Volume 34 | April 6, 2018
10550 Ray Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32082                           904-547-8300 - Main Office

Office Hours: 8:30a.m. to 4:45p.m.
Teacher Work Hours: 8:30a.m. to 4p.m.
Message from Mrs. Kunze & Announcements
We need to share with you the latest trend that students are doing called JUULing (using an e-cigarette to enhale nicotine). We have a large number of students JUULing on campus, but it is extremely difficult to catch them because there is no mist or smell like vaping and the pods (cartridges of nicotine) are very small. The e-cigerettes look like a flash drive and the pods look like a small USB for a wireless mouse. JUULing is extremely dangerous because one pod of nicotine is equavalent to a pack of cigarettes. Students can get a buzz that makes them look stoned, which is how we have caught a few students. There are links below to articles, so you can educate yourself on this trend and talk to your child. We want all of our children to be safe, so PLEASE don't ignore this message and say your child would never do this. Students are telling us that it is extremely easy to obtain the e-cigarettes and pods and that we would be shocked at the number of kids JUULing. The consequence for JUULing on campus is suspension and a civil citation from our School Resource Officer, which is a $60 fine and mandatory drug/alcohol class.

With all the end of the year testing fast approaching we are in need of many volunteers to help proctor. If you can assist, please use the sign-up genius links below. Thank you in advance for your time and support for our students.

All 10th and 11th grade students were given a parking application this week in English. There are extra forms in the main office. Parking applications MUST be dropped off in the main office by 5pm Friday, April 13th to be considered for a spot. Students will be notified on Friday, May 4th if they will recieve a parking spot for 18-19.

The Biology EOC is quickly approaching. All current Biology students will be testing on April 30th-May 2 nd . The Biology EOC will represent 30% of your student’s final grade. The Nease Biology Department will be offering a Biology EOC review session on Saturday, April 28 th from 9-12 (noon) in the auditorium.  ALL Biology students are invited, but students must sign up with their Biology teacher (4/9-4/24) so that they may receive the appropriate handouts. Please have your student take this opportunity to be successful!!! If you have any questions please contact Mrs.Tewey at Debra.Tewey@stjohns.k12.fl.us
NJROTC Hosting Golf Tournament . JROTC will sponsor a 4-person scramble golf tournament at St Johns Golf & Country Club on Sunday, April 22. Sign up here to sponsor or play. http://www.neaseathletics.org/lacrosse/golf-event-registration-njrotc/

Happenstance, Nease’s original student art and literature magazine, is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Neverland themed edition. Enter your original art or poetry/prose to Ms. Bourquin in B108 by March 19 th for a chance to win prizes! Submission forms are available from Mrs. Bourquin in B108, the Media Center, and your English teacher.

Headed to THE PLAYERS Championship this year?
Help support The Vertical and buy your tickets through Chip In For Youth!
Purchase a specially-created discounted Good Any One Day Stadium pass for $50 though our dedicated link:
Use the Promo Code: ONLINE
$25 of every ticket sold comes back to The Vertical. The remaining net proceeds will be donated to The First Tee, a youth development organization, that impacts the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Would you like the Nease community to know more about your business? Advertise in The Vertical!
The Vertical is our student run school newspaper. Information about issue topics, issue dates, and advertising prices are listed here: http://teachers.stjohns.k12.fl.us/bourquin-h/sample-page/journalism/the-vertical/the-vertical-advertising/
Class of 2018 Graduation Yard Signs
 Track & Field is selling Graduation Yard Signs for $25, please fill out the attached form. Your orders will be distributed in early May, just in time to be displayed in your front yard.
In an envelope, return the form with payment, to Mrs. Stricklin, the Athletic Secretary. Checks should be made payable to "GPBC Track & Field". You can also visit www.runnease.com to print the form.
Good News!!
We had three students from Nease participate in the State Science Fair in Lakeland, Florida March 27-28, 2018. Besides recognition from various organizations in Florida, the students received a small monetary award. Aditya Singh received recognition from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Florida Division. Michael Alan received recognition from the Florida Association of Science Supervisors. Yara Chehade was recognized for outstanding research in cancer.
Both Yara and Aditya will be attending the International Science Fair in May. We wish them well in this next step towards their science careers.
Submitted by Marsha Sanford

