Volume 38 - May 4, 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 have completed FSA and EOC testing! Yeah! IB exams started this past week and AP exams start Monday. We are still in need of proctors for these exams. If you can volunteer, please sign-up using the sign-up genius below. Thank you in advance for your time and support!

Teacher Appreciation Lunch - HELP NEEDED!
In honor of teacher appreciation week from May 7-11 2018, Nease PTSO and the IB Boosters are partnering to create an exciting week for our hard-working teachers and staff! On Thursday, May 10, we will be hosting an international luncheon "Texas to Thailand in Thirty Minutes". We would love it if all Nease parents pitched in to help represent our diverse and wonderful student body. Please help us fill the slots in the sign-up below. If you are unable to drop your dish off at 11.30am, we will be happy to collect it from you in the parent pick-up loop between 8.15-9.15am if required. Thank you!

The PTSO would like to encourage you and your child to send in a compliment written on a notecard or paper to the front desk by Wednesday, May 9th (It can say compliment on it so it gets to the right place). We will hang them around the room for the teacher lunch. They can be one sentence long or a whole paragraph. Notes can be general or about a specific teacher. It is completely up to you.  

The lists were posted today for parking passes. If you have a question, you can email me at Lisa.Kunze@stjohns.k12.fl.us

The Physical Education Department is in need of baseball or softball gloves. If you have any old gloves around your house you would like to donate to the PE Department, please have your child bring them into Coach Reyes in the gym or drop them off in the main office. Thank you in advance for your support!

AP Testing
  • If your student plans to leave after completing an AP exam they will need this completed form
AP Early Dismissal Form turned into attendance (main office) by Thursday, May 3rd. 
  • Students who have afternoon AP exams will need to be released from class by 11:30 on their exam day to eat an early lunch. They will tell their teacher and they will be allowed to leave. 
  • Students who have a conflict with an AP test and district/teacher exam must take the AP exam on its scheduled date. They will take the district/teacher exam at the makeup time. 

Seniors ONLY!! Yearbook Distribution on Monday, May 7th both lunches outside the PAC.  Yearbooks will also be for sale to Seniors ONLY! MUST HAVE ID to PICK-UP or PURCHASE!!! $100. Cash or Check!
During senior exams books will be distributed before and after exams outside the PAC to Seniors ONLY.
*Spring Supplements will be available to be inserted into the Yearbooks during Graduation Rehearsal. All seniors should bring their Yearbooks to Graduation Rehearsal and arrive early or stay late to have Spring Supplement inserted into the Yearbook.

Underclass Distribution will begin week of May 14 th during lunches outside the PAC. Any leftover books will be sold at this time. 

Attention Rising Juniors & Seniors:
The June 9 administration of the ACT is being offered free of cost to a limited number of students through a voucher program. The regular cost of the ACT test is $46. By testing on this date (and using the voucher), students will be participating in a pilot study for the ACT corporation: students will be assigned to take a paper based or a computer based test. Please see your English teacher to receive the voucher, if you can commit to test on the June 9 th date. Students will receive a valid ACT score through this test administration.

Cross Country
There will be a parent and athlete cross country meeting on Wednesday, May 9 th in the Nease cafeteria.  This is for everyone interested in running cross country next year. The meeting will go from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.  

Class of 2019…Students, parents and teachers…now is the time to start thinking about next year…Please join the remind group for your class as there will be important information disseminated this way…
Text: @k6c4ca
To: 81010

Final Exam Schedule for 9th, 10th & 11th graders

Semester 2 Week 1(Elective exams) - PLEASE NOT PERIOD ROTATION
Monday, May 14 –Two exams
1 st 9:15-10:45 (90 m) - exam if elective class
2 nd 10:50-12:20 (90 m) - exam if elective class
3 rd 12:25-1:33 Class
A lunch 12:25-12:55
12:57-1:33 Class
B Lunch 1:03-1:33
12:25-1:01 Class
4 th 1:38-2:18 (40 m)
5 th 2:23-3:03 (40 m)
6 th 3:08-3:50 (42 m)

