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AP Government Students Honored at Federal Court House

December 2, 2019

Emily Farmer’s AP Government classes recently participated in an essay contest held by The U.S. Middle District Court of Florida. Out of more than 100 essays submitted by area students, Mark Mori ’20 placed first. Ella George ’20 tied for third and Mabel Smith ’20 finished in the top ten. Students were honored at a ceremony… Continue Reading

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School and Episcopal School of Jacksonville FAQs

November 22, 2019

CULTURE AND CAMPUS Q: I signed up for St. Mark’s, not Episcopal. What makes Episcopal so special and will my child receive the same experience we originally chose for him or her when we enrolled at St. Mark’s? A: Episcopal’s objective is to provide greater resources to the St. Mark’s campus, including academic rigor, fine… Continue Reading

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College Counseling: Beyond the Basics Series Kicks Off

November 19, 2019

College Counseling and the Parents’ Association hosted the first of four special interest sessions Thursday evening as part of the College Counseling: Beyond the Basics series. This first session, Less Stress, More Gain: Maintaining Mental Health and Wellness through the College Process and Beyond to College featured panelists Amy Burrows Perkins ’92, ESJ Director of Student… Continue Reading

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New Leadership Appointments at Episcopal

November 19, 2019

Dear Episcopal School of Jacksonville Community, I am very pleased to share with you several exciting leadership appointments which will support the growth and culture of excellence of our school. All of these individuals are committed educators and experienced administrators who are dedicated to our great school’s mission. Most importantly, their love for, and commitment… Continue Reading

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Julia Kagiliery ’21 First ESJ Student Published in Science Journal

November 12, 2019

Junior Julia Kagiliery is in her second year Marion Zeiner’s science research class. During the spring semester last year Julia found a researcher at Texas Tech, Dr. David Weindorf, who helped her analyze her experimental samples and offered her the opportunity to work in his lab this past summer. Julia and Dr. Weindorf collected coal… Continue Reading

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Students Learn from Peers through “Eagles for Eagles” Program

November 8, 2019

Eagles for Eagles (E4E) is a student-initiated and student-led program within Eagle Ambassadors. Its purpose is to develop a supportive mentoring relationship between Upper School students and Middle School students. Every 7th-grade advisory has four Eagle Ambassadors that serve as mentors for their advisory, meeting with them, answering questions, and giving advice. E4E’s began as… Continue Reading

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Economics Students Present Urban Plans

November 8, 2019

Nine teams of juniors and seniors in Perry Walthour’s Economics class presented their redevelopment vision to a fictitious city council made up of Urban Land Institute (ULI) volunteers. Two concurrent city councils were held on Friday, November 8, producing a winning development team from each council. The winning teams are: BONK’D Development with Holly Hardman,… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Fund Chairs and Parent Reps

October 29, 2019

Episcopal Fund Parent Campaign Supporter List 2019-2020 Parent Donors   Episcopal Fund Parent Chairs 2019-2020 New Parent Chairs – Suzanne and Jason Burhyte ’93 Middle School Chairs – Katherine and Chris Rabil Upper School Chairs – Kim and Dan Goodman Class of 2020 Parent Chairs – Lara and Bob Leinenweber Episcopal Fund Parent Reps 2019-2020… Continue Reading

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Episcopal and The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to Partner for Arts

October 15, 2019

Episcopal School of Jacksonville’s Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. This year’s partnership will include an evening entitled “Midsummer at the Cummer,” a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Episcopal students and performed in the Cummer’s gardens. This event will also… Continue Reading

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Global Learning Programs Offer Opportunities for All

September 30, 2019

ESJ’s Institute of Global Learning will be offering five wonderful, life-changing experiences this summer for students, and one for the entire Episcopal community.  For those students interested in traveling to Europe, the Spanish Exchange and Romans & Britain trip are both being offered in June. The Spanish Exchange travels to Zaragoza and Barcelona, Spain every… Continue Reading

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Students Inducted into National Honor Society

September 25, 2019

Selected seniors and juniors were inducted into the Aerie Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on Tuesday during a special ceremony in the Munnerlyn Center. NHS accepts students who have demonstrated excellence in the following areas: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS recognizes students for their accomplishments and challenges participants to develop further through… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Hosts Guest Artists Ashley Weldon and Chrys Rowe 

September 25, 2019

Fine Arts recently welcomed two guest artists to campus. On Thursday, September 16, Episcopal’s Technical Theatre department hosted a workshop on “Stage Managing a Musical, ” presented by Ashley Weldon. Ashley is an accomplished stage manager who currently serves as the Event Coordinator at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Wilson Center for the Arts and… Continue Reading

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Honor and Discipline Council 2019-2020

September 18, 2019

Honor Council 2019-2020 12th Grade Ellie Riggs– President Ashton Body– Vice President Abby Donahoo– Secretary Jackson Jones– Sergeant at Arms Justin Aho Kristin Taylor  11th Grade Daniel Cooper Jordan Harrow Kieran Nicholson Taylor Wells 10th Grade Jake Barker Julia Polster Andrew Velarde Discipline Council 2019-2020 12th Grade Anna Donahoo– President Carrisa Iszard– Secretary Ally Raudenbush–… Continue Reading

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Thank You to Episcopal Fund Parent Volunteers!

