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Announcing the 2016 Teacher and School-Related Employees of the Year

Jessica Solano, a third grade teacher at Highlands Grove Elementary, and Maria Gomez, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) paraprofessional at Bartow Senior High, took home the top prize at the 2016 Teacher of the Year, and School-Related Employee of the Year event. Both winners will move on to compete for the state titles.

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Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair Set for Feb. 10-12 in Bartow

The 32nd annual Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) is coming to the Bartow Civic Center. PRSEF provides an opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to showcase their independent research in areas of science, engineering and mathematics. This year’s event features more than 260 projects from 27 public, private and charter schools.

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School Board Work Session Scheduled for Feb. 9, 2016

A Polk County School Board work session is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. The 9 a.m. work session will be held in the Superintendent’s Conference Room. School Board meeting and work session agendas are available online.

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Investigation Finds Allegations Against Superintendent Are Unsubstantiated

An investigation released today has revealed that all allegations made by a district employee against Polk County’s Superintendent were unsubstantiated.

“I am grateful that this investigation was completed by an unbiased third party,” said Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy. “It is clear that this was a very detailed and thorough investigation. Allegations against any district employee – let alone the Superintendent – must be treated seriously. The public rightly demands such scrutiny. However, I am happy this investigation has concluded.”

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Presenting Nominees for Teacher and School-Related Employee of the Year

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. At the ceremony on Feb. 9, two winners will be announced among 14 finalists. The award for top teacher celebrates educators for their dedication to their students and passion for teaching. The school-related employee award honors school staff members who provide outstanding service in a variety of support roles, such as paraeducators, secretaries, food service, custodial, transportation and other responsibilities.

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Family Reading Festival Scheduled for Saturday, February 20

Families are invited to spend time together while celebrating literacy at the free Power Up Polk! Family Reading Festival on Saturday, Feb. 20. There will be activities for a wide range of age groups, including games, speakers and other fun events.
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Polk County Public Schools Recommended for Districtwide Accreditation

Polk County Public Schools has demonstrated its commitment to educational excellence by receiving a recommendation for districtwide accreditation. A special meeting was held Jan. 27 to give School Board members a detailed presentation of the final exit report and recommendations for district accreditation through AdvancEd. A review team conducted thorough research, visited more than 300 classrooms and spoke to more than 500 community stakeholders before making the recommendation.
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School Board Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 27, 2016

Polk County School Board members will attend a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at 2 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to hear a presentation from the lead evaluator from AdvancEd of the final exit report and recommendations for district accreditation.
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New Administrator Announced

Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy and the Polk County School Board approved the appointment of Dawn Robertson, Director of Grants & Acquisitions, Federal Programs, during the School Board’s January 19 meeting.
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Community Workshop on Jan. 21 to Discuss Rezoning Options in Northeast Polk County

Community Workshop on Jan. 21 to Discuss Rezoning Options in Northeast Polk County

Local residents are invited to attend a community workshop on Thursday, Jan. 21 to help evaluate school rezoning options in the northeast Polk County area. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at Horizons Elementary School, 1700 Forest Lake Drive, Davenport.
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School Board Work Session and Meeting Scheduled for Jan. 19, 2016

The Polk County School Board will hold its work session and meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. The 12:30 p.m. work session will be held in the Superintendent’s Conference Room, followed by a 5 p.m. meeting in the School Board Auditorium.
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Seeking Hall of Fame NominationsPolk County Public Schools is Seeking Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 inductees to Polk County Public Schools’ Hall of Fame. Nominees should be individuals who attended a Polk County public school and made significant professional and career contributions in the arts, business, clergy, education, entertainment, government, law, military, media, medicine, science, sports or other fields. The nomination deadline is Thursday, March 10, 2016.
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Kathleen High Wins $100,000 Grant Through State Farm Safe Driving Program
Kathleen High Wins $100,00 Grant from State Farm

Kathleen High School will receive a $100,000 grant for its creative video submission designed to address teen driver safety issues, including how to encourage 2N2: two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel. Kathleen High was the only public high school in Florida to win the grant.
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More than 40 Schools Improve Grades Based on Latest FDOE Analysis

