Polk County School Dates to Remember

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POLK COUNTY 2015-2016 SCHOOL CALENDAR

2015

August 24 First day of school
September 7 School Holiday- Labor Day
September 16 EARLY RELEASE DAY
September 28 Student Holiday
October 14 EARLY RELEASE DAY
October 19 Student Holiday
November 11 School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 18 EARLY RELEASE DAY
November 23-27 School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 21-January 1 School Holiday – Winter Break

 

2016

January 4 First day back after winter holiday
January 13 EARLY RELEASE DAY
January 18 School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
January 25 Student Holiday
February 15 School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
February 24 EARLY RELEASE DAY
March 21-25 School Holiday – Spring Break
April 6 EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 18 EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 30 School Holiday – Memorial Day
June 9 Last day of school

 
For more information on the school calendar, upcoming events or Polk school information, please visit the Polk County Public Schools website (where we gathered our information) at www.polk-fl.net.
 
 

2015-2016 Assessment Schedule

September 14-25 FSA EOC Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
November 30-December 18 FSA EOC Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2;
NGSSS EOC Biology 1, Civics, U.S. History
February 29-May 6 FSA English Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics
April 11-May 6 FCAT Science Grades 5 and 8
April 18-May 13 FSA EOC Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2
April 18-May 20 NGSSS EOC Biology 1, Civics, U.S. History

 
Click for Polk County testing information.
 

Achieve Your Best ACT or SAT Score with LRC Fall Test Prep

For those of you in high school planning to tackle the ACT or SAT this fall, please consider our test preparation courses where our goal is to help you achieve your best score. Expect to learn problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering exam questions, take practice exams, and study test-taking techniques and strategies specific to each exam.
 
Now is the time to register! The next ACT test date is scheduled for October 24, 2015; while the fall SAT test dates are scheduled for October 3, 2015, November 7, 2015, and December 5, 2015.
 
Calm your test anxiety, and make sure you’re prepared with our ACT Preparation Course on September 14-October 14, 2015 or one of three SAT Preparation sessions on September 1-September 24, 2015, September 29-October 22, 2015 or October 27-November 19 at the Learning Resource Center of Polk County.
 

Find more on the course developed around the test you’re planning to take below.

 
ACT Preparation Course
Who: Students in grades 9-12
What: Math/Science, English/Reading, and Writing to help all students maximize their learning potential.
How: Acquaint students with the ACT test format and types of questions, as well as, provide a review of relevant content and application of research-based problem-solving techniques with highly-trained instructors.
When: September 14-October 14, 2015
Math/Science- Mondays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., September 14, 21, October 5 & 12
English/Reading- Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., September 16, 23, October 7 & 14
Writing- Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., October 3
*ACT TEST DATE: October 24
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland
Cost: $440.00* for all subjects or
$195.00 for Math/Science
$195.00 for English/Reading
$65.00 for Writing (includes an ACT book)
*Ask about our Sliding Fees based on gross annual income
Register: Register online at lrcpolk.com/programs/act-preparation or call 863-688-9477.
 
SAT Preparation Course September 1-September 24
Who:
Students in grades 9-12
What: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing to help all students maximize their learning potential.
How: Acquaint students with the SAT test format and types of questions, as well as, provide a review of relevant content and application of research-based problem-solving techniques with highly-trained instructors.
When: September 1-September 24, 2015
Critical Reading– Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., September 1, 8, 15 & 22
Math– Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., September 3, 10, 17 & 24
Writing- Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., September 12
* SAT TEST DATE: October 3
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland
Cost: $440.00* for all subjects or
$195.00 for Math only
$195.00 for Critical Reading only
$65.00 for Writing (includes an SAT book)
*Ask about our Sliding Fees based on gross annual income
Register: Register online at lrcpolk.com/programs/sat-and-psat-preparation-program or call 863-688-9477.
 
