Volume 128 - September 25, 2020
10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082                           904-547-8300 - Main Office
Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:45pm
From Mrs. Kunze
Happy Friday!

Our first EXCEL time this past Wednesday was a success. Thanks again to PTSO and our wonderful parent volunteers. EXCEL time is a great opportunity for your child to attend club meetings or to see a teacher for extra help. Please encourage your child to take advantage of opportunity.

We strongly encourage all parents to monitor your child's progress in HAC. If your child is struggling in a class, please reach out to the teacher first.

All individuals wanting to gain access onto the Nease campus before school or during the school day to attend any meeting or event must be registered as a volunteer through the St. Johns County School District. https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/volunteer/ 

School Photos for distance learners CHANGE
On campus school photos for distance learners will be offered on Oct 14th from 11 -4pm. A Sign-up Genius will be posted once the date is closer. More information to come later, but this day and time will not interfere with live conferencing. Additional photo opportunities at the school on retake day (11/20) and also through Leonard's will be announced. 

Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society applications are now open for the 2020-2021 school year. Students that have completed at least two social studies classes (History, Psychology, Economics, Government, etc), have a 3.5 weighted GPA in social studies classes, and have a 3.5 overall weighted GPA are eligible to join! Click the link below to access the application. The deadline to apply is October 9th at 4:00 PM!
Email Mr. Fleming at kyle.fleming@stjohns.k12.fl.us if you have any questions

For students who are doing dual enrollment, full-time or part-time there is a club if interested? 
Email questions to emmawitmeier@gmail.com 

Student Health Screening Entry Form
  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Uncontrolled cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Is your child currently awaiting COVID-19 test results? If yes, please keep your child home and notify the school nurse when test results received. Further instructions will be discussed at that time.
  • Does your child live in the same household with someone positive for COVID-19? If yes, your child must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive individual. A negative test result does not reduce the quarantine requirement for the full 14 day incubation period.
  • Has your child had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days who tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, your child must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive individual. A negative test result does not reduce the quarantine requirement for the full 14 day incubation period.

Remember that we are supporting the local DOH. DOH is the responsible agency for requiring isolation/quarantine of students.


EXCEL Expectations: Students will eat lunch, see a teacher for extra help or to make-up/retake a summative, attend a club meeting, or study with friends.
Locations students are allowed: cafeteria, O-pod courtyard, PAC courtyard, amphitheater, behind Panther Hall, and in classrooms.

Students may not leave during EXCEL Time unless they do not have classes periods 2, 4, 6 & 7.
Students who are roaming and/or misbehaving during EXCEL will be placed in EXCEL Time-out in the gym with Dean Bailin.

EXCEL is divided into 2 sessions : A flutter bell will ring at 11:43am.
  • EXCEL A (11:13am to 11:43am)
  • Teachers available during EXCEL A: Math, English, Academies, Computers, World Language
  • EXCEL B (11:43am to 12:16pm)
  • Teachers available during EXCEL B: Science, Social Studies, The Arts, ESE, & PE

Events planned for this Wednesday's EXCEL:
  • EXCEL A - NHS new candidates meeting in auditorium
  • EXCEL A & B - Club fair all around the PAC courtyard and behind Panther Hall
  • EXCEL A & B - Senior portraits on auditorium stage (For seniors who did not have their photo taken at Leonard's this summer, so they will be in the yearbook.)

FSA Testing
Juniors will take the 10th grade FSA ELA test that was not administered last May starting this week. Distance learners can come in to take the exam with their English class. If students drive themselves, we ask that they place a piece of paper in their windshield stating "taking FSA" and park in the visitor parking lot in front of Panther Hall.

SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS COMING SOON! Underclass school pictures will be taken Thursday and Friday, October 8-9 during English classes. Students will receive order forms, or you can order online at Leonards.com.

UNUSUAL YEAR, EXCEPTIONAL YEARBOOK! Make sure you capture all of this year with a the purchase of a Nease 40th Anniversary Yearbook. This will be the book your students will want to show their kids and grandkids! Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 15476 to purchase yours. Prices are at their lowest of the year!

SENIOR PARENTS! The Class of 2021 will be an unforgettable one. Make sure you capture the year with a yearbook order and a senior ad! Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 15476 to purchase and design your senior ad. Prices are at their lowest of the year!

