Campus Update for Tuesday, June 14

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

Hodges Earns Player of the Year

Congratulations to Bradley Hodges '22 on earning the Florida Dairy Farmer's 2A Baseball Player of the Year! The Florida Dairy Farmers High School Sports Awards Program recognizes all 30 FHSAA-sanctioned sports and has honored more than 5,000 of the state’s top student-athletes and coaches. Past winners have gone on to star at the collegiate and professional levels, and some have even represented their country in the Olympic Games. Congratulations on joining these esteemed ranks, Brad! 


Senior Stella Hyatt Named to All-First Coast Tennis Team

Senior Stella Hyatt has been named to the 2022 All-First Coast high school girls tennis team. Hyatt was named to the All-First Coast First Team over the weekend, after being unbeaten in the regular season, taking the Class 1A district championship and earning state semifinalist. Congratulations, Stella! 


CPR Certification Course

Don't miss this opportunity to get CPR certified this summer at St. Johns. Geared to students entering Grades 5-8, this is perfect as a standalone or add it on to the babysitting course to complete your child's training. Two course dates are available—this Friday, June 17, and next Wednesday, June 22. Register today at sjcds.net/summer!


Join Coach Rocky for Summer Football Workouts

Join Spartan Football Coach Rocky Bantag for summer football conditioning at St. Johns! Workouts take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, as follows:

  • Mondays: 3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. in the weight room, and then 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. on the field for conditioning and drills.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays: 2:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. in the weight room, and then 4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. on the field for conditioning and drills

Conditioning workouts are open to all St. Johns students in Grades 6-12. Conditioning workouts will take a break for the holiday weekend July 1 and 4. Happy 4th! 


2022-2023 Technology

Summer is upon us, and as we get ready for the next School year, many of us are looking ahead to new technology for our students, particularly if they're going into Middle or Upper School. Beginning this coming year, all Middle and Upper School students are required to bring to School each day a fully charged laptop. You can get all the details on either the Middle or Upper School "Technology" page in My School App, including the laptop requirements, and don't miss the link to access special St. Johns family pricing in our exclusive online Apple Store


Summer Work 

We know the students likely all need a break from the spring semester, but when they're ready, summer reading and math assignments have been posted on each division's My School App Topics page. Note that work is assigned according to the course the student will be entering next year, and all assignments are due on the first day of class unless otherwise noted.


Summer Camps for Middle School

A variety of camps are available for Middle School students this summer. From volleyball and Sparty Speedsters to 3D Art creation and Theatre Camp, plus Babysitting Camp, CPR Certification and more! St. Johns has something for every Middle School camper this summer. Register today at sjcds.net/summer!


Summer Throwing Practice

Join Assistant Track & Field Coach Emily Patterson '16 for Summer Throwing—shot put, discus, and javelin. Get some practice or learn an exciting new skill! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Weekdays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., June 6-July 29. (Photo by George Auchter '24)


New Uniforms Available

As Mrs. Baker mentioned earlier this year, in response to parent feedback, St. Johns is transitioning to a new uniform vendor. C&S Uniforms has a convenient website as well as a storefront on Kingsley Avenue in Orange Park.  St. Johns' goal is to provide a uniform that is universal in fit, cost-effective, and presents our students as a united St. Johns. As we transition, uniform attire from Lands End School will continue to be acceptable through the 2023-2024 School year.


Spirit Store Sale

From now through June 30, 2022 the Spirit Store is pleased to offer 50% off all gently used uniform items. Stop by today to stock up for the new School year, from uniform attire to fun shirts and gear! Please note that as of July 1, the Spirit Store will only feature new spirit wear and will no longer carry gently used uniform attire.


Summer Contacts
We know it's summer, but the work goes on to bring you the best experience and education in Northeast Florida. Though with a nod to summer, we are shortening summer hours. School will be open and Administrative staff will be here 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. If you need anything over the summer, please to reach out to:

  Head of School Valorie Baker vbaker@sjcds.net
  Head of Middle and Upper Schools Jackie Lentini  jlentini@sjcds.net
  Head of Lower School Otis Wirth owirth@sjcds.net

We hope you have a great week!