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Updated: 07/03/2013 08:01:39AM

Guffey named to Dean’s List at Georgia Southern

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Christine Roslow

Pictured from left is Teresa Griffin, Communications Specialist; Tia Rigsby, Communications Specialist; Leah Lauderdale, Senior Director of the Department of Strategic Communications/Community Relations; and Julie Togba, Public Relations and Marketing Analyst show the plaques they won at the Sunshine State Medallion Awards.

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Bartow’s Drew Guffey was named to the Dean’s List at Georgia Southern University.

To be eligible a student must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and carry a minimum of 12 hours for the semester. He was one of 2,444 students named at that school.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University was founded in 1906 and offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students.

Student graduates from Florida Institute of Technology

Mauricio Miranda of Bartow earned a degree in Marketing from Florida Institute of Technology Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. The university is designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report and is recognized by Bloomberg Businesweek as the best college for return on investment in Florida.

Algebra retake scheduled

Bartow High School has set the Algebra 1 EOC retake on Thursday, July 25, in the BHS Media Center at 8 am. Students who need to take the Algebra 1 EOC must contact BHS at 863-534-7400 to reserve a computer seat.

Reservations must be no later than July 15.

BHS will also offer an Algebra 1 Tutoring for our students on Wednesday, July 17, Thursday, July 18, Monday, July 22, Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, July 24. Tutoring times are set at 9 a.m. until noon at Summerlin Academy.

Schools win PR awards

The Polk County Schools won three awards from the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association on June 19.

The awards were for the 2012 Hall of Fame and Honor Graduates Banquet, Balancing the Impact of FCAT 2.0 Scoring Changes and The Core Electronic Magazine. Of those who accepted the award were Teresa Griffin, Tia Rigsby, Leah Lauderdale and Julie Togba.

The annual award is given to a select group of districts from around the state, in recognition of work done by public relations professionals in education communications.

Free meals can go to students at selected schools

Starting in the 2013-14 school year, Polk County Public Schools will participate in the Community Eligibility Option pilot program. All students who attend preselected schools identified as having a high percentage of low-income students will be served free breakfasts and lunches without having to fill out a qualifying application for the free and reduced meal programs.

Schools in this area that have been preselected include the Achievement Academy, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Villa, Gause Academy, Gibbons Street Elementary, Griffin Elementary and Stephens Elementary.

Students who do not attend classes at the preselected schools identified for the CEO pilot program and qualify for free and reduced meal programs are being asked to fill out an online application, starting Thursday, Aug. 1. Go to and search keyword: Nutrition.

There is also an option of completing a paper application at the school where the student will be attending classes for the 2013-14 school year.

The National School Lunch and Breakfast program provides free and reduced price meals to students unable to pay the full price for meals. Household size and income will be used to determine eligibility.

PSC looking for fill positions

Polk State has a job fair for those interested in faculty positions at its various campuses and centers.

It is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on July 16 in room LTB 1100 at Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road.

The College is looking for instructors for accounting, 2D and 3D art/photography, business analysis, business communications, computer information systems, college-credit mathematics, developmental mathematics, digital media, economics, english, finance, humanities, psychology- human development, Science - biology, chemistry, physical sciences, sociology, wellness.

Job fair attendees will meet with representatives from the various disciplines, explore part-time teaching opportunities, and discuss requirements. Attendees are encouraged to bring a current resume or vita, as well as unofficial copies of academic transcripts.

Developmental courses require at least a bachelor’s degree and specific coursework and experience. College-credit courses require a master’s degree with at least 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline.

Interested applicants should contact April Robinson, associate dean of academic affairs, at or 863-298-6881 for information.

PSC extends application deadline for new high school

Polk State College extended the application period for the new public charter high school.

Prospective students now have until the first day of class, Aug. 12, to apply for admission. Admission is permitte don the space that is available.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School serves students who have dropped out of — or are unlikely to graduate from — high school. These include students who have not attended school in at least three months, who are supporting a child or are the primary caretakers of other family members during traditional school hours, or who are homeless.

To serve its nontraditional student body, Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College has classes during the afternoon and evening hours and provide personalized tutoring and assistance in accessing social services. Classes will also be offered both face-to-face and online for increased accessibility.

In addition, students will be required to take at least three college courses, for a jump start on their postsecondary education.

Polk State Lakeland Gateway to College Collegiate High School is free. It is at the campus of Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland. Call 863-669-2322 for information.

Registration for fall classes at PSC open

Students currently enrolled at PSC can register for the fall term through the college’s Passport.

Prospective new students should first submit an online application to the college at After doing so, they will be scheduled for an orientation session, during which they will register for their first classes.

A complete, step-by-step guide to the admission process is also available at The guide provides students with information such as how to apply for financial aid, how to request transcripts, and when to schedule placement testing. The link also provides an online course catalog, which will help students in choosing and planning a course of study.

Priority registration for students who have completed at least 30 credits is under way.

Registration for dual-enrollment students — those who are taking college classes while still in high school — will begin July 1.

Fall classes run from Aug. 19 to Dec. 11.

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