Volume 76- August 10, 2019
10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082                           904-547-8300 - Main Office
Office Hours: 8:30a.m. to 4:45p.m.
From Mrs. Kunze
I hope your child is as excited as we are to start the new school year on Monday! Please remember students can enter the campus at 8:30am and 1st period starts at 9:20am this year. We are looking forward to a great year!

Schedules are available on HAC, but they may change by Monday morning, so please check throughout the weekend or first thing Monday morning. We were balancing sections late into the evening yesterday and are continuing today, Saturday, along with entering the 20 students that enrolled Friday. We have registration appointments scheduled all day every day next week excluding Monday. As new students enroll adjustments to classes will continue to be made, which could cause a change in your child's schedule.

Our first School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting is August 29th at 8am in conference room 104 in main office. This meeting is open to all parents.

A yellow line has been painted in the parking lot to divide the junior and senior parking areas. Juniors will park west of the line in the area in front of the clinic and in the gravel lot. Seniors have the rest of the parking lot. Parking is first come, first serve this year excluding the reserved numbered spots for seniors in the top 20 and auctioned spots. Students MUST have a parking tag clearly displayed or they risk having a boot placed on a tire, which will immobilize the vehicle and will cost $25 to remove.

The shopping center at the corner of Ray Road and US 1 has posted signs that parking is for shoppers only and all others will be towed. The manager of the center called Nease to tell me they will be towing. The manager of a towing company came to Nease looking for a point of contact when he tows cars, so I think the shopping center will be following through this year with towing. Students who chose to park in the shopping center lot are parking at their own risk.

Zero hour class with Mr. Lee and Mrs. Pantano will start at 8:15am and end at 9:10am MTRF. There will be no zero hour class on Wednesdays. Students MUST be at the student gate at 8:10am to be escorted to their portables. Don't be late!

The link below is a picture of the parent loop with directional arrows. Please view so we do not have any accidents in the parent loop with vehicles traveling the wrong direction. When dropping off or picking up students we ask that you pull all the way forward to the end of the loop, so as many cars can get in the loop as possible. Students can only enter and exit vehicles next to the sidewalk. We will not let them walk to your vehicle down the line of cars. They must wait until you are next to the sidewalk. We ask that students have their belongings ready and exit the vehicle as quickly as possible to keep traffic flowing. We also ask that you do not change drivers while dropping off in the loop. Lastly, for the safety of everyone we ask that cell phones are NOT used while driving in the parent loop.

Lunch schedule for 19-20
Lunch is based on the 4th period class. Lunch Schedule for 19-20
Students MUST eat in the cafeteria or at the outside tables in O-pod courtyard. In a couple of weeks students who want to eat or work in the Media Center during lunch will be able to pick up a pass in the mornings on a daily basis. There will be 50 passes available for each lunch period every day.

This year when purchasing food in the cafeteria using a lunch account, students must scan their School ID OR go to the one line that will be available for students without an ID. Students will no longer enter a PIN to pay, which will prevent someone from using someone else's PIN. It is very important that students keep up with the School ID we give them. Replacement IDs cost $5 each. We will be flexible in the cafeteria this week, since not every student has their ID yet.

We will not be administering tardy passes this week, so students can learn the fastest route to their classes. We will issue tardy slips to class starting on Monday, August 19th, so please tell your child not to stress that we will help them the entire first week with finding rooms.

Please mark your calendar for this year's Open House on Tuesday, August 27th at 6pm. During Open House you will follow your child's schedule spending 10 mins in each classroom.

Nease enforced an earbud policy last year of ONE earbud only while outside and during lunch. For safety concerns, the ONE earbud only policy is now district-wide. Earbuds will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day, if both earbuds are being used. Earbuds are never allowed in classrooms, which includes the media center, gym, and auditorium. When earbuds are taken, they are recorded as a dress code infraction.

The expectation at Nease is that students take pride in their appearance and dress appropriately for school every day. Please view the dress code, so you can ensure your child is dressed appropriately.

We do have a full-time nurse on campus. If you have medication that needs to be given to her, please stop by and see her between 9am and 4pm.

The first football game against Paxon was scheduled to be away, but due to issues with Paxon's field the game will now be at Nease this Friday night, August 16th at 7pm. Come support our Panthers!!

