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Students can gain insight into science and technology careers at "Science Night"

Students can gain insight into science and technology careers at "Science Night"

Mulberry, FL -- Students from any school are invited to a Science Night at Mulberry High on Tuesday, Jan. 11 beginning at 6 p.m.

Science Night is an opportunity for Mulberry High students to investigate careers in science and technology but students from any school are also invited to participate and learn about potential careers.

Representatives from companies and organizations in science and technology fields will talk to students about their professions and lead hands-on activities about their work.

3 Lakeland High students receive prestigious award

3 Lakeland High students receive prestigious award

Lakeland, FL -- Three Lakeland High students receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

According to Polk County Schools, Shakondra Brown, Jaylese Driver and Kevin Miller were three of 137 students honored from five Florida schools including Lakeland High. Other schools with students receiving the award were from Kissimmee, Miami, Panama City and Orlando.

Watch Kathleen High students talk to astronauts in space

Watch Kathleen High students talk to astronauts in space

Lakeland, Florida -- Kathleen High student will be able to interactive with NASA astronauts in space next week during a Q & A session.

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA) of Lakeland's Kathleen High will be the only school in Florida and one of five in the country to talk with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during Expedition 25/26, according to a release on the Polk County Schools website.

The NASA Teaching From Space Office has confirmed the signal satelitte transmission between ISS astronauts and CFAA students for 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Polk County teachers awarded grants

Polk County teachers awarded grants

POLK COUNTY, Florida -- Twenty-one Polk County teachers and four private school teachers were among the 206 educators across the District's 16-county region awarded Splash! school grants on Dec. 20 through the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Mary Margaret Hull, lead communications coordinator, attributed the effectiveness of the grant program in Polk County to the strong partnership with Polk County Schools, which helped get the word out to teachers. Milton Huling, senior coordinator of secondary science for Polk County Schools, serves as the District’s liaison to teachers.

“These teachers are receiving a small amount of money but are able to accomplish so much,” Hull said in a statement. “Grant recipients also use the District’s collection of curriculum materials and other free educational resources.”

Polk schools reprimanded for faulty finances

Polk schools reprimanded for faulty finances

Bartow, FL - At a Polk School Board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 14, members emphasized the need for stricter rules on money-handling in area schools. An annual district audit suggests that when funds have been collected for field trips, fundraisers, and other special events, 29 out of 30 schools have made mistakes when handling money.

Issues like delayed deposits and reports, lack of transaction documentation, and lost receipts were the primary concerns of the board. The non-offending school was Wendell Watson Elementary in Lakeland.

The Board suggested that district officials should penalize any schools who don't improve their compliance with the strict rules, which will fall primarily to principals and finance secretaries and will be tracked by continued district-wide audits. Further recommendations include a clear checklist and consistent system to guide all Polk schools.

DATABASE: Search 2010 Florida FCAT and School Grade results

DATABASE: Search 2010 Florida FCAT and School Grade results

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The numbers are in for Florida's high schools, and the results are a definite improvement from last year.

Nearly three quarters (71 percent) of all the high schools in Florida earned either an "A" or "B" grade.

Let's break down the numbers a bit: 30 percent of Florida's 470 graded public high schools schools earned an A, 41 percent earned a B, 15 percent earned a C, 12 percent earned a D, and only two percent (11 schools) earned an F. Last year there were 23 schools that had a failing grade.

More Info: Detailed information on the 2009-2010 high school grades
FCAT Scores: Look up school FCAT results

The school grade system was adopted in 1999 as part of then-Governor Jeb Bush's "A-Plus" school accountability program.