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August 8, 2012

Frostproof News

Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years



Volume 92 Number 29

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Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843

Copyright 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc.

Council settles on

small rate hike

Frostproof utility users will see their
first rate increase in three years starting
in October.
That was the decision of city council
members Monday night who have
several months of discussion and ex-
amination of several options, voted to
raise water and sewer rates 2.41 percent
which is equal to the current Consumer
Price Index.
That means that a monthly bill for
minimum usage customers, defined at
3,000 gallons per month or less, will see
a rise of $1.64 on each bill.
The vote was unanimous, although
Councilman Ralph Waters, who had
indicated he was hoping to keep utility
rates the same for a third year, wVas
out of town and not able to attend
Monday's session.
The vote was needed now to have the
increase go into effect in October, the
start of the city's fiscal year, because

residents must have 30 days notice of
the rate increase. The notices will be
included in bills that go out at the end
of this month.
Leaders will be savings tens of thou-
sands of dollars on refinanced debt on
long-term utility loans in the coming
year, but are also facing several unex-
pected expenses including $100,000 for
waterline relocation work to be done
on Scenic Highway and a higher than
anticipated price tag for expansion of
the wastewater treatment plant.
: City Finance Manager Melody Walsh,
the city's auditor TurnerWiggins and
city's Certified Public Accountant had
all recommended the CPI increase, and
several council members expressed
concerns that no rise in the rates would
lead to longer term issues.
"The CPI increase reflects real costs
across the board, to everybody. Our
responsibility is the fiscal soundness
of the system," Diana Webster-Biehl
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New Circle director

happy to be on board

New Circle of Friends director
Bonnie Moritz and her husband left
behind a decade of snowbird status
in February, moving permanently to
Lake Wales.
The couple had been wintering in
Frostproof from their home in Dover,
Pa. for ten years.
When they decided to move to
Florida for good, "We just had to
move to Lake Wales, because every-
thing we did was here. We shopped
here, went to church here, volun-
teered here," Bonnie explained. "We
were wearing out Highway 27, going
back and forth."
Their bond with the Lake Wales
community grew when Bonnie was
tapped to fill the director's post at the
Circle of Friends ministry.
Founder and longtime director
Mertice Kelly has not left the circle.
behind but has moved to a different

Bonnie Moritz is the new-director of the Circle
of Friends Ministry. She officially steps into the
position in August.

set of responsibilities, working
from her home and doing some
Bonnie had been a volunteer at The
Lake Wales Care Center for about five
years, she said, when a staff member

Assistant Coach Brian Schmitt works with some of the younger Frostproof Bulldog lineman
on their techniques during practice Monday. It's almost football season again. Monday was
the first official day of fall practice. More coverage on page 18.

Perfect and True

Ben Hill Griffin Elementary

student doesn't miss on FCAT

When Sarah True returns to school
in a couple of weeks, she will have
quite a high standard to keep up:
At Ben Hill Griffin Elementary,
during the week of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test this
spring, the third-grader took the test
like any other student.
True,; age 9, made sure to get a good
night's rest and to have a healthy
breakfast in the morning.
During the test, she made sure to
follow the advice of her teacher: take
her time, read each question twice and
thoroughly, read the passages twice
over, use the process of elimination,
and of course, use a No. 2 pencil and
fill in the bubbles completely.
"I was worried at first, but when I
started, it was easier than I thought,"
Sarah said.
Her hard work paid off: She received

a perfect score on both the reading
and math portions of the test.
This achievement makes her one of
the 47 third through eighth graders to
have received a perfect score on the
FCAT 2.0 in all of Polk County. The
new version of the standardized test
is more rigorous than the first, and
the raised standards make receiving a
passing grade far more difficult.
"I'm really proud of myself," Sarah
said. "It feels good to get a perfect
score, and I was really surprised that I
did. I never heard of anybody who has
ever done that."
She attributes her success to her
teacher Gail Hulsey, who helped her
class prepare for the test and who
made learning an overall enjoyable
experience for them that year.
"She is a very great teacher to
have," Sarah said. "She's very nice and
supportive. She was a lot of fun. She
pushed us to do really well and helped
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MMonday, August 13
World of Reptiles
One of the most popular summer
library shows of the season will make a
return visit to Frostproof at 6:30 p.m. as
John Storms and his "World of Reptiles"
will be here for a free show. Don't miss
his snakes, crocs and other surprises!

EThursday, Aug. 16
BHG Elementary Orientation
A special orientation session will be
held for students who will be attending
Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary school.
The event will run from 4 to 6 p.m., and
all prospective students and parents are
encouraged to attend.
Frostproof Elementary Orientation
Frostproof Elementary School will also
be holding its orientation night for stu-
dents who will be in grades kindergarten
through second. Time will be 5 to 7 p.m.

N Saturday, August 18
Murder Mystery
The Ramon Theater will host another
in its popular series of murder mystery
dinner theaters. This one is "Murder is Par
for the Course." Cost is $30 and includes
the murder mystery and dinner. Call 635-
7222 for more information. Tickets can also be
purchased online atwww.ramontheater.com.
Please note-that the date has changed to
Aug. 18 from the previously announced
date of Aug. 25. Come join a zany cast
of characters for this evening filled with
friends, food and whodunit fun.

* Monday, Aug. 20
School starts
The first official day of school in Polk
County is Aug. 20. Sorry kids!
Council meeting
The Frostproof city council will meet
in regular session starting at 6 p.m. at
city hall. The public is invited to speak

both at the start and end of each meet-
ing. A 2012-13 budget workshop will be
held prior to the regularly scheduled
meeting. That is also open to the public.
ETuesday, Aug. 21
Chamber Lunch
The Frostproof Area Chamber of
Commerce will host its annual monthly
meeting at the Ramon Theater, starting at
12 noon. Cost is $9, which includes lunch.
The speaker for August will be out-going
Florida Representative JD Alexander. Call
the chamber for a reservation at 635-9112.

Friday, August 24
High School football
Don't look now, but high school
football is right around the corner. Your
first chance to see the Bulldogs will be
at home for the Kickoff Classic against
Haines City. Home opener for the regular
season isn't until Sept. 14.

Free shots,
physical for students
Starting school can be complicated -
especially for any family that has
waited until the last minute to enroll a
new student without the correct records or
To help avoid delays when school
starts on Aug. 20, the Polk County Health
Department is working with school
partners to provide free back-to-school
shots and physical at a "Back To School
Blast." The event is set for 8 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Lake Wales Health
Department, 835W. Central Ave.
The Health Department will provide
free immunizations and physical on a
first-come, first-served basis. A parent or
guardian must accompany the child, and
should bring the child's current immuniza-
tion record (blue or white form).
The event is open to any family in
eastern Polk County. For more information,
contact the health department at 678-4144.

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-Catherine Combee Mark Kaylor

Circuit Judge, Group 27

Attorneys Catherine Combee and Mark Kaylor want
to become the new Circuit Judge in the Group 5 race.
The 10th Judicial Circuit covers Polk, Hardee and
Highlands counties. Circuit Court judges hear major
civil and criminal cases. The circuit court is made up
of five divisions that include criminal, civil, family,
juvenile and probate.
Combee is a Polk County attorney who holds a
bachelor's degree, two master's degrees, a Ph.D.,
and a law degree. Combee had a successful career
in the medical laboratory field before acquiring her
law degree and practicing law. She is an attorney
in private practice who worked for a while in the
State Attorney's Office in Polk County. She has been
practicing law for about 11 years.
Mark Kaylor is a private practice attorney who
has offices in Winter Haven, Lakeland and Sebring.
Before starting his practice he worked for the Public
Defender's Office for a short period of time.
, He is a successful lawyer who says he is ready to
start a new career as a judge. In addition to practic-
ing law he has owned the Kissimmee River Park and
Marina in Winter Haven. He was a founding trustee
of All Saints Academy and board member of the Polk
Museum of Art.
The two attorneys in this race both have distin-
guished careers.
Combee's educational background is remarkable.
Her advanced degrees and her varied business expe-
riences make her a very well-rounded individual.
Kaylor has practiced law for 29 years. Both can-
didates are qualified to hold the position of circuit
We believe Kaylor's long experience in the practice
of law makes him a better choice in this race. If
elected, we believe he will be able to hit the ground
running, so to speak, and be an effective judge.
We recommend Mark Kaylor for Circuit Judge,
Group 27.

Our recommendations

Larry Helms Christine Trakas Thornhill

Circuit Judge, Group 7

In the race to see who gets to be a new Circuit
Judge in the 10th Circuit,
Group 7, three candidates
are vying for the position.
Larry Helms is a Winter
Haven attorney who has
been practicing law for
37 years. The 64-year-old
lawyer is a University of -
Florida graduate and very
involved in his commu-
nity, serving as the past
president of the local bar
association and president Bill Sites
of the Rotary Club of Bill Sites
Cypress Gardens.
He appears to be a
pragmatic individual who is proud of the local legal
community; "We've got a group of judges we can re-
ally be proud of," he told our editorial board recently.
Christine Trakas Thornhill is a 37-year-old attorney
who grew up in Polk County and after graduating law
school at St. Thomas University School of Law took a
job in the Public Defender's Office.
Thornhill said that experience gave her a keen
insight into the scope and complexity of a judge's job.
She has also volunteered with Teen Court in Polk
Bill Sites is a Polk County attorney who has been in
private practice for 23 years. Sites looks at the court-
room as a big part of his life. "My life has been in
the courtrooms. I've been a good lawyer and a good
businessman," he said.
Sites also said he would have his courtroom
proceedings start on time. "There is no reason why
court can't start on time," he said. Everyone involved
in a court case has other things that they should be
doing and making sure court starts on time respects
everyone's time, he told our editorial board.
All three of the candidates in this judge's race are
intelligent, thoughtful attorneys. All have differing

levels of experience.
Thornhill has the least amount of experience but
would make a great judge after she gets a little more
We believe that Bill Sites has the temperament that
would be well-suited to sitting on the bench and
would make an excellent judge.
We recommend Bill Sites for Circuit Judge, Group 7.

County Judge, Group 5

William Twyford

Bob Grode

Bob Grode and William Twyford both want to be a
Polk County judge.
Grode is a native of Polk County and has been
practicing law since 1997. He currently practices with
the law firm Lilly, O'Toole & Brown in Winter Haven.
Grode is a graduate of Kathleen High School and
the University of Florida College of Law. Grode has
extensive experience as a mediator.
Twyford has been an attorney for 24 years. For
about five years, he was the chief of the 10th Circuit
branch of the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil
Regional Counsel. This office represents indigent
clients who cannot be represented by the Public
Defender's Office. He has also worked for the public
defender's office. He is a graduate of Winter Haven
High School. He has a law degree from the University
of Memphis.
County judges handle criminal cases like DUIs,
petty theft, assault and battery and domestic vio-.
lence. They also handle civil cases like small claims,
uncontested divorces and landlord-tenant issues.
It is a shame that both of these attorneys couldn't
be elected to the county court this year. They are both
very qualified and would make excellent judges.
But there can be only one.
Because the legal experience and community
involvement both candidates possess is so similar,
we think the edge goes to Bob Grode because of his
experience as a mediator on the '10th Circuit Court
mediation committee.
We recommend Bob Grode for Polk County Judge,
Group 5.

Letters to the editor

I support John Hall and Stacy Butterfield

I do not usually write letters to the
editor to lift politicians up, it is mostly
the other way around. But I truly be-
lieve that these two candidates deserve
a good word from me and I wish to
say a few things about them both. I
met John Hall some months ago at a

meeting in Frostproof and found him
to be a good listener and well spoken,
telling things like they were with out a
lot of fluff as I call it, you might say "as
it truly is."
:He has been here for a lot of years
with his father and family so he knows

Polk County very well. He is one of the
few that worked his own way through
college in a Florida college and now I
understand is working toward a mas-
. ter's degree. The thing that interested
me about him was that he not only
returned my call, it took him 3 tries to

reach me.
Besides that he was not in a big hurry
to end our conversion and changing our
talk to make his point and talk about
himself, he listened to what I had to

The Frostproof News
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Our recommendations in judge races

August 8, 2012

Frostproof News Page 5

Polk County Supervisor of Elections Lori Edwards
has held her position for 12 years.
Before that she was a member of the Florida House
of Representatives for eight years.
She ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S.
Congress two years ago, losing to Dennis Ross.
Her challenger, Colleen Burton, was the executive
director of Polk Vision, an area nonprofit organization
for nine years.
Edwards is a capable administrator, as well as a
good politician.
The task of running an election, especially in a
state like ours which has experienced its fair share of
controversy in the past, is not an easy one.
Edwards has helped make the Polk elections office
one of the best in the state. She has improved the de-
partment during her tenure and overseen the imple-
mentation of early voting and other improvements.
, She is proud of her work as supervisor but not
afraid to talk about the challenges of the future. An
example of that is that she freely acknowledges that
the voting equipment the county uses is nearing the

Our recommendation

Lori Edwards Colleen Burton

end of its usefulness and will need to be replaced
Burton is a worthy opponent who has a track
record of community service and a commitment to
our county.

One of her main criticisms of Edwards is that she
ran for the U.S. House two years ago as a Democrat
and therefore is too partisan to be the county's
supervisor of elections.
We find that charge to be a little over the top. Every
elected official, once the election is over, becomes the
representative of all the people, not just Republicans
or Democrats.
Edwards has done nothing that we can see that
would qualify as bringing partisanship to the
Supervisor of Elections office.
We find Burton's charge that Edwards is a partisan
supervisor to be baseless.
We are blessed this year to have two very smart and
community-minded people vying for this position.
Lori Edwards has managed 140 elections during her
She has done the job well, on time and under
budget. She deserves another term as our supervisor
of elections.
We recommend Lori Edwards as Polk County
Supervisor of Elections.

Clerk of the Circuit Court

The race to see who succeeds Richard Weiss as
the Clerk of the Circuit Court pits longtime clerk's
office employee Stacy Butterfield against Polk County
Commissioner Sam Johnson.
Johnson has been on the commission for eight
years and term limits prohibit him from running
Butterfield has been a key member of the manage-
ment staff in the clerk's office for more than a quarter
of a century.
She decided to run for the position after Weiss, 71,
decided not to run. He was appointed to the post
back in 1997. Before that he was the assistant clerk.
The Constitutional office of the Clerk of the Court
serves several functions.
According to the Florida Association of Court
Clerks and Comptrollers, "The Clerk of the Circuit
Court, established by the Constitution of 1838, is the
public trustee for the county. The Clerk provides the
checks and balances in county government by acting
in their capacity as Clerk to the Board, Clerk to the
Court, Keeper of the Public Records, Comptroller and

Our recommendation

Sam Johnson

Internal Auditor of county funds."
This office may be one of the most complex of all
the Constitutional offices. It serves the court system,

Polk County Property

Incumbent Marsha Faux (pronounced Fox) is seek-
ing another term as Polk County Property Appraiser.
She has been the property appraiser since 2001.
She is being challenged by Steven Blake, a Lakeland
resident who is in the construction business. Blake
has no previous political or government experi-
ence but thinks (and we agree) that every elected
official should have to stand for election against an
The job of property appraiser is usually a non-con-
troversial position. But when the real estate market
operates at the extremes then the job gets tougher.
For example, when the recent real estate bubble
was in full bloom, the appraiser's office had to be
vigilant about skyrocketing valuations and inflated
sales values.
In bad times, there is often concern about the
deflated value of property. It affects the net worth
of individuals and businesses and is of concern to
local governments, as well. The county appraiser
is responsible for listing and valuing property in a

Our recommendation

Marsha Faux

Steve Blake

uniform and equal manner. The appraiser determines
the appropriate value of your property. The amount
of property taxes you pay depends on the budgets
set by local government, special assessments, and an

the county commission and the people of Polk
Sam Johnson is a very good politician, able to win
election to the county commission twice. He is an
affable politician who served on the commission and
exudes a sense of confidence and leadership.
Butterfield is a little less familiar with the political
scene, but she certainly knows the ins and outs of the
clerk's office.
After all, she has spent more than two decades
learning the ropes alongside the current clerk.
Butterfield has been in charge of the clerk's finance
and accounting division for a long time.
Her experience there would serve her well in the
top position.
We were impressed with Butterfield's enthusiasm
for the job. It is clear to us that working in the clerk's
office has been something she has a passion for and
that passion would only be increased if she were the
leader of the office.
That's why we recommend Stacy Butterfield for Clerk
of the Court.


amount distributed to public schools.
Faux became embroiled in a controversy during
her last term involving changing the classification
of residential land to agricultural property. Faux
reclassified some of these properties at the request of
developers, stuck with undeveloped land, so that they
could pay less taxes.
Although the practice didn't look so good politi-
cally, Faux asked the state Department of Revenue to
take a look at what she was doing and they found no
cause for action, but did ask her to change some of
her procedures.
Faux's opponent appears thoughtful and genuinely
concerned about his community.
However, we don't think he has the experience, es-
pecially compared to Faux's years in the field, to step
into the job at this time. However, we think his entry
into the race was good for the incumbent because it
required her to answer questions from voters about
her recent conduct.
We recommend Marsha Faux for property appraiser


say. I think that John would share that
same character with you. Finally, he
has the support of some of the people

in this county that I have a great deal
of respect for right now. I believe that
John Hall will serve Polk County well as
our spokesman.
The Clerk of the Court, Richard
Weiss, is of the opinion that Stacy
Butterfield is the person that he
recommends for his replacement. For

a professional to say that he must have
confidence in that person. She worked
with him for 20 years so I would think
he must know her abilities.
Like John Hall, I called her and did
not reach her and she called back. So
she gave me the privilege of talking to
her personally. She has the credentials

to do the job and is able to convey
herself very well.
I believe you will have made a good
choice if you put Stacy Butterfield in
this position.
Art Livermore
Lake Wales

Auust 8 2012


Polk County Supervisor of Elections

August 8, 2012

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U.S. Congress,

District 17

Tom Rooney is a two-term member of the U.S.
House of Representatives whose district currently
stretches from Charlotte County on Florida's Gulf
Coast to Martin, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties
on the Atlantic Coast. It has been a challenging dis-
trict to represent, but Rooney has managed to spend
an impressive amount of time here, meeting with
local officials and constituents and keeping abreast of
the sprawling district's needs.
He returns to his district from Washington, D.C.,
every weekend and all that travel has exposed him to
two critical issues roads and agriculture and he
has worked energetically to address them. After years
of delay, U.S. 17, which runs along the Peace River
from Charlotte County to Polk County and beyond,
is being widened to four lanes in Hardee County. The
bottleneck has hampered economic development
in the Heartland, as key distributors opted to route
trucks to Interstate 4 and 1-75 rather than risk delays
along U.S. 17. Rooney and Rep. Vern Buchanan were
key to the project getting federal funding.
Rooney, who sits on the House's agriculture com-
mittee, has also been an strong advocate for the
district's agricultural businesses, pushing for funding
for research and development of crop-based biofuels
that will create another market for farmers and the
jobs they produce. Two biofuel plants currently under
construction, one in Highlands County and one in
Polk County, will turn sorghum into ethanol. Because
sorghum is not a food crop, it doesn't affect food

Our recommendation
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Tom Rooney

Joe Arnold

prices the way corn-based ethanol does.
The newly-drawn District 17, for which Rooney
and his Republican primary opponent, Joe Arnold,
are now running, includes Hardee, DeSoto, Charlotte,
Glades, Highlands and Okeechobee, and parts of
Polk, Hillsborough, Lee and Manatee. Rooney said
his main office would be located in Charlotte County
and he would also have offices in Polk County and
Sebring, .
Rooney has struggled with his political identity
during his two terms. A moderate who would prefer
Congress to be less politically deadlocked, he has
a history of aligning himself with the party's right

Polk County Commission

Two Republicans are vying for the District 5 Polk
County Commission seat being vacated by Sam
Johnson cannot run for reelection because of term
limits, and he is seeking another elected office.
John Hall and Chris Dowdy are seeking the right to
run against Democrat Ricky Shirah in the November
general election.
Fifty-seven-year-old Hall is no stranger to county
government. He worked for the Polk County govern-,
ment system for 34 years, holding various manage-
ment positions and most recently held the position
of facilitates manager for the county.
Hall ran unsuccessfully for the commission two
years ago against Todd Dantzler. He is running this
time in another district.
Dowdy, 32, is an assistant to state Rep. Kelli
Stargel, R-Lakeland.
Hall believes that government is out of control at
every level.
He says, "Government views taxpayers as payees
to pay for their own functions."
Hall should know something about that as he
spent a good part of his adult career as a bureaucrat

Our recommendation

with the county government he now wants to lead
as one of its chief policy makers. He says his experi-
ence as a government worker will make him a better
policy maker.
Hall is in favor of impact fees but supports the
county's decision recently to continue a moratorium
on the fees..

wing through press releases and pronouncements
that seem to be designed to reassure his support-
ers he won't be among the first to reach across the
aisle to compromise. We would like to see Rooney, if
reelected, join in an emerging pushback by moder-
ates to reassert control of the GOP with an eye toward
addressing the nation's long-term challenges. Rooney
has repeatedly expressed frustration over Congress'
inability to pass meaningful measures, such as a five-
year transportation bill and a promising farm bill, but
gridlock can only be broken if both sides are willing
to work together.
Arnold is a school board member from Okeechobee
County. He has been active in his community, a small
businessman and a youth sports coach.
Although Rooney has tagged him as a tea party
candidate, Arnold met with our Polk County editorial
board and presented himself as a reasonable politi-
cian with a pragmatic disposition.
When asked if he was a Grover Norquist
Republican, he added that he has not promised to
sign any "no tax pledge" and would be open to any
reasonable proposals that would help reduce our
national deficit.
If it so happens that this political newcomer is not
able to beat Rooney, it is our hope that he continues
to participate in the public arena. He has a lot to
We recommend Tom Rooney in the U.S.
Representatives District 17 Republican primary.

