 5A Division Semi-finals at The FMBC State Competition. In between competitions, The Marching Band also participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade in Saint Augustine on November 11 th . Nease will be rounding out their activities this semester with performing in the Christmas parade.  

Nease NJROTC - Mandarin's 12-school Sanctioned Drill Competition

We won 1 st place overall, which qualifies us for the Area-12 Drill Championships in March up in Georgia.
In addition to 1 st overall, we took home the additional trophies:
1 st           Academics
               Personnel Inspection
               Athletics Overall
Unarmed Basic Drill
               Pushups
               Situps

2 nd          16 x 100 Relays

3 rd           8 x 220 Relays
               Armed Basic Drill
               Drill Overall

Seven cadets placed in the Top 10 in individual academics (180 competitors)
1 st Scott Cummings
2 nd Eduardo Evans
4 th Isabelle Jacobi (tie)
4 th Lucas Pels (tie)
5 th Lily Short (tie)
5 th Connie Oswald (tie)

Pushups we took four of the top five males (96 competitors)
1 st Mac Davis
3 rd Preston Ashley
4 th Chris Oliver
5 th Steven Sarama

Pushup we took the top 3 females (96 competitors)
1 st Erin Sass
2 nd Lindy Gostage
3 rd Anna Hampton

Situps three of the top five males
3 rd Troy Barber
4 th Steve Sarama
5 th Eduardo Evans

Situps we took four of the top 5 females (96 competitors)
1 st Lily Short
3 rd Sinead Morgan
4 th Erin Sass (tie)
4 th Connie Oswald (tie)

All in all a great day for Nease NJROTC. 



Girls Basketball
The Lady Panthers concluded preseason play with a 2-1 record. A recap of the three games played are as follows:
November 11th at Ed White
On Veterans Day, Nease participated in an exhibition game against Atlantic Coast. The game was part of an official's clinic. The Lady Panthers jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter and duplicated their effort in the third quarter, before posting a 68-10 win. Four players scored in double figures, led by center Camille Hobby (double-double with17 pts. and 11 rebs.). Peyton Carter, Stephanie Manherz and Karissa Niles scored 13, 11 and 10 points respectively.

Ribault Preseason Shootout
Friday, November 17th
Nease took on perennial state power, Florida Prep from Melbourne and bowed in an exciting overtime affair (60-61). Junior co-captain, Kiya Turner, half court heave at the buzzer knotted the score (55-55) and forced the overtime period . Nease played the waning minutes of the final period and overtime without their starting front court (Camille Hobby and Peyton Carter), as both players would foul out. Kiya Turner tallied 27 points and Camille would complete the double-digit scoring with 18 points.

Saturday, November 18th
Nease rebounded from a dejecting overtime loss the previous night with a resounding win against Orlando Evans (59-30). Sophomore guard Karissa Niles would lead the way with a torrid shooting night ((6/7 from 3-point range), producing 22 points. Center Camille Hobby collected another double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Kiya Turner chipped in with 8 points and 7 dimes.

The team will open up regular season play in a tournament at First Coast High School on Tuesday night, taking on Fleming Island and will follow up play again on Wednesday against Sandalwood. Go LADY PANTHERS!!

The Lady Panthers rediscovered their winning ways by pouncing on the Lady Jackets in District play at the St. Augustine game. After opening the season 0-2, Nease would leave little doubt about early supremacy in the County and District. From the opening tip, the Lady Panthers controlled the tempo and led 16-4 after one period of play.

The lead was doubled by intermission (34-10) and Nease emptied the bench in the second half, outscoring St. Augustine 17-8 in the third period. The home team was left with minimum sting to mount any kind of comeback with the running clock now in play. Nease 1-2 overall and 1-0 in District play won easily 59-25.

Two players paced the way with double figure scoring. Kiya Turner and Peyton Carter scored 18 and 10 points respectively. Camille Hobby chipped in with 9 points and 8 boards. Mykah Eshbaugh, again led the effort in a reserve roll with 7 points and 7 rebounds.

