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PEP needs you! The PEP after-school elementary program is a collaboration between the Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. and the Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven, Inc. Currently, the after-school program is near student-enrollment capacity and is in need of volunteers to help at the center. This is a great opportunity for those looking to give back, high school students working on community service hours, college students looking for experience, and those with free time on their hands. pep photo2015
The program runs Monday-Thursday weekly from 3:30-5:30 p.m. with the exception of school holidays. It is set up so that students in grades 1-3 attend on Mondays and Wednesdays, while students in grades 4-5 attend on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Groups of students rotate through four stations each day (playground and snack, computers – Moby Max, homework, elective) with one of the six teachers. The PEP Center is located at 203 Avenue R NE in Winter Haven. Students are bused to the location and attend free of charge.
 
PEP is searching for committed volunteers who can dedicate their time to help students succeed.
 
Opportunities include:
 

  • Playground assistants, 3:30-4:00 p.m. — 4-6 volunteers
  • Teacher assistants (rotate with students), 4:00-5:30 p.m. — 6 volunteers
  • Stationary assistants (help with homework; assist 1:1), 4:00-5:30 p.m. — 2-4 volunteers

 
We hope that you will consider this opportunity and help us spread the word. If you are interested in volunteering with PEP, please contact Audrey Nettlow at Audrey@whpep.org and RebeccaT@LRCPolk.com.
 
PEP needs YOU as a partner in order to do a great job for our young learners!
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Click for information on the start of the after-school program.

 

Please click here to find 2016-2017 school dates

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.
 

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.

 

Related Posts:

Gear Up For a Summer of Success
Camp READY! Prepares Kindergartners for Achievement
Catch the Summer Spirit with Super Summer Success
Eight Fun Facts about Camp READY!
Master the ACT or SAT with LRC Test Prep
Camp READY! 2015 is “On Go”
Begin Your Journey to Success with College Success Planning
Acquire the Study Habits of Successful Students with LRC

1. 2015 marks LRC’s 40th year as a non-profit providing high quality academic programs designed to help all students maximize their learning potential.

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2. LRC offers services to Polk County and other surrounding counties.

3. LRC employs over 500 certified teachers who provide countywide services to more than 4,000 students ages five through adult.
4. LRC is accredited by AdvancED’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

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5. Kindergarten through adult students can participate in year-round One-to-One tutoring designed to meet each student’s individual academic needs through personalized, convenient schedules.

6. LRC hosts 14 summer programs (in addition to One-to-One tutoring) geared towards kindergarten through high school students.

 

7. In summer 2015, LRC hosted nine kindergarten learning camps known as Camp READY! at locations in North and South Lakeland, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Frostproof, and Poinciana.

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8. On average, Camp READY! students who attend the full program demonstrate learning gains of SEVEN months in vocabulary development from pre- to post-assessment—quite an accomplishment for a five-year-old.

 

9. With support from United Way of Central Florida, grants, and generous contributions from private donors, LRC ensures that any deserving student who needs and wants academic help can receive it by offering scholarships and a Sliding Fee Scale.

 

10. LRC holds community partnerships with United Way of Central Florida, Polk County Public Schools, GiveWell Community Foundation, Publix Supermarket Charities, Heartland for Children, and the Lakeland Rotary Club.

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We are inviting all elementary-level students, grades K-5, to join us this summer for our Super Summer Success program. June and July are the perfect opportunities for students to brush up on skills and develop new ones before the next school year begins. Super Summer Success offers students a fun way to gain those important skills in reading and math. This Learning Resource Center program builds confident, successful students through time-tested best practices!

 

Students who have completed grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 are invited to attend on June 15-July 9, 2015 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Highland City Elementary. Students who attend will enjoy high-interest, hands-on lessons, explore math through writing and drawing, engage in cooking and creative arts projects, and participate in read-and-respond activities. Students will also create Make-and-Take Projects on key ideas, reinforce skills through interaction and review, and savor brain-healthy snacks to keep their energy up.

 

The cost to attend is $395.00. Fee reduction is available based on gross annual household income. Be sure to ask about our sliding fees scale. To register, call 863-688-9477 or download the brochure when you click: 2015 Super Summer Success Brochure.

 

LRC’s commitment to your child’s success ensures that your student will receive quality instruction from certified, highly qualified teachers in a small group setting of no more than 10 students per class. You will be glad your child participated in this rewarding experience, and we are sure he or she will be, too!

 

Summer break has arrived! While many think of summer as a time when studies come to a halt and unbridled fun takes over, for us at the Learning Resource Center, it’s a period where knowledge, learning, application, and mastery are in full effect. We believe that learning can be enjoyable and that the summer months are a perfect opportunity for growth and educational gains, making it a great time to keep the pace going.

 

Join us this summer in a program that fits your needs or the needs of your child. Choose from our summer schedule below.

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One-to-One Tutoring

One-to-One Tutoring is designed to meet each student’s individual academic needs based upon his/her learning styles and ability levels. 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; fee reduction based on family income.