September 17, 2019

The Episcopal Fund six-week parent campaign has officially started and runs September 16 through October 25. Your gift to our annual fund will help to provide excellence across our Four Pillars, and supports every student and teacher on campus. Thank you to our Episcopal Fund Parent Chairs and our 60 parent representatives. Episcopal Fund Parent… Continue Reading

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Hurricane Dorian Update: Thursday, September 5

September 5, 2019

Dear Episcopal Students and Parents, We hope you have made it through the storm with minimal damage and have been able to return safely if you needed to evacuate. Today we completed a thorough assessment of campus to ensure its safety, and began to clean up. We feel very blessed that Episcopal was spared any… Continue Reading

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New Softball Facility Named in Honor of Farley Callaghan

August 27, 2019

Episcopal thanks the Callaghan family for their Lead the Way campaign contribution in support of the softball program. Charles and Rushton Haskell Callaghan ’82 named the new softball facility in honor of their daughter Farley, who attended Episcopal as a member of the Class of 2017. Farley played softball at Episcopal and now plays for… Continue Reading

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Student Government Installed

August 27, 2019

The 2019-2020 Episcopal Student Government was installed on Monday, August 26 in the Munnerlyn Center. Alumna Randy Poitevent DeFoor ’82 gave the remarks, sharing her experience as student body president and explaining how the leadership opportunities she experienced at Episcopal shaped her own life. The Student Government Cabinet includes President: Lizzie Conklin ’20; Vice President: Jake Murphy… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Theme 2019-2020 – Timeless

August 21, 2019

A note from the Director of Fine Arts Most things in life are fleeting. We all know this and we experience it everyday. Developments or events that are significant in the moment but hardly memorable in the future. In fashion, bell bottoms were fleeting, but the little black dress? Timeless. In technology the palm pilot… Continue Reading

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Renovated Girls’ Locker Room Dedicated 

August 7, 2019

The girls’ locker room in the Semmes Gym was renovated over the summer and was dedicated today in appreciation of the Hakimian family’s support of the school. The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School, spoke at the dedication. Athletic Department staff and current and former Girls Volleyball and Basketball team members were also in attendance.… Continue Reading

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Eagles Serving Jacksonville Helps at Seven Non-Profits 

August 6, 2019

Ms. Andrea Rizzi, Associate Director of College Counseling, and Ms. Stephanie Schuster, College Counseling Assistant, and ten students served those in need in the Jacksonville community last week as part of the Eagles Serving Jacksonville back yard service trip. The group volunteered at seven different non-profit organizations, including Church Without Walls, Eden’s Garden (a project… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

August 5, 2019

Episcopal welcomes 13 new faculty members and five new staff members to campus this year. In addition, several returning faculty and staff will hold new positions at ESJ. New faculty and staff were on campus last Friday for training and orientation activities. Faculty Dawn Adams – Dance Director B.A. Performing Arts – St Mary’s of… Continue Reading

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Kiara Wessling, Lastinger Summer Scholar, Visits Senegal 

August 1, 2019

by Kiara Wessling World Languages, Director of Global Learning I was incredibly fortunate to travel to Senegal with a group of other French teachers from across the United States with funding from the Lastinger Summer Scholars Fund. Going to Africa has long been a dream of mine, but with my position as both French instructor… Continue Reading

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2019 Fall Sport Tryout/Practice Start Dates

July 24, 2019

NOTE: All participants must have a completed physical (EL2) and consent (EL3) in the Athletic Office BEFORE you may participate. Please contact Mary Krombach in the Athletic Office at [email protected] if you have questions.   SPORT STARTING DATE TIME LOCATION HEAD COACH Cheerleading (Varsity) August 5 3:45p   Langford Track Melissa Durso [email protected] 904-406-0013 Cheerleading… Continue Reading

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New Members Join Episcopal Boards for 2019-2020

July 24, 2019

Helen C. Rowan, longtime trustee and parent of three ESJ alumni, will serve as Episcopal’s new Chair of the Board of Trustees this year. Helen follows David C. Hodges ’90, who served as Chair from 2016-2019. “I am immensely humbled and honored to support the school in its mission and to work closely with The… Continue Reading

