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Updated: 10/09/2013 08:00:01AM

IB schools to hold orientation

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Christine Roslow

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Eighth graders who are going to enroll in the International Baccalaureate schools next year have an orientation for either the Bartow or Haines City schools.

The students will hear information about the programs, requirements for entrance and how to complete an application.

Online applications will be made available starting Monday, Nov. 4. To apply go to and enter the key word: School Choice. Applicants have until Friday, Nov. 5 to fill out the applications.

All eighth grade students are required to take the ReadiStep Test between Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Tuesday, Oct. 29. Students enrolled in a Polk County Public School will be tested at their school. All eighth grade students attending a private school, home school, or charter school are encouraged to register for the ReadiStep Test by contacting the Office of Magnet, Choice and Federal Programs at 863-519-8738 before Monday, Oct. 21.

A meeting for students who attend Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, Rochelle School of the Arts and Crystal Lake Middle are asked to attend the orientation scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the school.

Students who attend Lakeland Highlands Middle, Southwest Middle, Fort Meade Middle and McLaughlin Middle can attend an orientation at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the school.

Students who attend a private school, charter school, or are home schooled students can attend any of these orientations.

Students in high school at and want to attend Bartow’s IB next year are eligible but must now attend Bartow High, Kathleen High, Lakeland High, George Jenkins High, Mulberry High, Fort Meade High, Frostproof High, Formerly zoned Lake Wales High.

Parents of students and students interested in the Haines City High IB program are required to attend one of the mandatory orientations scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 16. Both will take place in the Haines City High Auditorium, 2800 Hornet Drive, Haines City High. Students zoned for that school are Haines City High, Ridge Community High, Lake Region High, Winter Haven High, Auburndale High, Tenoroc High, Lake Gibson High. For information, call 863-419-3371.

Students and parents with questions should call Bartow High IB at 863-534-7400.

First early release day is Wednesday

Wednesday is the first early release date this year. This year’s early release is different from past years. Students get out of school two and a half hours early.

That means buses will pick up students two and a half hours early and the parent pick up lines will be two and a half hours early.

The starting time of school is the same.

People who have questions should contact their school.

PSC sets open houses

Polk State College has Open House for prospective students in this month.

The first event will be from 5:30- 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21 in the Lakeland Technology Building (LTB 1100) at Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road. The second is 5:30 -7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Student Center (WST 126) at Polk State Winter Haven, 999 Ave. H N.E.

At the events, attendees will complete applications, learn about Polk’s academic programs and meet with faculty members, meet with representatives from Student Financial Services and receive help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and learn about student clubs and activities; and tour the campuses.

A three-credit-hour scholarship will also be given away during each event.

For information, call 863-297-1000.

Annual Quilting Exhibit is open

Polk State College once again has an exhibit by the Winter Haven Quilters, a community favorite for 19 years.

This year’s exhibit will be available to view from until Oct. 24. It can be seen fro 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Winter Haven Fine Arts Gallery, 999 Ave. H N.E. It is free and open to the public.

For more than two decades, the Winter Haven Quilters have met twice a month at First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven. Some members still stitch by hand, taking months — or even years — to complete a single quilt.

Quilter Julie Williams said as the community has come to expect, this year’s exhibit will include a wide variety of creations.

“We have quilts all shapes and sizes, a lot of examples of hand applique,” Williams said in press release, referring to a technique in which cutouts are sewn to a larger piece of material.

“We also have a black and white quilt made of silk, which required a lot of special care to make.”

Also on display will be examples of quilts the group donates to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to comfort children affected by crimes.

Polk State Cultural Events Coordinator Sharon Bevis said the Winter Haven Quilters show is one of the College’s best-attended gallery events, and is a perfect complement to the College’s annual FallFest. This year’s FallFest, which includes a sprawling arts and crafts show and musical entertainment, takes place Oct. 19.

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