NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Four Polk County Public Schools students made the list of 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships, providing between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of study at the institution funding the scholarship. Congratulations to Katherine Achinger from Harrison School for the Arts (University of Florida); as well as Erica Roberts (University of Florida), John Scott (University of Central Florida) and Victoria Vailoces (University of Florida), all from Bartow High’s International Baccalaureate School.
BEAR BREEDING SEASON
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, June was the beginning of bear breeding season, with 2 reported black bear sightings in Lakeland near the airport. PCSO received a call on Sunday, June 16th, from a woman living on Ewell Road, and the FWC took a call on Monday, June 17th, from the Drane Field Road area.
Bartow High Class of 2001 alum Suleima Salgado, was featured on the cover of the spring issue of StateTech magazine, a technology publication for the government sector. Salgado, 35, is the director of telehealth, telemedicine and rural health initiatives for the Georgia Department of Public Health in Atlanta.
JOBS FOR LIFE
In May, fifteen Polk County Jail inmates completed an 8-week faith-based program called “Jobs for Life,” provided by Heart for Winter Haven (www.heart4wh.org), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation committed to empowering individuals, businesses, organizations, and churches working together to renew people and places, one life-transforming deed at a time. The overall emphasis is on the importance of getting and maintaining meaningful employment.
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS
Polk County Public Schools are hiring bus drivers for the 2019-20 school year. You need a driver’s license, a clean driving record and complete all hiring requirements. Receive paid training, medical insurance and summer vacation. For more info call (863) 534-7298 or visit polkschoolsfl.com/employment
ONLINE TRANSCRIPT REQUEST
Polk County Public Schools are no longer able to accept walk-in requests for student records at district offices. If you are a former student and need your transcript, you must complete the online transcript request form before it can be released: polkfl.scriborder.com/ Requests for the records of current students can be made at the student’s school site.
BE A TEACHER
Polk County Public Schools are recruiting teachers for the 2019-20 school year with four virtual job fairs that will allow candidates to connect with principals at schools that are ready to hire. Each session will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Register: – Tuesday, July 9 at tinyurl.com/y4jnomsh and – Thursday, July 25 at tinyurl.com/yxhsbhs4.
ACTIVE ASSAILANT TRAINING
Join the Polk County Sheriff Office on July 20 at the PCSO Sheriff’s Operations Center, 1891 Jim Keene Blvd, Winter Haven, 10am - noon. Training provides an overview of active assailant incidents and best practices about how to prepare for, prevent, and respond to an active assailant/shooter at your church, business, or another venue. The “Run, Hide, Fight” training model will be covered. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the class date, name, phone number, and if you have a group, the number of representatives expected to attend. Free.