Friday, October 20, 2017

National PTA Reflections Program

 Your students are invited to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program.
Reflections is a nationwide arts appreciation and recognition program for students in grades PK-12. The program allows students to express themselves artistically based on a common theme.  This year’s theme is "Within Reach"
To participate, students submit an original art piece, inspired by the annual theme, in any of the six arts areas:
·         Visual Arts
·         Photography
·         Dance Choreography
·         Musical Composition
·         Literature
·         Film Production
Entries that relate the artwork to the theme receive highest scores.  Interpretation of Theme is worth 50% of the total judges’ score. (Artistic Merit/Creativity 25%, Mastery of Medium 25%)
Entries are due Thursday, November 9th by 9:00 am in the Atrium.  Submission Requirements have changed this year so be sure to read all the rules carefully to prevent disqualification.  The General Rules and the specific rules for each category are available at  Attached is brief summary of the rules for each arts category.
Douglas Anderson students submitted 33 entries in the 2016-2017 PTA Reflections Program. Of that, 23 entries were judged at the County level, 7 entries received the County’s Honorable Mention, and 14 entries were forwarded to the State level for competition. 5 entries received the State’s Honorable Mention and 2 entries were forwarded to the National PTA where both entries were nationally awarded.
We are asking you to please discuss and encourage your students to create and submit their best work on November 9th.

2018 Summer Internship Program

Beyond High School Seminar

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October SAT Score Report

For students who took the SAT® on Oct. 7, the majority of scores will be delivered to students on Oct. 20.

For students who took SAT with Essay, their Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math section scores will be released on Oct. 20. Most students will also receive their essay scores on Oct. 20 as well, but a small percentage may not receive their essay scores until Oct. 27.

Scores will be sent to colleges once they are complete.

For students who took the SAT without essay, their scores will be sent by Oct. 23.

For students who took the SAT with Essay, their scores will be sent only when both their Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math section scores and essay scores are complete.

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders/Congress of Future Science Leaders

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders, sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists will be held in Massachusetts on the UMass Lowell University campus on June 25-27, 2018.

The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, sponsored by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists will also be held in Massachusetts on the UMass Lowell University campus on June 29, 30 and July 1, 2018.

For additional information please visit the website below. If interested, please let your School Counselor know as soon as possible.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Upcoming PSAT: October 11th

Three things you will gain from taking the PSAT/NMSQT
You'll take the PSAT/NMSQT® at school on Wednesday, October 11th. This test is a chance to become a National Merit® Scholar, and it also offers these benefits:
  1. Connect to scholarships. When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you have an opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.The test also connects you to more than $160 million in scholarships from one of the largest scholarship pools in the country. Just remember to check “Yes” to Student Search Service® on the day of the test so that scholarship partners can find you.
  2. Free, personalized SAT practice. The PSAT/NMSQT is great preparation for the SAT®. Your score also unlocks a personalized SAT study plan on Khan Academy®. It’s completely free. Simply go to, create an account, and link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get a study plan based on your test results.
  3. AP course recommendations. Your score report will suggest AP® courses that are a great match for you. AP can give you an edge in the admission process and allows you to earn college credit while in high school, which could save you time and money in college. 

Questions? To learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT and about getting ready for college, we invite [students/parents and families] to attend our College Planning/Parent Night on November 9th. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New College of Florida

On behalf of the New College of Florida, I would like to announce that they have received approval to waive the admissions application fee for Florida residents, through 11/1/2017

Volunteer Opportunity

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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As the first college in the country to adopt a policy to admit students regardless of race, Oberlin College has a deep commitment to access and inclusion. That’s why we offer the Multicultural Visit Program. This all-expenses-paid trip to campus allows students to experience the vibrancy and diversity of a top liberal arts college that challenges convention, embraces difference, and encourages originality.

High school seniors selected for the program will be hosted overnight by a current Oberlin student and will attend classes, visit with professors, participate in admissions and financial aid workshops, and get a firsthand view of campus life.

We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds such as American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latino(a), Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. We will also consider low income and/or first-generation to college students, regardless of cultural or racial background.

Students can apply to one of three visit weekends in the fall:
Program DateApplication Due
October 26-28October 5
November 9-11October 19
November 30-December 2November 9

Please visit the Multicultural Visit Program website to learn more.

 If you have any questions, please contact us at or 800-622-6243.

Senior Parent Night/Financial Aid Night

Obama Foundation Fellowship

Deadline is October 6th, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

The College Board is offering a free November SAT and CSS Profile fee waiver for students in Florida. Students who have already registered for the November SAT can call Customer Service to receive a refund. For those who have not registered yet, students must register and pay for the November SAT and then contact College Board at 866-756-7346 to receive a refund. Students can register and contact Customer Service through October 25. Students will need to provide their address.
For the CSS Profile fee waiver, students should go to, complete their application, and the system will automatically apply eligibility rules. To reach CSS Profile Customer Service, please call 844-202-0524
DCPS Parents: 
Beginning next week, Duval County Public Schools will begin selling used computers online for both parents and employees at deeply discounted prices. Through a partnership with Urban Mining, a variety of computers ranging from Lenovo Laptops and Desktops, to iMacs and MacBook Pros will be available for purchase, ranging in price from $50 to $300. Please note that in order for parents to access the online sales, they MUST have a OneView account – otherwise, they cannot make a purchase. Sales will be based on what equipment is available, and with a limit of one computer per registered student or employee, per year. For more information about our guidelines, inventory, and how to create a OneView account – click here, or click on the rotating banner on the front page of

