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Updated: 01/24/2013 07:59:34AM

Freshman orientation on Jan. 31

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Christine Roslow

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The Bartow High School incoming freshman class for 2013-14 orientation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in the BHS cafeteria.

This orientation is for Bartow High School incoming freshman only. An elective Expo will is planned from 6–6:30 p.m. in the BHS cafeteria with the informational meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. for the students and parents.

Captain Citrus to visit schools

Because there has been some publicity that orange juice may not be a staple in children’s homes due to sugar content, the Florida Department of Citrus is expanding “The Adventures of Captain Citrus” educational initiative statewide to create a personal, emotional engagement between Florida students and citrus. The cornerstone of this program is the OJ4NRG Tour, an elementary school visit from a Florida grower and Captain Citrus followed by sampling fresh citrus and Florida orange juice.

From February through April, Captain Citrus plans to visit 150 schools throughout the state to convert second grade students into junior Florida citrus ambassadors.

The FDOC is looking for volunteers. It says the time commitment is minimal and FDOC will coordinate all details and provide key talking points for growers. Also, FDOC is looking for fresh citrus donations in each county so that students can taste locally grown oranges, tangerines and grapefruit.

For those interested call Amanda Hayman, FDOC school marketing manager, ahayman@citrus.state.fl.us or 863-537-3999. Detailed information about the Captain Citrus program and a calendar of upcoming school visits are available at http://is.gd/OJ4NRGschedule.

Polk County
schools get an A

Sunshine Review recently analyzed and graded the transparency of websites in Florida and across the nation, including the five largest counties and cities and the 10 largest school districts. Polk County Public Schools was given an A-plus on its 2012 Transparency Report Card.

The last time the pro-transparency non-profit agency graded the schools’ website, it received an A-minus.

Sunshine Review uses a 10-point transparency checklist to determine a grade. The components considered include: taxes, budget, meetings, elected officials, administrative officials, contracts, audits, public records, academics, and background checks.

In 2012, the Email and Web Services Department of the Information Systems and Technology Division accepted a Sunny Award in recognition of achieving website transparency. At the time, the Polk County Public Schools website was given an A-minus.

The E,ail and Web Services Department is responsible for the Polk County Public Schools website design, maintenance, development and support. The team is also supported by a wide network of District Webmasters who make content contributions to the site.

For information, on the Sunshine Review visit sunshinereview.org/index.php/Polk_County_School_District,_Florida

Info sessions set

Polk State College’s pair of public, charter collegiate high schools will offer several information sessions for prospective students.

Students who attend the Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate
High School in Winter Haven
and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate High School fulfill high school requirements while also earning
college credit. In many cases, students graduate with both their high school diplomas and their associate degree.

Also Polk State’s collegiate high schools also offer courses that lead to industry certification in computer programming and infrastructure and health science. A criminal justice track is available at Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate, and Polk State Lakeland Collegiate offers a newly enhanced Digital Multimedia program.

Current high school sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply to the schools. Requirements are a minimum 3.0 grade-point average and a passing score on the PERT.

More information can be found at polk.edu/currentstudents/tlcc/pages/cpt.aspx.

The information sessions are at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 and Feb. 21 at the Polk State Winter Haven, 999 Ave. H N.E. In the student center. At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, Feb. 12 and Feb. 19 at the Polk State Lakeland, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland Technology Building, room 1100

For information, visit polk.edu or call 863-298-6800 or 863-669-2322.

Christine Roslow can be reached at croslow@polkcountydemocrat.com.




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