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Important Announcement from Episcopal School of Jacksonville and St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School

June 26, 2019

Dear Episcopal School of Jacksonville and St. Mark’s Communities: As Head of School for Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ), Chairman of the Board of Trustees for St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (SMEDS), and Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, we are pleased to share with you today that we have agreed to discuss the possibility… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Takes Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

June 24, 2019

Episcopal had 19 students and four chaperones travel to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, from June 16-21 on a mission trip. The group stayed at Comunidad Christiana, a church in Arecibo. The team was divided into four work teams, along with other teenagers from a church in Minnesota. The groups served the community from 10:00 a.m. to… Continue Reading

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Global Learning Programs Visit Italy, China, and France

June 12, 2019

Episcopal’s Global Learning Programs kicked off the summer with trips to China, Italy, and France. Students on the trip to Italy are focusing on photography and art, attending the Biennale in Venice, visiting Florence, Cinque Terre, and Milan. Students were able to process their film at an art school in Florence, see the Boboli Gardens, Uffizi, Accademia… Continue Reading

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In Memoriam: John W. Donahoo Jr., Trustee Emeritus

June 11, 2019

John Donahoo Jr., Trustee Emeritus, passed away May 28, 2019. A steadfast supporter of the school, he was beloved by those he knew professionally and personally. His servant’s heart for his family, friends, community, and the Episcopal Church guided a life devoted to the love and care of others. John was, among many honors, a… Continue Reading

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Tracy Jester and Kate Wallis ’01 Named Davis Award Winners

May 30, 2019

The Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching was given to Kate Wallis ’01 for Upper School and Tracy Jester for Middle School at the end-of-year faculty celebration luncheon on May 30. Tracy Jester is a Physical Education instructor and the Associate Director of Honor Education. She has worked at Episcopal since 2002. In addition to… Continue Reading

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22 Legacy Alumni Seniors Graduate

May 22, 2019

Episcopal graduated 22 legacy alumni on Saturday. Alumni and their graduating seniors were invited to a special breakfast Saturday morning before Commencement at the Alumni House. Photos are on Flickr. Legacy Alumni Include: Jack and David Barksdale ’84 Stela and Brett Chepenik ’90 Zoe and Charles Cobb ’83 Cole Crane and Dianne Morse ’77 Kirby,… Continue Reading

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Jennie Rankin ’89 Nominated for The Guardian Award by Amaria Simmons ’19

May 21, 2019

At Senior Honors Convocation on May 17, science teacher Jennie Rankin ’89 was named the 2019 Guardian Award winner. Ms. Rankin was nominated by senior Amaria Simmons. In her nomination of Ms. Rankin, Amaria wrote “I consider her my guardian is because of the constant positivity that she brings into my life. There are so… Continue Reading

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Awards Presented at Senior Honors Convocation

May 21, 2019

Episcopal held Senior Honors Convocation for the Class of 2019 on Friday, May 17. The following awards were presented to seniors: Scholarship Awards Parents’ Association Service Scholarship: The PAS Scholarship is awarded to recognize exemplary community service. The Parents’ Association provides a grant for the scholarship. Anna Shepherd and Xander Magevney Yvonne L. and Monique… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Names New Trustee Emeritus and Honorary Trustees

May 15, 2019

The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School, hosted a special Board of Trustees dinner in the Berg Gallery of the Munnerlyn Center for Worship and Fine Arts on Tuesday, May 14. At the dinner three trustees were honored for their service and dedication to the school with honorary and emeritus designations, which are the highest… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Awards and Inductions

May 13, 2019

On Thursday, May 9, at the Inaugural Fine Arts Awards and Inductions Ceremony, the Fine Arts Department presented annual fine arts awards recognizing students for excellence in all disciplines of fine arts, as well as inductions into the National Art Honor Society, the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, Tri-M Music Honor society and the… Continue Reading

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Middle School Recognitions Given in Chapel May 8

May 8, 2019

On Wednesday, May 8, academic, fine arts, and athletic recognitions were presented to Middle School students in Chapel, including eighth-grade Presidential Awards, Honors and Head of School lists, the Mary of Bethany Award, the Katharine K. Zambetti Christian Service Award, and The Great Oak Award of Distinction. Middle School Recognition Spring Sports 2019 Athletic Awards… Continue Reading

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Timothy Award Presented to Carolyn Tuttle ’03

May 8, 2019

Carolyn Tuttle ’03, Director of Choral Music, was named the 2019 recipient of Episcopal’s Timothy Award in Chapel today. “Carolyn truly has a servant’s heart,” said The Rev. Teresa Seagle, School Chaplain. “She leads her students to use their gifts and talents for the sake of others. When someone is in need, she is the… Continue Reading