LRC offers a wide variety of programs and services for individualized instruction including:

Elementary:

  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Spelling and Phonics
  • Written Language and Handwriting
  • Achievement Test Preparation

Middle and High School:

  • English and Intensive Reading
  • Math – Basic Math through Calculus
  • Foreign Languages
  • Science – Basic Sciences through Physics
  • Social Studies/ History
  • Study Skills
  • FCAT Tutoring
  • Test Prep for ACT and SAT

Who: Students K-Adult

When: Year-round

Where: Tutoring may take place at any of the following locations: LRC, public library, school (with permission from principal), local business, church, tutor’s home, etc.

Cost: Fee reduction based on family income

Register: CHILD ENROLLMENT FORMS
ADULT ENROLLMENT FORMS
Please note that registration is not complete until the advance fee deposit has been paid. As LRC is a non-profit, United Way agency, all fees are calculated based on the gross, annual, household income. Please call LRC (863-688-9477)to find out what your advance fee deposit will be.

Camp READY!

This successful summer program prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success. Through hands-on, experiential learning centers, students experience learning that is FUN! With art, music and movement, cooking, and reading readiness centers, Camp READY! builds pre-reading skills while also providing a safety net to allow children more time to continue motor, social and cognitive development. On average, LRC’s Camp READY! students demonstrate growth of seven months from pre- to post-assessment. These camps are funded through the generosity of GiveWell Foundation, United Way of Central Florida, and Disney.

Who: Students entering or repeating Kindergarten in August 2015.

When: June 15-July 31, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (four weeks per location). Dates vary by site. Please see below.

Where:  Frostproof (Frostproof Church of God) June 15-July 10
Lake Wales (First United Methodist Church) June 15-July 10
Ft. Meade (Help of Ft. Meade – Gause/Riverside) June 29-July 24
Winter Haven (Winter Haven PEP Center) June 29-July 24
Haines City (New Horizon Church) June 29-July 24
North Lakeland (Family Fundamentals) July 6-July 31
South Lakeland (St. David’s Episcopal Church) July 6-July 31
Bartow (Asbury United Methodist Church) July 6-July 31
Poinciana (Loughman Oaks Elementary) July 7-August 4

Cost: $25.00 (If financial need is documented, scholarships are available.)

Download your 2015 Camp READY! brochure

 

Super Summer Success

Super Summer Success builds confident, successful students through time-tested best practices! Students will enjoy high interest, hands-on lessons; explore math through writing and drawing; engage in cooking and creative art projects; create make-and-take projects on key ideas; reinforce skills through interaction and review; savor brain-healthy snacks to keep energy up. LRC’s commitment to your child’s success ensures that your student will receive quality instruction from certified, highly qualified teachers in a small group setting (no more than 10 students per class).

Who: Students who have completed grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.

When: June 15-July 9, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: Highland City Elementary, 5355 S.E. 9th Street Highland City, FL 33803

Cost: 395.00*
*Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

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.

Lessons include:

Get Motivated
Listen Up and Take Notes!
Set Goals to Achieve
Read Actively
Manage Your Time
Become Test-Wise

Who: Students in grades 6-8

When: Summer Course, July 13 – July 17, 2015                                                        Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Where:  Learning Resource Center 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803

*Cost: $145.00                                                                                                                                   * Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

Get the Competitive Edge…College Success Planning…Grades 9th-12th

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.

Lessons include:
Building Memory and Test-Taking Skills
Planning for Success
Reading and Note-Taking with a Purpose
Making Successful Transitions
Time Management
…And Other Essential Study Skills

Who: Students in grades 9-12
When: July 13 – July 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Learning Resource Center 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803

Cost: $145.00 *                                                                                                                       * Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

 

ACT Test Prep

The 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 tests; emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the ACT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.

Who: Students in grades 9-12

When: July 20-July 24, 2015, Monday-Friday
Monday-Thursday (Math/Science)
July 20-23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday (English/Reading)
July 20-23, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday, July 24
Writing, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland

Cost: 440.00* for all subjects or $195 for Math/Science; $195 for English/Reading; $65 for Writing (includes ACT book)
*Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

SAT Test Prep

The SAT preparation course provides an efficient and effective 23-hour course designed to help students achieve their best possible score on the SAT. This course provides: small classes with highly-trained teachers; problem-solving strategies for analyzing and answering SAT questions; practice taking SAT tests; emphasis on test-taking techniques and strategies specific to the SAT that help build confidence and reduce test anxiety.
* Cost of course includes the SAT book.

Who: Students in grades 9-12

When: July 27-July 31, 2015, Monday-Friday
Monday-Thursday
Math: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Critical Reading: 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday
Writing: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Learning Resource Center, 1628 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland

Cost: 440.00* for three courses or $195 for Math; $195 for Critical Reading; $65 for Writing (includes SAT book)
*Sliding fees based on gross annual household income

For more information, please call the Learning Resource Center at 863-688-9477.