Volume 31 | March 9, 2018
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 & Announcements
It is time to complete the annual SAC Needs Assessment Survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey. Thank you.

CHANGE in graduation rehearsal. Our original rehearsal date of Thursday, May 17th at 10am conflicted with Advanced Placement exams, so our request to change the date and time was approved by UNF this week. The REQUIRED graduation rehearsal is now Friday, May 18th from noon to 2pm at UNF. ALL Seniors participating in the graduation ceremony MUST attend rehearsal. Graduation is Monday, May 21st at 7pm.

There have been social media posts written this week, which have generated many phones calls from parents asking about the walk-out scheduled for Wednesday, March 14th. We at Nease are not promoting this event and have only responded to students who have specifically asked if they would be allowed to participate. There has not been a school-wide announcement to inform students about the event or that they can participate. The principals in our district were asked by Superintendent Forson to provide structure for our students who wanted to participate, since student safety is our number one priority and we do not want students just walking off campus. Students who have inquired have been told that they can leave class and gather in the courtyard behind Panther Hall, but may not leave campus. The walk-out is supposed to last for 17mins - one minute for each victim of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This student-led event will be to honor and support the victims and will not be political in nature.

Nease is looking for 10 parent volunteers to assist in the day-long Reality Fair for our senior Economics students. The fantastic event, held in the Media Center, gives seniors a look into the complexities of real-life budgeting and supporting a family in our economy. If you are willing to volunteer for the event on April 3rd, in the Media Center, please email Jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us

The Superintendent of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral James Rendon, will be on campus Thursday, March 15 th , during 6 th period, to give a presentation on the Coast Guard Academy. The Coast Guard Academy is one of the nation’s four service academies along with West Point, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy. It is a rare occasion that any major university or Service Academy’s top official comes for a presentation. All interested students (9-12) are invited to attend. To get a pass to the guest speaker event, students can go to the front desk, sign up on the green sheet, and receive a pass, which will need to be signed by their 6 th period teacher. Students will bring their signed pass to the ROTC building at the time of the event to get in.  
With the beautiful weather we are having comes shorts, skirts, and tank tops. Please remind your child that we have a pretty relaxed dress code compared to other schools. We are strictly enforcing the following:
  • No low cut tops revealing cleavage
  • No tube tops or tops without any straps
  • No midriffs exposed
  • No shorts or skirts shorter than 4" above the knee
  • No holes in jeans exposing skin 4" above the knee
Reminder from the Dean’s Office:
There are only four days remaining in this quarter and tardies are accumulating. Avoid detentions and In School Suspension by getting to every class on time.
  • 1st tardy - warning
  • 2nd tardy - warning
  • 3rd tardy - warning
  • 4th tardy - counsel with dean
  • 5th tardy - one lunch detention
  • 6th tardy - three lunch detentions
  • 7th tardy - 1 day of In-School Suspension (ISS)
  • 8th tardy - 2 days of ISS
  • 9th tardy plus - Out-of-School Suspension (OSS)
Tardies will not be removed or negotiated, since all students will start with a clean slate EACH quarter.

Last chance to pre-order a Yearbook! Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter order #15476. Cost is $95. now and $100 when they arrive in May! There are less than 50 Yearbook left for sale so order NOW!


NJROTC Hosting Golf Tournament . JROTC will sponsor a 4-person scramble golf tournament at St Johns Golf & Country Club on Sunday, April 22. Sign up here to sponsor or play. http://www.neaseathletics.org/lacrosse/golf-event-registration-njrotc/

Happenstance, Nease’s original student art and literature magazine, is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Neverland themed edition. Enter your original art or poetry/prose to Ms. Bourquin in B108 by March 19 th for a chance to win prizes! Submission forms are available from Mrs. Bourquin in B108, the Media Center, and your English teacher.