Membership in the National Hispanic Honors Society is both an honor and a responsibility. You will be selected for membership on the basis that you have demonstrated the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. As a member you are expected to continue demonstrating and strengthening these qualities through participation in service projects, activities, and your adherence to chapter regulations. In addition, members may only have one unexcused absence from a meeting to maintain membership in the club.
Student Responsibilities:
  1. To maintain an A or B average in Spanish for the past 2 years .
  2. To participate in NHHS school and service projects
  3. To have no more than ONE unexcused absence from a meeting. If you are dismissed from the society, you will not be re-inducted.
  4. To complete a minimum of 8 service hours (ALL in NHHS) for new members.
  5. To actively demonstrate leadership, service, and character.
  6. To pay annual dues: $15 for new inductees.
(Seniors--graduation cords are an additional charge of $10 seperate from member dues)
Distance Learners
Students who are participating in the distrance learning option must...
  • Check Schoology updates for each course daily.
  • Participate in live conferences each period.
  • Have access to a computer with a working camera and microphone.
  • Have access to a printer.

Students: Download the weekly agenda, so if Schoology goes down you have the agenda for that period on your computer already.

Cameras need to be turned on when directed by the teacher to do so. Some students are logging in and since their camera is off are walking away from their computer. The teacher knows this when they ask the distance learner a question and there is no response. Students must participate in whatever is planned by the teacher that day. Teachers have been asked to email home for parent support and if the issue continues, the student will be referred to a dean.

If you or your student is having struggles with Schoology, please see below:
Schoology troubleshooting 101:
  • Students should use Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to log in and login through our school website. Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari have ALL had issues so they should NOT use these browsers. If they do not have Chrome or Firefox, they can do a Google search for it and download it to their device. (School laptops that were signed out already have it on there). (hint: for those less tech savvy 😊 – a browser is the software we all use to go on the internet and it’s free to download to any device. Google is not a browser – it’s a search engine just like Bing, Yahoo, etc.) 
  • Schoology works BEST on a laptop/computer. Smartphone access is somewhat limited, but can be used. 
  • Parent Access Codes – all the teachers have these codes. Ask them to share them with you.
  • Conferences – if your teacher sets up a conference using Microsoft Teams – your student MUST join the conference as a guest. HE/SHE SHOULD NOT LOGIN WITH THEIR USERNAME/PASSWORD. This will block them from being able to join the conference.
  • If all else fails, restart your computer. You’d be amazed how this helps!
  • If you have tried all these steps with your students and they are still having issues, have them email me directly at carolyn.milian@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Please be patient with us as the volume of emails and phone calls for Schoology and other technical issues have been unprecedented and we are trying to address them in as timely a manner as possible.

Students have access to many of our textbooks online. They MUST access them via this link or via our school website: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/9-12-online-resources/

For the AP US History textbook, they MUST login through the “Clever” icon on our “Links for Students”. Once they are in Clever, they need to click on “Launch Pad”. Students MUST use Chrome or Firefox and will log in with their username and password. If they are having problems accessing the textbook, please reach out to me at carolyn.milian@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Expectations for Distance Learners are below. This page can be printed here
Nease Fundraisers!
Athletic News
Visit www.neaseathletics.com to register for 2020-21 sports at Nease! Registration information can be found via the “Athletic Clearance” link at the top right-hand corner of the page. Please follow all instructions carefully to ensure a smooth clearance process.

Girls Basketball – Any girls interested in conditioning and eventually trying out for the girls basketball team, grades 9-12, please contact Coach Bence at nicolebence30@gmail.com or Coach Anthony at Sherri.anthony@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Girls Lacrosse – Any girl interested in playing Girls Lacrosse, please reach out to Coach Amato. She can be reached at tara.amato@stjohns.k12.fl.us or stop by her classroom in Panther Hall 138.

Girls Soccer – Anyone interested in trying out for Nease Girls Soccer is welcome to participate in pre-season conditioning Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30-8:30 AM. Meet at the stadium. Athletic clearance must be current before participation.

Girls Weightlifting – Any girls interested in conditioning and eventually trying out for the Girls Weightlifting Team, please contact Coach Wilson at coach.adwilson@gmail.com

Track & Field Throwing Events –
What: Voluntary Track and Field Throwers (Shot Put, Discus Javelin) Strength and Power Conditioning. 
When: Wednesday afternoons from 3pm-4:30pm beginning September 30th
Where: Nease Weight room
Who: ALL Boys and Girls interested in joining the Nease track and Field throwing events.
Contact: Coach Sutter at: sutter.render@gmail.com

Girls Cross Country – The girls Cross Country team finished second in the St Johns River Conference meet. Taking All Conference Honors were Naïla Etique, Audrey Singletary and Grace Mueller.
Seniors competing in the meet for Nease were (l-r) Ashley Stanley, Cristina Evans, Lynn Lawry, Sofia Sanchez-Gonzalez and Naila Etique.
PTSO Membership Drive 2020-2021:
When you become a PTSO member your membership donation goes towards:
·        Classroom equipment such as laptops
·        Teacher appreciation including a Holiday Lunch
·        Campus improvements like water bottle filling stations
Click here to join Nease PTSO. 
Every PTSO membership can make a difference.
Teacher Appreciation:
PTSO is doing a monthly raffle to show our appreciation to our Teachers. This month’s winner was Mrs. Gebauer. She received a gift card to Medure restaurant, that was kindly donated by the Medure Family! 

