Volume 122 - August 14, 2020
10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082                           904-547-8300 - Main Office
Summer Office Hours: 7:30am to 3:30pm
From Mrs. Kunze
Happy Friday! The teachers returned this week for Schoology training and to start preparing their rooms with the new COVID protocols. Everyone is excited to be back on campus and to have students return on August 31st.

We want to ensure everyone received the email from Superintendent Forson this week, stating students must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. In a school our size, this will mean that students are wearing a mask most of the day. Please ensure your child wears a clean mask that is appropriate for school every day. Wearing a mask for extended periods of time can be challenging, so it is a good idea to have students start practicing.

We also want to encourage every family to start taking temperatures at home every morning. You can avoid the hassle of picking up your child, if you don't send him/her to school with a fever.

If you have not signed up to attend Panther Pick-up next Friday or Saturday, please do so using the Sign-Up Genius links in the section below from last Friday's Panther Press. All of the junior and senior time slots are full. Juniors and Seniors can attend on Saturday just note that parking tags will not be available.

Seniors, join the Class of 2021 Schoology group for easy access to senior class information. The Schoology access code is: 7XDP-72VH-Q9CMH 

Parking Pass Pick Up- Upload Deadline is Wednesday, August 19th
Parking pass pick up will be completed during Panther Pick Up only on Friday August 21st. Parking tags will NOT be available for pick up on Saturday, August 22nd. ONLY Brick and Mortar students will be permitted to pick up their parking tag at this time. 

Students who received a parking tag- please complete this link and upload ALL required documentation by Wednesday, August 19th to be eligible to pick up your pass at Panther Pick Up. Due to Covid 19- paper copies of the documentation will not be accepted in lieu of completing the online survey. Survey Link: https://surveys.stjohns.k12.fl.us/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=n4L0lo7L
*Note: if your parking tag is from an auction, you may submit an email or receipt for documentation of payment you received from the group identifying you as the winner of the parking tag. 

Distance Learning Students- if you were issued a parking tag and are distance learning at the start of the school year, your parking tag will be reserved for you upon your return to school. At the time of your return, please email holly.cioffi@stjohns.k12.fl.us to make arrangements to receive your parking tag.  

Below are several letters/documents that schools are required to share each year. Please take a few minutes to read.

*********************Information from last week, but still important.******************************************

Please mark your calendar for Panther Pick-Up. If you have a conflict during your assigned window, you can select a different window, have a parent/grandparent attend, or ask a friend to pick-up items. These are the ONLY dates for Panther Pick-up, so ALL students brick & mortar and distance learners need to attend. We will be distributing laptops and hot spots during Panther Pick-up to those distance learners who requested equipment. Items from the spring that have still not been returned, may be returned during Panther Pick
  • Friday, August 21st
  • noon to 2pm - Juniors
  • 2pm to 4pm - Seniors
  • Saturday, August 22nd
  • 8am to noon - Freshmen
  • 1pm to 5pm - Sophomores

During Panther Pick-up, students will receive paper copy of schedule, if they can't view HAC; receive their school ID, purchase PE uniform ($10 for shirt & $10 for shorts - Saturday only); rent locker ($5); complete digital citizenship assessment, if not already completed; check-out textbooks (mostly AP & IB courses); and then walk their schedule. Juniors and Seniors will also pick-up parking tags if all required documents have been submitted using link below; and have their ID stamped, if they leave campus for dual enrollment, co-op, virtual, or modified schedule. In addition, new to Nease students (not freshmen who attended middle school in St Johns) will have their picture taken for their ID.

To enter campus for Panther Pick-up, student with max of 2 adults will need their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 will not be allowed on campus. Masks are required until temperature is checked and when the required 6ft for social distancing can't occur.

