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Upcoming Event: Agency Awareness Meeting for Parents of Students with Disabilities Scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 23, 2014

On Thursday, April 24, Lakeland High will play host to a meeting for parents of students with disabilities. The meeting will allow parents to speak directly with representatives from agencies that provide services to students with disabilities. Read More...

U.S. News and World Report Names Ridge Community High Among the Top 100 High Schools in Florida

April 23, 2014

Ridge Community High is ranked #66 on the list of top high schools in Florida, according to the 2014 U.S. News and World Report. The school is also recognized as a Silver Medal Award School, becoming one of only 52 schools across the state recognized as a silver medal winner. Read More...

2014 Polk County All-Star Academic Team Shines at the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge

April 22, 2014

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jackie Speake (Senior Director of K-12 Science and Accelerated Programs at Polk County Public Schools), Geoff Freebern (Coach), Andrew Renuart, Allison Peralta, Amanda Fulton, Josue Guerrero, Michael Jean, Pam Stewart (Florida’s Commissioner of Education), and Mandy Leach (Assistant Coach) pictured at the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge at Walt Disney World.

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Jackie Speake (Senior Director of K-12 Science and Accelerated Programs at Polk County Public Schools), Geoff Freebern (Coach), Andrew Renuart, Allison Peralta, Amanda Fulton, Josue Guerrero, Michael Jean, Pam Stewart (Florida’s Commissioner of Education), and Mandy Leach (Assistant Coach) pictured at the Commissioner’s Academic Challenge at Walt Disney World.

The 2014 Polk County All-Star academic team placed 4th in the Division I state championship at the 29th Commissioner’s Academic Challenge held Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12 at Walt Disney World. Read More...

Duke University Talent Identification Program Names Polk County Students Among the Best in the Nation

April 22, 2014

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) has named dozens of 7th graders from Polk County Public Schools as academically talented. As part of the organization’s 7th Grade Talent Search, students from across the country are invited to take the SAT or ACT alongside high school students. The students who perform best on the college exams are recognized at a State Recognition Ceremony or a Grand Recognition Ceremony and are provided with innovative programs to support their development and help them reach their educational potential. Read More...

Students Celebrate Earth Day by Participating in Green Celebration

April 22, 2014

students at Lettuce Thrive stationToday is Earth Day, a day intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. On Friday, April 18 the City of Lakeland played host to its annual Green Celebration held at the Lake Mirror Promenade. The event is held ahead of Earth Day, to honor the momentous day. Read More...

Media Opportunity: Male and Minority Teachers Mark Completion of Degree Funded by Project PRIDE at Upcoming Graduation Gala

April 22, 2014

On Friday, April 25, nearly two dozen students from the University of South Florida’s College of Education who were participants in the Project PRIDE program will celebrate their graduation from the university when they attend the Project PRIDE Graduation GALA: New Beginnings. Project PRIDE is a collaborative project between USF and the Polk County School Board, funded by a $1.2 million Race to the Top Grant. Read More...

Bartow High IB Student Wins a Top Prize at the 59th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair

April 15, 2014

Andrew Noonan, a student at Bartow High IB, is pictured with District Science Coach Kim Rex.

Andrew Noonan, a student at Bartow High IB, is pictured with District Science Coach Kim Rex.

Dozens of local students walked away with top prizes after winning at the 59th Annual State Science and Engineering Fair held last week in Lakeland. The State Science and Engineering Fair is a three-day display of science project exhibits developed by nearly 950 student finalists in sixth through twelfth grade. Read More...

Summerlin Academy Teacher Named the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Science Teacher of the Year

April 15, 2014

Ann McCarty (right) is pictured above holding a plaque commemorating her win as the AIChE’s Science Teacher of the Year.

Ann McCarty (right) is pictured above holding a plaque commemorating her win as the AIChE’s Science Teacher of the Year.

The Central Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) recently named Ann McCarty the Science Teacher of the Year, in honor of her unwavering devotion to the teaching profession and excellence in the classroom. Read More...

A Morning of Inspiration: Students Honored for Doing an About Face at Annual About Face Awards

April 11, 2014

On the morning of Thursday, April 10 middle and high school students joined by their mentors, celebrated the positive strides they have made in grade point averages, attendance, general disposition and attitude. Read More...