Bailey Peacock, a senior member of The Vertical newspaper staff, wrote an article about how peer pressure can lead to addiction that the PACT Prevention Coalition asked to republish in their newsletter:
Mark your calendar - Important Dates

April 16, 17, 18, 19 - FSA Reading for 9th graders - two 90min sessions (1 session per day)

April 18, 19, 20, 23 - FSA Reading for 10th graders - two 90min sessions (1 session per day)

April 24, 25 - Geometry EOC - two 90min sessions (1 session per day)

April 26, 27 - US History EOC - one 160min session

April 30, May 1, 2 - Biology EOC - one 160min session

May 3,4 - Algebra EOC - two 90min session (1 session per day)

May 8th - 11th - Senior Exams: Last day for the seniors - Friday, May 11th

May 7th - 18th - AP and IB exams

May 14th - 24th - Underclassmen final exams

May 24th - Last day of school!
SAC News
SAC Chair - Christina Talbot

School Advisory Council dates for 17-18.
As always, this is a public meeting, and all are welcome to attend.

Meetings will be from 8-9am on the following dates.

April 12th
May 10th
PTSO Board: Looking for a way to make a difference at Nease? The PTSO is looking for Volunteers and Board Members for next school year. If you’d like to learn more about what’s involved, please email us at ptso.board@gmail.com . We’ll be having a welcome lunch event in April/May so please check back for the date and come meet the team! 
Upcoming Meetings : Anyone is welcome to attend PTSO meetings on April 10 and May 8. Meetings start at 2:30 p.m. (so administration representative can attend) and are held in Panther Hall.
Special Message on Marquee: Interested in writing a Birthday or Congratulation message to your child on the marquee? Complete this form Announcement Form for Marquee and submit to main office for PTSO  1 week prior to the message appearing on the marquee.
Special Banner hung in Panther Hall courtyard: Students may bring $15 cash or check to the front office if they would like to purchase a banner to hang in the Panther Hall courtyard. We will provide the banner and hang your banner for you once you have decorated it with your message. A few ideas include but are not limited to: advertise an event, send a birthday message, show off your artistic talent, or just make a statement.
Testing Coordinator - Cynthia Messenger Email - Cynthia.Messenger@stjohns.k12.fl.us

FSA and EOC testing schedules

AP and IB testing schedule

Summer Testing dates for EOCs and Virtual Courses
College Visits
Thursday, April 12th - EXCEL A - University of North Florida in conf room 104 (main office)
IB News
  • IB Testing Proctors Needed! Please sign-up using the link below
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4eafa728abf94-mayibtesting . Please be aware that parents of students who are testing, are not allowed to proctor if their own child is taking the exam, per Diploma Programme Assessment Procedures .

  • IB T-shirt Design Contest: Put your pen to paper and design the official 2018-19 IB T-shirt! Messages have to be school appropriate! Email in your designs by April 10 to neaseib@gmail.com. Designs are limited to two colors. Students will vote on their favorite design at the next IB Social on April 26th.
  • **Change in Date & Time**- Next IB Booster meeting is on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 in the Media Center at 1:00.
  • Next IB Social is on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Stadium.

  • Completed CAS portfolios were due April 5th.
  • Please make sure your college acceptances and/or scholarships are updated in Naviance. We want to be able to celebrate your success.
  • Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines:
  • See link above for information on each scholarship listed below:
  • David Toner & Laura Bennett Ellis Scholarship; Due April 9, 2018
  • Cunningham Creek Scholarship; Due April 13, 2018
  • Palm Valley Community Charity Scholarship; Due April 25, 2018
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund; Due April 26, 2018
  • Give Kids A Chance Scholarship: Due April 30, 2018
  • Drone Technology College Scholarship Fund; Due May 1, 2018

  • Your resumes in Naviance are vital for the college recommendation process. Mrs. Kennedy is beginning the process of working in these for next year. Please make sure they are up-to-date. 
  • Your first “check-in” with your supervisor should have occurred this past week (April 2nd-6th). At this check-in, you should have scheduled the date of your 1st meeting (to occur April 16-20). If you have questions, please ask Dr. Pantano or Mrs. Kennedy.