SAY GOOD KNIGHT!!
Playing in their home opener, the Lady Panthers warmed up to the friendly confines. Proclaiming their dominance in the 'Panther Den', Nease soundly defeated Creekside 66-36. The Lady Panthers entered Thursday's game, having only one loss in the past two years at home.
Nease took off with the opening tip and tried to set the tone for the night. Creekside showed some fight in the latter part of the first period and both teams were deadlocked 14-14 at the conclusion of the quarter. The Lady Panthers would bring out the claws on defense and impose their will on the Lady Knights the rest of the way. Nease used a 16-5 second quarter to establish a favorable half time cushion (30-19) and marched on to victory.
Junior center Camille Hobby premiered her nickname, 'Tower of Power', with a dominating, double-double performance on the night (21 pts./18 rebs./3 blks./3 assists and 2 steals). Freshman guard Stephanie (The Hawk) Manherz, put together her best game on the young season (12 pts./6 rebs and 5 stls.). Kiya Turner rounded out the double figure scoring with 10 points, 8 rebs. and 6 dimes).
Nease (2-2), will travel to Ed White on Friday for a District encounter.


Coaches or Team Moms of sports/clubs can email Mrs. Kunze at Lisa.Kunze@stjohns.k12.fl.us by 4pm on Thursdays with any good news for their sport/club. Please use Arial font size 12. Thank you!
Mark your calendar - Important Dates
Last day of 2nd quarter/1st semester - Thursday, December 21st - It is very important for students to be present through exams. Make-ups will not be administered until January and could affect record card grades.

Winter Break - Friday, December 22nd through Friday, January 5th 
2nd semester starts - Monday, January 8th 
SAC News
SAC Chair - Christina Talbot

School Advisory Council dates for 17-18.
As always, this is a public meeting, and all are welcome to attend.

NEW MEETING DATES & TIME
Meetings will be from 8-9am on the following dates.
November 9th
December 14th
February 8th
March 8th
April 12th
May 10th

PTSO News
PTSO Meeting Dates
Meetings start at 2:30pm in Panther Hall


November 14th
December 12th
January 9th
February 13th

Interested in writing a birthday or congratulation message to your child on the marquee? Complete the form and submit to main office for PTSO ONE week PRIOR to the message appearing on the marquee.

Testing
Testing Coordinator - Cynthia Messenger Email - Cynthia.Messenger@stjohns.k12.fl.us


Winter administration dates for State EOC’s.
Tuesday, Nov. 28 th & Wednesday, Nov. 29 th: Alg.1 & Geometry EOCs (Computer Based)
Thursday, Nov. 30 th: Biology & US History EOCs (Computer Based)
Friday, Dec. 1 st & Monday, Dec. 4 th: Makeup EOC Days (Computer Based)
Friday, Dec. 8 th: District Created Alg. 2 EOC (Computer Based)
Monday, Dec. 11 th: Makeup - District Created Alg. 2 EOC (Paper Based)


Attached is the AP/IB testing calendar for May. The dates and times of these exams are set by outside agencies and we cannot change them. PLEASE do not schedule appointments or vacations during this time.

College Visits
  • There are currently no college visits schedule for the week of November 19th or the week of November 26th.

Juniors and seniors, sign up using Naviance for college visits. Print out the confirmation page to use as your pass. You must get permission to be out of class BEFORE you go to the visit. 
IB News
IB Coordinator - Missy Kennedy

  • Please make sure community service hours are being turned in to Mrs. Kennedy, so they can be updated.
  • Reviewing your transcript is vital PRIOR to Senior year. If you have questions regarding courses that are required for graduation, please ask or email Mrs. Kennedy.

