Volume 25 | January 26, 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
Guidance counselors have been busy this week meeting with current juniors to discuss next years courses. Course recommendations for current 10th graders will be sent home on Tuesday. Please review and discuss these recommendations as a family to determine what is best for your child.

Monday is a teacher in-service day, so we hope students enjoy their 3-day weekend.

For Seniors ONLY:
Grad Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime, rite-of- passage celebration for high school seniors. Seniors will enjoy an exciting night with their friends in Florida’s only grad celebration with exclusive, private access to thrilling rides and attractions. Plus, there’s a live concert with one of today's hottest acts, live DJs, street entertainment, and more. Limited number of tickets still available so see Mrs. Gledhill today to reserve your spot! Date is Friday, April 27th. Cost is $125 with a $25 deposit due now and the balance due February 15 th

Seniors!  Please stop by Ms. O’Quinn’s room, Panther Hall #234 to pay your $55 Senior dues and pick up your 2018 Senior t-shirt today! If you have already paid your dues but have not received a shirt, please see Ms. O’Quinn during Excel “A” this week. 

The 3rd Annual SOUPer Bowl is February 1st and we are kicking it off with our Be the Change campaign! For the next couple of days, you can donate spare change to help tackle hunger in St. John’s County. All proceeds will go towards the SOUPer Bowl and First Coast Blessings in a Backpack. 
Look for the coin collection jugs all over Nease, including the media center and front office. 
Let make a difference and Be the Change in St. John’s County! 

GOT SNEAKERS?  The Nease High School Percussion Group is sponsoring a USED Sneaker drive! Starting Monday, January 22nd we will have a collection box in the front office and the band room.  The sneakers collected will be distributed to impoverished nations. We will receive  $1  for every pair of sneakers that we collect. Our goal is 2,000 sneakers! The money earned will help pay for our trip to attend the World Indoor Percussion competition in April. Please elp us get there! THANK YOU!

3 days left to purchase Nease Spiritwear Featuring Nease’s NEW Logo
Monday 1/29 will be the last day to order Nease Spiritwear for this winter’s sale (the next time the webstore will be open is August). Choose from a variety of items including car magnet, t-shirts, sweatshirt, softball shirt and ladies lightweight hoodie – all with the NEW Nease logo: http://shop.crowleyprinting.com/Nease-High-School-Spiritwear_c93.htm  

Here’s how it works: Go to the webstore, order the items you want (chose color and size) and pay online. The webstore closes on Monday 1/29 and items will be distributed to students by the Nease PTSO the week of 2/12. The PTSO is coordinating the webstore through a local vendor (CP&S) and all Nease profits will go to the PTSO, which supports the school, teachers and students.

Policy Reminder:
Students are not checked out after 3:20pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays OR after 2:20pm on Wednesdays. If you need to check-out your child early, PLEASE submit the Early Dismissal Form and your child will be waiting for you upon arrival.
If your child will be missing school for any planned reason and you would like to see if the days could be excused, you must submit a Pre-Excused Absence Request Form
Good News!!
Some Mu Alpha Theta members competed in a math competition last Saturday at Lake Brantley HS in Altamonte Springs. Congratulations to all that competed.

Statistics Individual- Nell Crlenjak: 11th out of 64
Calculus Individual- Oscar Aguilar: 12th out of 188
Calculus Team- Oscar Aguilar, Jonathan Valyou, Jerry Huang, and Yu Fei Han: 5th out of 35 teams

Nease, ranked #1 in 7-A, opened up Conference tournament play against Menendez last night at St. Augustine High School. The Lady Panthers came in primed for a contentious battle. Nease has faced off against a variety of foes throughout the course of the season. Menendez came out with a different agenda. The Lady Falcons set out to shorten the game with a deliberate stall tactic. Definitely not your entertaining style of basketball. Such tactics are designed to frustrate the opponent by lulling them to sleep and committing multiple fouls. Menendez game plan afforded them a minimum chance to win, but every opportunity to slow down the potent Nease offense (64 ppg.).
The Lady Panthers still managed to make the best of the opportunities afforded to them (19/32 from the field, including 3 of 4 treys.
 Leading 7-2 after one quarter of play, the Lady Panthers used a 18-5 second quarter to hold a comfortable 25-7 lead at intermission.
Nease would hold Menendez to 2 points in the second half to gain the lopsided win (43-9) and advance to the Conference semifinals on Thursday (7:30) against Bartram.