, District 5

He thinks the county could place less of a burden
on its citizens by reducing fees and taxes.
Dowdy also ran unsuccessfully for the commission
in 2008 and has moved to another district this time.
Dowdy also said he was in favor of the impact fee
moratorium and thinks government, although not
able to create private sector jobs "can be fertile soil
for growing jobs."
He told our editorial board he believes that if
impact fees are viewed as a roadblock by potential
businesses looking to locate to Central Florida, then
Polk County ought to remove that roadblock in order
to attract the business.
Both men seem to be practical, pragmatic
politicians who put forward thoughtful ideas and
proposals. This race is a tough one, because both
candidates are so good.
However, we think the edge goes to John Hall
because of his many years working on the inside of
Polk County government.
That experience should serve him well as he tries
to deal with budget issues, especially.
That's why we recommend John Hall for County
Commission in the Republican primary.

Polk County Commission, District 3

- Two Republican candidates running for Polk
County Commission, District 3.
With no Democrat in the race, the winner of the
primary wins the office. Because of that, all voters,
regardless of party affiliation, are able to vote in this
primary race.
The race pits Tracy Garcia against incumbent Ed
Smith. Coincidentally, both candidates used to be
mayor ,of Lake Alfred.
Smith had a 28-year career in the Navy and a
16-year career working for Polk County Public
Schools. He has a master of science degree from Old
Dominion University.
Garcia is a project manager for aWinter Haven
engineering firm. She has a bachelor's degree in
business administration from Southern Wesleyan
Smith has been a commissioner during a very
difficult time in our county's history. Dwindling tax
revenues have caused our county leaders to make
some tough decisions.
Smith hasn't been afraid to tackle those tough
issues during his first term as a commissioner.
Both candidates say that creating jobs and

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Edwin V. Smith
Edwin V. Smith

Tracy Garcia

strengthening the economy should be a priority.
How does a county commission do that? Both
candidates say they were in favor of the recent
impact fee moratorium, citing the fact that some
new businesses broke ground after impact fees were
We think this decision was made without any real
facts to back up that claim. We have no facts that

point to whether the businesses would have come if
the impact fees were still in place.
We hope the winner of this race takes a hard look
at impact fees and asks county officials to consider
their decision to forgo tax revenue so that another
McDonald's can build a little less expensively.
Garcia says that her experience on the Lake Alfred
commission and her short stint as mayor of that city
qualifies her to sit on the county commission. She
likes to say that she would also be a more compas-
sionate commissioner than Smith.
Both of these folks are smart, capable people who
have proven they care about their communities and
shown a willingness to work hard.
However, when you compare their work, educa-
tion and public service experience we feel that Ed
Smith has the edge over Tracy Garcia and that he
deserves another term on the commission.
We hope Garcia, if she is not elected, thinks about
running again in four years. Because of term limits,
Smith will not be able to run again and Garcia will
still be a qualified candidate.
We recommend Ed Smith for Polk County
Commission, District 3.

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County Commission Campaign Contributions

Editor's note: The following list of
campaign contributions was furnished by
the Supervisor of Elections office web site
and contains information (either quarterly
or first primary) up to and including
July 20. Not included in this list are state
office campaigns: U.S. House of Repre-
sentatives District 17 (Joe Arnold vs. Tom
Rooney, GOP); Circuit 10, Group 27
(Catherine L. Combee, Mark Kaylor,
non-partisan); and Circuit 10, Group 7
(Larry Helms, Bill Sites and Christine Trakas
Thornhill). Candidates for each office are
listed in alphabetical order.

Edwin V. Smith
Board of County Commission, District 3
Total Contributions $28,725 (as of July 20)

James R. Chastain Jr., $450
Aubumdale Veterinary Clinic, $250
Ronald S. Burchfield, $200
Warren J. Woodward, $200
A. B. Petty, $200
Steven Shealey, $200
Cynthia E. Evans, $100
Christina Elias, $100
Carlton D. Hodges, $100
Mohamed A. Ismail, $20
Hometown TV Service, $100
Engineers of Central Fla. Inc., $200
Eugene S. Paul, $500
Pat's Nu-Star Car Wash, $75
Guy Bostick, $500
R. Mark Bostick, $500
Straughn & Turner, $500
Richard E. Straughn, $500
John Fazzini, $500
Leon S.Juday, $300
Maristela Ferrari, $250
Benjamin R. Adams, $250
Larry D. Tucker, $250
Albertus L. Maultsby, $300
Harold Allen Sale Jr., $100
ECON, $200
RondaV. Lewis, $50
Kenneth R. Williams, $50
Marion T. Bell Jr., $200
Jesse Douthit, $500
Sonya M Braudway, $150
Charles E Poston, $250
Mizkan Americas Inc., $150
Sandra L. Hightower, $100
William E. Sterling Jr., $100
Vonann Groves, Inc., $500.
Norman Larry Black Jr., $500
Laura C. Levy, $500
Mamie J. Richmond, $50,
Irwin W. Goldberg, $50
James R. Chastain Jr., $450
Auburndale Veterinary Clinic, $250
Ronald S. Burchfield, $200
Warren J. Woodward, $200
A.B. Petty, $200
Steven Shealey, $200
Cynthia E. Evans, $100
Christina Elias, $100
Carlton D. Hodges, $100
Mohamed A. Ismail, $20
Hometown TV Service, $100
Engineers of Central Fla., Inc., $200
Eugene S. Paul, $500
Pat's Nu-Star Car Wash, $75
Guy Bostick, $500
R. Mark Bostick, $500
Straughn & Turner, PA, $500
Richard E. Straughn, $500
John Fazzini, $500
Leon S. Juday, $300
Maristela Ferrari, $250
Benjamin R. Adams, $250
Larry D. Tucker, $250
Albertus L. Maultsby, $300
Harold Allen Sale Jr., $100
ECON, $200
RondaV Lewis, $50
Kenneth R. Williams, $50
Marion T. Bell Jr., $200
Jesse Douthit, $500
Sonya M Braudway, $150
Charles E Poston, $250
Mizkan Americas Inc., $150
Sandra L. Hightower, $100
William E. Sterling Jr., $100
Vonann Groves, Inc., $500
Norman Larry Black Jr., $500
Laura C. Levy, $500
Mamie J. Richmond, $50
IrwinW. Goldberg, $50
CAS Holdings, LLC, $500
Newberry Clinic, PA, $200
Lakeville Partners, LLC, $500
The Cassidy Organization, Inc., $500
Highland Cassidy, LLC, $500
Joyce M Schmidt, $100
Charles 0. Lake, $50

Edwin V. Smith Chris Dowdy

Tracy Garcia
Frances Beach, $50
Marie A. Kellam, $60
Ronald G.-Parks, $25
H. Paul Senft, $100
Jere Stambaugh III, $100
Betty C. Edenfield, $100
Indian River Transport Co., $500
McMann, PA, $100
Kaylor Law Group, PA, $250
Ben Hill Griffin, Inc., $300
Larry D. Tucker, $250
Lenore V Costello, $75
Sam H. Killebrew, $500
Calffrey D. Wilder, $75
Ronald A. Morrow, $150
Eileen S. Killebrew, $300
Magnify Bank, $250
LandscapeOne, $500
Polk County Builders Assoc., $500
C. P. Mays, $200
Henkelman Construction, Inc., $250
Ronnie H. Spears, $100
John R. Alexander, $100
Edward E Koren, $100
Patrick A. Braisted, $250
Michael L. Wiener, $100
Richard B. Stephens Jr. $100
EdwardWVogel III, $100
BusinessForce, Inc., $500
Belmont Land Holdings, Inc., $200
Polk Agr For Better Gov, $500
Kings Partnership, $200
Paragon Develop Group LLC, $500
Mary Jane King TTEE, $50
E.R. Jahna Industries, Inc., $500
S&R Logistics, LLC, $500
James Jahna, $500
Adams Cold Storage, LLC, $250
Clear Springs Land Company, $500
Rodda Construction Inc. 250 East High-
land Drive, $300
David M Kersey, $90
John Motis, $200
Kersey Funeral Home, $90
The Latt Maxcy Corporation, $25
Clark, Camp, Mawhinney PA, $250
George E Seagreaves, $25
Robert E. Puterbaugh, $50
Pengeo Inc., $200
The Pansler Law Firm, $250
Toyota of Winter Haven, $500
Hunt Brothers, $250

Tracy Garcia
Board of County Commissioner, District 3
Total Contributions $$5,850 (as of July 20)

Tracy Garcia, $100

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John Hall
Fran McCrystal, $100
Taylor Pursell, $250
Jamie Beckett, $100
Steve Lockhard & Associates, $100
Tony Benge, $100
Carter Engineering, $500
Jane Bray, $100
Noble Worldwide, $500
C.C. Calhoun Inc., $500
Kyle R Story, $100
Anne Koon, $50
Amy Pereira, $25
John Lindsey, $50
Patricia Reass, $50
Patricia Eddins, $100
Teresa Strong, $25
Albertus Maultsby, $300
Doris Chiavuzzi, $50
Randall Knapp, $250
William Block, $50
Charlie Lake, $25
Central FL Chapter of FMHA, $500
BusinessVoice Inc., $500
Robert Stanz, $100
Pioneer Property Management, $100
Bartow Ford, $500
Tracy Garcia, $90
Tom Pierce, $20
EPCAR Florida Realtors PA, $500
The Mims Group LLC, $500
Nichols Ranch LLC, $500
T. Mims Corp., $500
Tom Mims, $500
Mims Properties, LLC, $500
Florida Sand and Fill, LLC, $500
Harrell Properties, Inc., $500
Buyer's Rep., Inc., $500.
Tiacy Garcia, $200
Sarah Latimer, $50
Anne Koon, $25
Thomas Heath, $100
Bean & Grape Cafe, $100
Mark Schrieber, $250
Bruce Davis, $100
Jerome Brady, $25
Charles Cook, $500
Nikkos, $300

Chris Dowdy (Republican)
Board of County Commissioner
Total Contributions $$8,825 (as of July 20)

Chris Dowdy, $150
Krickett Phillips, $500
Hunter Phillips, $500
Red Top Trading Post, $500
Marla Holt, $500
James Holt, $250

Chris Dowdy, $750
John Simonecht, $100
William Dorsey, $100
Marian Dowdy, $200
Chris Dowdy Sr., $100
Robin Bryant, $25
Charlie Cook, $250
Joshua Barnes, $100
Melody Metzger, $100
Charles Canady, $100
Betty Taylor, $25
Clayton Hollis, $100
Florida Strategic Group, $500
David Sparks, $50
Rose Mock, $100
Frank Giglia Jr., $100
William Block, $190
Greg Bates, $200
Donna Toy, $500
Greg Toy, $500
Mary Taber, $500
Superior Screen Printing, $110
Kelli Stargel, $250
WWJD Properties, $250
Bill Diercksen, $100
Green Construction Services, $200
Ron Parks, $25
Aaron Bloemsma, $500
Fore Electric, $200
Labor Solutions, $100
Rob Kincart, $100
Sam Johnson, $100
Hunt-Watters LLC, $200
David Curry, $100
Chris Dowdy, $140.80

John Hall (Republican)
Board of County Commissioner, District 5
Total Contributions $22,375 (as of July 20)

John E Hall, $100
Patricia Eddins, $50
Robinette Gibbons, $500
William Gibbons, $500
Deborah Pickett, $500
Heather Presley, $500]
Earl Lee, $200
Rightway Floor Covering, $500
SEMCO Construction, $500
Florida Telecom Construction, $50
Wallis, Murphey, Boyington Inc., $50
William Thornhill, $50
Elvena Hodges, $100
Patricia Eddins, $100
Sam Killebrew, $500
Jonathan Hall, $500
Debra Dunn, $500
Heather Bertucca, $500
Victor Story Jr., $250
Robert Kincart, $250
Marcia Lightsey, $200
Terry Pittman, $100
John Alexander, $100
Douglas Darden, $100
Carl Locke, Jr., $500
The Cassidy Organization, Inc., $500
Oakley Rhinehart Cassidy, LLC, $500
Lakeville Partners, LLC, $250
CAS Holdings, LLC, $250
Hill Jerry, $100
Alberto Campneria, $100
Kyle Story, $500
Dan Frodge, $50.00
Reyna Kassman, $100
Morgan Smith, $25
Kathryn Norris, $50
Anna Schnetzer, $25
Steven O'Neal, $50
Clinton Schultz, $100
Earle Lee, $100
Karen Cornelius, $100
Vicki Cook, $250
Dodge Chevon, $500
Central Florida Chapter of FMH, $500
Victor Story Jr., $200
Ann Story, $300
Kenneth Kaminga, $300
Morgan Smith $50
Johnnie Hall, $4,000
BusinessVoice, Inc., $500
Polk County Builders Assoc., $500
James Hall, $50
James Hall, $50
Johnnie Hall, $2,000
Clark, Campbell, Mawhinney & L, $250
Florida Realtors PAC, $500
Guy Bostick $500
R. Mark Bostick, $500
Gertrude B West, $100
Straughn & Turner, $500
Richard Straugn, $500
Kings Partnership, $100
Belmont Land Holdings, Inc., $100
Highland Equities, $100
Mary Jane Seymour, $500.00

Page 8 Frostproof News

August 8, 2012:

Someone in or around Frostproof isn't
only feeling a little warm right about
now. They are feeling pretty lucky as well.
The Florida lottery reported Monday
that a winning Fantasy Five ticket was
sold in Frostproof on Sunday. In all,
two winners of the "Fantasy 5" game
will collect $87,507.11 each, the Florida
Lottery said. A second winning ticket
was purchased in Esto with the winning
numbers of 5-11-13-18 and 22.

The local ticket was sold at Futral's
Little Dixie No. 2 on County Road 630,
according to a lottery official. A total
of 292 tickets matching four numbers
won $96.50 each. Another 8,904 tickets
matching three numbers won $8.50
each and 81,588 tickets won a Quick
Pick ticket for picking two numbers.
According to the lottery, odds in
matching all five numbers correctly
are 376,992 to one.

Since the games inception in 1989,
players have collected more than
$3.4 billion in prizes. Winners must
pick from 36 numbers, and have 180
days to collect their winnings.
That might not seem like some--
thing a winner would forget, but it
can happen, In fact, lottery officials
said someone is facing a deadline
of Friday to cash in a winning ticket
worth $93,196.38. It was sold at a

7-11 convenience store on Feb. 12 in
Ormond Beach, but as of last Friday,
was still unclaimed. Since the game
began, there have been 47,643 top
prize winners who collected more
than $2 billion, lottery officials said.
It continued a pretty good string
of luck on the Ridge recently for
Fantasy Five players. The Publix on
U.S. 27 in Lake Wales has sold two
top-prize tickets since May.

Polk County Commissioner Melony
Bell is hosting "A few minutes with
Melony," an informational meet and
greet opportunity at 7:30 a.m. on
Tuesday, Aug. 14 at Jack's Diner in
Babson Park.
Meet with Commissioner Bell to
discuss county-government related
topics and issues. The event is free
and open to all residents and busi-
nesses in Polk County.
After serving nearly 15 years as
a Fort Meade city commissioner,

including three terms as the mayor,
Bell was elected to the Polk County
Board of County Commissioners in
2010. She is currently the commis-
sion Vice Chair.
For more information, contact
Commissioner Bell's office at

A boy for Bells
Avon Park residents Leeana and
Duane Bell have announced the birth
of a baby boy, according to Florida
Hospital Heartland Division.
Cam Ron Lasean Bell was born
on June 25, weighing seven pounds,
10 ounces. His paternal grandmother
is Beverly Sloan of Frostproof. Duane
Bell of Lake Wales is the paternal
grandfather. Maternal grandparents
are Peggy and Hoyt Fletcher of Avon

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Winning Fantasy Five ticket sold here


ORLANDO Florida Polytechnic
University is still a long way from
opening its doors, but a loose frame-
work for the new school is beginning
to take shape.
No tenure, no general education
courses and guaranteed local jobs
for Florida Poly graduates those
were among the ideas tossed around
Wednesday at the first meeting of
Florida Poly's Board of Trustees.
Though nothing has been decided,
the board members seemed to be in
consensus that no idea for Florida's
12th university which was created
during the last legislative session fol-
lowing a months-long political battle
and championed by local legislator
JD Alexander would be off the
The meeting last week, facilitated
by the Florida Board of Governors,
which oversees the state's 12 public
universities, served mostly as an
introduction for the new trustees.
They were given history lessons on
the governance structure of the state
university system and on the evolu-
tion of what was once the University

of South Florida Polytechnic. They
learned about Florida's public record
laws and the way Florida's universi-
ties are funded.
In their only official action, the
trustees chose a chairman and
a vice chairman: Robert Gidel, a
Windermere resident and member of
the University of Florida Foundation
board; and Mark Bostick, president
of Comcar Industries in Lake Wales
and one of the original signers of a
letter that started the push for the
new university a little over a year
ago. Both were appointed to the Poly
board by Gov. Rick Scott.
"We have a lot to do in a very short
period of time," Gidel said.
The work begins with several
logistical hurdles.
The University of South Florida,
from which the new university
is spinning off, must transfer all
resources, contracts and proper-
ties once belonging to the USF
Polytechnic campus to the new
independent university.
Then there's the new campus in
Lakeland, where construction has
just begun.
Some of the conversation
Wednesday involved ideas for

different kinds of classrooms per-
haps having more modular, movable
rooms, for instance. But whether the
construction plan can accommodate
those kinds of changes remains to be
seen. The project is scheduled to be
completed in about two years.
The trustees' main order of busi-
ness will be to hire a university
president. From there, they'll have
to hire faculty, build programs,
attract students and work toward
In other words, it could be a while.



"I stayed up late one night last
week worrying," said Poly board
member Sandra Featherman, former
president of the University of New
England, "about how we're going to
get accredited, ... thinking about
the blank slate, thinking about
how fast we're going to have to find
Still, like the others, she character-
ized that challenge as an opportu-
nity. "I'm excited," she said.
The board plans to meet again
within the next few weeks.





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KENANSVILLE, Fla. A type of
sparrow that lives only in Florida has
mysteriously plunged in number so .
dramatically that scientists fear it will
vanish forever well before the end of
this decade.
Florida grasshopper sparrows,
which inhabit grasslands in the state's
interior south of Orlando, on the
Ridge and the Avon Park Bombing
Range which borders Frostproof, have
been listed as endangered for the past
26 years. But the furtive birds have all
but disappeared in recent years from
one of their last three prairie refuges
and, in what has become a wildlife
emergency, may now total fewer than
200 in just two counties, Osceola and,
The sparrows' extinction would
likely be the nation's first loss of a
bird since the late 1980s, according
to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
That's when the dusky seaside spar-
row, also a Florida native, slipped
out of existence. The threat of losing
another bird unique to Florida alarms
scientists, who also worry that the
grasshopper sparrow's rapid decline
might be symptomatic of profound
problems with the state's dwindling-
prairie environment.
-"This seems to be the most highly
imperiled bird in all of mainland
North America," said Reed Noss, a
biology professor at the University of
Central Florida. "At the present rate of
decline, it's going to be extinct in as
few as three years and, unbelievably,
we don't know why."
The small bird is firmly adapted to
giant expanses of "dry prairie." Florida
had more than 1.2 million acres of
that treeless terrain, but 90 percent of
it was turned into inhospitable cattle
pasture by the end of the 20th century.
The bit that still remains constitutes
one the state's last, old-growth land-
scapes, ari ecosystem carpeted with
an astounding variety of grasses and
flowering plants; pasture, in contrast,
is often dominated by planted Bahia
- Scientists have no doubt that the ex-
tensive loss of habitat caused most of
the bird's decline. As for what's behind
the recent population dive, they think
invading fire ants are eating chicks
and increasingly variable weather is
flooding more nests. They also suspect
disease and loss of genetic diversity.
The reason could also be all of the
above, Noss said, with the various fac-
tors acting together in what scientists
call an "extinction vortex."
The bird, a subspecies of

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pers and sings like one, with a "tick,
tick, buzz." It also runs hidden by
dry-prairie grasses as much or more
than it flies, bedeviling researchers'
attempts to learn more about it.
Sparrow advocates and research-
ers, including those at Audubon of
Florida, Archbold Biological Station
and government agencies, think it's
likely that some sparrows will have
to be captured and bred in captivity
to prevent them from disappearing
Such a possibility is hauntingly
reminiscent of an earlier, shameful
chapter in the history of Florida's
environment, when the dusky seaside
sparrow of east Central Florida was all
but annihilated by mosquito eradica-
tion in marshes surrounding Kennedy
Space Center.
A frantic effort to net the last of
those birds for captive breeding in the
1980s had a tragic ending; only males
were found, and attempts to have
them mate with a related subspecies
The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
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managers and biologists in 2002 to
support a recovery plan that envi-
sioned establishing 10 populations
of at least 50 birds each. Instead, the
group would find that the population
at the vast Avon Park Air Force Range
in Polk and Highlands counties one
of the bird's last three refuges was .
on its way to winking out.
Gregory Schrott, an Archbold
Biological Station scientist and a past
chairman of the working group, said
the trend at the Air Force training
property, where he researches im-
periled birds, was disturbing enough.
Even more alarming to him is that the
birds are now disappearing from the
two conservation properties where
managers are going all out to support
their survival: Three Lakes Wildlife
Management Area in Osceola County
and Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State
Park in Okeechobee County.
"We know from our experience
here at Avon Park that the population
can go very quickly. It went from an
estimated few hundred birds to less
than 20 birds in four or five years -
before anybody really knew what was
happening," Schrott said. "It's scary to
think that could be happening in one
or both of those other populations."
The prairie at Three Lakes Wildlife
Management Area is so expansive that
visitors say it's easy to imagine the far
horizon bending with the curve of the
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August 8, 2012 Frostproof News Page 13

state Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission said visitors also ask, in
all innocence, "What did you do with
the trees?"
"There were no trees," said Hannon,
who often fells pines and oaks that
take hold in disturbed areas of the
prairie, such as along roadsides
or fence lines. Biologists think the
sparrows deliberately avoid nesting
within a quarter-mile of a tree to avoid
predators. "There are no stumps out
there," Hannon said.
Critical to the health of the land-
scape and the sparrows are sweeping
fires that historically were ignited by
lightning and now are set by burn
crews every few years. The flames kill
seedling trees and renew the life cycle
of the prairie's grasses and ground
Paul Miller, biologist at Kissimmee
Prairie Preserve State Park, has
compiled evidence that fire ants,
aggressors from Argentina, are a major
factor in the bird's decline. He stocks
his truck with containers of granular
"The fire ants will attach and
destroy nests," Miller said.
UCF biologist Josh Reece plans to
compare museum specimens with
existing birds to determine whether
the subspecies' genetic variety is nar-
rowing to a dead end.
But figuring out how to reverse the
population decline remains tauntingly
beyond anyone's grasp.
"They have wonderful prairie at
Three Lakes and Kissimmee Prairie,
and they've done great manage-
ment of it, and yet the sparrow, quite
franidy, i, crashing," said Audubon of
Florida biologist Paul Gray. "That's the


The shaded area shows the bird's traditional
range. The dots represent traditional breeding

head scratcher: What's wrong?"
What might be the bird's most
serious threat now, researchers fear, is
indifference to its plight.
Florida grasshopper sparrows do
not visit backyard feeders, nor do they
elicit the popular affection shown for
the likes of West Indian manatees and
Florida panthers.
But officials at the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service in Florida say they
have raided their tight budget to fund
several accelerated studies, have
pushed for additional restoration
of dry prairie, and have taken the
unusual step of assigning a biologist
to focus full time on the bird.
A top priority for them is to decide
soon whether to pursue captive
"We do think this is an emergency,"
said Dana Hartley, supervisor of the
endangered species program at the
federal agency's office in Vero Beach.
"Everybody here and up the chain is
aware of that."