SAT Preparation Course September 29-October 22
Who:
Students in grades 9-12
What: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing to help all students maximize their learning potential.
How: Acquaint students with the SAT test format and types of questions, as well as, provide a review of relevant content and application of research-based problem-solving techniques with highly-trained instructors.
When: September 29-October 22, 2015
Critical Reading– Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., September 29, October 6, 13 & 20
Math– Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., October 1, 8, 15 & 22
Writing- Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., October 10
* SAT TEST DATE: November 7
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland
Cost: $440.00* for all subjects or
$195.00 for Math only
$195.00 for Critical Reading only
$65.00 for Writing (includes an SAT book)
*Ask about our Sliding Fees based on gross annual income
Register: Register online at lrcpolk.com/programs/sat-and-psat-preparation-program or call 863-688-9477.
 
SAT Preparation Course October 27-November 19
Who:
Students in grades 9-12
What: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing to help all students maximize their learning potential.
How: Acquaint students with the SAT test format and types of questions, as well as, provide a review of relevant content and application of research-based problem-solving techniques with highly-trained instructors.
When: October 27-November 19, 2015
Critical Reading– Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., October 27, November 3, 10 & 17
Math– Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., October  29, November 5, 12 & 19
Writing- Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., November 7
* SAT TEST DATE: December 5
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland
Cost: $440.00* for all subjects or
$195.00 for Math only
$195.00 for Critical Reading only
$65.00 for Writing (includes an SAT book)
*Ask about our Sliding Fees based on gross annual income
Register: Register online at lrcpolk.com/programs/sat-and-psat-preparation-program or call 863-688-9477.

 

LRC Students Received 526 Hours of Tutoring in July

In the month of July, Learning Resource Center students received 526 hours of tutoring, bringing the Year-To-Date Total to 526 hours (please note that the YTD total starts over in July). New and ongoing students tutored during the month of July equaled 125 students.
 
July 2015 Tutoring Hours Inforgraphic

 

Thanks to all of our tutors and students for your time, efforts, and hard work. It’s paying off!

 

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May 2015 Tutoring Report
June 2015 Tutoring Report

Help the Learning Resource Center Thrive as a Tutor or Volunteer

You can play a role in the success of the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. by lending your time, knowledge and efforts. Have a part in helping the organization thrive by becoming part of the LRC team as a tutor or a volunteer.

 

Tutors

If you have a passion for teaching, desire a flexible work schedule, enjoy creative freedom, and want to make a difference in the life of a student, then tutoring may be for you! The Learning Resource Center is looking for certified teachers or qualified candidates to inspire and motivate students throughout Polk County with one-to-one and small group positions. Tutors will receive competitive hourly rate as well as flexible scheduling. LRC tutors consult with their clients to decide when and where to tutor. Tutoring may take place at any of the following locations: LRC, public library, school (with permission from principal), local business, church, etc., and sessions are typically one to two hours per week.
 
Another thing to note is that LRC handles monthly billing, so tutors do not have to worry about collection of fees.
 
Apply today by completing the Application for Employment. Positions are available throughout Polk County. Please mail your completed application or stop by to drop it off in person at 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL  33803.
 
Once you application is received, a Program Manager will contact you to schedule an interview. In the meantime, if you have specific questions, please call LRC at 863-688-9477 and visit the FAQS webpage.
 

Volunteers

Volunteers are indispensable to the organization. If you are able to fully support the LRC Mission and Vision, can communicate those to the community, demonstrate good customer service skills, and work well in a team environment, you are most likely qualified to become an LRC volunteer. Volunteers with direct access to students will be asked to complete a background check. Also, please note that certain volunteer assignments may have age restrictions.
 
Possible volunteer opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Tutor (Paid positions also available)
  • Spanish Translator
  • Office Assistant
  • Special Events Assistant (December through February)
  • Summer Program Assistant (May through August)
  • Community Outreach

 
To learn how you can volunteer with LRC this year, please contact Judi Weiss at JudiW@lrcpolk.com, call LRC at 863-688-9477 or visit LRC online at lrcpolk.com/get-involved/volunteer to complete the appropriate volunteer application.
 
Please note that court-ordered community service is not part of the volunteer program.
 
LRC looks forward to the possibility of working with you and helping the organization grow.

 

Back-to-School Bashes, Health Fairs & Donation Drives

School bells will be ringing soon, signaling that classes are back in session. Before the 2015-2015 year begins, have some fun, get informed, and help other teachers and students at these back-to-school bashes, events, and donation drives taking place throughout Polk County.
 
