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Achieve with LRC’s 2017 Fall Enrichment Programs

Begin the new school year on the path to success with the Learning Resource Center’s fall enrichment programs and services.

 
LRC Programs and Services Polk County

SAT Prep

The Learning Resource Center’s SAT® Preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the exam.
The full course will take place on Tuesdays (Math) and Thursdays (Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday (Writing).
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: September 5-28, 2017; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. &
Saturday, Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $440* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: SAT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

ACT Prep

Learning Resource Center’s ACT Preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the ACT. This course provides: small classes with highly trained teachers, problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering ACT questions, practice taking ACT exams, emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety. The full course will take place on Mondays (Math/Science) and Wednesdays (English/Reading) for four weeks as well as one Saturday (Writing).
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Sept. 25-Oct. 25, 2017; Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. &
Saturday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $440* for the full course *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: ACT Prep Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

Study Habits

The Learning Resource Center’s Study Habits of Successful Students provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 6-8 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies. The course is designed to offer small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Sept. 25-Oct. 30, 2017; Mondays, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Cost: $145*, *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: Study Habits Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

College Success Planning

Get the Competitive Edge…College Success Planning provides study skills and motivational strategies to prepare students in grades 9-12 to become more effective learners. Students learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies, as well as concrete techniques to get the competitive edge necessary for high school and college. The course offers small classes with activity-oriented lessons to help students learn and practice these study habits of successful students.
Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland
When: Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2017; Mondays, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Cost: $145*, *Ask about our Sliding Fee Scale
Register: College Success Planning Courses or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 

One-to-One Tutoring

LRC’s One-to-One Tutoring Services include:

  • One-to-One instruction with a highly-qualified teacher
  • Multi-Sensory learning strategies geared toward individual learning styles
  • Improvement of student’s academic achievement
  • Enhancement of student’s self-esteem to improve school success
  • Flexible schedules and locations
  • Wide variety of subjects & exams

Where: Throughout Polk County
When: Year-round
Cost: Based on the number of hours & gross family income
Register: 1-to-1 Tutoring or call 863-688-9477 during office hours
 
 

Polk 2017-2018 Schools Dates to Remember

POLK COUNTY 2017-2018 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Curious about Polk County Public School dates such as the first and last days, student holidays and early release days? Interested in finding out assessment dates for the 2017-2018 school year? Scroll down to find a list of significant calendar dates affecting your PCSB student.
freepik back to school calendar
Graphic by Freepik
 

2017

August 10 First day of school
September 4 School Holiday- Labor Day
September 13 EARLY RELEASE DAY
September 18 Student Holiday
October 16 Student Holiday
November 10 School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 20-24 School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 22-January 3 School Holiday – Winter Break

 

2018

January 4 First day back after Winter Break
January 15 School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
February 19 School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
March 26-30 School Holiday – Spring Break
May 24 Last day of school

 
Please note that Oct. 11, 2017, Nov. 15, 2017, Jan. 24, 2018, Feb. 7, 2018, March 14, 2018 and May 16, 2018 were originally Early Release Days. Due to Hurricane Irma, these days are now regular full days.
 
For more information on the school calendar, upcoming events or Polk school information, please visit the Polk County Public Schools website where we obtained this information.
 
 

2017-2018 Assessment Schedule

 

Date Assessment
September 18-October 6 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry
September 18-October 20 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
November 27-December 15 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
March 1-9 FSA ELA Writing
April 9-May 11 FSA ELA Reading
April 16-May 11 FSA Math
April 16-May 11 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
April 30-May 4 NGSSS Science (5th & 8th)
July 17-21 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History

Click for more Polk County testing information.
 

If you feel that your child needs help preparing for these assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up One-to-One Tutoring.

 

LRC Offers Summer Programs for All Grade Levels

LRC is rolling out its lineup of 2017 summer enrichment programs for kindergarten through high school grade levels.
 
Scroll down to find out about each program and to find the one that best suits you or your student.
 

Kindergarten-Readiness

Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at LRC’s Camp READY! featuring multi-sensory learning experiences in a fun, engaging format at ten locations throughout Polk County. On average, Camp READY! students who attend the full program demonstrate learning gains of seven months in vocabulary development. Camps will take place for four weeks during June 6-July 28, 2017. Dates and times vary by site. The cost is $25 for the entire month.
Camp Ready Winter Haven parent program

 

Elementary Academic Camps

Students entering 1st- 5th grade are invited to Camp Discovery at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven. Camps will focus on critical thinking, reading, writing, science and math skills, offering students four, week-long camps during June 5-30, 2017, Monday-Friday. Choose half-day camp from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for $140 per week or full-day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $200 per week.
 
