A message about Polk County Public Schools’ Bus Call Center:

Polk County Public Schools is opening a call center to handle school bus inquiries and issues for the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

Parents and guardians can dial 863-534-7300 for assistance from Monday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 23. The temporary call center will be staffed on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.*

Staff will be able to provide help with all manner of transportation questions, including student bus numbers; stop times and locations; transportation eligibility; bus delays and other topics.

“Last year, we heard from parents who said that they couldn’t reach members of our transportation staff during the first several days of school. We want parents to know that we heard them loud and clear, and the creation of this call center is our response,” said Superintendent Jacqueline M. Byrd. “We are committed to continuously improving the services we provide to our students and their families.”

Please understand that bus delays are typical at the start of the school year, but will become less frequent after the first few weeks of school.  In addition to the call center, parents and guardians can access their child’s transportation information online through the Parent Portal (polkschoolsfl.com/parentportal). Schools will continue to receive transportation materials, as well.  We look forward to taking your calls and welcoming you back for another great school year!

*The call center will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 and will be closed on Friday, Aug. 2 because of the district’s summer schedule. Otherwise, it will be available on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 23.

Un mensaje sobre el Centro de Llamadas de Autobuses de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Polk:

Las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Polk están abriendo un centro de llamadas para manejar las consultas y problemas de autobuses escolares para el comienzo del año escolar 2019-20. Los padres y tutores pueden llamar al 863-534-7300 para obtener ayuda del lunes 29 de julio al viernes 23 de agosto.  El centro de llamadas temporal estará atendido de lunes a viernes de 7 a.m. a 6 p.m.*  El personal podrá proporcionar ayuda con todo tipo de preguntas de transporte, incluyendo los números de autobuses estudiantiles; tiempos y ubicaciones de parada; elegibilidad para el transporte; retrasos en los autobuses y otros temas.  “El año pasado, escuchamos a los padres que dijeron que no podían llegar a los miembros de nuestro personal de transporte durante los primeros días de la escuela. Queremos que los padres sepan que los escuchamos alto y claro, y la creación de este centro de llamadas es nuestra respuesta,” dijo la Superintendente Jacqueline M. Byrd. “Estamos comprometidos a mejorar continuamente los servicios que brindamos a nuestros estudiantes y sus familias.”  Por favor, entienda que los retrasos en los autobuses son típicos al comienzo del año escolar, pero serán menos frecuentes después de las primeras semanas de escuela. Además del centro de llamadas, los padres y tutores pueden acceder a la información de transporte de sus hijos en línea a través del Portal para Padres (polkschoolsfl.com/parentportal).  Las escuelas seguirán recibiendo materiales de transporte, también. ¡Esperamos poder tomar sus llamadas y darle la bienvenida para otro gran año escolar!

*El centro de llamadas abrirá a la 1 p.m. del lunes 29 de julio y permanecerá cerrado el viernes 2 de agosto debido al horario de verano del distrito. De lo contrario, estará disponible de lunes a viernes de 7 a.m. a 6 p.m. hasta el viernes, 23 de agosto.

Union Academy Earns an A for the 18-19 school year!

Union Academy Administration is excited to announce that our school received an A school grade for the 18-19 school year!  We would like to congratulate our students and families, teachers, staff and community members for working so hard everyday to help support our students, giving them all the tools they need to be the best that they can be!

Student Badge Requirements for 19-20 School Year at UA

With the implementation of the new school district policy for student ID badges last year, UA has been working on a way to better protect the badge from normal wear and tear during the school year.  UA will be selling a badge holder (picture below) that includes a zipper pouch for a key, at Orientation and throughout the year for five dollars. Students also have the option of purchasing their own lanyard that may include designs suitable for school.  We have included some sample pictures below to help you decide which type of lanyard will be perfect for your student!  If badges are lost or damaged throughout the year, there will be a five dollar replacement fee for materials used.  Please call the Union Academy office if you have any questions, 534-7435!  Enjoy the rest of your summer.


UA 19-20 Drop-in Orientation

Welcome Students and families to the 19-20 school year at Union Academy!

Our orientation for 6-8th grade will be held Thursday, Aug. 8th, from 4pm-6pm.  Orientation packets will be available for pick up in front of the gymnasium.

UA Has New School Hours!

Union Academy will implement new school hours to support our Polk County Schools Transportation Department in the 19-20 School Year.  School will begin at 8am and end at 3pm.  Students can be dropped off starting at 7:30am and must be picked up no later than 3:15pm unless students are staying for extra help with a teacher or club meetings.  Thank you for your support!

Summer Reading Program

Summer reading is crucial if students want to maintain their reading skills throughout the long summer break. Therefore, we would like to encourage pleasure reading for the summer as well as the completion of a required book for summer reading.

Each grade level has its own required books. Click the links below to open the details of your student’s summer reading. Each grade has an assigned book, a Learner Profile Activity requirement, and two additional books selected by the students. Click here for details of our 2019 program.

Summer Activities at the Bartow Public Library

Bartow Public Library is holding multiple summer activities for students of all ages. There are stories for 9 to 12 years old, summer shows for 6 yrs. and up, a Teddy Bear Picnic and more. Click here for detailed information: BPL_Summer_2019

School Supplies by Edukit


Union Academy offers the EduKit program as a convenient option for busy families to order school supplies for the 2019/2020 year. EduKits include the supplies approved by your school. Your student’s order will be picked up at Orientation on August 8. To order online, go to the Edukit web page.

You can also order by printing the Edukit_Supplies_2019-2020 order form. Print the form, fill it out and turn in the form with a check payable to UA PTA by May 30, 2019.

Extended ordering is available from June 16 – July 19 for an additional fee and will be delivered to your home shortly before school begins.

Questions? Contact Cyndi Durham, PTA Treasurer at cdurham79@gmail.com.

Regional Spelling Bee

Melissa T. Spelling Bee 2nd Place

Congratulations to Melissa T. for placing 2nd in the Regional Spelling Bee at the Lake Eva Event Center on Friday, February 8th in Haines City. She participated in over 20 rounds of spelling words and represented Union Academy with pride! We are so proud of her!


Student Lunch Visit Reminder

Parents, this is a reminder of Union Academy’s rules regarding visiting your child for lunch. We appreciate your support in observing the rules.

  • Parents may bring lunch to their children; however, parents may not bring lunch to other students.
  • Food and drink items brought in from an outside vendor/source may not be shared with other students.
  • Persons on the Emergency Contact List with permission to pick up the student are welcome for lunch
  • Student may invite only one friend to join him/her during lunch.
  • Cell phone usage during lunch is not permitted. Please respect our school policy on cell phone usage during school hours.
  • In case of inclement weather (rain or bitter cold), parents will have to sit with their student in a designated area in the cafeteria.
  • In order to maintain supervision and timely lunch dismissal, please use only the picnic tables in front of the media center.

Outstanding New Teacher

Union Academy’s principal, Mr. Scheloske, took a moment to recognize Kristina Eldridge for Polk County Public School’s award to her as an outstanding new teacher. He presented her with a framed certificate Tuesday morning. In her short time here, she has proven to be open and always seeking to improve. She puts students first and builds relationships with our students. Mr. Scheloske commends her for the maximum effort she has put in to being better every day.

“Thank you and congratulations Kristina!” Stephen A. Scheloske, Principal

Teacher of the Year District 3


Congratulations Mr. Joyner the Teacher of the Year for District 3!!!!!

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!

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