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Advanced Degrees, Professional Development and Research: How Kathleen High is Becoming a “Lab School”

Within Polk County Public Schools, a new phrase is being used in reference to Kathleen High: lab school. It’s a…

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Students from Tenoroc High's Transition Services program volunteering at Combee Academy of Design & Engineering.

Transition Services: Helping Students with Disabilities Through High School, and Beyond

It’s not easy to keep an elementary school running smoothly, but the Combee Academy of Design and Engineering doesn’t have…

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Announcing Polk’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and School-Related Employee of the Year

Jennie Cyran, a math teacher at Horizons Elementary in Davenport, was announced as the 2019 Polk County Teacher of the…

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ESE Advisory Council Meeting on Jan. 17

The next meeting of the ESE Advisory Council will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.…

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Winter Haven High students with their mentors from CenterState Bank

Winter Haven High Students are the Focus of a Groundbreaking Mentor Program

Winter Haven High students are at the center of a groundbreaking mentorship program in Polk County. Twenty-seven juniors from WHHS…

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Griffin Elementary students were rewarded for good behavior with a dance party.

Turnaround Schools: Doing Whatever it Takes to Improve

What does it take to get students to do their very best? It might take a dance party with glow…

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Volunteer Now for Polk County Public Schools

PCPS Volunteers Can Now Apply Online

The online system for Polk County Public Schools volunteer applications is now live at With the introduction of this…

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An Update on Potential Busing Changes for 2019-20.

At Polk County Public Schools, our transportation staff conduct annual reviews to see whether any bus services not required under…

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Hannah Byers, a 2018 graduate of Lake Gibson High School, holds a necklace inscribed with the words, “dream, believe, achieve,” that her parents gave her as a graduation gift. Polk County Public Schools is seeing an increase in the number of students with disabilities, like Byers, who are graduating from high school.

Dream, Believe, Achieve: PCPS Achieving Big Gains for Students with Disabilities

When she graduated with a standard high school diploma in 2018, Hannah Byers celebrated for a reason bigger than herself:…

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Tips to Keep Your Kids Reading and Writing During the Holidays

The holiday season is typically a whirlwind of excitement for kids. As students are home from school, it is easy…

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