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Polk County Third-Grader Wins Grand Prize For Innovative Idea

February 19, 2015

Alexis Martin being recognizedAlexis Martin, a third grade student at Spessard L. Holland Elementary, grabbed the $1,000 grand prize at the University of South Florida’s Young Innovator Competition.

Martin competed as one of the top 10 finalists during an event February 11 at USF’s Tampa campus. More than 500 students submitted inventions from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee, Sarasota and Polk counties. Read more...

Family Reading Festival Scheduled for Saturday, February 21

February 18, 2015

Families are invited to spend time together and celebrate literacy at a special event on Saturday, February 21.

Power Up Polk! Family Reading Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jim Miles Professional Development Center, 5204 U.S. Highway 98 South in Lakeland. The event is free and open to the public. Read more...

Students Flex Mental Muscles at Local Math Competition

February 12, 2015

Mathcounts ParticipantsMore than 150 middle school students took part in the 2015 Ridge Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition, which featured 23 schools spread across the county. The competition was held February 7 at Tenoroc High in Lakeland. Read more...

Lake Alfred Elementary Students Experience Out-of-This-World Presentation

February 11, 2015

NASA Engineer PhotoStudents at Lake Alfred Elementary learned all about reaching for the stars thanks to a special guest.

Gabe Gabrielle, an engineer with NASA and a member of its speakers bureau, came to the school to discuss careers available in space exploration. He also passed along an inspirational message encouraging the boys and girls to follow their dreams. Read more...

Scott Lake Elementary Challenges Students to Live Healthier Lives

February 11, 2015

HealthierUS School Challenge School Board RecognitionScott Lake Elementary has stepped up to the challenge of improving the health of its children and community.

The school has been recognized as part of the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Read more...

 

Three Cheers to Bartow Senior High’s Cheerleaders

February 11, 2015

Congratulations to Bartow Senior High’s cheerleading squad for finishing second place at the recent national cheerleading competition. Read more...

Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair Scheduled for Thursday

February 10, 2015

The public is invited to attend this year’s Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 12, at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250 South Floral Avenue in Bartow. Read More...

Work Sessions and School Board Meetings Scheduled for 2015

February 9, 2015

Please be advised that more than one Polk County School Board member will be in attendance at work sessions and School Board meetings on the following dates: Read More...

Notice of Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition Meeting, Monday, February 9, 2015

February 4, 2015

Please be advised more than one Polk County School Board member will be in attendance at the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition meeting scheduled for Monday, February 9, 2015.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. It will take place at the Educational Leadership Center, Conference Room A, 445 W. Amelia St., Orlando, FL 32801.Read More...

Frank E. Brigham Academy and Horizons Elementary Take Top Honors at the District’s Annual Teacher, School-Related Employee of the Year Awards

February 4, 2015

Adam J. Smith, a fourth grade teacher at Frank E. Brigham Academy, and Jason Leatherwood, an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) paraprofessional at Horizons Elementary, took home the top prize tonight during Polk County Public Schools’ 2015 Teacher of the Year, and School-Related Employee of the Year event. Read More...

Polk County Public Schools Presents Nominees for Polk County’s Teacher of the Year, School-Related Employee of the Year

January 30, 2015

Polk County Public Schools is proud to announce the nominees for Polk County’s Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year.

More than 200 school district employees have been named Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year at their respective schools. Read More...

Polk Acceleration Academy Will Host Open House at New Bartow Campus on February 2

January 26, 2015

Polk Acceleration Academy will host an open house on Monday, February 2, at its new campus in Bartow.

This alternative education program aims to reach more than 4,000 students in Polk County who have left high school without a diploma. The program is designed for students 14 to 21 years of age who want to learn in a non-traditional, blended learning environment. Read More...

Polk County School District Earns Improved Financial Ratings

January 26, 2015

lPolk County School District received higher bond rating scores in 2015 from Fitch Ratings, one of the country’s largest credit rating agencies. Fitch Ratings stated that the District’s reports “show good growth,” and determined that its financial standing will continue to be stable and dependable in the future. Read More...

Work Session, School Board Meeting Scheduled for February 10, 2015

January 16, 2015

Please be advised that more than one Polk County School Board member will be in attendance at the regular work session scheduled for Tuesday, February 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Read More...

Work Session, School Board Meeting Scheduled for February 24, 2015

January 16, 2015

Please be advised that more than one Polk County School Board member will be in attendance at the regular work session scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Read More...

School Board Retreat Scheduled for Friday, February 20, 2015 and Saturday, February 21, 2015

January 16, 2015

Please be advised that more than one Polk County School Board member will be in attendance at the Polk County School Board Retreat on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Read More...