Tuesday, May 15-Two exams
3 rd 9:15-10:45 (90 m) - exam if elective class
4 th 10:55-12:25 (90 m) - exam if elective class
5 th 1:35-2:10 (45m)
6 th 2:15-3:00 (45m)
7 th 3:05-3:53 (47m)

Wednesday, May 16/ Regular Wed Schedule

Thursday, May 17-Two exams
5 th 9:15-10:45 (90 m) - exam if elective class
6 th 10:55-12:25 (90 m) - exam if elective class
1 st 1:35-2:10 (45m)
2 nd 2:15-3:00 (45m)
7 th 3:05-3:53 (47m)

Friday, May 18 th –one exam
7 th  9:15-10:45 (90 m) - exam if elective class
1 st  10:50-11:32 (42 m)
2 nd  11:37-12:20 (43 m)
3 rd  12:25-1:33
A lunch 12:25-12:55
12:57-1:33 Class
B Lunch  1:03-1:33
12:25-1:01 Class
4 th 1:38-2:18 (40 m)
5 th 2:23-3:03 (40 m)
6 th 3:08-3:50 (42 m)

Semester 2 Week 2
Monday, May 21 – two exams
9:15 – 10:45       EXAM Period 1
10:45 – 10:55    Break
10:55 – 12:25     EXAM Period 2
12:30 – 1:00      Lunch
                        Buses depart at 1:00

Tuesday, May 22 – two exams
9:15 – 10:45       EXAM Period 3
10:45 – 10:55    Break
10:55 – 12:25     EXAM Period 4
12:30 – 1:00      Lunch
                        Buses depart at 1:00

Wednesday, May 23 – two exams  
9:15 – 10:45       EXAM Period 5
10:45 – 10:55    Break
10:55 – 12:25     EXAM - Period 6
12:30 – 1:30     Lunch
1:30 – 2:50  Students in Study Hall
Buses depart normal time. Students can leave as car rider or parent pick-up during lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. After 1:30pm there are no check-outs. Students will have to wait until 2:50pm dismissal.

Thursday, May 24 – one exam    LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!
9:15 – 10:45       EXAM Period 7
10:50 – 11:20 Lunch
                       Buses depart at 11:25
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation for sponsoring our Spring Musical, Oklahoma. We appreciate your support!

Support the cast and crew of Oklahoma by attending one of the performances this week - Thursday at 7pm, Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 7pm, or Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door.
Do you have stuff to sell???
Then rent a spot at the Nease Boys’ Basketball 1 st Annual Community Yard Sale!

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Time:  8:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Nease Stadium Parking Lot

For more information, contact neaseboysbasketball@gmail.com or
visit the website NeaseBasketball.com
Good News!!
Only 5 days remaining for seniors!

Only 14 days remaining until school is out!!

Congratulations to our two senior athletes who qualified for the FHSAA 3A State Track Championships! The event is on Friday and Saturday at University of North Florida.
Mack Davis - Discus
Kenneth Whitehead - High Jump
Mark your calendar - Important Testing Dates
IB Exams - May 2nd through May 18th

AP Exams - May 7th through May 25th

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

May 14th - 24th - Underclassmen final exams

May 24th - Last day of school!

Summer Testing Dates for EOCs and virtual courses

If you have questions or concerns regarding testing, please contact testing coordinator, Cynthia Messenger at Cynthia.Messenger@stjohns.k12.fl.us
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.

May 10th
PTSO Volunteers – Are you looking for a way to get involved in your teen’s school? The Nease PTSO is looking for parents to join our Board and/or fill other roles. Please email Amy Witherspoon at awitherspoon73@yahoo.com to learn more.