NJROTC is holding its unit open house on Thursday, August 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm in the ROTC classroom.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! School picture day is September 12. Your child will receive a pre-order form in late August.
YEARBOOK SALES HAVE BEGUN! Last year we sold completely out of yearbooks and although we are increasing our order, you don't want to run the risk of missing out on a fabulous collection of memories of your child's year at Nease! Early Bird prices are in effect now! Get yours for the discounted rate of only $75 at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=15476
ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS! Now is the time to purchase a yearbook ad to celebrate your senior! It's a snap to upload photos and design your ad all online. Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=15476  and follow the guide to purchase and design your ad. Deadline for ad sales is Sept 25.
SENIOR PORTRAIT DEADLINE To have your senior's portrait included in the yearbook, a portrait photo session must be done at Leonard's by Sept. 23. Only portraits taken with Leonard's can be included in the yearbook senior section. Go to http://www.leonards.com/Welcome/  to book your appointment.

*********************Everything below in this section is a repeat from last week.********************************

If students did not attend or attended but didn't get to take care of everything, below is the plan.
  • Schedules will be available on HAC this Friday evening. Students will receive a hard copy of their schedule in 1st period on day 1. New students that don't have access to HAC and don't know their 1st period, can go to guidance in C-pod on day 1 and we will assist them. There is a strong possibility that your child's schedule will slightly change. We have @70 students to enroll this week and sections will need to be balanced to meet class-size amendment requirements.
  • Students that are missing a period need to report to the auditorium during that period. Students may NOT go to the auditorium for any other reason.
  • For scheduling errors that need to be fixed, please use the form at this link to have errors addressed: https://tinyurl.com/nhsscheduleerror This will continue to be the only way to address any scheduling concerns. ALL SCHEDULING CONCERNS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED THROUGH August 13TH @4:00PM Below are the ONLY APPROVED REASONS for a change to your schedule; (any other requests will not be looked at)
  • You are in a class for which you have already received a passing grade.
  • You are a senior and your schedule is missing a class you need for graduation.
  • You are missing the next course in the progression from a course already taken. (For example: You passed Spanish 1 last year, but Spanish 2 is missing from your schedule.) 
  • IDs that have been printed (returning Nease students and students from PBMS or VRA that were enrolled during picture day) can be picked up during lunch the first few days of school. All other students will have their picture taken for an ID during the week.
  • Textbooks:
  • English 1 teachers will take students to Media Center on Wednesday for textbooks and picture for ID, if needed.
  • English 2 teachers will take students to Media Center on Tuesday for textbooks and picture for ID, if needed.
  • English 3/AP Lang teachers will take students to Media Center on Thursday for textbooks and picture for ID, if needed
  • English 4/AP Lit teachers will take students to Media Center on Friday for textbooks and picture for ID, if needed.
  • Students can also check out textbooks starting on Tuesday, August 13th before school at 8:30am or after school until 4:30pm.
  • PE Uniforms will be sold during class the entire first week of school. Send cash or check made payable to Nease HS - T-shirts ($10) and shorts ($10)
  • Parking tags can be picked up Friday, August 9th between 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
  • Passes will be available for pick up with Mrs. Cioffi in Room C-119. Student must bring a COPY of the following:
  • 1.   Driver’s License
  • 2.   Registration
  • 3.   Insurance Card
  • We are unable to make copies on campus during the event and no passes will be provided without all three documents. If possible, please copy all three documents onto ONE sheet of paper.
  • If your student has a leaner’s permit, the student will be able to pick up their pass during the school year from Mrs. Cioffi in Room C-119 once the student has been awarded a driver’s license. Copies of the Driver’s License, Insurance and Registration will be required at the time of pick up.

Senate Bill 7026 has new safety and security measures for districts to follow. One of the new measures is that each school monitor the points of entry/exit during school arrival and dismissal times. What does this mean for Nease? The student gate will be CLOSED until 8:30am every morning. If students have a zero period or athletic practice, the teacher or coach will have to meet students at the gate to let them on campus. At 8:30am we will monitor the gate and students will be allowed on campus.

New bell schedules for 19-20. Due to the size of our campus and our student enrollment, we received permission from the district to add 1 minute between passing times. With the new district high school start time student hours will be 9:20am to 3:57pm and on Wednesdays 9:20am to 2:57pm.