Polk County Public Schools could see 43 of its schools achieve higher grades based upon analysis provided by the Florida Department of Education. The Superintendent credited teachers with focusing on how they could help their students comprehend the new more rigorous State standards and create unique lessons to learn the content. She also commended efforts throughout the School District that provided teachers and leadership strategies to support increased student proficiency.
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New Administrators Announced

Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy and the Polk County School Board approved the appointments of Dr. Kimberly K. Steinke, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Support, and Rachael Tedder, Assistant Principal of Blake Academy, during the School Board’s December 8 meeting.
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Grant Initiative to Support New Teachers

New teachers working for Polk County Public Schools will soon have access to more support and resources, thanks to a grant partnership with the New Teacher Center. NTC has been awarded approximately $20 million through a U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant and will use the funds to support teachers who serve students in high-need schools. Polk County Public Schools will use NTC’s induction and coaching model, in which exemplary, specially-trained educators serve as mentors to new teachers, boosting their skills and abilities.
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FSBA Master Board RecognitionPolk County School Board Earns “Master Board” Recognition

The Polk County School Board and Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy have earned a Master Board designation from the Florida School Boards Association. The Master Board program involves 22 hours of training to enhance the ability of school boards and superintendents to work effectively as a group, while maintaining a focus on student learning and the success of schools. Polk is one of 17 Florida counties to earn Master Board status from the FSBA.
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Lunch & Learn with South Polk Seniors

Lunch & Learn with South Polk Seniors

Ten high school seniors gathered together to eat lunch and share their insights with Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy. The Lunch and Learn program allows graduating seniors from across the district a chance to meet personally with the Superintendent and offer valuable feedback about their experiences in Polk County Public Schools.
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School Board Meeting Schedule for Dec. 8, 2015

The Polk County School Board will hold a work session and meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The 12:30 p.m. work session will be held in the Superintendent’s Conference Room, followed by a 5 p.m. meeting in the School Board Auditorium.
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Davenport School of the Arts Helps “Give Kids The World” With Fall Production

Davenport School of the Arts Helps “Give Kids The World” With Fall Production

Davenport School of the Arts recently raised $2,000 for a local charity using an interactive production that let the audience select the finale. A check presentation was made Wednesday, Nov. 18, to Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit organization that provides cost-free visits to Central Florida attractions to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Students raised the money over the course of two weeks through eight performances.
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“Preparing for A Child's Future: College and Career Readiness” events were a success!

“Preparing for A Child's Future: College and Career Readiness” events were a success!

More than 500 students and parents took part in a series of meetings this month about how rigorous and accelerated coursework in middle and high school can open additional opportunities in college and their careers. The evening meetings were held at four different locations to reach the maximum amount of students and their parents/guardians with this helpful information.
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Pop-Up Quiz Show Coming to Lakeland Highlands Middle School Dec. 1

The Florida Department of Education’s Pop-Up Quiz Show tour will be making a stop at Lakeland Highlands Middle School. Two teams of students will participate in a friendly quiz show competition that tests their knowledge of civics-based topics. Students in the audience will also have a chance to participate by assisting teams on bonus questions.
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Kathleen High FFA Forestry Team Wins Second Consecutive National Title

Kathleen High FFA Forestry Team Wins Second Consecutive National Title

A team from Kathleen High School recently won first place in the National FFA Forestry CDE – a competitive “career development event” during the 88th National FFA Convention. Event components include a general forest knowledge exam, tree identification, timber cruising, tree/forest disorders identification, a chainsaw practicum, forestry issues interview and a team activity which test students' skills and knowledge in the area of forest management.
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Newest Public School Gets Official Name

Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy

The School Board has selected Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy as the name for the newest public school being built in Polk County. Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy will be the first model civics-focused school in Polk County and is thought to be the first in Florida. Students will be immersed in civic engagement through learning the history of our democracy, participating in community service projects, character education and volunteer opportunities.
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Teacher and Students Recognized For Teaching and Writing Talents