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The fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through
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With taxable property values
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valorem property tax revenue.
For the owner of a $150,000 home
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The total proposed FY2012-13 budget
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cent higher than the adopted budget for
FY2011-12, which was $155.5 million.
The $4.2 million increase in the budget
is primarily due to additional funding

requests from local governments for
water resources projects.
The increase is funded from ad-
ditional balances available from
prior years due to the cancellation
of projects and projects completed
under budget.
The proposed budget includes
$83.4 million for capital/infrastructure
and other district projects. The district's
funds leveraged with its partners will

result in a total investment of more than
$134 million for water resource manage-
ment projects benefiting the region.
Two public TRIM hearings on the
district's total budget are scheduled.
The first is at 6 p.m. Sept. 11 the sec-
ond is 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the district's
Tampa Service Office.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the
governing board will formally adopt
the final millage rate and budget.

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white shirt and faded blue jean pants,
according to police reports.
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Gladys O'Cain
Gladys O'Cain, 64, of Lake Wales
passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012,
at Lake Wales Medical Center.
She was born June 15, 1948, in
Calhoun, Ga., to the late Frank and
Kathleen (Holt) Bennett. She came
here from Calhoun, Ga., 45 years ago.
She was a retired machine operator
for Citrus World and enjoyed read-
ing books, solving puzzles, fishing,
Facebook and family time.
Survivors include her husband of
20 years, Hampton O'Cain; daughter,
Wanda Hancock (Danny) of Lake
Wales; sons, Leslie T. Hunt (Diana) of
Frostproof and Fred Hunt (Martha)
of Babson Park; sisters, Windy Hall
of Lake Wales and Joyce Childers of
Georgia; brothers, Frank Bennett, Jr.,
of Georgia and Randy Bennett of North
Carolina; 12 grandchildren; and 22
Visitation will be held from
6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Marion
Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales.
Graveside service will be held at
10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Lake Wales
Cemetery with Rev. Andrew Williams
Condolences may be sent
to the family at www.marionnelson-
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.

Words of Comfort
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Morgan III
James Morgan
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died Tuesday
July 31, 2012. He
Was 53.
Visitation will
be Friday,
Aug. 10, from
6-9 p.m. At Caver
Funeral Home,
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Funeral service
will be Sat. Aufg. James Morgan III
11, at 1:00,p.m. at
First Institutional Missionary Baptist
Church 205 "D" Street.
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to Caver Funeral Home in Lake Wales.

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July 30, 2012, at the Lake Wales Medical
Center. She was 69.
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Wales is handling the arrangements.

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Early voting is underway

noted. "If we don't recognize those
costs are out there, we're putting our-
selves in a bind. The reasons we had
to go into such a huge rate increase a
few years ago was because we didn't
do the proper preventive and mainte-
nance expenditures that we needed to
do. I'd rather do the increase now, be
on sound financial footing that moves
us forward, over the long term."
Martha Neher, who had been away
on a summer vacation for much of the
council's previous discussions on the
matter, agreed.
"It's prudent to do this," she said.
"We have to look at where we want to
be in 10 years, where do we want to be
in 20 years."
The council learned Monday that

Early voting started this past week
and continues through Aug. 11.
Registered voters can go to eight dif-
ferent places in Polk County to cast
their ballots in the primary election.
Primary Election Day is Tuesday,
Aug. 14.
But before you go to an early
voting place, make sure you have
two things in your hand a
signed form of identification with
your picture (or two forms if your
signature isn't on the photo ID)
and the new voter information
card. The Supervisor of Elections
Office mailed the new voter info
cards to registered voters this past

refinancing of long-term debt on the
sewer system expansion project of
the last decade will save the city over
$400,000 in the next 18 years. The city
had been paying an interest rate of
5.22 percent on loans totaling more
than $1.5 million. The group approved
a measure to refinance the loan bal-
ance at 3.'06 percent after getting four
refinancing proposals.
One bank had actually submitted
an offer well below that even, but the
payback period was only 10 years
at that rate. The city also recently
approved use of reserve funds to pay
off another loan on the system to the
tune of about $186,000.
Although utility rates haven't risen
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have gone up in that period because
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done every 10 years may put voters
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voting precincts and other informa-
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there told her there was an opening at
the Circle of Friends. Bonnie was select-
ed, and started volunteering at the Circle
in March, to learn the ropes. In August,
she will take the reins as paid director.
Her background includes a strong
business component, with Bonnie at
one time owning and running a con-
signment shop. She and her husband
spent time operating a mobile home
park in Pennsylvania for 13 years.
Bonnie also is trained and has served
as a licensed practical nurse.
The Circle of Friends is technically
closed in July, but the students have
been in and out for a variety of rea-
sons, and Bonnie says she is getting
to know and appreciate them more
by the day. "I love the students. They
are wonderful and I learn a lot from
them. The staff is great too and we all
work well together," Bonnie said.
That's a good thing, because a

us all to learn. I really would like to
thank her for all that she has done for
Her parents, Annette and Jason,
are both proud of their daughter's
perfect score, though not the least bit
"We had expected her to pass,"
Annette said.
They had made a wager with her
before the test: if she scored a 4, they
would treat her to lunch; if she scored
a 5, they would treat her to a pedicure.
Since she received a perfect score, she
received both.
Her parents motivate her to do well
in school by compensating her for the
grades on her report card. She receives
$50 for straight A's, $25 if she receives
mostly A's but one B, and if she receives
mostly B's, she simply gets congratu-
lated on a job well done.
"We emphasize that school is her job
and that her success is tied to the hard
work that she puts into it," Annette
said. "That's the way things work in real
life, and school is supposed to prepare
you for life and the workplace."
Annette has worked at Frostproof-
High School for nine years. She was a
media specialist last year, but began
teaching an Excellent Education Class
this year.
Having worked with the practice

number of projects are around the
bend for the Circle of Friends. They
are putting together a cookbook,
where residents can go online and
contribute recipes (more details to
come). Plans are also in the works for
a monthly fundraising event on the
first Monday of each month, October
through March. Bonnie let the cat
out of the bag on the first two, which
Oct. 1 will be a Miche Purse party
(where a purse and gift certificates
will be given away as door prizes)
and a tasting event in November
with appetizers prepared by Lake
Wales Hospital chef Serkan Sere',
who will send his recipes home with
The Circle of Friends Chili Cookoff
will include an art show this year,
and would welcome donations of
artwork, Bonnie said. The Lake Wales
Art Council has donated several
prints for the show.
Busy times are ahead but Bonnie
says she is excited about the upcom-
ing year and getting to know even
better the Circle of Friends family.

FCATs herself, she know how tricky the
questions can be and how difficult it is
for students to pass, she said.
Her philosophy towards her students
education is the same attitude she has
towards her daughter's: "I tell them that
their education is their job. Their job is
to go to school and learn; and as with
any job, how well they are compensated
is determined by how well they do."
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comes to her homework, as she tends
to do it right away and rarely without
anyone telling her to do so, and she
also tries to read at least 30 minutes a
day, Annette said.
Despite her perfect score on her
FCAT and her overall success in
school, Sarah is very humble about her
"I think I am the same as all my other
classmates," she said. "We all tried
really hard and we're all very good."
She's well rounded, too. Sarah likes all
her school subjects and does not have
a least favorite one. Her favorite subject
is math.
Her after-school activities include
soccer (which is coached by her father),
art classes, and the Good News Club.
She was involved in the recent Polk
County Art Show. She was one of the
200 out of 900 elementary school
students to have her art featured in
the Polk County Museum in Lakeland.
And when she grows up? Sarah
said she hopes to be a veterinarian;
her favorite animals are dogs and

- Aug. 4-11 there are more hours.
"Previously we were open for
eight hours a day to vote. Now we
can be open longer," she said. Early
voting hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. People
can vote in any of the locations .
regardless of where he or she lives.
Walker also said absentee ballots
can be mailed to voters from the
supervisor's office until Wednesday,

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giving voters another way to vote if
Aug. 14 is not convenient.
Those who want to vote absen-
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Supervisor of Elections office and
pick up an absentee ballot. They
have to be back to the supervisor's
office by 7 p.m. on Aug. 14.
These items are all explained on
the voter information form.
And there are election day tips
and answers to frequently asked
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A sure sign of fall

Taking a water break is not only important, it's mandated by the Florida High School Athletic Asso-
ciation. For every 30 minutes of practice, the new regulations require a five-minute water break.

Some of the younger offensive players practice a pitch play. The Bulldogs will host Haines City
in the annual pre-season Kickoff Classic at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Faris Brannen Stadium. The regular
season opener is Aug. 31 on the road in Avon Park.

Coach Cleve
j Morrow makes
a point tothe
offense after they
ran a play. There
are no two-a-day
practices this year,
at least for the
first week, thanks
to new regula-
tions put in during
the offseason by
the Florida High
,School Athletic
Association. The
team was up and
at'em, however, at
I.. 8 a.m.

Monday morning was the first "official" practice
for the 2012 Bulldogs. Here, Coach Craig Merson
makes a point to some of the team's defensive
unit. Although Monday was the first day on the
field for all the players, many were busy during
the offseason with conditioning and seven-on-
seven competitions against area teams.

Head Coach Price Harris takes a moment to
hydrate too.
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Judge candidates speak their minds


In the three races where Polk County
voters will vote on judgeships the six candi-
dates spent their evening Thursday saying
each of them are qualified for seats on the
bench and spent it answering questions
about impartiality and explaining their
fairness in a relatively similar fashion.
Up for the election in the Aug. 14 are
county judge candidates Bob Grode and
William Twyford who will replace Timothy
Koons who is retiring. Circuit Court Judge
Group 7 candidates Mark Kaylor and
Katherine Combee who will replace Ernie
M. Jones Jr. who is retiring; and Circuit
Court Judge Group 27 candidates Larry
Helms, Bill Sites and Christine Trakas
When asked whether the system of
electing judges on the county or circuit
court level was a fair way pick judges as
opposed to being appointed by the state all
the candidates felt the way it is done now is
fairer as the people should have their say.
Twyford said the electorate voted down
that notion some years ago and he has no
problem with that decision because "I'm
here to follow the law."
His opponent in the county judge race,
Grode said, he echoes his opponent's feel-
ing, "But speaking about the county court
those people running need to be vetted.
You're in, the people's court. Alot of these
people may no be represented by an at-
torney and it may be their first time court."
Circuit candidates also felt having these
people nominated elected was preferable.
"There was a time in Florida when
they were appointed and we changed the
system because it was rife with the good old
boy system," Helms said. "Now it preferable.
The current courtjudges don't answer the
people but to the law."
One of his opponents, Sites, said when
he first started practicing law, he was told
a lawyer had to run and not be appointed.
Trial court level judges were closer to the
people and were dealing with the "meat
and potatoes" of people's lives.
"The appellate court may be on a dif-
ferent level and may be further away from
people's lives," he said.
The third opponent in that race, Thornill,
said judges should be accountable to the
people but mentioned, as the other did,
that they are not working for the people.
'As far as accountability it is to the law.
Sometimes we don't make what is the
popular opinion and that's why sometimes
it's difficult But as long as we listen thafs
what we have to do."
Combee said the state constitution
has a provision that every person has a
choice and that should be as it is while her
opponent Kaylor said he ascribes to "never
give up the right to vote."
"I went through the appointment process
and Gov. (Charlie) Crist didn't pick me," he
said. "I decided to run."
He said an appointment would take him
out of the area where he is familiar the


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10th Judicial Circuit and this way he isn't
He just wants to be assured the electorate
knows who they are voting for.
'As long as they are informed," he said.
Circuit Court judges serve a district that
is made up Polk, Hardee and Highlands
On the question of whether a middle-
income or poorer candidate can get a fair
trial, candidates all agreed that this was a.
perception and not the reality in the trial
court level.
"We have process in place where every-
one gets legal counsel and I'm not sure I
know a group of lawyers more-dedicated to
what they do," Helms said referring to the
public defender's office. "They do it with
relish and what is best for the defendant.
The perception that if you hire an expensive
lawyer you get better representation I think
juries can see through that."
Combee said the perception could come
from the fact that those doing pro-bono
work or work in the public defender's office
may have more to deal with than private
"They are excellent attorneys but they
have a lot of clients," she said.
All the candidates have taken on prp-
bono cases and they said they have not put
less effort into those cases.
"Helms is correct that there is a percep-
tion," Sites said. "On the whole, day in and
day out we ensure to the best of our ability
that every client gets the due process of the
Kaylor said some of this perception may
come from the fact that the legal process
has gotten quite expensive.
"The other part of this question are
people getting caught in the cracks of the
legal system?" Kaylor asked. "Perhaps they
are because the cost has gotten expensive.
Has the judicial system gotten expensive
begs the question of efficiency, economics
and the 21st century."
He was referring mostly to the idea of
businesses going to court especially against
large companies that can not only drag out
cases but have staff attorneys where smaller
businesses cannot compete economically.
However, Grode focuses his attention on
helping people realize the perception.
"To make changes we have to educate
the public," he said. "I presently give
information to people. On the whole it is a
perception and that can be changed. We as
members of the bar are doing that on our
own voluntarily."
In questions judging the impartiality of
the candidates who will rise from lawyers
showing a side and what influences their
backgrounds the candidates explained
changing their mode of thinking would not
be difficult to accomplish.
All of them felt that as successful lawyers
they have to look at all sides of cases
before arguing their sides and changing
to an impartial judge is an extension
of that and being able to listen to both
sides is paramount. In showing what has
influenced them they cited generally the
same Supreme Court decisions that stand

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out most to them: Brown vs. the Board
of Education, the Terri Schiavo case and
Gideon vs. Wainwright In Brown vs. the
Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled in 1954 law making is OK for
separate public schools for black and white
students was unconstitutional overturning
an 1896 Supreme Court decision. In the
Schiavo case, Terri who was in a vegeta-
tive state for eight years was the question
of whether her husband had the right to
terminate her life. His right to terminate
her life was opposed by her parents. Florida
legislation for the parents was struck down
by both the state and U.S. Supreme Court.
In Gideon vs. Wainwright the Supreme
Court ruled in 1963 that state courts are
required under the Sixth Amendment
to provide counsel in criminal cases for
defendants who are unable to afford their
own attorneys.
"My class was the first to be bused in
Polk County," Combee said. "I got to see the
result first hand."
Kaylor agreed tilt was a big decision,
but added in the Gideon vs. Wainwright
decision it was a "wonderful decision to
level the field of justice."
"Brown perhaps had most impact on

me," Helms said. "I grew up in Alabama
and it was not the most friendly place for a
lot of people. I remember the Birmingham
riots and Rosa Parks and it had a big
impression on me growing up."
Sites and Grode cited the Brown decision,
but added others that influenced them.
Grode cited the situation with President
Nixon that showed no one is higher than
the law while Sites cited Roe vs. Wade and
the Citizens United positions that have
changed the way the country can run.
Thornmhill said she was probably most
influenced in the Schiavo case because the
ruling went against what Gov. Jeb Bush.
County judges serve six-year terms -
and make $134,280 per year. They handle
misdemeanors and traffic offenses as well
as small claims and civil disputes less than
$15,000. Circuit judges oversee cases in the
10th Judicial Circuit, of Polk, Hardee and
Highlands counties. Circuit judges serve
six-year terms and receive an annual salary
of $142,178. The races are open to all voters
Aug. 14 and the winners of these races will
win the seat. However, in the Group 27 race
if no candidate receives 50 percent of the
vote the top two will face each other in the
Nov. 6 general election.

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Sweat equity

A Florida Hospital Heartland work team put in some "sweat equity" to help Habitat for
Humanity build a home for Cynthia Gilchrist. Both non-profit organizations not only share a
Christian mission and work ethic, but a belief in providing care and comfort. To find out how
to help build a home for someone in need, contact Highlands County Habitat for Humanity
at 863-385-7156. Pictured are (from left) Rebekah Adams, Inola Marcus, Adrianna Berrones,
Richard Huber, Donna Snyder, Lucille Huber, Chad Huber, Tim Cook, Justin Cook, Anthony
Stahl, Jeff McDonald, Tom Amos, Dima Didenko, Oliver Didenko, Dr. Percival Tamayo, and
Alan Branch.