Academy News
For the latest Nease Academy News, check out neaseacademies.com

If you are an Academy student, and want to drop your Academy for next year, you must fill out and turn in an Academy Drop form. Email Mrs. Combs at Jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us to request a form. We will not remove an Academy class from the student’s 2018-19 schedule until we’ve received the completed form, per district policy.

A reminder that Academy students sign a contract at the beginning of each year stating that they will maintain certain academic and behavioral standards in order to remain in an Academy program. Academy students must maintain a total GPA of at least a 2.0, and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA (75%) in an Academy class. A student in an Academy must also maintain a good discipline record. 
In accordance with district policy, if a student does not meet these requirements, he/she will be placed on probation for a semester. If, at the end of that probation period, he/she does not have a GPA which meets the requirements, or fails to have an improved discipline record, the student will be removed from the Academy. If an Out of Zone student is removed from an Academy, he/she will be transferred back to his/her zoned school. Letters were mailed home and delivered to students in class in early February, to make students and parents aware of probationary status for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year.

If you have any questions or concerns about Nease’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, Communications Academy, or the Stellar Academy of Engineering, please contact Jaime Combs, Academy Coordinator, at Jaime.combs@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Guidance News
Guidance Distribution:
A through De Mrs. Vartanian - Cynthia.Vartanian@stjohns.K12.fl.us
Di through J Mrs. Gibss - DErica.Gibbs@stjohns.k12.fl.us
K through M Ms. Mayor - Vanessa.Mayor@stjohns.k12.fl.us
N through Se Mrs. Gledhill - Michel.Gledhill@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Sh through Z Mrs. Harden - Daphne.Harden@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Please contact your child's counselor if you need to schedule a parent/teacher conference with all of your child's teachers. If you just need to meet with one teacher, please contact the teacher directly.

The Fall 2018 Dual Enrollment PowerPoint is now posted on the Nease website. Please review this PowerPoint with your student for important information.  

Mrs. Gibbs, Dual Enrollment contact, is available for meetings the week of April 9th – 12th. You can reach her via phone (904-547-8371), email (derica.gibbs@stjohns.k12.fl.us), or students can stop by her office (located in C Pod). 

Collegiate High School
Completed Collegiate High School packets are due to Mrs. D’Erica Gibbs (located in office C 101) by May 4, 2018. A completed packet must include: test scores, SJR admissions application, and Collegiate High School performance contract. If there are any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Gibbs, derica.gibbs@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Students please make sure you check your Naviance accounts for scholarship opportunities.

Florida Shines College Success Series
Save the Date!
  Join Florida Shines every Wednesday in April, for a live online experience featuring experts from the Florida Department of Education and Florida colleges and universities. Education experts will explain each step of the college readiness process to help students make a plan to shine in college.
Visit FloridaShines.org for more information.

Paying for College
  From scholarships to prepaid plans and federal financial aid, there are many financial assistance options for students who wish to attend college. At FloridaShines.org, students can learn more about the financial aid options available in the state of Florida. Students can also learn about a variety of scholarships from Florida Student Scholarship & Grant Program .
Visit FloridaShines.org to learn more.

SAT and ACT prep courses available at Nease.