FCTE Winners

A Polk County teacher and five students recently received special recognition from the Florida Council of Teachers of English (FCTE). Heather Landreth, an English teacher at Union Academy, was named Florida English Teacher of the Year. FCTE also honored Florida students for their writing abilities in a variety of genres. Polk County students earned six of the 13 awards.
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Educational Programs Ready to Shine at WE3 Expo

Polk County Public Schools will showcase its top educational and workforce programs during the eighth annual WE3 Expo. The free event is open to the public. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at The Lakeland Center, 701 Lime Street. The expo will feature nearly 400 booths spotlighting the innovative schools, programs and careers available throughout the county, offering parents and students a convenient way to explore Polk’s many educational opportunities.
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Kathleen High Joins NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll

Kathleen High School has joined the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll community. The new initiative recognizes high schools and communities that have “contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football.” Kathleen High was presented with a commemorative Golden Football by Kenneth Gant, who graduated in 1986 and went on to win two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.
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Middle Schoolers to Receive College Students as Mentors in Innovative Music Partnership

Budding musicians at McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy in Lake Wales will be getting extra lessons from their new mentors: Polk State College students. These lessons will give band students valuable extra instruction and show the youths that the instruments they’re studying can lead to college scholarships. The arrangement also provides field experience for Polk State students who are considering careers in music education.
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New Administrators Announced

Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy and the Polk County School Board approved the appointments of 2 administrators during the School Board’s October 6 meeting. Click the read more button below names and bios.
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Early Signs Show Progress on Student Scores

Polk County Public Schools is making progress and improving its rank compared to other school districts in Florida, according to student scores from the Florida Standards Assessment. “We are encouraged that early indications show our School District’s ranking has improved in nearly all subject areas and grade levels,” said Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy. “We are now sifting through the data, and developing plans on how to use available resources so our students can continue to improve and achieve even higher levels of success.”
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10 Students Recognized as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

This year’s list of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists includes 10 students from Polk County Public Schools. These semifinalists are among 16,000 high school seniors nationwide vying for approximately 7,400 National Merit Scholarships. Winners of the scholarships – worth more than $32 million – will be announced beginning in April.
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ACT Scores Improve

Polk County Public Schools saw broad improvement in students’ ACT performance for 2014-2015. Scores increased in every subject area – English, mathematics, reading, science – from the prior year. Polk’s score of 20.0 on the ACT reading test was at a five-year high.
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Dropout Rate Hits Lowest Level in 12 Years

Polk County Public Schools’ dropout rate has declined to a 12-year low, according to the most current data from the Florida Department of Education. In 2013-14, the dropout rate was 3.4 percent. This is a 2.5 percent decrease from the prior year, and represents a significant turning point.
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Participating Schools Announced for Free Meal Program

Polk County Public Schools has announced the schools to be served by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for 2015-2016. The CEP allows schools that serve low income areas and children to provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge.
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New Administrators Announced

Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy and the Polk County School Board approved the appointments of 10 administrators during the School Board’s August 11 meeting. Click the read more button below to view a complete list and read the administrators' bios.
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Kathleen Elementary School Wins Family and Community Involvement Award

Kathleen Elementary School is one of just 10 Florida schools to win the 2015 Family and Community Involvement Awards. The winning schools were recognized for successful implementation of programs that encourage increased family and community engagement. Kathleen Elementary was noted for its Student Success events, which allow students and parents to gather at the school to discuss goals, enjoy activities and meals together, and receive educational materials for use at home.
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FFA LogoPolk Students, Schools Earn Top Honors at FFA State Convention

Polk students brought home multiple awards from the 87th Florida FFA State Convention & Expo, which took place earlier this month at the Caribe Royale Orlando. The convention featured challenging career development events (CDE) and activities for FFA members. The national organization serves students who are interested in agriculture and leadership.
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Evan BuddHarrison Student Wins National Merit Scholarship

Evan J. Budd has joined the list of National Merit Scholarship winners, becoming the fourth Polk student to do so this year. Evan, who graduated from the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, is one of 1,700 newly-announced winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. Budd was selected by the University of Central Florida and plans to study biomedical engineering.
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Polk Schools Has Great Opportunities and Starting Pay for Teachers

