Bartow High’s varsity coed cheerleading team is the winner of the FHSAA State Competitive Cheerleading Championship’s 2A Large Coed Division. The team recently competed at the UCA National High School Cheerleading Competition placing 11th in the nation.
In order to win the state championship, Bartow High’s team competed at regionals, beating out seven teams vying for the title. In the end, they went up against West Orange, the state champions in 2012 and 2013. Bartow High walked away with the victory. But winning was even sweeter for the team who lost last year’s state championship by 0.1 points.
Movie night to help team in Relay For Life
Parents, students and their families are invited to Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. Friday, March 14. There will be popcorn and sodas and the movie, Captain America.
Students can dress up as their favorite super hero and bring something comfortable to sit on, or sit in one of the school’s chairs. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.
It is a Relay for Life fundraiser.
Union band, orchestra has fundraiser
Union Academy has a fundraiser going where people can buy a lunch at Sonny’s BBQ and help the school raise money for the band and orchestra trip to North Carolina in May.
The school will take orders for a quarter chicken dinner which is a quarter chicken, basket beans and corn bread. Dinners will be delivered with free local delivery in the Bartow area for six or more orders going to the same location or can be picked up at Union between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, March 21.
Each meal costs $8 and those ordering should prepay by cash or by checks made payable to the UA Band and Orchestra.
Orders must be made by Tuesday, March 18.
For information about the fundraiser, call Steve Githens 863-539-8679.
School board OKs school calendars
The Polk County School Board approved new school calendars, which includes five early dismissal days. The calendars are for the 2014-15 school year and the 2015-16 school year.
The early dismissal days scheduled for next year are Wednesday, Sept. 10, Wednesday, Nov. 19, Wednesday, Feb. 18, Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, June 4.
Early dismissal days for 2015-16 are Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 and Thursday, June 9, 2016.
The first day of school next year is scheduled Monday, Aug. 18. Students will be off from school from Monday, Nov. 24-Friday, Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Winter vacation is from Monday, Dec. 22 and return is on Monday, Jan. 5. Spring vacation is scheduled from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3.
For a full calendar, go to http:// www.polk-fl.net/schools/documents/cal2014-15.pdf
Kindergarten registration round-up begins
Polk County Public Schools will allow parents and guardians the option to register their children online over the course of a month-long registration period referred to as Kindergarten Registration Round-Up.
Parents will also have the option to register in person at their zoned school.
The Round-Up began Monday, March 3 and ends Monday, April 7. Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.
To enroll a new kindergarten student, parents and guardians must present legal proof of age, a current physical exam dated within the last 12 months and a certificate of immunization showing all shots including second MMR, polio, DPT/DTaP, Hepatitis B series and second varicella or signed proof of chicken pox. For further information, parents and guardians should contact the elementary school.
Parents or guardians will need two proofs of residency.
For information, contact the Polk County Public Schools’ IST Help Desk at 863-519-8040 or HelpDesk@polk-fl.net. For questions about the Round-Up call Polk County Public Schools’ Office of Pupil Accounting at 863-534-0716.
Jewett Middle becomes IB school
The International Baccalaureate Organization certified Jewett Middle Academy Magnet, the third middle school to be an International Baccalaureate World School.
The school becomes the third school in Polk County to earn the designation. In June 2012, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy became the first middle school to earn the designation. One year later, Union Academy joined the short list of schools chosen for this distinction.
According to the International Baccalaureate Organization, the IB Middle Years Programme provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.
The Middle Years Programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five areas of interaction that provide a framework for learning within and across the subjects. Students are required to study their first language, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology.
Achievement Academy’s directors set meetings
The Achievement Academy’s Board of Directors plans to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the Achievement Academy’s Lakeland Center located at 716 E. Bella Vista St.
The Executive Committee plans to meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12 at the Achievement Academy’s Lakeland Center.
The Achievement Academy is a Pre-Kindergarten Charter School providing education and therapy services to children with developmental delays/disabilities in Polk County. The Achievement Academy assists children with special needs to reach their maximum potential by providing quality education, therapy and family support. It has campuses in Bartow, Lakeland and Winter Haven.