1. Jeans will NOT be permitted for cold weather any longer.  Students and parents are advised to have school uniform style pants in khaki or navy blue to wear when it’s cold.  Do not send your student to school with jeans on. They will be held in the office until they are back in dress code.  If the weather turns cold again it is advised that student wear a thin base layer under their school uniform pants.

2. Jeans are only permitted for students who participated in the PTA Jeans Day fundraiser the last Friday of each month.

Thank you,
Stephen Scheloske
Union Academy

November Top Tigers!

Congratulations to our November Top Tiger Learner Profile Award winners! This year, with the help of our PTA we are awarding one student from each grade level every month for each of the IB Learner Profile categories. November was the month for “Knowledgeable”. We highlighted the attributes for what it means to be Knowledgeable at the beginning of the month, on our website. Our teachers have chosen the following students as our recipients this month: 6th grade- H. Turturro, 7th grade- M. Thomas, 8th grade- A. Johnson. Each of the students receive a movie gift basket with two tickets to any Cobb Theater. A Learner Profile Medal to be worn at their end of the year awards ceremony, and a certificate honoring their achievements.

Cold Weather Dress Code for 12/6/18

Due to the forecast cold weather for Thursday, December 6, students may wear jeans to school. Jeans must comply with the same rules for “Jeans Day” (no holes, rips, etc.).

2019-20 Magnet/Choice Application Open Enrollment Period

Polk County Public Schools applications will be available beginning 8:00 a.m. on November 1st and we will continue to accept applications until 5:00 p.m. on January 11th. For further information, go to the website https://polkschoolsfl.com/magnetchoice/.

Service Learning in 6th & 7th Grade

Dear Union Academy Parents,


This letter is to inform you that we are updating our Service Learning in sixth and seventh grade. In the IB MYP program, Service Learning is a structured approach to integrate service into the curriculum. Within their units, our teachers are implementing not only the meaning of service but also ways to incorporate this learning and action by teaching our students the importance of community service locally and globally.
Because of this update, there will not be any required hours outside of school to complete by the end of the year. Students will reflect on their learning throughout the year in class.
However, students are more than welcome to complete service hours outside of school, if they so choose, and record their action and reflection in ManageBac. Sixth grade students will be learning how to use this program in the near future. If students have already completed any service hours this year, they may record their information on page 16 in their planner. Seventh grade students may use ManageBac at this time.
If you have any further questions, please contact Debbie Draper, 863-534-7435. deborah.draper@polk-fl.net


Thank you,


Debbie Draper

Volunteer Background Check Fee to Remain at $25 Through End of 2018

The Polk County School Board has decided that the fee to cover volunteers’ background checks, as well as their badge and handbook, will remain $25 through the end of the calendar year.

Polk County Public Schools will be using more extensive volunteer background checks as part of our security measures to protect students and staff. The district will incur an additional charge for the statewide and national background checks.

However, through the end of 2018, the cost to volunteers will remain $25. We are exploring other funding sources to help offset the cost of background screening for volunteers on an ongoing basis. More information will follow.

For more information on volunteering with Polk County Public Schools, please visit our website: www.polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved.

Yearbooks Are On Sale

Yearbooks are currently on sale for students for $40. Flyers will be sent home Tuesday, October 10, 2018. This year can they be purchased online at www.yearbookordercenter.com with the code 717-2019 or Union Academy Magnet School.

Congratulations September Top Tigers!


Long and Short-sleeved Black T-Shirts

Students are permitted to wear the short and long-sleeve black spirit t-shirts on both Thursday and Friday.

Students' Artwork for Art Out Loud Exhibition

Art Out Loud is an annual show hosted by the Polk Museum of Art. It features some of the best artwork of Polk County middle school students. From this exhibition, one piece is purchased by Polk County School Board and another by the Polk Museum of Art for their student collections. This year three Union Academy students’ artwork have been selected for display.

The students are 6th grade student Haley C, and 7th grade students Audrey C and Ahrianna M.


A note about student obligations!

With the implementation of badges this year, our student obligations have been growing!  We need parents help to take care of any outstanding obligations.  Students are charged a fine of $5.00 for a new badge each time they are on campus without their badge.  Obligation sheets were sent home last week during lunch with students who currently have an obligation.  Students will not be allowed to purchase a ticket to the upcoming PTA dance in October until badge fines have been paid. Please send the exact amount or a check for the amount due made out to Union Academy.  You can check obligations by logging into Destiny. See direction below!


Username: 6 digit student ID

Password: readmore (all one word)

Fines are located in the drop down menu on the left of the screen. If you have any questions, please call the school.  Mrs. New is always available to help you!

School Volunteer Background Check Fees to Increase Nov. 1

Contact: Jeanette Crowley, Senior Coordinator – Strategic Partnerships, 863-534-0818, jeanette.crowley@polk-fl.net

Starting Nov. 1, 2018, the price for Polk County Public Schools volunteer background checks will increase from $25 to $40.

To coincide with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, we’re tightening security measures to protect our students, faculty and staff. The increased price for background checks will include: a national background check, Social Security number verification, address verification, multiple name/alias check and terror watch list check.
Volunteers are required to reapply and renew their background check every five years from the date of their application approval.
As a benefit of the new system coming in November, volunteers will be able to apply and make payments online, and the application process will be faster and more efficient.
For now, those wishing to become an approved volunteer should visit www.polkschoolsfl.com/getinvolved, print an application, fill it out, and submit it to the school where you would like to volunteer.

Please see the attached flyer or visit https://tinyurl.com/ybhlb3dv for complete details.

What are IB Learner Profiles and why are they so important at Union Academy?