Student orientation: Thursday, August 20
First day of school for students: Monday, August 24
 
Tax-free holiday: August 7-16
 

Bashes

 
Back to School Bash
When: Saturday, August 8, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Eloise Resource Center 710 Snively Avenue, Eloise
What: Polk County Parks & Recreation’s Back to School Bash is a free family event. Families will get to enjoy free school supplies for children kindergarten through the fifth grade (first come, first served). Families will also enjoy music, educational exhibitors, and children activities. This event will help children start the school year off on the right foot.
Contact: 863-298-4485
 
Back to School Bash

When: Sunday, August 9, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Wilfred Smith Resource Center, 135 Avenue Y N.E., Winter Haven
What: Polk County Parks & Recreation’s Back to School Bash is a free family event. Families will get to enjoy free school supplies for children kindergarten through the fifth grade (first come, first served). Families will also enjoy music, educational exhibitors, and children activities. This event will help children start the school year off on the right foot.
Contact: 863-298-7898
 
BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Winter Haven

When: Saturday, August 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Greater Works Ministries, 2110 Oakhurst Drive, Winter Haven
What: Food, entertainment, various groups with information and resources for children and parents, haircuts, various back-to-school services and games.
Contact: 863-206-5706
 
EMERGE Goes Back to School

When: Tuesday, August 18, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Where: Crystal Lake Elementary, 700 Galvin Drive, Lakeland
What: EMERGE Lakeland is giving back to some hardworking Polk County teachers! Volunteers will meet at Crystal Lake Elementary for a light breakfast before helping teachers prepare their classrooms for the 2015-2016 school year!
 
Even if you can’t volunteer that day, you can help by donating the following “Back to School” items:
 
Notebooks
Composition Books
Pencils
Crayons
Erasers
Hand Sanitizer
Kleenex
 
Contact: 863-688-8551 ext. 228
 

Back-to-School Extravaganza

When: Saturday, August 22, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Ward and Coney Community Center, 2610 Recker Highway, Winter Haven
What: Many local businesses have come together to provide the community with fun, food, hairstyles, bounce houses, kids craft workshops, health testings, live entertainment and valuable giveaways for this extravaganza. The Guest Speaker will be Altrichia Cook, CEO of Allusions By A.Lekay. School Supplies will be given to a limited number of students.
*Parents must PRE-REGISTERfor the school supply packages.
Contact: 863-288-0099, wardandconeycenter@gmail.com
 
Back to School Pool Bash

When: August 29, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Where: Winter Haven Recreational and Cultural Center, 801 Ave. T NE, Winter Haven
What: Enjoy food, water slides, bounce houses, games, music, and more at this free community event geared towards ages 6-17.
Contact: 863-291-5675
 

Health Fairs

 
Back To School Health Fair

When: Friday, Aug 8 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, 40100 US Highway 27, Davenport
What: Celebrate back to school with Heart of Florida.

  • School-aged children can enjoy Heart of Florida’s Kid Clinic: a hands-on learning opportunity focused on staying healthy, exercising, and eating right.
  • Heart of Florida’s Teddy Bear Clinic: a special check-up for your child’s teddy bear.
  • Education on concussion awareness, early learning programs, a healthy eating initiative, and more, provided by Nemours Children’s Hospital.
  • Local pediatricians, physicians, police, and EMS offer info on back-to-school screenings & discounts, and keeping kids safe during the school year.
  • Enjoy the fun zone with free crafts, face-painting, and activities.

Contact: RSVP line, 866-997-DOCS
 
Back to School Health Fair

When: Friday, Aug 14, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: Central Florida Health Care, Inc.-Mulberry, 106 NW 9th Ave., Mulberry
What: A Central Florida Health Care back to school health clinic featuring  CFHC school supplies and backpacks also.
Contact: 863-425-6200
 

Donation Drives

 
Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus is Central Florida’s largest back-to-school campaign. In addition to the traditional school supplies that are needed such as pens, pencils, wide rule paper, folders with prongs, crayons, markers, backpacks, glue and erasers, you may also donate copy paper, facial tissue, index cards, highlighters, hand sanitizer, zip lock bags, and pencil boxes. Stop by Hall Communications located at 404 West Lime Street in Lakeland between on Wednesday, August 19 between 7:00-8:30 a.m. to deliver your drop-off. Stuff the Bus is taking place throughout Polk County. Here is a list of Lakeland drop-off sites leading up to the August 19th event: Learning Resource Center, Red Elephant Pizza and Grill, Victory Church, Lakeland Association of Realtors, Regal Lakeland, Maximize Digital Media, and The Doggie Bag Boutique. Please visit http://lrcpolk.com/stuff-the-bus-for-students-in-need/for more information.
 
