Nassau Notebook

Recording Outstanding Education

Volume II, No. 15

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.


Preparing Future Educators

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Aspiring educators at Yulee High School are participating in a new opportunity lead by Mrs. Van Delinder. She is teaching a dual enrollment course, Introduction to Education, for juniors and seniors interested in teacher. Yulee High School is the only high school offering this education class in Florida State College of Jacksonville.

The students will complete 18 hours of field experience in the elementary and middle schools, listen to guest speakers, and complete the college curriculum. Mrs. Van Delinder stated, "I'm so excited about the opportunity to teach this course. We're certainly hopeful that this will help Nassau County in preparing future teachers."

Trophies for Yulee High School students


Nassau County’s Future Business Leaders of America students competed at the District IV competition held on January 18th at the FSCJ Kent Campus in Jacksonville. 42 Nassau County students placed first in their individual or team events and 27 students placed second. Many of these students will compete at the state competition in Orlando in late March.

The school district’s scope of FBLA reach continues to grow. Fernandina Beach Middle School launched their first chapter this year. Despite being a small chapter, they managed to produce three district champions and three runners-up. The district now has four high school chapters and three middle school chapters, a steady increase from 7 years ago when only two schools had chapters. The district also broke new ground by launching a multi-school chapter so that students from the Institute for Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship program could compete as a team. The Entrepreneurship program is based at the Lewis “Red” Bean Nassau Technical Career Center and students from any Nassau County school may enroll.

The trophies above are from the winning students at Yulee High School. The following list indicates the district’s champions, their school, and events:

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Fishing for New Strategies

Mrs. Drake at Yulee High School presents a new AVID strategy at each monthly faculty meeting. In January, the Hornet team practiced a double fishbowl. Using "Make Your Bed," the faculty members practiced the strategy. Faculty members then implement the strategy in their classrooms during the month, document how it was used, and then reflect on the outcomes.

Amelia Island Book Festival Happenings

Winning Warriors

The Amelia Island Book Festival held a writing contest for Nassau County high school students. Students at West Nassau High School were recognized for their talents.

  • Tala Mellecker won for Best Allegory and Symbolism.
  • Emily Lefebvre was awarded for Best Social Awareness Story.
  • Corey Scarborough earned Second Place for the entire contest.

The students did great work on their essays and were very creative with the stories they told. Their work will be published by the Amelia Island Book Festival and the students will be awarded at the festival in February.

Published Ramblers

Congratulations to the following Callahan Middle School students for being selected to have their short stories published by the Amelia Island Book Festival!
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Hornet Champs!

Congratulations to Yulee High School's Coach Iverson and the Girls' Weightlifting team for becoming the Girls' Weightlifting District Champs!

Winning Ramblers

Congratulations to Callahan Middle School's Geography Bee Winners!

  • 1st place - Caleb Bryant
  • 2nd place- Alec Koci
  • 3rd place - Jace Gray


Literacy Week

A huge congratulations to West Nassau High School and Bryceville Elementary School for being 3rd place winners in the 2019 Celebrate Literacy Week Video Contest!
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Doorway Readings

Teachers and classes at Wildlight Elementary decorated their classroom doors showcasing their favorite books, book quotes, and much more!
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Hornets Buzzing with Reading

The Journalism Students at Yulee Middle School compiled a slide show of students reading around campus.


Helping Others

Washington County AVID reached out to AVID Sister schools requesting relief items to distribute to the thousands of students still without homes due to Hurricane Michael. Over the course of about 6 weeks, items were donated from the Callahan community, sorted, boxed and loaded into vans. West Nassau High School's AVID students then transported 2 vans full of food, health & beauty aids, water, and school supplies and delivered them to Washington County to assist the families and students in need from their neighboring communities.

Rebuilding Libraries

The AVID students at Yulee Middle School held a book drive in order to collect books to send to the Panhandle. These books will help rebuild libraries that were destroyed by hurricane Michael.
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