LRMC honors nursing excellence

Lakeland Regional Medical Center
recently honored 34 nurses with
',Excellence in Nursing" awards and
one new nurse with the "Rookie of
:.the Year" award.
Recipients were nominated by
their managers'and peers for exem-
plifying nursing excellence, quality
caring and professional leadership.
In addition, the honorees are known
for displaying LRMC's values of care,
quality, stewardship, accountability,
integrity and courtesy.
This recognition program was
developed through LRMC's Nursing
Shared Governance Council.
Rookie of the Year: Trey Barrett
Excellence in Nursing Recipients:
Alicia Applewhite, Season
Bernhauser, Bernadette Brown-
Runcie, Riza Calamigan, Amy
Cassick, Jennifer Cipriano, Susan
Clyne, Melissa Coleman, Gillian
Corrigan, Janet Crissinger, Ellen
Dellapenna, Helen Dickey, Ashley
Duncan RN, Mary George, Ever
Glendenning, Carrie Huffstickler,
Karen Kletter, Elizabeth Martinez,
Robert Martinez, JoAnn Maslyn,
Nancy Nielsen, Anecita Pantojan,
Brian Petterson, Colleen Polack,
Laurie Pomella, Theresa Prescott,
Karen Saladin, Jessie Scapinello,
Laura Skrodzki, Constance Tallman,
Stephanie Watson, Rachel Whitmer,
Leslie Wood and Tara Yancey.

support groups to start
The Alzheimer's Association, Florida
Gulf Coast Chapter, is partnering
with Southland Suites of Lakeland,
Hawthorne Inn of Lakeland and the
Highland Park Church of the Nazarene
to bring support and education to fami-
lies caring for people with Alzheimer's
disease and related dementia.
The program includes a monthly
Caregiver Support Group at Southland
Suites and Hawthorne Inn and a
Caregiver Educational Seminar at the
Highland Park Nazarene Church.
The support group plans to meet the
first Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.
at the Hawthorne Inn, 6150 Lakeland
Highlands Road, Lakeland, and
another meeting is planned the fourth
Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call 863-644-6414.
Caregiver education is scheduled
for Sept. 4, from 6-8 p.m. at Highland
Park Nazarene Church, 4777 Lakeland
Highlands Road, Lakeland. To RSVP,
call 863-292-9210 or email
The Alzheimer's Association's
Caregiver Support Group is designed
to provide emotional, educational and
social support for caregivers through
meetings. These help participants
develop methods and skills to solve
problems and encourage caregivers to

Delgado takes over

Dr. Wright's practice

Stepping in to take over the late
Dr. Victor Wright's podiatric practice
is a veteran Lakeland foot and ankle
specialist who has long been estab-
lished in Polk County.
Dr. Gabriel Delgado, who also
owns Mid Florida Foot and Ankle
Clinic on Mockingbird Lane in
Lakeland, took over Wright's practice
on Aug. 1. He will continue his.
practice in the Lakeland clinic he
founded in 2000, and add Wright's
practice to his clientele, he said
* "I had known Dr. Wright for many
years and respected him and his
work highly," Delgado said. "It was
a pleasure to be able to step into his
practice after his tragic and untimely
Dr. Wright died April 28, 2012.
Delgado, a 42-year-old former
University of Florida baseball player,
said he had always wanted to go
into medicine, and because "I had
foot problems when I was young,"
podiatric medicine "was the perfect
fit for me."
After completing his undergradu-
ate work at UF, he-spent his four
years of medical school at Berry:
University in Miami and then did his
residency at the Veterans Hospital
in West Palm Beach followed by a
year of additional study at St. Luke's
Hospital in Phoenix.
"I worked with someone in
Lakeland after I finished my residen-
cies, and decided that I wanted to
establish my practice in my home-
town;" he said. He started the Mid-
Florida Clinic and as it flourished,
he also established a professional
relationship with Dr. Wright. "I knew
Dr. Wright and we had a similar
perspective in our work. We saw the
work the same way."
When the opportunity arose to
consider taking over Wright's Bartow
practice, he was among those who
approached Wright's family about
taking over the practice.
"Several practitioners offered help
with the practice, but the family
ultimately called me and asked me if
I was interested in taking over, which
of course I was," he said. His take-
over was official on Aug. 1, although
he had been seeing patients at
Wright's West Main Street offices for
several weeks before it was official.
He has maintained Wright's existing
"That was a real plus," he said,
"since they already know the pa-
tients and all we had to do was some


Dr. Gabriel Delgado took over the late Dr. Victor
Wright's Podiatric Clinic Aug. 1. -

retraining in how I'm used to doing
things. They are great to work wirh,
so the transition has been smooth.
"I am so glad to be here in Bartow,"
he said. Presently he holds clinic
hours in Bartow on Mondays and
Another reason it was an easy
transition for him and his Bartow.
patients was, he said, because
he was already on staff at Bartow
Regional Medical Center, where he
has conducted his surgeries for more
than a dozen years. :
"I love working at BRMC. The staff
there is great and it's like working in
an ambulatory surgery center," he
Dr. Delgado's services include
sports medicine, vein therapy,
wound care, all medical conditions
of the leg and biomechanics, in ad-
dition to routine foot and ankle care.
Delgado's 510 W. Main Street office
hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Mondays
and Thursdays. He says he dedicates
Thursday mornings to surgery and
spends the rest of the day seeing,.


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Serious complications of heartburn meds are rare

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is it true that
those of us who have to take Prilosec
every day are in danger of getting a bone
fracture? Should we consider stopping
it? Anon.
ANSWER: We need to give readers a
clue to what we're talking about. The
subject is GERD, gastroesophageal
reflux disease, something most call
"heartburn." It's the eruption of stom-
ach acid and digestive juices into the
esophagus, a place not built to with-
stand those powerful fluids.
Proton-pump inhibitors are the most
effective suppressants of acid produc-
tion. There are eight: Prilosec (omepra-
zole), Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid
(lansoprazole), Dexilant (dexlanso-
prazole), Protonix (pantoprazole) and
Aciphex (rabeprazole). These medicines
have made life livable for people who
don't respond to other strategies or
medicines for heartburn control.
All effective medicines have side
effects. A side effect of proton-pump
inhibitors is weakening of the hip bone
with possible fracture of it. It's not a
common occurrence. When it happens,
it happens to those who have taken
high doses of these medicines for five to

seven years. As a preventive step, take
a proton-pump inhibitor at the lowest
dose that controls symptoms and for the
shortest time possible. You can resume
taking it if and when heartburn returns.
You also can try acid suppressants
that don't have this side effect: Turns,
Rolaids and Maalox. Don't eat foods that
cause you to have heartburn. Frequent
offenders are excessive amounts of caf-
feine, chocolate, alcohol, peppermint,
fatty foods, citrus fruits and tomatoes.
Or try a different family of acid sup-
pressants. Zantac (ranitidine), Pepcid
(famotidine) and Tagamet (cimetidine)
are examples.
I wouldn't use the unapproved

treatment mentioned in the letter you
sent. It appears that its distributor is
playing on exaggerated fear.
The booklet on heartburn explains
this illness and its treatment in detail.
Readers can-order a copy by writing:
Dr. Donohue No. 501, Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a
check or money order (no cash) for
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printed name and address. Please allow
four weeks for delivery.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I always buy
orange juice marked "not from con-
centrate." I read somewhere that such
juice is lacking in some things. Can you
explain? -EH.
ANSWER: "Concentrate" indicates
that water has been evaporated from the.
juice. That extends its life, and makes
it easier to ship and store. Prior to sale,
it is reconstituted with water. Or it may
be a frozen product to which the buyer
restores water.
There's little difference in the nu-
tritional value and vitamin content of
concentrated juice. I just checked. It's
the kind of orange juice I drink every

was colorblind. Of his four daughters
and one son, two of his daughters were
colorblind. I just found out that two of
his three grandsons and eight of his nine
great-grandsons are colorblind.
How common is this? S.
ANSWER: Colorblindness affects
8 percent of men, but only 0.4 percent
of women. It is, therefore, 20 times
more common in men than women.
It's surprising that two of your
sisters have it. Less surprising is
the number of grandsons and
great-grandsons with it.
Most colorblind people get along in
life without much trouble. And most
have some degree of color perception.
A very few see the world only in grays,
black and whites.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column when-
ever possible. Readers may write him or
request an order form of available health
newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando,
FL 32853-6475. Readers may also
order health newsletters from

Hey, it's your leg calling

Forget the talk about cellphones
causing brain tumors, which if you
listen to physicists, is impossible
because the phones don't generate
enough energy to break the
DNA bonds necessary to cause
No, the real issue is "phantom
vibration syndrome." If you habitu-
ally carry your phone in your pocket,
you probably know what I'm talking
about: You feel your phone vibrating
against your leg, only to realize it
wasn't or, even weirder, it isn't even
in your pocket.
The experience appears to be quite
common. A recent survey of under-
graduates at Indiana and Purdue
universities found that 89 percent of
students reported feeling the sensa-
tion at least once. On average, they felt
the nonexistent buzzing once every
two weeks, though some say it oc-
curred much more often.
Researchers aren't sure how to
explain what's happening. It could be
.w a misinterpretation of.sensory input, a
form of social contagion or some kind
of hallucination. One factor that seems
to play a role is how much emotional
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August 2012

Back To School

Students, teachers

to hitch up sleeves

under Common Core

Tests coming next year likely to be

more difficult than the FCATs

While everyone seems to be
still reeling from the latest Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test results,
the Polk County Schools Curriculum
Coordinator says, it's only going to get
harder for both students and teachers.
Curriculum Coordinator Paula
Leftwich says the Common Core, a
federal standards program, will force
both students and teachers to "hitch up
their sleeves and keep plowing."
She says the new FCAT standards
implemented last school year "are just
the beginning" of changes to come for
both students and faculty.
"The Common Core tests, PARCC
(Partnership for Assessment for -
Readiness for College and Career) tests
are much more difficult than what we've
already seen in FCAT," she says, adding
that -PARCC will be the testing vehicle
used in Florida in school year 2014-15.
Some of the PARCC requirements are
already being implemented in some
Polk schools, Leftwich says, primarily in
kindergarten and first grade classes.
"Common Core has fewer standards
and they are national in scope," she
explains. "The expectations are higher
and more rigorous than the latest
FCATs," she says. "And they cover dif-
ferent topics and concepts."
She added that Polk schools will have

to make a gradual transition to the new
standards and change the focus of the
"We'll actually be changing the meth-
ods of teaching more than the content,"
she adds.
She says the PARCC will have a strong
reading curriculum and will focus on
non-fiction texts. "Instead of reading
fiction, the new reading programs will
have content that is far more complex
than what is presently in use,"' she
Polk County committed to the U.S.
Department of Education's Race to the
Top as a means of obtaining as much as
$700 million in federal support.
"That includes not only Common
Core assessments but also teacher
training and a teacher assessment
system based on the students' achieve-
ments," Leftwich explains.
"This reflects a wholesale transforma-
tion of public education," the veteran
educator says. "This concentrates on
college and career success so we can be
competitive globally."
She says the new focus will put pres-
sure on both the students and teachers.
"We're going to be expecting a lot
from each and every student. They
are going to have to perform or not be
promoted or graduated."
But the focus isn't all on the students,
she adds, and there will be additional
support for teachers as well.

Michael Delacerda, from Fort Meade Middle Senior High School, brushes up for the FCAT exams.
With the Common Core curriculum coming next year it could get a little tougher for students and

"We'll be ramping up our support
for teachers. We'll continue to drill on
teacher development. We'll be targeting
or teacher training more usefully and
effectively," Leftwich explains. "Our dis-
trict support team will focus on specific
needs and those schools who need the
help the most. There will be a different
structure for support services that will
see professional development based on
specific needs in specific schools."
She explained that two area schools
already have been identified that
need targeted support in their reading
"Alturas Elementary School and
Auburndale Central need help with
their reading program and they will
have their school day extended by an
hour to provide intensive support to
bring up the reading levels." .
Even though the school system is
working hard to prepare for the steadily

climbing requirements, Leftwich says
more and more parents need to be
involved in their child's education.
I "More than ever, parents need to
understand and help their kids," she
says. "And the kids need to understand
that school is their job.
"They need a commitment to attend
classes and be prepared to do more and
more reading outside of school. Parents
need to hold their kids' feet to the fire
so the children can wring everything
they possibly can out of every school
She added that there were lots of
resources available for parents via the
schools' website and through their
individual schools.
"They can access materials that can
help their kids. They need to know
where their kids need to be in their
schooling, and be prepared to help
them every step of the way."

Common Core State Standards termed 'game changer

Dramatic changes are in store
for the immediate and near future
for not just Polk County Schools,
but all Florida schools once Florida
implements Common Core State
Standards; standards Associate
Superintendent for Learning David
Lewis said will be "significantly
different than anything we've seen
before." In addition, Lewis said these
changes will be transformative for
teachers as well as students.
In his presentation at the Polk
County School Board on June 12,
accompanied by Sherry Moser and
Kerryn Bowden, Lewis brought to the
board's attention that Florida is one
of 45 states participating.
The 2012-13 school year will be
a training year for teachers, yet
according to Lewis, Polk County
Schools has already been working
with teachers. In August, someone
will be coming in to do further
training. However, School Board
Chairwoman Hazel Sellers asked
would that be enough. She wanted to
know whether it would be possible
to get intense training, especially for
Board Member Frank O'Reilly

wondered whether colleges are aware
and telling its students who are plan-
ning on becoming teachers what they
will need to be ready. Both Moser
and Bowden said they have been in
contact with the local colleges.
There will be significant changes
the board was told. Lewis said that
currently students are being required
to learn and know a wide range of
material, but with'little depth. He -
called it "a mile wide and an inch
deep." That will change with com-
mon core standards. As an example,
Lewis said that perhaps instead
of having to read 10 novels in an
English class, they will only be re-
quired to read five novels. However,
they will have to have a greater
depth of understanding, and will be
required to explain and justify what
they have learned.
"Our kids won't know as much, but
what they will know, they will know
better," summarized Board Member
Tim Harris.
All this is going to be a paradigm
shift, it was acknowledged.
"What you are asking students
to do is perform at a level we have
never asked previous generations,"
said Lewis. That included students
who graduated within the past five
to 10 years; there are significant

differences, it was mentioned.
It is a new approach to education,
one that Moser believed warranted.
"We are applying a 20th century
model to a 21st century learner for a
21st century job, and that (the 20th cen-
tiiry model) is not working," she said.
Another plus to the new standard,
it was brought up, will be the ability
to measure and compare to other
states also adopting the Common
Core standards.
"It's going to be great, because now
we'll be able to compare apples to
apples," said Kerryn Bowden.
Board Member Dick Mullenax did
not appear persuaded. When he -
referred to a comment Sellers had

earlier made about teaching algebra,
he challenged that after more than
2,000 years, it was necessary to find a
new way of teaching it.
In response, Lewis said what was
being emphasized was not so much
a new way of teaching algebra, as it
was getting students to know why
rather than just how. It will be a new
approach. Instead of teachers lectur-
ing, they will serve as facilitators,
drawing out students, having them
do more of their own research. He
called it a "mind shift."
"This is.going to be significantly
different," said Lewis. "It's going to
be a game changer."

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Lunches are healthier and cost more School lunch prices

The days of mystery meat and plastic
cheese in school lunches are long gone
and have been replaced by healthy and
farm-fresh local foods, Polk County
Schools nutritionists say.
"We're adding increased fruits and
vegetables to our school lunches and
are using fresh Florida produce to do
that," says schools nutrition coordina-
tor Jenna Kaczmarski. "We want our
students to accept and eat healthier
options and are using that to prepare
food that kids will enjoy and want to
"We are excited that this year the
Florida Department of Agriculture is
working with school districts to make it
easier and more cost effective to source
produce from within the state," she
adds. "We'll be featuring 'Fresh from
Florida' fruits and vegetables through-
out the school year.such as corn, green
beans, eggplant, oranges and tanger-
ines and more."
This year's school menus will include
fresh fruit and vegetable choices daily,
a selection of nutrient rich beans, red,
orange and green vegetables. Fresh
entree salads also will be served daily,
she says, adding that all Polk school
cafeterias will serve only whole grain
breads, all of which are baked on site
daily. Menus also will be low in saturat-
ed fats and have completely eliminated
trans fats.
"We know we'll face some challenges
to meet the new requirements on a
tight budget, but our school nutri-
tion program will.be working hard to
serve healthy meals to our students,"
Kaczmarski said.
Polk County has allocated about $20

said. The prices for lunch
will increase a bit this year.
For elementary students it
-is up from $1.70. Secondary
students will pay $2.10 and
the cost for adults will be
t -d$2.75. Reduced lunches will
continuee to be 40 cents.
Sh More than 69 percent
e w of Polk's students qualify
for reduced price or free
Si lunches, she adds. Meals
f- lt are purchased through a
pre-pay system, like using
a debit card, she explained,
so those qualifying for lower
prices are not identified.
"Kids go to the counter,
get their lunch and, at the
I check-out, they give their
l name or student ID and the
computer automatically
deducts the price from the
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lower priced or free lunch
programs at their student's
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to provide 56,000 lunches and 50,000 "That way, if they don't buy their
breakfasts each school day. lunch every day, they can pick and
Lunches for elementary school choose the days they want to,"
students will cost $1.80 each and sec- Kaczmarski says.
ondary school students will pay $2.10 The school meal program hopes "to
for lunch. Breakfasts are all $1 for both change the way kids think about food
elementary and high schools. Faculty and nutrition and provide access to
and adult visitors may also purchase healthy choices, we'll put them on the
lunches for $2.75 each, Kaczmarski path to a healthier future," she said.

to increase next year
Students and adults will be pay-
ing a little more for lunch in Polk
County public schools this year.
The School Board of Polk County
approved a price increase of 10
cents May 22.
Foodservice Director Marcia
Smith noted the district currently
receives a reimbursement of $2.46
for a free luich from USDA.
"The new legislation requires that
we begin increasing the price of
paid lunches to ensure that suffi-
cient funds are provided to the food-
service account for paid lunches,"
she said.
The prices for lunch for elemen-
tary students will go up to $1.80
from $1.70. Secondary students will
pay $2.10 and the cost for adults
will be $2.75. Reduced lunches will
continue to be 40 cents.
According to Smith, 68 1/2 per-
cent of Polk's students participate in
the free and reduced meals pro-
gram. Smith noted the percentage
has gone up over the past several
years. It was 58 percent in the 2005-
06 school year.
Polk does have a high percentage
of students, but Smith said it is not
the highest in the state.
The prices for breakfast will
remain the same as last year $1 for'
elementary and secondary, a la carte
prices for adults and 30 cents for
The prices for after school snack
will also stay the same as during the
2011-12 year- 70 cents for elemen-
tary and secondary and 15 cents for

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Along with the 400,000 families who are officially homeless, another 25 million live
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August 2012

Back To School

700 buses ready to hit the roads


School bus schedules will be
posted at http://www.polk-fl.net/
prior to the start of the opening of

Early oh the morning of Aug. 20,
thousands of Polk County kids will
climb into those big yellow school
buses and be carefully delivered to
their respective schools for the start of
a new academic year.
But, during the summer months
while those kids are enjoying their time
away from the schools, the Polk County
School System's transportation depart-
ment has been working to make sure
their 700 school buses are ready to start
their morning and afternoon rounds.
Lum Thornhill, assistant to
Transportation Director Rob Davis, says
most kids'will catch the bus where they
did last year and those new students
will have already been notified of the
location of their bus stops well before
the Aug. 20 school start date.
"The schools individually notify their
students of their bus assignments and
stop locations," he explained, adding
"most of the routes are unchanged
from last year."
The school system's 521 regular
routes are pretty static, according to
Thornhill, "but there, could be some
tweaks in the routes, depending on the
placement of the children to be picked
If parents haven't received notifica-
tion from their schools, they are asked
to contact them for route and schedule
information, he added.
The school board maintains 700
buses, but only 521 are on the road on
regular routes, Thornhill says.
"The others are spares and are on
standby for special events or are called
into service when needed."
Most Polk students who live
two miles or more from their as-
signed school are authorized to ride

buses, according to
Thornhill, but there
are exceptions to
the rule for students
with special needs.
Most children will
have minimal bus ,
rides, but there are .
some exceptions,
Thornhill said.
"We do transport
some students
all the way from
Poinciana to
Bartow," he said,"
and they have a
substantial time on I
the bus."
Picking up
thousands of kids
for school each
day doesn't come
cheap. The school
board spends about
$39 million each
year to keep kids on
their way to school
each day.
"It costs us about School officials are wo
$750 per child each of school. Parents can
year," says Rob
Davis, the Polk
School Board's Transportation Director.
"That's less than the state average
which is $918 per child."
The school buses run on diesel
fuel, Thornhill says, which costs the
board $3.48 per gallon. But the board
is looking into alternative fuels. He
says last year, two buses operated on
compressed natural gas, but refueling
locations are scarce.
"He adds that the board is continu-
ing to explore the potential for other
alternate fuels.
Fuel isn't the only cost included in
the overall bus department's budget.
Thornhill says the board has 521 regu-
lar bus drivers and also pays for 162
bus attendants who accompany some
of the drivers.
The drivers and attendants are
schooled in bus operations and

working to make sure the 700 school buses that will make their daily rounds are ready on the first day
find out about delays at the district's website.

interaction with students. Thornhill
said the school system is "always
looking for bus drivers." He said
the drivers undergo 40 hours
of classroom instruction, drive
buses eight hours without chil-
dren aboard and eight hours with
children before they are certified to
transport students.
While the board controls the
training of the drivers, parents are
also reminded that students are
also expected to learn "the rules of
the road."
"We let parents know that we
expect normal classroom behavior
from students when they are on the
bus," Thornhill said.
"The bottom line is we want kids
to be safe on our buses and we
expect them to behave."

