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Updated: 05/16/2013 05:38:44PM

Alice in Wonderland this week

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Christine Roslow

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Students from Bartow Elementary School this week will perform Alice in Wonderland at their school.

It is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10 at BEA, 590 S. Wilson Ave.

Tickets are $3 for adutls and students and they will be sold at the door. There will also be a school wide art show on display at the school.

Five Bartowians initiated
into Phi Kappa Phi

Five people from Bartow were initiated into Phi Kappa Phi recently.

They are Michelle Gibson, initiated at Florida Southern College; Shealyn Sealey, initiated at University of South Florida; Jared Culp, initiated at University of South Florida; Micah Wine, initiated at University of South Florida; and Jessica Buchanan, initiated at Florida State University.

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. It inducts annually about 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The Society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines.

Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors.

Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

The Society’s mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Local cadets heading to national drill competition

JROTC cadets from Ridge Community High, Mulberry High and Summerlin Academy went to Daytona Beach for the 2013 National High School Drill Team Championships.

The annual event which started on Saturday, May 4, draws thousands of cadets from across the nation.

The students perform military routines that are judged for precision and technique.

Representing Summerlin Academy is Catherina Lagredelle, who earned second place in the county competition on April 6.

Locke to attend naval summer series

Spencer Locke, a student at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven will be one of 2,550 students in the United States to attend the Naval Academy Summer Series program.

The seminar is a leadership experience class for high school seniors to educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering to apply to the USNA.

The seminar teaches students about life in the Naval Academy where academics, athletics and professional training are key elements in developing the nation’s leaders. Student go to a six-day session in the seminar.

Locke is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ed Locke Jr., grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carol Locke Sr. of Bartow and Mr. and Mrs. Erroll Fielding of Winter Haven.

Info sessions on
collegiate high school set

Polk State College has a series of information sessions for those interested in attending its new Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School will begin holding classes in the fall on the campus of Polk State Lakeland. The new high school will serve students who face a variety of challenging circumstances, allowing them to complete their high school diplomas and earn college credits.

Priority admission will be given to students who:

• Have been out of school for a minimum of three months

• Are custodial parents or parents participating in the financial support of a child

• Can demonstrate that they are the primary caretakers for family members during traditional school hours

• Are considered to be overage

• Are homeless

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School has classes in the afternoon and evening hours, allowing students to work or care for children or other family members during the day. The new school will also offer one-on-one academic tutoring and assistance with navigating various social services.

The sessions are planned:

May 14, 6:30 p.m., Room LTB 1100, Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road

May 16, 6:30 p.m., Room LTB 1100, Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road

May 21, 6:30 p.m., Larry R. Jackson Branch Library, 1700 N. Florida Ave., Lakeland

May 30, 6:30 p.m., Room WST 126, Polk State Winter Haven, 999 Ave. H N.E.

For information, call Director Sallie Brisbane at 863-669-2322 or

Scholarship auditions set

Students interested in studying with Polk State Theatre have two opportunities to audition for a scholarship.

The 2013 Theatre Scholarship Auditions will take place from 2-6 p.m. May 10 and noon-3 p.m. May 11 Both auditions will be in room WFA 117 at Polk State Winter Haven.

Students interested in auditioning should prepare a contemporary comedic or dramatic monologue and a classic monologue or sonnet. They also have the option of preparing 16 bars of a song; they should bring their own sheet music.

Technical theater artists should bring portfolios highlighting their experience with costume or set design, lighting, sound, production, stage management or promotions.

For information or to make an appointment to audition, call Theater Director Paul Carbonell at, or 863-292-3631.

Agreement inked to help attract potential employees

Interim Superintendent John A. Stewart met with representatives from the Ana G. Méndez University System to sign a collaborative agreement both sides hope will ultimately attract university students interested in a professional teaching career with Polk County Public Schools.

This pact orchestrated by Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Services Dennis Dunn and representatives from the District’s Human Resource Services Department will mark a formal partnership with Puerto Rico’s second largest private university system.

As part of the agreement, students will be offered informational sessions that cover the steps to becoming a teacher with Polk County Public Schools, how to obtain certification in the State of Florida, and information on employee salaries, benefits, bonuses, culture and other pertinent topics.

In time, this partnership will be expanded to offer practicum opportunities to education students who have met the requirements to apply for Florida Teacher Certification and are enrolled at the school’s Orlando, Tampa and Puerto Rico sites.

Open enrollment is
underway for virtual
instructional program

Polk County District Full-time Virtual Instructional Program is an online public school that serves students in Kindergarten-12th grades that meet the state eligibility mandates.

Open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year began on Monday, April 22 and closes Monday, July 22.

Students enrolled in the District Full-time Virtual Instructional Program complete all course work through the on-line program and are required to adhere to all state and local policies for public school students.

The students are required to participate in all testing programs and must meet attendance expectations through daily work submissions.

This program does not serve registered home schooled students.

Students do work from home but are classified as full-time public virtual students, not home schooled. The Florida Legislature established this program as a public school option.

Visit the Polk County Virtual Education website for registration expectations, forms and state eligibility requirements.

To make an appointment for registration, call 863-665-4538.

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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