Spirit Wear In School Pickup/ Nease Gaiters: 
Thank you for ordering PTSO spirit wear! If you selected at school pick up, your items will be available for pickup outside the cafeteria during EXCEL time/ Lunches (11:10am-12:20pm) on Wednesday September 30. Nease Gaiters will be on sale during this time. 1 for $10 and 3 for $25. Cash or check only please.

EXCEL Volunteers: 
Thank you! We have filled all spots for the EXCEL volunteers but keep checking in case someone has to change their availability. 

GOLD Business Partner Spotlight
A big shout-out to Nease parent Dr. Ann Huynh Nguyen, Independent Doctor of Optometry, for her dedicated support to Nease PTSO. Dr. Nguyen practices optometry at LensCrafters on Southside Boulevard and is a proud parent of two Nease Panthers. She welcomes everyone in the Nease community to have their eyes examined for optimum visual function: 904-519-5855. Thank you Dr. Ann Nguyen for your continued support!

Please visit all our supporting businesses for your family needs

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 (except for the September meeting which will be held on Sept. 8 instead).

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 

Message on the Marquee: Send a Birthday or Congratulations message to your student via the marquee in the front of school. Complete this form Announcement Form for Marquee and submit to main office for PTSO 1 week prior to the message appearing on the marquee. Cost is $25

SAT/ACT Mock Exams:
11/7- PTSO Fundraiser mock ACT exam on 11/7, testing will be provided by Revolution Prep and take place in the school cafeteria. More information to follow.
Academy News
Nease Academy Ambassador Applications Are Available
If you’re a Junior or Senior in the Communications Academy, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, or the Stellar Academy of Engineering, you’re invited to submit an application to become a Nease Academy Ambassador. Ambassadors represent Nease’s Academies at school and district events, help prospective students and parents, and earn service hours. Applications are due by October 1st. They can be turned in to the front desk (just ask that they be put in Mrs. Combs' mailbox), or scanned and emailed to Mrs. Combs at jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Academy Ambassador Application: Application
If you have any Academy questions, feel free to email Mrs. Combs at Jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us or call her at 904-547-8306
IB News
Lots of information is being posted on the Nease IB Schoology Page. The access code will be given to all students during the meeting mentioned above. Please ask your student what has been posted lately.

AP and IB Testing schedule for May 2020 is available on the IB website under testing calendar. 

The internal/external assessment calendar is posted on the IB website under Nease IB curriculum for all juniors and seniors. Students will be provided a copy during the English class meeting mentioned above.

For distance learners, AP and IB summative assessments will be held after school from 4:30-5:30. Assessments will be held on Thursday and Fridays in the PAC. Please make sure your student is on time and has a writing utensil.

Our third IB Booster meeting is scheduled for this week, Tuesday, October, 20 2020 at 9:45 a.m. in the Media Center Classroom. All visitors will be required to sign-in and wear a mask. Please make sure you are registered volunteer to attend.

Thank you to all who have joined the IB Booster club! If you haven’t joined, there is still time. You can go to our website, www.neaseibboosters.org. For our senior families, your membership comes with a senior stole that your student will wear at graduation this May. 
College Visits!
Juniors and Seniors can register for college visits through Naviance. A list of all available visits is available in Naviance. Students are allowed 5 visits per year. All visits (virtual & face-to-face) will receive a pass in the first/second period. This pass should be shown to the teacher PRIOR to the visit. Students should not miss summative assessments to attend a college visit. Visits will take place in the media center room 146 (if F2F) or on the computers in the media center if virtual. The link to the virtual meeting will be provided at the time of the visit.