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John Ryan Coaching Award Winners

May 8, 2019

The Excellence in Coaching Award was established in 1992 by then-athletic director, John Ryan. The award was renamed the John Ryan Excellence in Coaching Award in 1999 in Coach Ryan’s memory. This award recognizes the coach whose team reaches their potential in an environment that values and teaches leadership, performance, self-discipline, integrity, and teamwork. This… Continue Reading

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Senior Athletic Banquet and Awards

May 8, 2019

This past Sunday at the Senior Athletic Banquet, the Athletic Department presented the annual athletic awards traditionally bestowed upon seniors. The awards presented were the Peter Ober Sportsmanship Award, The Athlete-Scholar Award, Best Athlete in a Single Sport, and the Best All-Around Athlete. Boosters, which hosted the banquet, also presented the Senior Choice Award, JT… Continue Reading

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Tabitha Hung ’22 Wins Bryan Library’s Reader-of-the-Year Award

May 8, 2019

by Lori Sackman, Director of Library Services Three hundred and sixty-five books. . . that’s how many books Tabitha Hung ’22 has read (so far) from the Bryan library collection since school started in August! This number doesn’t include those books she has read for her classes. It also doesn’t include books she has checked… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Chapel Theme: “He is Worthy”

May 7, 2019

Fine Arts Chapel occurred on May 1 in the newly dedicated Deming Theatre. Music, theatre, dance, visual arts students, and technicians all played an integral role in the special Chapel service, which was themed “He is Worthy.” Senior Gracie Guy began Chapel with a performance about being a Christian and an artist. Senior dancers then… Continue Reading

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History Students Create Museum of American Transformation

May 7, 2019

Mrs. Farmer and Mrs. Herford’s United States History classes presented the “Museum of American Transformation: America in the 1960s and 1970s” this week. This mock-exhibition opening was the culmination of a weeks-long Project-Based Learning assignment. Project-Based Learning is a learner-centered technique that poses challenging questions, gives students choice in their topic, encourages sustained inquiry and… Continue Reading

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Upper School Awards Presented May 2

May 7, 2019

Upper School academic awards were presented on Thursday, May 2. Recognitions included academic department awards, Presidential awards (GPA 3.5 and higher), and College Book Awards, as well as the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and Rensselaer Medal. US Academic Course Awards List: May 2 US Academic Awards Presidential Award Upper School 2019 College Book… Continue Reading

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Class of 2019 College Acceptances

May 3, 2019

Members of the Class of 2019 will be attending more than 80 different schools after graduating from Episcopal, and were accepted into more than 200 colleges and universities located around the world, including the following: University of Alabama at Birmingham Alabama State University The University of Alabama Albany State University Alfred University Allegheny College American… Continue Reading

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Munnerlyn Theatre Dedicated in Honor of Sally Deming

May 1, 2019

More than 200 alumni, parents of alumni, and current and former faculty and staff honored longtime theatre teacher and former Director of Fine Arts Sally Maguire Deming by naming the Munnerlyn Center Theatre for her at a special dedication ceremony last Friday night. The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School, blessed the newly named theatre… Continue Reading

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Clare Gebert Berry ‘73 Named Alumna of the Year

May 1, 2019

The Alumnus of the Year Award is given during Reunion Weekend to an alumnus who has consistently provided exemplary service to Episcopal by enhancing the mission, success, stature, and well-being of the school. Episcopal’s incoming Alumni Board President Heather Rainey Moseley ‘88 announced the 2018-2019 Alumna of the Year award winner, Clare Gebert Berry ‘73,… Continue Reading

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Track & Field Heads to Regional Meet

April 17, 2019

Last Friday the boys’ and girls’ track teams competed in the district tournament and advanced numerous athletes to the regional meet. Finishing second overall, the girls’ team advanced the following to regionals: Gabi Carter ’19 – first in high jump; Caroline Johnston ’19 – first in triple jump and first in long jump; Reagan Rawls ’21 –… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Holds Cum Laude Society Induction

April 10, 2019

Episcopal inducted new student members of the Cum Laude Society on Monday, April 8, during a special ceremony in the Munnerlyn. Kevin Chinoy ’86, Freestyle Picture Company, gave the remarks. Kevin’s projects have played at major movie festivals around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and Tribeca. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement for… Continue Reading

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Spring Band Concert Recap; Photos on Flickr

April 8, 2019

On Thursday, March 28, Episcopal hosted the 2019 Spring Band Concert, an evening of wind ensemble and chamber music. The program included a variety of new wind ensemble music, bringing energy and excitement to the stage, as well as chamber music where students performed in small groups. The Middle School Concert Band, comprised of seventh… Continue Reading

