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Updated: 05/22/2013 08:03:56AM

Gause Academy gets the Pansy B

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Christine Roslow

Maggie Holland

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For the second consecutive year, Gause Academy earned the Pansy B Read Gold Seal Chapter Award at the Florida FBLA State Conference.

Held April 25-28 in Orlando, the school won the award that recognizes outstanding Florida chapters that have actively participated in projects and programs identified with the goals of FBLA. Gause Academy was one of only seven schools to earn this honor in 2013.

Krystal Sapp, chapter president, competed in the Electronic Career Portfolio competition. She placed fifth. Krystal is a junior this year.

Jonathan Siggins, a freshman, placed fifth in the Computer Game and Simulation Programming event.

Freshmen Alexandra Nicolo and Zacorreya Franklin ­participated in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures and Business Presentation, respectively.

Jonathan and Alexandra served as chapter voting delegates, helping choose the 2013 state officer team.

Melissa Konkol is Gause Academy’s high school FBLA adviser.

New Charter applicant
orientation scheduled

The Office of Magnet, Choice and Charter Schools has an orientation for those interested in learning about the application process necessary for opening a new charter school.

Various Polk County School Board employees will provide attendees with general information on the charter application process, School Board policies and the requirements of charter applicants.

The deadline for charter school applications is Thursday, Aug. 1.

The orientation at 1 p.m. on Wed., May 22 in the Superintendent’s Conference Room at the Polk County Public Schools’ District Office, 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow For questions, call 863-534-0625.

Holland earns honor roll status at Washington and Lee

Maggie Holland of Bartow, a member of the class of 2013 at Washington and Lee University, has earned honor roll status for the recently ended winter term 2013.

Honor roll status at Washington and Lee represents a term grade-average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Thepvong graduates
from basic training

Army Pfc. Angel B. Thepvong has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship qualification, bayonet combat, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, traditions, and core values. Thepvong is the son of Sisamone Thepvong of Lakeland. He is a 2012 graduate of Summerlin Military Academy.

Adopt-a-Senior project meets big success

Only in its inception still the Adopt-a-Senior project took in more than $11,000 worth of items to help homeless students in Polk County this year.

That includes $8,381 in cash and checks, $1,835 in gift cards and $290 in rolls of quarters.

One hundred twenty people and organizations pulled their resources together as part of the Adopt-a-Senior Project. Starting in February, The Learning Support Division’s Sunshine Committee worked in conjunction with the District’s Hearth Project to assist with the collection of items for graduating students who are displaced or have no permanent home. As of May 10, there were approximately 124 Polk County Public Schools’ seniors who are in these circumstances.

The Hearth Project reports, as of May 10, there are 2,515 homeless students who attend Polk County Public Schools.

Volunteers sought for READ workshop

READ Polk has a free training workshop for those who would like to teach adults how to read and speak English as a Second Language from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, June 20 at Polk State College in the Lakeland Technology Building, Room 1310, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland.

Lunch will not be provided, however, there is a full service restaurant within the building that will be open until to 2 p.m. for participants to buy lunch. Snacks will be handed out in the morning.

No experience is necessary. Volunteers will receive the training and materials to become certified tutors. Class size is limited. Register by calling 863-802-1512 or via email at by noon on Tuesday, June 18. For information, call 863-802-1512.

Duke Foundation awards $50,000 to Polk Education Foundation

Duke Foundation’s $50,000 award to the Polk Education Foundation will be used to offer STEM mini-grants to 29 Polk County elementary, middle and high schools next year.

Selected Polk schools will have the opportunity to apply for competitive mini-grants that have a strong STEM focus. Schools may choose to expand knowledge of STEM curriculum and teaching methods through related professional development. After attending PD, teachers would return to their schools with the requirement to train their colleagues to increase teacher quality in STEM areas. Also schools could use the money to purchase materials to implement a new STEM program or enhance an existing one, in order to increase learning for their students.

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