Headed to THE PLAYERS Championship this year?
Help support The Vertical and buy your tickets through Chip In For Youth!
Purchase a specially-created discounted Good Any One Day Stadium pass for $50 though our dedicated link:
Use the Promo Code: ONLINE
$25 of every ticket sold comes back to The Vertical. The remaining net proceeds will be donated to The First Tee, a youth development organization, that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Would you like the Nease community to know more about your business? Advertise in The Vertical!
The Vertical is our student run school newspaper. Information about issue topics, issue dates, and advertising prices are listed here: http://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/bourquin-h/sample-page/journalism/the-vertical/the-vertical-advertising/
Class of 2018 Graduation Yard Signs
Track & Field is selling Graduation Yard Signs, please fill out the attached form. Your orders will be distributed in early May, just in time to be displayed in your front yard.
In an envelope, return the form with payment, to Mrs. Stricklin, the Athletic Secretary. Checks should be made payable to "GPBC Track & Field". You can also visit www.runnease.com to print the form.
Good News!!
Four-peat !
Nease JROTC is best in northern Florida & state of Georgia

            PONTE VEDRA – Nease Navy JROTC won the Area 12 Drill Championships on March 3 in Douglas, Georgia – winning this championship for the 4 th consecutive year thus earning a trip to the national championships.

           Nease competed against the top 16 Navy high school JROTC drill teams in Area 12, which includes all of northern Florida and the state of Georgia. Sixty NJROTC programs competed at local drill meets during the fall and winter with the top 16 advancing to the Area championships. Nease earned its berth by winning first place at both the Mandarin HS and Terry Parker HS drill competitions earlier.

           “This win was a total team effort,” said cadet battalion commander Connie Oswald. “Our athletic, academic and drill teams picked the right moment to deliver their best performances.”

           In addition to winning the overall drill meet championships, Nease claimed first place in Personnel Inspection, Overall Drill, Unarmed Exhibition, and Armed Exhibition; second place in Overall Athletics, Academics, Unarmed Basic, Pushups and Situps; and third place in Armed Basic. 

Several cadets also earned individual medals for achievement including Scott Cummings in Academics; Erin Sass (106) in Pushups; and Elizabeth Villalba (305), Aberlyn Short (300) and Teagan Pettit (284) in Situps.
“The cadets really buckled down hard in practice leading up to the championship,” said naval science instructor Master Chief Petty Officer Duane Spears. “Team works makes the dream work.”

           Nease will now travel to the Navy National Drill Championships in Pensacola, Florida on April 6-7.
The Nease Math team competed in another competition and again made our school proud!
Nease HS is the only St John’s County school to attend these competitions. This past weekend, at Flagler Palm Coast HS, our Statistics team placed 3 rd ! The statistics team consists of Nell Crlenjak, Andre Alvarez, Maanasi Vadlamani, and Joanne Lee.

Nease is hosting a math competition on April 7 th for all St John’s County High Schools.
If students are interesting in competing, please sign up with your math teacher!
Last Saturday we had 5 students participate in the Internatiional Crisis Management Exercise. The scenario was North Korea as a Nuclear Threat. 
Leaders:
Ambassador Marilyn McAfee, USA (Ret.)
Admiral Jonathan T. Howem, USA (Ret.)
General Franklin L. (Buster) Hagenbeck, USA (Ret.)
Nease students:
Marc Moreira
Sara Hingson-Rodriguez
Farah Contractor
Vanessa Zacharia
Ajay Sarma
Mark your calendar - Important Dates

Last day of 3rd quarter - Thursday, March 15th
No school for students (Teacher planning day) - Friday, March 16th

March 19 & 20 - FSA Reading retakes for 11th & 12th - two 90min sessions (1 session per day)
March 21 & 22 - Algebra 1 Retakes for anyone who needs to take - two 90 min sessions (1 session per day)

Spring Break - Monday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th

April 16, 17, 18, 19 - FSA Reading for 9th graders - two 90min sessions (1 session per day)
April 18, 19, 20, 23 - FSA Reading for 10th graders - two 90min sessions (1 session per day)
April 24, 25 - Geometry EOC - two 90min sessions (1 session per day)
April 26, 27 - US History EOC - one 160min session
April 30, May 1, 2 - Biology EOC - one 160min session
May 3,4 - Algebra EOC - two 90min session (1 session per day)
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.

April 12th
May 10th

PTSO News
PTSO Board: Looking for a way to make a difference at Nease? The PTSO is looking for Volunteers and Board Members for next school year. If you’d like to learn more about what’s involved, please email us at ptso.board@gmail.com . We’ll be having a welcome lunch event in April/May so please check back for the date and come meet the team! 

Upcoming Meetings : Anyone is welcome to attend PTSO meetings on March 13, April 10 and May 8. Meetings start at 2:30 p.m. (so administration representative can attend) and are held in Panther Hall.

Special Message on Marquee: Interested in writing a Birthday or Congratulation message to your child on the marquee? Complete this form Announcement Form for Marquee and submit to main office for PTSO  1 week prior to the message appearing on the marquee.