Please use the sign-up genius links below to register for a time slot for Panther Pick-up. PLEASE only write the student's name on the sign-up even though 2 adults are allowed to attend with student.
Friday, Aug 21st: 11th & 12th graders: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0444ADA722AAF58-jrsr
Saturday, Aug 22nd - 10th graders: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0444ADA722AAF58-10th

Families that have not completed the returning student verification & residency requirements for this school year, will not receive access to student's schedule until appropriate documentation is submitted. Please submit documentation BEFORE Panther Pick-up.
For RSV issues contact, Ms. Rosenfeld, at Shilo.Rosenfeld@stjohns.k12.fl.us or 547-8218
For Residency Issues, contact Ms. Mullen, at Kelly.M.Mullen@stjohns.k12.fl.us or at 547-8317

PLEASE ensure your child has completed the online digital citizenship assessment, so this station can be bypassed during Panther Pick-up.
Please read it and have your child complete the Assessment here: https://surveys.stjohns.k12.fl.us/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=AUPNHS2020

PTSO will be set-up at Panther Pick-up for families to join and to sell Nease gaiters.

If you were awarded a parking tag for the 2020-2021 school year through the school or through an auction, you MUST complete the attached link. All students who want to pick up their parking tag PRIOR to the first day of school, must provided the required documentation (driver's license, registration, proof of insurance) through the survey link below: 

LINK CREW will host a virtual freshmen orientation this year. Link Crew leaders will be emailing families on Friday, August 21st a link the orientation video. Link Crew leaders will then follow-up with personal phone calls the the following week.

We have been asked by many families selecting option 2, if COVID numbers decrease by August 31st and they feel more comfortable, can their child change to brick and mortar? The answer is yes. We would need the link below completed no later than Thursday, August 27th for the student to be brick and mortar on Monday, August 31st.

Attention all 2021 Seniors!
You need to have your senior portraits taken at Leonard's this summer! An email was sent to parents with a personalized access code and instructions on how to book. As soon as students have an access code, the online appointment book can be accessed at Leonards.com. Students can also contact the customer service department at 1 (888) 224-5045 or customerservice@leonards.com to get their access code. 
Athletic News
Visit www.neaseathletics.com to register* for 2020-21 sports at Nease! Registration information can be found via the “Register” link at the top right-hand corner of the page. Please follow all instructions carefully to ensure a smooth clearance process.

*Athletes must create an athleticclearance.com account AND be cleared in order to participate in pre-season conditioning.

August 24th was decided today by the FHSAA as the official start date for fall sports.
PTSO Membership Drive 2020-2021:
This year you have two membership options: 
  1. Regular Membership: includes a NEASE car magnet!- $30.00
  2. Premium Membership: includes a Panther Pride banner (hung on the fence outside Panther Hall all year) and a NEASE car magnet!- $100
PTSO uses your membership donation to purchase needed school and classroom equipment, improve technology and coordinate teacher appreciation events. Panther Pride banners are for families with students of ALL grades; if you have a senior, you can recognize him or her in a special way! See the two examples below:
Follow the link to join PTSO online or join us in person at Panther Pick up! https://neaseptsoboard.wixsite.com/nhsptso/membership-1

Nease Spiritwear:
PTSO coordinates a quarterly web store, and the fall sale will open on Fri. 8/21 and will run through Mon. 9/7. Show your Panther pride and check out samples at the PTSO table during Panther Pickup! Items can be ordered online and will be available for student pickup at school the week of 9/21; parent/student pick up at Crowley Printing and Supply 101 Marketside Ave Ponte Vedra; or delivered to your home for a small fee.
Nease Gaiters for Sale:
Looking for that perfect face mask for your student this year? We have you covered with our Panther neck gaiters! Stop by the PTSO table at Panther Pickup and buy yours, while supplies last. Cost at Panther Pickup is $10 or 3 for $25. Proceeds benefit PTSO.
Business Partners:
PTSO would like to thank the following local businesses for renewing as GOLD Business Partners again this school year. Nease families please support them and show your Panther pride! 
- Dr. Ann Huynh Nguyen, Independent Doctor of Optometry
- Traci Crawford, REALTOR
- Alexander Dental
- Spavia Day Spa of Nocatee
- Dr. Esra Nease Animal Hospital
- Rice Orthodontics
- Revolution Prep
We cannot continuing to enhance our learning environment without our business partners and THANK YOU for your support! If you would like information on becoming a Business Partner visit our website at https://neaseptsoboard.wixsite.com/nhsptso/business-partner-submission-form or email nhs.ptso.business.liaison@gmail.com