Spessard Holland to lose crossing guard


One of the two crossing guards will not be at Spessard Holland Elementary
School this year as traffic studies show the one at E. E Griffin Road and Finger
Lane is not necessary.
The School Crossing Guard Committee made that decision over the summer
and it is also taking away a crossing guard at Kathleen Road and Kathleen Pines
for students walking to Kathleen Elementary School and at Lime Street and
Mongomery Avenue for Philip O'Brien Elementary.
Amy Shafer, a Polk County Engineer who is the chairperson of the Crossing
Guard Commission, said data had indicated there was not enough traffic at that
intersection at Spessard Holland that a crossing guard is needed. She also said that
she and Tommy Walker, who is also on the committee, went to the site to physi-
cally count the traffic.
"We have computer data counters and we collect the data and volumes with
those counters" she said. "We can tell how many trucks and cars cross those roads.
We also do manual counts."
Shafer said the guards are on site for an hour and 15 minutes and at the EF
Griffin Road and Finger Lane there are eight cars that would have been turning in

that path.
"There were no cars around and that's kind of how we reached this recommen-
dation," she aid. There still will be a crossing guard at at County Road 540A and
Finger Lane, she said, and that's where students can safely cross the road this year.
While the number of vehicles sometimes help make the commission make the
calls on whether to stop having guards, sometimes there are different reasons. The
reason there is no longer a guard needed at Kathleen is because there was one
student crossing the road at the intersection in question and that student will no
longer attend the school next year.
The crossing guards are needed, she said, for students who walk to school,
not f6r those whose parents drive students to school. There are instances
where students whose parents drive them do not drop off the students in the
parent pickup line and drop them off in a street where a crossing guard will
help them cross the path.
At Spessard Holland there are 400 students who are in parent pickup, Shaffer
said, but, "the guards are there for the kids who are walking," she said.
The School Crossing Guard Committee is comprised of representatives from
the Polk County School Board, the Florida Department of Transportation, the
Board of County Commissioners Traffic Engineering Division, the Polk County
Sheriff's Office, and a number of the municipalities within Polk County.
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Polk County Schools Entrance Requirements

Outof In County
Outof State Out of State County Private or
Transfers Transfers But In State Public
Pre-K K 1" For l Time Not Il"Time Transfers Transfers
1. Legal certificate of birth date which
shows parents' names or proof of age X X X X X X
acceptable under Florida Law (see lf below)
2. Physical Examination within 12 months
of registration completion needed at K or at X X X *See#2 'See#2 *See #2
1" entrance to Florida Schools (Sien 2 aw)
3. Florida Certificate of Immunization x X X X X X X
(form DH 680) (See1 belw) X
4. Two proofsof residency (see sM ebw X X X X X X X
5. Withdrawal and transfer form from the
school student had been attending (See a x
6. Must be 5 years old on or before
September 1e of the school year. There is X
no early entry.
7. Child must be 6 years old on or before
September 1 of the school year. Student
has completed Kindergarten. Student may X
be admitted any time during the school
If the first prescribed evidence Is not available, the next evidence obtainable in the order below may be accepted.
(1) A transcript of birth record filed according to law;
(2) A certificate of baptism showing the date of birth and place of baptism signed by the parent;
(3) An life insurance policy on the child (at least 2 years old);
(4) A Bible record of the child's birth accompanied by an affidavit sworn to by the parent
(5) A passport or certificate of arrival in the United States showing the age of the child;
(6) A transcript of record of age shown in the child's school records (at least 4 years priortoapplication);
(7) If none of these evidences can be produced, an affidavit of age sworn to by the parent, accompanied by a
certificate of age signed by a public health officer or by a public school physician, or, if neither of these is
available in the county, a licensed practicing physician designated by the school board, may issue a certificate
stating that the health officer or physician has examined the child and believes that the age as stated in the
affidavit is correct.
Physicals are required only on first entrance into a Florida school, Md first entrance was PreK, or the hard
copy of the physical cannot be located. Physical completed out of county or state, are acceptable. A physical
form, which contains body systems assessment as well as the physician's signature, is required. If document is
questionable, please refer to your school nurse. The hard copy of the physical must be sent from the
previous school. If It is not obtained after sending for records, a new physical is required.
Religious Exemption from Immunization (form DH 681) must be obtained at a Health Department cinic.
Electronic transfer of Immunization dates may be used; however, all Imunzaton dates must be
transirfnd. A notation that there is a certificate of immunization is not acceptable. Students may enter
school on Temporary Medical Exemption (form DH 680, Part B), (DOE code 2), provided expiration date has not
passed, Student tthat are not In compliance with Immunlzaton laws are not allowed to attend school.
]Qo proofs of residency must be from TWO DIFFERENT categories as listed below, Each proof MUST have
name and curat physical address on It .
Cnam tegory Apartment a rceipt or home lease agreement, mortgage document, or property tax record
Category 2: ONE suriLutiity bil (you may use EITHER electric, gas, phone, cable, water- IONLY ON2
Categoy 3: urrnt Voter Registration Document
Category 4: Proof of uM govemment benefits (rMeicar. Dsailsty. Food Stams~ DCFcoFn senee)
No driver's license, personal bills, automobilereglstration, or Insurance can be used.
Withdrawal and transfer form from the school the student lastattanded. The fomr should Incude name,
address, phone number and fax number of that school.
Al home schooled students that participate in public school academic or athletic events must comply with the
Pok County Schools entrance requirements.
Homeless students are students who: (1) live with another family due to economic need and unable to meet
entrance requirements (2) lve in a shelter or (3) ive onthe street Cal Dee Dee Wright at 534-0801
for assistance.

If you are new to
Polk County, please.
take some time to
browse the this web-
site www.polk-fl.
net/. The Parents sec-
tion is geared specifi-
cally towards parents
and offers access to
Online Grades, Bus
Delays and Required
Immunizations while
the Schools section
offers a listing of all
the schools, a profile
page on each school
and a link to each ..
school's website. .

The following
documents are
required to enroll in a
Polk County school:
A certified birth -
record (transferred to a Florida blue
A physical dated within one year, if
this is the first time in a Florida school.
Two proofs of residence
The proofs must be from dif-
ferent categories, and show your name
and physical address:
Apartment or home lease
agreement, mortgage document, or
property tax record
Current utility bill (electric,
gas, phone, cable, water)
Voter registration document
Proof of government benefits
(disability, Medicare, food stamps,
Department of Children and Families
(DCF) correspondence)
No driver's license, personal bills,
automobile registration, or insurance
can be used.

If you are not able to provide any
two of the documents listed above
because you live with someone else,
you may use an affidavit of Residency.
The affidavit must be notarized by a
notary public of the State of Florida,
and along with that we will need two
proof of residence for the person you
are staying with.

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Request for Temporary Assignment
Affidavit of Residence
Both forms must be submitted
Once the necessary documents are in
hand, take all of them to the school for
which you are zoned.
Contact Pupil Accounting at 863-534-
0716 for questions.

How to transfer your child to
another school
Parents seek to enroll their children
in a school other than their zoned
school for a variety of reasons. For
example, some parents desire a school
that is geographically closer to their
home, work, day care (reasons of
convenience). In other cases, par-
ents may be dissatisfied with their
child(ren)'s current schoolss. Note that
these are not sufficient reason to grant
transfer requests. The Polk County
School System operates under federal
guidelines and judicial rulings, and
is therefore not able to grant transfer
requests based on the above reasons.
Contact Pupil Accounting at 863-534-
0716 for questions.

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Polk preschool programs

Polk County Schools provides five If, after completing the checklist,
different programs for children under you have significant concerns about
kindergarten age. Each program has your child being successful in kinder-
eligibility requirements garten, you may wish
which are unique to that to call CHILD FIND,
program. 863-647-4262.
Is your child ready for The checklist is
Kindergarten? f designed as a guideline
6 1 1 H M only.
About the P iiSC Profams
Kindergarten Readiness Pot CountySc hols Before you begin,
Checklist remember:
The checklist is designed to help You are your child's first and most
you prepare your child for school. important teacher.
The checklist is designed to help Every day your child is learning as
you look at your child's physical, social, you talk, play and work together.
emotional and cognitive development. Readiness is a combination of age
The checklist includes tips to help individual growth and experience.
guide you as you work and play with Your child will develop at his or he
your child. own rate; however, your involvement
The checklist contains items that will promote readiness.
are important to your child's success in Your child will learn by doing.
kindergarten. It is designed for four and Remember that play is an essential
five year olds. part of learning.
The criteria for many items on Your child learns best when he or
the checklist should not be applied to she is involved in activities that are
children three years old or younger. interesting and fun.

What the middle schools have
Polk County Public School system In addition, students may apply for
offers many choices for students in range of middle school choice program
grades 6-8: in environmental studies, science,
Curriculum technology, engineering, mathematics
So many choices and the arts to appeal to every student
Course choices include core academ- interests.
ics, fine arts and vocational electives as
well'as extracurricular activities. Our Elective Choices
schools are student-centered, family- Robotics, humanities, fine arts, chor
oriented and business-friendly. We music, dance, band, orchestra, foreign
welcome volunteers. language, drama, journalism, technol-
ogy, ITV, culinary arts, agri-science
Academics and integrated lab are just a few of the
Middle school students are required elective courses our schools may offer
by the State of Florida Department of
Education to take and pass three years Physical Education and Sports
of core academic coursework in order to The physical education curriculum
be promoted to the next grade level, focuses on student fitness and healthy
These core classes include mathemat- living habits. All courses assess student
ics, social studies, English and science. in the five health related areas of fitness
These courses are specific in content and reports are sent home/shared
and geared toward providing a solid with the families. Health standards are
academic foundation for high school. In integrated into the physical education
addition, civics, economics and career curriculum along with concepts pre-
planning are required middle school sented by visiting nurses. Many middle
educational components. schools offer extramural sports.
Calendars show what is taught. See Programs vary by school and include
it at http://publish.learningfocused. basketball, volleyball, wrestling, socce:
com/307643 tennis, golf and track.
Polk middle schools provide a rich
academic plan for all students, includ- Extracurricular Student Activities
ing those with special learning needs Students who have specialized inter
as well as those who qualify for acceler- ests may join clubs involved with topic
ated or advanced learning activities, such as math, computers, chess, foreign
Many middle schools offer intensive language, business, science, technology
reading and math courses for those student government, academic honor
students who test at Level 1-2 on FCAT, clubs, broadcasting, drama or music.
and most campuses offer one or more
high level courses for high school credit, Helping at Home
such as Algebra I, foreign language and Require your child to read something
science. Link to the middle schools that interests them for 30 minutes eac
online at http://www.polk-fl.net. Click day
on SCHOOLS/Middle. Have your child read aloud to you, o
to a sibling
Academy Life Be sure your child has at least 8
Many of our middle school campuses uninterrupted hours of sleep at night
have academies within schools, such as Involve your child in activities that
career academies and STEAM acade- involve measurement,.such as cooking
mies (Science,Technology, Engineering, and building
Arts and Math). Provide a place and a time for your
Each is unique and offers something child to study every day that is away
to enhance and enrich your child's basic from noise and distractions
education. Currently the middle school Be sure your child comes to school
STEAMacademies use SPRINGBOARD and arrives on time; try to avoid check
as the core curriculum. This curriculum ing your child out before the school di
is designed to provide students with is over
a rigorous academic foundation for Ask about your child's homework an
Advanced Placement coursework in tests.
high school. Sign up for Parent Portal at your
child's school to view current informa-
Magnet Schools tion regarding your child's attendance,
In Polk County we offer, through an grades, discipline, lunch account bal-
application process, three middle mag- ance and more via the internet!See paj
net schools. The three middle magnets 8 for instructions.
are International Baccalaureate Middle Senior Director of Middle Schools,
Years Program schools, which provide 863-534-0956
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August 2012

Helping your students at home

Read books together and talk about
the pictures
While reading to your child, take
time to ask questions and listen to the
Play rhyming word games
Make an alphabet book with your
Point out words and shapes on
signs, cereal boxes, magazines and
other items in daily life
Count and sort objects
Talk about why we have rules at
home and at school.
First Grade
Read to and with your child, stop-
ping often to talk about what you have
Play word games like blending
sounds to make a word and replacing a
letter to make a new word
Encourage your child to write often
(letters, notes, lists and stories)
Involve your child in budget
planning, shopping and measurement
Provide your child with an allow-
ance and let him/her plan howto .
spend it
Play games that improve number
sense, such as dominoes
Contact your child's teacher about
Talk to your child about why we
celebrate holidays
Second Grade
Ask your child to re-read a para-
graph or page to build fluency
Help your child learn the correct
spelling of words
Help your child use a dictionary
Ask questions about what your
child has read or have your child ask
Practice addition and subtraction
facts up to 20 and multiplying 0, 1, 2, 3,

4,5 times 10
Help your child measure items
around the house
Encourage your child to write often
Find where you live on a map
Third Grade
Help your child learn the correct
spelling of words
Help your child use a dictionary and
Read often with your child and stop
while reading to discuss what your
child has read -
Give your child opportunities to
estimate items in the house candy in
ajar, socks in a drawer, etc.
Give your child opportunities to
measure items at home the length
of the table, the height of a chair, the
weight of a box, etc.
Review basic addition, subtraction,
multiplication and division facts
Have your child create mathematics
problems and then work together to
solve them.
Provide writing opportunities for
your child
Talk to your child about why people
vote in elections
Fourth and Fifth Grades
Ask your child about their day by
asking him/ her to share at least one
thing learned
Read a variety of text with your
child, both stories and informational
Review vocabulary words, spelling
words and mathematics facts
Provide your child with opportuni-
ties to write
After your child completes math-
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Parents will receive high school-
schedules before or at the beginning
of each high school year. Parents and
students will review the schedule along
with the personalized education plan
and make necessary changes with the
high school guidance counselor.
High school counselors assist stu-
dents and parents with academic and
post-secondary planning. Counselors
answer questions about course sched-
ules, testing, vocational programs, ca-
reer choices, colleges, universities, the
Florida Bright Futures Program, schol-
arships and other financial aid sources.
Complete information about the high
school curriculum can be found in the
High School Guidance handbook.
Student Services Department,

There are specific grade point average
and credit requirements to be promoted
in high school. High school report
cards provide updated progress toward

Like Gov. Rick Scott, Polk County
school officials say students may be
overtested and that recent Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Tests don't
show a true picture of how good or bad
Polk County schools and students are.
Polk Counrry-School Board -.-- --
Chairman Hazel Sellers and
Assistant Superintendent for
Learning David Lewis maintain
that changing FCAT standards
"in mid-stream" have affected
the test results and fall short of
representing what Polk students
are actually learning and at what
"The scoring this year is so dif-
ferent," Sellers said, "and we just don't
really know what they mean."
"Parents and taxpayers expect mea-
surement. We've got to measure, we've
got to find out who the best schools
are," Scott said at the Florida Press
Association awards banquet in May.
"We've got to have a good measurement
system, but we have to make sure we
don't have too much of it."
About half of Florida's ninth and 10th
graders failed the reading portion of
thle new and more rigorous FCAT tests,
which has prompted school officials
statewide to call for scrapping the
controversial testing system.
"Testing is just flat out of hand,"
Sellers said. "The scoring this year is
so different, we really don't know what
they mean. The scores were so heavily
weighted, we don't believe they show
the real picture."
She blames the changes in FCAT
results on changes to the testing which
were implemented in December, well
after the school year's curriculum had
been set and standards based on last
year's tests were expected.
"Our schools are doing so much more
arid better than the tests reflect," the
board-chairman says, "and there is just
too much emphasis on these tests."
Lewis says the school system recog-
nizes a need for "accountability, stability
and reliability" in the school's measure-
ments, but that sometimes mandates
resulted in "unintended consequences."
He said the "unintended conse-
quences" include residual costs for
additional courses and classwork that
is not budgeted and that the school


meeting these graduation requirements.

Students must pass the required
statewide assessments: Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT), FCAT 2.0, and /or Florida
End of Course (EOC) Assessments.
Depending on the school year and the
grade level, students who do not pass
the required Florida EOC Assessments
may not receive course credit. Passing
scores on the statewide assessments
are determined by the state Board of
Education. Specific information about
these requirements and scores can
be found at http://fcat.fldoe.org/pdf/

Postsecondary Education Readiness
The purpose of Florida's
Postsecondary Education Readiness
Test (PE.R.T.) is to adequately as-
sess your student's academic skills in

system budget is already strained.
"We want accountability, but not in
this way," Sellers said. "These tests can't
and don't show everything the state says
they do."
Sellers and Lewis both agreed Polk
teachers are doing more and more.
"Our teachers have more training and
more technology," Sellers says, "and the
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not showing the
results of their
Work or their
Sellers, who
is also a board
m member of the
SFlorida School
Board Association,
says the associa-
tion passed a resolution at its summer
session calling on Scott and his educa-
tion administration "not to rely on these
tests as a measure of our success." She
also said the association hopes the
governor's staff will listen to the school
leaders when his office reviews the exist-
ing testing systems.
Lewis adds local administrations are
"frustrated" by existing measures of
"We know our schools are good,"
Sellers says. "We have kindergartners
who can read and our students are
progressing properly.
"We just need a better way of reflect-
ing what our children can do. These
tests just can't show everything. We
need alternative ways for accountability
in our system. This is just not working,"
she said.
In recent news reports, many schools
had their overall grades fall, but both
Lewis and Sellers say those reports
are based on the mid-stream testing
changes and do not reflect lower perfor-
mances by either teachers or students.
"It's the tests," Sellers said. "It's just
the tests."
Lewis added that the system is con-
stantly monitoring district-wide trends
to "see what's working and what needs
to be adjusted."
He added the test results can, how-
ever, give administrators "a baseline"
from which to work.
The FCAT test results are used to
determine whether children are pro-
moted and in secondary school, are also
used to determine whether students
can graduate.

math, reading and writing. It is used
to determine if a student is ready for
college level course work. You cannot
pass or fail the P.E.R.T. You may access
additional information at: http://www.

End of Course Assessments
Florida is transitioning into EOC
assessments for certain high school
courses. Currently, EOCs are adminis-
tered in Algebral, Biology, Geometry,
and U.S. History. Depending on the
school year and the grade level, a
student must earn a minimum scale
score in Achievement Level 3, in order
for credit to be awarded. This require-
ment also applies to all middle school
students seeking high school credit in
Algebra I, Biology and Geometry. You
may find additional information at:

Two Options for Graduation
Students can choose the standard
four-year program or a three-year-
Students choosing the three-year
option will meet with school person-
nel and sign a form that includes an.
explanation of the possible impact of
choosing the three-year route.
Regardless of the option chosen,
passing scores on the 10th grade Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)
and a grade point average of 2.0 on a
4.0 scale are required to earn a standard
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successful completion of the following
Four or more accelerated college
credit courses in Advanced Placement,
International Baccalaureate or dual
Career education certification
Florida Ready to Work Credential
Senior Director of High Schools,

Opportunities for Advanced
Honors Courses
A student may take classes that have
been designated as Honors or Level
3 classes in the Florida Course Code
Directory. These courses are considered
to be more rigorous than other courses.
No college credit is earned.

Accelerated Graduation
High school students may choose one
of two accelerated options:
An accelerated 18-credit three year
college preparatory option
An accelerated 18-credit three year
career preparatory option

Advanced Placement (AP)
AP Credit is for eligible secondary stu-
dents in a course being offered through
the Advanced Placement Program
administered by the College Board.
Post-secondary credit for an Advanced
Placement course may be awarded to
students scoring a minimum of 3 on
a 5-point scale on the corresponding
Advanced Placement Examination:

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Teacher, paraprofessional get top nod


Lake Wales, be proud.
Local educational staff brought home
the two top honors at the Charter
Schools' "We're all Aces" awards cer-
emony held Tuesday night in Lakeland.
Jennifer Simpson, who has taught
fourth grade at Hillcrest Elementary
for four years, was named 2012 Charter
Schools' Teacher of the Year. Tina
Lehning, who is maintenance person
as well as a paraprofessional at Our
Children's Academy, was selected to be
the Support Person of the Year.
Both women go above and beyond,
and were recognized for'that by their
peers, according
to their principals.
And the kids
are crazy about
them too, by all
Of Simpson,
Hillcrest principal
Barbara Jones says
"Her lessons are Jennifer Simpson
so innovative that
when I visit her
classroom, I don't want to leave." Jones
says Simpson has a gift for appealing to
a broad range of students.
Lake Wales Charter System
Superintendent Jesse Jackson said,
"Jennifer is one of the best teachers in
the state, and for that matter, nationally.
The kids are captivated by her."
Simpson said she has always wanted
a career in education. When she was
a child, her stuffed animals became
"students" lined up in front of her
chalkboard, and she recruited friends
for the same purpose. In fourth grade,
in the same Hillcrest classroom where
she now teaches, she was a student of
Mrs. Powell, who ignited her love of
mathematics. From that time forward,
she took every math class she could,
including advanced classes in high school,
and now wants to pass that passion on to
her students. Same for science.
Simpson believes children learn through
putting abstract concepts into real-life
form. For example, her students recently
created fold-out books where they wrote
down their nightly observations of the
cycles of the moon. On the outside flap,
they drew pictures of how the moon looked
during different phases; on the inside, they
hand-printed their descriptions.
Her favorite quote is by Benjamin
Franklin. "Tell me and I forget. Teach
me and I remember. Involve me and I
understand." Simpson was selected over
the summer to attend the Mickelson
Exxon Mobil Teacher Academy in Jersey
City, New Jersey. The all-expenses-
paid week of highly intensive teacher
workshops in science and math had an
effect on her determination to think
innovatively, Jennifer said.
"Also, something I wish I had thought to
say at the awards ceremonvyis that I believe

in our Lake Wales Charter System because
it gives me the opportunity to be who I am,
to teach my way. I've felt encouraged every
step of the way," she said.
Jennifer is married to Matt, who is
Minister to Students at First Baptist
Church of Lake Wales. The couple have
two children, Avery, age nine and Halle,
who is seven years old. Both children
attend Hillcrest.
Tina Lehning, a relatively new employee
of Our Children's Academy, was snapped
up immediately when principal Sharon
McManus found out she had been put on
the "displaced list" at an elementary school
due to budget cuts. McManus knew she
was the daughter of Craig Lehning, who
was a carpenter/maintenance person for
the Polk School
System for 30
years. She figured
the apple hadn't
fallen far from the i
tree. Sure enough,
Tina Lehning knew
carpentry, plumb-
ing, and just about
any skilled trade Tina Lehning
one could name.
"What I didn't fully
realize at the time we hired her was her
gift for working with children," McManus
said. "The kids follow her like she's the Pied
Piper." Tina is a paraprofessional as well,
and divides time between maintenance
and the classroom.
Lehning said that when she was grow-
ing up, she could always ease her frustra-
tions or blow off steam by working in the
garden. Coping with a number of learning
disabilities, she found the hands-on
aspect of gardening brought her confi-
dence as well as peace. She now extends
that opportunity to the students at Our
Children's through her role as keeper of
the school's vegetable garden. If a child
becomes agitated or upset in class, she
will take them along with her to tend the
garden, weed, or help build planter boxes.
"I think they feel they can say anything to
me," she said.
"Tina always remains objective,"
McManus added. "If a child is having a
really bad day, she still treats them with
calmness and kindness."
Lehning recently attended an agricultur-
al conference in Highlands County and has
big plans for the garden, including adding
peaches and blueberries to the line-up
and trying out new techniques in organic
gardening. She has also learned that brown
rice can be grown here.
Of her job, Tina says, "I seriously can't
wait to get up in the morning to go see
'my babies,' (her students.) I'd love to
just put them all in my pocket and take
them home."
Lehning's long-time boyfriend Herbert
was recently hired by the school as well,
having had experience in maintenance
for the Polk County School system.
The two winners received cash
awards as well as gift baskets and
watches customized by Herff Jones.

