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.



Winston Academy has a very active and involved Parent Teacher Association.  Visit the PTA Facebook page for information about upcoming meetings and events.  

The PTA Board members are: 

President:                           Kara Mawhinney

Vice-President:                   Julie Roberts

Secretary:                           Connie Rawlings

Correspondent Secretary:  Roger McClure

Treasurer:                            Kayla May


Business Partners:

We are very fortunate this year to have connected with the companies below and formed partnerships.  If you are interested in becoming a business partner, please contact the main office at (863)499-2890.  

Risse Brothers – Donation of gift cards to purchase uniforms.

Fountains & Falls – Donation of materials and labor to complete the bio-diversity area.

Porter Paints – Donation of paint for murals around campus.  

Sykes Enterprises – Donation of school supplies for student and teacher use.  

City of Lakeland – Donation of power poles for use in the bio-diversity area.  

Monthly Family Engineering Challenges:

What is it?  A time for families to practice the engineering design process. 

When are we supposed to do this?  Projects will be sent home on the first day of each month.  They are due on the last day of each month.  They are designed to be completed in a short time span at home.    

What do I get if I complete the challenge?  Each month students will be recognized and receive a reward for completing the Family Engineering Challenges and turning it in.  For each challenge completed, students will be entered into a drawing for a “Family Fun Night” basket to be given away at the end of the year.  If a student completes all challenges this year, they will receive 7 additional entries into the drawing. 

Mid-Florida Extra Credit Program:

Annually, the school receives 10 cents for each credit transaction made using the MidFlorida debit card.  However, the cardholder must be enrolled in the Extra Credit Program and must choose the credit option rather than the debit option at the point of sale.  There is no charge for this.  Any MidFlorida member can enroll in this program within Online Banking.  We encourage any parent who banks with MidFlorida to consider participating in this program.