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Work Sessions and School Board Meetings Scheduled for May

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:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 
12:30 p.m. Work Session
5:00 p.m. Board Meeting
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 
8:30 a.m. Work Session
1:30 p.m. Board Meeting


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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. Read more...

 

Two Polk 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. Trevorn Hodge attends Bartow Senior High, and Jeremiah D. Masseus attends the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow Senior High. Each received a $2,500 scholarship. Read more...

 

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. Read more...

 

Mulberry Middle’s Parent Resource Center Celebrates Grand Opening April 7th

Polk County Public Schools is proud to announce the grand opening of its fifth Title I Parent Resource Center, located at Mulberry Middle School. The opening celebration will take place Tuesday, April 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Mulberry Parent Resource Center will provide literature, computers, and classes to local parents. The objective is to educate, equip and partner with students and their support systems by offering a variety of relevant programs and resources that make a positive impact on the individual and the community. Polk County Public Schools believes that building stronger parent-learning communities will increase student achievement. Read more...

 

Kindergarten Registration/Round-Up Begins Monday, April 6, 2015 for Students New to Kindergarten in the 2015-2016 School Year

Polk County Public Schools will again allow parents and guardians the option to register their children online for kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents and guardians are being urged to sign up beginning Monday, April 6, and will have the option to register in person at their zoned school. The registration period ends on Friday, May 8. On April 30th schools have designated times to enroll kindergartners; watch for specific times on the school marque. Students entering kindergarten must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2015. Read more...

 

New Charter School Applicant Orientation Scheduled for April 16

This orientation will provide a general overview of the application process. It is free and open to the public. The New Charter Applicant Orientation is essential for those planning on submitting a charter application this year. School Board speakers will discuss various topics, including the requirements of charter applicants, School Board policies, and general information on the charter application process. Read more...

 

Polk County Public Schools Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations

Polk County Public Schools’ Hall of Fame is currently seeking nominations from the community. 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 26, 2015. Read more...

 

sciencePolk County 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. Read more...

 

 

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. Read more...

Polk County 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. Read more...

Parents Invited to Attend Free Educational Event on March 21

Parents with students in a Title I school are encouraged to attend an event filled with educational workshops and other informational activities on Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Tenoroc High, 4905 Saddle Creek Rd., Lakeland, 33801. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Learning sessions in both English and Spanish will cover a wide range of topics, such as the Florida Standards of all tested areas, financial literacy, stress management, bullying, graduation requirements and career academies. There will be a book fair on campus, door prizes to give away and tours of the Books Bridge Bus, a mobile library. Read more...

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... Read more...

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. Read more...

New Administrator Announcement

Superintendent Kathryn M. LeRoy and the Polk County School Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Everett as the Director of Information Services. Read more...

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. Read more...

Career Fair and Open House at Ridge Career Center on March 12th

Ridge Career Center will be hosting a career fair and open house on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Numerous employers will be on site, including Bright House Networks, the City of Lakeland, and more. Read more...

Meet Florida’s Bureau Chief of Exceptional Education and Student Services

March 2, 2015

Monica Verra-Tirado, Ed.D., the Florida Department of Education’s Chief of the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, will be visiting Polk County on March 12, 2015 to discuss state laws and board of education rules with parents and district staff. Read more...

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...

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...