Campus Update for Tuesday, February 27

Campus Update for Tuesday, February 27


Good afternoon! Just a reminder that re-enrollment is underway. If a move or other plans will take you away from St. Johns next year, please let us know before tomorrow, February 28. Meanwhile, here are this week's news and announcements from St. Johns Country Day School: 

Rep. Aaron Bean nominates 3 Clay Students for Military Service Academies, including Sofia Conde '24, who was nominated to both the United States Naval Academy and United States Air Force Academy.
Florida minors warn of consequences ahead of social media ban Senate vote, featuring Taylor Thigpen '24 and his business, PlantKingusa (file photo)


Congratulations, Miss St. Johns 2024!

St. Johns Interact Club hosted the Miss St. Johns competition over the weekend and raised over $2300 for Rise Against Hunger! It was a great show and lots of fun with Junior Angelica Yepez coming out on top as Miss St. Johns 2024! The second place winner was Gigi Sessions '24 and Ashantii Williams '26Autumn Henry '25, and Cordelia Painter '24 rounded out the top five.

Additional awards went to:
Miss Congeniality- Autumn Henry
People’s Choice - Gigi Sessions

Hearty thanks to contest chairs Jane Garrison '25 and Addison Wagstaff '26 and to emcees Richard Nichols '24 and Calli Berrang '26.

"I am very proud of all of the contestants," said Interact Club sponsor Heather Velasco. "They worked hard to put on a great show. The proceeds from this event give us about half of the $5,000 we need to host a meal packaging event on campus for Rise Against Hunger. Interact Club's goal is to raise the rest of the money and host the event next spring. This will be the 5th meal packaging event for this organization that Interact Club has sponsored on campus."

Rivera Top 5 in Clay Spelling Bee

Hearty congratulations to Max Rivera '29 on making the Final Five in last week's Clay County Spelling Bee! After winning the St. Johns Bee last month, Max proceeded to to the Clay County District Spelling Bee, which took place Thursday night at Lake Asbury Junior High School. Congratulations, Max!  (Photo: Max receives a certificate from Clay County Superintendent of Schools David Broskie)

Middle School Science Olympiad

On Saturday, seven St. Johns students competed against 14 other teams in the Regional Science Olympiad at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. These included: Sophia McClellan '28, Maddy Dugre '28, Celine Torkzad '27, Izzy Dugre '28, Vedant Mathur '28, Max Rivera '29, and Torin Cooper '29. Hearty congratulations to the whole team on a great day, and to the following, who came away with four Bronze Medals:

  • Fossils - Max Rivera '29 and Torin Cooper '29
  • Write It Do It - Izzy Dugre '28 and Vedant Mathur '28
  • Anatomy & Physiology - Celine Torkzad '27
  • Reach for the Stars - Celine Torkzad '27

Congratulations, everyone! 

Wrestlers Headed to State

Congratulations to Colt Hill '29 on an on an outstanding showing last weekend at the FHSAA Wrestling Regionals! Colt placed 3rd and now heads to the FHSAA State Championships this coming weekend in Kissimmee! Also joining Colt is homeschooled wrestler Kevin McLean. Congratulations boys! 

Cam Cooper '28: FACA Player of the Year

Congratulations to Cam Cooper '28 on being named Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 6 2A Boys Basketball Player of the Year!  (Photo by George Auchter '24)

Gibson Named Coach of the Year

Speaking of FACA awards, congratulations to Boys Basketball Coach Ian Gibson on being named Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 6 2A Coach of the Year! Way to go, Coach!

Scholastic Awards & Gallery Show

Congratulations to the 41 St. Johns students who were recognized in the 2024 Scholastic Art Awards! On Thursday, February 22, St. Johns was thrilled to recognize these students at flag raising and then to host a Gallery Opening showcasing their work! Thanks to the many parents who were able to join us as we celebrated these students! You can read more about these students and the show right here.

Spartan Athlete of the Week

Congratulations to last week’s Nichols & Pina Spartan Athlete of the Week, Spartan Baseball's Seth Alford '24! Seth had an outstanding opening night last week, hitting a two run home run in the first inning and then coming in to pitch in the 7th, striking out all three hitters to send the Spartans to extras vs. Buchholz. The Spartans went on to win 4-2 in extra innings. Congratulations Seth! 


2024-2025 Curriculum Guide

As you are planning next year's classes for your student, you may wish to refer to the 2024-2025 Curriculum Guide, which is linked from your Veracross Parent Portal

Club Sparty Starts March 4

Club Sparty Session VII starts on Monday, March 4 and will include watercoloring, STEM, Book Cooks, Legos and Board Games. Visit to register today!

Buy Your Earth Day Shirts Today!

Earth Day is coming Monday, April 22! Help us celebrate Earth Week at St. Johns by purchasing a T-shirt for your student to wear to school on Monday, April 22. The cost is $10. Payment can be made by cash, check, or Venmo (details in order form). Use the form links below to place your order. Orders are due this coming Friday, March 1. Click on the links below to order your shirts:

(Photo by Calli Berrang '26)

Grandparents Day Reminders

We look forward to seeing Lower School grandparents and grand friends on Grandparents Day next Friday, March 8!

This is your last chance to purchase raffle tickets for a VIP Grandparents Day Experience, including prime PAC parking & seating, Photo Booth Fast Pass, and $25 gift certificate toward your Book Fair shopping. You can get those tickets right here. Winner will be announced this Friday, March 1. 

Also, while Grandparents Day is just for Grandparents and grand friends, we are looking for volunteers to help make it a special day. Please click here to sign up to help with refreshments or the Book Fair on Grandparents Day.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendar for our Parent Preview on Thursday, March 7, at 8:30 a.m. for your own special viewing of everything your children have been working on for Grandparents Day!

Book Fair March 4-8

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming up soon! Plan to stop by or send your child to the Book Fair March 4-8. Open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Friday (Grandparents Day) 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Book Fair features tons of popular titles for all ages, and all proceeds support our School library. Please visit the St. Johns Country Day School Scholastic Book Fair site for more information, including how to set up an eWallet. Want to volunteer for the Book Fair? Please, sign up right here. We look forward to seeing you! 

Spartan Tennis Social

Join us on Saturday, April 13, for a Spartan Tennis Social— a fun day of tennis to benefit St. Johns Country Day School. It's sure to be a blast! Click here to register, or, promote your business as a Sponsor.

Golf Tournament April 19, 2024

Join us for a great day of golf at the 18th Annual St. Johns Spartans Golf Tournament, coming Friday, April 19, to Eagle Harbor Golf Club. Sponsor the tournament to promote your business! Register to sponsor and golf at

2024-2025 Calendar

Key dates for the 2024-2025 school year have now been posted to the School calendar at, for your ready reference when planning next year's family vacations and other events. You may also wish to subscribe to the School calendar on your phone, so you always have the most current info in your pocket. Just follow the steps above and you're on your way. 

Division Reminders

Lower School
Middle School
Upper School

Connect with Us!

St. Johns staff stand ready to assist with anything you might need. Please to reach out any time to:

Head of School Valorie Baker
Head of Upper School Jackie Lentini
Head of Middle School Ben Magidson
Head of Lower School Otis Wirth

We hope you have a great week!