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Welcome to Venetia Elementary School of the Medical Arts, “Where Healthy Lives and Strong Minds Come Together!”  This is our first year as a magnet school and we couldn’t be more excited about the wonderful things that are happening here!  It is an honor to be the Principal of a school in which the hard-working students, teachers, staff members, and parents have accomplished so much.  Last year was an awesome year with many wonderful things happening and I’m excited to spend my third year with the Venetia Viking family! 
 
The teachers at Venetia Elementary School of the Medical Arts provide students with opportunities to explore practices, subjects, and experiences in both academic and medical fields.  Our new PITSCO Science lab provides our students with opportunities to engage in hands on learning and participate in missions related to a variety of topics.  We are also proud to offer programs and experiences for our students such as the Small Bites healthy eating program, the Run Walk Club, Jump Rope for Heart, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Career Day, and so much more!!
 
It is also an honor to serve as the neighborhood school for NAS Jacksonville.  Our school was the recent recipient of a $500,000 five year Department of Defense grant which provides opportunities for both military and non-military students.  We strive to honor our military community on a regular basis through flag raisings, family nights, and transition programs.  With the support of a full-time Military Family Life Counselor, we provide support to our military students on a daily basis and in times of transition and deployment. 
 
We take great pride in holding our children to high academic and behavior standards so that they can reach their utmost potential. Our teachers and staff work diligently every day to ensure that each child learns.  We encourage our students to be leaders in and out of the classroom, making good choices and demonstrating a variety of character traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, and perseverance.  This year, we will continue to recognize and celebrate our students as individuals, classes, and grade levels on a regular basis. 
 
We encourage you to partner with us as it takes all teachers, staff members, families, community members, and business partners to ensure that our children experience success.  You can help your child by joining PTA, volunteering at the school, and/or working with him/her at home.    
 
As you can see, great things are happening at Venetia Elementary School of the Medical Arts and it is going to be a fabulous year!!  Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your children.
 

Your Principal,
Jennifer Collins
 


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