Volume 110 - May 15, 2020
10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082                           904-547-8300 - Main Office
Office Hours: 7:30am to 4pm
From Mrs. Kunze
Only one week of course work remaining - YEAH! Please check grades in HAC and encourage your child to finish strong. Teachers have been told to have all assignments/summatives due by Friday, May 22nd. That gives them time to grade and record in HAC before 4th quarter grades are submitted. PLEASE read below about returning textbooks and computers/hot spots.

Yearbook Update
YEARBOOKS WILL BE HERE SOON! We are expecting to have yearbooks ready for distribution the week of June 1. The COVID-19 closure set back our ship date by several weeks, but we have confirmation of delivery by the end of May. We will employ safety protocols, allowing you to pick up your purchased yearbooks by drive-thru in the bus loop. More details will follow in Panther Press, and you should also receive an email from Herff Jones with instructions. We can't wait for you to see this incredible tribute to a truly unforgettable year!

Textbooks/MC books/Computer/Hot spot Collection & Locker Pick-up Schedule
Everything that is being dropped off needs to be placed in your trunk. We will have collection stations set up in the bus loop where you will stop, pop your trunk, and we will remove items. Neither parents nor students should exit the vehicle Books must sit for 7 days before we can scan to clear accounts.

All lockers including PE have been emptied and contents placed in a bag with student's name. There will be 4 lines (divided by alpha) in the student parking lot for pick-up. PLEASE print your child's first and last name on a piece of paper and place in window to make pick-up faster.

If your senior did not return anything or pick-up locker contents, they need to use the underclassmen dates below.

ALL students will receive an email mid-to-late next week from the media center indicating textbooks and library books that are still outstanding on their account. Students can also start logging into their Destiny account NOW by clicking on the link below and logging in with their username and password. This will show them all the items they have checked out, the barcode numbers of the books (which MUST match) and the price for each item if it is lost, damaged, or not returned. 

If students have any media center fees/fines on their media account (lost/damaged textbook, library book, or duplicate student ID’s) we cannot accept cash or checks for payment of these fines/fees. If you have any fees/fines that need to be paid, you MUST pay them online. Copy and paste this link into your browser to use SchoolPay https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/NHS-Media-center-dues/SeCMhvQ
This link is ONLY for media center materials and fines. Once you have made your payment, please email me a screenshot of your receipt so that I can clear the student account on my end. If any materials are not returned or fines not paid, you will not be able to receive your diploma until all discrepancies are reconciled. If you pay for a book and it found & returned before the next school year, you WILL receive a refund.

T uesday, May 26th : noon to 7pm
9th, 10th & 11th graders: Textbook/Media Center books & computer/hot spot return in the bus loop. Locker pick-up in the student parking lot.
Wednesday, May 27th: noon to 7pm
9th, 10th & 11th graders: Textbook/Media Center books & computer/hot spot return in the bus loop. Locker pick-up in the student parking lot.

Special Spiritwear Sale:
Mon. May 18 is the last day to order Nease Spiritwear until the fall - plus you save 10% by using the code "Beatcovid19." There are many new items along with popular t-shirts and sweatshirts for the whole family to show your Nease spirit! A portion of profits will benefit PTSO. Items can be picked up at the CP&S store or shipped for a small fee. https://shop.crowleyprinting.com/Nease-High-School-Spiritwear_c93.htm

Thank you to the students who submitted a parking application by the April 15 th deadline for the 2020-2021 School Year. We wish we could accommodate every student that applied for a parking tag, unfortunately we have limited parking available on campus. All parking applications that were submitted by the April 15 th deadline have been reviewed. Tags were awarded to every senior that applied (excluding twins) and some juniors. We will hold the applications and will complete a second round of awarding 100 parking tags after July 12th. Due to Covid-19, we had many juniors who were planning on taking Dual Enrollment but have been unable to take qualifying tests. After we ensure everyone who needs to drive to school can, we will then randomly select remaining juniors off the application list.

Due to Covid-19, we are only accepting payments through the SchoolPay payment link.  Payments must be received by the May 15, 2020 deadline or the parking tag will be forfeited to someone on the waiting list. ONLY students who were selected will have access to use the link to pay. Parking tags are non-transferable and non-refundable.

