Fine Arts

Event/ Competition

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Information for Parents and Students

Contact Information

Website

All- County Choir 6-12 Oct. 22, 2019 By audition only All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
All- County Orchestra 6-12 Feb. 6-7, 2020 By audition only All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
Orchestra MPA 6-12 Feb. 21-22, 2020 Orchestra Students All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
Band HS MPA 9-12 March 6-7, 2020 Band Students All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
Vocal HS MPA (Music Performance Assessment) 9-12 March 3-4, 2020 All Choral Students All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
Band MS MPA 7-8 March 12-14, 2020 Band Students All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
Vocal MS MPA 6-8 March 17-18, 2020 All Choral Students All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
All-County Band 7-12 April 2-3, 2020 By audition only All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 
Elementary Showcase 4-5 May 7-8, 2020 By recommendation only All Fine Arts dates are on the district calendar https://polkschoolsfl.com/finearts/ 

Multiple Subject Areas

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Information for Parents and Students

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Website

Presidential Scholars 12 Deadline for Polk County October 2nd Schools to receive Information from John Miller John Miller III Curriculum Specialist Accelerated Programs 863-534-0018 x675
High School                   A-Team 9-12 September 17th October 15th November 12th  December 10th January 14th January 28th February 20th (tentative) Highly academic competition, six member teams, questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, the fine arts, world language, and technology Lisa Rawls Senior Coordinator Academic Competitions 863 298 5713 https://polkschoolsfl.com/academiccompetitionshigh/ 
5th Grade A-Team 5 Jan 16-30                            Feb 25-27                     March 12th Highly academic competition, six member teams, questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, economics,and  music Lisa Rawls Senior Coordinator Academic Competitions 863 298 5713 https://polkschoolsfl.com/academiccompetitionselementary/
Middle School                    A-Team  6 -8 March 10 & 12 Highly academic competition, six member teams, questions from the areas of mathematics, science, language arts, social studies, and economics Lisa Rawls Senior Coordinator Academic Competitions 863 298 5713 https://polkschoolsfl.com/academiccompetitionsmiddle/

Science, Mathematics, & STEM

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Information for Parents and Students

Contact Information

Website

Polk Scholastic Chess K-12 October 26, November 9, December 7, January 11, and  March 7 Contact your school or see the website for more information http://www.polkscholasticchess.com/
Congressional App Challenge! 6-12 Registration is now open. Deadline to submit apps is November 1, 2019 A nationwide challenge for middle and high school students from across the country to compete by creating a unique app on a platform of their choice. https://soto.house.gov/services/congressional-app-challenge-0
Sunshine State Scholars 11 TBD Karrie Wikman Curriculum Specialist, Secondary Science 534-0018 Ext. 657
MATHCOUNTS 6-8 Early February Schools to receive information from    Clare Bernier Clare Bernier, Curriculum Specialist     534-0018 Ext. 667
Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair 6-12 Feb 10 & 11 2020 Bartow Civic                                               Awards February 13th Contact your school or your teacher.         Visit our site or email us Kim Rex, Director  534-0018 Ext. 651                Majorie Miles-Dozier, Co-Director                        534-0018 Ext. 651 http://moodle.polk-fl.net/mod/page/view.php?id=67430
Elementary Science Showcase 4-5 February 12 and 13   Bartow Civic Center Contact your school or your teacher.         Visit our site or email us Nilsa Hernandez, Director                Cheryl Fogle, Science Coach       534-0018 Ext. 651 http://moodle.polk-fl.net/mod/page/view.php?id=67439
TiViTz 3-8 April 24th                         Jim Miles PDC TiViTz is a fun, engaging math and strategy activity that stimulates interest in STEM. Kerri Foster, Curriculum Specialist, Elementary Math                                    534-0018 Ext. 659  

Social Studies, Writing & English

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 First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest 4-12 All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 13, 2019. Essay-informative and based on this year’s theme: “Celebrating Public Service” -500 words or less www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com 
 History Fair 6-12 February 6th Contact your school’s History Fair coordinator for additional information Bernadette Lane, Curriculum Specialist,     Social Sciences                                                  534-0018 Ext. 653
19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Challenge K-12 October 29th – December 7th Essays must be delivered to Ms. Chandra Hall no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2019 “Wisdom, Justice and Love: A Tribute to Dr. King’s Dream/Vision” Questions about contest details or submission should be directed to Diane Plowden, Director K-12 Writing at (863) 534-0018, Ext. 668
Polk County Poetry Contest 6-12 Poems due February 25th Awards Night April 29, 2020, 7:00 PM  Branscomb Auditorium, Florida Southern College, Lakeland Diane Plowden                                            Director, Writing                                               534-0018 Ext. 668
4-H/ Tropicana Public Speaking Program 5 Polk County 4-H Agent                        (863) 519-8677 http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/tropicana-public-speaking-contest/
FCTE Writing Awards 6-12 TBD Poetry, Fiction, Script/Screenplay, Personal Essay or memoir, Non-fiction/Other Essays http://fcte.org/