Winter Haven Stuff the Bus Info.
 
Pace Center for Girls – Polk Supply Drive

PACE Polk could use your help with school supplies. They will welcome 48 girls on August 17, and could use supplies such as pencils, binders, notebooks, crayons, dictionaries, markers, glue sticks, and more. Please contact Mayelin Quintero at 863-688-5596 or mayelin.quintero@pacecenter.org for more information on how you can help. You can also find a list of needed supplies on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PaceCenterPolk. Pace Polk is located at 101 West Main Street, Suite 140 in Lakeland.
 

August Tutoring Special

August has arrived, which means school will be back in session soon. August is also the opportune time to enroll your student in One-to-One Tutoring with LRC. Don’t wait until your child is failing to think about tutoring assistance. If you know of an area your child needs extra attention or if you just feel like your child could use a boost, we can help. Be proactive this year, and help your learner begin the school year on the path to success that will continue throughout the year.
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As an added incentive, we are offering an August Back-to-School special for those who have tutored with us before. Returning LRC students will receive their first hour of tutoring for FREE using the coupon below. Don’t wait because the offer is only good through the end of the month (August 31, 2015). Only one coupon per student is valid. Please feel free to share the offer with others who may be interested and to whom it may apply, as well.
 

LRC One-to-One Tutoring

LRC tutoring sessions offer flexibility when it comes to schedule or location. We allow you the freedom to work with your qualified instructor to decide these details. You may also request a specific tutor if you have one in mind. Tutoring services are available for elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult students in a wide variety of subjects including reading, language arts, math, foreign languages, spelling and phonics, science, social studies, test preparation, and more.
 
Our goal at LRC, is to ensure that our programs and services are designed for individualized instruction because we know that everyone learns differently. This customized approach allows each student the ability to reach their maximum potential.
 
For more on our tutoring services, please visit lrcpolk.com/1-to-1-tutoring.
 
Please do not wait to contact us. We are ready to help!
 
 

August Offer

 
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LRC Offers a Summer Kaleidoscope of Learning

A look at LRC’s 2015 Summer

 
Every June brings an incredible array of educational adventures to the always-open doors of LRC. Some are long-time traditional classes, and others are brand-new opportunities to meet the academic needs of the community. Summer 2015, too, is appropriately unique in its offerings.
 
Here is an overview:
 

Nine Camp READY!’s

Campers aged 5-6 years old participate in LRC’s award-winning month-long activity-based program designed to increase their success in Kindergarten. Sites for 2015 are Frostproof, Lake Wales, Winter Haven, Haines City, Poinciana, Bartow, Ft. Meade, North Lakeland, and South Lakeland.
 

Super Summer Success  

Elementary school students perfected their reading and math skills in engaging projects and participatory activities. The classes were hosted at Highland City Elementary School for four weeks.  Parents were invited to celebrate completed projects and learning gains.
 

Study Habits for Highly Successful Students

Middle School and High School students identified and practiced strategies to improve organization and time management skills, test-taking techniques, critical thinking, listening and focusing tips, and effective communication in a week-long class at LRC Offices.
 

ACT, SAT, GRE, and TOEFL Test Prep

LRC is offering test preparation to students with myriad needs this summer. Students hoping to secure a Bright Futures Scholarships or college acceptance are enrolled in classes at the LRC Center. Students studying with the Galindo Tennis Academy are working with English vocabulary and grammar in classes held on Florida Southern College campus.
 

Community-based Education

Two new initiatives through Heartland for Children take LRC teachers to Auburndale and Sebring. IRACE, an initiative to involve underserved youth, has partnered with LRC to offer intensive math tutoring, study skills, and Florida Virtual School coaching.  Hansen House, a residential program in Highlands County, is the scene for one-to-one tutoring.

 

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