Nassau Notebook

Recording Outstanding Education

Volume II, No. 9


Nassau County School District continues to have positive events occurring on our campuses. Take a look at some of the things that have happened recently.

Atom Lab Escape Room

Callahan Middle School's, Mrs. Lundquist, had her 8th Grade Science Classes exploding with excitement. Students saved the world (and connected with their science content) by escaping a nuclear meltdown.

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Mighty Marching Pirates

The Mighty Marching Pirates of Ferandina Beach High School participated in the 2018 District 17 Bandmasters Association Marching Band Competition. FBHS, along with 16 other schools from Nassau and Duval County performed their 10 minute show titled “Do You Hear the People Sing?” for a panel of six judges and hundreds of spectators. The MIghty Marching Pirates show consisted of five songs from the Broadway musical, Les Miserables. The performance, under the direction of Directors Tyler Odom and Asa Jernigan, Visual Coordinator Jeanne Abrew, Color Guard Instructor Rene’ Pittman, Percussion Instructor Mike Rippstein, Director Emeritus Johnnie Robinson, along with Drum Major Alondra Vega, earned straight superior ratings the categories of music, general effect, visual, auxiliary and percussion. This is the second year in a row they have achieved this honor.


Other recent recognition for the Mighty Marching Pirates are:

  • First Coast Marching Invitational: 1st place class 2A, and 6th overall in finals
  • Panther Pride Invitational: 4th overall in prelims and finals, as well as several best in class awards.
  • Battle on the Border: 4th out of 18 bands in prelims. First place in class 1A, and Silver Division champions. Straight Superior ratings, and best in class Drum Major, Color Guard, Drum Line, and Music.


The Mighty Marching Pirate family would like to thank all of the community leaders, sponsors, volunteers and family members for making our season spectacular.

Learning is a Hoot!

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All Pro Support

Congratulations to Mrs. Angeli, Mr. LaCombe, and the Wildlight chapter of All Pro Dad! They are the proud recipients of a grant from Rayonier to support their monthly events and activities! All Pro Dad, an organization founded by Mark Merrill and supported by Tony Dungy, is on a mission to help you love and lead your family well. The monthly breakfast meetings provide a way for dads and other father figures to connect with their children in a meaningful way, forming bonds that will last a lifetime. Thank you, again, Rayonier for your support of this fantastic program at Wildlight!

Buzzing With Kindness

Thank you to Yulee High School's paraprofessional, Mrs. Ransom, for making blankets for students and homeless who are in need.

Medieval Learning

Mrs. Tracy Cruce's and Mrs. Mary Ann Salzer's Elementary Gifted classes visited the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in Orlando, Florida as part of their study of the Middle Ages. While at Medieval Times, the students toured the only permanent Medieval Village in the United States to gain a sense of what life was like during the Middle Ages. Students were then treated to an anti-bullying show focusing on the importance of treating everyone with kindness and the correct way to respond to certain situations. During the traditional jousting tournament, the students cheered their knight on to victory. It was a fun-filled day of learning that brought history to life.

Thank you, Veterans!

Southside Elementary's Music Teacher, Mrs. Foote, led the 2nd-grade students in several patriotic songs to celebrate and honor our veterans. Southside Elementary had over 75 Veterans and guests attend the program. It was a moving tribute! Thank you to all who have served and attended!

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Tropicana Speech Winners

Hilliard Elementary hosted their annual Tropicana Speech contest on October 25th. Third place went to Kacey Stewart with her speech on the responsibilities of owning a horse. Second place was Allie Mizell with a funny and informative speech on chickens. First place was Elijah Stewart with his persuasive speech on why there needs to be a soccer team at Hilliard Middle-Senior High School. Congratulations to the winners and all that participated!
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Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

The Florida Department of Education has planned for Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2019 for January 28 - February 1, 2019. The theme for this year is Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time. Schools have been encouraged to create and participate in a YouTube video contest sharing the importance of reading. Each video view will count as one vote for that school. Views are being counted until February 1, 2019. Check out the schools in Nassau County that are participating!

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