Volunteer Opportunities:
1)     Student help needed for Valley Ridge students, specifically in reading one-on-one, during extended day. Contact Ms. Pollinger-Van Horne at hayley.pollinger-vanhorne@stjohns.k12.fl.us for more information.
2)     Concession stand help needed at Landrum Basketball games. See attached schedule for days and times. Please contact Sherri Anthony at sherri.anthony@stjohns.k12.fl.us for more information.
3)     Hugs Across the County- Sign-up for Nocatee Publix to handout flyers and encourage donations. 
 
Seniors


Academy News
Upcoming Academy Events:

Hospitality Academy Guest Speaker – Betty Jimmo, Professor of Hospitality Management at Florida State College Jacksonville

Engineering Academy Guest Speaker – Andy Hall, Mechanical Engineer


In December, all Academy students will be asked to indicate if they want to remain in their Academy for the 2018-19 school year by signing an Intent to Return roster. If the student checks “Yes,” than that student will be automatically re-enrolled in the Academy for 2018-19. If an Academy student checks “No” on the roster to indicate that he/she does not want to continue in the Academy next year, a form will be sent home for the student and a parent to sign, confirming that the student would like to be removed from the Academy for 2018-19. 

In regard to Out of Zone students, district policy states that Out of Zone Academy students no longer have to fill out an Out of Zone Waiver each year. Simply being on an Academy roster acts as the student’s Out of Zone waiver.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about Nease’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, Communications Academy, or the Stellar Academy of Engineering, please contact Jaime Combs, Academy Coordinator, at Jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Guidance News
Guidance Distribution:
A through De Mrs. Vartanian - Cynthia.Vartanian@stjohns.K12.fl.us
Di through J Mrs. Gibss - DErica.Gibbs@stjohns.k12.fl.us
K through M Ms. Mayor - Vanessa.Mayor@stjohns.k12.fl.us
N through Se Mrs. Gledhill - Michel.Gledhill@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Sh through Z Mrs. Harden - Daphne.Harden@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Please contact your child's counselor if you need to schedule a parent/teacher conference with all of your child's teachers. If you just need to meet with one teacher, please contact the teacher directly.


Winter Webinar Series Starting Dec. 5th
Revolution Prep is launching the Winter Webinar Series on December 5th. This Winter Webinar Series is packed with valuable resources for both students and parents, and every webinar has a live Q&A session.

The Winter Webinars will be a 12-part series covering these topics:

Revolution Prep Winter Webinar Series
1.     The Best Investments in Higher Education
2.     The Secrets to UC Admission: Secrets to Getting into UC
3.     Ask an Admissions Expert Anything!
4.     Managing Stress of College Admissions
5.     College Athletics Recruitment: 5 Tips for Navigating the Process
6.     How to Reduce College Costs with Financial Aid
7.     Insider’s Guide to College Rankings
8.     My Financial Aid Isn’t Enough — Now What?
9.     Successful Scholarship Strategies
10. College in a Digital Age: Getting in, Getting Through, Getting Hired
11. Insider’s Guide to Admissions at the Top 2% of Schools
12. Why Are APs and SAT Subject Tests Important?

The first webinar is currently open for registration, and the series starts Tuesday, December 5th!


Completion of Virtual School Courses for Semester 1:
All virtual school courses must be completed by December 21, 2017 in order for the grades to be reflected on the first semester transcript. All virtual school courses completed after this date will not be reflected with the first semester grades.


College Checklist
  • If you are thinking about going to college after high school, but aren’t quite sure where to begin, we have a college checklist that will help you map out important steps to help you prepare.
  • College Checklist


Do you need help in your courses? Are you tired of the overpriced private tutors that charge $50 an hour? Not only that, but they also probably haven't seen a high school curriculum in years. At Top Tier Learning we have a qualified team of students, including 2 National Merit Semifinalists. We are 100% student run and tutors have excelled in the classes they teach. If you don't want to dive headfirst into a lesson package, no worries! We also offer $10 trial lessons. You decide where you meet and how often you want tutoring. 
If you have any questions feel free to email us at:
For more information on our branch managers and tutors, you can visit our branch website at:
Media Center
Media Specialist: Carolyn Milian
Media Para: Lorna Patterson

A lot of excitement going on in the media center this month! 

