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Updated: 01/29/2014 08:00:02AM

Freshman night and Bartow Academy Expo on Thursday

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Christine Roslow


Mason Sesser is being held by Hazel Sellers, and is a student at Spessard Holland Elementary School who won a prize from the Polk County Museum of Art for her work.

There are nine academies to be represented at Thursday's Academy Expo.

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On Thursday at Bartow High School, there will be an Academy Expo where the school’s nine academies will set up tables in the high school gym and introduce students to what they offer.

Students in the academies and teachers will be at the tables all day and students will visit them during the day.

That evening is Freshman Night where incoming ninth-graders will go to the school with their parents and find out what is in store for them. That event starts at 6 p.m. and should last about two hours.

After the orientation, students and parents will get to go to the Academy Expo so they and their parents can see what they are about.

The school offers academies in Marketing and Design, Culinary Academy, Academy of Engineering, Criminal Justice Academy, Medical and Fire Academy, Future Educators Academy, Academy of Construction and military offered at Summerlin Academy.

Career academies are small, personalized learning communities within a school. They provide rigorous and relevant curriculum and career preparation that leads to increased student achievement and success. A career academy includes a small learning community supported by a local advisory committee, a career theme that includes a college-prep curriculum and leads to industry certification and partnerships with employers, the community and higher education.

Union Academy gets mini-grant

The Green Paws Garden Club got a “Student 4 Service Mini-Grant” sponsored by the Junior League of Greater Winter Haven for their service activity that helps to improve and maintain the attractiveness of the school grounds.

Charissa Kesler is the sponsor of Green Paws, a laboratory experience that provides students with opportunities to apply higher-order thinking skills learned in the science classroom. Recipients were judged on their creativity, innovation, sustainability and cost effectiveness.

Florida Humanities Council, Mosaic to help

In response to requests from educators statewide, the Florida Humanities Council created a workshop series to provide teachers with an in-depth understanding of Florida’s agriculture heritage.

From the early farms of the Spanish colonists, to the growth of the cattle, citrus and phosphate industries, agriculture has helped define Florida yet many schoolchildren don’t have an appreciation for the industry responsible for shaping the history, population, and land of Florida.

Beginning in February, led by Dr. Gary Mormino, professor emeritus of history at the University of South Florida, teachers have been invited to participate in a series of immersive weekend workshops across the state to explore Florida’s agriculture heritage.

Participants will travel to Bartow for an in-depth look at the citrus, strawberry and phosphate industries, thanks to a $17,730 grant from The Mosaic Company.

In addition to touring a phosphate mine and citrus grove, teachers will visit farms, ranches, plant nurseries and processing facilities.

“As Mosaic works to help grow the food the world needs, one of our goals is to partner with teachers to help future generations understand the vital role phosphate and farming play in putting food on tables at home right here in Florida and around the globe,” said Gary N. “Bo” Davis, Mosaic Senior vice president, Phosphate Operations, said in a press release. “Valuable partnerships such as the Teaching Florida program assist teachers in giving kids an appreciation for Florida’s rich agricultural heritage.”

Participation is free for Florida teachers and determined by a competitive application process. For information, visit the FHCwebsite at,click and look for the heading “Teachers Act Now.” Teachers receive credits for attending.

PSC’s collegiate high schools have information sessions

Students at Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School in Winter Haven and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School fulfill high school requirements while also earning college credits. In many cases, students graduate with both their high school diplomas and associate’s degrees.

In addition to the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs, Polk State’s collegiate high schools also offer courses that lead to industry certification in computer programming and infrastructure, and health science. A criminal justice track is also available at Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate, and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate has enhanced its Digital Multimedia program with a new state-of-the-art video production studio.

Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply to the schools. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and a passing score on the PERT.

More information can be found at

The times and locations of the information sessions are:

• 6:30 pm. Feb. 4 and Feb. 25 at Polk State Winter Haven, 999 Ave. H N.E., Student Center (WST) 126. 863-298-6800.

• 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and 19 at Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland Technology Building (LTB) 1100. 863-669-2322.

Applications will be available at the information sessions or at the school offices. The application deadline for lottery admission is March 3.

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