HealthierUS School Challenge

Congratulations to our lunchroom staff!  They were awarded the United States Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge (Bronze).  We salute the hard work and dedication that went into qualifying and making our school a healthier place to learn and achieve.  These efforts contribute to the fight against childhood obesity and will have a lifelong impact on the health and wellness of the lives of our students.  They received a signed plaque, banner, recognition, and also $500 for our nonprofit school food service account.  Great job!!


Hall of Fame Inductee Essay

Alexander Lopez was assigned to choose and write an essay about a Polk County Schools Hall of Fame Inductee. After reviewing the inductees, Alex chose to write about our sheriff, Grady Judd. Sheriff Judd received news of this, and sent Alexander a thank you card for writing about him! Alexander was ecstatic! Thank you, Sheriff, for thinking about our students, and protecting our county and schools!


Polk Symposium on Special Education

Polk Symposium on Special Education Takes Place March 10; Offers Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

February 23, 2018

Contact: Kimberly Steinke, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Support, Polk County Public Schools, 863-534-0930,

Polk County Public Schools will host its annual Polk Symposium on Special Education on March 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle Creek Road in Lakeland.

The event is free and open to the public. It is designed to provide parents of special needs children with valuable information and access to resources.

“The Polk Symposium on Special Education provides a great opportunity for families of students with disabilities to meet and engage with school district personnel and community agencies and resources who support their children,” said Kimberly Steinke, assistant superintendent for learning support.

“Topical sessions are provided for parents to hear and learn information about serving their children. The beauty of the symposium is that everyone is together in one place for the day so parents can access contacts and resources at once. We are excited to welcome families to this annual event.”

The keynote speaker will be Michael Rivera, an award-winning teacher and stand-up comedian, who will present “Creating a Trusted Environment Through Humor.”

Additional presentations will be made by representatives of FDLRS/FIN Sunrise, Project 10, Disability Rights of Florida, ESE Advisory Council, Polk ESE Department, Polk Student Services Department, Holladay Child Development Services, and Florida Developmental Disabilities Council.

Attendees will also enjoy free breakfast and lunch, door prizes and giveaways.

For more information, call 863-534-0930.