September 17, 2021, will be a monumental day on the SJCA campus as we celebrate Constitution Day. This day aligns perfectly with our curriculum and mission statement. Many Americans are not very well educated about what is "constitutional" or "unconstitutional." We want our scholars to continually gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Constitution of the United States of America.
SJCA welcomes Colonel (Retired) Bill Byrns as our speaker at both events. Col. Byrns is a highly decorated retired Air Force fighter pilot and returned POW (Friday is also POW/MIA Remembrance Day) with a powerful message for our scholars.
Join our scholars as we live stream both the Upper School (8:10-9:20) and Lower School (9:25-10:35) events from SJCA's Official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stjca). These events will be made available to view later and share, at your convenience.
A reminder that it is a special Red, White, and Blue Spirit Day - $2 proceeds help cover costs for the event. Follow the normal spirit day rules, but wear red, white, and blue.
From the desk of Headmaster Johnson:
Well, now that school is off to a great start, it is time for a good golf tournament meeting. I need YOU to help with the tournament. There are so many ways you can help. You can help us fill up the tournament with golf foursomes, ask businesses to contribute prizes for the top teams or items for goody bags, or you can help us find sponsors who are like-minded with our mission as a classical education school.
What we need most is for a group of parents to attend the meeting and then go out into the community and help us with these needs. You can attend the meeting in person in the cafeteria or on Zoom. Meanwhile, print out the golf flyer and the packet for potential sponsors and help socialize this event. One method I like to use, is to email the packet to potential golfers or businesses and then follow up with a phone call. That way, they have a chance to read over it before you call.
Hey, we are trying to build a gym here! Help us out!
Daniel Johnson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: SJCA Golf Tournament
Time: Wednesday, September 9, 5:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 971 0243 8290
Each day it seems that we are improving our car line procedures. However, a CCSO PSA officer stopped by and spoke with me during afternoon car line on Friday. He said that cars cannot hold up traffic on Canova Road when waiting to turn into the school to enter car line. I explained to him how our car line works and that it is getting faster, but he insisted that he will need to have cars loop around if they are not turning onto our property (he stressed that cars cannot just sit there waiting to turn). I tried my best to talk him out of that. He said that residents on Canova are complaining that they cannot get out of their driveways.
So, the first thing I will ask of you is to be super-friendly to the residents along Canova Road and be observant if they are trying to exit or enter their driveways. He also mentioned that cars cannot get through Canova Road to the traffic light. I just wanted to give you a heads up that the PSA officer may try to move traffic forward if cars are waiting to turn in. I hope he doesn't! You have all been so patient and compliant with our car line. As you know, due to COVID-19, in order to create more space between scholars in the cafeteria, we are seating upper school scholars outside, which takes away two lanes from car line. But even with that, we are improving car line time!
Again, thank you for working with us and I really hope the PSA officer doesn't try to make people loop around! No matter what, let's all display virtuous behavior.
Daniel (Matt) Johnson
St. Johns Classical Academy, a public charter school in Clay County, has appointed Mr. Daniel “Matt” Johnson to the Headmaster position. Mr. Johnson is a dynamic and versatile educator who possesses extensive experience in both leadership and education.
Mr. Johnson is a recently retired U.S. Army Colonel with 32 years of military experience. During his military career, he served as the Post Commander at Camp Blanding, Chief Information Officer for the Florida National Guard, Battalion Commander supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, and held various supervisory and administrative positions within the United States Army. He earned a Bronze Star Medal, and his unit was recognized with the Presidential Unit Citation for outstanding achievement of mission during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Johnson has extensive experience in team building, emergency management and planning, oversight of extensive budgets for the Florida National Guard, providing leadership to over 500 military personnel, and training warriors for the U.S. military.
In addition to his vast military career, Mr. Johnson has ten years combined teaching and administrative experience within Florida public schools. Mr. Johnson has taught history and social studies in Clay and Leon Counties. He was also the Dean of Students at Deerlake Middle School. As an educator, he served as team leader, chairperson, and trained interns from Florida State University. He is currently teaching history at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs.
Mr. Johnson holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Social Science Education, earned Master of Science degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies and Educational Administration and Leadership, and graduated from the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. His Florida Educator Certifications are in Social Science and Educational Leadership.
St. Johns Classical Academy is affiliated with Hillsdale College as part of the Barney Charter School Initiative. The Academy’s mission is to develop graduates in mind and character through a classical, content-rich curriculum that emphasizes the principles of virtuous living, traditional learning, and civic responsibility. St. Johns Classical Academy is building intelligent, virtuous American citizens. As Headmaster, Mr. Johnson will effectively lead teachers, scholars, and families in fulfilling SJCA’s mission.
Regarding his new position as Headmaster of SJCA, Mr. Johnson stated, “I am excited about this opportunity to become the Headmaster of St. Johns Classical Academy. The Barney Charter School Initiative from Hillsdale College is assisting 21 public charter schools across the nation. Hillsdale College's liberal arts and sciences curriculum is not only rich in content but instructs students in the principles of moral character and civic virtue. Parents have recognized the top-notch educational opportunity SJCA's curriculum provides as represented by the strong enrollment demand. I am looking forward to continuing the mission of SJCA to provide classical curriculum to students and future generations."
Mr. Johnson will consult with St. Johns Classical Academy through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Upon completion of his contractual agreement with Clay District Schools, the Academy will welcome him as full-time Headmaster on June 8, 2020.
St. Johns Classical Academy Second Grade scholars enjoyed a visit from the late, great Martha Washington on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Mrs. Washington (Frankie Anderson of the Daughters of the American Revolution) engaged scholars in lively discussions about the founding fathers, founding ideals, and founding documents that shaped the United States of America. Each scholar proudly accepted their personal copy of the US Constitution from Martha Washington.