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Polk public schools move from "A-" to "A+" on transparency

Polk public schools move from "A-" to "A+" on transparency

Polk Co., FL-- Sunshine Review recently analyzed and graded the transparency of websites in Florida and across the nation, including the five largest counties and cities and the ten largest school districts. Polk County Public Schools was given an “A+” on its 2012 Transparency Report Card. The last time the pro-transparency non-profit agency graded the schools’ website, it received an “A-”. 

Students surpass goal set for fundraising efforts

Students surpass goal set for fundraising efforts

Lakeland, Florida -- Polk County Schools recently gave a shoutout to the students of Highlands Grove Elementary students who helped raise funds for local children with life-threatening illnesses -- and surpassed their goal!

The students, who worked with the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Macy’s, wrote letters to Santa or essays beginning with “I Believe.” Each letter was worth $1 to the Foundation through a partnership with Macy’s. The amount was then doubled by Macy’s because the letters were delivered by Friday, Dec. 14.

Bartow High’s FFA wins State Forestry Contest

Bartow High’s FFA wins State Forestry Contest

Bartow, Florida -- Polk County Schools recently announced that Bartow High’s FFA team won the State Forestry Contest. 

The team, consisting of Hunter Westmoreland, Taylor Ross, Rachel Locke, Brett Wasden and Jessica Clark, reportedly placed first in the following categories: general knowledge, dendrology, pest/disorders, compass and pacing. The team also placed third in the tools category. 

In the individual competition, Brett Wasden received a first place ribbon in every category except for compass and pacing. 

Polk County Public Schools participates in “The Big Read”

Polk County Public Schools participates in “The Big Read”

Winter Haven, Florida -- In January, Polk County Public Schools and a number of community businesses and organizations are scheduled to participate in a nationwide effort to increase literacy.

All middle and high schools in the District will join in activities organized by “The Big Read,” an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. This year’s theme is centered on the stories and poems of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Horizons Elementary awarded in Healthier U.S. School Challenge

Horizons Elementary awarded in Healthier U.S. School Challenge

Davenport, FL-- Horizons Elementary is the recipient of the Healthier U.S. School Challenge Gold Award of Distinction. The national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program rewards institutions that create healthier school environments through promotion of good nutrition and physical education activities. 

Each year, schools from across the country are invited to qualify at any of the four levels of superior performance: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Gold Award of Distinction. Horizons Elementary qualified at the highest level.