FSA Testing Calendar
FSA Writing begins the first week of April. Math, Reading, and Civics tests will occur throughout the month of May. Please ensure your child has a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast and arrives on time the morning of testing.
6th Grade – Click HERE for parent letter
Writing – April 2nd
Reading/Listening – May 1st, May 2nd
Math – May 7th, May 8th
7th Grade – Click HERE for parent letter
Writing – April 4th
Reading/Listening – May 3rd, May 6th
Math – May 10th, May 13th
8th Grade – Click HERE for parent letter
Writing – April 3rd
Reading/Listening – May 7th, May 8th
Math – May 14th, May 15th
Algebra 1/Geometry – May 16th, May 17th
Civics – May 21st
Polk County Public Schools’ annual Community Feedback Survey is now live.
Working with a committee, the Department of Assessment, Accountability & Evaluation created the Community Feedback Survey to measure public perception of the school district. Improving public perception is one of the goals of the school district’s current Strategic Plan.
The survey was first conducted in the 2016-17 school year to gather baseline data. Your participation in this year’s survey will allow us to gauge our progress in the various categories. The survey is available to current students (grades 4 and higher), school and district staff, as well as parents and community members. Links to the surveys can be found below.
The survey will be open through Friday, April 19.
If you are both an employee and a parent, we would appreciate you taking both the Staff survey and Parent & Community survey.
We appreciate your participation. If you have questions about the Community Feedback Survey, please contact the Department of Assessment, Accountability and Evaluation at 863-534-0979.
Student feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1819StudentFeedback
Parent and community feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1819ParentCommunityFeedback
Staff feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1819StaffFeedback
School Safety and Back Packs
In the interest of student safety, backpacks are not to be brought to school. Students may carry bags no larger than a small purse. Students may also bring lunch boxes.
Polk County Public Schools: Turnaround Schools Information
As of Feb. 20, 2018, Polk County Public Schools has six schools in Year 2 of the turnaround process. Each of these schools have received a grade of D or F for more than two consecutive years. These schools include Bartow Middle, Garner Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Kathleen Middle, Lake Alfred Polytech Academy, and Lake Marion Creek Middle.
These schools are subject to a contingency plan that will only go into effect if they do not achieve a grade of C or better after the 2017-18 school year. This plan would be to hire an external operator to manage the schools and achieve gains in the schools’ grades.
Polk County Public Schools has a variety of support structures in place to help our schools undergoing improvement plans.
District staff are visiting these schools frequently to review student performance data, classroom instruction, student discipline, and school leadership. They identify strategies, and seek out available resources, to help the schools in each of these areas.
These schools go to the “front of the line” to get their needs met. For instance, if they need additional staff or support, they get first consideration before other schools not undergoing improvement plans. Polk County Public Schools has also simplified the process to get this support into the schools as quickly as possible.
School-based and district-based instructional coaches are providing additional support to our classroom teachers and students. Because literacy is crucial for students to perform well in all subject areas, a major focus has also been to improve reading skills for students in these schools as well as all schools districtwide.
The 2017-18 school grades will be released in June 2018. Polk County Public Schools is optimistic that these schools will see their grades improve to a C or better, which will mean an external operator will not be necessary. Regardless, the district will continue to provide resources to help the schools maintain their upward trajectory.
For additional information and updates as they become available, please click on the link below.
Attention Incoming 7th Grade Parents and Students
The Florida Department of Health requires 7th graders to have the following immunization:
Tdap (1 dose) – Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis
You must show documentation of the Tdap BEFORE your child starts 7th grade.
For more information, please click here.
The guide contains valuable information and resource options for parents on programs, choice options, and academic expectations and requirements for all students pre-K to post-secondary.