Nassau Notebook

Recording Outstanding Education

Volume III, No. 18

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.


🎶 Gathering on the Green 🎶

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If you didn’t make it out to Gathering on the Green, you missed a great event! Great food, great weather, and great music filled the lawn in front of our historic District Office. The best part of the evening, we raised over $800 for arts in Nassau County Schools!

Nassau County School District to Host Annual Reverse Job Fair on April 3, 2020

On Friday, April 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Nassau County School District will host the area’s third annual Reverse Job Fair at the Lewis “Red” Bean Nassau Technical Center on the FSCJ Campus in Yulee. Last year’s event drew approximately 250 jobseekers and over 45 hiring managers and the event planners are working hard to improve upon last year’s success.

For those not familiar with the concept, a “Reverse Job Fair” is exactly what you might guess. Job seekers are stationed throughout the room, and employers work the room to meet their potential hires. It’s great for employers because the participants are all legitimate jobseekers prepared with a resume and the short introductions serve as an effective pre-screening before committing time to the formal interview process. It’s great for students and adults seeking employment for many reasons – they will meet many potential employers in a short period of time practice their formal communication skills, learn numerous opportunities in the area, and be introduced to hiring managers.

“We’re excited to bring this event to our community for another year,” said Brent Lemond, the Nassau County’s Career Education Director. “Every year we strive to grow and improve the event, and this year will be no different. We are tweaking the schedule in hopes of growing the session for adult applicants, and we are going to try a couple new marketing tactics as well. We’re proud of the event’s track record, and appreciate the continued support of our many volunteers, faculty and staff from our high schools, and local employers. We’re especially thankful that Rayonier and VyStar Credit Union are once again sponsoring the event.

To learn more, or to register as a job applicant or employer, visit

For more information on this story or any of the Nassau County School District’s Career Education Programs, contact:

Brent Lemond, Director of Career and Adult Education

(904) 548-4474 Office

(904) 548-4499 Fax


Celebrating Success

Faith Nevin, a senior at Yulee High School, has won the Amelia Island Rotary Oratorical Competition and a $500 scholarship. She will now be one of six finalists competing in the Northeast Florida Rotary Oratorical for a $5000 scholarship. Congratulations!

Providing Mental Health Support

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) is an agency that provides supportive services to persons with disabilities. This school year, a representative from APD has conducted three outreach sessions in Nassau County to provide information and help with the eligibility process for Nassau County students and their families. Thirteen families have met with the APD representative this school year. This has been accomplished only with the help of our Nassau County Mental Health Team, School Counselors, and District Office Staff that have helped share the possibilities with this agency.

Another mental health resource are the videos created by each school. Schools have created informational videos to introduce the available mental health supports at their schools. Check out their videos below!

Callahan Middle School

Fernandina Beach High School

Fernandina Beach Middle School
Hilliard Middle-Senior High School
West Nassau High School
Yulee High School
Yulee Middle School

🐝💖 Showing Hornet Love

Yulee Primary School celebrated its volunteers and thanked them for their appreciation with breakfast and treats. Volunteers are vital resources in all of our Nassau County Schools!

Oratory History

The 2020 Black History/Presidents’ Day Oratory program at Yulee Elementary School was a huge success this year! Thirty-six students, from grades 3-5, dressed as important black history people or presidents to deliver speeches in first-person. Despite having electricity issues, the students gave stellar performances for which the received an 8x10 photo of themselves and an Oscar for their performance. This is a yearly program sponsored by Mrs. Solis and the YES Enchanted Forest Library.


Mud & Mascara

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A group of ladies from Callahan Elementary School participated in the "MUD RUN" in Jacksonville to support cancer research. Their team, Mud & Mascara, joined together to conquer the cold weather, mud, and 18 obstacle courses. The event was an experience of a lifetime and many are looking forward to participating next year in the run!

Inspiring the Love of Reading

Leading by Serving

The Junior Beta Club members at Yulee Middle School participated in service projects throughout February. The 6th-grade members collected items for a local food pantry, which helps to feed over 100 families each week. The 7th and 8th graders collected items to donate to Cat's Angels and the Humane Society in an effort to help our four-legged friends. The Betas are doing an awesome job of demonstrating the club motto, "Let us lead by serving others"!

Read Across America 📚

Bryceville Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day with the help of important community members. The Winn-Dixie of Callahan donated a cake to help honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Nassau County Fire Station 60 came to read to the students, and the students even had a visit from Fancy Nancy herself to show us the power of words.


Lifelong Learning

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Two of our own Nassau County School District's Principals, Dr. Cason (Callahan Intermediate School) & Mr. Brown (Fernandina Beach Middle School), recently completed the Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy. This academy focuses on improving student learning by gaining insight into instructional leadership skills.

Marathon High 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️

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Under the guidance of Ms. H. Lynette Brosius, Yulee High School’s Marathon High Running Club has been training since October to complete in the Donna 13.1 miles (half-marathon) on February 9, 2020. Many of the students had no experience with distance running prior to joining Marathon High. Throughout the season the students and coaches ran 240.1 miles in training. This is the 9th season for YHS running club, and this season, 22 students, 4 coaches, and a parent completed 13.1 miles.

If a student participates in Marathon High ALL four years of high school, they become a Marathon High Streaker and earn a special MH hoodie. The Marathon High Streakers for the 2019-2020 year are Jade’ Graham and Raul Rodriguez. Congratulations to all!

Marathon High Members:

Row 1: Jade’ Graham, Mykenzie Walsh, Ava Burbo, Raul Rodriguez

Row 2: Meredyth Craig, Sofia Marrero, Joyce Jean Baptiste

Row 3: Michael Lynn, Katie McDowell, Savannah Currie, Alexis Nix, Cassidy Monticello, Ken Aldrich, Ian Good, Noah Smith

Row 4: Amy Grunewald, Lynette Brosius, Cole Tate, Zach Chenevert, Aiden Griffin, Sunni Jaramillo, Sigrid Ivanovic
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