Assembly Schedule for Nease Behavior & Procedural Expectations and Safety Training by SJCSO
  • Tuesday, Aug 13th - during 2nd & 3rd - Senior Assembly
  • Tuesday, Aug 13th - during 5th & 6th - Junior Assembly last names A-L
  • Wednesday, Aug 14th - during 1st, 2nd & 3rd - Junior Assembly last names M-Z
  • Thursday, Aug 15th - during 2nd & 3rd - Sophomore Assembly last names A-L
  • Thursday, Aug 15th - during 5th & 6th - Sophomore Assembly last names M-Z
  • Friday, Aug 16th - during 1st & 2nd - Freshmen Assembly last names A-L
  • Friday, Aug 16th - during 5th & 6th - Freshmen Assembly last names M-Z

S pecial Assemblies with Josten's
  • Tuesday, Aug 20th - 2nd period - Seniors - Info regarding ordering cap/gown & announcements
  • Tuesday, Aug 20h - 3rd period - Juniors - Info regarding ordering class rings
Good News!
We have our first home football game this Friday, August 16th at 7pm against Paxon! GO PANTHERS!!!!
Membership Update: Please consider joining PTSO this year to provide needed resources for all of our students! Your tax-deductible membership donation supports various teacher appreciation events and needed equipment for the school (e.g., last year we purchased 6 picnic tables, 4 water filling stations, 10 3-D printers and refurbished 6 student bathrooms). We cannot support our students without you. Please consider joining PTSO:  https:/neaseptsoboard.wixsite.com/nhsptso

Panther Pride Banners: Let's fill up the fence with Panther Pride banners! We already have 9 family banners on the fence around the parent pick-up loop; we're trying to get 200 banners to raise money for a new portable computer cart with 30 laptops that teachers can check-out and use with for special class projects. We'll place the next banner order  on Aug. 14 and your banner will stay on the fence all year - order yours now:  https://neaseptsoboard.wixsite.com/nhsptso/donations
Nease Spiritwear Sale:  Get the whole family into the school spirit by buying Nease Spiritwear AUG 1ST THROUGH  THROUGH AUG. 20.  Check our social media pages for more information or use this link:  https://shop.crowleyprinting.com/Nease-High-School-Spiritwear_c93.htm

Parking Spot Auction: PTSO will hold an online auction for 3 parking spots  on Sat. Aug. 24.More info will be provided in coming weeks.

Spavia Fundraiser: One of PTSO's GOLD Business Partners, Spavia in Ponte Vedra, is holding a back-to-school special for parents for the month of August. If you show the attached promotion, Spavia will donate a portion of its proceeds to Nease PTSO. Plus, if it's your first time and it's a weekday appointment, you get $30 off. Help raise money for the school while getting a massage, facial or other treatment. More info:  https://neaseptsoboard.wixsite.com/nhsptso/business-partnerships
Practice ACT exam at Nease: One of PTSO's bronze business partners, Revolution Prep, will be holding a full-length practice ACT test at Nease  on Sat. Sept. 21 from 9 am - 12:30 pm. Cost is $20 and all funds will go to PTSO. Here's more info:   www.revolutionprep.com/partners/27706 

Business Partner Thanks: A big thanks to PTSO Gold Business Partners Traci Crawford, Realtor ®, Watson Realty Corp (Traci is also a Nease parent); Dr. Ann Nguyen, Target Optical & Lenscrafters (Dr. Nguyen is also a Nease parent); and Dr. Esra, Nease Animal Hospital. If you are interested in becoming a business partner and supporting Nease, please contact  nhs.ptso.board@gmail.com. 

PTSO Board/Meetings: Looking for a way to make a difference at Nease? If you’d like to learn more about getting involved, please email us at  nhs.ptso.board@gmail.com. Anyone is welcome to attend monthly PTSO meetings, held on the first Tuesday of every month  at 7:30 a.m. in the front office area.

PTSO Social Media:  Join the Nease PTSO Social Media sites to learn more about Nease-related events: Facebook: Nease High School PTSO  Instagram: @nease_ptso Twitter: @NeasePtso 
Guidance News
The School Counseling department is excited to welcome everyone back for the 2019-2020 school year. We have a lot of great things planned for the year that we hope will be very beneficial to all of our students and we look forward to sharing it with you during the coming weeks.

One change this year will be a move to an electronic scheduling system. Each counselor has a link that students can use to schedule appointments. Once the appointment is scheduled, students will receive a confirmation e-mail that they can show their teacher as a pass to come to student services. Please note that our appointments are limited right now as we are basically booked registering new students and the system only books a few weeks out at a time. If no appointments are available, please check back for cancellations and increased availability once we get past the start of school rush.