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Honors Science Students Win at State Competition

April 2, 2019

Eight students from the Honors Science Seminar earned cash prizes and place awards in the categories of Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Plant Sciences at the state science fair last week, where more than 850 students from public and private schools from Florida competed. Participants included Jake Barker ’22, Sally Barksdale ’21,… Continue Reading

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AP Drawing Portfolio Senior Spotlight: Daniella Teixeira 

April 2, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea called a concentration. Daniella Teixeira has been a part of the Fine Arts Department since… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Gracie Mickler

March 5, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea called a concentration. Gracie Mickler has been a part of the Fine Arts Department since… Continue Reading

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Rowing Christens Three New Boats Thanks to Donors

February 27, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Episcopal Rowing has added three new boats to the team’s fleet. The boats were dedicated on Saturday, February 23. The new boats will be named the Arthur F. Peterson, the Ann Campbell-Hays, and the Eagle Pride. At the event, Program Director and Head Coach Mike Alton thanked the rowing… Continue Reading

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Students Visit U.S. Federal Courthouse

February 26, 2019

AP U.S. Government & Politics students visited the Bryan Simpson U.S. Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville on Wednesday last week to get an inside look at the process for citizenship and an increased understanding of the Department of Justice. The students took a citizenship test and heard from an immigration officer on the process of becoming… Continue Reading

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ESJ Holds NJHS Induction Ceremony

February 20, 2019

Episcopal held an induction ceremony for National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) on Thursday, February 15, in the Munnerlyn Center. ESJ NJHS officers include: Co-presidents–Andrew Velarde ’22 and Grace Burhyte ’22; Vice President–Katie McCawley ’22; Co-secretaries–Hannah Logullo ’22 and Amelia Haynes ’22; Treasurer–Mary Emma Cook ’22. Faculty members Jhan Shaaber and Brenda Vermillion serve as the… Continue Reading

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ESJ holds Saturday Service Day  

February 13, 2019

Saturday Service Day was held February 9. Students played kickball with Daniel Kids, and North Florida School of Special Education students worked with an ESJ buddy to Rock, Roll, and Run for Fun on the Langford Track. Wounded Warriors enjoyed flag football and lunch. Student volunteers manned tables that offered activities for different groups: Art Club –… Continue Reading

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Middle School Students Recognized for Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics  

February 13, 2019

Middle School students were recognized last week for accomplishments in Fine Arts, Athletics, and academics. Academics Head of School Honor QTR2  Honors QTR2-2018-19 Athletics Students were honored for being a captain, playing on a JV or Varsity team, and for different awards, such as MVP and character. 2018-2019 Fall Middle School Athletic Recognition 2018-2019-Winter-Sports-Middle-School-Athletics Fine… Continue Reading

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Students Recognized with Portfolio and Gold Key Scholastic Awards

February 12, 2019

Several Episcopal students were recognized as regional portfolio and Gold Key winners from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Each Gold Key is equivalent to a $5,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), a Silver Key portfolio is $5,000, and a Gold Key portfolio is $10,000. All Gold Key winners go on to… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Courtney Kurlas ’19

February 12, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea called a concentration. Courtney Kurlas has been a part of the Episcopal Art Department since… Continue Reading

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Health, Safety, and Well-Being ESJ Parent Resources

February 1, 2019

Relationship Resources One Love Parent PowerPoint Parents Workshop Monique Burr Grade 6, Lesson 1 Parent Information  Monique Burr Grade 7, Lesson 1 Parent Information Monique Burr Grade 8, Lesson 1 Parent Information Monique Burr Foundation One Love Foundation Preventing Sexual Harassment at School Other Resources How to Talk About Suicide with Your Teen Helpful Links… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Caroline Johnston

January 28, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea called a concentration. Caroline Johnston ’19 has been a part of the Art Department since… Continue Reading

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Helpful Links To Talk About School Shootings

January 18, 2019

National Association of School Counselors: Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers American Psychological Association: In the Aftermath of a Shooting The National Center for Child Trauma Stress: Tips for Parents and Caregivers on Media Coverage of Traumatic Events Parents.com: School Shootings: The Conversation You Need to Have with Your Kids Continue Reading

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Grandparents’ Day 2019 Schedule

January 16, 2019

Grandparents’ Day Friday, January 25, 2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 10:00 a.m. Registration and Welcome Reception at the Munnerlyn Center Berg Gallery 10:20 a.m. Theatre Doors Open 10:40 a.m. Student Performances in the Munnerlyn Center Theatre 11:30 a.m. Lunch with your grandchildren in the Buck Student Center RSVP by January 18, 2019 to Jennifer Windley at… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Juliana DiFilippo