Coaches or Team Moms of sports/clubs can email Mrs. Kunze at Lisa.Kunze@stjohns.k12.fl.us by 4pm on Thursdays with any good news for their sport/club. Please use Arial font size 12. Thank you!
Mark your calendar - Important Dates

No school for students (Teacher In-service day) - Monday, January 29th
3rd Annual SOUPer Bowl - Thursday, February 1st
Last day of 3rd quarter - Thursday, March 15th
No school for students (Teacher planning day) - Friday, March 16th
Spring Break - Monday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th
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.
NO January meeting
February 8th
March 8th
April 12th
May 10th

PTSO Meeting Dates
Meetings start at 2:30pm in Panther Hall

January 16
February 13th

Interested in writing a birthday or congratulation message to your child on the marquee? Complete the form and submit to main office for PTSO ONE week PRIOR to the message appearing on the marquee.

Testing Coordinator - Cynthia Messenger Email - Cynthia.Messenger@stjohns.k12.fl.us

Attached is the AP/IB testing calendar for May. The dates and times of these exams are set by outside agencies and we cannot change them. PLEASE do not schedule appointments or vacations during this time.

College Visits
There are no college visits scheduled for the week of January 28th.
IB News
  • Please buy your tickets for the SOUPer Bowl. We look forward to having a fun evening.
  • Mrs. Kennedy will be visiting the English classrooms in January/early February to work on scheduling with students for the 2018-2019 school year. Information regarding classes will be sent home prior so family discussions can take place. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Kennedy. 
  • Academy registration for the 2018-2019 school year opened on January 18th. If you are a current 9th grader interested in IB and would like to apply, please register via your HAC account. Teacher recommendations from your teachers of the 4 core subjects can be found here. All registration and forms must be submitted by February 8th.


  • Please make sure you have marked your calendar for the SOUPer Bowl on February 1st, from 6:00-8:00. This is our Junior Class Service Project. 

  • Mrs. Kennedy will be in the sophomores’ English Class on January 30th, 31st & February 1st, & 2nd for 2018-2019 class registration.
  • Attention sophomores, applications are now being taken for Youth Leadership St. Johns. To learn more about the program, go to http://www.flaglerhospital.org and click on “about us” and choose Youth Leadership St. Johns, Applications are due March. 8th 2018. Please see Mrs. Kennedy if you have any questions.

  • Mrs. Kennedy will be in the freshmen English Class on February 6th, 8th & 9th for 2018-2019 class registration.

Academy News
For the latest Nease Academy News, check out the January edition of the monthly Career Academy Newsletter:

Upcoming Academy Field Trips:
  • Construction Career Day – Stellar Academy of Engineering Juniors and Seniors (February 13th)
  • PGA Tour Entertainment – Communications Academy TV Production (February 15th)
  • Fleet Readiness Center Southeast – Stellar Academy of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design (March 8th)
  • Sawgrass Marriott – Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (March 13th)
  • St. Augustine Amphitheater – Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (March 19th)

Students will be able to get field trip forms from their Academy teachers two weeks before the trips take place.

If you are a current 9 th grader interested in joining a Nease Academy program, join us for the Academy Open House on January 30 th ! A main information session takes place in the PAC from 6-6:30, followed by breakout sessions to learn about the individual programs from 6:35-6:50 and 6:55-7:10. The application window is open now through HAC, and current 9 th graders can apply to up to 3 Programs of Choice/Career Academies at any high school in the district through February 8 th at 5 pm. Remember, students must log in using their own username and password.

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 will be sent home after report card grades are released, 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.

SAT and ACT prep courses available at Nease.

2018-2019 Class Scheduling
On Tuesday January 30, 2018 current 10th grade students will receive their course recommendations for next year. Counselors will start meeting with these students next week. School Counselors will be in the English classrooms until February 16 th  meeting individually with each student to go over their academic and elective course selections. Please send any questions that you have with your students so they can be addressed at that time. We look forward to working with your students and making this as smooth of a process as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make meeting with students our top priority right now.

Community Service Opportunity
We are looking forward to the Character Counts! run/walk on Saturday, Feb 3 rd , and are hoping that you can join us and take a very special part. High school student volunteers will be placed along the race route, and will be cheering on the runners. As many of you know, this makes the event fun, and also makes a huge difference for the runners! You will receive verification for service hours at the end of the morning, and our appreciation for a job well done. The only things you need to do are: 
1) Send an email showing that you will be there to ( Cheryl.Freeman@stjohns.k12.fl.us )
2) Make a poster for the event that you can use to cheer on the runners (more about that in a few days)
3) Show up at the event. 

Below are race details.