Holiday Reading Bingo!
We’ve rolled out our “Holiday Reading Bingo” for our students to participate in and earn some great prizes! We have some blank Bingo boards and reading logs in the media center, but if you go on the media center page by clicking right here , you can read more about it and print at home! This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to read anything they want and can enjoy! One of the biggest complaints I hear from students all the time is that they don’t have time to read anymore. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!! The Bingo boards are due Friday, January 12, 2018 so you have plenty of time!

Holiday Book Fair!!
Once again, Barnes & Noble in St. Johns Town Center is hosting our 3 rd annual holiday book fair which raises funds for our media center. The fair will run from Sat., Dec. 16 th through Thurs., Dec. 21 st . Any purchases made at any Barnes & Noble or online using our code will earn a percentage of sales to come back to our program. We will also be providing giftwrapping services for patrons inside the store for donations and we need volunteers to help us out that Saturday and Sunday. Please click on this link to sign up to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Milian
More information about the book fair will be in next week’s Panther Press and on our school website so stay tuned!  


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at carolyn.milian@stjohns.k12.fl.us or
call 547-8367. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to READ-READ-READ!! 
Seniors Only
2017-18 NHS Scholarship Application Procedures
The application process for the NHS Scholarship Program is administered online by
International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS.) The deadline to complete and submit
the student portion of the application form is January 30, 2018. The deadline to submit
recommendations and certifications is February 5, 2018.
Advisers: Please distribute these procedures to each applicant and the school principal.
Students:
  • Create an account on the ISTS website at https://aim.applyists.net/NHS. If prompted,
enter program key `NHS.’
  • Complete the student portion of the application. You can make changes to your
application until January 30, 2018. The student portion of the form will be read-only
after January 30.
  • You must have three recommendations to complete the application process. On the
recommendations tab, enter the name and e-mail address of your NHS adviser, school
principal, and a third faculty member for the corresponding recommendation requests.
The third recommendation must be submitted by another faculty members (i.e. guidance
counselor, coach, assistant principal, etc.)
  • ISTS will send an automated e-mail to each individual with instructions and a code to
complete their verifications. Please be sure you’ve entered the correct email addresses,
and verify receipt with each individual.
  • Prior to February 5, confirm that all three individuals have completed their
recommendations. You can log into your account at any time to check the status of your
application. Applicants are responsible for verifying completion of their application by
the established deadlines. Applications missing recommendations are considered
incomplete.
  • Troubleshooting: Applicants also have the option to print a hardcopy of the recommendation
request and provide to recommenders if there are any issues receiving the email from ISTS.
For assistance: If you experience any problems with the online process, please refer to the
FAQs section of your application, or contact ISTS at 855-670-4787 or
ContactUs@applyISTS.com. ALL technical issues must be forwarded to ISTS.


ATTENTION SENIORS!!!!!!!!
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has helped more than 725,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution. The application process opens on October 1, 2017.

Step 1 : Go to www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf to find out how to qualify for Bright Futures.

Step 2: Go to www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and submit a completed error free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during your last year of high school.

The 2017-2018 Bright Futures Student Handbook: Initial Eligibility Requirements can be found at the following link:


There is a community service requirement for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards. If you have community service hours that you have not turn in to your School Counselor, please turn them in so they can be entered into the system. There is a community service form available on the Nease website under the Guidance department link.


SENIOR DUES
Each senior is charged $55 in dues to pay for the cost to cover senior activities and graduation. Each high school is responsible for paying the UNF rental fee, security fees, jumbo tron fees, stage decoration fees, printing of programs & tickets, etc.

The $55 fee can be paid by credit card online on the Senior page of Nease website or by cash or check made payable to Nease High School. Cash & checks need to be delivered to room 234 in Panther Hall before school starting the week of September 11th. The link to pay dues online is now working on the senior page of the Nease website.