It pays to teach in Polk County! At $40,000, Polk County Public Schools has one of the very highest salaries for new teachers in Central Florida. Those with a master’s degree start at $42,181. For eligible applicants, we also offer a new teacher bonus and incentives worth up to $3,000, as well as generous benefits and perks. The new school year is fast approaching and Polk Schools has an abundance of opportunities for both new and experienced teachers. Work with us, and you’ll have a full range of teacher support, academic coaching and free professional development opportunities.
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Davenport-K-8-GroundbreakingPolk County Public Schools Breaks Ground on New School in Davenport

The construction process has officially started on the District’s new K-8 school in Davenport. The school, which has yet to go through a formal naming process, will have the capacity to serve a total 1,400 students from the pre-kindergarten level through eighth grade. The $43 million, approximately 200,000-square-foot facility is set to open at the beginning of the school year in August 2016, and will ease crowding at other schools in northeast Polk County.
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Career Academies Earn Prestigious National Certification

Four career academies achieved a major goal at the end of the school year: earning national certification from the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC). After undergoing an extensive review process, certification was awarded to Bartow Medical and Fire Academy at Bartow High School, Central Florida Aerospace Academy at Kathleen High School, Lakeland Electric Power Academy at Tenoroc High School, and the Leadership/ROTC Academy at Summerlin Academy. Both the Central Florida Aerospace Academy and Leadership/ROTC Academy earned the NCAC’s premier “model” designation.
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Tierra ThomasLake Gibson Graduate is a 2015 Gates Millennium Scholar

Lake Gibson High School’s Tierra Thomas is part of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Class of 2015. Thomas is one of only 1,000 high school students to receive the prestigious scholarships this year. The GMS program awards scholarships to high-performing minority students, allowing them to pursue a degree in any undergraduate major and selected graduate programs at accredited colleges and universities.
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Lakeland High Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News & World Report

Lakeland High School is featured in the latest rankings of the nation’s Best High Schools published by U.S. News & World Report. “This is certainly great news for our school and community,” said Lakeland High School Principal Arthur Martinez. “It just goes to show how committed our students and teachers are to education. The expectations are high, and teachers do a wonderful job in delivering the material to students. It is a tribute to the job our teachers do daily.”
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Math Coaches Selected for International Fellowship Program

Six mathematics coaches will spend this summer traveling the world to support educators who serve military families. The math coaches – Tina Barbee, Erica Brink, Kerri Foster, Mike Greenlee, Brad Hardesty, and Heather Kiefer – were among just 100 fellows selected for the Charles A. Dana Center’s International Facilitation Fellow Program. The program trains teachers working for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) – the civilian agency responsible for educating some 75,000 children of service members stationed around the world.
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Polk County Public Schools Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Polk County Public Schools Hall of Fame welcomes four new outstanding members for 2015. This year’s class of inductees features basketball great Otis Birdsong, education advocate Hollis Hooks, Inheritance of Hope founder Deric Milligan, and Benjamin Stevenson, executive director of the Lakeland Housing Authority. The Hall of Fame event will be broadcast live from the Lake Ashton Country Club at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 5th on Polk County School Board Television airing on Bright House Networks channel 642, Comcast channel 7 and Verizon FiOS channel 45. It also will be streamed on the school district’s website.
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Harrison Students Earn Raves at Film Fests

Film festivals in Florida and California are taking notice and bestowing honors on films created by students at Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. "We have been extremely lucky this year," said Rick Jansen, who teaches motion picture arts at the Lakeland school.  "We've had more films selected to play in film festivals this year than we have any year prior!  All of us in the Motion Picture Arts program have been so excited. The students have worked really hard to create original films." Three films have been accepted into the 2015 Skyway Film Festival in Bradenton, FL. They will be screened in June. So what's next for the Motion Picture Arts program?  "Maybe we'll try Sundance Film Festival next year," said Jansen.
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Bartow IB National Merit Scholarship WinnersBartow High IB Produces Two National Merit Scholarship Winners

Two students from the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High School are newly-announced winners of National Merit Scholarships. William A. Gibson of Bartow and Lakeland’s Neel K. Shah are two of approximately 2,200 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Gibson was selected by George Washington University and intends to pursue a career in computer engineering. Shah, chosen by the University of Central Florida, plans to study medicine.
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Outstanding School Volunteers of the YearVolunteers Honored During Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year Awards Program