Do you need help in your courses? Are you tired of the overpriced private tutors that charge $50 an hour? Not only that, but they also probably haven't seen a high school curriculum in years. At Top Tier Learning we have a qualified team of students, including 2 National Merit Semifinalists. We are 100% student run and tutors have excelled in the classes they teach. If you don't want to dive headfirst into a lesson package, no worries! We also offer $10 trial lessons. You decide where you meet and how often you want tutoring. 
If you have any questions feel free to email us at:
For more information on our branch managers and tutors, you can visit our branch website at:
Media Center
Media Specialist: Carolyn Milian
Media Para: Lorna Patterson

Seniors Only
For Seniors ONLY:

Attention Grad Bash participants!! Grad Bash packets will be available in the Guidance office on Monday, April 9. They will be due back to Mrs. Gledhill in Guidance NO LATER THAN Wednesday, April 18th. Also, there will be a MANDATORY Grad Bash meeting in the PAC on Tuesday, April 24th during both Excel sessions. Please plan on attending ONE of the meetings.  

Any Seniors who require medical services during Grad Bash MUST return your medical information sheet (located in your Grad Bash packet) to Guidance NO LATER THAN Wednesday, April 18th  

Senior Exam Schedule
Tuesday, May 8th
  • 9:15am - Math
  • 11:15am - Science
Wednesday, May 9th
  • 9:15am - English - last names A-SL
  • 11:15am - English - last names Sm - Z
  • 11:15am - World Language
Thursday, May 10th
  • 9:15am - Social Studies last names A-Regan
  • 11:15am - Social Studies last names Regis -Z
Friday, May 11th
  • 9:15am - PE and electives along with Academy courses for A-Perna
  • 11:15am - Academy courses for last names Regan-Z and all make-ups

LAST DAY FOR SENIORS - Friday, May 11th

Seniors – We are currently working with UNF to make your graduation the best graduation event ever! Your dues are a big part of funding the ceremony. If you have not paid your senior dues ($55) by Friday, March 23rd, you may not receive your graduation tickets. If you have financial issues or need to check if you have paid, see Mrs. Gledhill in the Guidance Office as soon as possible. 

Graduation Rehearsal (REQUIRED) - Friday, May 18th from 10am to noon at UNF Arena
Graduation - Monday, May 21st at 7pm at UNF Arena
Happenings at Nease this week
Monday, April 9th
  • Change drive starts for Relay for Life
  • Prom Tickets sold duirng lunches in courtyard by gym and c-pod - $60/ticket
  • 6:30pm - YMCA Youth in Government in B-103
  • HOME: 4pm - V Girls & Boys Tennis
  • HOME: 6pm - JV Boys Lacrosse vs Creekside
  • HOME: 5pm - Softball is hosting SJRAC - BT vs Middleburg
  • HOME: 7pm - Softball is hosting SJRAC - Nease vs Menendez
  • AWAY: JV & V Girls Lacrosse vs Episcopal
  • AWAY: JV Baseball vs Providence

Tuesday, April 10th
  • Marine Science FT (Fagan)
  • 2:30pm - PTSO meeting in Conf room 118
  • 4pm - Talent Show auditions in auditorium (Poe)
  • 6pm - 9th grade Football meeting in Media Center (Krause)
  • HOME: 5pm - JV Boys Lacrosse vs Bartram Trail
  • HOME: 7pm - V Boys Lacrosse vs Fletcher
  • AWAY: 6pm - V Baseball at Providence

Wednesday, April 11th
  • Indoor Colorguard FT to Dayton, OH
  • 8:15am - FCA meeting in cafeteria
  • Prom Tickets sold duirng lunches in courtyard by gym and c-pod - $60/ticket
  • 3pm - Talent Show Rehearsal in auditorium (Poe)
  • 6pm - Test Prep 4 Success in F-105
  • HOME: 5pm - Softball hosting SJRAC
  • HOME: 7pm - Softball hosting SJRAC
  • HOME: 6pm - JV Baseball vs Bartram Trial
  • AWAY: 4:15pm - V Girls & Boys Tennis - SJRAC