Here at Union Academy, we believe that our students should exemplify the traits of a global citizen.  Through our IB Curriculum, students learn about the ten IB Learner Profiles and how important they are to fostering innovation, problem solving skills and global awareness in society today.

This school year, we will highlight one student from each grade level every month who exhibit the traits of our monthly IB Learner Profile.  Those students will be awarded with a learner profile medal, recognition on our website, as well as their name on the UA Marquee and a small gift.

We are excited to highlight our first IB Learner Profile- INQUIRER during the month of September.  We will recognize our first UA student recipients at the end of this month!  Please watch the video below to learn about the IB Learner Profiles!

School Pictures Wednesday, September 19th!

Students will be bringing home their picture order form sheet Wednesday, September 5th.

We need you!!

Parent and family members who are currently volunteers for Union Academy, or would like to become a volunteer for UA, please see the flyer!  There are new requirements for our volunteers this year from the PCSB!  We would love to have you become a volunteer for our school!  We have plans for events throughout the year that we will need help with and our teachers appreciate support with classroom needs as well!  Also keep in mind, you must be an approved school volunteer to attend any school-related field trips!  Thank you for your support!


Parent Portal is Here!

Parent Portal letters were sent home Tuesday, August 21st informing parents to set up their parent portal account!  There are specific directions in the letter on how to enable your account in our new FOCUS system.  If you need your student’s PIN number, it is located in the top left hand portion if the letter.  Grades are now available for viewing!  You can also check the Polk County Schools Website for more information!        http://www.polk-fl.net/parents/parentportal.htm

Students will wear badges starting August 30th!

Union Academy has been busy making student badges for this school year in the media center!  Badges will be given out Wednesday, August 29th and students will be responsible for wearing the badges with either the lanyard we provide them with, OR students may bring a “school appropriate” lanyard of their own by Wednesday, August 29th when we hand the badges out to students!  Students must have lanyards with badge on around their neck at all times while on our campus!  Lost badges will cost $5 to replace.  We are suggesting students keep their badge in the zipper pocket of their binder or their pencil pouch inside their binder while not at school for safe keeping!

2018 Polk District College Fair

Tuesday, September 4th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Florida Southern College
Wellness Center111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive Lakeland 33801
www.flsouthern.edu for Directions

Union Academy is an A school!

Congratulations Union Teachers, Students, and Staff on

receiving an A school rating for the 17-18 School Year!



Uniform Orders

Families can order their uniforms for the 2018-2019 school year from Krazy Kricket in Bartow or Evolutionary Screen Printing in Lakeland. Krazy Kricket deadline is June 22. Evolutionary Screen Printing has three deadlines starting June 8. To order from Krazy Kricket, click here: UA_Shirt_Flyer_Krazy_Kricket. To order from Evolutionary Screen Printing click here: UA_Student_Apparel_Order_Form_18-19.

UA New Friday T-Shirt Design Winners

Summer Reading Requirements 2018

Summer Reading 2018 Information

Please select the correct link below for your summer reading requirement and read through the letter carefully.

(7th & 8th graders have the option of checking their required book out through Destiny as an eBook. There are 15 eBook copies available in Destiny for each title in grades 7 and 8 (first come first served). Incoming 6th graders may chose to purchase their book through an online provider such as Amazon, or visit your local public library to check out the book because UA eBooks are not available to 6th graders until the start of the school year.)

Summer Reading 2018 6th

Summer Reading 2018 7th

Summer Reading 2018 8th

IB Learner Profile for 7th & 8th Grade only – Learner-Profile-Assignment

UA Media Center page – http://ua.polk-fl.net/media-center/

Economic Success of Florida’s Graduates

Hello Union Academy! Section 1002.20(24), Florida Statutes, requires each middle school and high school student or the student’s parent be provided a two-page summary of the Department of Economic Opportunity’s economic security report of employment and earning outcomes.
To ensure Union Academy complies with this statute:

Thank you,
Stephen Scheloske
Union Academy

School Messenger


Opt-In to Receive Important Messages from Your Child’s School

Polk County Public Schools’ telephone notification system allows us to connect with our parents and guardians by sending various school-related messages that can range from upcoming school events to emergency situations.

In order to stay connected, we need your permission to continue calling you with our SchoolMessenger system for non-emergency school situations.

To stay connected, we need you to opt-in as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if you do not give us permission, we will no longer be able to use our automated voice dialing system to contact you. This is simply a reminder, in case you have never opted in before. To find out more and sign up for SchoolMessenger, please click here.

New School Board Check In Procedures

Polk County Schools are now using a new program to check visitors onto campuses. The program, Raptor, requires a government issued Photo ID to come on campus. This applies to all visitors without regard to past visits. On your next visit to Union Academy, please be sure to bring a government issued ID (e.g. Driver’s License). The only identification accepted from outside the United States is a passport. We apologize for any inconvenience.

New office hours at Union Academy!

Starting Monday, Feb. 12th, 2018 our front office will be closing at 4pm daily.  There will be no adult supervision for late pick-up students after this time.

Thank you for your understanding


To enhance security, ALL students must use Polk credentials to login to computers at school. To access their same apps at home, use this document: Accessing_Classlink_from_Home.

Union Academy 2018-2019 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 2017- 2018 reflect the minimum standard required for all magnets schools in Polk County. Please read the Uniform Policy 2018-2019 PDF carefully for important information.

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.

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.

Subscribe to our News via Email!

Stay on top of Union Academy news by subscribing to our news posts via email. Simply click the “Subscribe” button on the left side of our home page, enter your email, and you will be kept abreast of news and events.

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.

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.