ALL AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR TODAY, MARCH 20, 2018 BECAUSE OF THE APPROACHING WEATHER SYSTEM
CANCELLED — Parent/Teacher Conference Night, Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Just a Friendly Reminder!
Flyers were sent home last week with all students about this week’s parent teacher conference night. Parents may come and go at their convenience between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM to meet with teachers.
Information given from Parent Night on February 22
Thanks to all the parents who came out to our latest parent night which focused on information regarding the upcoming spring testing season that begins shortly. Mrs. Echevarria presented tips on how parents could help their children, and also gave information on what’s specifically involved with the writing portion of the test. As promised, here are her handout and screen presentation from the night.
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.
Enrolling New Students at Lake Marion Creek Middle
New students may be registered between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM each day. Please click on this link for registration and immunization requirements.
Parent Curriculum Guide
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. Click on this link to access the guide.