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Spring Testing

Spring testing will begin February 28th and will be completed approximately May 16th .  Your student will have opportunities over the coming weeks, to participate in various practice tests to become familiar with the computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats he or she will see on the FSA assessments. If you or your student would like to review the computer-based practice test at home, the practice tests and answer keys are available at http://www.fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/.

For further information, click here to read the parent letter 2017_Spring_Testing_Parent_Letter.


Memory Pages

Express friendship, love or congratulations to the special student in your life with a personal ad in the yearbook.  Memory pages are now on sale for 8th grade students.

Click here to download the order form.


I Love My School BTFE Sweepstakes

Enter the I Love My School Box Tops for Education Sweepstakes and Union Academy could win a bonus 5,000 box tops. Click the photo below to enter or click here: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/sweepstakes/

 


No Valentine’s Day Deliveries

Union Academy will not accept Valentine’s Day deliveries for students.  Please have deliveries sent to students’ homes.


eBook Card Catalog Change

Destiny (our online card catalog) was recently updated. There is now a new location for our eBook collection. Instead of clicking on Follett Shelf, you will need to click on the Destiny Discover tab.
The user ID for students and their password remain the same.


All COUNTY READS & PARENT UNIVERSITY!

Saturday, February 11
9 am to 12 noon
Spessard Holland Elementary

This event is free to all parents/families with a child in a Polk County Public School. This is a drop-in event with many informational booths and learning stations. There will also be student performances on the hour and open question/answer forums with district staff on the half hour. The Books Bridge Busses will be on campus and children who visit the bus will receive a free book. For more information go to http://www.polk-fl.net/parents/involvement/plug.htm


FSA Writing Boot Camp

  To help students prepare for the Florida State FSA Writing Exam (February 28), Union Academy is holding a “FSA Writing Boot Camp”.  Selected students will receive intense instruction to hone their writing skills for this important test. The camp will run on the following dates: February 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 27 from 2:50 till 4:00.


Congratulations!

Union Academy’s 2017 L. B. Brown Leadership Award Recipient is eighth grade student Derrick F. Derrick will receive his award on February 10 at the L.B. Brown Festival in Bartow. The Youth Leadership Award is given to an honoree that has exhibited outstanding character in addition to good school attendance, participation and behavior involvement in both their community and school.


Union Academy Spelling Bee

The 2017 Union Academy Spelling Bee was held Wednesday, January 18. The Union Academy finalist is 6th grader Robert K. Our alternate will be 6th grader Mayra V. Robert will represent Union Academy at the Polk County Spelling Bee which will be held on March 16 at Blake Academy in Lakeland. Union Academy is pleased to congratulate both of these students for their accomplishment.


Parent Curriculum Guide 2016-2017

Polk County’s curriculum is based on the Florida Standards/Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. These standards, developed by the state of Florida, outline what students should know and be able to do at all grade levels and in all subject areas, including reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, fine arts and physical education. Click this link to see the Polk County School Board Parent Curriculum Guide 2016-2017.


Union Academy’s PTA Needs YOU!

The UA PTA is active in making your school a better place for learning using the IB profile. Through two fundraisers during the school year, we’re able to enhance learning, teaching and volunteering at UA. Last year, we raised over $25,000 to improve your child’s education. With this money the PTA purchased IPADs, IPad Carts, and an AR Subscription for the entire school!

For more information and the membership form, PTA Membership 2016-2017.


Support the Union Academy PTA with Jeans Day

The PTA is sponsoring the Union Academy Last Friday Jeans Day. Students who donate to the drive get to wear jeans on the last Fridays of the months. Click here for more information. .


Wabash Road Closure Update

The Bartow Chief of Police has informed us that the closure of Wabash Street will begin tomorrow morning.

In approximately three weeks (estimated September 5th), Wabash Street will be closed from Highway 17 to the east of the railroad tracks at 10th Avenue. This portion of roadway will be closed for several weeks.

The proposed traffic pattern for car riders would be as follows:

Turn south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. from Highway 17.
Turn left at Scott Avenue
Turn right at Wabash Ave. and proceed to the Union Academy
Bus transportation will use the normal route as scheduled. It would be advisable for car riders to go back down Wabash, left at Scott and right at MLK to return to Highway 17.


Subscribe to our News via Email!

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Find it! Fund it! Donate to Our School Projects

Support our latest school projects by donating what you can. No amount goes unappreciated!

Help us reach our goal for new Book Series in the Media Center! Only $342 needed to get to 100%!

https://www.finditfunditflorida.com/polk/grant/27190/

Or fund this project below, helping students and teachers wirelessly display screen content from iPads.

https://www.finditfunditflorida.com/polk/grant/27276/

 


Top 10 Reasons to buy a Union Academy Yearbook

10. Absolute proof that you went to school with someone famous.
9. To give your future children something to laugh about when they see your hairstyle.
8. To read the mushy things your parents write on memory pages.
7. So you can always have a picture of your best friend.
6. To remember what your friends used to look like when you see them at the class reunion.
5. Autograph section lets you share special messages with your friends.
4. Remember what was hot and what was not.
3. Because our school is the greatest and you want to keep those wonderful memories.
2. So you won’t miss out on all the fun and excitement at the yearbook signing party.
#1 They will be on sale for $40 (a $20 reduction in price.)

Keep checking the UA website for the sale dates


Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment Dates for all choice programs have been selected and are posted on the Acceleration & Innovation webpage.  Please refer to the District’s Polk Ed Options website for access to all online applications: http://www.polk-fl.net/schools/polkedoptions.asp

 

Date(s) Description
Thursday-Saturday

November 3, 4 & 5, 2016

WE3 Expo
Tuesday

November 8, 2016

Open Enrollment Begins at 8:00 AM
Monday

January 9, 2017

Open Enrollment Closes at 5:00 PM
Friday

March 10, 2017

First round of Acceptance Letters should be mailed to all accepted parents

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is a fun and easy way to raise money for Union Academy. The funds raised in the past have purchased video cameras and computers for students, supplies and other equipment. There will be a school wide contest during the 2016 – 2017 school year for individual students and classes that bring in the most box tops.

If every student brought in an average of just 6 box tops for each month of the year, we would raise over $3000! The money will be spent to continue upgrading the school’s technology and students’ learning experience.

For more information, please go to our Box Tops for Education Page.


Union Academy 2016-2017 Uniform Policy

School uniforms provide a high standard of expectations for our students. By eliminating the many distractions created by fashion, trends and overall appearance, we are creating a safe and productive atmosphere for learning. The uniforms worn by Union Academy students in the 2016- 2017 reflect the minimum standard required for all magnets schools in Polk County. Please read the UA Uniforms 2016-2017 PDF carefully for important information.

Union Academy Shirts may be ordered through Evolutionary Screen Printing or other vendors. To see pictures of the shirts and the order form, click the links below.

UA_Student_Apparel_Order_Form_2016-17

UA_Student_Apparel_Spec_Sheet_2016-17


Online Digital Access to Student Textbooks and Resources

For students in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and all English/ Language Arts courses for grades 6th-12th, the Polk County School District is providing online digital access to student textbooks and resources through Pearson SuccessNet. After teachers have completed the enrollment process for their specific class rosters, students and parents will have access to the online resources. Further information will be posted shortly.