Dean Ledford


                                                    Fletcher High School

    700 Seagate Ave.

    Neptune Beach, FL  32266


    Welcome Fletcher High School Guardians, Students, and Community Members!



    Hello Senators!!!

    I am very excited for the 2019-2020 school year.  We were able to accomplish all of our goals during the 18/19 school year.  Fletcher High School gained 63 points and moved to an “A” School.  We showed increases in all 10 categories including maintaining our 97% graduation rate.   Some of the highlights included double digit gains in Overall Learning Gains and Bottom Quartile Learning Gains in Reading. We contribute this success to the collaboration among our faculty, parents, and community members.  Continuing this trend can make the 2019/2020 school year Fletcher’s greatest year ever.

     We are determined to improve student performance by providing educational excellence in every classroom, for every student, every day. This goal cannot happen without your help. Our communication this year will be through parent emails, parent phone links, and through our school’s website. Please go online and register for our parent portal. You can find registration information on the Duval County Website. You are our frontline in your student’s education.

    As we move through the year, please ensure your student is taking advantage of our after school tutoring program.  The schedule is located on the Fletcher Website.  We will be giving progress monitoring assessments throughout the year.  These assessments will be used by teachers to assess student progress and drive their lessons for the 2nd Semester.

    Through our increase in overall competition we like to challenge our students to show improvement during their 2nd round of PMAs.  For every PMA that we outperform the previous year’s assessment, we will add 10 minutes to a specific lunch day.   Those days will be announced. The 2nd round of PMAs will provide a snapshot of students’ progress at the midyear point. The PMAs will be given January 7 through January 11.  Teachers will review this data and plan a path to success for the remainder of the school year. This strategy will help ensure students demonstrate mastery in their classes and on state assessments. They should be able to articulate to you how they are doing now, and what they need to do in order to show improvement.


    January marks the beginning of our second semester.  Each year, during the second semester all schools experience an increase in absences and late arrivals, and a gradual decline in academic performance.  So prevalent is this trend, it has been referred to as the “Second Semester Slide”.  We are determined to improve this trend and you the parents can play a major role.  Absences and tardiness are two of the reasons that grades decline.  Please be vigilant in making sure your student attends school every day and arrives on time.  Your attention to this issue will have a positive effect on your student, reinforcing the importance you place on attendance.

    To assure continued academic success and not fall victim to “Second Semester Slide”, re-establish your student’s homework and study routine.  Help him/her to reclaim the space and time meant for this important purpose.  Determine if any supplies or devices are needed.  They make great holiday gifts.  Also, monitor your student’s grades, attendance, and classwork by accessing Parent Portal.  Use the Duval County Public School website to create an account if needed.  Learn about our tutoring times and schedule that is posted in this publication.  Again, your attention to your student’s school work will have a tremendous positive effect.  When students are prepared for class each day, they will attend each day, arrive on time, and perform with confidence.

    These efforts; staying informed about your student’s progress, re-establishing a solid home-study routine, and making certain that your student attends every day and arrives on time will have an enormous positive result and help us all overcome “Second Semester Slide”.


    Again, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at our various winter events and programs. Feel free to contact your student’s teachers for available times to meet with you to discuss your student’s progress. We will continue to raise the standard of excellence at Fletcher High School in order to achieve our goal of being recognized as one of the premier high schools in the county.  Thank you for all that you do, and as always Go Senators!!!


    Thank you,

    Dean Ledford