Creekside High School
Weekly E-Newsletter

January 13, 2020
** Dates and times are subject to change. **
** Dates and times are subject to change. **
Freshmen, did you know that you can still apply to be in an Academy for the 2020-2021 school year? I want to remind you now as this is your last opportunity to apply. The application is open through students’ HAC account from January 9 th until February 3 rd. Students can select up to three Academies to apply for on the application, but you must rank them in the order of your preference.

Each high school in St. Johns County will be hosting an Academy Night for prospective students to visit the classrooms, talk to current students, and teachers. For those who are interested, I encourage you to attend. Creekside’s Academy Night is on Tuesday, January 28, starting at 6:00 in the Auditorium.

Here at Creekside we have three amazing Academies. In the Academy of Emerging Technology, we have the Digital Media strand and the Cybersecurity strand.

 In the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences, we have the Engineering strand and the Environmental Science strand. And we now have a new academy, the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers.
 For more information regarding these academies, visit our Career Academies website,

Don’t miss out, Freshmen, if you want to join an Academy for next school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by and see Mrs. Kelly in the main office.  
Dr. Al Copland and Karen Adams from the Griffin Research Center at Mayo will be at Creekside to make a short presentation about SPARK on
Tuesday the 14 th at 11:45 in the auditorium.

This is our third year and the research our district students do at Mayo is mind blowing. One of our students is in the program now, her research/work was with Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and CRISPR, to give you an idea of what these kids can work on there. Check out the link below to see what the program is all about. If you are interested, go to guidance to sign up to attend!

Mayo Clinic’s SPARK application submission begins January 13 and closes on February 24 th

This competitive program will select students from St. Johns and Duval County to participate in guided research at the Mayo Clinic for a minimum of 20 hours per week in the summer.  During the three years of the program’s existence, we have seen projects in which students from our district have worked on ALS, cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. This is an invaluable opportunity for students to learn lab techniques and to perform research under the guidance of a mentor.  

Minimum requirements to apply are:
  • The application submission opens on January 13th and closes on February 24th.
  • The program is open to rising juniors and seniors with an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Letters of recommendation from a current science teacher and guidance counselor or administrator is required
Our team is now offering a winter “Behind the Wheel” driving track day in February to go along with our fall, spring and summer driving sessions.
More information about our Phase I and Phase II courses can be found online at
Winter Driving Track Day –   New course starting February 2020!
An 8-hour driving course designed to improve students’ driving skills and confidence with practical experience. The course begins with a classroom lecture that focuses on the concepts of being a defensive driver, laws that relate to the operation of a motor vehicle, as well as course safety procedures. The 7 hour “Behind the Wheel” portion of the training will consist of braking, backing, parking, off road recovery, hydroplaning and lateral control movements. We will also introduce the student to driving in traffic situations as they drive on roadways within St. Johns County with a state certified driving instructor.

  • Student must have 10 hours of driving experience prior to registering
  • Cost: $150 – A 10% discount is offered to students who successfully completed the Phase I classroom lecture (completion certificate required) or are enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program at their respective high school.



The Media Center is requesting donations of disinfecting wipes. Wipes are used to wipe down the tables in the Media Center where students eat their lunch. The tables are wiped down after each lunch period every day.

Thank you!


The school year is half way over as of yesterday. You are on the down hill slide. Avoid the rush….get your service hours in now. The sooner the better! Service hours get updated when we send transcripts to be evaluated in January.

Community Service Hours should be turned in frequently or as earned
to Ms. Hemmer in Guidance.

We encourage you to check our senior website frequently for updated information regarding important dates and information. 

Interested Seniors should sign up in Guidance. 
It is only for Seniors who plan on attending upon graduation.  

College/Career & Technical/Program Visits

Please sign up in Guidance BEFORE the day of the visit if you are interested in a college visit or the SPARK program.
Join us for a Knight of Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auction! 
Only 5 tables left!  

Tickets to Concerts , Sporting Events , Theme Parks and even Broadway shows like Hamilton will be up for grabs!
Did you know

So many things are going on at Creekside this time of the year. Checkout the ANNOUNCEMENTS on the front page of the school's website to read the announcements your student hears.

Now, you are IN THE KNOW!