By Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief) Superintendent Tim Forson announced the St. Johns County School District’s new final exam grading system today, explaining that all St. Johns County students will receive the highest grade possible (100%) for all district-based final exams. Final exams account for 10% of students’ semester grades. According to school district spokeswoman Christina Langston, Forson believes this new grading system will be fair for all students. For more information about Forson’s recent statement, visit News 4 Jax.
By Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief) Superintendent Tim Forson announced last Thursday that all St. Johns County school district final exams will be cancelled, with the exception of iReady testing. Forson explains that this decision was based on significant technical difficulties encountered during the first week of computer-based exams: “Ultimately, I felt we needed to cancel the district computer-based and paper-based exams to remove the frustration of inconsistent test administration and protect instructional time.” According to school district spokeswoman Christina Langston, technical difficulties experienced by students last week included the computers freezing or the students being logged out of the exams all together. The school district was unable to simply postpone the exams because of the upcoming Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), State End-of-Course (EOC) assessments, and AP and IB exams. Forson assures students that the decision to cancel the district exams will not have any negative impact on their grades, stating that “We will do everything in our power that students aren’t hurt in anyway academically by this.” Forson adds that the school district is currently developing a new second semester grading system and that students and their families will be informed as soon as a plan is finalized. According to Forson, students in St. Johns County will still take the FSA and EOC assessments, as these exams operate on a separate platform from district-based tests. For more information, visit: News For Jax https://www.news4jax.com/education/st-johns-county-superintendent-cancels-district-final-exams First Coast News https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/news/education/st-johns-county-cancels-district-final-exams/77-06ec7241-6afa-486d-8fc0-dce48446745b St. Augustine Record https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190418/school-district-cancels-final-exams-due-to-computer-system-failures
By Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor) Vince Covello, a Nease High School graduate, is on his way to becoming a golfing legend. Covello played his senior year at Nease and won the state individual championship, and led the Panthers to the team title. “I’ve been wanting to play professional golf since I was 14 years old,” he said. “I’ve done well enough over the years to stay afloat and until you stake your claim, that’s the art of it.” Through being a player on the Nease golf team he established a support system that has stayed with him until today. He also played golf for the University of North Florida before he went pro and began to play for the Web.com tours. He had a rough time while trying to qualify for the PGA tours in the beginning and even had to take a four year hiatus from the Web.com tours after missing 10 of 18 cuts. While winning early on the Web.com Tour is no guarantee that a player will make the top-25 on the final points list and earn a PGA Tour card, Covello is sitting pretty at No. 4, only 37 points behind leader Rafael Campos, so the odds are in his favor. Wish him luck for him to earn his card and click here for more content! Photo Credit: Florida Times Union
By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) Recently, Nease’s beloved football head coach, Tim Krause has left Nease to continue coaching at one of his old stomping grounds, Bishop Kenny High School. In his place he has left a vacancy for the football head coach position. This spot will be filled by Collin Drafts, a native of Beaufort, South Carolina. Previously the head coach of AC Flora High School in Columbia, SC, Drafts took over and led his previous team to a 9-3 season after a winless season the year prior. He has also coached for East River High School in Orlando, Florida. He transformed East River’s team by taking them to a 6-5 playoff season directly after a 1-9 season in 2015. Drafts has had many successes coaching football, however, he also succeeded in the world of college football as well. While in college, Drafts played quarterback for Charleston Southern University and was awarded the 2005 Big South Offensive Player of the Year after he led the CSU Buccaneers to their very first Big South Championship. Photo credit: The Ponte Vedra Recorder For more information, click here.
By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) Monday, President Trump labeled the Iranian military’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Trump has stated that by designating the I.R.G.C. as terrorists, he is “underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.” Trump also said that this action “makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the I.R.G.C.” The repercussions of this action, which takes effect April 15th, ranges from sanctions on economy and travel for the Revolutionary Guard and any organizations, people, or businesses associated with it. This includes officials in Iraq, which happens to be allied with the U.S. Many high ranking Pentagon and C.I.A. officials are against the designation, arguing that it would allow certain Iranian officials to justify military operations against Americans stationed in the Middle East. Additionally, in retaliation, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist organization, possibly putting many American lives at risk. For more on this topic, click here.