World Language Students Rise Above the Competition

April 11, 2014

Team from Bartow High/Bartow High IB Wins First Place at the Florida State Spanish Conference

The team made up of Bartow High and Bartow High IB students placed first at the Florida State Spanish Conference. During the event held in March at the Orlando Wyndam Resorts, the students competed in the areas of impromptu speaking, declamation and dramatic presentations. During impromptu speeches, judges evaluate the student’s ability to communicate ideas effectively during a two-minute, non-memorized discourse on a given topic. Read More...

Local Students Take Top Prize at World Language Competition

Students from Polk County Public Schools walked away with top prizes at the 2014 World Language Competition, held on April 4 at Haines City High. Each year, language teachers from around the county who are members of the Polk County Council of World Languages Teachers (PCCWLT) are invited to enroll their students in a competition that tests language proficiency in Spanish, French and German. Read More...

Winter Haven Mayor and the City Manager Scheduled to Speak to Students at Denison Middle on Friday, April 11

April 11, 2014

Winter Haven Mayor Nat Birdsong and City Manager Deric Feacher will met with students at Denison Middle to talk about civic responsibility and city government. Both men will be discussing their roles in the city government and what it took to get them to where they are today. Read More...

Local Student Recipient of National Achievement Scholarship

April 11, 2014

Auburndale High Senior Lori-Ann A. Hyde Auburndale High Senior Lori-Ann A. Hyde is a National Achievement Scholarship winner after being selected as a finalist in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program. She was selected based on her strong record of accomplishments and potential for academic success in college. Read More...

Kids Tag Art Award Winning Designs Now Available to Order Online

April 9, 2014

During the April 8 School Board meeting, Senior Coordinator of Fine Arts Dr. Kymberly Cruz recognized the Polk County Tax Collector’s Office and Southern Homes for their continued support of visual arts through programs such as the Kids Tag Art Awards. 5th graders from Polk County were recently recognized for receiving the Tag Art Awards of Distinction during a ceremony held at the Florida Southern College-Branscomb Auditorium. Read More...

New Administrator Announcement

April 9, 2014

Mr. Joseph McNaughton Superintendent of Schools Kathryn M. LeRoy and the Polk County School Board approved the appointment of Mr. Joseph McNaughton as the senior director of K-12 Mathematics during the April 8 School Board meeting. Mr. McNaughton’s appointment will be effective on Friday, April 11. Read More...

 

Upcoming Event: Fort Meade Middle-Senior Recruits Graduates of Polk County Public Schools to Motivate Students to Succeed in Life and Excel on the FCAT

April 9, 2014

“I hope the speakers who have been chosen will motivate my students to excel on the FCAT and inspire them to excel in life,” says Fort Meade Middle-Senior Principal Amy Hardee. On Friday, April 11, the school will play host to a “Learn, Think and Achieve Assembly with Motivational Speakers Elida Benitez, Altricia Cook, and Dustin Woods.” Read More...

Upcoming Media Opportunity: Students Expected to Be Honored for Doing an About Face at Annual About Face Awards

April 7, 2014

The About Face Awards is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 10 at the Nora Mayo Hall in Winter Haven. During the annual event, middle and high school student honorees are joined by mentors who helped them make positive changes and noticeable improvements in grade point average, attendance, general disposition and attitude toward school or themselves. Read More...

Alternative Fuels Task Force Meeting Scheduled for Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 2, 2014

Please be advised more than one Polk County School Board member will be in attendance at the third meeting of the Alternative Fuels Task Force scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 10. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Tenoroc Transportation Service Center located at 4725 Saddle Creek Road, Lakeland, FL 33801. Read More...

Notice of Central Florida Public School Boards’ Coalition Meeting

April 2, 2014

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, April 14. Read More...

Polk County Public Schools’ Students Benefit from Breakfast in the Classroom: Expanded School Breakfast Program Will Provide Free Morning Meals for 5,500 Local Students

March 20, 2014

Students at Alta Vista Elementary are benefiting from a nutritious morning meal, thanks to the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom program, funded by the Walmart Foundation. Beginning in May, the free breakfast program will expand to include more than 5,500 students at eight local schools, Read More...