January 15, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea, called a concentration. Students create an artist statement that describes and explains their body of… Continue Reading

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Ashton Body ’20 Presents at Mayo Clinic Symposium

December 11, 2018

Junior Ashton Body had the honor of presenting her scientific research abstract at the eighth Mayo Clinic Symposium on Tumor Microenvironment and Cancer Therapeutics December 9-10. Ashton worked throughout the summer and into the school year at the Mayo Clinic to develop skills in laboratory techniques, to gain medical knowledge, and to conduct her own investigation of… Continue Reading

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Thespian Troupe Wins Superior at Districts

December 11, 2018

ESJ’s Thespian Troupe competed at districts this weekend with a one-act, “Chalk,” and received the highest rating of Superior. The storytelling piece was written by Al Letson, the American poet, playwright, performer, journalist, and radio and podcast host, and directed by Barbara Colaciello of Babs’Lab, which is part of the CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville.… Continue Reading

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Cheerleaders Receive Lisa Lampe Rogers ’85 Excellence in Cheer Award

December 11, 2018

Cheerleaders Reagan Rawls ’21 and Madison Clark ’20 were recently awarded the newly established Lisa Lampe Rogers ’85 Excellence in Cheer Award. Lisa Lampe Rogers ’85 cheered for the Eagles in the 1980s. After graduating from Episcopal in 1985, Lisa faithfully served Episcopal in many ways, including serving on the Alumni Board for six years. She gave tours… Continue Reading

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Rebecca Hoadley Studies with Internationally Known Artist

December 11, 2018

Fine Arts instructor Rebecca Hoadley was able to spend the month of November studying with world-renowned full-time artist Felicia Forte. Hoadley was accepted for private instruction out of a pool of many applicants. Felicia has been shown nationally and internationally, including the BP Portrait Award in 2015 and now 2018 for which she is shortlisted… Continue Reading

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Knight Sports Campus Adds Cross Country Race Thanks to Lead the Way Campaign

November 13, 2018

The Knight Sports Campus played host to the Episcopal Middle School 3K on Friday, September 7. The inaugural meet held on the newly minted course welcomed 200 athletes from 10 schools for the occasion. The Knight Sports Campus was the perfect location for this race thanks to the Lead the Way Campaign. In addition to… Continue Reading

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Economics Students Present Urban Plans

November 6, 2018

Economics students presented their Urban Plan projects on Monday to professionals from different real estate, legal and city organizations from around Jacksonville. During their presentations, student development teams responded to a Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of a blighted site in the fictional city of Yorktown. Each team member assumed one of five roles in their private, for­… Continue Reading

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Message Regarding Tree Of Life Congregation Tragedy

October 31, 2018

You shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 Dear Episcopal Community, This weekend we were startled by yet another act of hate, this time at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh. On Monday night, thousands of people in Jacksonville gathered at the Congregation Ahavath Chesed, The Temple, for a… Continue Reading

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Parent Book Study Facilitates Discussion, Builds Community

October 23, 2018

In its third year, the Parent Book Study is reading The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, by Catherine Steiner-Adair. The group meets twice a month to discuss the book. The group is facilitated by Beth Collins Himes, LCSW, who has two students at Episcopal. “Parents come to Episcopal with… Continue Reading

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Dr. Lauren Yerkes ’99 Addresses Peer Pressure with Students

October 2, 2018

Episcopal welcomed Dr. Lauren Yerkes ’99, a licensed clinical psychologist, to campus on Friday to speak with students about peer pressure. Her presentation was tied to the Health, Safety, and Well-Being program’s first quarter theme of Self-Care. Dr. Yerkes taught students how to recognize different types of peer pressure, handle peer pressure on the spot,… Continue Reading

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Sixth Grade Returns from Seacamp Adventure in the Keys

October 2, 2018

Sixth-graders returned last week from their annual trip to Seacamp in Big Pine Key. The four-day trip enhanced and reinforced the marine science knowledge that students have learned in the classroom with hands-on, interdisciplinary activities, such as snorkeling, squid dissection, and a shark lab. Students enjoyed the opportunity not only to get to know their… Continue Reading

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College Counseling Attends NACAC

October 2, 2018

College Counseling staff attended the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) annual conference last week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ryan Riggs, Andrea Rizzi, and Julie Carter attended numerous sessions that explored a wide variety of topics within the profession, including essay writing, test-optional admission, national trends in honors education, college counseling programming for parents,… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Students Explore Global Citizenship

