Volume 111 - May 22, 2020
10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082                           904-547-8300 - Main Office
Office Hours: 7:30am to 4pm
From Mrs. Kunze
You made it through a quarter of online learning!! Congratulations!!

I want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to Jill Thompson, Tammie McClafferty, Kristy Siebert, Lisa Simon & Kelly Yelvington for organizing our Senior Parade this afternoon. The event was amazing! THANK YOU!

Yearbook Update
We received word today that YEARBOOKS have left the printer! As soon as we receive and sort, we will release a schedule for yearbook pick up.

GradBash Refunds
ALL refund checks have been mailed!

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.
Senior Information!
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!
Good afternoon school districts and educational partners. Thank you all for your continued partnership. The Jaguars Foundation would not be impactful without your support. We are simply amazed at all of your responses and commitment to the education of students during the health crises.  
 
The Jacksonville Jaguars are celebrating the Class of 2020 and need your help. We are asking that the parents, teachers, or mentors of graduates submit photos of their 2020 graduate that will be displayed on the videoboards at TIAA Bank Field on May 29 th. Instruction for how to submit photos, as well as social posts that we ask you to share through your social media platforms, are in the link below. Please help us celebrate the Class of 2020.
 
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
T-Neisha Tate | Director of Programs
1 TIAA Bank Field Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202
904.633.6516 | tatet@nfl.jaguars.com
Opportunity to Celebrate Seniors

Beach 1055 and Country 106.3 have created “Con-Graduation" hotline at 904-834-1386. You can call in 24/7 and leave a message of congratulations, best wishes etc. for your graduating son, daughter, or even props to their school, teacher, coach. There is no cost it is just a public service from Flagler Broadcasting to the community. They will air as many of these messages as they can between now and Memorial Day, though if they get enough interest they will extend until June 1.
PTSO News
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.
 
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
904-547-8281

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
 
Summer Information
 
Please be mindful that School Counselors do not work during the summer. After Thursday May 28 th , the information below can be used to guide you until our return on Monday, August 3 rd .

  1. Review your student’s final report card in HAC. They will be available for viewing mid to late June. If your student received a grade of D or F and needs to retake a class over the summer, they can sign up for Virtual School at www.flvs.net. Approval for courses can be requested through Vanessa Power at Vanessa.Power@stjohns.k12.fl.us.

  1. If you are requesting a schedule change for a CORE course for the 20-21 school year, you will need to request the change through our schedule change link: https://tinyurl.com/NHSrequestchange2021. The deadline to request elective schedule changes was March 13, 2020. Academic course changes can be requested until July 12, 2020.

  1. 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 Maria Perricone at Maria.Perricone@stjohns.k12.fl.us

  1. The Dual Enrollment schedule is expected to be released by SJR after June 1st. Updates will be sent through the NeaseDE@stjohns.k12.fl.us e-mail address. All questions should be submitted through the NeaseDE@stjohns.k12.fl.us e-mail address as well.


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
Media Center News
Carolyn Milian – School Librarian Media Specialist
Lorna Patterson – Media Clerk
SUMMER READING BINGO!
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!