Students, faculty and district staff members came together May 21 to say thank you and celebrate during the annual Outstanding School Volunteer of the Year Awards Program. This award ceremony acknowledges the crucial role school volunteers play in students’ lives and how they enrich our schools with their selfless dedication. Awards were bestowed at the elementary and secondary level in the following categories: “Outstanding Adult Volunteer of the Year,” “Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year” and “Outstanding Senior Volunteer of the Year.” These winners were selected from among more than 100 people named “Volunteers of the Year” at their respective schools.
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Joanna SandsStudents’ Research Projects Earn Awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Three Polk County students received awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair last week in Pittsburg, PA. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories showcased their independent research at the fair and competed for approximately $4 million in prizes.
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Polk Takes Advantage of Flexibility and Won’t Count State-Mandated, End-of-Course Exam Results for Algebra and Geometry Toward Final Grades for 2014-2015 School Year

Polk County Public Schools will take advantage of some flexibility permitted by the Florida Department of Education and will not use state end-of-course exam results in algebra and geometry when calculating student grades for the 2014-2015 school year.

“The results of these new exams are still being studied, and it has not yet been determined whether they will provide a valid assessment of student performance,” said Heather Wright, Senior Director of Assessment, Accountability & Evaluation with Polk County Public Schools.
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Joanna SandsBartow High/Summerlin Academy Student Earns National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named Joanna M. Sands, a student at Bartow Senior High and Summerlin Academy, a $2,500 Merit Scholarship winner. She was chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are chosen because they display the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
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Superintendent's Scholars AwardsSuperintendent’s Scholars Awards Honor Top Graduating Seniors

The top high school seniors took center stage on May 11 during the 2014-2015 Superintendent’s Scholars Awards. The ceremony recognized 799 seniors for their outstanding educational achievements. Superintendent’s Scholars include graduating seniors who have earned a 3.8 GPA or higher by their seventh semester. They were awarded medallions as a symbol of their accomplishment to be worn at graduation later this year.
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Summerlin Academy Equestrian Team Rides Away As “Reserve Champion” in Competition

Summerlin Academy Equestrian TeamThe Summerlin Academy Equestrian Team took home an impressive win during a recent regional dressage competition. The academy’s four-member equestrian team earned second place - or “Reserve Champion” - and also qualified in the top five for Region 12, which encompasses Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and Mississippi.

The team competed against three other teams in the Region 12 Arabian Championship, which was held May 4-9 in Perry, Ga. The team consisted of Lauren Branam (riding Al-Marah Dude), Rachel Evans (riding YF Full Sail), Jessica McCall (riding Fan the Flame) and Marcus Wright (riding Krystal Dahl).
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Winter Haven High Joins Global Community of Cambridge Schools

Winter Haven High School has been awarded Cambridge International School status by Cambridge International Examinations and is now approved to offer Cambridge programs and qualifications, including Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A level.

Parents interested in learning more about the offerings can attend a meeting on Tuesday, May 19, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Winter Haven High School’s auditorium, 600 6th Street SE, Winter Haven, FL, 33880.

Cambridge programs and qualifications are recognized and valued by universities and employers around the world. Cambridge helps schools deliver the best education possible by providing comprehensive support, including teacher training, classroom resources and membership of a global learning community.
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A Balanced Approach to Student Assessment

In anticipation of legislative changes, Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy charged her staff in January with reviewing district assessments to eliminate any considered redundant, not instructionally useful or that do not provide an accurate measurement of student learning. “The Superintendent believes assessment data can be an extremely valuable tool and is essential for a high-quality education,” said Jacqueline Bowen, Chief Academic Officer for Polk County Public Schools. “When used correctly, it can provide a wealth of information on how students are performing, and whether teaching techniques and coursework are effective. However, an overload of assessments that do not provide useful data places undue stress on students."
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Superintendent Takes Part in Discussion with U.S. Department of Education Official on Ways To Improve Graduation Rates