Thursday, April 12th
  • Indoor Colorguard FT to Dayton, OH
  • Marine Science FT (Fagan)
  • 8am - SAC meeting in conf room 104
  • EXCEL A - College Visit - Univ of North Florida in conf room104 (main office)
  • 6:30pm - Relay for Life meeting in A-109
  • 6:30pm - Talent Show in auditorium (Poe)
  • AWAY: 6:30pm - JV Baseball at University Christian

Friday, April 13th
  • Indoor Colorguard FT To Dayton, OH
  • Art FT to Hickory Creek Elementary (Welch)
  • Marine Science FT (Fagan)
  • Prom Tickets sold duirng lunches in courtyard by gym and c-pod - $60/ticket
  • 5pm - LAST day to submit parking applications to main office
  • HOME: 5pm - Softball hosting SJRAC
  • HOME: 7pm - Softball hosting SJRAC
  • HOME: 6:30pm - V Baseball vs Ponte Vedra HS
  • AWAY: 4:15pm - V Girls & Boys Tennis in SJRAC
  • AWAY: 5:30pm - JV & V Boys Lacrosse at Bishop Moore
  • AWAY: 6pm - V Girls Lacrosse at St Augustine

Saturday, April 14th
  • Relay for Life at Bartram Trail HS from noon until 10pm
  • V Softball - SJRAC Tournament at Nease
  • 7:30am - ACT Testing (sign-in in cafeteria)
Student Life
Interested in traveling to China this summer?

Nease JV and Varsity Cheerleading Tryouts will be held May 8th-11th. You may download a tryout packet from www.NeaseCheer.org for more information. 

Junior Ladies Club will meet 4/10 in P48 during Excel A. Wear your shirt!

All Students are invited to participate in the School wide Talent Show
Auditions are Tuesday April 10 th from 4-5:30 pm in the Auditorium with rehearsal held on Wednesday April 11 th after school from 3pm – 4:00 pm.
The Talent Show will be 6:30 pm Thursday, April 12 th!
Tickets will be sold at the door for $5. You won’t want to miss the wonderfully talented students at Nease!

St Johns Country Math Competition this Saturday at Nease High School
April 7th
Registration at 8:00am
(use parent drop off loop – pick up time is approximately 11:00am)
Mu Alpha Theta student volunteers please arrive by 7:30am

Attention Current Juniors – Rising Seniors! Make Your Appointment for Senior Pictures For the Yearbook NOW!! We have several current seniors who will not be in the yearbook, because they procrastinated in making an appointment and there were no slots available.
3 Ways to Schedule:
1.   Go Online: www.CadyStudios.com
2.   Call Customer Service 800.547.6237
3.   Go into the Studio @ 210 – St. Johns Studio – 1300 CR 210 – St. Johns, Florida 32259
Go online to see all the options for scenes and packages.
To just get your Yearbook photo and one scene there is a $35 sitting fee. Get your photo made in June and get an extra scene for free. The deadline to get your photo made is in September and often appointments are unavailable once we return from summer break!
Contact the Yearbook Advisor at Holly.Farson@stjohns.k12.fl.us with any questions. 

Relay for Life Coin Drive Competition between high schools. Our drive is Monday, April 9th through Thursday, April 12th. Bartram won this competiton last year, so we need to take the trophy from them this year! If every student and faculty member donated just one dollar in coins, we would have over $2,500. If we raise $2,500 by Thursday, April 12th we will have EXCEL time on Friday, April 13th. First period teachers will be collecting. GO PANTHERS!!!!

Fall Dual Enrollment paperwork deadline is May 25, 2018. Completed packets (test scores, SJR application & SJR registration) can be turned into Mrs. Gibbs’ office (C101)
There will be a meeting for any interested new Dual enrollment student on April 5, 2018 during EXCEL A and B – location TBA. 
General Information regarding FALL Dual Enrollment will be posted on the Nease website soon.  
Mrs. Gibbs will be available via phone (904-547-8371), email (derica.gibbs@stjohns.k12.fl.us) or appointment the week of April 9 – 12th to answer specific questions regarding Dual Enrollment. 

