On April 6th Orange Park Junior High Accelerated Program students used their Civics training to present community problem solutions to judges as part of the academic competition, Project Citizen sponsored by Florida Law Related Education Association, Inc.
Topics chosen include reducing stray animal populations through education of trap-neuter-release initiatives, tackling suicide through teacher intervention training and developing energy conservation through a program for high school-age students that brings energy experts to the schools promoting conscious efforts to minimize wasted electricity.
Students have worked since August choosing topics, researching, interviewing area experts, conducting surveys, and designing their class-wide alternatives. State statutes and local ordinances were evaluated and action plans were developed through analysis and creativity. One project will be sent to the Florida House of Representatives to represent Clay County at the state showcase competition.
During the month of March, members of Orange Park Junior High's National Junior Honor Society raised $507 in donations to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association as part of their annual shamrocks campaign.
In this their final community service effort during their two years at OPJH the students pulled out all stops, going further than any previous such campaign at the school.
On March 18th, Jenna McHardy was honored at the state conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for having the best 7th grade essay in the state! 50 DAR chapters participated in this year's conference but Jenna beat them all. Henna is a student in the Accelerated Studies Program at Orange Park Junior High School. For her fine writing she received a medal, a certificate and a check for $250. Lana Peyton, an 8th grader also in the Orange Park Junior High Accelerated Studies Program took third place for the state level 8th graders, beating 47 others! Both girls responded to this year's essay theme by writing a journal style essay highlighting an adventure in one of our National Parks. Jenna chose Acadia National Park as she originally came from the northeast. Lana chose Mesa Verde and says she fell in love with the park as she learned more about it.
Jenna traveled to Orlando to receive the award, cheered on with her parents, grandparents and teacher, Cynthia Cheatwood, in attendance. She will find out in the next couple of weeks if her essay earned any further recognition as it goes on to national competition.
Both Jenna and Lana will be guests at the April meeting of the Sophia Fleming Chapter of the DAR where each will read their essays to a room packed with DAR members. For Lana this will be her second time representing the school as it winner because she was the 7th grade winner last year. For Jenna it may be the first of many such accolades to come.
Anne O'Renick with Justice Pariente during Florida Justice Teaching Institute in Tallahassee last week.
Clay County District Schools Superintendent Addison Davis was at OPJH yesterday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2017 Wes Whiddon Invitational Baseball/Softball Tournament.
FREE FHSAA Physicals will be given at OPHS on April 22nd.
Students receiving a physical that day will be good for all sports next year at OPJH or OPHS.
OPJ is having a Writer's Workshop this Saturday, February 25th from 9:00 - 11:00 to help students on the FSA Writes. If you are interested in having your student attend, stop by the front office to sign up with Mrs. Spivey or Mr. De Jesus by Friday, February 24th.
Students are taking the FSA Writes on Tuesday, February 28. Please have your student at school on time and ready to write
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