Polk County Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy traveled to Washington, D.C., and met on Thursday, April 23, with the U.S. Department of Education's Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Deborah Delisle, to discuss the multiple pathways approach Polk County is implementing to improve graduation rates. LeRoy was invited with Atlantic Research Partners to share best practices with the USDOE through the newly established Acceleration Academies opened across five locations in Polk County.
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State Science and Engineering Fair Awards

Polk students earned top prizes at the 60th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair held earlier this month in Lakeland. The State Science and Engineering Fair is a three-day display of science project exhibits developed by nearly 900 student finalists in sixth through twelfth grade. The competition is to foster an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related career fields, introduce students to organized research and provide teachers and students alike a forum for exchanging ideas.
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Two Students Receive Scholarships in 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program

Two Polk County students have been awarded scholarships through the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an annual academic competition to recognize promising black students. Congratulations to Trevorn Hodge of Bartow Senior High, and Jeremiah D. Masseus of International Baccalaureate School at Bartow Senior High. Each received a $2,500 scholarship.
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Students Honored at Annual “About Face Awards”

On Tuesday, April 7, the 21st annual About Face Awards recognized 45 middle and high school student honorees who have made positive changes and noticeable improvements in their academic careers. The ceremony took place at the Bartow Civic Center. Polk County Public Schools hosts this event to encourage students who have made an “about face” in their schools by improving their grade point average, attendance, or attitude.
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sciencePolk Students Will Compete at State Science and Engineering Fair (#PRSEF15 and #SSEF15)

Polk County students will compete and showcase their research projects at the 60th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida. The event will take place from March 31 to April 2 at The Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland, FL 33815. The public is invited to review the students’ exhibits on Wednesday, April 1, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will be held the next evening.
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Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Central Florida Chapter annual Garret A. Morgan Shadow Day

Thirty 11th grade students from Kathleen High School participated in the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Central Florida Chapter annual Garret A. Morgan Shadow Day that was held at Florida Polytechnic University.
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Students Compete at Annual History Fair

This year’s Polk County History Fair showcased over 120 middle and high school student competitors. Their projects, which ranged from essays to performances and web pages, creatively brought history to life. This year’s theme, “Leadership and Legacy in History,” covered topics including Eleanor Roosevelt, the Watergate scandal and Steve Jobs.
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Fort Meade Middle-Senior Educator Selected to Tour Germany

Elizabeth Rasmussen, a Fort Meade Middle-Senior social studies teacher, recently received the honor of being selected by the Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) to participate in a study tour of Germany for two weeks this summer. Rasmussen is one of about 100 highly qualified educators selected to attend this program.
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Ridge Career Center Students Win First Place at Florida Future Educators of America Convention

This year, eight students from Ridge Career Center attended the Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA) State Convention. The team of future educators traveled to Orlando for the convention, where they participated in workshops with 500 other high school and college students from around the state as well as competitions. They won first place in the chapter display competition. The students’ display reflected the convention’s theme.
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Kathleen High Students Learn About Career Opportunities in Transportation

Kathleen High School Participated in the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials Central Florida Chapter annual Garret A. Morgan Shadow Day. The program is designed to educate students in grades kindergarten through 12 about career opportunities in transportation. The goal is to ensure that the nation is equipped with a workforce that can embrace the unlimited opportunities of the 21st century.
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Lake Gibson Senior High Team is Runner-Up in New “Unified Sports” Basketball Championship

A team from Lake Gibson Senior High was the runner-up in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Unified Sports Basketball Championship. For the first time ever, the FHSAA basketball state finals included integrated basketball games - better known as Unified Sports - where teams include Special Olympics athletes.
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Alexis Martin being recognizedThird-Grader Wins Grand Prize For Innovative Idea

Alexis 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.
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Mathcounts ParticipantsStudents Flex Mental Muscles at Local Math Competition

More 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.
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NASA Engineer PhotoLake Alfred Elementary Students Experience Out-of-This-World Presentation

Students 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.
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HealthierUS School Challenge School Board RecognitionScott Lake Elementary Challenges Students to Live Healthier Lives

Scott 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.
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Three Cheers to Bartow High’s Cheerleaders

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