10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082 904-547-8300 - Main Office
Office Hours: 8:30a.m. to 4:45p.m.
We are halfway through the 2nd quarter. If you don't regularly check HAC, please check your child's grades and encourage him/her to seek help if needed.
The information in this Panther Press is for the next 2 weeks. We wish everyone a fun-filled Thanksgiving break with family and friends. Safe travels to those leaving the area.
PTSO had 54 families purchase Panther Pride Banners that are hanging on the fence in the parent loop. All of the funds from the banner sales went towards purchasing 30 laptops for a new laptop cart. Thank you to all of these families for contributing along with our National Honor Society and a very generous $5,000 donation from an anonymous family. We are so very fortunate to live in an area with such supportive parents!
The Media Center will be CLOSED Monday and Tuesday after school and during the school day Tuesday.
In an effort to help teachers with make-up or re-take summatives, the administration is supervising testing in the auditorium on Friday mornings. If a teacher tells your child to attend the school testing on a Friday, he/she needs to be at the student gate at 8:30am and report directly to the auditorium. Students will not be allowed to enter after 8:40am.
Nease is participating in the Annual Marine Corps Reserve's Toys For Tots Drive. We are competing against the other high schools in St Johns to see who can collect the most toys. Nease has won the last 2 years, so bring in those toys through December 2nd. Collection boxes are in the main office, Media Center, and C-pod.
Semester exams will be here before we realize it. Exams will be administered December 17th through the 20th. Exams may not be taken early, so it is extremely important that students are present. Make-up exams will be administered when students return in January.
JROTC Partners with K9s For Warriors. On Monday, November 18, K9s For Warriors brought over a team of 6 dogs in training to practice, observe and train for military color guards. Nease’s varsity color of Isabelle Rivera, Lindy Gostage, Ethan Wissel and Dylan Dosio performed a variety of routines as the dog trainers were teaching the dogs to obey and settle while rifles and flags are twirling about. Head dog trainer Erik Kolbow requested the training session as his dogs had been having trouble remaining calm during military ceremonies. K9s hopes to bring all new dogs over the Nease for training in the future.
The Stellar Academy of Engineering’s amazing student team brought home first place in St. Johns County Project Innovation competition held this week! Their project, “A Road to Less Plastic,” focused on an idea to help keep plastic waste out of waterways by incorporating it into roads. Our team beat 9 others from surrounding high schools to claim the top spot. Congratulations to the students, and to Mr. Arias and Ms. Hunter! The students will get to split a $2,000 prize.
4A State Swim and Dive Championship meet was this past Friday in Stuart, FL. Our team had an amazing day with wonderful performances by all!
Olivia Peoples, has won another State Championship but this time in the 100 Fly. Not only is she the new State Champion but she also broke the State record in that event!! Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment...Way to go Olivia!!!
Here is the breakdown of results from Friday...
200 Medley Relay (Allie Larrimore, Olivia Peoples, Natalie Padgett, Hannah Koziol)-4th Place
Olivia Peoples-100 Fly-1st Place (State Champion and New State Record holder)/100 Breast-2nd Place
Jakob Brougham-200 Free-18th Place/500 Free-9th Place
Jonathan Kim-200 IM-9th Place/100 Breast-7th Place
Brooks Adams-20th Place
Allie Larrimore-100Fly-13th Place/100 Back-23rd Place
Haven Hinkle-500Free-17th Place
200 Free Relay (Allie Larrimore, Natalie Padgett, Hannah Kim, Hannah Koziol)-16th Place
Congratulations to all on a job well done!!!
Fundraisers - Please support our Panthers!
TPC is coming soon! March 12-15th
You can purchase your tickets for reduced rate AND support Nease Cheerleading.
Tickets are $55 (regularly $65-$70, depending on the day)
Click on the link below, select your day and quantity and enter the promo code “NeaseCheer” to unlock the reduced rate.
ALL STUDENT-ATHLETES MUST REGISTER AND BE CLEARED ON THE ATHLETICCLEARANCE.COM WEBSITE PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION IN ANY SPORT. A MINIMUM 2.0 GPA IS REQUIRED BY THE STATE TO PARTICIPATE. VISIT NEASEATHLETICS.COM AND SELECT THE “REGISTER” TAB FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION.
Swim – Congratulations to the Swim Team for an impressive performance at the State Meet!
Place in 100 butterfly with a time of 52.73 breaking the state record of 52.82!