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



College Visits
There are no college visits scheduled for this week.
IB News
  • IB Booster meeting is on March 21st, 2018 in the Media Center.
  • IB Social is on March 22, 2018 in the Gym.

Seniors
  • CAS portfolios should be up-to-date in Managebac. Please see Mrs. Kunkel if it is labeled “area of concern.” Please remember that CAS is part of earning the IB Diploma.
  • Please make sure your college acceptances and/or scholarships are updated in Naviance. We want to be able to celebrate your success.
Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines:
  • See link above for information on each scholarship listed below:
  • Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest; Due March 9th
  • Florida Striders Track Club; Due March 9th
  • Liberty Pines Academy Alumni Scholarship; March 14th
  • Emma Mean Music Scholarship; March 16th
  • American Society of Military Comptrollers; March 21st

Juniors
  • EE supervisors will be assigned within the next 2 weeks. If you have questions please let me know. Your first meeting with your supervisor will occur during the week of April 16-20th. More information will come soon. If you have questions, please ask Dr. Pantano or Mrs. Kennedy. 

Sophomores
  • Extra relay for Life luminary forms are in Mrs. Kennedy’s office.

Freshman
  • Team leader meeting for Beach Clean-up will be on March 15th at 8:30 in the Cafeteria, new section.
  • Please see email for all details concerning Beach Clean-up
  • SIGN-UP GENIUS:
  • All permission slips are due to Mrs. Kennedy by March 19th, 2018.
Academy News
For the latest Nease Academy News, check out neaseacademies.com

If you are an Academy student, and want to drop your Academy for next year, you must fill out and turn in an Academy Drop form. Email Mrs. Combs at Jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us to request a form. We will not remove an Academy class from the student’s 2018-19 schedule until we’ve received the completed form, per district policy.

Upcoming Academy Field Trips:
Sawgrass Marriott – Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (March 13 th )
St. Augustine Amphitheater – Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (March 19 th )
England-Thims & Miller Lunch and Learn – Stellar Academy of Engineering (April 5 th )
 
Students will be able to get field trip forms from their Academy teachers two weeks before the trips take place.

A reminder that Academy students sign a contract at the beginning of each year stating that they will maintain certain academic and behavioral standards in order to remain in an Academy program. Academy students must maintain a total GPA of at least a 2.0, and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA (75%) in an Academy class. A student in an Academy must also maintain a good discipline record. 
In accordance with district policy, if a student does not meet these requirements, he/she will be placed on probation for a semester. If, at the end of that probation period, he/she does not have a GPA which meets the requirements, or fails to have an improved discipline record, the student will be removed from the Academy. If an Out of Zone student is removed from an Academy, he/she will be transferred back to his/her zoned school. Letters were mailed home and delivered to students in class in early February, to make students and parents aware of probationary status for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year.

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.

One or more $2500 Griffin Moody Scholarships will be awarded to a Nease High School Senior who is graduating in May 2018, has demonstrated good moral character, achieved success in the classroom, participated in extra-curricular activities (either in school or outside of school), and has applied to attend college in the Summer or Fall of 2018.


Below are the application links for the St. Augustine Elks Lodge Educational Trust Fund Scholarships. This year there will be six $1,000.00 scholarships available to qualifying seniors in St. Johns County. Applicants must attend or have attended a high school within St. Johns County, be a resident of St. Johns County, and have at least one parent that is a St. Johns County resident. Applications are due back no later than April 15, 2018.
 
Applicants are selected based on the overall excellence of the student, and include community service, extracurricular activities and financial need, as well as academic achievement.





Florida Shines College Success Series
Save the Date!
  Join Florida Shines every Wednesday in April, for a live online experience featuring experts from the Florida Department of Education and Florida colleges and universities. Education experts will explain each step of the college readiness process to help students make a plan to shine in college.
Visit FloridaShines.org for more information.

Paying for College
  From scholarships to prepaid plans and federal financial aid, there are many financial assistance options for students who wish to attend college. At FloridaShines.org, students can learn more about the financial aid options available in the state of Florida. Students can also learn about a variety of scholarships from Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Program .
Visit FloridaShines.org to learn more.

SAT and ACT prep courses available at Nease.

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



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
For Seniors ONLY:


Seniors! Please stop by Ms. O’Quinn’s room, Panther Hall #234 to pay your $55 Senior dues and pick up your 2018 Senior t-shirt today! If you have already paid your dues but have not received a shirt, please see Ms. O’Quinn during Excel “A” this week. 