Monday, September 28th
Virginia Polytech University and State University: 11:00-11:25
University of Miami: 11:35-12:00
George Mason University: 12:10-12:35
University of East London: 12:45-1:10

Tuesday, September 29th
University of South Alabama: 11:00-11:25
Radford University: 11:35-12:00
Pennsylvania State University: 12:10-12:35
Furman University: 12:45-1:10

Wednesday, September 30th
New College of Florida: 11:15-11:40
Boston University: 11:45-12:10

Thursday, October 1st
Florida State University: 11:00-11:25
Birmingham Southern College: 11:35-12:00
Bryn Mawr College: 12:10-12:35
Eckerd College: 12:45-1:10

Friday, October 2nd
Florida Atlantic University (Wilkes Honors College): 11:00-11:25
Emerson College: 11:35-12:00
University of South Florida: 12:10-12:35
Smith College: 12:45-1:10

In lieu of our Nease annual college fair, we have put together a “live” spreadsheet of colleges/universities informational sessions and virtual tours. Most schools require prior registrations to be able to attend sessions. This spreadsheet will be updated daily and located on the Nease website, here, under college-bound students. Check back often for new additions.  
Guidance News
The School Counseling Department is excited to welcome everyone back for the 2020-2021 school year. We have a lot of great things planned for the year that we hope will be very beneficial to all our students.
We are excited to announce that our caseloads have NOT changed for the 20-21 school year and that we get to continue working with our same 10th-12th grade students while getting to know our new 9th grade students.
Please see below to see our caseload distributions, emails, appointment links, and Schoology pages. We will be going over all these forms of communication in our classroom guidance lessons during the first few weeks of schools. 
Last Names A- Cl: Kim Hollis: Kim.Hollis@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Appointments: https://calendly.com/kimhollis, Schoology Access Code: BGH5-75RG-2764H
Last Names: Co-Go: Yasmin Cuevas: Yasmin.Cuevas@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Appointments: https://calendly.com/yasmincuevas Schoology Access Code: 2QFX-6TP9-KDM6F
Last Names Gr-Le: D’Erica Gibbs: Derica.Gibbs@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Appointments: https://calendly.com/derica-gibbs-1 Schoology Access Code: 62KW-KV3X-N89S2
Last Names Li-O: Athena Kifah: Athena.Kifah@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Appointments: https://calendly.com/athenakifah Schoology Access Code: 42PP-RSCS-SHT89
Last Names: P-Si: Linda Smith: Linda.M.Smith@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Appointments: https://calendly.com/lindamsmith Schoology Access Code: Z7CW-T7VT-83H5R
Last Names: Sk-Z: Daphne Harden: Daphne.Harden@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Appointments: https://calendly.com/daphneharden Schoology Access Code: TW7J-83S9-7JFVN
ALL IB Students: Missy Kennedy: Missy.Kennedy@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Appointments: https://calendly.com/neaseib Schoology Access Code: 2455G-HDSHG

Now that we have had a chance to meet with all our students through their English classes, we would appreciate feedback on your visit. Please have your student take this quick 5-minute survey and let us know your thoughts: https://forms.gle/kPiqfqFD3ryX4Epw5
October is Financial Aid Month!
On October 1st, the Bright Futures and FAFSA applications open up for students who plan to attend college in the 21-22 school year. During the month of October, Counselors will be working hard to help all of our seniors get the financial resources that they need for college. Please mark your calendars for the special events listed below:
October 6th: Counselors will be hosting a Virtual Financial Aid Parent Night. Parents and students should register in advance of the visit here: https://forms.gle/zNbJXmdDxwLpmaEY6. Parents and students are asked to submit their financial aid questions at the time of registration so that we can make sure that they are all covered through the event.
October 7th: Counselors will host a “Nuts and Bolts” of Financial Aid during excel. Students will be able to get instructions to take home to complete the Bright Futures and FAFSA applications. We will help students set up their FAFSA pins and answer any follow up questions from the October 6th financial aid night.
October 15th: FAFSA Frenzy at St. Johns River State College. Families can personalized one on one helping completing their FAFSA from St. Johns River Financial Aid staff. Please see the FAFSA frenzy flier to a list of the documents that families need to bring in order to participate.
October 21st: Bright Futures Day! Counselors will assist any senior that has not completed the Bright Futures application with completing the application during excel.
October 28th: FAFSA Day! Counselors will assist students with FAFSA questions.
Senior Individual Appointments:
This week counselors will start meeting with students individually. We will make sure that each student knows exactly what they have remaining for graduation and that they are properly enrolled in those courses. We will also discuss with each student what their plan for after high school is and make sure that they know what their next steps are to accomplish those goals. This process will take a few weeks. Distance learners and students without an English class should connect with their counselor to schedule a time.
Testing Information
Jacqui Ashcroft, Testing Coordinators - Jacqui Ashcroft or Cynthia Messenger

Fall Geometry, Biology, and Algebra 1 EOC's October 2020 Schedule
For students that signed up for Fall EOC Exams, see below for date that students will be testing. Students will be emailed and/or hand delivered passes that will include their specific date and location for their exam. Also, we will be posting all testing location information on our NHS Testing Website by Tuesday, September 29, 2020. If you have any questions or do not see your testing information listed, please email Cynthia Messenger at Cynthia.Messenger@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Geometry EOC: Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at 9:20 am – Session 1 & 2 will be given a one day sitting.
Geometry EOC: Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 9:20 am – Session 1 & 2 will be given a one day sitting.

