Union Academy PTA Fund Raiser


Union Academy PTA in collaboration with BHS/IB/SA PTSA, is pleased to announce its 3rd annual dinner and auction, with a fresh new theme for 2017, Bartow Casino Night!
Casino Night is on February 10, 2017 at the Bartow Civic Center. Tickets are available through the school or on the UA PTA website, http://uapta.weebly.com/casino-night.html.

Sponsorships are also available casino-2017-sponsorship-opportunities

UA PTA is on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/UAPTA/

Upcoming Events for Union Academy 8th Graders

Bartow High School Registration Meeting
Union Academy Cafeteria
Friday, January 20th
1:15 p.m.

8th grade field trip to Bartow High School Expo (Showcase of Academies)
Thursday, February 2nd
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday, January 17th for you to sign.

Bartow High School Freshman Footsteps
Thursday, February 2nd
6:00 p.m.
Bartow High School Cafeteria
This important meeting is for both 8th grade students and parents.
Please take your child’s Bartow High School registration form with you. They will receive this form on Friday, January 20th.

Questions? Please contact Beth Row, Union Academy Guidance Counselor, at 534-7435.

Book Drive! Enter to Win a Movie Basket!

Clean off those book shelves over Winter Break!

Donate the following to our Media Center after the break:

  • Any hardcover
  • Middle School Appropriate
  • AR Book

Be entered for a chance to win a Movie Basket with each book donation to our Media Center !

Movie Basket will include:

$25 Fandago gift card

Popcorn, Drinks, & Candy

Donations will be accepted through January 31st! Drawing for the basket will be Friday, February 3, 2017.

See the flyer:




Our 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 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.

You can grant your permission by visiting the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter website at https://schoolmessenger.com/start and following the quick, easy steps.

To sign in or create an account, click “Sign Up” on the top right menu.

You must have an email address on file in order to participate in the op-in process. If you have not provided an email address as part of your student’s parent information, contact the school to update your student’s record.

You can find out more about InfoCenter by visiting https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/#learn.

View this video for more information: https://vimeo.com/173531877

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.

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Open House Rescheduled and Traffic News

Open House Rescheduled
In anticipation of the tropical storm on Thursday evening, September 1st, Union Academy is postponing our Open House until Tuesday, September 20th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Please be advised the Bartow Police Department has notified us of the closure of Wabash Avenue at Highway 17 east to 10th avenue at the railroad tracks. This closure is scheduled on or around September 9th.
The official route to Union Academy will be using Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue. Turn left at Scott Avenue and then turn right at Wabash Avenue. Once you go through the drop off at Union Academy, return the way you came in utilizing Scott Avenue and MLK. We do not know how long this closure will take place.

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%!


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



Superintendent’s Letter

Polk County School Board Superintendent Byrd has written a letter to parents and guardians concerning the Zika virus. Click here to read the superintendent’s letter: Zika 8.26.16

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

Chess Club News

Union Academy’s Chess Club is gearing up for the 2016-2017 chess season. Polk Scholastic Chess hosts Florida’s largest scholastic chess tournament. There are five tournaments during the school year (four for teams and one individual). Tournaments take place at the Bartow Civic Center on Floral Avenue. Students can register at http://polkscholasticchess.com/. For further information, please read the invitation letter Polk_Scholastic_Chess_2016-2017,

Tournament Dates
October 8th, 2016
December 3rd, 2016
January 14th, 2017
February 4th, 2017
March 11th, 2017

Jeans Days

During Open House on September 1, PTA representatives will be in the gym selling Jeans Day Passes. Students with a Jeans Day pass will be allowed to wear jeans on the last Friday of each month through February. Please click here Jeans_Day_Flier_2016 for the flier that will provide you with all the details of this fundraiser. You may also purchase PTA memberships for $10.00 a member.

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

November 3, 4 & 5, 2016

WE3 Expo

November 8, 2016

Open Enrollment Begins at 8:00 AM

January 9, 2017

Open Enrollment Closes at 5:00 PM

March 10, 2017

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

School Financial Report Addendum

Section 1010.215 of the Florida Statutes requires school districts to report to parents and to the public certain financial information in the form of a yearly school financial report addendum. To view Union Academy’s report, click here http://www.polk-fl.net/schools/sfr/0971.pdf. This report will remain available at all times on the school board web site about Union Academy at this link http://www.polk-fl.net/schools/geninfo.asp?id=68. Click on the file 2014-15 School Financial Report at the bottom of the page.

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.

UA Volunteer of the Year

Vicky helping out before school.

Vicky helping out before school.

Vicky Jenkins is the epitome of the perfect school volunteer.  For the past seven years, she has volunteered countless hours at Bartow Elementary Academy, Union Academy and now at Bartow High School/Summerlin Academy.  She has been a part of the UA PTA and the SAC committee for the last three years and has attended every field trip and extracurricular activity with her sons.  If something needs to be done she is the person to turn to in order to accomplish the task.  Vicky has the innate gift of organizing events and going the extra mile to ensure each event is a success.  She has been the VP of Fundraising at Union Academy for the last two years and has been instrumental in the success of the UA Ranch Round Up Auction.  Vicky donated over 100 hours this year alone in the planning and implementation of the auction.  From soliciting and organizing donations to helping in the planning of the event, she was involved in every aspect.  Not only has Vicky volunteered her time with planning the auction, she has also gained the trust of the teachers at UA; many of them have turned to her for help with planning events or projects for their classrooms.  She has been the go to person in helping Mr. VanClief, the UA Chorus teacher, plan the chorus events and get donations for the Chorus department.  Vicky is one of the most dedicated volunteers around.  If you were to ask her she would say her inspiration is her two boys and making their educational experiences the best they can be.  Volunteering all these years is one way she feels she can have a hand in that experience.  The passion she has for volunteering is admirable and one to be emulated.  Union Academy is grateful for Vicky and her dedication to our school.

UA is a Five Star School!

Union Academy has received official notification we are a recipient of the Five Star School Award.    Seventeen schools in Polk County qualified for this recognition.  Congratulations to everyone who helped maintain the high standards for our school.   Great job !!

Washington, D.C. Field Trip

The 8th grade teachers are organizing a Spring Break 2017 trip to Washington D.C. Come for a Spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, March 15, at 5:30 to be followed by an informational meeting at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Mr. Peter Johnson or Mr. Craig Canning.

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.



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.