Boot Camp

2019_Boot_Camp_Flyer We are offering end of year testing “boot camps” to help our students prepare for the FSA tests. The camp takes place April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30. Subjects include FSA Reading, FSA Math and EOC Algebra and Geometry. Camp runs from 2:45 until 3:45. Students must be picked up at 3:45.

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

March Madness

March Madness (formerly known as field day) will be on Friday, March 22. Students are on grade teams competing with their classmates in sports activities. Students may purchase a March Madness shirt! If you would like to purchase a Union Academy t-shirt, please see Coach Star with this order form: MM_tshirt_order_form. There are also order forms in the office, gym, and cafeteria. Shirts may be worn on Fridays by students and any day by staff. Money is due by March 1st. All proceeds support the PE Department. Thank you.

Union Academy PTA Steps for Students 5K & FunRun

Union Academy PTA is hosting a Steps for Students 5K & FunRun at Summerlin Park on March 2nd. This is to benefit Union Academy. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a morning of fun with friends! To register online go to UA/PTA Steps for Students 5K. You can also download a registration form and bring to Union Academy 5K & FunRun Registration For more information, contact Heather at hhart@verizon.net.

FSA Writing Workshop

FSA Writing Workshop
Union Academy ELA Teachers are hosting a Writing Workshop during the month of March, every Wednesday from 2:45-3:45 in the media center. Learn writing strategies that will help you be more successful on the FSA ELA Writing Assessment in April. Please contact Ms. McCarthy or Ms. Perez for further information.

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!!!!!

Uniform Policy Reminder

Union Academy uniform policy helps to ensure a safe and orderly learning environment with few distractions. Part of the policy concerns shorts. Shorts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee. Cargo pants are not allowed. Please refer to page 7 of your student’s planner or visit our page at http://ua.polk-fl.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Uniform-Policy-2018-2019.pdf for further information. The beginning of the new semester is a good time to remind everyone of our dress code policy. Please help ensure our students are in dress code!

ClassLink for Apple Devices

We have experienced some issues with iPads and iPhones accessing resources such as textbook on ClassLink. We have had better success buy using the login URL here: https://launchpad.classlink.com/mypolk. When using this URL at school, students just enter their user name but not their full email. For example, John Doe would login with johnd43 (user name) without appending it with @mypolkschools.net. You may need the full email account name at home. After entering their passwords, students should click the “Sign In” button like the picture below and ignore the lower “school student sign-in.” For further information, please go the PCPS web page at https://polkschoolsfl.com/classlink/.

Bartow Public Library Teen Programs

Bartow Public Library has multiple programs for middle school students and their families. The programs include Miniature Painting for Teens, Family Book Discussions and a Teen Anime Club. Click the links for further information. Also, go to the Bartow Library Page of the Polk County Library Cooperative  for further information.

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

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.


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!

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

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.