Biology EOC: Friday, October 9th, 2020 at 9:20 am
Biology EOC: Monday, October 12th, 2020 at 9:20 am

Algebra 1 EOC: Thursday, October 15th, 2020 at 9:20 am – Session 1 & 2 will be given a one day sitting.
Algebra 1 EOC: Friday, October 16th, 2020 at 9:20 am – Session 1 & 2 will be given a one day sitting.
Media Center News
Carolyn Milian – School Librarian Media Specialist
Lorna Patterson – Media Clerk
Allie Haddix – Media Clerk

The media center IS NOW OPEN for student access. Students MUST wear a mask to be in the media center. This is to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff in the media center.

Any student not wearing a mask,or refusing to wear one will be asked to leave. Students are also able to come to the media center for their lunch session with the following restrictions:
  1. They MUST have a MC Lunch pass each day. We begin to hand them out at 8:45 a.m. and only allow 50 passes per lunch period each day until we run out. Once passes are all gone, no more students will be able to come to the Media center for lunch. Lunch passes are different colors every day and date stamped. 
  2. Students who have a MC Lunch pass, MUST go to the cafeteria FIRST to buy their lunch then come to the media center.
  3. Students can only eat on the tile floor in the café section. As soon as they are done eating, they are being asked to move onto the media center floor to allow other students who still need to eat.
And due to current environment and restrictions, we will be strictly monitoring the number of students gathering in media center before school, during lunch, and after school in an effort to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and group limitations. 

If I can offer my support and guidance in any way, shape, or form, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email, or directly at 547-8367. Please check out my media center web page for additional information and resources that will help your student with this school year and beyond.
Senior Information
ATTENTION SENIORS! The deadline to have your senior portraits in the yearbook is Sept. 21. You must contact leonards.com or call (904) 209-3300 to book your appointment.

SENIOR PARENTS! The Class of 2021 will be an unforgettable one. Make sure you capture the year with a yearbook order and a senior ad! Go to yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 15476 to purchase and design your senior ad. Prices are at their lowest of the year!

Seniors, join the Class of 2021 Schoology group for easy access to senior class information. The Schoology access code is: 7XDP-72VH-Q9CMH
Student Life
National Honor Society after school tutoring will start taking place next week every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the media center from 4-5 p.m. This is a FREE service for all our students. They do not need to make an appointment or reservation. Just show up, sign in, and our NHS Officers will match them up with a tutor. This is available to ALL our students – distance learners included! Our tutors can work with them virtually if they need help. 
Week at a Glance
Monday, September 28th - Green Day - periods 1, 3, 5 & 7
  • AWAY: 3pm -Boys Golf vs PVHS at PVIC Lagoon
  • HOME: 4:30pm - Girls Golf vs Bartram at Palencia

Tuesday, September 29th - Gold Day - periods 2, 4, 6 & 7
  • AWAY: all day - Girls Golf at Conference Tournament in Palatka
  • AWAY: 6pm - Volleyball at Fletcher

Wednesday, September 30th - ALL periods - 1, 3, 5, EXCEL Time, 2, 4, 6, 7
  • EXCEL A - Marathon High meeting in auditorium
  • HOME: 4pm - Boys Golf vs St Augustine at King & Bear

Thursday, October 1st - Gold Day - periods 2, 4, 6 & 7
  • 4:30pm - AP/IB Testing in auditorium for distance learners
  • AWAY: 4pm - Boys Golf at Fleming Island
  • HOME: 4:30pm - Girls Golf vs Creekside at Palencia
  • HOME: 5:30pm - Volleyball vs Providence
  • HOME: 6pm - Freshman Football vs Matanzas

Friday, October 2nd - Green Day - periods 1, 3, 5 & 7
  • 4:30pm - AP/IB Testing for distance learners
  • HOME: 7pm - V FB vs Mandarin

Saturday, October 3rd
  • Cross Country FSU Invitational
  • ROTC Drill Meet at Fleming Island