February 2018

We can’t believe half of the school year has passed by already! There is a lot of important information in the February newsletter, so pay close attention to details in each section.

High School Expo Dates

*Open House for all future 9th grade students and parents.

MHS: January 30, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

FIHS: February 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

RHS: February 13, 2018 @ 6:00pm

OHS: February 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

OPHS: February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

CHS: February 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

Important Dates for 8th Graders

*February 15th Academy Applications due to High Schools

*February 15th AICE Applications due to FIHS

*February 15th IB Applications due to RHS

*Thursday, February 22nd---FUTURE FRESHMEN REGISTRATION!

High School Counselors will visit LAJH to distribute course selection sheets to 8th grade students.

*Open Enrollment Information and applications can be found at:

CCDS will be accepting open enrollment applications February 9th - March 9th, 2018. The lottery selection will take place on March 23rd. Parents/Guardians will be notified by email of their student’s status shortly after the March 23rd selection date.

Counselors visit Elementary Schools

LAJH School Counselors will visit elementary schools to talk to 6th grade students about programs at LAJH.

Feb. 6- Lake Asbury Elementary

Feb. 7- Swimming Pen Creek Elementary

Feb. 8- Doctors Inlet Elementary

Feb. 9- Coppergate Elementary

Feb. 12- Shadowlawn Elementary

Feb. 13- Rideout Elementary

Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

*Learn more at the History Channel Website:

Scholarship Opportunity

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott's Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all 4th through 12th grade students in the state of Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Winners will be notified after March 19, 2018.

*For more information click on

Featured Floridian Artist

Governor Scott chose Tallahassee-based artist Thomas H. Lewis as this years featured artist for Black History Month. Mr. Lewis aims to create one-of-a-kind colorful, detailed, complex and exciting works of stained glass art. His creations capture and translate images in a manner that reflects the reality, emotion and true nature of the subject being presented. Some of his works of art are shown below.

LAJH Art & Essay Contests

The Renaissance Committee at LAJH is sponsoring an Art and Essay contest for Black History Month. The theme for both contests also follows the theme for the State essay contest:

“A Celebration of Innovative African American Leaders”.

*All entries for the LAJH Art or Essay contests should be turned into the Guidance Office, and are due by February 23, 2018.

*For more detailed information, click on the pdf file below and download the flyer.

It's FSA Time!

The FSA Writing Assessment will take place on March 6, 2018 for all students at LAJH. All other FSA and EOC assessments will take place between April 16- May 18, 2018.

Students, make sure to...

1. Eat a good breakfast the morning of the test. Avoid eating sugary foods. High-protein foods like scrambled eggs are often best for aiding concentration and minimizing fatigue.

2. Get a full night’s sleep before the test. Do not pull an all-nighter cramming before the test. A lack of sleep will affect your performance.

3. Don’t panic. If you start getting anxious, take slow deep breaths. Don’t worry about other people finishing early. Smart people know to use all available time to double-check their work.

4. Wear comfortable clothing.

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