August 2012

2012-2013 School Calendar
Aug. 16: Student Orientation .

Aug. 20: First Day of School

Sept. 3: Student Holiday

Sept. 12: Early ReleaseDay for

Sept. 17: Student Holiday -

Sept. 17: Week of Interim Reports

Oct. 3: Early Release Day for Students

Oct. 22: Student Holiday

Nov. 6: Distribute Report Cards

Nov. 7: Early Release Day for Students

Nov. 19-23: Student Holiday

Nov. 19 & 20: Storm Days. Make-up
days, if needed

Dec. 3: (Week of Interim Reports

Dec. 5: Early Release Day for Students

Dec. 21: Last day before Winter Break

Dec. 24-Jan. 7: Winter Holiday

Jan. 7: Storm Days. Make-up day, if

Jan. 8: Students return after Winter'

Jan. 16: Early Release Day for Students

Jan. 18: Student Holiday

Jan. 21: Student Holiday

Jan. 31: Distribute Report Cards

Feb. 6: Early Release Day for Students

Feb. 18: Student Holiday

Feb. 18. Week of Interim Reports

Feb. 20: Early Release Day for

Feb. 26-28: FCAT Writing Assessment

March 6: Early Release Day for

March 25-29: Spring Break

April 3: Early Release Day for Students

March 15-26: FCAT Testing

March 19: Distribute Report Cards

March 22: EOC Testing Begins

May 1: Early Release Day for Students

May 6: Week of Interim Reports

May 17: EOC Testing Ends

May 27: Student Holiday

June 1-5: Graduations

June 5: Last day for students

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Phone Numbers,,

All area codes are 863

Bartow Adult and Community
School, 534-7450
Bartow High, 534-7400
Bartow International Baccalaureate,
Bartow Middle, 534-7415
Floral Avenue Elementary, 534-7420
Florida Sheriffs Youth Villa, 533-0371
Gause Academy of Leadership &
Technology, 534-7425
Gibbons Street Elementary, 534-7430
Jean O'Dell Learning Center,
New Beginnings, 533-7252
PolkVirtual School, 534-7214
Spessard L. Holland Elementary,
Achievement Academy, 533-0690
Bartow Elementary Academy,
Compass Middle, 519-8701
Summerlin Academy, 519-7504
Union Academy, 534-7435

Lake Wales
McLaughlin Middle And Fine Arts
Academy, 678-4233
Roosevelt Academy, 678-4252
Spook Hill Elementary, 678-4262
Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary,
Janie Howard Wilson-Elementary,
Hillcrest Elementary, 678-4215
Polk Avenue Elementary, 678-4244
Lake Wales High, 678-4064
EdwardW. Bok Academy, 638-1010

Fort Meade
AnnaWoodbury Elementary,
Fort Meade Middle-Senior, 285-1180
Lewis Elementary, 285-1150

Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary,
Frostproof Elementary, 635-7802
Frostproof Middle-Senior, 635-7809
South County Center, 635-6846

Haines City
Alta Vista Elementary, 421-3235
Boone Middle, 421-3302
Eastside Elementary, 421-3254
Haines City High, 421-3281
Haines City International
Baccalaureate, 419-3371
Sandhill Elementary, 419-3166

Alturas Elementary, 519-3917

Auburndale Central Elementary,
Auburndale High, 965-6200
Boswell Elementary, 499-2990
Caldwell Elementary, 965-5470
East Area Adult & Community,
Lena Vista Elementary, 965-5464
Stambaugh Middle, 965-5494

Avon Park
Avon Park Youth Academy, 452-3815

Horizons Elementary, 419-3430
Loughman Oaks Elementary,
Ridge Community High, 419-3315

Donald E. Woods Center, 421-3325
Dundee Elementary, 421-3316
Dundee Ridge Middle, 419-3088

Eagle Lake
Eagle Lake Elementary, 291-5357
Lake Region High, 297-3099

Pinewood Elementary, 298-7977

Eaton Park
Oscar J. Pope, 499-2992

Snively Elementary, 291-5325

Highland City
Highland City Elementary, 648-3540

Lake Alfred
Karen M. Siegel Academy, 965-5566
Lake Alfred-Addair Middle, 295-5988
Lake Alfred Elementary, 295-5985

Bill Duncan Center, 499-2860
Carlton Palmore Elementary,
Churchwell Elementary, 853-6011
Cleveland Court Elementary,
Combee Elementary, 499-2960
Countywide ESE, 413-2838
Crystal Lake Elementary, 499-2966
Dixieland Elementary, 499-2930
Doris Sanders Learning Center,
Dr. N. E. Roberts Elementary,
815-6633 .
George Jenkins High, 648-3566
Griffin Elementary, 853-6020,
Harrison Center for the Visual and
Performing Arts, 499-2855
. Highlands Grove Elementary,
Jesse Keen Elementary, 499-2880
Kathleen Elementary, 853-6030
Kathleen High, 499-2655
Kathleen Middle, 853-6040
Lake Gibson High, 853-6100
Lake Gibson Middle, 853-6151
Lakeland High, 49972900
Lakeland Highlands Middle, 648-3500
Medulla Elementary, 648-3515
Oscar J. Pope Elementary, 499-2992
PACE Center for Girls, 688-5596
Padgett Elementary, 853-6044
Philip O'Brien Elementary, 499-2950
Sikes Elementary, 648-3525
Sleepy Hill Elementary, 815-6768
Sleepy Hill Middle, 815-6577
Socrum Elementary, 853-6050
Southwest Elementary, 499-2830
Southwest Middle, 499-2840
Teen Parent, 499-2700
Tenoroc High, 614-9183
Traviss Career Center, 499-2700
Valleyview Elementary, 648-3535
Wendell Watson Elememntary,
West Area Adult& Community,
Winston Elementary, 499-2890

Kingsford Elementary, 701-1054
Mulberry High, 701-1104
Mulberry Middle, 7,01-1066
New Horizons, 428-1520
Purcell Elementary, 701-1061

Lake Marion Creek School, 427-1471
Laurel Elementary, 427-1375
Palmetto Elementary, 427-6012

Polk City
Polk City Elementary, 965-6338

Winter Haven
Chain of Lakes Elementary, 326-5388
Denison Middle, 291-5353
Elbert Elementary, 291-5364
Garden Grove Elementary, 291-5396
Garner Elementary, 965-5455
Inwood Elementary, 291-5369
Lake Shipp Elementary, 291-5384
Ridge Career Center, 419-3060
Teen Parent, 419-3060
Wahneta Elementary, 291-5392
Westwood Middle, 965-5484
Winter Haven High, 291-5330

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district. These schools are required to meet
the same state standards as traditional
public schools.
Magnet, Choice. and Charter Schools,
Babson Park
Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary
(charter), 678-4664
Lake Wales
Bok Middle (charter), 679-2517
Hillcrest Elementary (charter), 678-4216
lame H Wilson Elementary charterr,
Lake Wales High (charter), 678-4222
Our Children's Academy charterr,
Our Children'sMiddle Academy (charter)
Polk Avenue Elementary charterr,
Pending, 678-4244

Achievement Academy (charter),
Bartow Elementary Academy (magnet),
Compass Middle Icharter), 519-8701
Summerlin Academy (choice), 519-7504
Union Academy (magnet), 534-7435
Davenport School of the Arts (choice),
Ridgeview Global Studies (charter),
Haines City
Bethune Academy (magnet), 421-3334
Daniel Jenkins Academy of Technology
(choice), 421-3267
Haines City Step Up Academy (charter)
421-3281 .: '

Berkley Elementary (charter), 968-5024

Achievement Academy (charter),
Blake Academy (choice), 499-2870
Crystal Academy of Science &
Engineering (magnet). 499-2970
Kathleen Step Up Academy (charter),:
Lake Gibson Step Up Academy (charter),
853-6100 i :
Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse
(charter), 413-0003
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy (magnet),
Lincoln Academy (magnet), 499-2955
McKeel Academy (charter), 499-2818
-Montessori Middle School (charter),
North Lakeland Elemeitary choicee,
Polk State College Collegiate High School
(charter), 669-2322
Rochelle School of the Arts (magnet),
- 499-2810
South McKeel Elementary (charter),
Teneroc Step Up Academy (charter),'
614-9183 .
Winter Haven
Achievement Academy (charter),.
SBrighamAcademy (magnet), 291-5300
Chain of Lakes Collegiate High (charter),
Hartridge Academy (charter), 956-4434
Jewett Middle Academy (magnet),
Jewen School of the Arts (choice),-
Lake Region Step Up Academy (charter),
-297-3099 -
New Beginnings High School (charter),
Winter Haven Step Up Academy (charter),



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learning environments, such as math, Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy (charter),
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Polk County rules on bullying

Bullying is the first form of violence
that many experience and it is not fun.
The American Medical Association has
determined that bullying is a public-
health issue with short and long term
consequences for everyone involved. A
study reported by Time magazine (April
18, 2005) states that 47 percent of sixth-
graders said they were bullied at lea-st
once in the course of five school days.
Victims of bullying report being
unhappy, often earn lower grades, and
occasionally retaliate.
Warning signs that a student is being
bullied may be subtle, so it is important
for parents to keep a vigilant watch for
any changes in behavior which may
indicate bullying is taking place. If you
suspect that your child is being bullied.
report the incident to school personnel
and talk with educators at your child's,
school about bullying.'
Overall, everyone is affected by a
classroom climate that allows bullying.
because such a climate is not cond u -
cive to learning. Teachers, parents, and
children are encouraged to use bullying
prevention activities, materials and
computer/internet resources to create
a school climate that eliminates bul-
lying. Children learn best in environ-
ments where they feel safe, respected,
and are encouraged to take risks.

Question 1: What is Polk County's
definitions of bullying and harassm en t?
Answer 1: The Polk County Schools
definition of bullying
closely follows
the terms of the
Jeffrey Johnston
Stand Up for All
Students Act, and
defines bullying
1. Bullying
means systemati- ;
cally and chrono-
logically inflicting
physical hurt or
psychological dis-
tress on one or more J
students or em-
ployees. It is further
defined as: unwanted
purposeful written,
verbal, nonverbal,
or physical behavior,
including but not lim-
ited to any threatening, insulting or
dehumanizing gesture, by and adult or
student, that has the potential to create
an intimidating, hostile or offensive
educational environment or cause
long term damage; cause discomfort or
humiliation; or unreasonably interfere
with the individual's school perfor-
mance or participation, is carried out
repeatedly and is often characterized
by an imbalance of power. Bullying
may involve, but is not limited to:
1.unwanted teasing
2. Threatening
3. Intimidating
4. Stalking
5. Cyberstalking
6. Cyberbullying
7. physical Violence
8. Theft
9. Sexual, religious, or racial
10. Public Humiliation
11. Destruction of school or personal
12. Rumor or spreading of falsehoods
13. Bullying can take many forms;
boys and girls tend to bully differently
and generally their methods target
whatever the bully's group values the
most. Boys are often physical and
threatening; girls will attempt to alien-
ate the victim from their social groups.

Harassment means any threatening,
insulting, or dehumanizing gesture,
use of technology, computer software,

or written, verbal or physical conduct
directed against a student or school
employee that:
Places a student or school employee
in reasonable fear of harm to his or

her person or damage to his or her
property; has the effect of substantially
negatively impacting a student's educa-
tional performance, or employee's work
performance, or either's opportunities,
or benefits;
Has the effect of substantially
negatively impacting a student's or
employee's emotional or mental well-
being; or has the effect of substantially
disrupting the orderly operation of a

Question 2: How do I tell the differ-
ence between rough play, fighting and
Answer 2: The first step in untangling
the differences between bullying and
other forms of aggression is to define
what bullying is and how it differs from
"normal" childhood conflicts.

Question 3: How do I tell the
difference between bullying and
Answer 3: Bullying occurs when a
student or group of students targets an
individual repeatedly over time, using
physical or psychological aggression to
dominate the victim (Hoover & Oliver,

1996; Rigby, 1995; USDOE, 1998). The
repeated incidents function to create
and enforce an imbalance of power
between bully and victim. Harassment
involves any action that can be.severe

enough that it keeps a child from being
successful in school. However, unlike
bullying, which involves repeated
incidents, harassment can be a one-
time occurrence.

Question 4: What Causes People to
Answer 4: In general, bullies are us-
ing behavior that they have determined
will gain them status and feelings
of control, and they derive satisfac-
tion from inflicting either physical or
emotional pain on others. They usually
seek victims they can successfully bully.
Victims do not "ask for it," but there is
a group of victims who are not socially
successful, and may annoy others,
perhaps in an attempt to gain atten-
tion from their peers. Bullies use this
annoying behavior to justify their own
actions. To many bullies, their victims
were "asking for it."

Question 5: What are the signs and
symptoms of bullying?
Answer 5:
Frightened to walk to school
Schoolwork is going downhill
Has damage clothing, etc.

Becomes withdrawn
Starts fights with peers or friends
Has headaches, stomachaches, or
other stress symptoms
Cries in bed at night
Having nightmares
Possessions or money is missing
Unexplained bruises, cuts, etc.
Anxious when their cell phone rings
or they get a new email

-Question 6: How Can I Help My
Child If He/She Is Bullied?
Answer 6:
Affirm the Child "You were right to
tell me about this." "I'm glad you asked
me to help you with this."
Ask Questions "Tell me more
about what happened." "Has this hap-
pened before?" "Did anyone try to help
Assess the Student's Safety -
Determine what the child needs in
order to feel and be safe now.
Take Action Talk to the teacher,
school counselor, or administrator. You
can also fill out the Bullying Report
Form online or download a copy and
give a completed copy to the school.

Question 7: What are ways for your
child to address bullying in school?
Answer 7: There are several ways
your child can protect his/herself:
Remind them hnot to fight, this is
dangerous and will only make the
problem worse
Bullies tend to pick on children who
are isolated. See if you can pair your'
child with other children who do not
support bullying.
Remind them to avoid places where
supervision is limited
Are there adaptive skills that your
child needs to learn? It might help
them to know:

Question 8: How do I report bullying?
Answer 8: There are several meth-
ods for reporting suspected bullying
Contact a school by phone and
report it to school personnel
You can make a report in person
You can complete the Bullying and/
or Harassment Form

Question 9: What can I expect the
school to do once I report bullying?
Answer 9: Once a bullying incident is
reported, the following actions occur:
Administrators will acknowledge
receipt of your report in three school
A preliminary review of the incident
may be conducted to determine need
for the investigation
If warranted, an-investigation will
be conducted and completed within 10
Parents of the victim and bully will
be notified of the results and the school
will take appropriate action

Question 10: What can the school do
to support my child if he's bullied?
Answer 10: Once school personnel
have determined a bullying incident
has occurred, an official plan will be
developed to support the child who has
been bullied. This plan will be imple-
mented as written, with follow-up and
modification if necessary. Plans will
involve a variety of means of keeping a
child safe and might include:
Increasing supervision
Restructuring schedules
Pairing the Targeted student with
other children who will not support
Counseling, to learn effective cop-
ing skills
Additional education for targeted
groups of students

Courtesy the Polk County School
District website, http://www.polk-fl.net/

August 2012

Ten ways to drug-proof your child

1. Set a family standard on drug and Give kids guided opportunities put
alcohol use: Tell your children the rules aside something they want to do at the
early in grade school and repeat them A moment in order to achieve something
often. Live by them yourself. of value.
2. Let kids know there are conse- .':. Practice the teaching question -
quences and punishments tor violating "\'What could ,ou do to remind yourself
all family rules, like no car or TV\ Make:: Ito get home in time for dinner?"
them clear and fair and enforce them.. .2. Children need the ability to oper-
3. Set aside time ever day to talk .- are successful\ within a system.
with your kids about their lives, how. ..* Teach responsibility based on
they feel. what-they.think. Listen and, cause/effect limits and consequences
care. '-..- -- eg: lose drivingprhileges if they've
4. Help your childten.establish reais.iL\ed draildngiwith driving.
tic persona] goals-ikademics, aLthie; 3. Childrewineed positive role
ics and social life. Thene.rCpurage adi' :- models. -.
help them to achieve.tigoals. .,* Values'are-caught not taught.
5. Know your childre.n'sfiehds ad Religiorris an avenue for this.
spend time with them.' ,- .4 Clildren need confidence that they
6. Get eildited.about the things yotr .y tan affect what happens to them.
kids care abouf ~fiDtfittlhgs as a. 'Must work within limits they
family. ., :recognize and understand.
7. Be aware. Find out;."iM eSCnmg .Ch.ldrei. esi ] skills for working
signs of drug abuse, from pt.'s cal.... effeetiViy wIth others.
changes to hostility to-lossobf-interest in, .-* Cpoperation, communicat-
school or hobbies, andthl" 'them. ..g,in-ngotiating, sharing feelings,
8. Talk witlLyourchidren aboutit the e, allN&ipN
future. Discuss responsibiliies:-'yours 6f.' Gildrennei a-.sense of"family"
and theirs. '- to which diie make contributions and
9. Enjoy your kids. Make your home a for which they have responsiblih.y
happy, positive place. When they have a "family", less of
10. Be a nosy parent. Ask your need for peer group.
children questions, know where they 7. Children need ability to make
are and who they are with. Let your judgments.
children know you are asking because Allow kids to follow through on
you love them. their judgments whenever doing so
won't hurt them.

Fifth graders made the turn from Main Street onto Broadway in-the annual anti-drug Just Say No
parade in Bartow in 2011.

6. Changing groups of friends.
It is important to know that all six
of these things can just be simple
growing nains. These often coincide

Eleven warnings to avoid if you 8. Children need to feel they are with hormonal changes the child goes
want to increase the chances of your loved and valued. through. The key here then becomes
child using drugs Love does not mean approving all observing and knowing your child so
1. Be your child's lawyer. Don't let of their actions. that you can determine the difference
them accept personal responsibility for 9. Children need clearly,defined between growing pains and when your
their actions. limits. ,.. child is using drugs.
2. Be your child's banker. Provide Limits give kids a sense of having
money for them whenever she/he asks dependable surroundings.' Ifa child is using drugs
without earning it. Limits form a framework in w which 1. Don the- sarcastic with the kid..
3. Be your child's insurance company,. children acquire confidence 'and re- Don't he accusatory who gave
No matter what she/he does, he/ she is sponsibiliry through their choices and ouchd the drug, why they gave your
covered and protected. consequences of those choices. child the drug are secondary issues.
4. Be your child's agent. Always rep r t JO.10. Child ren need- t -elop Primary issue is that your child is using
sent her/him. elf-esteem. ,.o .g,-
5. Be your child's mechanic. Fix '. -eparate what oilr a findrom o e seeking sympathy the
everything for them. "- -th'ey are. less what you or others think.
6. Be your child's butler. Clean her/n : Idren ne i.est corn-. less what you or others think.
his room; clean up after him/her: etc. ai widl t l i-tphts. *nrp-nt c "' -"nlnt he sel blaming. a
: I-- ''~''- _-. K' .I* ,:"' ,' -'* 5"fn* \.. \\ . ev-er i\ to talk to a child
7. Be your child's fair god mother. e expreQn tuM teart .- oe he/she is high on drugs.
Wave your wand and make it happen. .r
8. Be your child's doormat. Let her/n.S i0Je 1n4& ..
8. Be your child's doora. Let her/ Ways of dealing with peer pressure
him take out her/his frustration.onyou. user. : i Have something else to do.
9. Be her/his apologist. \T. Lo Be prepared foir the different kinds
she/he does, always have an eif f prs~ repe."a o
her/him ..of. -prssue..
.her/hlm... 4.a'K_ imple- your declination to
10. Be your child's administrative '-:-- de ina.iu.......
assistant. Do her/his homework for ...a. ions where ou know '
her/him, etc. 6d tnc : -'g?"re eig used '-
11. Fail to teach your child a family 7. Prob nimm abouthing sed. wan o no
belief system. Ta abut things you want to
El abo'kutr iri

Reasons not to take medications,'
that are not your own '"- Why kid gs '~
1. Allergic reactions could occur. I. Curi sual\ only once- "
2. Medical history is not taken into twice almost always with alcohol otr
consideration. For example, if a student pot
is just recovering from chickenpox or 2. Escape usually from emotional
flu, and she/he takes an aspirin, Reyes pain
Syndrome, a very serious illness, could 3. Peer pressure
occur. 4. Adult examples
3. A reaction to mixing medicine 5. To feel grown up
could be extremely dangerous. Two 6. For kicks
drugs taken together can either affect 7. Older siblings do
how one or the other behave in the 8. Become more creative
body, or if the both have the same 9. Deal with negative feelings
effect, can have a greater impact than 10. Look for spirituality
expected. A cold medicine with antihis- 11. Relate to others better
tamine can dangerously increase the 12. Low self-esteem
sedative effects of some pain killers, 13. On a dare
tranquilizers, anesthetics, and barbitu-
rates. Other combinations can develop Signs and symptoms of drug use
reactions that poison the blood, raise among kids
your blood pressure, or contribute to 1. Abrupt change in mood or
weight gain. attitude.

