Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation

The Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation, a grassroots,non-profit organization created in 1983, serves the Ponte Vedra public schools with professional art/academic programs and direct classroom support for the students and their teachers.

Your donation toThe Foundation will enhance the quality of education for our students, enriching their lives…and in turn, the community.
Please make your tax deductible donation to:

PO Box 2861
Ponte Vedra Bch., FL 32004


Thank you.

This year The Foundation will support the following programs for Ponte Vedra High School:

  • Al Letson: An accomplishedmulti-disciplinary artist entertains students with authentic poetry andinspirational stories.
  • Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 10:10AM
  • Chris Beaulieu & Jess Pillmore teach one week of in-school classesemphasizing “Actor Creator”. Oct. 2012
  • Allan Wolf: An author, poet, performer and educator whose mission has always been to bring poetry to the people. Sept. 20, 2012 10:10AM
  • Yale Bakers Dozen: Traveling troubadours from Yale amuse and entertain. Date TBD Spring 2013
  • ArtWorks 2013: An art awards reception showing judged, original student art held at the Marriott at Sawgrass to honor art students and teachers. May 5, 2013 1:00PM –2:20PM
  • Teacher Mini-Grants 2012-2013: 7 Ponte Vedra HighSchool teachers have received mini-grants totaling $3356.30 to enhance theinnovation in the classroom.



Ponte Vedra High School


Randall W. Blake: EduWeb Virtual LABS – The virtual labs simulate real world labs extremely well and will beexpanded to include online submission or reports and interactive practiceexercises. Students will doseveral labs in our computer lab, then slowly switch over to doing them athome. They are able to perform many more labs than would be possible in theclassroom and are able to use chemicals that either too costly or too toxic touse in a high school lab. $500

Elena Duduk: Algae Bloom Lab- Students willbe doing the same kind of hands-on-lab research that actual scientists do whenstudying Harmful Algae Blooms (HAB’s). This lab based activity will help foster students’ microscope, math,reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while counting the number ofalgal cells to predict whether there would be an upcoming algae bloom in alocal pond, river, or ocean. $108

Kathryn Kehoe: “Molecular Assays and Diagnostic Testsusing Reverse Transcription and PCR (RT-PCR) – This project will provide biotechnology students withthe skills to perform a test that has the capability to determine severalpossible endpoints. RT-PCR is asensitive method for the detection of mRNA expression levels (the molecule ofRNA that provides a direct chemical “blueprint” for a protein product). While this will be used specifically inBiotech III, for a study on changes in bacterial expression patterns due toexposure to ultraviolet light, its real value will be embraced by seniorstudents performing independent study. It provides a simple mechanism for answering questions regarding geneexpression that currently cannot be answered in our Biotechnology lab. $330

Steve Lyons: “Smartscope” – The Smartscopewill allow for microscope work in the field with the capability of takingpictures and video to use in project presentations. Early in the year, biology and marine biology classes woulduse this in cell study. Later inthe year it would be used in organismal studies. Pictures and videos would be used in student and teacherpresentations, for instance, in plant and animal cell differentiation, marineinvertebrate diversity and classification. $429.84

Jonathan Marks: Audio Spotlight – Thedirectional Audio Spotlight will better demonstrate various wavecharacteristics and properties. Students have a hard time picturing and grasping concepts such asamplitude, frequency, pitch, and intensity. A device that students could physically hold and utilize inclass will have a greater educational and motivational impact on them. The Audio Spotlight works by takingaudible sound waves and converting them to inaudible, but amiable, highfrequency waves. The technologyand specifications are very mathematical and measurable. $1699

Beth McBride: “Wooden Toy” – Pairs ofstudents will receive two wooden toy kits. They will be required to build one new toy using all the partsfrom both kits. Once the toy isglued together and painted they will be required to do the math connectionhandouts: measurement of length, width, height (nearest inch and cm) and weight(grams and ounces). They will alsokeep a log of the amount of minutes they work on the toy, so that they canfigure wages, costs, and profit. $220

Devan Veatch: “Potatoes Cannon” – A fewstudents will build a potato cannon that is powered by a bicycle pump. When pressure reaches the proper level,the valve is opened and the potato shoots out. The study of projectile motion, force and pressure will be ahands on experience to supplement the book study. Lab reports that discuss the cannon and results will becollected and graded. $69.46

Total: $3356.30

Please make your 100% tax deductible donation to:
Ponte Vedra Public Education Foundation (PVPEF)
PO Box 2861
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32004
Thank you,
Marilyn Hoener, President

The Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization and is registered with the state of Florida (SC-06244).
We are an all-volunteer group with no office or staff. One hundred per cent (100%) of the money raised
Is given to programs for the schools.