October 2, 2018

Ellis Island and global citizenship have emerged as topics of discussion across the Fine Arts disciplines this year. Instructor Jono Hustis is directing Middle School students in a play called “Our Story,” which looks at how the American family was born out of immigrants from all over the world. Many of these immigrants, including the… Continue Reading

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Students Inducted into the National Honor Society    

September 25, 2018

Selected seniors and juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) on Thursday during a special ceremony in the Munnerlyn Center. NHS accepts students who have demonstrated excellence in the following areas: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS recognizes students for their accomplishments and challenges participants to develop further through involvement in school activities and community service.… Continue Reading

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Community Service Festival Helps Area Organizations

September 25, 2018

On Saturday Episcopal hosted a Service Festival that included opportunities for students to volunteer for many organizations. ESJ for Animals created dog toys for the Humane Society, NHS created hearts with words of encouragement for hurricane victims; volunteers braided twine for stall doors for Hearts Hands & Hooves Too, and the Middle School Art Club created cards for… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts and College Counseling Collaborate on Senior Applications

September 11, 2018

The Fine Arts Department, in collaboration with College Counseling, is furthering efforts on campus to support students who plan to pursue arts at the college level. This year, Fine Arts scheduled three days for students to work with Clay Greenhaw ’06  on professional videography for college portfolio submissions. Clay is an award-winning media generalist and creative director with more than… Continue Reading

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NAHS Partners with Indigo Art Therapy

September 11, 2018

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is comprised of 42 student artists. NAHS students decided last year to focus on teen suicide awareness and prevention as the group’s initiative for 2018-2019. NAHS officers, Emily Coll ’20, Lillie Tritt ’19, and Julia Reese ’19, recently visited Indigo Art Therapy in Avondale to begin forming a relationship… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Announces Partners in Arts Program

September 11, 2018

The Episcopal Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce a new cultural initiative titled “Episcopal & Jacksonville: Partners in Arts.” The goal of ESJ’s new initiative is to connect with and support local artists and art organizations in an effort to increase visibility for the school and local artists and companies, as well as produce… Continue Reading

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Students Participate in Campus-Wide Health, Safety, and Well-Being Events

September 4, 2018

Episcopal held the first Health, Safety, and Well-Being extended advisory day on Thursday. The focus was self-care, and students participated in Zumba, art, guided meditation, yoga, field games, music, and nutrition exercises, among other activities. “The goal of the event was to highlight the fact that self-care can take lots of different forms. We wanted… Continue Reading

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Jangro Stadium Wins Pyramid Award

August 29, 2018

Jangro Stadium was awarded a Pyramid Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Florida First Coast Chapter on Friday, August 24, at the organization’s 2018 Excellence in Construction Awards. The stadium, designed by Basham & Lucas Design Group, and built by Carlton Construction, was dedicated and opened in the fall of 2017. The Pyramid Award… Continue Reading

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Reflections on the Fine Arts Theme for the Year

August 28, 2018

by Katie Lebhar Black ’95 Director of Fine Arts This year in Fine Arts the theme is “Reignite, React, Renew.” I would like to explore this theme with you today and share some of our goals for the Fine Arts Department for 2018-2019. Reignite: To reignite something, one must first recognize that something has indeed… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Partners with Baptist Health for Speaker Series

August 27, 2018

Episcopal’s Health, Safety, and Well-Being effort is a long-term, community-wide program designed to involve and benefit students, parents, and faculty and staff. The 2018-2019 programming will focus on four themes: Self-Care Healthy Relationships Global Awareness Choice Within these themes, key topics include: stress, anxiety, mindfulness, physical health, bullying, social media, gratitude, diversity and tolerance, service,… Continue Reading

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2018-2019 Student Government Inducted

August 24, 2018

The 2018-2019 Student Government representatives were inducted on Monday during a special ceremony in the Munnerlyn Center. The Upper School event included the following students serving the school in the following positions this year: Photos are available on Flickr. Continue Reading

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Three Join Episcopal Board of Trustees

August 15, 2018

The Episcopal Board of Trustees welcomed three new members this year: Mr. Len Allen, Mrs. Heather Fouts, and Dr. Ryan Uitti. Mr. Len W. Allen has been a resident of North Florida since 2014. His two daughters, a junior and a sophomore, both enrolled in Episcopal beginning their freshman year. He is active in evolving… Continue Reading

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Eagles Serving Jacksonville Service Camp Helps 10 Non-Profits

August 7, 2018

Associate Director of College Counseling Andrea Rizzi and faculty member and coach Pete Washburn and thirteen ESJ students served those in need in the Jacksonville community last week as part of the Eagles Serving Jacksonville service camp. The group volunteered at ten different non-profit organizations throughout Jacksonville including: Church Without Walls, Sanctuary on 8th Street,… Continue Reading

