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McLaughlin middle school employees holding signs at meeting welcoming new principal

Establishing Culture and Building Up Students: It’s a “New Era” at McLaughlin Middle

It’s a new school year at McLaughlin Middle & Fine Arts Academy — and it’s also shaping up to be a year like no other. From the school’s administrative structure to team-building activities for staff members, from strategies designed to…

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Transportation Changes

Dear Parents and Guardians, In the case of an emergency and/or if you would like to change your child’s transportation please email Ms. Smith at,, with the following information: a copy/photo of a government issued photo ID (IE. drivers license), child’s…

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Student Device Return

When May 26th – 27th, 2020 9am – 2pm May 28th 9am – 4pm by Appointment Call: 863-678-4233 Where McLaughlin Bus Ramp We’ll also be collecting, Library Books, Student Instruments, and Other Issued Items DO NOT FORGET THE POWER ADAPTER…

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Student Art Gallery Drive-Thru

Where: McLaughlin Bus Ramp When: Tuesday May 26, 2020

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Florida’s free online career resource to help your future shine. MyCareerShines is a comprehensive online education and career planning system for students. With MyCareerShines, Florida’s middle school students can assess their interests and skills, explore careers, and make a plan…

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is an opportunity to return the favor. They’ve made it easy to #ThankATeacher download thank-you cards, certificates, flyers and even coloring sheets. This is the link To show teachers how much they are appreciated and loved, the…

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Parent Portal Instructions

Click here for Parent Portal Instructions

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Changes to Meal Distribution

Polk County Public Schools is making changes to our meal distribution service and sites beginning Monday, April 13. First, please note that meal service will not be available on Friday, April 10, since schools will be closed and staff will…

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High School Options

High School Options (For 8th Grade Students and Parents) Where can my child go to high school? Your child’s zoned public high school- Students in Polk County are zoned only to other Polk County Public Schools. (not to private or…

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