Graduation Rehearsal (REQUIRED) - Friday, May 18th from noon to 2pm at UNF Arena
Graduation - Monday, May 21st at 7pm at UNF Arena
Happenings at Nease this week
Monday, March 12th
  • 6:30pm - YMCA Youth in Government in B-103
  • HOME: 6pm - JV Baseball vs Bishop Kenny

Tuesday, March 13th
  • International Thespian FT to State Festival in Tampa
  • Hospitality & Tourism FT to Sawgrass Marriot Resort
  • EXCEL: FCTC under awning by C-pod
  • 2:30pm - PTSO meeting in conference room 118
  • 5pm - International Night
  • AWAY: 5pm - JV & V Boys Lacrosse at Bolles
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV Girls Lacross at PVHS
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV Softball at BTHS

Wednesday, March 14th
  • Communications Academy FT - Student Television Network Convention in Nashville, TN
  • HOME: 6:30pm - V Baseball vs Creekside
  • AWAY: 5pm - JV Track & Field - East Coast JV League at Bishop Snyder HS
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV Baseball at Creekside
  • AWAY: 7pm - V Girls Lacrosse at Ponte Vedra HS
  • AWAY: 7pm - V Softball at Bartram Trail HS

Thursday, March 15th
  • Last day of 3rd 9 weeks
  • EXCEL B: Spanish Honor Society meeting in auditorium
  • 6th period - Coast Guard Academy Speaker in ROTC building
  • HOME: 5:30pm - JV Girls Lacrosse vs Episcopal
  • HOME: 6pm - V Softball vs Englewood
  • HOME: 6:30pm - JV Baseball vs Creekside
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV Boys Lacrosse at Ponte Vedra HS
  • AWAY: 6:30pm - V Baseball at Creekside HS

Friday, March 16th
  • Teacher Planning Day - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS!!
  • Chorus FT to NYC
  • HOME: 4pm - V Girls Lacrosse vs St Augustine
  • HOME: 6pm - V Softball vs Yulee
  • AWAY: 3pm - V Track & Field - Knight Invite at Creekside HS

Saturday, March 17th
  • NJROTC Navy Ball at World Golf Village
  • Mulch pick-up (Band fundraiser)
  • 8am - V Track & Field - Bob Hayes Invitational

Student Life
Junior Ladies Club meeting 3/13, Excel A in P 48. Wear your shirt and know your leprechaun trivia! 


Save the Dates for the School Wide Talent Show
April 10 Talent Show Auditions 4pm – 6:00 pm Nease Auditorium
All talents invited, comedians, dancers, instrumentalists, monologues, group performances, bands, winter guard small group or solos, percussionists, short films, etc… If it is Entertaining, it is fair game for the show!
At auditions, please Plan to Perform your Talent, including costumes if costumes apply. Prepare to perform as you would for the actual show.
If the talent requires recorded music please save the music to a thumb drive as an MP3 file.
Talent Performances should not exceed 3 minutes and should be school appropriate.
April 11 Talent Show Rehearsal 3:00 -5:00 pm Nease Auditorium
If selected to Participate in the Talent Show – You must attend Rehearsal.
April 12 Talent Show 6:30 pm – Nease Auditorium
Admission is $5 for students and adults – tickets will be sold during Lunches on April 11 th and 12 th in the courtyard in front of the chorus room. Tickets will also be sold at the Door. The Doors will open at 6:15 pm.
Please Email Mrs. Poe with questions about the talent show: madeline.poe@stjohns.k12.fl.us

St Johns County High School Mathematics Competition
Saturday, April 7th
hosted at Allen D. Nease High School
Registration at 8am with competition starting at 8:30am
Refreshments will be served at 10am while tests are being score.
Awards Ceremony at 11am.
Compete in the course you are currently enrolled in - Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC.

The Medical/Dental Club has moved its meeting day and times to the first Tuesday every month during Excel B in O-118. February is Dental Health Month and we will be collecting Dental supplies for children.

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
This coming Tuesday March 13, 2018 Ms. Jennifer from First Coast Technical College will be at our Nease Excel period.

The deadline for Dual Enrollment applications for First Coast Technical College for August 2018 is MARCH 15 th !

Want to know more?

If anyone has any questions about First Coast Technical College’s Dual Enrollment or full program options please come and speak to Ms Jennifer this coming Tuesday March 13 th .




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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