Here are the school counselor caseloads and appointment links:
Kim Hollis: Students with the last names A-Cl: https://calendly.com/kimhollis
Christian Amatea: Students with the last names Co-Go: https://calendly.com/christianamatea
D’Erica Gibbs: Students with the last names Gr-Le: https://calendly.com/derica-gibbs-1
Athena Kifah: Students with the last names Li-O: https://calendly.com/athenakifah
Linda Smith: Students with the last names P-Si: https://calendly.com/lindamsmith
Daphne Harden: Students with the last names Sk-Z: https://calendly.com/daphneharden  
Missy Kennedy: ALL IB Students: https://calendly.com/neaseib
Testing Information!
Please visit the testing webpage https://www-nhs.stjohns.k12.fl.us/testing/ and familiarize yourself with the information available:
Accommodation request paperwork is available on the relevant ACT / SAT webpage. The website is update regularly when information becomes available. Spring testing scores are now available for FSA / EOC exams can be found on HAC. If you would like a paper copy please put your requests in writing to the guidance department.

Important Upcoming Dates:
·        PSAT October 16, 2019. The state pays for all 10 th grade students to take this exam. Students in 9 th  / 11 th  Grade are required to pay $21. More information will be posted regarding payment options.
·        CollegeBoard accommodation requests must be with myself in PH226 no later than August 27, 2019.
·        Fall Retakes for FSA / EOC – September 9 – 27, 2019. Students will be contacted directly for these retake exams. There will also be further opportunities throughout the year. Please encourage your students to reach out to their teacher for strategies and visit the department of education website for practice tests.
·        SAT – next opportunity is Saturday August 24, 2019. All dates are listed on the SAT webpage
·        ACT – Next opportunity September 14, 2019. All dates are listed on the ACT webpage.

If you would like any information or have questions regarding testing for state / district exams only, please reach out to myself, Jacqueline Ashcroft, on (904) 547-8281. If I am testing or out of the office I will respond as soon as practicable. 
Media Center News!
Carolyn Milian – School Librarian Media Specialist
Lorna Patterson – Media Clerk

All “Summer Reading Bingo” cards and logs are due by Friday, Sept. Aug. 16 th to the Media Center.  Please click on this link to find all you need to earn some great prizes while reading great books over the summer and keeping those brain cells stimulated!  SUMMER READING 2019!
Remember, no one with fines will receive textbooks for the new school year until these fines are paid. 

Textbooks will continue to be checked out to students during the first week of school beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 13 th before and after school.
Parents, we still need help with textbook checkouts during the first 2 weeks of school. If you are able to help out, please click on the link below to sign up for a spot. Thank you so much for any help you can give us! Students, we need help with textbook runners as well! Please click on the link below and sign up to start earning those service hours!  
                        Parent Volunteers
                        Student Textbook Runners
Student News
There will be a Student Council meeting on Wednesday, August 21 st at 3PM in M101.

Attention all students interested in auditioning and being part of the fall drama production, “You Can’t Take It With You,” check the school website after Wednesday, August 7. The website is under the “Student Life” pulldown on the home page. You will then see “Nease Theatre Program.” Click on that and you’ll find everything you wanted to know about the show.
Also, all I.T.S. members that were inducted this past May: your cards, pins and certificates have arrived! You are officially inducted into the International Thespian Society for LIFE! You will be presented with your “stuff” at our first meeting. Announcements for club activities will also be listed on the website concerning meetings and activities. You do NOT need to be a member to come join us.

YEARBOOK SALES HAVE BEGUN! Last year we sold completely out of yearbooks and although we are increasing our order, you don't want to run the risk of missing out on a fabulous collection of memories of your child's year at Nease! Early Bird prices are in effect now! Get yours for the discounted rate of only $75 at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=15476
Senior News
GRADUATION is Friday, May 22nd 7PM at UNF. Seniors need to be there at 6pm.

ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS! Now is the time to purchase a yearbook ad to celebrate your senior! It's a snap to upload photos and design your ad all online. Go to https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/?event=general.displayLanding&jobnumber=15476 and follow the guide to purchase and design your ad. Deadline for ad sales is Sept 25.
SENIOR PORTRAIT DEADLINE To have your senior's portrait included in the yearbook, a portrait photo session must be done at Leonard's by Sept. 23. Only portraits taken with Leonard's can be included in the yearbook senior section. Go to http://www.leonards.com/Welcome/ to book your appointment.

Please join the Remind group if you have not already done so…text @9bdfbf8 to 81010

Senior class Schoology page: Please join…log in to schoology and join with group code

Special Assemblies with Josten's
  • Tuesday, Aug 20th - 2nd period - Seniors - Info regarding ordering cap/gown & announcements
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