Allie Larrimore, Olivia Peoples, Natalie Padgett and Hannah Koziol
in 200 Medley Relay
in 100 breaststroke and 15
in 200 IM
in 500 freestyle and 17
in 200 freestyle
in 100 butterfly
Allie Larrimore, Natalie Padgett, Hannah Kim and Hannah Koziol
in 200 freestyle relay
in 500 freestyle
Track & Field
Conditioning after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays beginning on
Nease Boys Lacrosse –
Panthers! We will be hosting a FREE Boy’s Lacrosse Clinic for any Middle School / Elementary School student-athletes interested in lacrosse. The clinic will take place on Monday, November 25
, 4:30 – 5:30 at World Golf Village Field off International Golf Parkway. Please share with anyone interested in playing the FASTEST GAME ON TWO FEET!
A huge thanks to GOLD business partner Dr. Ann Ngyuen- Target Optical and Lenscrafters and Dr. Esra- Nease Animal Hospital. If you are a customer, please be sure to tell them how much we appreciate their support of Nease High School.
On campus SAT and ACT prep classes available year-round with business partner Test Prep Simplified.
SAT Dec 5 4-6 pm
ACT Dec 13 4-6 pm
ACT Feb 6 4-6 pm
SAT Mar 12 4-6 pm
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
- All IB seniors received their college application “gold envelope.” There is at least a 2-week (14 working days) turnaround for the processing of the envelope. Please allow for this prior to submission.
- Seniors!!. Your third and final payment of $200 is due by November 30th for the New York Trip. Those in rooms other than a quad will owe 260$
- Habitat for Humanity Build Dates are available: December 7th and December 14th. If you sign up, you must attend.
All IB Students & Parents
- Our fourth IB Booster meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 at 10am in Panther Hall Conference Room 104.
Upcoming Academy Field Trips/Guest Speaker
- Good Morning Jacksonville News Anchor Lewis Turner Lunch & Learn – Communications Academy students (Nov 26th)
- Jaguars Stadium Tour – Communications Academy Digital Design students (Dec 3rd)
Guest Speaker events take place during certain periods, according to the guest speaker’s availability. Students whom do not have Academy classes during those periods, but are interested in attending the guest speaker event, can pick up a guest speaker pass from their Academy teacher. Field trip forms will be made available to students 2-3 weeks before field trips take place. Academy teachers will distribute forms in class to interested students.
Academy Coordinator | Nease High School
: Algebra I / Geometry / Biology / US History, will commence on December 2, 2019. Students will be given passes. If your student requires this opportunity please view my EOC website page under Testing, which has links to practice tests.
CollegeBoard / ACT accommodations
: If your son or daughter receives state standardized testing accommodations via an IEP or 504, please complete the parent consent forms on my website, and have your student return them to me when they are ready to take this exams. Please remember to check their websites for deadlines and allow time for the testing organizations to process the request.
Jacqui Ashcroft, Testing Coordinator
Upcoming Scholarships & College Visits
- U.S. Air Force ROTC Scholarship- Deadline December 1st
- Washington University in St. Louis- Danforth Scholars Program- Nomination essay due to Mrs. Kennedy by December 1st.
- Stetson University- Edmunds Scholarship- Nomination essay due to Mrs. Kennedy by December 7th.
- Burger King Scholarship-Deadline December 15th
- FAU-Honors College Academic Scholarships: Deadline December 15th
- Rayonier Advanced Materials Scholarship; Deadline January 8th
More information regarding these scholarships can be found on the Nease website here,
Here are the School Counselor caseloads and appointment links:
Temporary School Counselor Assignments:
D’Erica Gibbs: Students with the last names Co-Cul
Linda Smith: Students with the last names Cun-Dod
Daphne Harden: Students with the last names Doh-Ex
Athena Kifah: Students with the last names Ez-Fua
Kim Hollis: Students with the last names Fue-Gou
School Counselors are also available during all three lunches in Counselor Corner located in the left hand corner of the cafeteria. Students may come in during that time to speak with their School Counselor.
Do you work for a company that hires high school graduates? Would you like an opportunity to recruit Nease High School seniors? We are hosting a technical college and career fair on April 1
to show students opportunities outside of a traditional 4 year degree. If you are interested in participating in this event, please reach out to Mrs. Smith at
College Board is giving away scholarships for completing the steps for applying to college and financial aid. Click on the links below for more information.
Seniors can earn money from CollegeBoard for the following
- Complete the FAFSA: $1,000
- Now Open for Seniors Through February
- Students should complete the FAFSA® form to apply for financial aid. They must provide a screenshot of their FAFSA confirmation email if selected for the scholarship (undocumented and international students are exempt).
