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2022

  • September

    Science on a CELL-ular Level

    by Michael Porter
    Our 6th graders are learning about plant and animal cells. Our science experts have devised some clever ways for the students to get some "hands on" experiences with the subject.
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  • They Were People Like Us

    by Michael Porter
    Fourth grade students are learning that the American Revolution was fought by individuals who had different ways of thinking. The Loyalists favored remaining under the rule of King George III, while the Patriots were for separating from the British Crown and establishing their own nation under their own rule.
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  • Prints of Plants

    by Michael Porter
    Printmaking is a multi-step, and potentially messy, process that artists have practiced for many years. Art Specialist Alli Flores has her 3rd-graders working through the steps to produce some fantastic art!
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  • Flash Drafts!

    by Michael Porter
    Writing is one of the most important proficiencies to master. Learning to express yourself clearly, and in a way that is interesting for others to read, is a necessary life skill.
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  • August

    Basic Skills Before Big Things

    by Michael Porter
    When your child is learning to walk, he or she begins with baby steps. For more complex tasks, there are many more “baby steps” to learn before mastery takes place.
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  • Glad to Be Back at School

    by Michael Porter
    On August 10, our students returned for the first day of the 2022-2023 school year. You could see the happiness on the faces of the children as well as the adults.
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  • April

    5th Graders Love Ice Cream!

    by Michael Porter
    Fifth-grade teacher Dona Kenny’s class recently participated in a chilling activity in her science class.
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  • Greek for the Day

    by Michael Porter
    The skies may have been cloudy, but that didn't hold back the excitement and enthusiasm as the 5th graders from competed in their annual Greek Olympics.
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  • Singin' in the Rainforest

    by Michael Porter
    Our first graders turned their learning about rainforests into a musical event, Singing in the Rainforest. Students sang, danced, and played instruments to bring the mystery and beauty of the rainforest into a colorful and entertaining show.
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  • March

    6th Graders Give TED Talks!

    by Michael Porter
    The 6th graders have completed a non-fiction research project, and the culminating activity is a presentation to their classmates in the style of a TED talk.
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  • 6th Graders Joust! Before a Live Audience

    by Michael Porter
    At JCDS, art often follows fact. The 6th grade show Joust! was a jolly funny showcase of live music, singing, theatrics, and clever plot and dialogue. The show came on the heels of the students' unit on medieval Europe in their Global Studies class.
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  • Discovering the World of the Small

    by Michael Porter
    Fourth grade students got a surprising but rewarding experience in the science lab when they peered closely into a drop of water from the canal behind JCDS.
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  • February

    3rd Graders Build Factories

    by Michael Porter
    Lessons about the industrial revolution and simple machines turned out to be quite a challenging and rewarding project for our 3rd graders.
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  • 5 One-tank Trips to Take During Black History Month

    by Natalie Jackson
    One of the best ways to learn about history is to immerse yourself in the places where history has taken place. As we recognize Black History Month, our faculty, staff and parents have compiled this list of  “One Tank Trips” to places in and around Jacksonville that help to teach the story about Black America in the South. 
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  • Our 4th Graders Can Rock!

    by Michael Porter
    The 4th graders presented the show Rock and Roll Forever as a culmination to their Deep Dive in Music.
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  • January

    1st Graders Create Shadowboxes

    by Michael Porter
    The 1st graders combined connections, science, and artistry to create shadowboxes in the MakerSpace.
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  • Get Your Child Talking After School

    by Liz McNairy, School Counselor
    The infamous conversation heard at the end of the school day: 
    Parent: “How was your day?”
    Child: “Good.”
    Parent: “What did you learn?”
    Child: “Nothing.”
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