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Open Enrollment for Polk County District Virtual Instructional Program is Now Underway

Open Enrollment for Polk County District Virtual Instructional Program is Now Underway

Polk County, Florida-- Open Enrollment is currently underway for the Polk County District Full-time Virtual Instructional Program (PCDVIP) for the 2012-2013 academic school year.

The enrollment period began April 20 and will close July 20.

PCDVIP is an online public school that serves students in grades K-12 that meet the state eligibility mandates. Students complete all course work through the on-line program and are required to adhere to all state and local policies for public school students.

Education officials warn lower FCAT reading scores ahead

 

Tampa, Florida - State Education officials release more FCAT 2.0 scores Friday. After the state lowered the passing score in writing this week from a 4.0 to a 3.0, the number of students passing writing jumped from a third to more than 80% as expected.

The news isn't as good for high school students. Algebra 1 test scores for 9th and 10th graders show 44% passing and they did not do much better in reading.

State results on the FCAT 2.0 reading show 52% of 9th graders passed and 50% of 10th graders passed.

Free summer meals available for children starting in June

Free summer meals available for children starting in June

Polk County, Florida-- The School Nutrition Department will provide nutritionally balanced meals to children through the Summer Foodservice Program starting June 13.  It will last until August 1.

It should be noted that meals will not be available on July 4 in observation of Independence Day.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfast and lunches are not available. 

Kathleen Senior Wins State Title in Aquaculture CDE

Kathleen Senior Wins State Title in Aquaculture CDE

Polk County, Florida-- Kathleen Senior placed first in Florida’s Aquaculture Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held Saturday, April 21 at the University of Florida-College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville.

During the Aquaculture CDE competition, high school team members are given 30 minutes to develop an oral presentation around an issue related to the Aquaculture Industry, whether it’s fish species, aquatic plants, water quality parameters or even diseases and parasites.

2012 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year announced!

2012 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year announced!

Bartow, Florida -- The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced the 2012 Florida School-Related Employee of the Year. This year, the distinct honor goes to Norma Reyes, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) paraprofessional at Purcell Elementary in Polk County.

Jenkins High School JROTC Drill Team runs through the drills

Jenkins High School JROTC Drill Team runs through the drills

 

On Saturday, April 14, George Jenkins High School played host to the 2012 Florida State JROTC Drill Competition.

Ninety-six schools from across the state were represented as they competed at the Lakeland high school. This equated to about 2,000 cadets from various school districts. 

The cadets competed in 18 events in which judges rated cadets based on precision and technique displayed during routines. The competition was fierce and very tough throughout the day as teams battled it out to place first through fifth place.

Polk County Public Schools Commencement Schedule

Polk County Public Schools Commencement Schedule

Polk County, Florida-- 2012 graduation season is here. As this year’s graduates prepare to take the next step towards their future goals, we share in their excitement.

Students who earned their diplomas will be honored at graduation ceremonies throughout the months of May and June. To view a complete commencement schedule please visit this website.