Upcoming Meetings : Anyone is welcome to attend the PTSO meeting on 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.
College Visits
There are no college visits currently scheduled.
IB News

IB Senior Banquet
SAVE THE DATE!   The IB Banquet will be held right after graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 18th from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Palencia Clubhouse. Cost for parents and family is $30 per person, students are FREE. An optional pool party will follow. Stay tuned for more details!

IB Graduation Stoles
All IB students wear IB stoles at graduation. The cost is FREE for IB Booster Club members and $25 for all others. You can still join the IB Booster Club for $35, which would cover the cost of the stole and provide a little extra to help the IB program. The IB Booster Club has done many things for our seniors over the years, and they would greatly appreciate your support. Checks in the amount of $25 or $35, depending on if you are joining the Booster Club, should be made payable to the Nease IB Booster Club and dropped off with Mrs. Kennedy in an envelope addressed to the Booster Club. Checks or cash only. We cannot accept credit cards at this point in time.


Teacher Appreciation Week
We will be celebrating our teachers and all they do for our children, from May 7-11, 2018, during National Teacher Appreciation Week! We ask for your help in giving back to our wonderful educators who pour so much of their time and effort into working with our kids.
On Tuesday, May 8th, the IB Booster Club will be hosting a breakfast and on Thursday, May 10th we will be hosting a lunch featuring food from all over the world. We would love it if you would share a dish typical to your nationality or something you excel in making, for lunch. We have such a wonderful, diverse group of students at Nease and we want to celebrate that and share it with our teachers. The Signup genius is located at the top of the Panther Press. Please help us fill it!

Auction for Parking Spots 
Great news The IB Booster Club has been given the opportunity to auction off two parking spaces for next year. The spaces are in the portion of the parking lot closer to the school where the old car rider line was last year. A highly desirable location! No sophomores, and possibly not every junior, will get a parking space next year due to the ever expanding student population. The auction will take place starting on May 5th, after juniors learn if they have a parking space through the school's process. 

The auction will be open to IB Booster Club members ONLY. If you have not joined the Booster Club and wish to so that you can participate in the auction, please send in cash or checks made payable to the Nease IB Booster Club, together with your student's name and your email address and phone number.  THE COST TO JOIN IS $35 AND WILL NOT CARRY OVER TO NEXT YEAR. NO ONLINE MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE ACCEPTED.  Please drop off with Mrs. Kennedy. 

T-Shirt Design Contest Winner
  • Congratulations to Sarah DosSantos for her 2018-2019 t-shirt design submission. It is awesome! An email containing the design was sent to all students. T-shirts will be available to purchase at summer orientation
Academy News
Academy SENIORS: If you pre-ordered an Academy graduation cord, they have arrived! You can pick yours up for $8 cash (exact change), or a check made out to Nease, from Mrs. Combs between any period at the front gate of the school on Monday, May 7th.

For the latest Nease Academy News, read the latest edition of the Academy Newsletter at www.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.

If you are currently working on a class through virtual school, we are asking that you have it completed by Monday May 7, 2018.

St. Augustine Campus test date: June 6, 2018 @ 10am
Orange Parke Campus test date: June 14, 2018 @ 10am
Palatka Campus test date: June 20, 2018 @ 10am
* Must bring ID to the site and arrive by 9:45 am. DOORS CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 10AM *
In order to set up the test, you can reach out to SJR directly ( ) or indicate on the SJR application a test is needed. SJR application must be given to Mrs. Gibbs by May 22 nd if a test date is needed.

Volunteering opportunity for Saturday, May 12 (Nease Track) and June 2 (St. Augustine High Track) .
Coach Blue is looking for volunteers to help with the Young Achievers Relay Meet.
Here are the available time slots:
8 am - 11 am
10:30 am - 2 pm
1:30 pm - 5 pm 
Please sign up in person with Coach Blue on Tuesdays or Thursdays at the track or email Coach Blue if you are able to help   bluekb@bellsouth.net

SAT and ACT prep courses available at Nease.
Media Center
Media Specialist: Carolyn Milian
Media Para: Lorna Patterson

  • May 4 – Last day for library book check outs
  • May 11th – Hard due date for ALL library books and materials and LAST day of access to media center (textbooks are going to be housed on the bookcases on the main floor and I don’t want books disappearing. 
  • May 18th – Teachers need to start returning all media materials (if not sooner) – class sets of textbooks, document cameras, library books, etc. 