Students entering 1st-6th grade are encouraged to attend Super Summer Success, an enrichment program that helps students maintain their mental momentum throughout the summer with a fun and active approach to reading, writing and math. Super Summer Success will take place June 12-29, 2017, Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at South McKeel Academy in Lakeland. The full cost is $315.
 

Study Skills

Middle school and high school students may consider study skills courses that provide motivational strategies and study techniques to become more effective learners. Study Habits of Successful Students for grades 6-8 will take place July 10-14, 2017 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., while Get the Competitive Edge…College Success Planning for grades 9-12 will take place July 10-14, 2017 from 1-3 p.m. Both will be held at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost for each is $145.
 

Test Prep

High School students will benefit from LRC’s ACT and SAT summer test preparation courses. Preparation courses are designed to build confident, successful students, helping them achieve their best possible score through problem-solving strategies tailored towards each test. The ACT Summer Prep Course will take place July 17-21, 2017 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for the full course) at the Learning Resource Center, while the SAT Summer Prep Course will take place July 24-27, 2017 (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for the full course) at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost of each full course is $440 and includes a book.
 

Tutoring

In addition to the courses and camps mentioned, LRC also continues One-to-One Tutoring services for students of all ages who feel they need an extra boost during the summer months. With more than 500 tutors throughout Polk County who are able to help students in numerous subjects or prepare for various assessments, LRC will find a tutor that can meet your academic need in your area.
 

Information

LRC offers a sliding fee scale based on the gross annual household income. Scholarships are also available for families with documented financial need for any of these programs. For additional information or to enroll, please click on the program link above or call LRC at 863-688-9477.
 
 

2017 ACT & SAT Dates in One Place

To ensure that you’re prepared for the ACT and/or SAT, we’ve compiled a list of the 2017 dates and deadlines all in one place to make it easier. Scroll down below to find the test date that works best for you.
 
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ACT

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
February 11 January 13 January 14-20
April 8 March 3 March 4-17
June 10 May 5 May 6-19
September 9 August 4 August 5-18
October 28 September 22 September 23-October 6
December 9 November 3 November 4-17

Earn your best possible score on the ACT with LRC’s ACT Prep.
Information gathered from ACTstudent.org
 

SAT

Test dates may be subject to change
 

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Mail Deadline Late Phone/Online Deadline
January 21 December 21 January 3 January 10
March 11 February 10 February 21 February 28
May 6 April 7 April 18 April 25
June 3 May 9 May 16 May 24
August 26 July 28 August 8 August 21
October 7 September 8 September 19 September 27
November 4 October 5 October 17 October 25
December 2 November 2 November 14 November 21

Prepare for the SAT with LRC’s SAT Preparation.
Find more information on the SAT, and register for the exam at SAT.collegeboard.org
 
 
Related Posts:
2016 ACT & SAT Dates

 
 

Excel with LRC’s Fall Enrichment Programs

Each school year brings both challenges and opportunities to many students. The Learning Resource Center of Polk County will offer fall enrichment programs for all grade levels to help combat these challenges while creating opportunities.
fall programs graphic

Test Prep


High school students will have the opportunity to become test-wise with SAT and ACT preparation. Both courses will provide students in grades 9-12 the problem-solving strategies, test-specific techniques and motivation needed to build confidence while reducing test anxiety, allowing them to achieve their best possible score.
 
SAT Prep is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays with three courses this semester: September 6-29, 2016; October 4-27, 2016 and November 1-December 1, 2016.
 
ACT Prep is scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays with two courses this semester: September 26-October 19, 2016 and October 24-November 16, 2016.
 
Each will take place from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for four weeks at the Learning Resource Center and will include one Saturday writing session from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The cost of the full SAT Prep or ACT Prep course is $440.
 

Study Skills


Both high school and middle school students will have the opportunity to join grade-appropriate study skills courses that will provide motivational strategies and study techniques, enabling them to become more effective learners. Study Habits of Successful Students for grades 6-8 will take place on Mondays during September 26-October 24, 2016, while Get the Competitive Edge…College Success Planning for grades 9-12 will take place on Mondays during October 31-December 5, 2016. Both courses will are scheduled for five weeks from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost for each is $145.
 

One-to-One Tutoring


In addition to the programs mentioned, LRC offers year-round one-to-one tutoring throughout Polk County for students of all levels. Highly-qualified teachers will provide each student with customized, academic opportunities designed to meet the student’s individual learning style.
 

Financial Assistance


Thanks to United Way of Central Florida, LRC is able to offer a sliding fee scale. Scholarships are available for families with documented financial need for any of these programs. For questions, please call the Learning Resource Center at 863-688-9477. To enroll in any of these courses, click the program link above or call LRC.
 

LRC Goes to Collegiate High School

LRC offered ACT Prep and College & Career Planning to COL students


collegiate high school act course august 2016
collegiate high school act course august 2016-2
Two views of Dr. Jenny Reed’s ACT Prep class at Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School.
 