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Red Lake Indian Reservation Mission Trip 2018 Reflection

August 3, 2018

by The Rev. Teresa Seagle, School Chaplain On July 22, 2018, we set off for Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota. The team of 16 included 13 upper school students and 3 chaperones – Teresa Seagle, Greg Hersey, and Carolyn Tuttle. We were not sure what to expect but were eager to serve the Native… Continue Reading

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Admissions Staff Presents at AISAP

July 19, 2018

Three members of ESJ’s Admissions Team – Marcus Wells ‘90, Patti Fink and Amy Gay – attended the Association of Independent Schools Admissions Professionals (AISAP) Annual Institute at Vanderbilt University this week, where Amy presented on the success ESJ’s Eagle and Parent Ambassador Programs. Continue Reading

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Dr. Pritchard Attends Seminar in Germany

July 18, 2018

While participating in a two-week seminar in late June in at the Goethe-Institut in Bremen, Germany, Dr. Kate Pritchard, Director of Curriculum, had the opportunity to meet up with her former student, Monica Wilson ’13, in Hamburg. After graduating from Episcopal, Monica studied at Smith College in Massachusetts where she double-majored in Biological Sciences and… Continue Reading

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Ryan Riggs Co-Chairs SACAC Program

July 16, 2018

Director of College Counseling Ryan Riggs spent last week in Memphis, TN, where he was one of the Co-Chairs of a program for new college counselors sponsored by the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (SACAC). Riggs and five other veteran college counselors helped newer counselors learn the ropes of their new jobs. Topics included… Continue Reading

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Teachers Attend Phillips Exeter Academy Humanities Institute

July 11, 2018

Tara Kneale, Chelsea Begg, Krista Grabher and Chad Senesac ’98 enjoyed a rich experience at Phillips Exeter Academy’s Humanities Institute in late June. Mornings were spent around Harkness tables practicing roles of student, teacher, observer. “This is very useful in helping us to reassess and further develop our individual approaches to Harkness pedagogy in our classrooms.… Continue Reading

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College Counseling Visits Washington State

July 11, 2018

Associate Director of College Counseling Andrea Rizzi recently returned from a trip to Washington state where she visited and met with admissions officers at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and the University of Washington in Seattle. Puget Sound is a small, liberal arts college with 2,500 students — 85% are out-of-state. “The campus is stunningly beautiful,”… Continue Reading

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Ryan Riggs Attends Southern Consortium Meeting

June 22, 2018

The College Counseling Office continues to travel and work on students’ behalf over the summer. Director of College Counseling Ryan Riggs attended the Southern Consortium meeting from June 13-15. The Southern Consortium is a small group of private colleges and universities in the Southeast that meets annually to discuss deeper concerns about college admissions in… Continue Reading

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Natalie Herford Works with AP World History Exam Leadership Team

June 21, 2018

History Department Chair Natalie Herford spent two weeks in Salt Lake City working as part of the team grading AP World History essays. Mrs. Herford was part of the leadership team to create the training for the more than 60 people grading the exams virtually. “After 13 straight days of grading for more than eight hours a day,”… Continue Reading

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Katherine Snyder Studies Virginia Woolf in England

June 21, 2018

The Lastinger Summer Scholars Fund provides for special professional experiences for selected ESJ faculty. This summer, the fund gave ESJ English instructor Katherine Snyder the opportunity to attend a retreat in Sussex, England which was centered around Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse. The retreat was called “a walking pilgrimage,” as the group walked the South… Continue Reading

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By The Numbers: A College Visit Road Trip

June 13, 2018

By Andrea Rizzi, Associate Director of College Counseling Summer is the perfect season for college visiting. Even if school is not in session, students can still get a feel for the campus, meet a handful of current students, attend an information session lead by an admissions officer, and interview (if they are a senior and… Continue Reading

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Kneale and Wandel Named Davis Award Winners

May 31, 2018

The Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching was given to Tara Kneale, Upper School, and David Wandel, Middle School, at the end-of-year faculty celebration luncheon today. Tara Kneale has taught Upper School English at Episcopal for more than 15 years. Her nominations for the award praised her interactions with her students and her willingness to… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Partners with SAGE Dining Services

May 29, 2018

As part of Episcopal’s efforts to ensure the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of students, the school saw an opportunity to improve the food in the cafeteria. To that end, we are excited to announce that beginning next year, Episcopal will offer students a new and delicious dining experience – one that focuses on healthy food… Continue Reading

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Book Buy-Back

May 24, 2018

Book Buy-Back Ends Tomorrow! Information on book-buy back: Information About Book Buy-back Continue Reading

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