If you have any parking questions, please check out our most frequently asked questions on the Nease website: https://www-nhs.stjohns.k12.fl.us/parking/
Senior Information!
Virtual Graduation Update
Our graduation will be streamed at 7pm on Friday, May 22nd. The link to view is posted on the Nease homepage as long as the District homepage.as well as listed below.

GradBash update:
We FINALLY received our refund check from the travel agency. Refunds are currently being processed. Please bear with us as it is a process to refund 197 individual students. We appreciate the patience and understanding you have graced us with while we have waited and are trying our best to get this done as soon as possible.

Senior Graduation Parade and Celebration!
May 22nd starting at 4pm at Nease High School

A HUGE THANK YOU to the moms who are organizing this fun celebration for our seniors - Tammy McClafferty, Kristy Siebert, Lisa Simon, Jill Thompson, and Kelly Yelvington! Also, special thanks to Nease teachers Amy Case & Justin Cooler.
If you have any questions about the parade, please email Jill Thompson at neasecheerjill@gmail.com

1. Who is this for?
Seniors and their families. It would be great if a parent could drive, so the senior can enjoy interacting (from the car) with the Nease staff as they drive the parade route. 

2. What if we want to bring more family members than will fit in our vehicle? 
Feel free to caravan with multiple cars and ride through the parade together. 

3. What time should we arrive? 
The parade will begin at 4pm. Please be patient and enjoy the time in line as an opportunity to look around at your classmates in the vehicles around you. Check out their decorations and plans for the future. Feel free to yell out the window and congratulate your friends and classmates. 

4. How can we prepare?
Grads, please wear your caps and gowns! Please decorate your vehicles with car chalk, washable paint, streamers, balloons and car flags. Let this be your opportunity to show others what you will do after high school and your favorite memories from Nease.

5. Can we decorate once we arrive?
If you need to add some last minute items please take the opportunity to add those at a nearby parking lot or neighborhood, not at the high school. No one is allowed to exit their vehicle on campus.

6. Can friends and family line the route to watch the parade? 
Students and/or family members may NOT be out of their vehicles on school property. 

7. Who will be cheering us on if no one can get out of their vehicles?
Nease faculty and staff will be lining the parade route to cheer on and celebrate the graduates. Please also cheer on and celebrate each other from your vehicles as you ride through the parade route and see your fellow graduates. 

8. I’m not really sure I want to participate in this event, why should I come? 
I, personally, would love to congratulate each of you. I know there are many teachers and staff members that are looking forward to seeing you one last time. We also have some fun decorations planned to try and make this special for you and your families. If you can’t walk across a stage at least you can drive through your own special parade. 

9.How should I enter campus to start the parade. The parade will enter through the student parking lot gate closest to the health clinic. We think it will be easier for traffic to flow, if you entered Ray Road from US1 and not Old Dixie.

10.Will we receive a graduation program? Yes, at the end of the parade route, you will be given a program

CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2020!!! You have so much to be proud of!!! We celebrate you! 
The Senior Class President, Sam Youngston, and Vice-President, Claire Weitz, and myself have been working on an idea for an Aloha Walk. We were waiting on a date from the district when schools, with restrictions, could allow access to campus - that date is June 15th. We submitted our plan and received approval today. We are very excited to share this event with you and think it is a great opportunity to recognize and honor our seniors. However, there are some social distancing guidelines that we MUST follow that were approved with the plan.

Aloha Walk - Friday, June 26th – starting at 8am
Students will enter campus through the student gate next to the main office. We will have a backdrop area where I will hand student a diploma cover and a photographer will take our picture along with one family picture. Students can choose to wear their cap & gown or not. The senior along with parents/guardians will then follow a path marked through the campus. The path will be marked every 6ft, so participants maintain social distancing from the family in front of them and behind them. Parents/guardians only are allowed to walk with the senior (4 max not including senior) - no siblings, grandparents, etc. We will invite teachers/staff to return to sit along the path and cheer as families walk through campus. As families exit through a different gate, we will hand each senior an envelope with their diploma (if all textbooks have been returned and fines cleared), graduation program, school pictures from their cumulative record folder, and any honor cords, senior t-shirt, etc not picked up earlier. We will use a sign-up genius for families to sign up for an arrival time, so everyone is not arriving at once. Part of the approved plan is that we will maintain social distancing among families even while waiting to enter campus. With potentially 650 participants, we will have 8 families sign up every 5 minutes, so we will need everyone to arrive at their scheduled time to get everyone through.

