The mission of Laurel Elementary is to provide our students with rigorous and relevant educational experiences that will ensure that all students demonstrate academic proficiency as defined by the Florida Department of Education.
The Laurel Elementary School vision is to create a school in which a progressive leadership team and involved parents support high-performing teachers who utilize a variety of high-yield strategies, teach a rigorous and relevant curriculum, build relationships with students and families, and establish and maintain a safe and orderly environment to maximize student achievement, while nurturing students to become responsible citizens who contribute to the success of their community.
Two of our Head Start teachers, Barbara Edwards and Angela Goodson, have gone all out for the end of the year celebration for their students. Ms. Edwards, a native of New Orleans, came to Florida after the very destructive Hurricane Katrina and has brought her love of scrapbooking to Polk County. She has always created scrapbooks for her students and she was only able to find two after the storm. She said, “My children have always enjoyed putting the scrapbooks together and picking out what pictures and works of art to place in them.”
Mrs. Angela Goodson, joined the Head Start family this past January and fits in very well with Ms. Edwards, because she is also an avid scrapbooker . These two ladies joined forces and continued the tradition of creating these “Works of Art” for each and every student that they have taught this year. Ms. Edwards adds that, “Miss Angie is an inspiration and her creative ideas are endless.”
Not only do these two ladies create these wonderful keepsake scrapbooks for each parent, but they also present the parents with an alphabet book that features their child on each page of the alphabet book. You may wonder why these teachers put so much time, effort, and money into these projects; they simply do it for the joy that it brings to them and the connection between themselves, the students, and the parents. Simply put, “They LOVE their job!”
Our Volunteer of the Year Mrs. Mooney has more energy and determination than anyone I have ever seen. She not only volunteers in several classrooms, but she also has undertaken the huge task as our volunteer liaison between Laurel and the Solivita Community in Poinciana. This involves advertising on an online site to announce happenings in the Solivita area and also emails members in her community about volunteering at Laurel Elementary. Mrs. Mooney is very determined to support Laurel as much as she can and also helps the volunteers in being paired up with a teacher who needs them. This has led to having more volunteers in our classrooms.
The following dates have been chosen as student Early Dismissal days for school year 2015-2016. All students will be dismissed 2.5 hours (150 minutes) early.
- September 16, 2015
- October 14, 2015
- November 18, 2015
- January 13, 2016
- February 24, 2016
- April 6, 2016
- May 18, 2016
- June 9, 2016
In order to create uniformity throughout Polk County Public Schools, school bell schedules for all of Polk County Elementary Schools will have a start time of 8:00 a.m., and an end time of 3:00 p.m.