Prevention tips
1. Children need to be able to exer-
cise self-discipline, self-assessment,
and self-control.
Keep child from following the

2. Sudden decline in attendance or
performance at school.
3. Sudden resistance to discipline at
home or school.
4. Increased borrowing of money
from parents or friends.
5. Heightened secrecy about actions

3. Know how your teen will get to and
from the party.
4. Contact the parents of the party
giver to verify the occasion. Be sure
that a parent will be present and
certain that alcohol and drugs will not
be permitted.
5. Be aware or have your teen awaken
you when she/he arrives home.
6. If your teen stays overnight with
a friend after-the party, check with the
parents of the friend beforehand.
7. You and your teen may want to
phone the party giver the next day to
express your thanks.

Common parenting pitfalls
1. Inconsistent rules.
Consequences for breaking rules
need to be established ahead.
Let the kids have input into what
should happen if they break rules.
2. Not taking each child's personality
into consideration.
When.establishing guidelines for
behavior and consequences, take those
differences into account.
3. Punishment not appropriate to the
While the offense needs a punish-
nient. it should be immediate and

. Punishment is not the goal, observ-
un. die rules are.

a ".Y-. L .. .". .. ....
-""..U g out with friends who do not.- -. 4.-Allowing children to play off the

to handle feelings Kids know inst.ctively if they can
without uset gs. T'get the adults QIto.guexwith each other
8. If we feel good about ourselv es;, -i:nd let them %Wi.obok.
other's teasing will not hurt us. '.& 5. Not _ga.,iOfficient informa-
o .o- nnqtisreqf'-.

Teens and parties
Hosting Parties
1. Set the ground.a.ls.i youri'
before the part. oj.
2. Nop.4ybu ueigh.bgi he*x
w ill be A'p tI --.... .. .t ,
3. Notify the, pltew ,p.k3q"Mmn'
large party.
4. Plan to hae p.le tad-. -
non-alcoholic drinks on
5. Plan activities with yor-teelprio~ :
to the par t. .
6. Limit pa i fance a si
7. oid open house pare
8. A parent should be a dotduring
the party.
9. Do not allow any guest who leaves
the party to return.

Attending a party
1. Know where your teen will be.
Obtain address and phone number.
2. Be sure your teen knows when

S* GeOaLt avt s behind an incident
.e' e t non.
;V 6b~ ~3i ti0o much time or too little
.te n" e problems.
% -t$Cing willing to apologize.
*. provides a valuable model or

*" I f nglarly how much

-. taking enough time to explain
ilW~d4 ur child.
,, > Sotkids, and the
S Ifj~ o .a s Il begin to share

10. Giting too many things and not
enough self.
A thing that will last through the
years is the relationship of a parent and
child, not the things.

Courtesy the Polk County School
District website, http://www.polk-fl. net/

Back To School

August 2012

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School Uniform & dress code information

Polk County Public Schools
Dress code benefits
The Polk County School Board has a
mandatory dress code for all elemen-
tary and middle school students. There
are many positive reasons for a school
dress code, including: .
A dress code encourages students to
express their individuality through per-
sonality and academic achievements,
not outward appearances
A dress code puts the focus
on academics, not fashion,
because they project a neat,
serious, businesslike image
Schools with dress codes
have fewer discipline problems
because students aren't distracted
Dress codes can be less
Dress codes eliminate the \is-
ible differences between needy and
wealthy children
Dress codes eliminate pressure
to wear brand name clothing, "gang
colors," etc.
Dress codes create a sense of
school pride and belonging


with waist of garment worn at student's
Clothing that is too tight or too
loose is not appropriate for school.
School administrators will deter-
mine if clothing is appropriate for
school and complies with district rules.

out during the 2012-2013 school year)
Short or long sleeved collared shirt
(red will be allowed this school year
School T-shirt (Navy blue red will
be allowed this school year only)

Winter/Cold Weather


Shaquille Snell, who attends Lake Wales High School, tries on
one of the men's polo shirts that are part of the Lake Wales
High School uniform required there.

Listing of acceptable clothing additional
Traditional (non-winter) Dress Code sweatshirt
The Dress Code does not allow for Must n
clothing with colored trim, stripes, stripes, de
embroidery, decoration, etc. It also OK)
does not provide for overalls (overalls
with pants or shorts), sweat pants, knit *Applies
pants/ skirts, leggings, etc. A small logo School stuck
is acceptable on otherwise approved **Polk Cc
clothing items. Code of Co
Bottoms: Navy, Black or Khaki/Tan (Elementar
Walking Shorts, Slacks, Skorts, Secondary
Skirts, Skirted jumpers Courtesy
Must be plain, solid-color Twill, District we
Corduroy or Denim fabric
Lake Wa
Tops: White or navy with collar To see n
Must have long or short sleeves http://lwc
Knit polo-type, Oxford or woven school-un
dress shirts, blouses, turtlenecks
School T-shirts are OK (available Change
through our school office) White
Every school may add another col- allowed be
lared shirt color. Call schools for school school yea
colors. &olA .i

Other dress code rules:
A belt is required if the garment has
belt loops.
Shirts (including T-shirts) must be
tucked in.
Shorts/skirts must be mid-thigh or
Shoes must be safe and
Clothes must be appropriate size,

year, so yo
Red school
year only,
will only b


very cold
days, students who walk,
bike, etc. may need to wear
sweatpants, etc. over their
school clothes on their way
to/from school. However,
any clothing that doesn't
meet dress code require-
ments must be removed
before school begins.

Jackets, sweaters, coats,
Any kind of jacket/coat/
cardigan is OK if it meets
regular dress code** rules
May not be disruptive,
distracting, display offen-
sive language/symbols, etc.
School staff may ask
students to remove jackets
Any pullover garment
that is worn all day (sweat-
er, sweater vest, sweatshirt)
Have a collar OR be worn
with a collared uniform
shirt or official school
T-shirt underneath
Must be solid white,
solid navy or the school's
I solid shirt color (school
:s with no hoods are OK)
ot have any colored trim,
ecoration, etc: (small logos are

to all Elementary and Middle
county Public Schools Student
nduct, Section 2.10, E.5.EF
y); Section 2.09, E.5.E.

y the Polk County School
ebsite, http://www.polk-fl.net/

les Charter Schools
rules for each school see

s for the school year
polo shirts will no longer be
beginning with the 2012-2013
irts will no longer be allowed
with the 2013-2014 school
ou may want to consider not
g red polo shirts this year.
l T-shirts will be sold for this
until the supply runs out.
i school T-shirts, such as
on, spring celebration, etc.,
be allowed on Fridays.

i dress code
lavy blue (red will be phased

Shoodlessi or
solid-color sweaters

BOTTOMS: Khaki/tan, navy blue, or
blue denim
Shorts, pants, skorts, skirts, skirted
Plain, solid-color twill or denim
(jean) fabric No plaid and no

Dress Code Policy
Students must be in uniform each
school day (see above)

Special school T-shirts, such as
walk-a-thon, spring celebration, etc.,
can only be worn on Fridays
A belt is required if the garment has
belt loops
All shirts must be
tucked in
Shorts, skirts,
skirts, and jumpers
must be mid-thigh
in length or longer
Shoes must be
safe and ap-
propriate. Closed
toe shoes with
enclosed back
or strap must be
No flip-flops,
slides, sandals

must be ap-
propriate size:
all bottoms
---must be worn
around student's
Clothing thai is too loose or too
tight will not be allowed
A small logo is acceptable on col-
lared shirts and jeans
No clothing with colored trim,
stripes, embroidery, decorations, etc.
No overalls
No plaid
The school administration has final
authority on the dress code policy.

Courtesy the Lake Wales Charter
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University coach to lead Highlanders hoops team

It was not an interview for the
faint-hearted. The three finalists for the
head basketball coaching position at
Lake Wales High School faced a semi-
circle of 15 people full-bore intent on
finding the best
person for the
job. The three
finalists were
Tyrhon Crawford,
head coach at
Lake Region High
School; Jimmy
Johnson, head
coach at Atlantic
High School in
Port Orange and
previous coach
New head basketball for Lake Wales
coach Randy Lee and Bartow; and
Randy Lee, head
coach at Tennessee Temple University.
In the end, questionnaires tallied and
consensus reached, Tennessee Temple's
Lee fit the bill.
Assistant coach Burney Hayes, popu-
lar with the team and their parents, was
among the final seven, but didn't make
the final cut. In all, 77 people applied.
Candidates were rated on a five-
point scale by a group that included
Highlander basketball players, school
staff, and community members.
The questions cut to the heart of the
school's culture and values. "How
would you be involved in the academic
achievement of your athletes? What
are the rules and methods of discipline
you plan to use to help these athletes
achieve character goals? Do you have
connections with college coaches and
how would you assist your athletes in
qualifying for the NCAA Clearinghouse?

Would you retain some of the coaches
already on staff? How do you plan on
fundraising for your sport?"
Principal Donna Dunson stressed
that each panel member's vote counted
equally, the student votes counting just
as much as hers and the other adults'
Bok Academy principal Damien
Moses, who was on the committee, said
he was impressed by Lee's "vast experi-
ence in athletics at all levels, as well
as his commitment to seeing athletes
grow into productive citizens within
the community."
"All great coaches have that vision
for their players," Moses added. The
tone and number of professional and
personal reference letters was impres-
sive as well, Dunson noted.
Lee hit the ground running meeting
with the players and signing on for a 2
p.m. practice. He told the Highlanders
he respected and admired their reputa-
tion and said "I want us to build on
the success you already have." Lee told
them he grew up in Lakeland and was
very familiar with Lake Wales' reputa-
tion in sports. He also said he plans to
work closely with and learn from the
current assistant coaches.
When one of the players asked what
Lee expected from them, his answer
was "leadership." And the leadership
would have to be earned, not auto-
matically conferred because of senior
status, he said. He said the JV and
Varsity teams would not be practic-
ing together, an answer to a player's
question that seemed to bring brief
disappointment to the group.
Blending in right away with the
LWHS tech culture, Lee asked the play-
ers to take out their phones, and gave
them his cell number for their contact
lists. The players were requested to text

New Highlander basketball head coach Randy Lee talks to players (I-r) Douglas Brooks, Shaquille
Snell, and Railond Garrett after being introduced to the team by LWHS principal Donna Dunson.
Lee comes to Lake Wales from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga.

him in return with their phone num-
bers and full names.
Lee told the players he was going to
meet soon with the team parents and
guardians as a group, then would be
visiting players' homes individually.
His three time status as coach of
the year notwithstanding, Lee is all
about academics, and is himself
working toward a PhD in Athletic
Administration, due to graduate North
Central University in 2013.
Asked what besides the team's skill
appealed to him about the job, Lee
cited the administration and staff's
dedication to creating well-rounded
Lee said he will be here all week, will

return to Chattanooga over the week-
end to start the moving process, and
will be back next week. The back and
forth will be for a couple of weeks at .
least, he said, since his wife will need to
complete her employment obligations
there as well.
"I'm glad to be tominbhere in the
summer," Lee added. "This will give
me time to bond with the team before
the season starts."
Lee is taking over the coaching
position left open by the departure of
Billy D. Washington, whose last day
with LWHS is June 8. The team won the
state championship under Washington
last year. The previous year it'finished
second in the state.

Stricter dress codes

coming to BHS


Bartow High School students may
learn "what not to wear" when they
resume classes this fall because the
school "fashion police" have adopted
stricter dress code rules and intend to
enforce them, school officials said.
Students who don't meet a revamped
dress code will find themselves calling
home for appropriate clothes, dressing
from a community closet or sitting out
their classes with unexcused absences,
according to BHS Principal Ronald
Pritchard says the changes "are
necessary to maintain an environment
focused on learning."
Among the changes or rules to be
more strictly enforced are: no more tank
tops or cutoffs, and shorts must reach
the top of the knees. Student shirts
must cover the entire torso, must have
sleeves that cover the shoulders, may
not be sheer or expose cleavage and
may not have any rips, tears or holes.
Suggested shirt styles are polo shirts
with a collar, button-down Oxford shirts
or T-shirts with a crew neck.
Super baggy pants will not be allowed
and must be worn at the waist, the new
directive says.
"Students with sagging pants will be
asked to tuck in their shirts and wear a
belt or suspenders," the code reads.
Girls' skirts also much reach the knee
to be considered appropriate under the
dress code.
. No shower shoes or bedroom slippers
are allowed and students must abide
by course guidelines for those that may

require specific shoes or boots.
The faculty and staff will be on the
lookout for extreme or excessive jewelry,
hairstyles and makeup, the principal
"Excessive is defined as unsafe, dis-
tracting or interfering with'the learning
environment," Pritchard adds.
Students also may not wear clothing
associated with gangs, tobacco use,
drugs or alcohol or any articles that
may be. considered discriminatory, the
code says.
Most students will be prohibited
from wearing headgear, other than
with uniforms, with exceptions granted
based on religious or medical reasons,
the rules say.
The new rules apply to Bartow High
School, International Baccalaureate
and Summerlin Academy and include
students enrolled in any academy when
not wearing the uniforms associated
with that unit, Pritchard says.
All faculty and staff will monitor
student dress and parents are reminded
that repeated violations of the dress
code become a disciplinary infraction
and will be dealt with as disruptive
behavior, the principal adds.
"We understand that these changes
will take some getting used to,"
Pritchard says, "and we want to give
parents and students ample time to
plan wardrobes for the fall." He added
that Wednesdays will continue to be
"dress for success" days.
"We feel these changes will provide a
positive impact on our school environ-
ment and culture," the principal added.
"Parents and students just need to use
good judgment."


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Back To School


er aims to clean up


Jocelyn Mclntee isn't your ordinary
elementary school student. The
fourth-grader is earning a reputation
for selflessness. In April, having just
recovered from a near fatal case of viral
meningitis encephalitis, Jocelyn wasn't
contemplating her recovery or just how
sick she had been for nearly a month.
Instead, she started to plan what she
could do to prevent the same thing
from happening to her classmates.
The Bethune Academy student's
goal is to raise enough money to
purchase electric hand sanitizers for
each classroom at the school. Once
that's achieved, she said she'd like to
help provide the sanitizers for all Polk
County schools.
"Kids need to be in school. They
don't need to be at home sick," said
Jocelyn. "I told my mom that I wanted
to help make sure that my friends
didn't get sick like I was."
Jocelyn and her mother, Ashlee,
who is a teacher at Bethune Academy,
initially met with the school nurse who
became an immediate advocate of the

Today, Jocelyn Mclntee has something to crow abi
from her battle with viral meningitis encephalitis

"I admire Jocelyn's battle and how
she keeps kicking back. Right now, her
fight is to educate her peers and adults
on the importance of hand washing
and sanitizing," said Mamie Hall,
Bethune Academy school nurse. "I look
at her and think, 'Wow. She is only 9
years old and look at what she is doing.
She truly is a dreamer and doer.'"

Even Disney thinks so, because in
May 2011, she was recognized and
named a Disney Doer and Dreamer
Shining Star (District Elementary
School Level), one of only 15 students
across central Florida. Jocelyn received
that honor after forming a "Go Green
Garden Club" in order to revive a
butterfly garden on the school campus
that had become unattended.

Her illness
After nine scary days in the hospital
with several wrong diagnoses, Jocelyn
finally began treatment for viral menin-
gitis encephalitis.
Meningitis the inflammation of
the meninges, the tissues that cover the
brain and spinal cord, caused by a virus
is contagious and is spread through
either poor hygiene or mosquitoes.
That combined with encephalitis an
acute inflammation of the brain -
made Jocelyn's case more serious.
"The doctors aren't sure how Jocelyn
got sick since she wasn't diagnosed
immediately," Ashlee said.
Even after they knew what they were
dealing with, Jocelyn fell into a coma
for four days, prompting the doctor
to inform her
parents that
she may not
make it. But
ever resilient,
Jocelyn not only
W" fully recovered
but got back
to school in
April, just in
time to take
the FCAT and
begin "Jocelyn's
About the
realizes the
power of her
and creativity
and she has a
passion that
has allowed
her to create
for a positive
tion of those
said Bethune
"Jocelyn is
always thinking
'What if?'"
-, and the rest of
the staff and
students are
supportive and
excited about
the project;
but, in order
Sto get the word
out to a wider
audience, the
family created
PHOTO PROVIDED and published a
out, having recovered YouTube video
wul5gw) called
"Jocelyn's Story
Sanitize to Save Lives."
So far, the three-minute video has
had nearly 800 hits and about 10
percent of what is needed has been
deposited into a bank account (also
named Jocelyn's Story) set up for the
Jocelyn's plan, provided there have
been enough in donations, is to
have the $30 electric hand sanitizers


Earlier this year, Jocelyn Mcdntee contracted viral meningitis encephalitis. It was touch and go for
awhile whether she would survive, but she did.

installed outside each of the 24 class-
room doors at the beginning of the
school year.
"When I was in the hospital, I
watched the doctors sanitize their
hands outside my door before they
came in and when they left," Jocelyn
said. "They kept everything clean that
way, so we can too."
Although the butterfly garden
benefitted the entire student body, as
will proceeds from Jocelyn's Story, her
current project is more personal for
Jocelyn and her family.

"I was just a regular girl. I played
with my dog, swam in the pool, loved
to go outside.as much as I could,"
Jocelyn said in the YouTube video. "It
happened to me. There are viruses and
diseases out there. That's why I want to
get money to get hand sanitizers to go
around the school, to keep the kids as
clean as possible so they don't have to
go through what I went through."

Want to contribute?
To make a donation, call Bethune,
Academy at 863-421-3334.

August 2012

Attention: Sixth and seventh grade

immunization requirements

Students will not be able to attend
classes if they have not received the
required immunization.
The Florida Department of Health
requires seventh graders to have the
following immunization:
*Tdap (1 dose)
Documentation of the Tdap is re-
quired before your child starts seventh

Current sixth graders should already
have received the immunizations listed
MMR (2 doses)
Polio (4 doses)
DTP/DTaP (5 doses)
Hepatitis B Series
Varicella vaccine (1 dose) or signed
proof of the disease
Immunizations are available from
your private medical doctor or the local
health department.
Take your child's complete immuni-
zation record with you when you go to
obtain the vaccine.
Contact the school office ahead of -
time to pick up your child's immuniza-
tion certificate.
Return the DH 680, Florida
Certification of Immunization, to the
school after each immunization visit.

Department of Health
Immunization clinics
Bartow Clinic
Phone: 863-519-8242
1255 Brice Blvd.

Lake Wales Clinic
Phone: 863-678-4144,
835 W. Central Ave.

Auburndale Clinic
Phone: 863-965-5400
1805 Hobbs Road

Lakeland Clinic
Phone: 863-413-2620
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

Required immunizations for school
Your child must receive all of the re-
quired immunizations (shots) to attend
school in Florida. If your child does not
have all of the required shots, you must
arrange for your child to receive the
remaining ones.
You should contact your child's
health care provider to receive the im-
munizations. You may also call the Polk
County Health Department clinic near-
est you to have your child immunized.
Immunizations at these clinics are
available for free for those 18 and
Bring your child and a copy of his
or her previous immunizations to the
A permanent immunization certifi-
cate cannot be issued to you without a
completed shot record.

Courtesy the Polk County School
District website, http://www.polk-fl.net/

Parent self-assessment

I require my child to complete
homework assignments.
e I encourage reading at home.
My child has a consistent time and
place to do homework.
I ask to see my child's schoolwork.
I talk to my child about schoolwork.
I attend workshops to help my child
at home. '
I check backpacks every day.

I limit TV video time and non-
academic computer time.
I expect my child to be respectful,
work hard and be responsible.
I read the Code of Conduct.
I enforce school behavioral

I stress the importance of education
and doing well in school.
I believe my child will do well in
I help my child set educational
Our family celebrates academic

Building Responsibility
My child has a nutritious breakfast
each morning.
My child has a regular routine that
includes chores, homework, family time
and bedtime.
. My child accepts responsibility for
his/her actions.
My child attends school and is on
time every day.

School/Home Connections
I update address & phone numbers
with the school office.
*, I communicate regularly with my

child's teacher.
I respond promptly to requests for
I attend teacher conferences, ESE
staffing or other meetings to help my
child succeed.
I attend open houses, science fairs,
musical events, class trips, sporting
events, curriculum nights and other
school activities.
I volunteer in the school when
I read everything that comes home
from school.
I attend school events in which my
child participates.

Getting Involved at School
Volunteers are welcomed. They must
complete an application and purchase
a $25 money order payable to Polk
County School Board for a background
check. Volunteer approval is continu-
ous from year to year at every school
in the district. Visit www.polk-fl.net/
Community Involvement,

Parent Organizations
Parent associations make a big
impact on school improvement by
sponsoring fundraisers and programs
for the school.

School Advisory Councils (SAC)
Schools are required by law to have
a School Advisory Council to write
the annual School Improvement Plan.
Parents are elected to the School
Advisory Council every year. Ask your
school principal about the election
process at your school.

