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6th - 8th Grade
- McLaughlin Polo Shirts in your grades assigned color. These can be purchased via the PMG Website.
- Polo shirts that say "McLaughlin Middle and Fine Arts Academy" are still permitted.
- 6th Grade - Yellow
- 7th Grade - Red
- 8th Grade - Black
- Jackets MUST be purchased via the PMG Website. Only McLaughlin Jackets may be worn.
- Khaki bottoms must be worn.
- Shorts/Skorts are no more than two inches above the knee.
- Jeans CANNOT be ripped. Leggings underneath ripped jeans are also not permitted.
- Shoes must be closed toe with a back. Crocs are NOT permitted.
Going into the semi-finals, McLaughlin players were feeling great and ready for another win! The game ended in a 0-0 tie and McLaughlin won 4-3 during penalties. On the day of the finals, you could feel the McLaughlin Phoenix Pride all throughout the campus. McLaughlin got to play in the final championship game on their home field, and the students, faculty and staff brought the spirit!
“You could just tell that people loved their school and were proud to show it off to us visitors. There were concessions, music, student performances, field lights, even special restroom facilities had been brought in. You guys had your hands full in pulling this off, yet I never saw anything other than a desire to serve, accommodate, and make this a great night for everyone. It may seem like a little thing, but when I asked if the players' names could be announced prior to the game, the answer--amidst all of the busyness--was simply "Sure. We hadn't thought about that, but we can absolutely do it." For me, that's commitment to these students and their families first. And it was much, much appreciated.” - David Peoples, Lakeland Highlands
Although McLaughlin lost the final game, they had an incredibly successful week. Team captains Miguel Garcia and Mariah Rodriguez along with players Jesse Ruvalcaba and Sarah Medina always made sure to push their teammates to keep going, even when things looked rough. Coach Ortiz says the success of our team comes from the encouragement and trust that our players have for each other. McLaughlin plans to come back stronger than ever next year.
McLaughlin Middle and Fine Arts Academy invited public servants to participate in our “Art of Public Service Day” on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 This event provides a forum to share with students the vast possibilities for them to serve their community. We encourage our students to learn about public service as well as understand the impact volunteerism has on our community. Thank you to all of our presenters and thank you to our amazing teachers and staff who worked hard to make this event possible!!
UniSIG schools are schools that are awarded federal Unified School Improvement Grant (UniSIG) funds to support the 149 struggling schools in 29 Florida districts. McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy is an UniSIG school. This year some of these funds will be used to help support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at McLaughlin. PBIS is an evidence-based three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed. McLaughlin will use a portion of the grant to support PBIS and create a positive culture and school environment.
The state has teamed up with Safe Schools for Alex to increase awareness of what is happening at schools. A new School Safety Dashboard has been developed to analysis of school based incidents. This is an essential tool that every parent and school administrator should have at their fingertip. Click the link for the Safe Schools for Alex website to see how you can help keep school safe.
McLaughlin Middle - In Our Schools
Debra Wright Hudson is the new acting principal at McLaughlin Middle Fine Arts Academy, a school that is working hard to improve its standing.
Wright Hudson has a special source of motivation: Every day she passes through the school’s memorial hallway and is faced with a mosaic bearing the name of her late father, Clint Wright, a renowned educator who served with PCPS and the Lake Wales Charter Schools system.
“When I first came here I was just in awe when I saw my father’s name,” Wright Hudson said. “Every morning, I have to come through this door and be reminded of his great legacy, and how I have work to do here to continue that greatness that he placed in me.”
McLaughlin’s staff has been encouraged by the new principal’s arrival. “If she’s anything like her dad, we’re in great hands,” teacher Johnnie Kirkland says. “With two Wrights, you can’t get it wrong.”