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Duval County Public Schools Launches “Read it Forward Jax”

Duval County Public Schools Launches “Read it Forward Jax”

Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) is proud to announce a comprehensive reading initiative aimed at raising the literacy rate of every student inside Duval County public schools. The “Read it Forward Jax” campaign will partner city, business, faith based and non-profit leaders throughout the community to share in helping teach Jacksonville’s children about the importance of reading.

Duval County Public Schools Improve Spring 2011 FCAT 2.0 Grades

The Florida Department of Education has released the results of the Spring 2011 FCAT 2.0 Grades 4-10 Reading and Grades 4-8 Mathematics assessments, as well as the results of the Spring 2011 Grade 10 FCAT Mathematics and Grades 5, 8, and 11 FCAT Science assessments.  Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) has shown improvement in 11 different areas while scores stayed the same in 3 others.

Duval County School Board Cuts Magnet Transportation, Sends Email to Parents

Duval County School Board Cuts Magnet Transportation, Sends Email to Parents

The School Board has been forced to consider reducing /eliminating secondary Magnet transportation over the next 4 years. We want you to know that these decisions were not made lightly, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have on your family.

Thanks To UNF Students, iPad Rock Show May Be Coming Soon

Thanks To UNF Students, iPad Rock Show May Be Coming Soon

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Casey Ayers and Patrick Duffy clearly have the entrepreneurial spirit. The two buddies have collaborated on an invention they hope will catch on with musicians of all skill levels.

"Well we heard musicians playing the instrument apps on the iPad, and these would work great in a live environment," Ayers said, "But if you're going to be moving around on stage you need something to hold it for you."

Ayers graduated from the University of North Florida in 2008 and met up with Duffy while working on a similar project.

They put their heads together again and created an invention that's getting some attention.

"The device itself is an iPad case that not only has straps so you can use both hands, but it also supports itself at an angle so you can operate and use your iPad at the same time," said Duffy, who is in the class of 2013 at UNF.

A Lesson in Physics: Fletcher High Students Float on Pool With Milk Jugs

A Lesson in Physics:  Fletcher High Students Float on Pool With Milk Jugs

NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla. --  The school day was spent under the sun for some students at Fletcher High School today.

It all revolved around a pool and physics. "(We) had to save a lot of bottles," said student Christian Mesa.

225 students participated in the 17th Annual International Milk Jug Raft Race, using jugs and bottles to build rafts to compete. The idea is to see who's fastest and who will sink or swim.

"We're super excited, because we put a lot of effort into our boat," said student Kaitlynn Ford.

Fletcher High School physics teacher Mike Levine started the project several years ago to reward students for their hard work in the classroom.

"These days, high school kids get a bad rap for being lazy and not wanting to work but the kids who decided to take physics in high school really do ,challenge themselves beyond what the other students are doing," said Levine.

Tennis Advocates Plan Rally to Save Duval County Public Schools High School Tennis

Tennis Advocates Plan Rally to Save Duval County Public Schools High School Tennis

In the wake of the Duval County School Board announcing that boys' and girls' high school tennis is being placed on the tentative "cut" list for an upcoming School Board vote, Jacksonville tennis advocates are coming out in full force, organizing writing campaigns and urging tennis supporters to attend the next School Board meeting that is open to the public on June 13, 2011, when a vote on the matter will take place.

Duval County Summer Enrichment & Grade Recovery Programs

From June 20 - July 29, 2011, Duval County Public Schools will host several free summer school opportunities for our elementary, middle and high school students in need of promotion or credit/course recovery.