Parking Space Auction:
If you missed out on getting a parking pass for the upcoming school year do not give up just yet. PTSO wants to help. We will have our annual parking space auction. We are determining how many spaces and when we will be doing the auction and will let you all know. Don’t give up hope that parking spot can be yours if the price is right!
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 ptso.board@gmail.com. Anyone is welcome to attend PTSO meetings, held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 a.m. in Panther Hall.
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
Here are the School Counselor caseloads and appointment links:

Km Hollis: Students with the last names A-Cl: https://calendly.com/kimhollis
Yasmin Cuevas: Students with the last names Co-Go: https://calendly.com/yasmincuevas
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
Students new to Nease High School should complete the registration paperwork available here: https://www-nhs.stjohns.k12.fl.us/registration/. Once the paperwork is complete, they can request an appointment with a counselor by contacting Elisabeth Vargas at Elisabeth.JouanVargas@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Schedules go LIVE:
Student schedules will be available on August 21st and will continue to be live as school starts. At this time, schedules in HAC are turned off so that we may proceed with course leveling.

While schedules are live, there will be an opportunity to submit a course review, but those will only be approved for the following reasons that indicate an error:
  • You are in a class for which you have already received a passing grade.
  • Your schedule is missing a class you need for graduation.
  • You have a hole in your schedule.
  • You are missing the next course in the progression from a course already taken. (For example: You took Spanish 1 last year, but Spanish 2 is missing on your schedule.)

When viewing schedules, please keep in mind the following:
  • Class periods and teachers may still change before the finalized release of schedules due to balancing of classes. However, student course placement will not change.
  • Newly hired teachers may be represented by a placeholder on your student’s schedule.
  • Off campus St Johns River State College dual enrollment courses may not be reflected on your NHS schedule until the first day of school, however you should see an “SJRC OFF CAMPUS” placeholder.
  • If you wish to request to have your student’s schedule reviewed because you believe an error was made, a Scheduling Review Form MUST be submitted using this link: https://tinyurl.com/NHSrequestchange2021

The schedule review form will be the ONLY WAY to request a scheduling concern. Schedule requests sent any other way WILL NOT be considered. Please do not email schedule requests to counselors or administrators.

Schedules WILL NOT be reviewed or approved for:
  • Teacher Preference
  • Lunch period preference
  • Class period preference (this includes changing modified periods)
  • Students who do not meet Honors Criteria and request advanced level courses.
  • The course being requested was not requested at registration or prior to the Spring Break deadline.
  • Switching from Brick and mortar to virtual blend.

Nease High School is an at capacity school which means that there are limited seats available in most of our courses. Requests for an academic or elective course change that was not requested at registration or prior to Spring Break will not be approved due to this.

Returning Student Verification & Residency
Some families who have not completed the returning student verification or 9th Grade residency paperwork WILL NOT have HAC access. Please contact our Computer Operator, Ms. Rosenfeld, at Shilo.Rosenfeld@stjohns.k12.fl.us or 547-8298 for assistance.

For any additional assistance needed, you can contact the School Counseling Office at (904) 547-8321 or reach out via e-mail with general questions to Daryl Cullipher here: Daryl.Cullipher@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Testing Information
Jacqui Ashcroft, Testing Coordinator

It is time to register your 9th or 11th grader for the PSAT. The FL Department of Education pays for every 10th grader to take the exam, so there is no need to register them as a test will be ordered for every 10th grader. The PSAT is a practice SAT. The score report provides detailed information that can be used to prep for the SAT. We only recommend 9th graders enrolled in Geometry Honors or higher to take the exam in 9th grade. We encourage ALL 11th graders to take the exam, since scores are used for the National Merit Scholarship Program. The PSAT will be administered during the school day on Wednesday, October 14th and the cost is $21.

Media Center News
Carolyn Milian – School Librarian Media Specialist
Lorna Patterson – Media Clerk
Now is a great time for students to read books of their choice and/or participate in literacy opportunities throughout the summer, earn some cool prizes, and avoid the “summer slide”. Statistics and extensive studies have been compiled over the years about the decline of learning gains due to summer break. Below are 2 graphics that show the best way to avoid the “Summer slide” and how reading just 20 minutes a day increases students scores on standardized tests! 

Visit the Media Center web page for details.