Thursday, September 21, 2017


Due to the timing of Hurricane Irma many ACT sites had to postpone the administration.  After working with the ACT test coordinators at the DCPS sites the below chart indicates the new dates for each site. Students please check your email as well for correspondence from ACT
Thank you
ACT Test Site
New Date
Andrew Jackson
Sept 30th
Fletcher HS
Sept 30th
Sept 30th
Sept 23rd
The Raines School
Sept 30th
Sept 30th
Sept 30th
Ed White
Sept 30th
Sept 30th

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Young Artists and Authors Showcase:

Please visit the website for more information including entry forms and guidelines.

2017 YAAS Grand Prize Winner - Rodolfo Ledezma. Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography.

Showcasing their imagination, creativity, and passion for world peace, students interpret a designated annual theme into works of art and literature. The work is sent from sister city member communities to Washington, DC, where a panel of judges selects Grand Prize Winners and Finalists based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. Each Grand Prize Winner is awarded $1,000.

This program is a great opportunity to reach out to the community and engage local English and art teachers, and reach a student audience that may not already be included in sister city programming. After the finalists for art, literature, film, and photography have been announced, their works embark on a yearlong tour hosted by local sister city programs on a monthly basis. This opportunity is available to any sister city program and can help expand local youth programming.

In partnership with Cinequest, students are encouraged to create a short film as their submission piece. Voted “Best Film Festival” by USA Today Readers, Cinequest fuses creativity with technological innovation to empower youth and emerging artists. In addition, students are now invited to share original photography on Instagram as their submission piece.

2018 Theme: The Art of Diplomacy
Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. This year’s theme, “The Art of Diplomacy” highlights the importance of citizen diplomacy and the innovative ways citizen diplomats achieve peace through people-to-people interaction.

Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experiences with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and the many ways that people cultivate relationships across cultures.

Jacksonville Area Entries should be sent to Brenda Frinks by April 15, 2018.

AES Scholarship Deadline Is Approaching
The deadline for the AES Scholarship is October 6, 2017. 
Visit our website at and please encourage your students to apply.  We wish them all good luck!
The winner(s) will be announced within 2 weeks of the deadline.
 Each winner will be personally notified by email.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017


Greeting Card Scholarship!

ü  Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.
ü  Contest submissions accepted from: May 30th, 2017 - March 1st, 2018.
ü  Winner will be announced April 30th, 2018.
ü  Age Eligibility: Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool.
ü  Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.

SCHOLARSHIP from Florida Credit Union

Good afternoon,
Originally founded as the Alachua County Teachers’ Credit Union by Alachua County School System teachers, Florida Credit Union (FCU) actively maintains a dedicated relationship with local school systems by offering credit union scholarships to accomplished students throughout North and Central Florida.
Scholarships from FCU are awarded based on the student’s scholastic record, future potential, leadership, initiative, character, dependability, integrity, and financial needs. Scholarships are available to any student who is actively enrolled or plans to enroll in undergraduate courses within the calendar year. The student or their parent/guardian must also be a member of Florida Credit Union.
Florida Credit Union offers 3 sponsorship opportunities: the Servin-Ellis Scholarship Fund, the Buchholz Academy of Finance Scholarship, and the Dr. John C. Rawls Scholarship Fund. Details about these three opportunities and their applications can be found on our website here:
If you have any questions or would like to have printed copies of our scholarship brochures sent to your institution, please submit a request to
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The 2017-2018 school year has officially kicked off, and the seniors have finally made it to their last year of high school.

The JAXSPORTS Charities Award of Excellence scholarship presented by Wells Fargo is officially open. This $2,500 one-time scholarship is given out to four local student-athletes!

To be eligible to receive the JAXSPORTS Charities Award of Excellence Scholarship, the applicant must:

• Maintain a 3.0+ GPA (on an unweighted 4.0 scale) from an accredited high school in Florida’s First Coast area/southern Georgia
• Participate in a varsity/junior varsity sport or its equivalent (dance, gymnastics, taekwondo etc.)
• Participate in extra-curricular activities through church, school and the community
• Exhibit exemplary behavior, thereby being a good role model for peers
• Attach (1) letter of reference from a school official (Principal, Guidance Counselor, Teacher, Athletic Director, Coach, etc.)

One of the unique aspects of our scholarship is that it is awarded on field at the TaxSlayer Bowl in front of thousands of fans! We would like to ask your help in distributing the attached application and flyer to your seniors. This year we have also added an online version of the application that can be filled out completely online without having to use the paper copy. Students can find it at

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any specific questions.


marketing & CHARITIes Manager

Jacksonville Sports Council | 1 Gator Bowl Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32202 

Student Test Day Checklist

Wednesday, August 23, 2017