PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America — comprised of four million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children. We speak with one voice for every child.

At Mandarin High School, we are a PTSA, as students are included along with parents and teachers in membership in our organization.  Our goal is to work together to make Mandarin High a superior educational experience for students, teachers and parents.

Throughout the school year, we work to support teachers and students as well as our community through activities such as hosting appreciation luncheons for faculty and staff, providing volunteers for various school events, and funding scholarships for student members and giving books to students in our annual For the Love of Reading event.

Annual membership dues are $6 and can be paid online at


Kelly King, President

Karen Sawyer, VP Programs

Les Highsmith, VP Membership

Mimi Serna, VP Ways & Means

Marcie Scott, Treasurer

Frankie Strickland, Chair – Volunteers

Kelley Swain, Chair – Hospitality


Contact Email:

Link to join: 

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Coach Rado

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MHS Counselors

Student Council meets once a month to plan and organize events that serve as community outreach. The club prides itself with providing a positive impact, not only on the school, but on the community it serves as well. They provide donation events, homecoming events and even put on a senior citizen’s prom throughout the year.


Dan Wilcox

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ASL (American Sign Language)

The ASL Club meets every other Monday in P3 from 2:10-3pm.  Our purpose is to practice conversational ASL and to learn more about Deaf Culture.  Many members volunteer teaching ASL to elementary kids in our community.

We plan to meet this semester: 11/18, 12/2,  and 12/16.

We plan to travel to Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday 12/17/19 to see the ASL interpreted performance of “Finding Nemo.”  Sue currently has the paperwork and is helping me obtain downtown permission.


Mrs. Allinson


Car Club


Mr. Buck


Chess Club

The MHS Chess Club exists as a place to learn / play the game of chess.  Chess Club is for anyone /everyone interested in learning how to play or improving their play.   There are no membership dues and any / all students are encouraged to attend at any time.


We meet on Tuesday afternoons from 2:15-3:15 in Portable P4

Mr. McDonald

Mr. Schmitt





Ms. Brown

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Drama Troupe 4871

The Mandarin High School Theatre Department, also known as Troupe 4871, is a chartered Thespian Troupe through the International Thespian Society. We create theatre through performance and technical design and construction with the intention of making a positive impact on our student body and community. Some of our events include: the annual Faculty Follies talent show, District Thespian Individual Events and One Act Festival and Competition (2019-2020 hosts), Fall Showcase, various community outreach events, the Spring Mainstage Production (2020 title TBD) and International Thespian Society Inductions.

Troupe 4871 is comprised of two class periods: Advanced Theatre Performance (7th period) and Technical Theatre Design and Production (8th period). We meet in Mrs. Paolini’s classroom (A110) during those class periods. In order to be considered for Advanced Theatre Performance, all students are required to audition; for consideration to be placed in Technical Theatre, all students are required to meet with Mrs. Paolini to sign up and discuss class requirements. All applicants are required to have taken Theatre 1 (in high school), unless otherwise recommended by a theatre professional.


Mrs. Paolini






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Freshmen-Senior Sisters


The concept is that an AICE, AVID, Medical Academy, ROTC, Drama enthusiast, Band musician, Athlete, you name it, would be mentored by a Senior who has already walked the path they are now trekking.  A guide to help navigate their 1st year on our expansive campus.


Mrs. Reed


Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)



Mr. Goalen

Mrs. Jaynes


Gen WOW!

Great Decisions

Great Decisions presented by the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville is an afterschool meeting in which a college professor leads a discussion in current events and American Foreign Policy.  The students have the opportunity to go to the World Affairs Council Lecture Series at UNF and participate in several student interactions with the guest speakers.  These speakers are recognized both nationally and internationally in diplomacy and foreign policy.  They can also participate in interesting projects such as the Academic World Quest Competition and the International Crises Management Exercise where students represent the positions on the National Security Council and make recommendations to the President of the United States on American foreign policy.

Sponsor: Helen Covington  

College Professor: Scott Cason, FSCJ





Mrs. Dewberry

Mrs. Collins 


Hoods For Hope



Dean Jones


Interact Club

This service club affiliated with the Rotary Club of Mandarin is open to any students who want to enrich their high school years through making an immediate humanitarian impact on our community. We organize and/or staff with volunteers nearly twenty service projects (mostly on Saturdays). What unites all our members is their belief that joyfully serving others is humbling, ennobling, and deeply fulfilling.


Mr. Price

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Captain Hadley     

Master Chief Mathews

Master Chief Burnett

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Junior Ladies



Mrs. Hellett


Kate's Club



Leadership is a select group of outgoing student leaders in the school that work to improve the campus life throughout the year. They are constantly working to increase morale, excitement, and energy. Such things include Homecoming themes, events around campus, and random activities. While it’s not technically a club, students can apply to be in the program in the spring for the following year.

Coach Wilcox 


Next Level Men

The Next Level Men Club is an organization aimed at educating young males. The club focuses on proper strategies, mannerisms, character developments, and attitude toward becoming a great man in the future.