Seniors Only
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

Cap & Gown Distribution out of the wrestling room:
           Tuesday, May 1 st from 12pm to 2pm
           Wednesday, May 9 th from 10am to 2pm
           Friday, May 11 th from 10am to 2pm
Check your balance or pay online at www.rhodesgraduation.com . They accept CASH ONLY if you choose to pay at pick-up.   
Senior Academic Awards:  Monday, May 7 th – all day by appointment times. Parents will be notified individually if their child will be receiving an award.

All seniors currently enrolled in online classes (Apex, FLVS and SJVS) MUST Be COMPLETE including all proctored exams by midnight, Monday, May 7.

Senior Exams:  Tuesday, May 8 th through Friday, May 11 th

Graduation tickets will be available May 8th to Seniors who have satisfied all senior debts. This includes, but is not limited to, senior dues, cafeteria debt, and media fees. In addition, all textbooks and media books MUST be returned before you will be issued a “Clearance Card” from Mrs. Milian in order to pick up your tickets from Mrs. Gledhill in Guidance. Any extra tickets –if available – will be distributed at the end of graduation rehearsal. 

Senior Video:  Tuesday, May 8 th at 1pm in the auditorium

LAST DAY FOR SENIORS:  Friday, May 11 th

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal:  Friday, May 18 th at 10am to noon at UNF
Allow lots of extra time for traffic, parking, and walking to the arena. The ONLY students excused from attending are those taking an AP or IB exam. Everyone else MUST be there on time and for the entire 2 hours.

Monday, May 21 st at 7pm at UNF – Students arrive at 6pm
         ALL guests will go through a bag check and security search with wand.
Happenings at Nease this week
Monday, May 7th
  • 6pm - Band Concert
  • 6:30pm - YMCA Youth in Government (B-103)

Tuesday, May 8th
  • Senior Exams
  • NJROTC - Military Appreciation Day at TPC
  • 1pm - Senior Video in auditorium
  • 2:30pm - PTSO meeting
  • 6pm - NJROTC Awards Night in auditorium

Wednesday, May 9th
  • Senior Exams
  • 8:15am - FCA meeting in cafeteria (Sander)
  • 6:30pm - Cross Country Parent Meeting in cafeteria (DeVos)

Thursday, May 10th
  • Senior Exams
  • 8am - SAC meeting in conf room 104

Friday, May 11th
  • Senior Exams
  • Link Crew Retreat - after school departure

Saturday, May 12th
  • Link Crew Retreat
  • NJROTC Orienteering meet in Palm Coast
  • 8am - JV & V Track & Field - Young Achievers Relay Games

Sunday, May 13th
  • Link Crew Retreat - return around 10am
  • Happy Mother's Day!
Student Life
The Link Crew retreat is Friday, 5/11- Sunday 5/13. Link leaders will leave right after school Friday and should leave their luggage to be packed on the early bus Friday morning, (location TBA). We will have a very important meeting for ALL link leaders Tuesday, 5/8 during excel B in the PAC. Please see Mrs. O‘Steen or Ms. Bowker with questions!

Attention Club Officers! The 2018- 2019 Club renewal packets are now available for completion. These can be picked up in the front office and are due back, fully completed, to Mr. Banton by May 22, 2018.

Students interested in running for Student Council, Senior class officer, Junior class officer, or Sophomore class officer, applications are available in the Media Center. To be eligible for office, the application must be completed, including sponsorship, and returned to Mrs. Milian by the end of school on May 11, 2018

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. 

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. 

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. 

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
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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