Prom 2018 Information: 
Prom will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Renaissance Village World Golf Resort. Ticket sales will begin on April 4th – April 18th and the cost is $60 per ticket. Cash or check ONLY! 
Want to be prom king or queen? Prom court applications are available at the front desk or Panther Hall 232 and due by April 13th.  
Planning to bring a date that does not attend Nease? Out of school guest forms are available at the front desk or Panther Hall 232 and the deadline is April 13th.  
Additional information will be provided to juniors and seniors throughout next week. 

The Medical/Dental Club has moved its meeting day and times to the first Tuesday every month during Excel B in O-118. February is Dental Health Month and we will be collecting Dental supplies for children.

Great Decisions, brought to us by World Affairs Council Jacksonville http://www.worldaffairscounciljax.org, is a non-partisan high school enrichment program on foreign affairs that fosters critical-thinking, conversation and decision-making skills. College professors and high school teachers co-facilitate the monthly sessions at school, and encourage students to drive the conversation, ask questions and share opinions. Additionally, interactive program components off campus provide students the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in peer discussions. For content information see http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions

If interested, please join the Schoology group, “Great Decisions Nease” access code 5VTWW-9SNBQ. All events and opportunities will be announced through that Schoology group.

Please note that Great Decisions, The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville, and the Foreign Policy Association are not officially affiliated with Nease High School nor with the Saint Johns County School District. They offer these timely and relevant events to the community free of charge, and I believe they are valuable because they bear on the material taught in many of the courses here at Nease.

Contact me (Mr. Smith) at Nease for more information H.A.SMITH@STJOHNS.K12.FL.US
Nease Clubs
Attached is a list of clubs at Nease High School with Sponsor's name, meeting location, and meeting date/time. If you have any questions, please contact the Club Sponsor.

Nease Athletics
Nease has 24 sports teams for students to join. There are fees to participate in sports with a one-time athletic fee per year.

Fall Sports - Start date of July 31st 
Cross Country - Boys & Girls - Coach Ted DeVos
Football - Coach Tim Krause
Golf-Boys - Coach Michael Kypriss
Golf-Girls - Coach Bobbie Beattie
Swim - Coach Gustavo Calado
Volleyball - Coach Don Watson

Winter Sports 
Basketball - Girls - Coach Sherri Anthony - Start date of Oct 30th 
Basketball - Boys - Coach Josh Bailen - Start date of Nov 6th 
Competitive Cheerleading - Coach Melissa Fraum - Start date of Oct 9th - tryouts were April 25th 
Soccer - Boys - Coach Fred Hallett - Start date of Oct 23rd 
Soccer - Girls - Coach Jay Shepherd - Start date of Oct 16th 
Weightlifting - Girls - Coach Tim Dennis - Start date of Oct 9th
Wrestling - Coach Craig Muckle - Start date of Nov 6th 

Spring Sports
Baseball - Coach Jerimiah Klosterman - Start date of Jan 29th 
Lacrosse - Boys - Coach Max Gurowski - Start date of Jan 29th 
Lacrosse - Girls - Coach Tara Cushman - Start date of Jan 29th 
Softball - Open - Start date of Jan 22nd
Tennis - Boys/Girls - Coach Michael Kypriss - Start date of Jan 22nd
Track & Field - Coach Bernie Blue - Start date of Jan 22nd 
Weightlifting - Boys - Open - Start date of Jan 8th 

All of the FHSAA paperwork required for your student to participate in sports at Nease are located on the website under the "Forms" tab. Tryout information is listed on the Nease Athletic website. Paperwork MUST be turned in BEFORE a student can tryout for a team.
From the District
TIME 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Gifted Parent Advisory Council (GPAC) is held four times a year for parents of K-12 gifted students. This April meeting is the last for the 17-18 school year. Parents and teachers are invited to come learn how gifted characteristics impact students’ learning. 

If you have an extenuating circumstance and need to request special bus transportation, please click on the link below to read procedures.

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