Next Level Men provides high school male students with the opportunity to demonstrate respect and responsibility in their school and in their community.

We meet every Thursday from 2-3:30 pm in Room Q101.

Mr. Telmosse


Next Level Women


Ms. Forrester


Saturn Robotics

SATURN is the Mandarin High School robotics team. SATURN consists of students in their freshman year all the way up to their senior year. This is only the third year Mandarin High has had a robotics team that competes with FTC.

Team Saturn meets after school on Monday and Thursday in room I202. Mrs. Brand is the team sponsor and can be contacted by email: The club also participates in community activities, and summer camps. During competition season, most events take place on Saturdays

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Senior Women

This club is based on the motto of “Sisterhood Through Service”; participating in multiple projects such as Relay for Life, the “Sr. Sisters” Freshman Mentoring Program, and many more! As well as our outreach to the community we are building connections between ALL Sr. Women, supporting and celebrating them throughout their Sr. Year; cheering at sporting events, going to drama performances, or birthday shout outs on Twitter! 🙂 We want ALL Ladies of the Class of 2018 to be members of this great organization and leave an amazing legacy for all future Lady Mustangs!


Mrs. Brand


Spanish Club



Mrs. Nye 

Mrs. Hervey


Stangs for Change


TAPS Poetry


Mrs. Rolfe


Tri-M Honors Society



Ms. Brown

Mrs. Paolini

Ms. Chaffin



This service club affiliated with UNICEF USA is open to any students who are vitally interested in the humanitarian issues directly affecting children worldwide. We work with UNICEF to raise funds for relief efforts. We also consider it our mission to elevate the awareness of our student body to such global issues as poverty, trafficking, and a lack of access to education for both girls and boys. What unites all our members is a love and concern for children transcending borders, nationality, and ethnicity.


Mr. Price


Video Games/Strategies

AICE Academy

The Mandarin High School Cambridge AICE Program provides academically challenging and rigorous coursework preparing students for success in post-secondary education in colleges and universities across the nation and internationally.  Mandarin High School candidates are seeking the Cambridge AICE Diploma along with their high school diploma.   Students earn college credit for exams passed, received weighted classroom grades, and earn the highest level of Bright Futures Scholarship upon earning the AICE diploma and completing their community service hours.


For consideration in Mandarin’s High School Acceleration Cambridge AICE program for the 2020-2021 school year, current 8th graders may apply online through the FOCUS/Oneview portal beginning December 2nd through January 23 at 4:30 pm.  Please see the District’s website for more information on the application process to our accelerated program.


Mrs. Oglesby

Boggs, T. – Science

Brand, E. – Science

Brand, J. –  Science

Eldridge, C. – Science

Kester, A. – Social Studies

Covington, H. – Social Studies

Millstone, M. – English

Blessing, T. – Mathematics

Bensen, J. – Social Studies

Morrison, C. – Computer Science

Nesselrode, K. – English

Price, S. – English

Fields, E. – Social Studies

Oglesby, J. – Science

McLeod, A. – Science

Schmitt, J. – Social Studies

Schmitt, D. – Mathematics

Schrimsher, V. – Social Studies (Current Teacher of the Year)

AVID Academy



Mrs. Wolrich

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Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy

Chickfil-A Leader Academy is a national high school leadership program focused on IMPACT THROUGH ACTION.  It is a year-long program for freshman through seniors that prepares students for a successful future as a dynamic leader.

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy engages students in monthly Leader Labs with a focus on important leadership skills that they will use to create student-led community impact. Students learn about values and visions, teamwork, communication, innovation, etc., in order to become better leaders and to fully understand what is means to become a servant leader.

Throughout the school year, our dedicated leaders will participate in activities such as The Big Thank You, Do Good December, and the Impact Project.


*MHS Chick-fil-A Leaders is sponsored by Chick-fil-A Southside.

*MHS Sponsors: Ms. Janetta Lucas and Ms. Stacey Kowlsen


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Medical Academy



Mrs. Dewberry


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National Honor Society


Mrs. Kuhbander

Mrs. Millstone

Website for more information about events and requirements


Please click the link for NHS Candidates

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VyStar Academy

VyStar Credit Union converted a classroom on our campus to an operating branch run by students.  It is the cornerstone of the VyStar Academy of Business and Entrepreneurship at Mandarin High School and is available every lunch period for anyone on campus to open and service their accounts.

Bring your school ID or driver license, social security number, address and $5 to start your free membership.  With every savings account, members receive a Mandarin High School ATM card that can be used at hundreds of local machines, and any branch, at no charge.

Need some lunch money?  Drop in the school branch and make a withdrawal.  Need to start a direct deposit of your paycheck?  We’ll get you what you need.  Want to open a CD?  We’ll help you do that.  These are real accounts.

We accept applications for the position of student manager intern January and February.  Applicants are selected for interview with a panel of MHS and VyStar instructors and administration.  Twelve are selected to become paid interns and operate all facets of the high school branch for the following school year.

Visit our campus branch in J105 (next to the cafeteria) and open your account today


Mr. Gufford