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IMPORTANT: State Testing

An important letter was sent home with students from grades 3, 4 and 5 concerning the required state standardized

tests.  The letter is posted here and the dates are listed below.

FSA Parent Letter sent home Feb 2018










Testing Dates and Times for Bethune Academy 2018

TEST 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th grade Time
Writing Practice Test 2/16 2/16 120 minutes
Computer Based Practice Testing 3/14 3/15 3/16 80 Minutes
Reading Practice test 4/3 80 minutes
FSA Writing (Paper Test) 3/6 3/6 120 Minutes (one session)
Reading FSA Test (Session 1) 4/10

(Session 2) 4/11

Paper Test

(Session 1) 4/16

(Session 2) 4/17

(Session 1) 4/18

(Session 2) 4/19

80 minutes per session
Math FSA Computer Based Test (Session 1) 4/23

(Session 2) 4/24

(Session 1) 4/25

(Session 2) 4/26

(Session 1) 5/7

(Session 2) 5/8

80 minutes per session
5th Grade Science (SSA) Paper Test (Session 1) 5/1

(Session 2) 5/2

80 Minutes per session

Bethune Academy Yearbooks On Sale

It’s your time to order your Bethune Academy Yearbook! Order now and save money…

Price Now is $25.00. The price will go up after April 2, 2018 (cost: $35.00).

Order online at www.leonards.com/yearbooks   Access code: C411997

If you would like to order by check or cash, please ask the front office for an order form  (863-421-3334).

Istation Home


Polk County Schools is providing a new resource for students to extend learning beyond the traditional school day. Istation’s innovative readingmath, and Spanish programs immerse students in an engaging and interactive environment and inspire them to learn. With Istation Home, students pick up right where they left off at school and can continue on their individualized learning paths at home.  Istation can be used at home if the application is downloaded onto a tablet, iPad, Kindle, laptop or desktop computer.  It will not work on a mobile phone. To download the app, please follow these directions:




IMPORTANT: Hurricane Make-up

VERY IMPORTANT:   In response to Hurricane Irma, district staff decided the six remaining EARLY RELEASE DAYS in the 2017-18 school year will be extended to full instructional days.

(The remaining early dismissal days are:   Oct. 11, 2017; Nov. 15, 2017; Jan. 24, 2018; Feb. 7, 2018; March 14, 2018; and May 16, 2018.)

By extending the early release days, we will ensure that our district meets state-mandated instructional time requirements without extending the school year. The district calendar will be updated to reflect these changes.


Telephone Notification System

Telephone Notification System: In order to receive important messages from your child’s school, you must “opt in.” Please follow these directions to be able to receive important phone messages.

"Full STEM Ahead" Duke Energy Grant

Bethune Academy is proud to have been a recipient of Duke Energy’s 2016/2017 Full STEM Ahead Education Grant! With this funding, Bethune Academy was able to purchase Lego’s Mindstorms Education EV3 Systems. With the addition of these STEM resources, our students now have the opportunity to design, build, program and test robots. Thanks to Duke Energy, this Grant has greatly enhanced our STEM program and will be utilized by multiple grade levels for years to come! On behalf of all Bethune Academy Stakeholders, we extend our sincere appreciation to Duke Energy!

Important Campus Guidelines

  • School Hours: 8:00AM – 3:00PM
  • Walkers must go directly to the crossing guard for safe crossing.
  • Car Riders must be dropped off between 7:30 – 7:55 AM.
  • Car riders must be picked up by 3:20PM from the car rider line. Car riders will not be able to walk away from campus; a staff member will call the car rider number at the car loading zone.
  • If parents need a car rider number issued or replaced, they should see the office staff.  Cars without a number should not be in the pick-up line.
  • Early Dismissal Days: Dismissal is at 12:30PM Car riders must be picked up by 12:50PM.
  • Parents in cars must NOT drop off students at the bus zone or the street in front of the bus zone.
  • Do NOT park cars in the bus loading zone for any reason.
  • Please do not drop children off after 8:00AM. A parent must walk tardy students to the front office for a tardy slip.
  • All gates will be locked in the morning and remain locked for the remainder of the school day. ALL parents and visitors must check in at the front office when entering the campus.
  • All visitors must present a current driver’s license or Florida Identification Card in order to request permission to enter campus. A visitor’s badge is required on campus at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning Guidelines

Morning Arrival:

  • No cars should be parked in the bus zone.
  • Do not drop your children off at the bus zone – this is a safety issue!
  • If you are walking your child onto campus, please park and take them to the gate in front of the office and we will make sure your child gets to class.
    • Kindergarten students will be escorted to the correct location.
  • All visitors will need to receive a pass to enter our school campus.
    • If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please contact her for an appointment:
      • You can write a note in the agenda
      • email her
      • call the school office at 421-3334 to leave a message.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Morning schedule:

  • 7:30AM:  Staff members are on duty.
  • Students should not be on campus before 7:30. All students will go directly to the cafeteria. Students who need to eat breakfast will have the opportunity to eat (it is free for all BA students). At 7:45AM, students will be released directly to their classrooms from the café. Kindergarteners will be escorted to their classroom.
  • 7:45AM:  When students arrive on campus, they will either go to the cafeteria for breakfast or report directly to their classrooms.
  • 7:55AM:  Tardy bell rings. All students report to class.
  • 8:00AM:  All students should be sitting in their homeroom class.
  • After 8:00AM:  Parents MUST walk students to the office for a tardy slip. Do not drop children off at the front of the school without supervision.

Bethune Academy Cafeteria Menus

Current Lunch Menu

Current Breakfast Menu

Chaperones and Volunteers

IMPORTANT DEADLINE: Please sign up to be a volunteer. Only an approved volunteer may attend field trips as a chaperone. Visit the Volunteer website for more information. Must be completed before February 1st of each school year.

Solicitud de Voluntarios Escuelas del Condado de Polk

School Uniforms

Please make sure students are prepared with proper Bethune Academy uniforms. Click here to view guidelines and vendors.