Box Tops for Education Contest Fall 2019

Union Academy PTA, the SAC committee and past Box Tops for Education (BTFE) drives have helped place 100 iPads for students and teachers in our school. The iPad carts have become immensely popular with the students and teachers. Daily use of our current carts averages eight of our nine carts.

The older of these devices are aging and need replacing and upgrading. The cost is not insignificant. One cart of twenty-four iPads with their cases will cost $8,400. Box Tops for Education can help supply the funds to keep our iPads current. If every UA student brought in just six box tops per month the money raised would exceed $3,000.

Union Academy is holding a BTFE school-wide contest this fall. Students are competing by class for prizes at the end of the second quarter. The class that brings in the most Box Tops wins! It’s that easy! So, just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All the students need to do is clip out the box tops and bring them into their advisory teacher! Each coupon is worth 10¢ for your school. To find a complete list of products go to https://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products.

Families can also support UA by becoming BTFE supporters. How and why would you become a supporter? If you sign up to be a supporting member of the Union Academy Box Tops for Education, you can earn $150 in money saving coupons per year! Also, you earn Union Academy bonus Box Tops for Education bonus coupons. Simply register as a Union Academy Supporter (click this link to register at the BTFE site). UA immediately earns a bonus of 5 coupons when you register. You can find your own shopping coupons at the web site and online shopping opportunities that save you money and earn money for the school. Register today and help raise money to replace aging iPads!

Learner Profiles Principled and Balanced

We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.

IB Learners are Principled

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

IB Learners are Reflective

Our Students Doing Great Things!!!

First our Volunteer of the Year was Robbie B! Robbie was an 8th grade student here with us last year and even though he has moved on he continues to come back and volunteer his time to our school. Robbie wants to be a Music Teacher which speaks very well to the experiences he has had with all of you and specifically Mr. Kesler! Thank you for being so great!!!

Robbie Volunteer of the Year

Next, we have Anna S and Mallory H; these two ladies took their Community Project to the next level! They planned and executed an after-school activity that helped them raise $840.00 for two fantastic organizations! The Polk County representative of the Special Olympics and two standout athletes were present to accept the donations of $420.00 for the Polk County branch of the Special Olympics and the Frown Upside Down Autism Awareness campaign!

Anna S and Mallory H Present Checks

Your hard work and dedication is building fantastic young people who are already doing great things!!!!

Thank You!

Union Academy says thank you to the local businesses that donated in support of our teachers this past week for Teacher Appreciation Week.
Marco’s Pizza
Broadway Diner
Little Caesar’s
Palace Pizza
Tip & Toes
Twisted Pineapple
Krazy Kricket
Dairy Queen
Dunkin Donuts
Lenny’s Grill and Subs
Beef O’ Bradys

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.

April’s Learner Profile: Balanced


Balanced Learner Profile: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.

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

Last Day of School is Early Release

All Polk County Public Schools students will be dismissed early on Thursday, May 30th – the last day of school. Union Academy will release at 12:15 p.m.

3rd Quarter Top Tiger Teacher

Congratulations to Mrs. New, our Media Specialist for being named the Top Tiger Teacher for the 3rd Quarter! She was chosen by our Administrative Leadership Team for her outstanding qualities within the IB Learner Profiles: Caring, Communication and Principled!



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.

Union Academy Testing Schedule Spring 2019

Click the link below to see our testing schedule.


Three Wins at the Bloomin’ Arts Festival!

This Saturday, Union Academy took home ALL THREE Middle School Bloomin’ Arts ribbons for visual art! Eighth grade student Jordan S. took first place. Seventh grade student Tanzeela O. took second place and sixth grade student Natalie N rounded out the win with third place. Congratulations to UA art teacher Ms. Reynolds and her students!

Nature’s Music


They’re Watching You

Platform Kids!

Platform Kids! is a annual Polk County art show showcasing all kinds of art ranging from visual, performing, and creative writing. 7th grade student Madison E won 3rd place for her art piece called Not Alone.

Not Alone

The following students also exhibited artwork:

  • 6th graders: Abbie B, Chelysei B, Haley C, Jayden C, Madison P, Arielle P
  • 7th graders: Alexander C, Audrey C, Ahrianna M, Anna Lynn G
  • 8th graders: Shar’Mel A, Maya C, Katie M, Jordan S, Gabrielle W

MPA Flag Solo

Emileigh E did an outstanding at her first MPA. She performed a flag solo and received a superior! Majority of solos are performed by high school students, and it is very rare for a middle school dancer to go to MPA and receive a superior. As her coach, Ms. Eldridge couldn’t be more proud of how far she has come. Way to go Emileigh and we are so proud of you here at Union Academy!

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

MLK Essay Challenge District Winners

The results from the 18th Annual MLK Essay Challenge are in!!!!  Congratulation to Kriti S and Alejandra S for placing 2nd and 3rd respectively!!! Thank you to Mrs. Davis and Ms. Rodriquez-Perez for assisting them with their essays!!!

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