In order to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a student AND a parent must first create an FSA ID. Students and parents can do that online here:
This is something that can be completed in Counselor Corner. Parents who have older students may have already completed this process previously. Once students and parents have their FSA ID, they can complete the FAFSA on-line here:
- Apply to Colleges: $1,000
- Now Open for Seniors Through February
- Students should apply to at least two colleges they want to attend and submit the names of the colleges to earn an entry for the scholarship. Students may earn one additional entry for every additional college application after their first two, up to a maximum of six total applications.
In addition to the College Board Scholarships, seniors that have not applied to Bright Futures should make sure to complete their application before the holiday break. Students who meet the criteria and who have applied for the scholarship prior to the end of the first semester can lock in the scholarship in January.
In order to apply for State Scholarship & Grant Programs (Bright Futures), a student must first
Create a Student Account/Profile
at the following link:
. Click on State Grants, Scholarships & Applications. Click on
Create a Student Account.
Students will receive an email with their User ID and temporary password. After creating a
, students will have the option to continue directly to the FFAA.
The application typically takes 10 minutes or less to complete, so students are welcome to come to counselor corner and complete the application with their counselor or do it on their own from home. Students DO NOT need to have met the requirements prior to applying for the scholarship. While we encourage students to meet the requirements for the scholarship as soon as possible, students have until the June SAT/ACT test dates to continue to try and earn the required test scores. As a reminder, students need qualifying GPA, SAT or ACT, and Community Service Hours in order to earn the scholarship. Any student that meets those requirements and applies will earn the scholarship.
Please make sure you are checking the e-mail address that you provided to your Naviance account as we will start sending larger senior specific updates through Naviance. Returning students should have received their Naviance registration code last spring in order to set up their accounts. If you need that information again, you can get it from your counselor. Once you have registered, you can continue to access your account here:
The majority of students should have submitted their college applications at this time. As we enter notification season, please update your counselor and Naviance as you get news of your acceptances!
As we enter the holiday season, now is a great time to see if you can incorporate college visits into your travel plans. If you could schedule a housing tour along with a financial aid and admissions presentation with a meal on campus, it would go a long way in helping you get a sense of where you might want to be 2 years from now.
Counselors visited Junior English classes this past week. We worked with students to confirm that they are aware of all the classes that they need to graduate. We also worked on developing their college lists of potential schools and careers. Students received their Naviance codes so that they can log into their Naviance accounts here:
and start saving potential colleges and careers to their “Colleges I’m Thinking About” and “Careers I’m Thinking About” sections. Students are encouraged to start working on their resumes in Naviance as these will be required for their college letters of recommendation next year. Please ask your student to review the packet that they received. It includes their remaining credits for graduation, SAT/ACT test dates, Bright Futures information, and their checklist for college/career planning.
It is also time for Juniors to start taking the SAT and ACT. Your goal is to have a solid test score by the end of the school year so that you can start submitting college applications in the summer and fall of next year. You can register for the SAT at
and the ACT at
. Students on free and reduced lunch can see Ms. Harden in guidance for 2 fee waivers for each test.
We hope that you all took the PSAT this month and it was a positive testing experience for you. As the first nine weeks comes to a close, you should be reviewing your grades and evaluating your study habits. It is important to make sure and keep your grades up so you keep your opportunities open.
All Freshman World History classes went to the computer lab on Tuesday 10/22 or Thursday 10/24. Students created their Naviance accounts (a huge college and career resource), learned about graduation requirements and tutoring opportunities, took a strengths survey, and more. Please have your student share with you the packet they received that includes their 9
grade “stay on track” checklist.
Community Service Opportunity:
Coastal Oaks is hosting their Annual Winter Festival that will include winter themed family fun for all ages.
Where: Coastal Oaks Clubhouse
When: December 7, 2019 from 10am-2pm
- Decorating sugar cookies
- Pictures with Santa
- Writing letters to Santa
- Coloring and craft party
- Holiday themed games
This event is sponsored by the Coastal Oaks Social Committee. If you are interested in volunteering,
please contact Ms. JoAnn Marracello at:
Carolyn Milian – School Librarian Media Specialist
Lorna Patterson – Media Clerk
HOLIDAY READING BINGO!
‘Tis the season to be READING! Our “Holiday Reading Bingo” is in full blast and this is a great time to catch up on some great reading. We have added dozens of new, popular, and HOT YA titles to our collection that ALL of our students can enjoy. Students are allowed to check out up to 5 books at a time from our library. And with our reading Bingo going on, they can earn some great prizes! Click on our mc web page for more info.