Courtesy the Polk County School
District website, http://www.polk-fl.net/

Immunization Requirements
Immunizations Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
1 MMR (MM. *II- X
2. iMRas.e..l X X X X [X X X X X X X x
3 POLIJO '-as X X X X X X X X X X X X X
4. ITPnITDPlhto-) X X X X X X X X X X X X X
5. Tdap c *- .p X X X X
e. Td orXd iep X
. H~..s. ax x x x x x x x x x x x x X
8. Nlb X
9 Var-lalle .- x x X X X X X X
-l Varki e e st x x x x x
X Denlote required ImmunltEtlona par grade level
ud- w .* not In .ompiane wit Immunlton laws *r required to excludedd from school.
(Immlunletilna given four days before a minimum Interval or age will be counted as valid.)
1. MMRn ca shoo Maeslt. mump. and rubella must hw been given on or efter the child' ir st birthday.
2. MMRItR o .a..ls The minknum Interval between th 2 doso of MMR lo28 days.
3. POUO <.t d.-) AN Kinderagartnrm nad n one polio on or afterfourth birthday If o(mur does of polio voCcne w
Adminatred prior or atr the fourth birthday, a fifth dose of polio Vaccine Is not raquird for entry Into
kindogatn. The M l do" of the polio serloa should be admlnistered on or after tho fourth dy
regarda te of tniuaibar of previous do,,e.
ht twrotohtwetlfth grade: If third doao of polio was Ogven on or after the fourth birthday, a fourth does Is
not requIred.
4. DTPIDT, P is sU): IfNthe fourth doa of rDTPIDTaP was given on or alrthe fourth birthday, a fith dpa Isr not
requird. Sludantl between ag s 7 and 12 (before 7" grads) may be conMaldred corplete with thra d aS nd
evaluation by the toprbnmant of Health School Nurse.
5, Tdap ninth, und tenth grade. Tdap an be dmIn.ted rgrdles of tho lntrval ince the lnt Td vacc=In w vn.
6. TdorTTdap: Student.oOrada s11through12must how lthr a Td or Tdp.
8. IMb: Numberof doeseof HIb veals eooordln toae. lIf oWhltd w. oea r 10 imonthew trl fmt volw e gwewn.,
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9. Vsrtoil.t i.nrs.1st- .1 p.fofoaa variceitrnmust hvee benglv onborsntair chld.'s flrMbirthdy,
F. re-K tudMnte musthve started the seriesand haveacurrenrtlmmulunaatin M o t I Or,
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the supply of blue colored ftom h ae been dplped.
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School scores declined, new DOE report states

As if public schools don't have
enough on their collective plates,
new figures released by the Florida
Department of Education show
that overall school scores in Florida
dropped, and that includes Polk
Two Polk schools, Shelley S. Boone
and Lake Alfred Addair middle schools
received failing grades, under the new
criteria in place this year. There were 47
"F" schools throughout Florida, as op-
posed to 31 last year. The number of"A"
rated elementary, middle and combina-
tion schools dropped from 1,481 to 1,124.
According to Wilma Ferrer, Polk
County's senior director of assessment
and accountability, "There were so
many changes this year that it has to
be considered a totally new system, not
just a modification. So we're consider-
ing this the baseline year and expect
the scores to go up from here."
There are a number of programs in
place and coming down the pike to
help improve the schools' performance
under the new rules, she said. Among
these are the STEM academies. (STEM
is an acronym for science, technology,
engineering and mathematics.)
Schools in Florida are graded on an
A-to-F grading scale. The grades are
used to reward top schools and sanc-
tion those that get failing marks.
The state's system of evaluating
students, schools and teachers has
come under increasingly sharp criti-
cism, with Gov. Rick Scott questioning
whether the state is testing its students
too much.
He defended the latest round of
grades, however, telling the Associated
Press, "Every time we raise the expecta-
tions of our students and teachers,
they ultimately get better in later years.
Simply put, raising the bar works."
This may be of little comfort to
schools with failing grades, however.
The FDOE's intervention program
offers the district options for failing
schools' turnaround:
Reopen as a district-managed school,
replacing teachers and administrators
Close the school, with students re-
assigned to higher-performing schools
Reopen as a charter school
Contract with a private entity to run
the school
Hybrid model, district partners with
private entity
At a district school board meeting
in June, the board grappled with what
direction they would take with failing
"What they're doing to our schools
is unconscionable," School Board
Member Frank O'Reilly said about the
state plans. "We'd only have a couple of
weeks to replace the whole staff ... this
method has torn every district apart."
Nickell agreed that "it is quite a
heavy-handed approach."
A district-managed turnaround
school would not only required replac-
ing the entire staff, but adding a new
curriculum focus, and coaches for
reading, math and science.
The board had discussed the idea
of closing a failing school if it were a
small elementary school and divert-
ing the students to another campus.
As it turned out, however, Polk's
two failing schools are both middle
According to the FDOE, school scores
are based on three criteria: overall
performance on assessment tests,
learning gains of all students and learn-
ing gains of students in each school's
lowest performing 25 percent. The
targeted subjects are reading, math,
writing and science.
At the high school level, the stakes
ramp up, and half the school's
grade is based on the number of
students in accelerated classes, the

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2012 B 2011 A
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2012 C 2011 B
Hillcrest Elementary
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percentage of advanced students
eligible to earn college credit, the
number of students who graduate
*and the number of at-risk students
graduating. Also, part of the school
grade is based on college readiness,
based on scores in the ACT, SAT, CPT
or PERT-college-readiness tests.
Because of the additional criteria,
high schools and combined middle/
high schools are not included in
Wednesday's report. Some of the results
are still pending.
In the area covered by The Lake Wales
News, Your Haines City Herald, The
Fort Meade Leader, The Polk County
Democrat and The Frostproof News, the
only school to receive a higher grade
this year is Davenport School of the Arts.
The school went from a "B" to an "A."
Seven schools maintained last
year's level and 13 schools in this area
dropped a grade level.
Former Education Commissioner
Gerard Robinson earlier this month
warned that the school grades would
drop because of recent changes to
the state's grading system. Robinson
resigned from his job on July 31.
A law adopted by the FDOE in May
prohibits dropping a school more than
one grade level per school year, or it
could have been worse, according to
Nickel's June discussion with the board.
According to the FDOE website,
Florida has raised expectations for
school grades five times in the past 10
years. The results show that after an
initial drop, school grades improved
consistently in the years that followed.
"As Florida moves toward implement-
ing the Common Core State Standards
in 2014-15, the progress seen over
the next few years will smooth the
transition to the more challenging
standards," Gerard said.
(Common Core is a nationwide effort
to standardize testing and curriculum
to avoid the patchwork of state regula-
tions now in effect.)
Staff Writer Peggy Kehoe contributed
to this report.

McLaughlin Middle School
2012 D 2011 C
Highland City Elementary
2012 C -2011 B
Alturas Elementary
2012 D 2011 C
Gibbons Street Elementary
2012 C 2011 B
Union Academy
2012 A 2011 A
Floral Avenue Elementary
2012 B 2011 A
Bartow Elementary
2012A- 2011 A
Bartow Middle School
2012 D 2011 C

Lewis Anna Woodbury
2012 D 2011 C
Bethune Academy
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Eastside Elementary
2012 C 2011 C
Shelley S. Boone
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Graduation rates in Polk County climbing

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While Polk County high school seniors
are busy with FCArs and upcoming final
exams, school officials are waiting to see
if the county's overall graduation rate
will continue to climb as it has during
the past six years.
A recent study by an independent foun-
dation, the America's Promise Alliance,
charged with developing ways to improx e
the nation'shigh school graduation
rate, found that statewide, Florida had
improved its grad rate from 68.9 percent
to 75.5 percent, but still fell a few points
below the national norm.
Polk County Schools Senior Director

for A.ssessment, Accotunability and
Evaluation Wilma Ferrer says that Polk
graduation rates, in concert with the
overall state rates, have shuiwn a six-year
stead\ rise, up from 68.8 percent to 74.8
percent in last year's talhles
"That's not bad," Ferrer said, "We're
not throwing a parry, but its not as bad
as some."
When deciding the graduation rates
for both the state and county, one has
to look at different ways the ratings are
Furst is the Florida Regular Cohort
system which takes graduates who have
completed all four \ears of high school
together. Another, the Nauonal Govemor's
Association, uses a slightly different criteria

New method to measure

leadership coming to schools

What do new leadership standards
mean? The Polk County School Board
(minus members Kay Fields and Debra
Wright, on excused absences) found
out at the June 12, workshop.
In essence, it focuses on those
termed school leaders; specifically
principals and assistant principals,
said Cheryl Joe, the director for
professional development, who was
accompanied by Bill Strouse, a cons.ul-
tant. Focusing oh school leaders, she
,explained, means making a.positive
impact on both-student and faculty
growth. .. .
Giving board members a.brief his-
tory, the new leadership standards as
devised by the Florida School Leaders.
Association were adopted Dec. 17,
2001, and the model was unveiled
Jan. 30-31, in a 125-page evaluation
document. Fifty percent of it will be
based on student achievement, in ad-
dition to the expectations of a leader.
The remaining 50 percent will come
from data accumulated throughout
Polk County Public Schools. According
to Joe, this will be on-going through-
out the school year.
."We need to know what is being
done right and wrong," said Joe.
Principals and assistant principals
are going to be ranked in one of four
categories: Unsatisfactory, needs
improvement, effective and highly
One of the situations that will be
addressed is to blend the scope and
responsibilities of the assistant prin-
cipals. As it currently stands, there are
two assistant principals in schools.
One handles administrative matters
while the other focuses on curriculum.

"Neither is better than the other,"
said Joe. "They have t6 be comprehen-
sive." By blending, she added, those
assistant principals who aspire to
becoming principals will have a more
comprehensive background.
"Many can achieve effectiveness,"
said Strouse. "However, highly effective
is more difficult to demonstrate."
Joe said this will be a new paradigm
that will link student achievement to
leadership development. It will call for
many changes. '
"We must know not just data, but
how we use the data to improve
student achievement," she said.
When Joe and Strouse opened the
issue to discussion, Chairwoman Hazel
Sellers posed a question to School
...Superintendent Sherrie Nickell.
"Do we have enough supervisors
to evaluate and support this?" Sellers
"No, not at this moment," was
Nickell's reply. "We have to figure out
how to make this occur with the exist-
ing resources."
Nickell added that at current, little
organizational support had been forth-
coming from the state, especially in
the realm of insight. However, she said,
conversations have been ongoing.
"I wish we had more time, another
three to four months at.least, to do this
well," said Nickell. Unfortunately, that
doesn't exist, she said, which meant
the school system would have to plod
along. "We need mentoring, coaching
and support. That's the key to success
of principals."
Board Member Tim Harris voiced
a frustration that has been uttered
"Again, we don't have the money and
the people," he said.

and then there's the Federal Uniform
Graduation rate which, according to Ferrer,
is an even more stringent measuring tool.
All base their findings on how many
students start high school in the freshman
class and then graduate four years later.
In the Florida ranking system, however, all
students who graduate with either a special
diploma,.a regular diploma, a certificate
of completion or a GED are counted. The

NGA doesn't count the students who get
a GED or completion certificate and the
federal system takes an even closer look at
which types of diplomas are issued.
Ferrer says, "Florida is moving up,".as
evidenced by a steady increase in the '
rates calculated on all three scales. "We
are moving up and have seen a steady


Lawyer: No way to provide

complete security in schools

Even though the Polk County School
Board recently got slammed for requir-
ing board meeting attendees to show a
driver's license to attend board meetings,
they haven't eased on their restrictions
to go into any of the county's dozens of
"We are charged with the integrity
and security of all our school campus-
es," says School Board General Counsel
Wes Bridges. "And we do what we have
to to protect our children."
And what they do is ask that visitors
report to the office where they: ask you
for your driver's license, scan your license
through a sex-offender database and, if
you pass the scan, you are issued a stick-
on name tag with your driver's license
photo, or a photo taken at the school,
on it designating you as a visitor. You are
expected to wear it while on the campus.
Bridges says this scan allows school
officials to "quickly check that there
isn't a sex offender or someone with a

history of violence against children on
or near our campus."
He adds however that "our schools are
not compounds," and "we rely heavily
on our school officials to be alert to peo-
ple who are not supposed to be there."
The lawyer also said that once visitors
become known to administrators, the
formality is "sometimes waived."
Also available on most middle and high
school campuses, according to Bridges,
are school resource officers provided by
police departments or the sheriff's office.
"We do the best we can do," he says, but
adds "there is no practical way toprovide
100 percent security in our schools,
particularly those with open campuses.
"In those schools, we rely on our
staff and students to direct visitors to '
the office for admittance," he explains.
"We also have signs posted all over the
campus asking visitors to sign in at the,
Bridges also said school administra-
tors were frequently reminded to "stay
vigilant and monitor those who come
and go on our school grounds."

Dream Big
Our schools seek to inspire, teach,
change, create, explore prepare and
challenge students. The campuses are
bright, clean, friendly interesting-and fun
learning environments.
Our six schools have individual personalities
and differences, but they all strive to help our
students achieve their potential a, the\ move
through the K-12 system.

August 2012

Back To School

IB program gets its wings


The fledgling International
Baccalaureate program at Lake Wales
High School is official.
Charter School Superintendent
Jesse Jackson said the administration
was informed the local program had
been approved for "full-blown status"
as an IB school. It is the third IB
program in Polk County, with Bartow
and Haines City being the first and
The accrediting committee that vis-
ited LWHS earlier this year has given
the stamp of approval to what was
previously approved for IB prep only,
comprising ninth- and 10th-grade
students. The actual IB program starts
with 11th-graders, according to LWHS
principal Donna Dunson.
"I'm just very excited that we're.able
to offer this piece in our academic
program," Dunson said. "Our stu-
dents have sailed over every bar that
we have raised here, and I know they
will excel in this also," she added.
/ / The IB program is worldwide, as
the name would indicate. Based in
Geneva, Switzerland, the non-profit
program emphasizes challenging
curriculum, multi-cultural awareness,
creativity, and critical thinking skills.
Dunson and Jackson both empha-
sized that the LWHS program will not
be as restrictive as some, however,
as far as admissions. Rather than
administering an admissions test, the
school will rely on teacher recom-
mendations and FCAT reading scores.
"If a student has a passion to be in
the program, we will help them all we
can to succeed," Dunson said. "We
are going to have a summer program
to help students with their reading
skills," she noted, "and our program
will even take qualified 11th-graders
who may not have been through the
through the pre-I.B. program."
Dunson said information will go
up on both the LWHS and the Charter
Schools websites, and on April 26, there
will be an open house at the school, at
6:30 p.m. for students and their families
interested in the program. "We will be
opening up IB slots for ninth, tenth and
eleventh graders, Even if your kids are
still in elementary school, feel welcome
to come and find out about the pro-
gram," Dunson said. Applications will be
available at the open house.
According to a spokesperson for the
LWCS, more than 900,000 students are
enrolled in IB programs in more than 140
"We are grateful to our students and
parents for believing in us, and support-
ing us during the year-long authorization
process," said Anuj Saran, the school's IB
Director. "Our students are committed to
be the architects of their lives and LWHS

Tenth graders enrolled in the Baccalaureate
Prep program at Lake Wales High give a big
thumbs up to news that they will have an
official IB program for grades 11-12, starting
in 2012-13. The students were out of uniform
when this photo was taken, because it was
Water Awareness Day and they donated $1 for
the privilege of wearing blue.

is now positioned to help them build a
solid foundation," he added.
Saran said there are currently 100 stu-
dents in the Baccalaureate Prep program:
65 freshmen and 35 sophomores.
Betty Wojcik, a charter board member
and Lake Wales City Commissioner as
well as executive director of the Lake
Wales Chamber of Commerce, said that
the IB program will be a big draw for
companies and families who look at the
educational opportunities when consid-
ering relocation.
"I think that this is a giant step toward
promoting economic development in
Lake Wales," she said.


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upward climb. We're just inching our way
up. But it's a slow process.
"We're glad to see any increases, but
we know it's not the best rate," Ferrer
said. "We want more increases and we're
steadily working toward that. But it's dif-
ficult when every year new requirements
are added."
This summer, when the 2012 class is
counted, there may be a slight decline, ac-
cording to Ferrer, because of changes to the
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
"This year there's the added algebra
component in the FCAT which could be
an issue for some kids," she said. "And
if they don't pass the FCAT, they don't
Another component of the graduation
rate equation is attendance, Ferrer says.

"You can't teach kids if they aren't there.
We're just about standing on our heads to
keep kids in the classroom. You just can't
teach an empty chair."
The rates for this year won't be in until
June, Ferrer says. "We wish we could get
them earlier, but with the new criteria,
we'll be glad to get them in June."
Then, she adds, "we can try to find ways
to continue increasing.the number of Polk
County seniors wh6 graduate."

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August 2012

Early childhood development and health

Head Start's commitment.to wellness
embraces a comprehensive vision of
health for children, families, and staff.
The objective of Child Health and
Development Services is to ensure that,

through collaboration among families,
staff, and health professionals, all child
health and developmental concerns are
identified, and children and families
are linked to an ongoing source of

Elementary school supply list

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Two primary pencils with erasers
One large bottle of glue
Two composition books
Small pencil or supply box or zip-
pered supply pouch
One box gallon size freezer bags
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First Grade
One dozen #2 pencils
Small pencil or supply box or zip-
pered supply pouch
One large bottle of glue
One box of 16 count crayons
Six plain folders with pockets and
Two spiral notebooks (70 sheets per
One box gallon size freezer bags
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One large pink eraser

Second Grade
Two packs loose leaf notebook
paper wide ruled
One large pink eraser
One box of colored pencils
Six plain folders with pockets and
One dozen #2 pencils
One box of 16 count crayons

Third Grade
Two packs loose leaf notebook

paper wide ruled
Two dozen #2 pencils
Two packages of cap erasers
One ruler (1/16th measure)
One yellow highlighter
Eight plain folders with pockets and
One box of 16 count crayons
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Fourth Grade
Two packs loose leaf notebook
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Eight spiral composition books
One yellow highlighter
Eight plain folders with pockets and
brads or loose leaf binder with dividers
One package of 24 crayons and/or
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Fifth Grade
Two packs loose leaf notebook
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continuous, accessible care to meet
their basic health needs.
The objective of Education and
Early Childhood Development is to
provide all children with a safe, nurtur-
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them gain the awareness, skills, and
confidence necessary to succeed in
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of children's growth and development,
which includes the physical, social,
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of each child.

Family and community
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they can identify their own strengths,
needs and interests, and find their
own solutions. The objective of Family
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they identify and meet their own goals,
nurture the development of their chil-
drqn in the context of their family and
culture, and advocate for communities
that are supportive of children and
families of all cultures. The building
of trusting, collaborative relationships


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Department of Juvenile Justice
Education Programs
At Risk Programs
Department of Juvenile Justice
Education Programs At Risk Programs
serve students who have been identi-
fied by the school system as being at

Juvenile Justice Programs
The mission of the Department
of Juvenile Justice and Children and
Family Services sites is to develop
attitudes, behaviors, and skills so that
students may be successful, both
academically and socially, upon return
to a school and the community.

Safe & Drug Free Schools (Mark
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The Substance Abuse Code of

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been found to be in violation of those
sections in the Code of Conduct,
which prohibit possession and/or use
of alcohol or other drugs. Students
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Back To School

August 2012

Cops at school to

elp kids, for safety

since 1986 and they are "simply won- a student was stabbed four or five
derful" and "invaluable to us." times by another student. He says the
He added that he would like to resource officer solved that case and
have more officers for more schools arrested the assailant.
since some schools share officers. "In "But that's a rarity," he hastily adds.
places where we have elementary and "Our schools are safer because our
secondary schools close to each other, resource officers. are there. We are so
they may share a resource officer, but glad. to have them. I just wish we had
I'd love to have one assigned to each more."
school in the district," he said. -When school is out, most of the
Both Noad and Bondurant said officers either return to active patrol or
Polk schools haven't had any major spend their summer months in train-
incidents, but have had several that ing, Noad said.
involved students assaulted and "They are always busy, mostly
injured. Bondurant cited an instance in preparing for the next school year."
Winter Haven several years ago where


When Polk County students return to
class on Aug. 20, most of them will run
into a police officer or sheriff's deputy.
They are.there to keep kids safe and
teach them not to be afraid of the po-
lice, says Polk County Sheriff's Deputy
Sgt. Vernon Noad, who oversees most
of the PCSO's school resource officers.
More than 40 law enforcement offi-
cers from both the sheriff's department
and local police forces head to school
each day under the Polk County Safe
Schools program, says Safe Schools
Director Greg Bondurant.
Bondurant works with the law
enforcement community to fund
75 percent of the officers' salaries
and benefits to the tune of some $2.1
million each year, he says, with the
remaining 25 percent picked up by the
officers' individual departments.
So what do these school cops do?
"It's just like policing a small com-
munity," explains Noad. "And we deal
with almost all the same problems, like
drugs, guns, knives, fights and even sex

He adds that keeping schools clean
-of weapons and drugs are the biggest
"That's something we deal with
almost daily," he adds.
But fighting crime within the school
boundaries isn't all the school officers
do, Noad explains. He says his deputies
"do a lot of mentoring and teaching,
"We spend a lot of time just trying to
get kids not to be afraid of the cops and
being there to listen," he says. He adds
that his officers teach classes about.
drugs, bullying, violence in the schools
and what they can do to combat them
"We also want kids to know we are
there to help them, really help them,"
the veteran deputy adds.
The officers are also responsible for
the sheriff's or police departments'
Explorer programs.
"We spend time teaching them about
law enforcement and how it serves the
community," he explains. "We get them
ready for our Explorer Academy and
ready to go on a ride-along."
Bondurant explains that Polk County
schools have had resource officers


between parents and staff allows them
to share with and to learn from one
Head Start serves families within
the context of the community, and
recognizes that many other agen-
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families. The objective of Community

Partnerships is to ensure that grantee
and delegate agencies collaborate with
partners in their communities, in order
to provide the highest level of services
to children and families, to foster the
development of a continuum of family
centered services, and to advocate for :
a community that shares responsibility
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and families of all cultures.

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