Among the students returning to Polk County School classrooms, over 200 high school juniors and seniors entered classrooms taught by Learning Resource Center instructors. LRC faculty taught classes in ACT Preparation and College & Career Planning at Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School.
 
COL is a public school chartered by Polk State College on its Winter Haven campus, and its students are enrolled in both high school and college classes. Since PSC faculty does not return until next week, LRC was invited to run mini-courses, offering enrichment not often an option in the regular schedule.
 
Principal Bridget Fetter utilized a mismatch in scheduling to provide a propitious opportunity for students to improve their critical test-taking skills and to take time to explore education goals and career paths.
 

Polk 2016-2017 Schools Dates to Remember

POLK COUNTY 2016-2017 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Calendar-Template

2016

August 15 First day of school
September 5 School Holiday- Labor Day
September 14 EARLY RELEASE DAY
September 19 Student Holiday
October 5 EARLY RELEASE DAY
October 17 Student Holiday
November 11 School Holiday – Veterans’ Day
November 16 EARLY RELEASE DAY
November 21-25 School Holiday – Thanksgiving Break
December 19-January 2 School Holiday – Winter Break

 

2017

January 3 First day back after winter holiday
January 13 Student Holiday
January 16 School Holiday – MLK, Jr. Day
January 25 EARLY RELEASE DAY
February 15 EARLY RELEASE DAY
February 20 School Holiday – Presidents’ Day
March 15 EARLY RELEASE DAY
March 20-24 School Holiday – Spring Break
April 14 Mini Break
May 17 EARLY RELEASE DAY
May 29 School Holiday – Memorial Day
June 2 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 obtained this information.
 
 

2016-2017 Assessment Schedule

 

Date Assessment
August 15-September 27 FLKRS (Kindergarten)
September 12-23 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
November 28-December 15 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
February 27-May 12 FSA ELA Writing; Reading; Mathematics
April 17-May 12 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2
April 17-May 19 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History
May 2 NGSSS Science (5th & 8th)
July 17-21 FSA EOC Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra 2 NGSSS EOC Biology 1; Civics; U.S. History

Click for more Polk County testing information.
 

If you feel that your child needs help preparing for these assessments, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up One-to-One Tutoring.

 

LRC Programs Sizzle

The Learning Resource Center’s Summer 2016 opened with a bang! Here is just a snapshot of the programs, in addition to LRC’s regular Exceptional Student Education and one-to-one tutoring.
 

Camp READY!

Ten camps located throughout Polk County–Frostproof, Bartow, Ft. Meade, Lake Wales (2), Haines City, Poinciana, North Lakeland, South Lakeland, Winter Haven—offered engaging activities for over 300 students to prepare for Kindergarten. Nine camps were funded by United Way of Central Florida, and one camp was underwritten by a GiveWell Foundation donor.
Camp Ready Winter Haven parent program
 

PEP Summer Camps

Polk County Schools provided Title 1 funds for three weeks of destination camps at PEP Education Center and Inwood Elementary School in Winter Haven. Sixty 1st-5th grade students participated in hands-on science, health, and music experiences which focused on strengthening reading and math skills.
 

LRC Elementary Summer Success

McKeel Academy South was the summer site for 23 elementary students working to increase proficiency in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and basic math concepts.
 

Galindo Tennis Academy

Once again this summer, four international high school tennis athletes supplemented their tennis workouts with English Language and Reading instruction on the FSC campus.
 

Sheriffs’ Girls Villa Summer Programs

Residents of the Villa have access to Study Skills and Test Preparation.
 

Test Prep

Twelve students attended LRC’s ACT and SAT Preparation Course to get ready for their college entrance exams in the upcoming school year. Twenty students enrolled in LRC’s GRE Prep Course hosted by Florida Southern College.
 

Study Skills for Successful Students

Ten students (elementary, middle school and high school students) acquired those skills necessary for academic and real life success.
 

College Reach Out Program (CROP)

Thirty students visited the University of Central Florida at the end of the July to tour the campus and experience a college environment.
 
 

LRC Rolls Out Summer 2016 Programs for All Grades

The Learning Resource Center is offering summer enrichment programs for the 2016 season for kindergarten through high school grade levels. Scroll down to find the level you’re seeking below.
 
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Kindergarten


Rising and repeating kindergartners can gain the skills necessary for school at LRC’s
Camp READY! featuring multi-sensory learning experiences in a fun, engaging format at ten locations throughout Polk County. On average, Camp READY! students who attend the full program demonstrate learning gains of seven months in vocabulary development. Camp READY! dates are June 13-July 29, 2016. Each camp will take place Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for four weeks except for Poinciana and Ft. Meade camps, which will take place Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Dates vary by location. The cost is $25 for the entire month.
 