Date:                          Saturday, February 3, 2017
Time:                         7:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Location:                   Palencia Elementary School, 355 Palencia Village Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32095

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at carolyn.milian@stjohns.k12.fl.us or
call 547-8367. Have a great weekend and don’t forget to READ-READ-READ!! 
Seniors Only
For Seniors ONLY:
Grad Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime, rite-of- passage celebration for high school seniors. Seniors will enjoy an exciting night with their friends in Florida’s only grad celebration with exclusive, private access to thrilling rides and attractions. Plus, there’s a live concert with one of today's hottest acts, live DJs, street entertainment, and more. Limited number of tickets still available so see Mrs. Gledhill today to reserve your spot! Date is Friday, April 27th. Cost is $125 with a $25 deposit due now and the balance due February 15 th

Seniors! Please stop by Ms. O’Quinn’s room, Panther Hall #234 to pay your $55 Senior dues and pick up your 2018 Senior t-shirt today! If you have already paid your dues but have not received a shirt, please see Ms. O’Quinn during Excel “A” this week. 

The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset is a member of Rotary International,
an organization of business and professional people dedicated to humanitarian
service and international understanding.
The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Foundation will be awarding a $1,000
scholarship to a junior or senior from Allen D. Nease High School, that has demonstrated 
an outstanding commitment to community service and exemplifies the Rotary motto,
"Service Above Self".  
The student should be planning to attend a four-year college, a two year college, a trade
school or a vocational / technical school with a program of study of one year or longer.
Immediate relatives of Rotarians are not eligible for this scholarship.
All applications should be mailed to: Cynthia King, President
                                                                 The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset
                                  P.O.Box 612
                                  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004    
Completed applications must be received on or before  March 3, 2018 . Any applications
received after the deadline will NOT be considered. The "Service Above Self Scholarship Winner"
will be announced on or before  April 7, 2018.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has helped more than 725,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution. The application process opens on October 1, 2017.

Step 1 : Go to www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org/SSFAD/bf to find out how to qualify for Bright Futures.

Step 2: Go to www.FloridaStudentFinancialAid.org and submit a completed error free Initial Student Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) during your last year of high school.

The 2017-2018 Bright Futures Student Handbook: Initial Eligibility Requirements can be found at the following link:

There is a community service requirement for the Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards. If you have community service hours that you have not turn in to your School Counselor, please turn them in so they can be entered into the system. There is a community service form available on the Nease website under the Guidance department link.

LAST DAY to pay for senior orders - Thursday, February 22nd.
Senior delivery date - Thursday, March 8th for last names A-L
Friday, March 9th for last names M-Z

Graduation Rehearsal (REQUIRED) - Thursday, May 17th from 10am to 12pm at UNF Arena
Graduation - Monday, May 21st at 7pm at UNF Arena
Happenings at Nease this week

Monday, January 29th
  • Teacher In-Service Day: No school for students!

Tuesday, January 30th
  • 8am - Drivers Ed
  • EXCEL: Club pictures continue in gym
  • EXCEL: SOUPer Bowl meeting in auditorium with Kennedy
  • 1pm - SOUPer Bowl committee mtg in C-127
  • 5:30pm - Academy Open House
  • HOME: 6pm - V Girls Basketball vs Palatka

Wednesday, January 31st
  • 8am - Drivers Ed
  • HOME: 4pm - Boys weightlifting vs St Augustine
  • 6:30pm - Tennis Parent meeting in Media Center

Thursday, February 1st
  • Voter registration through Government & Economic classes
  • 8am - Drivers Ed
  • 6pm - SOUPer Bowl in cafeteria
  • HOME: 6pm - V Girls Basketball vs Ridgeview HS

Friday, February 2nd
  • NJROTC FT - Area 12 Orienteering Championship in Newman, GA
  • NJROTC FT - Drill meet at USF in Tampa
  • 8am - Drivers Ed
  • AWAY: 2:30pm - Wrestling at Clay HS
  • HOME: 5pm - Track Green & Gold Intersquad

Saturday, February 3rd
  • NJROTC FT - Area 12 Orienteering Championship in Newman, GA
  • NJROTC FT - Drill meet at USF in Tampa
  • Cheer Competition - FHSAA State in Gainsville
  • 9:30am - Wrestling at Clay HS

Student Life
Junior Ladies club pictures are Jan 30 th at 1:00pm, please wear your shirt. Our next meeting is Feb 13 th P48 Excel A.

Tuesday February 6 during Excel A (12:31-1:01), and again during Excil B (1:01-1:31). Great Decisions discussion in Mr. Smith’s room P-22, “China’s Geopolitics”. See more at http://fpa.org/great_decisions

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
Visit FCTC programs that are available for Dual / Secondary                
Enrollment for High School students
When :    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13th 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Where : First Coast Technical College Main Campus
2980 Collins Avenue in Building C
How : Fill in Entrance Ticket and bring the perforated portion below when you arrive on campus ( Building C )
*Start looking at what options are available to help you make informed choices about your future!

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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