By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) After four years of combat, US-backed combatants have finally flushed members of ISIS out of the last village held by the radical Islamic group. After withstanding a small siege in the town of Baghuz, Syria, the final piece of ISIS controlled land was taken and this nearly 20 year war was ended. Although the ideals still live on and members are still attacking targets in the Middle East, ISIS has lost its most important asset: the ability to tax the people it controls. By controlling major regions of the Middle East, the Islamic State was able to fund the production of military grade weaponry including industrial-scale production of mortars and even their very own drones modified to carry ordnance. Although President Trump declared victory over ISIS in December, the Islamic State has continued to claim responsibility for attacks in the Middle East. Charlie Winter, a senior researcher for the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, stated, “There is a tendency to rush into the declarations of victory too fast and too early with jihadist groups.” Although they are defeated in Syria, ISIS is still showing its face around the globe. For more information click here.
By Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor) Did you know that St. John’s County recently received an A grade for the last nine years in a row? Maybe… but what exactly does that mean? Jackie Pappas believes it comes from “attention to students’ success so overall scores increase and opportunities become more available.” However, she also said that it places more of an importance on test scores than the information the students are able to retain in the future. For more information on what qualifies a district as A-rated (spoiler alert a lot of it is test scores!) and what the A-rated schools all seem to have in common. Click here for more information on what being an A-rated district involves. Photo Credit: Eventbrite
Show Me Shoes Foundation is doing a FREE prom dress giveaway on March 3, 2018 at The Grand Rose Ballroom for junior and senior girls that may not be able to afford the luxuries of purchasing a dress. The event is called Prom Project 9: More Than a Dress and this is our second year holding the event in Jacksonville however this is the organization’s 9th year hosting the event across the country (Kansas City, MO; Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; and San Diego, CA). Over the last 9 years we have helped over 2,000+ teen girls across the country find the perfect dress for prom along with a day of custom makeovers, gift bags and prom giveaways for our young ladies! We ask that you present this opportunity to your students and or bring a group! Registration is OPEN now HERE so please feel free to add to your newsletter or distribute / print / post the attached flyer in your school. Not familiar with our yearly event? Take a peek at why this event has helped and impacted so many young ladies lives across the country WATCH. Sunday March 3, 2019 from 2P – 5P The Grand Room Ballroom 9222 Arlington Expy, Jacksonville, FL 32225 Sponsored by Revlon Realistics, The Glamatory, iHeart Hair and More FREE REGISTRATION SIGN UP HERE
By Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) and Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor) The Nease football coach, Tim Krause, is resigning as of next season, to be a head coach at Bishop Kenny High School. According to Krause, saying goodbye to the athletes and parents was emotional. However, he is looking forward to returning to Bishop Kenny, the place where he started his coaching career. He has stated that Bishop Kenny holds a “special place in his heart.” After coaching for 8 years at Bishop Kenny before Nease, his ties with Bishop Kenny run deep. Having the experience of head coaching at Nease for 5 years helped him to be chosen for the position of Head Coach, according to Thorsen, the former football coach of Bishop Kenny football team and now athletic director. During his time coaching at Bishop Kenny, Krause led the team through some of its best seasons. Between 2008 and 2013, Coach Krause led the team to a combined record of 52-16 over the five year period. During his final four seasons at Bishop Kenny, Krause coached record-breaking quarterback John Wolford. As of Victory Day, Mr. McCool will ensure that this tradition endures, so the community can still enjoy and take advantage of the experience that comes with this special day. All the work done by Krause and the athletic department will not go to waste, according to McCool. For more information, please visit: https://www.news4jax.com/sports/bishop-kenny-hires-tim-krause-as-football-coach https://www.staugustine.com/sports/20190212/tim-krause-resigns-as-nease-football-coach-to-return-to-bishop-kenny Photo Credit: news4jax