STEM Fair to be Held at Palencia Elementary

The inaugural St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fair will be held at Palencia Elementary School (PES) on Saturday, May 18 from 1-5 p.m.  Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from St. Johns County elementary schools will display projects demonstrating the practices of science.  Presentations by National Geographic, Northrop Grumman and the St. Johns County Environmental Division will also take place.  
The theme for third-grade projects is “Observation Odyssey.”  Students worked in teams and were tasked with making observations in nature, keeping a journal and building a model that represented their findings.
“Invention of the Imagination” is the theme for fourth-grade projects. Students also worked in teams to design and build an invention, and then wrote a set of instructions that someone else could follow to build their invention.
The theme for fifth-grade projects is “Let’s Experiment.”  Fifth graders presenting at the fair worked in teams or as individuals to design and perform experiments following the scientific method for experimentation.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Barrington Irving will make presentations at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the PES cafeteria.  The presentations are free, but seating is limited.  Irving was raised in Miami’s inner city; surrounded by crime, poverty, and failing schools. He beat the odds to become the youngest person and only African American to fly solo around the world.  His goal is to inspire children to achieve through determination, hard work and a passion for what they want to achieve.
Northrop Grumman will host interactive displays for students focusing on robotics and lasers.  Interactive science displays by the St. Johns County Environmental Division will feature watershed projects and environmental concerns.    
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Lewis, SJCSD Elementary Science/K-12 P.E. and Health Program specialist at or (904) 547-7529.

Buy Tickets Now for Sebastian Spirit Night at Rhinos!

Join your friends at Rhino’s for an evening of safe, supervised middle school fun! Rhino’s is a great place for youth to play video games, shoot pool, dance/listen to music, eat and just have fun with friends.

May 3, 2013 6:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (VIP can stay til 11:30 p.m.)

6th– 8th graders only. Any adults who want to attend will need to be background checked (or be a teacher).
1765 Tree Blvd, Suite 4 St. Augustine, Fl. 32084
(across the street from the Cobblestone shopping center)

Entrance fee $7.00 (School earns $2.00 per ticket plus a part of the concessions)
Food items for sale: Pizza – slice $2.00
Whole cheese pizza $11
Whole Pepperoni pizza $12
Soda, chips and candy $1.00 each
50 VIP tickets @ $7.00 each will be sold in the school cafeteria April 22, 24 and 26 and in the Avid Store April 30 and May 2 or until tickets run out. VIP ticket holders will have the privilege of staying an extra hour at Rhinos. All other attendees pay $7.00 at the door and receive a blue wrist band. VIP students will present their ticket at the door and receive a yellow wrist band.

Parent pick up- 10:30 VIP 11:30

Internet Safety: Cyberbullying and Identity Theft

Internet Safety Highly Recommended by Dr. Joyner/FREE to the Public

· Over 95% of teens use social networking

· Last year over 500,000 kids had their online identity stolen

· 85% of teens have been cyber bullied at least once

· Sexting: 71% of teen girls and 67% of teen boys have participated in posting/sending sexually suggestive content.

These are only a few reasons why Dr. Joyner stresses the importance of registering for the Community Empowerment Series final event featuring Cyber Expert, Theresa Payton. Circle the date, Saturday, April 27th at Nease High School, doors open at 9:00am. You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to learn from one of the country’s leading experts regarding Internet Safety and Security. Payton was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the White House, the only female to hold that position, and is listed as the top 25 most influential people for online security.

She will be discussing cyber bullying, online identity theft, cell phone safety and other areas of cyber safety.

Online registration is recommended.


Read the latest news from SMS in the April “Eagle Eye”

click on the image to take you to a PDF of the newsletter (revised with updated graduation date)



FCAT is fast approaching and we are working very diligently to secure proctors for all our classrooms. As a school, we afford every testing room a proctor. As a proctor, you will not be administering the test, but instead, serve as a second set of eyes in the classroom.
We need proctors for each day of FCAT testing. If you or a family member are available to proctor for one or more days, please consider giving your time. We would greatly appreciate any time you can volunteer to support the students of Sebastian Middle School.

To sign up to be an FCAT proctor, please visit

All FCAT proctors must be approved volunteers. To register as an approved volunteer, please visit

Thank you!
Ted Banton
Assistant Principal | Sebastian Middle School
AVID District Director | St. Johns County School District

Your Suggestions Wanted!

Do you have ideas about how to make Sebastian Middle a better place to learn? Dr. Joyner has asked each school’s administration and PTO to gather feedback and share it with him. If you’d like to send your suggestions and thoughts, we’ll pass it along. Just email and let us know what you think.

BULLYING PREVENTION – Free Event with Leading Parenting and Bullying Prevention Expert Dr. Michele Borba

BULLYING PREVENTION Event with Leading Parenting and Bullying Prevention Expert, Dr. Michele Borba. Sign Up NOW! Space is limited! Don’t miss this opportunity.

Did you know one in three children admit to being bullied? Be in the know!

Register online at

Bullying Speaker_Michelle Borba


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