Ensuring rigorous, relevant learning experiences that result in high achievement for all our students
Mission Statement - Polk County School Board
The mission of the Polk County School Board is to provide a high quality education for all students
Mission Statement - Bartow Middle School
Our mission is to create an environment in which students will develop skills for life while achieving academic success.
Vision Statement - Bartow Middle School
The staff at Bartow Middle School strives first and foremost to enhance
academic excellence and personal growth through a variety of experiences.
Experiences at BMS will provide students with the chance to develop a set of core values including teamwork, leadership, high ethical standards, and self confidence, while stressing the importance of school and community.
We are committed to providing teachers who will motivate each student to excel in these qualities. Students are expected to reflect the expectations of Bartow Middle School and contribute to the quality of their campus experiences.
Bartow Middle School intends to provide a positive atmosphere where students are encouraged to display these qualities at and away from school that will benefit them beyond graduation.
Summer Help for students enrolling in Algebra I
With the end of the year almost here, many parents are wondering how to help students struggling with Algebra I. Polk County Public Schools have partnered with the Charles A. Dana Center and the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab to offer the Summer-Start Academic Youth Development (SSAYD) program. SSYAD is a 14-day free summer program (July 1, 2015 – July 23, 2015) for students who plan to take Algebra I during the 2015-2016 school year. The SSAYD program prepares students for success in Algebra I by engaging them in a range of mathematics related activities designed to build their self-concept as effective and motivated learners. SSYAD will be offered at each of the middle school summer school sites. For more information, or to register on-line, click here.
Accelerated Learning Opportunities
“Information about Academic Accelerated Programs in Polk County (ACCEL) can be found at
Parent/Guardian must contact their child’s school to submit a Request for Academic Acceleration
form prior to June 11th to request acceleration screening for placement the following school year.”
If there are any additional questions about ACCEL, or if you need the Request for Academic Acceleration form, you may access it through the Accelerated Programs google docs site (here). You may contact John Miller (863-534-0631/ email@example.com) if there are further questions.
Click here for a letter from the superintendent with additional information.
Title 1 Parent Resource center - SUMMER Schedule
The regional Parent Resource Centers will be open throughout the summer. All Bartow Middle students and their parents are welcome. Students must be accompanied by a parent. For more information, click here.
High School Course EOC Re-Takes Available
If your student took a High School level EOC and did not pass, re-takes are available this summer.
Research shows that many students forget some of what they’ve learned in school during the summer months.
Parents can help improve retention by having their children attend one of Polk County’s new Summer A.M.P Academies, where students are learning to Accelerate and Maximize their Academic Potential!
Students will participate in hands on project-based learning, engage in fun enrichment activities, and experience learning through exciting field trips.
This free program is for students who attend select Title I schools and runs from June 15th to July 23rd. Space is limited. So contact your school today to sign up. For more information contact your child’s school or visit the Polk County Schools’ website
2015-2016 Information Updated
Dress code and supply information have been updated for the new school year. We have a NEW shirt design - click here for a SNEAK PEAK!
NJHS Service Hours
All members of the National Junior Honor Societe (NJHS) are required to complete a minimum number of service hours each semester. Click here for the log sheet.
Report cards are ready for pickup. You may stop by the school office between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Thursday to get your report card. If you turned in a self-addressed, stamped envelope, your report card has been mailed to you.
Prepare for the new school year
Immunization requirements for all students and requirements for starting at a new school are listed below. Note - 6th graders rolling up from one of our feeder schools are NOT required to complete new enrollment paperwork.
Free Breakfast and Lunch 2015-2016
Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, Bartow Middle will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all students. Normal lunch procedures will still apply, students must choose a balanced meal and go through the register so that we can record the number of meals provided. Extra items will still be available, but students will be required to pay for them.
POLICY CHANGE --- PLEASE READ --- EFFECTIVE JAN 20, 2015
At Bartow Middle School, we take the safety of your child(ren) very seriously. We have been reviewing our school-wide policies/procedures and have identified an area in which we need to make an immediate change to the way we do things.
Effective with the beginning of the 2nd semester (Jan 20, 2015) we will no longer take transportation changes over the phone. According to district policy, we must verify identity with a picture ID which cannot be done over the phone.
This means that you will need to work out transportation issues with your child(ren) at home and make sure they know how they are to get home from school before they come in the morning. A note written in the agenda for the student to refer to might be helpful.
We understand that occasionally emergency situations will arise. If you have such an emergency, please call the school – an administrator will address these on a case by case basis.
If you have any questions, please call the school at 863-534-7415.
Monthly Newsletters - The Stinger Newzzz
The Polk County School Board and Bartow Middle School take the issue of bullying - and cyberbullying - very seriously. Anti-bullying training is conducted district wide for all students each year. Our students will be receiving this information in a structured format between the dates of September 13th and 23rd. Several resources are available to help parents and students understand and respond to these issues:
- Bullying Information and Prevention
- Cyberbullying flyer in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole
- School Board Bullying Information Page
- School Board Bullying Reporting Form
- Federal Government Bullying Information website
Dates to Remember
- 8/20/2015 - Orientation - 3:00pm-6:00pm
- 8/24/2015 - First Day of School
- 9/7/1/5 - Labor Day - no school
- 9/10/15 - Early Release
- 9/22/15 - Open House - 5:00pm-7:00pm
- 9/28/15 - Teacher Work Day - no school
Polk County District Resources/Information
- Tech Focus Newsletter
- School Calendar Page - Calendars and Mobile Links
- Parent Forms and Documents
- Documentos en Español & Kreyòl Ayisyen
- PCSB Nondiscrimination Statement
- Parent Guide and Code of Student Conduct
The American Medical Association has determined that bullying is a public-health issue with short and long term consequences for everyone involved. Click here to access the district website for the most current information, resources, and reporting procedures.
Money Collected/Items Sold at School
Effectively immediately all purchases/payments at Bartow Middle School must be made by check or paid in cash using exact change.
This applies to all monies collected at the school from students or adults – including (but not limited to): T-shirt sales, library fines, field trip fees, club dues, and fund raiser payments.
Money orders MAY be accepted for some field trips - at the discretion of the
field trip sponsor.
District policy forbids us from making change for any reason. We are also unable to accept any bills larger than $20.
Agriculture Program Study Resources
- Florida FFA Tool ID CDE Samples
- Tool ID - Nursery Contest
- Equipment Identification
- Tree Disorders
- Tree ID (County) #1 - short version
- Scientific Name Tips
- Polk County Youth Fair 2014
Local Business Partners
Bartow Middle School would like to thank our local business partners. Please support these area businesses which have supported our school.
- Aeromed Tampa General Hospital
- Bartow Ford
- Bartow Regional Medical Center
- C & E Imprinted Sportswear, Inc
- Community Southern Bank
- Mid-Florida Schools Credit Union
- Office Depot
- Palace Pizza
- Publix Pharmacy of Bartow
- Walgreens Pharmacy of Bartow
- Wal-Mart Pharmacy of Bartow