Union Academy hosted our annual Sixth Grade Orientation on Wednesday, May 16. We presented this PowerPoint to parents of incoming sixth grade students. We are posting here for families who could not attend and for reference. 6th_Grade_Orientation_UA
Dear Parents, You are invited to attend our IB MYP Portfolio Night featuring your child’s electronic portfolio he or she has been developing throughout this school year.
We will meet in the Skills Lab (A-L) or Lab 5 (M-Z), so your child will be able to lead you through his or her portfolio, on a computer, displaying pieces of work from a variety of classes.
6th Grade Portfolio Night
Tuesday, May 9th
4:30-6:00 PM (drop-in)
7th Grade Portfolio Night
Thursday, May 11th
4:30-6:00 PM (drop-in)
Sixth grade parents and their child are invited to attend the 2017-2018 Spring Orientation on May 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information open this document: 6th_Grade_Orientation
Book Fair Opens Monday, May 15!
The Scholastic Book Fair will be open May 15-19!
Family Nights will be Tuesday, May 16, 5:00-8:00 PM and Wednesday, May 17, 12:10-3:00 PM (after early release)
Enjoy this preview!
Union Academy is hosting our second Technology Extravaganza Night on Thursday, May 25 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The required summer reading for grades 6-8 is, The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days by Michele Weber Hurwitz (pictured below). This book was chosen as an SSYRA (Sunshine State Young Readers Award) middle school book for the 2016-2017 school year. SSYRA books are selected for their wide appeal, literary value, varied genres, curriculum connections, and/or multicultural representation. The SSYRA committee is comprised of 20 qualified school librarians located throughout the state of Florida. Please see the flyer below for pre-ordering information.
The last day to pre-order a yearbook is March 31st. You can order online or purchase one at school with Mrs. B. Williams the art teacher. See application for details.
Don’t delay – order one today!
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.
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/
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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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
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.
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.
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.