CAP and GOWN
LAST DAY to pay for senior orders - Thursday, February 22nd.
Senior delivery date - Thursday, March 8th for last names A-L
Friday, March 9th for last names M-Z


Graduation Rehearsal (REQUIRED) - Thursday, May 17th from 10am to 12pm at UNF Arena
Graduation - Monday, May 21st at 7pm at UNF Arena
Happenings at Nease this week

Monday, December 4th
  • Blood Drive from 8:30am to 2pm for Co-op students only. Students may not miss a class to give blood.
  • 6th & 7th periods - ROTC FT at Stadium
  • 6:30pm - Youth in Government in B-103
  • Track meeting for students and parents at 6:30pm in auditorium
  • HOME: 5pm - Girls Soccer Tournament vs SJRAC
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV/V Boys Soccer vs St Augustine

Tuesday, December 5th
  • NJROTC Annual Inspection by Navy at Stadium
  • 8:30am - NHS Club meeting in auditorium
  • EXCEL A - Mu Alpha Theta meeting in auditorium
  • 1pm - SOUPer Bowl Committee meeting in C-127
  • HOME: 6pm - JV/V Boys Basketball vs Middleburg

Wednesday, December 6th
  • HOME: 5:30pm - Girls Soccer Tournament vs SJRAC
  • HOME; 6pm - JV/V Girls Basketball vs Bartram Trail HS
  • AWAY: 12:30pm - Girls Weightlifting at Menendez HS
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV/V Boys Soccer at Mandarin HS

Thursday, December 7th
  • IB Fine Arts FT to Community Nutcracker at FL Theater & MOCA tour (Pantano)
  • EXCEL Time: Dancing with the Stars in gym (Dance Team fundraiser - should be lots of fun to watch!)
  • 7pm - Chorus Concert in auditorium
  • HOME: 6pm - JV/V Boys Basketball vs Englewood

Friday, December 8th
  • 6pm - Variety Show in auditorium sponsored by Talent for Change
  • 6:30pm - Movie Under the Stars (Elf) - sponsored by Link Crew - $5
  • AWAY: 4:30pm - Girls Weightlifting at Oakleaf HS
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV/V Boys Soccer at Oakleaf HS

Saturday, December 9th
  • Girls Basketball Tournament at Flagler Palm Coast
  • Habitat of Humanity Build for IB students
  • NJRTOC Drill meet at Terry Parker HS
  • 7:30am - ACT testing - students check-in in cafeteria

Student Life
Lunch Detention
The dean’s office will no longer send students a reminder for lunch detention. All students should know when and where detention is. If students have any questions, they can see the appropriate dean.

The next Hispanic National Honors Society will be held on Monday, December 4 at 8:45 a.m. at the Media Center

Track & Field
There is a meeting for interested students and parents on Monday, December 4 at 6:30 PM in the Nease PAC.

Boys Lacrosse
Students interested in trying out for Boys Lacrosse…there is a mandatory meeting on Thursday, December 7 after school in Room 208 (Coach Gurowski’s room).

Junior Ladies Club
Junior Ladies will do their “big and little sister” gift exchange at our Dec 12 th meeting, Excel A, in portable 48. Stop by portable 48 to see the “big or little sister” list.
 
The next Mu Alpha Theta meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5th during Excel Time A in the PAC. Please remember your tutoring logs (4 sessions total) are due on this date. If you are participating in the MAA AMC 10/12 (math competition on 2/7/18), please also bring a $10 check made payable to Nease. This competition will also satisfy the second semester requirement of hosting or participating in the district math competition (held on 4/7/18 at Nease), if you are going to be unable to attend.
Tentative date for the 2nd round of the Log1 competition is 12/12/17 during Excel Time A in room A108. 