We will still have a senior celebration for students later when we are allowed to have a large group gathering to sign yearbooks, do cap toss, and say goodbye to peers and teachers. This will be more of a party atmosphere out at the stadium with food and music.
Again, we are very excited about the Aloha Walk and hope you will join us in recognizing your senior!
PTSO Leadership Team: Nease PTSO wishes everyone well during these difficult times, and congrats and best wishes to our 2020 Graduates! PTSO leadership team is busy at work preparing for the next school year. We've got a great team in place, but we're always looking for additional people to attend meetings (7:30 am. on the first Tuesday of the month) and get involved.
Special Spiritwear Sale: Mon. May 18 is the last day to order Nease Spiritwear until the fall - plus you save 10% by using the code "Beatcovid19." There are many new items along with popular t-shirts and sweatshirts for the whole family to show your Nease spirit! A portion of profits will benefit PTSO. Items can be picked up at the CP&S store or shipped for a small fee. https://shop.crowleyprinting.com/Nease-High-School-Spiritwear_c93.htm
Members: Thank you to the 225 2019-2020 PTSO members (families and teachers). We greatly appreciate your financial donation (and for those who volunteered, your time too)! This is a major source of income for PTSO that we put back into the school (see below). As we get closer to the fall, we'll communicate more about joining or re-joining for the 2020-2021 school year. Thanks again!
Panther Pride Banners: Thanks to the 56 families who purchased Panther Pride banners last year as a special fundraiser. We used the funds to purchase 30 laptops that teachers could use to enhance learning in the classroom. Next year, PTSO will do the banners again, but they'll be tied into a premium PTSO membership package. We'll communicate more about that in the fall.

Business Partners: A huge thanks to the local businesses who contributed to Nease PTSO and enhancing our learning environment. Gold Sponsors: Revolution Prep; Test Prep Simplified; Florida Safety Driving School; Dr Ann Nguyen – Target Optical & Lenscrafter; Dr Esra, Nease Animal Hospital; Rice Orthodontics; Spavia Day Spa; and Traci Crawford, Realtor®, Watson Realty Corp. Silver Sponsor: Test Prep for Succes; Bronze Sponsors: Donna Mancini Interiors; and Alexander Dental; Supporter: Mellen Money Management. For 2020-2021 school year, if you are interested in becoming a business partner, please contact us at: nhs.ptso.business.liaison@gmail.com .

Nease PTSO 2019-2020 Recap: Here's a summary of what PTSO accomplished during the 2019-2020 school year. We could not have done this without volunteers and financial support – so thank you!
  • Gas station and Walmart gift cards to help homeless and/or underprivileged Nease students with basic financial needs.
  • 5 new picnic tables for the front courtyard area, enabling students to congregate before/after school.
  • 39 new laptops for a portable cart that teachers can check out for special class projects.
  • 5 laptops for students to use in guidance counseling area for college preparation/application.
  • Teacher appreciation events including staff holiday luncheon and box dinners for fall open house.
  • Mini teacher grants for classroom equipment including an oxygen gas sensor for biology classes and a dry erase mounted map for an English class.
  • Support of our media center to improve programming and encourage student reading.
  • Gift cards to Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year.

Stay in Touch: Join the Nease PTSO social media sites to learn more about Nease-related events: Facebook: Nease High School PTSO; Instagram: @nease_ptso; Twitter: @NeasePtso; website: https://neaseptsoboard.wixsite.com/nhsptso ; email: nhs.ptso.board@gmail.com
IB News
Summer assignments will be posted at the end of May on the IB website. Be sure to check!
Academy News
Academies Across District Awaiting Decision on Summer Internships

At this time the Career and Technical Education office has not yet made a decision regarding whether summer internships for Academy Juniors will proceed this year. If your Junior has been taking part in the Academy Internship Application Process, we are currently on hold.  If your student submitted his/her resume and cover letter by the March 6 th , I have emailed each student directly with information from the district office, as well as links and information regarding interview skills. Students need to read that email, and respond.

