Yearbook Signing Party

Union Academy will be having our annual Yearbook Signing Party on Friday, May 20th. If you would like to have a yearbook to share and have friends sign at the party, be sure to see Mrs. Williams and purchase your yearbook today. The cost is only $60. Hurry! They are selling fast.

New Student Orientation

We are holding an orientation for students new to Union Academy Middle Magnet School for the 2016 – 2017 school year. We are providing you with the opportunity to learn more about your new school’s vision and curriculum. Parents, guardians and new students are invited to attend the spring 2016-2017 Parent and Student Orientation on Thursday, May 19th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information: Ltr_to_6th_Grade_Parents-Orientation_May_19_2016

Technology Extravaganza!

You are invited to attend!

The UA teachers have attended several Tech Tuesday events since January, learning a variety of technology tools that can be used in the classroom. Many new instructional technology practices have since been implemented. Please join our students and teachers as we celebrate our technology adventure. To find out more, click here.

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.

SAC Meeting Rescheduled

Due to testing taking place for the next three weeks in April, Union Academy will postpone our April SAC meeting.   We will meet on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:45.   The school and staff needs to focus all of our attention towards testing and the smooth operation during this major event.

Union Academy received the 5 Star School Award for 2014-15.   I will be working with the application process for this year in the next few weeks.  I will provide an update to the SAC at our May meeting.   The completed application is due May 23, 2016.

Thank you for your continued support of the students at Union Academy.


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 !!

BHS Cheer Tryouts

Tryouts for the Bartow High School Cheer cheerleading team are coming up. The 8th grade skills clinic takes place on April 30th. This is not mandatory, but highly recommended.  Material will be pre-taught for tryouts during this time.

To participate in 2016 cheerleading tryouts one must have a 2.0 GPA or higher and attend the May 17th Cheerleading Pre-Selection Meeting. This meeting will be held at 6:00pm in the BHS Cafeteria.  The building is located next to the gym.  (One member from each participant’s household MUST be represented.) Please bring to the meeting a copy of the 3rd nine weeks report card and $20.00 for the UCA choreographed tryout material, CD containing music, and words for cheers/chants.

If you have any further questions, you can email BHS Co Ed Cheer at bartowvarsitycheer@gmail.com, visit their website at www.bartowcoedcheer.com visit their social media on Facebook page Bartow Cheer, or their Twitter page bartowvarsitycoed.

Click to open these forms for even more information:

Bartow Cheer Middle School Clinic registration 2016

Prospect sheet BHS Cheer 4-1-16

BHS Cheer Tryouts 2016


Washington, D.C. Field Trip

The 8th grade teachers are organizing a Spring Break 2017 trip to Washing 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.

Spring Testing Information

Union Academy will begin spring testing April 11th and will be completed approximately May 12th.   Your student will have an opportunity to participate in various practice tests over the coming weeks to become familiar with the computer-based testing platform, item types, and response formats that he or she will see on the various assessments. For more information, please click here: Testing_Parent_Letter_3-2016

Ranch RoundUP Dinner Auction February 27, 2016

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The UA PTA’s 2nd Annual Ranch RoundUp Dinner Auction was a great success!  With your help we raised over $20,000 that will go directly to help our students and staff.  To see pictures from this event and find out more about the PTA visit the UA PTA website.

Florida Standards Assessment Practice Tests

Florida State Department of Education has created practice tests for students for the spring 2016 Florida Standards Assessments at the web page http://fsassessments.org/students-and-families/practice-tests/.

The purpose of the practice tests is for students to become familiar with the computer-based testing system, functionality, and item types; the practice tests are not intended to guide classroom instruction. 

Practice tests available include all middle school grades ELA (English Language Arts) reading and writing tests, middle school grades mathematics and high school geometry, algebra tests. 

The site also offers practice tests quick guides, computer-based practice tests answer keys, as well as paper-based practice test materials. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Service Hours

The City of Bartow Parks & Recreation Department has volunteer opportunities. If interested, please send an email to ljackson.parks@cityofbartow.net. Make sure to include the student volunteer’s name and age, our school name, and the event(s) that you are interested in volunteering for. If you have any questions call 863-534-0120.

Events and Dates:

  • Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play, 9-26-2015
  • Pumpkin Kids Fun Run, 10-10-2015
  • Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt, 10-16-2015
  • Turkey Chase, 11-14-2015
  • Jolly Holiday, 12-18-2015

Union Academy 2015-2016 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 2015 – 2016 reflect the minimum standard required for all magnets schools in Polk County. Please read the UA Uniforms 2015-16 PDF carefully for important information.

Union Academy Shirts may be ordered through Evolutionary Screen Printing or other vendors. To see pictures of the shirts you can open the UA Uniforms 2015 – 2016 here.

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.