NW St. Johns County heads again to school

By Martie Thompson

Monday, Aug. 16 dawned brilliant and early for pupils in NW St. Johns County — the initially working day of university for the 2021 – 2022 faculty yr. The standard opening day weighty targeted traffic happened, as parents were a lot more likely to generate their student to university for the 1st working day. Officials with the faculty district and sheriff’s office environment anticipate these delays to settle down as the university year progresses and everybody receives into a regime.

“I was definitely energized as I went to the schools on the initially working day, primarily to see how pleased the pupils were to be again with their close friends and lecturers,” Faculty Board member for District 1 Bev Slough explained. “At quite a few of the educational institutions I observed the new kindergarteners with large eyes on their college tours. It was just a great day.” 

The college student count for the St. Johns County College District the very first day of faculty, Aug. 16, was 41,744, an boost of 4,986 learners or 13.6 % more than final year’s first day range of 36,758. St. Johns County continues to be a single of the quickest rising faculty districts in the state having said that, a part of this extraordinary advancement displays learners returning to in-individual learning.

The substantial school pupil depend was 14,051 with 3,096 college students at Bartram Trail Large College, 2,297 at Creekside Higher College, 1,336 at Pedro Menendez High College, 2,340 at Allen D. Nease High Faculty, 1,814 at Ponte Vedra Substantial School, and 1,642 at St. Augustine Superior Faculty. The opening working day selection for the new superior faculty, Tocoi Creek, was 1,281. 

Tocoi Creek Superior University principal Jay Willets was delighted that all the setting up and really hard get the job done to open up the new college was spending off — inspite of the fact that two of his school’s properties had been however less than building.

“Our theme for the to start with week was celebration and adaptability,” Willets explained, noting that opening the school with just grades 9 by means of 11 allowed for excess school rooms to be obtainable so the construction did not impression pupil mastering or safety.

“My initial working day perception was … excellent start!” he said. 

Middle faculty attendance totaled 6,869, with university student headcounts ranging from 676 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,301 at Pacetti Bay Middle Faculty. The other 1st day figures have been Alice B. Landrum Middle University with 1,162, Fruit Cove Middle University with 1,083, R. J. Murray Middle College with 563, Gamble Rogers Center College with 835, and Switzerland Point Center University with 1,249.

The district’s K-8 educational institutions totaled 9,398. Liberty Pines Academy had a to start with working day headcount of 1,289, Patriot Oaks Academy with 1,153, Valley Ridge Academy with 1,136 Flexibility Crossing Academy was the premier with 1,937, Palm Valley Academy with 1,358, Mill Creek Academy with 1,556 and new district’s new K-8, Pine Island Academy, with 969.

The elementary university inhabitants totaled 11,282. This rely only includes roughly 25 percent of all kindergarten college students due to the fact universities stagger the kindergarten start off date more than a 4-working day period of time. 

“The hard operate and perseverance from administration, instructors and assistance team to make opening working day the incredibly most effective was amazing,” mentioned Superintendent Tim Forson. “As I visited educational institutions it was amazing to see the pleasure of students as they entered the properties keen to understand, interact with pals, and get acquainted with their academics.”

St. Johns County School District team will carry on to keep track of attendance numbers, equilibrium lecture rooms, and refine bus routes during the coming months.

Photo courtesy Katelyn Ostopick

The Tocoi Creek Toros had their initial ever pep rally on Aug. 20, in advance of the football sport vs. Paxson. Earlier in the 7 days, the school recorded its initial FHSAA win for any sport when the Lady Toros volleyball team was victorious about Flagler Palm Coast.