If you have any questions, please email me at Jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Jaime Combs
Academy Coordinator | Nease High School
Testing Information
Jacqui Ashcroft, Testing Coordinator

ACT – June 13, 2020
Due to the current health & safety guidelines, students are not allowed on campus prior to June 15, 2020. Nease WILL NOT be a testing site on this date for ACT, as per District guidance. I am in communication with ACT and the new date is tentatively June 20, 2020. I am awaiting their instruction, to see if Nease will be testing. Please check the school website frequently, visiting my main TESTING page, where I will post updates for ACT / SAT as I receive them.
Questions can be sent:
text to Google Voice (904) 321- 9598
I will answer any questions for you with the information on hand at the time. All ACT health & Safety guidelines will also be posted.

SAT June 6, 2020 – we have been informed by CollegeBoard that this exam has been canceled. Students who will graduate in 2021 and have not previously taken an SAT will be given early access to the August, September and October test dates.

SAT going forward – due to the cancellations of exams due to COVID-19, providing it is safe from a public health standpoint, SAT will be held each month until the end of the year:
August 29, 2020
September 26 - new administration
October 3, 2020
November 7, 2020
December 5, 2020

Dates for the administration of ACT and SAT for the academic year 2020 – 2021 are all available on the testing website.
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
School Counselor Schoology Access Codes:
Kim Hollis: BGH5-75RG-2764H
Yasmin Cuevas: 2QFX-6TP9-KDM6F
D’Erica Gibbs: 62KW-KV3X-N89S2
Athena Kifah: 42PP-RSCS-SHT89
Lisa Smith: Z7CW-T7VT-83H5R
Daphne Harden: TW7J-83S9-7JFVN
Missy Kennedy: 2455G-HDSHG

Course Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year:
Course registration for the 2020-2021 school year are complete. The final day to make any changes to academic/core courses is Sunday, July 12 th .

If you wish to change a course recommendation from standard to honors, or from honors to AP, a course petition must be completed. Please use the following link: https://tinyurl.com/NHSCoursepetition2021

Community Service Hours:
If you have any community service hours you can scan, take a picture, or forward your paperwork to the Guidance Department Secretary Mrs. Maria Perricone at Maria.Perricone@stjohns.k12.fl.us

UNF COVID-19 Update
The University of North Florida is closely monitoring the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has implemented the following changes to protect the health of prospective students. Students will be given the option to change their start term from Summer to Fall 2020: Here is a link for additional details:

Message from College Board – SAT Update
College Board is working to ensure that students will have opportunities to take the SAT ®  to make up for this spring’s lost administrations.  They have added a new SAT administration for Saturday, September 26, 2020.  This date will be for the SAT only, in the United States and internationally, with no SAT Subject Tests™ available. Sunday testing for religious reasons will be on September 27.
Registration for the 2020-21 SAT administrations will open the week of May 26. At that point, June registrants will be able to transfer their seat to a 2020-21 administration. All other students in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will also have early access to register for the August, September, and October administrations. This includes students who had registered for March or May and had their registrations canceled and refunded. For each administration this year, we're also preparing to significantly expand our capacity.
Our top priorities are the health and safety of students and educators. Please note we'll only move forward with the administrations if it's safe to do so from a public health standpoint.
If you have questions, call Customer Service at 866-756-7346 (domestic) or +1-212-713-7789 (international). We'll also regularly update our  webpage  with information.
Summer Virtual School Classes
If your student is interested in taking any virtual school classes over the summer either through St. Johns Virtual School or Florida Virtual School, we are recommending that you go online and register for those courses prior to the end of the school year.
Media Center News
Carolyn Milian – School Librarian Media Specialist
Lorna Patterson – Media Clerk

nk for your FREE download. https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/advantage/
Student News
Will be rolling one day next week! Please keep checking the media center webpage for updates on the new board for this summer, reading logs, and prize list. This 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!