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Updated: 05/02/2013 08:00:03AM

Summer band camp to debut

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Christine Roslow

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A Summer Band program debuts this year in Bartow and it begins Monday, June 17 and will run until Thursday, June 27.

Any student entering sixth, seventh, or eighth grades, regardless of what school you will be attending, you can take part in the summer program.

Students will have the opportunity to sign up for either or both classes which is Beginning Band and Advanced/Intermediate Band.

The Beginning Band meets from 8:30–10 a.m., is for any student who has never played an instrument and would like to learn how, or for students to take up a second instrument.

During the first day students will be tested their instruments and be recommended on which they should play. Students should not buy an instrument before this.

The Advanced Band, which meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon, is for students who have played one year or more and already have their own instruments.

Students will further develop their technique and read through many arrangements which are out for concert band.

All classes will be held at the Bartow High School Band Building and all students must provide their own transportation.

The cost is $40. This fee covers the cost of utilities, salaries, and custodial fees and will be collected the first day of the summer band. There will be no classes on Friday as the county operates on a four-day work week in summer.

Graduations, senior
awards nights set

It’s graduation time and the schools have times and dates set for them, as well as for the senior awards nights.

For Bartow High, IB and Summerlin, graduation is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the Lakeland Center. Senior Awards night is set at 7 p.m. friday, May 31 in the Bartow High School gymnasium.

Gause Academy’s graduation is set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the BEA auditorium. .Senior Awards for the school is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28 at Gause Academy.

The six graduates from the Nancy O’Dell Learning Center is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at the Bartow High School auditorium.

For a view of all the schools’ graduations and senior nights, visit

Scholarship auditions set

Students interested in studying with Polk State Theatre have two opportunities to audition for a scholarship. The 2013 Theatre Scholarship Auditions will take place from 2-6 p.m. May 10 and noon-3 p.m. May 11 Both auditions will be in room WFA 117 at Polk State Winter Haven.

Students interested in auditioning should prepare a contemporary comedic or dramatic monologue and a classic monologue or sonnet. They also have the option of preparing 16 bars of a song; they should bring their own sheet music.

Technical theater artists should bring portfolios highlighting their experience with costume or set design, lighting, sound, production, stage management or promotions.

Polk State Theatre has seen growth in recent years, adding faculty and performance space, and the department has taken on increasingly challenging performances, such as the recent staging of Shakespeare’s Richard III, the largest and most complex performance in the department’s history.

For information or to make an appointment to audition, call Theater Director Paul Carbonell at or 863-292-3631.

Agreement inked to help attract potential employees

Interim Superintendent John A. Stewart met with representatives from the Ana G. Méndez University System to sign a collaborative agreement both sides hope will ultimately attract university students interested in a professional teaching career with Polk County Public Schools.

This pact orchestrated by Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource Services Dennis Dunn and representatives from the District’s Human Resource Services Department will mark a formal partnership with Puerto Rico’s second largest private university system.

As part of the agreement, students will be offered informational sessions that cover the steps to becoming a teacher with Polk County Public Schools, how to obtain certification in the State of Florida, and information on employee salaries, benefits, bonuses, culture and other pertinent topics.

In time, this partnership will be expanded to offer practicum opportunities to education students who have met the requirements to apply for Florida Teacher Certification and are enrolled at the school’s Orlando, Tampa and Puerto Rico sites.

Open enrollment is underway for virtual instructional program

Polk County District Full-time Virtual Instructional Program is an online public school that serves students in Kindergarten-12th grades that meet the state eligibility mandates.

Open enrollment for the 2013-14 school year began on Monday, April 22 and closes Monday, July 22.

Students enrolled in the District Full-time Virtual Instructional Program complete all course work through the on-line program and are required to adhere to all state and local policies for public school students.

The students are required to participate in all testing programs and must meet attendance expectations through daily work submissions.

This program does not serve registered home schooled students.

Students do work from home but are classified as full-time public virtual students, not home schooled. The Florida Legislature established this program as a public school option.

Please visit the Polk County Virtual Education website for registration expectations, forms and state eligibility requirements.

To make an appointment for registration, please call 863-665-4538.

Christine Roslow can be reached at

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