Campus Update for Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Good afternoon! Here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School. 

In the News

On Friday, St. Johns was thrilled to announce four seniors who were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, the most of any high school in the Jacksonville area. Hearty congratulations to (above, L-R) Sean Gregson, Robert Morris, Ariel Sauer, and Mia Morin! Read more about this and other St. Johns news stories at

Wake-Up Wednesday

Need a little mid-week pick-me-up? Join us for Wake-Up Wednesday tomorrow morning outside the Brown Gym from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Orange Park's Urban Bean Coffeehouse will be selling coffee, herbal iced tea, gourmet baked doughnuts, bagels, whole fruit, juice, and a selection of cookies. Cash or cards accepted. All are welcome, so be sure to grab your coffee and a snack before you head into Coffee Talk! See you there!  

Coffee Talk Tomorrow

After you've gotten your Wake-Up Wednesday drink and snack, please join us in the Pace Lecture Hall for the Parent Association's Coffee Talk—a time to chat with and ask any questions you may have of School leadership. This week we're chatting about Middle School with Head of Middle and Upper Schools Jackie Lentini and Middle School Dean Pat Rodifer. Join us at 8:15 a.m. in the Pace Lecture Hall or virtually by typing into your web browser or go to and enter the code "qcr-hbys-pmt." We look forward to seeing you! 

Yellowstone Information Meeting 

For any Upper School student (and their parent/guardian) interested in the June 2022 Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology trip, there will be a parent/student information meeting this Thursday, September 23, at 6:00 p.m. in Upper School room 7 (Dr. Román's room). If you have any questions, or, if you prefer to attend the meeting virtually, please reach out to Dr. Román.

Upcoming College Rep Visits

Each year, St. Johns' College Counseling Office works to bring a variety of college admissions representatives to campus to talk with our students, tell us about their college or university, and answer student questions. Visits are underway for the 2021-2022 school year and are posted on the School's calendar (scroll down for how to subscribe). All Upper School students are welcome to attend and need only register for each visit in their SCOIR account. See the College Counseling Office with any questions. Upcoming visits include:

  September 22   Wake Forest University
  September 24   Hampton-Sydney College
  September 27   Elon University
    Rice University
  October 1 Jacksonville University

Schedule is subject to change. Upper School students should check their SCOIR accounts for the most up-to-date listing.

New Date for Spartan Fest: Friday, October 22

The new all-school Spartan Fest has been rescheduled for Friday, October 22, 2021, from 4-7 p.m. on the softball field. We hope you can join us for carnival games, food trucks, and more for the entire family then after the fun, come cheer on our Spartans at the Homecoming Football Game at 7:00 p.m.! Spartan Fest will take the place of the individual division socials (i.e., Lower School Fall Festival, Middle School Fall Festival, and Upper School Tailgate). We're looking forward to good times, laughter, community, and school spirit! We can't wait to see you there!

Get Involved!

The St. Johns Parent Association (SJPA) invites you to get involved with the School! Learn more in the My School App Parent Association (SJPA) group or click here to fill out the Volunteer Form.

Character Foundations: Initiative

This month in St. Johns' innovative character education program, Character Foundations, students in all divisions will be learning about and putting into practice initiative, which is defined as seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Learn more about initiative and how you can help support St. Johns' lessons at home at

France Trip 2022

Join Madame Price and Madame Lebet for what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime to Paris and Chambéry, France, March 10-19, 2022. Students will fly JAX-Paris and stay in a hotel for 3 days while taking in the sights of the City of Light. Next, we take the train to Chambéry and stay with our friends from the Lycée (high school) Saint Ambroise while touring the scenic French Alps. There will be plenty of adventure, sights, shopping, and don't forget the amazing food on this trip of a lifetime. More information & signups at Early bird pricing ends September 29, 2021. Contact Madame Price with any questions.

Key Contacts
Some things never change— no matter the circumstances, St. Johns staff stand ready to assist with anything you might need. Please feel free to reach out at any time to:

  Head of School Valorie Baker
  Head of Middle and Upper Schools Jackie Lentini
  Head of Lower School Otis Wirth


We hope you have a great week!