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POINTS OF PRIDE

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ending June 20, 2006 from Government Finance Officers Association awarded to dcps' Business Services department for six consecutive years. This award represents a very significant achievement and reflects Business Services commitment to the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting.
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The GRAMMY Foundation selected Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as one of its 22 GRAMMY Signature Schools for 2007
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Teach For America expands to Duval County Public Schools, with plans to bring 50 teachers to the region's highest-need schools for the 2008-2009 school year.
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The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has awarded 81 schools across the nation with the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation, and four of Duval County Public Schools are among the winners.
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DCPS was awarded participation in the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, developed by the College Board
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Superintendent Student Press Corps.
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Duval County is home to four of the nation's best high schools (Stanton 5th, Paxon 28th, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts 446th, and Mandarin 846th) according to Newsweek Magazine
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Eight Duval County public schools were recognized by the Florida Department of Education as Top Performing Schools
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Duval County is one of two communities throughout the country selected for the Pew Partnership's Learning to Finish drop-out prevention program
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Superintendent, Joseph Wise was named the 2006 Champion for Children by the HOSTS Learning Partnership.
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Forty-percent of the nation's 9th graders enrolled in AP Human Geography are Duval County students
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The College Board selected Duval County as one of three counties throughout the state for the EXCELerator Schools' Project, an initiative that promotes college going culture in schools
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Ten Duval County Schools Awarded SUCCEED Grants - Second most in the State
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Two Duval County Teachers were selected for Mars Mission Team
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8744 hard-working and dedicated teachers employed throughout the district
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Wise Guys' Book Club, a K-12 book club
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Duval County Public Schools Budget Office earned the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International's Meritorious Budget Award
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Kirby-Smith Middle School celebrated the 10th anniversary of its' Challenger Space Center
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Four 2007 graduates of Stanton Preparatory High School were named National Merit Scholars
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Patrick Gibbons, 2007 Teacher of the Year was awarded the Mary Brogan Award. Gibbons is the first male teacher and also the first Duval County school teacher chosen as the recipient of the award
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Tony Bellamy, principal of First Coast High School was named the 2006 Administrator of the Year by the Florida Art Educators Association
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Raines High School principal, Nongongoma Majova-Seane was awarded $5,000 for being selected as a semi-finalist in the 4th Annual Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award
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Mai Keisling, art and art history teacher at Paxon School for Advanced Studies was named the 2006 Art Teacher of the Year by the Florida Art Educators Association. Keisling was also named a 2007 Duval County Teacher of the Year finalist
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The Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership
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263 National Board Certified Teachers
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Windy Hill Elementary received CHILD Scholarship
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Duval County operates 100 percent best practices in educational delivery of services according to a 2003 Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) study
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The Council of Great City Schools identifies Duval County as "one of the best-run public school systems in the country"
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Two students from Douglas Anderson and Stanton College Prep are named semifinalists for the United States Presidential Scholars Program
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The Duval County School Board
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The Courageous Victim Award for Paxon School for Advanced Studies' Eula Mae Johnson
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124,945 Duval County students
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2006 Duval County Public Schools Teacher of the Year finalist: Patrick Gibbons, cluster one (winner); Mary McDougal, cluster one; Myra Wright, cluster one; Patrick M. Nolan, cluster three; Mai D. Keisling, cluster four; Sharon Abbey, cluster four
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Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Wise.
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Three $20,000 Wachovia scholarships awarded to Sallye B. Mathis Elementary students
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Ribault High School's Lady Trojans holds five consecutive state basketball championship titles
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Almost 17,000 volunteers contributed 577,000 hours of community service to Duval County Public Schools,
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Individual School-business partnerships increased to 14,000
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Duval County has received the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association
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Duval Teachers United
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The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce partnership
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Principals and business leaders benefit from Partnership to Advance School Success (PASS)
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The Teacher Supply Depot
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59 students at A. Philip Randolph Academies of Technology earned Microsoft Certified Professional credentials
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Duval County Council of PTAs/PTSAs
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Eight elementary school bands at Martin Luther King, Fishweir, Kings Trail, R. L. Brown, Enterprise Learning Academy, Lake Forest, Mandarin Oaks and Abess Park
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Ramona Boulevard Elementary earned the highest dollar amount in the country in Office Depot's 5% Back to Your Community promotion
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The first school district in the state to earn an AA bond rating
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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (DASOTA) is one of 64 schools in the nation identified as a National Leader School, a Presidential initiative which recognizes schools for excellence in service-learning, civic responsibility, and leadership
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Brentwood Elementary School is one of five Florida schools and 94 nationwide to receive the U.S. Department of Education's Title I Distinguished School Award
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www.dreamsbeginhere.org
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$1.5 million Transition to Teaching program grant
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Urban Professional Development Schools
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Palm Avenue's exceptional students' hands-on digital technology projects
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The national Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program identified Duval County as one of six exemplary school districts in the United States
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The Alliance for World Class Education
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Wachovia, The Haskell Company and Bank of America received Commissioner's Business Recognition Award
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Public is kept informed of school initiatives through Real School and School Matters programs
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Student Information Management Services (SIMS)
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Two middle school jazz bands at LaVilla School of the Arts and Southside Middle
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National PTA Reflections project
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New Century Commission on Education recommendations and final report
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47 schools earn Schools Taking Action for Reform (STAR) award
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Duval County School Board meetings are broadcast on cable access and public television stations
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FREE bus transportation provided to more than 160 public schools
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A Stanton College Prep student's artwork, The Course, became Rep. Ander Crenshaw's district winner for the 2003 High School Congressional Competition
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Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's adopted elementary schools: Hyde Park, North Shore, Holiday Hill, Brentwood and Pine Forest
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$1 million grant awarded by Department of Education to implement small learning communities
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Florida School Boards Association
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Student artwork is displayed in the Central Administration building
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The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International
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The Marine Science Education Center
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Jacksonville Urban Systemic Initiative efforts for science and mathematics educational reform
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OpenHR online employment system
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Jacksonville United Against Truancy and the Truancy Interdiction Program
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Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center's beautiful school pavilion
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Pinedale Elementary School's Green Pawns Chess Club
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Jacksonville Early College High School funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in conjunction with Florida Community College at Jacksonville
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Team Up Programs
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The "instrument zoo," courtesy of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Guild
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Annual PTA Presidents' and Principals' luncheon
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