Elementary


Students entering 1st- 5th grade are invited to PEP Summer Camps in Winter Haven. A collaboration between LRC, Polk County Public Schools and the Winter Haven Public Education Partnership, this enrichment program will offer students three week-long camps at the PEP Center or Inwood Elementary. Camps will focus on science, sports and art & music with math and reading components and will take place from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Monday-Thursday on June 13-30, 2016. The cost is $25 per week.
 
Students who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to attend Super Summer Success, an enrichment program that helps students maintain their mental momentum through the summer with a fun and active approach to reading, writing and math. Super Summer Success will take place June 20-July 14, 2016 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at South McKeel Academy in Lakeland. The full cost is $395.
 

Middle School


Middle school students may consider Study Habits of Successful Students for motivational strategies and study techniques to become a more effective learner. Lessons will include: Get Motivated, Listen Up and Take Notes, Set Goals to Achieve, Read Actively, Manage Your Time, Become Test-Wise. This study skills course will take place July 11-15 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost is $145.
 

High School


High school students can “get the competitive edge” with College Success Planning. Students enrolled in this course will learn and practice time-tested, effective, and efficient study strategies, as well as concrete techniques to gain the competitive edge necessary for high school and college. College Success Planning will take place July 11-15 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost is $145.
 
High School students will benefit from LRC’s ACT and SAT summer test preparation courses. Preparation courses are designed to build confident, successful students, helping them achieve their best possible score through problem-solving strategies tailored towards each test. The ACT Summer Preparation Course will take place July 18-22, 2016 at the Learning Resource Center, while the SAT Summer Preparation Course will take place July 25-29, 2016 at the Learning Resource Center in Lakeland. The cost of each full course is $440.
 

Scholarships & Registration


Scholarships for any of these programs are available to families with a documented financial need. Please do not hesitate to enroll in any of the courses, as many of them are small-group settings and fill up quickly. To register, please click on the program link above or call 863-688-9477.
 
 

Related Posts:

Now Enrolling: Elementary Summer Programs
Get Ready at Camp READY!
Now Enrolling: Camp READY! Summer 2016
 

Winter Break Activities for Students of All Ages

School is out, and winter break is here! Don’t let boredom get you (or your child down) this holiday season. Check out these ideas for students of all ages and levels.

Preschool:

– Help bake cookies.
– Build a fort.
– Read your favorite book.
– Write a letter to a friend.
– Create a holiday craft.
– Stop by the library for activities, story-time, or to pick out some books together
Additional ideas
 

Elementary School:

– Play a board game with family
Make your own board game, and play it with family
– Write a poem about Christmas
Participate in winter indoor fun activities
Conduct science experiments
– Cut paper snowflakes & make DIY decorations
Make a magazine collage
Make a lava lamp
– Bake cookies
– Create a gingerbread house
Read and discuss a book
Go on an alphabet hunt
Create a snowman snow globe
Go on a neighborhood photo safari
Ring in the new year with STEM activities
Additional ideas
Even more ideas
And more ideas
 

Middle School:

Indoor activities
– Make ornaments
Try STEAM or STEM activities
– Make a gingerbread house (and possibly enter a local contest)
– Create your own Christmas cards, and distribute them
Conduct science experiments
Ring in the new year with STEM activities
Additional ideas
 

High School:

– Host a party with friends & DIY decorate
– Organize a holiday gift exchange
Read a holiday novel
– Have a Christmas movie marathon
Participate in indoor activities and workouts
– Clean out your closet, and donate items to the less fortunate
– Read Christmas books to kids (ex. family, library, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club)
– Work on college plans/applications
– Look into jobs
– Search for scholarships
– Throw a friend’s New Year’s Eve party
 

College:

– Learn to cook
Try your hand at baking
– Make goals for the new year, and set a plan for achieving them
– Try new restaurants
– Make DIY gifts for personalized presents
– Give your room a makeover
– Clean out your room and donate items, to the less fortunate
– Road trip
– Catch up with old friends or friends from home
– Host an epic New Year’s Eve get-together
Additional ideas
Even more ideas
 

Ideas for all ages:

– Visit a museum:

Explorations V, Polk Museum of Art, Mulberry Phosphate Museum, Polk County History Center, MOSI, Tampa Museum of Art, Henry B. Plant Museum, The Dali Museum, Ringling Museum of Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Online museums

– Volunteer

Library, nursing home, hospital, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, community center, church or nonprofit, toy and canned-food drives, holiday events
Local volunteer ideas
Additional local volunteer ideas

– Ride around looking at Christmas lights while playing a scavenger hunt game
– Visit a park
– Stop by a local attraction

Bok Tower, The Orlando Eye, theme parks, shows, movies, ice skating, etc.

Check out holiday events
Make a 2015 time capsule with memorable items from the year.