Link Crew Candy Cane Gram Fundraiser
On Wednesdays we wear pink, and for the holidays we send candy cane grams!
Link Crew will be selling candy canes and candy cane grams in front of room F-107 before school and during Excel time from 11/27-12/11. Candy canes will cost $1 and candy cane grams will cost $2.
Your special holiday message will be delivered during 1 st period 12/13-12/15.


Great Decisions, brought to us by World Affairs Council Jacksonville http://www.worldaffairscounciljax.org, is a non-partisan high school enrichment program on foreign affairs that fosters critical-thinking, conversation and decision-making skills. College professors and high school teachers co-facilitate the monthly sessions at school, and encourage students to drive the conversation, ask questions and share opinions. Additionally, interactive program components off campus provide students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in peer discussions. For content information see http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions

If interested, please join the Schoology group, “Great Decisions Nease” access code 5VTWW-9SNBQ. All events and opportunities will be announced through that Schoology group.

Please note that Great Decisions, The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, and the Foreign Policy Association are not officially affiliated with Nease High School nor with the Saint Johns County School District. They offer these timely and relevant events to the community free of charge, and I believe they are valuable because they bear on the material taught in many of the courses here at Nease.

Contact me (Mr. Smith) at Nease for more information H.A.SMITH@STJOHNS.K12.FL.US
Nease Clubs
Attached is a list of clubs at Nease High School with Sponsor's name, meeting location, and meeting date/time. If you have any questions, please contact the Club Sponsor.

 
Nease Athletics
Nease has 24 sports teams for students to join. There are fees to participate in sports with a one-time athletic fee per year.

Fall Sports - Start date of July 31st 
Cross Country - Boys & Girls - Coach Ted DeVos
Football - Coach Tim Krause
Golf-Boys - Coach Michael Kypriss
Golf-Girls - Coach Bobbie Beattie
Swim - Coach Gustavo Calado
Volleyball - Coach Don Watson

Winter Sports 
Basketball - Girls - Coach Sherri Anthony - Start date of Oct 30th 
Basketball - Boys - Coach Josh Bailen - Start date of Nov 6th 
Competitive Cheerleading - Coach Melissa Fraum - Start date of Oct 9th - tryouts were April 25th 
Soccer - Boys - Coach Fred Hallett - Start date of Oct 23rd 
Soccer - Girls - Coach Jay Shepherd - Start date of Oct 16th 
Weightlifting - Girls - Coach Tim Dennis - Start date of Oct 9th
Wrestling - Coach Craig Muckle - Start date of Nov 6th 

Spring Sports
Baseball - Coach Jerimiah Klosterman - Start date of Jan 29th 
Lacrosse - Boys - Coach Max Gurowski - Start date of Jan 29th 
Lacrosse - Girls - Coach Tara Cushman - Start date of Jan 29th 
Softball - Open - Start date of Jan 22nd
Tennis - Boys/Girls - Coach Michael Kypriss - Start date of Jan 22nd
Track & Field - Coach Bernie Blue - Start date of Jan 22nd 
Weightlifting - Boys - Open - Start date of Jan 8th 

All of the FHSAA paperwork required for your student to participate in sports at Nease are located on the website under the "Forms" tab. Tryout information is listed on the Nease Athletic website. Paperwork MUST be turned in BEFORE a student can tryout for a team.
 
From the District
ESE PARENT ADVISORY
ST. JOHNS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION
WELCOMES TODD WATSON and KIMBERLY MILLER, SJCSD ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
AND
MELISSA GULLO and ANNA MARTIN, SJCSD SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS
Topic: UNDERSTANDING THE MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS (MTSS)
FRAMEWORK AND RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RtI) PROCESS
Date/Time: 12/05/17 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Fullerwood Training Center – 10 Hildreth, St. Augustine, FL 32084
GOAL: In an effort to provide parents of ESE students with trainings to increase their ability to actively participate and collaborate with a comprehensive school team, information targeting MTSS framework and the RtI process will be provided.


If you have an extenuating circumstance and need to request special bus transportation, please click on the link below to read procedures.

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