Campus Update for Tuesday, May 10, 2000

Good afternoon, here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School:

Basketball Player of the Year

Congratulations to Junior Taliah Scott, who last week was named the All-News4Jax Player of the Year! "Really, it's about the teamwork, the connectivity," Taliah said in a recorded interview. "I felt like me and my teammates were always on the same page. I felt like they allowed me to excel, and also felt like I allowed them to excel at what they did."  Check it out at!  

Congratulations, Spartan Softball!

Hearty congratulations to Spartan Softball, which went up against Trinity Christian Academy in a hard-fought District Final last week. The girls played hard, keeping the score to 0-0 through the 5th inning, and ultimately came out 2A District 2 Runner Up. Congratulations, Spartans!

Spartan Baseball Takes District

Not to be left out of the action, Spartan Baseball also played their District Championship game last week, conquering Trinity Christian Academy 11-1 and securing their trip to the Regional Quarterfinal tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Senior Finn Howell shot 2 doubles and also earned his 100th career hit. Congratulations, team, and congratulations, Finn! 

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week continues through this Thursday, May 12, and we invite you to join us in celebrating our own School Nurse, Michele Adams-Lentz '89, who takes such great care of us every day here at St. Johns. Thank you to all nurses out there, and thank you, Nurse Michele! 

Virtual Book Buyback Now Available

Virtual book buyback is now available from the MBS Bookstore. To get started, click this link and login to your account. Or, if you're using a saved link, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Sell Textbooks." Once you login, you should see a list of books you have purchased that are available for buyback, along with the MBS price for each title. Any questions? Here's a handy guide from MBS to get you started.

Lower School Clothing Drive

Lower School Student Council is sponsoring a spring clothing drive to benefit the Vietnam Veterans Association. The drive runs through Tuesday, May 17 and pre-loved, good-condition clothing of all types and sizes are needed. Please send your donation in to Reception or to your child's Lower School homeroom teacher. We truly appreciate your support!

Summer Camp Registration 

Registration is still open for most camps in our 32nd Summer of Fun. St. Johns offers wraparound camp (for half-day camps) and extended day from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. so we've got you covered this summer! Register today at!

Celebrate Your Senior—With Books!

Graduation is just around the corner, and the Heinrich Learning Resource Center encourages you to commemorate your senior and their time at St. Johns by donating a book in their name to the Heinrich Learning Resource Center! Honoring their graduation, or another event, with a donation to our collection is a fabulous way to commemorate the people and events in your lives while also supporting the library. Simply make a tax deductible donation of $25 or more to the Heinrich Learning Resource Center and fill out this Commemorative Book Form. Allow your senior to choose a title from our collection of new books or request a specific title just for them. A bookplate will be placed in each donated book to commemorate the occasion. Your child's graduation—and your donated book—live on in our library collection! As always, thank you for your support!

2022-2023 Technology

As a part of our continuing efforts to educate our Spartans for the colleges and workforce of tomorrow, last year St. Johns updated its technology protocols to require all Middle and Upper School students to bring to School each day a fully charged laptop. This change will be fully in effect for the 2022-2023 school year. You can get all the details on either the Middle or Upper School "Technology" page in My School App, including the laptop requirements and access to special St. Johns family pricing in our exclusive online Apple Store

Character Foundations: Perseverance

This month in Character Foundations, students in all divisions are learning about and putting into practice perseverance, which is defined as refusing to give up when life gets hard. Learn more about perseverance and how you can help support St. Johns' lessons at home at

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!