Media Center hours next week
The media center will be
after school on Monday and Tuesday. Students that usually wait in the media center for parent pick up will need to wait under the pavilion next to C Pod (Guidance) or in front of the school.
AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
After school tutoring is cancelled next week due to the holiday. We will resume when we return from the break. There WILL BE tutoring on the following dates:
Dec., 3, 5, 10, and 12
. Please be aware there will be NO after school tutoring the week of Dec. 16
due to exams and early release days. Students who need help studying and preparing for exams and would like to work one on one with a tutor on dates different from the ones above
to contact Mrs. Milian
to see about the possibility of scheduling a tutor on a different day and/or time.
From our media center to your homes – wishing you all a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving filled with love, family, friends, and gratitude for all we have in our lives.
Toys for Tots!!
Once again our school is competing against all the other high schools in the Toys for Tots collection drive to provide a Christmas for so many children who might not have a great Christmas otherwise. Students are being asked to donate a new, unwrapped, toy to make a little girl’s or boy’s Christmas special. Students will receive service hours for their donations:
1 toys = .5 service hour, 2 toys = 1 service hour, 4 toys or more = 2 service hours
. Please make sure your student’s full name, student number, and guidance counselor is on the bag. Donation Stations are set up in the media center, guidance, and front office.
National Hispanic Honor Society Induction is taken place on December 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC.
National English Honor Society
! If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, grab an application from the Media Center, fill it out, and drop it off in B103 by November 1. We will host book clubs, workshops on writing and test-taking skills, and service and cultural outings.
The School Pay links are now available to pay senior dues online. Please note,
THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS
this year…The first is $50 and is for graduation only. The second option is $75 and covers all graduation costs, senior t-shirt, spring carnival, raffles, etc.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR SENIORS is Tuesday, May 12th.
MANDATORY GRADUATION REHEARSAL is Monday, May 18th at 1:30pm at UNF.
is Friday, May 22nd 7PM at UNF. Seniors need to be there at 6pm.
Please join the Remind group if you have not already done so…text @9bdfbf8 to 81010
Seniors, join the Class of 2020 Schoology group for easy access to senior class information and for the opportunity to vote for class motto. The Schoology access code is: 3X7B-KCXN-32JZZ
See Mrs. Bourquin in D7 for help if needed.
What is happening at Nease this week
Monday, November 25th
- ROTC Promotions throughout the day.
- 6:30pm - Chorus Concert in auditorium
Tuesday, November 26th
- 8:30am - Link Crew Mtg in the gym
- 8:40am - National Hispanic Honor Society mtg in auditorium
- AWAY: 5pm - Girls' Weightlifting at Creekside
- AWAY: 5:30pm - Girls' Soccer at Stanton
- HOME: 5:30pm - Boys' Soccer vs Fleming Island
- HOME: 6pm - Boys' Basketball vs Fletcher
Wednesday, November 27th
Thursday, November 28th
- No School! Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 29th
- No School!
- JV Boys' BB tournament
Saturday, November 30th
Monday, December 2nd
Tuesday, December 3rd
- Algebra 1 EOC Retakes
- Communications Digital Design FT to TIAA Bank Field
- 7:30am - PTSO Meeting in conference room 104 in main office
- 6:30pm - National Hispanic Honor Society Induction in auditorium
- AWAY: 5:30pm - Boys' Soccer at Mandarin
- AWAY: 5:30pm - Girls' Soccer at Bartram
- HOME: 6pm - Boys' BB vs Oakleaf
Wednesday, December 4th
- Algebra 1 EOC Retakes - small groups
- ASL Silent Dinner in cafeteria
- Wrestling at Orange Park 6 way
- 6:45pm - Golden Panther Booster Club Meeting in conf room 104 in main office
Thursday, December 5th
- Geometry EOC Retakes
- 8:30am - Mu Alpha Theta Club mtg in auditorium
- 4pm - PTSO SAT Prep in A-104
- HOME: 6pm - Girls' BB vs Creekside
Friday, December 6th
- Geometry EOC Retakes
- Club Picture Day
- Hi-Q Math at Creekside HS
- NJROTC Annual Military Inspection
- 4pm - PTSO SAT Prep in A-104
- AWAY: 4pm - Girls' Weightlifting at Suwanee
- AWAY; 5:30pm - Girls' Socer at Atlantic Coast
- HOME: 6pm - Boys' BB vs Pedro Menendez
Saturday, December 7th
- IB Habitat for Humanity
- Athletic Council at Jay Fund in Jacksonville
- 12:30pm - Dance Marathon in gym hosted by Dance Team
Sunday, December 8th
- ROTC FT - Area 12 Orienteering Championship