School Safety Message

Soccer tryouts will be held on Monday, October 22nd and Tuesday, October 23rd. Boys tryouts start at 4:00 pm and girls tryouts are at 6:00 pm.  Girls interested in trying out for soccer are strongly encouraged to attend all remaining fall conditioning sessions, which are held Monday through Thursday from 4:15 until 5:30.

Panther Pantry
 is starting up again this year. There will be teen ambassadors this year to talk to students about the program. This program provides backpacks full of food for a weekend for those students who are in need. If you have questions or would like a backpack please contact Ms. Trembly, or one of the ambassadors, Lexie Lee, Cassidy Cushman, and Eliasz Bramlitt.

Order your lunch online! During the month of October, if you order lunch online 5 times...the 6th time you order your lunch online you will receive a free ice cream of your choice. If you spend your lunch time in the classroom this is a great way to grab your lunch quickly and get back to the classroom. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

SJR State is hosting FAFSA Frenzy (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) workshop for seniors and their parents. FAFSA Frenzy is open to anyone who needs to complete the FAFSA for 2019-2020 Academic Year. The event will be held on the following dates and locations: November 8th – SJR St. Augustine Campus and November 15th - SJR State Palatka Campus 

Senior Portraits last chance day is Oct. 22nd in the Panther Den during Lunch. Students must have an appointment and late Senior portraits taken October 8 or Oct 28 require the $20 digital upgrade if the senior wants to choose the picture that will appear in the yearbook. Otherwise, SWI will choose. The deadline to choose online is October 26. October 22nd is also Underclass & Faculty make up day in the Panther Den during lunch. January 15th is Cap & Gown Portraits in the Panther Den all day. Please sign up in Ms. Walther’s room.

Senior Panoramic Picture will be Tuesday, October 23 at 9:15 in the gym.  If you are interested in being part of the saying in the front row, you will need to sign-up in Mrs. Clark's classroom during Power Hour Lunch.  The deadline to sign-up will be Friday, October 12.  If we have more names that we have space for, we will have a random drawing to decide who makes it to the front row.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Clark, Mr. Pipa, or Mr. Chaires.

Herff Jones, our Graduation supply vendor will begin taking orders on November 6th and 7th during lunch.  They will also be here on November 6th from 3:45 - 6:00 p.m.  More details will be announced during the Senior Panoramic Picture on October 23.  If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Clark, Mr. Pipa or Mr. Chaires.

Musical Theatre Department proudly presents “Willie Wonka” November 29 - December 2, 2018 at C.L. Overturf Sixth Grade Center Auditorium. There will be four matinees for school groups. The show is ninety minutes long and is appropriate for all ages.

Soccer tryouts will be held on Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM.  Girls interested in trying out for soccer are strongly encouraged to attend all remaining fall conditioning sessions, which are held Monday through Thursday from 4:15 until 5:30.

Take a field trip to First Coast Technical College on November 6 for the Showcase of Programs offered at the college. Senior and Juniors are encouraged to pick up a permission form from Mrs. Sharp in Guidance if interested in attending FCTC. You will select two programs of study for demonstrations and do hands on activities. The Deadline to turn in the applications is Oct 16, no exceptions.

Do you like to tell stories? Stories that inspire, excite, challenge, awaken, or question? Calling all storytellers and story lovers. Let's listen, enjoy, and dissect. Let's create stories together or revive forgotten ones. If you like to tell stories, write, want to start writing, are looking for ideas, or just enjoy collaborating and creating, join us! The Palatka High Writer's Group will be meeting every Friday during lunch in Ms. Bellamy's room (room 208).

SWAT Club is hosting another volunteer opportunity for you to earn community service hours. On Saturday, October 29th is the Annual St. Johns River Bartram Frolic. SWAT staff and students will be working as human arrows during the Family Fun Heart Health 5K Walk/Run. Registration will begin at 7:30am and the race will start at 8 am. Meet at the Downtown Palatka Riverfront Park. If you have questions please call Ms. Shanace at 386-326-3233. You can pick up registration forms in the front office of the school.

Procedures for early checkouts - There will be no early checkouts granted by email, notes from home or phone calls.  A parent/guardian will be required to come to the school to check out his/her child.  For students that drive, the exception will be for a doctors appointment.  The student will need to present an appointment card to the front office staff at the time of the appointment.  Front office staff will verify this appointment by calling a parent/guardian using a phone number listed on Skyward.  Front office staff will determine when the student should leave in order to make the appointment on time.  When the student returns to school, he/she will bring a note from the doctor that specifies the time they left the appointment.  This will determine how many classroom absences will be considered Excused.  We greatly appreciate your cooperation and support in maximizing student attendance and student learning.

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Mr. J.T. Stout

Assistant Principals
Jerome Wilkerson
Michelle Tucker