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MAT Chess Team Wins Big

Nov 27, 2018

Congratulations to the McKeel Academy of Technology Chess Team. Awards were presented to several members of our Chess Team during a recent tournament that took place at Florida Polytechnic University. Two of our McKeel students won both first and...

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SMA Regional Honor Ensemble Students

Nov 27, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that ten of our South McKeel Academy 4th and 5th grade chorus students were selected to perform earlier this month with the Regional Honor Choir and Orff Ensemble. The auditions were organized by the distinguished All...

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Polk County Tag Art Winners

Nov 26, 2018

Six of our McKeel students were recently recognized for their art designs. We are delighted to announce winners of this years 5th grade Polk County Tag Art contest. Students from both McKeel Academy Central, lead by Mrs. Bohnenstiehl along with...

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Empower Polk & The Schools of McKeel Academy

May 22, 2018

The Schools of McKeel Academy strive to be the best.  To better fulfill our mission and to determine the next best steps for our existing students and our future students, The Schools of McKeel Academy will be partnering with executive coach...

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The Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection Developer Grant

Aug 25, 2015

Congratulations to Samantha Wilbur and Jennifer Smith for being awarded The Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection Developer Grant through the Polk Education Foundation. The Teacher to Teacher/School to School Connection seeks out teachers...

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McKeel History Club Recognized as Top 10 in the Nation

May 15, 2014

Lakeland, FL (May 2014) - The History Guild at McKeel Academy of Technology (MAT) has been selected as one of the ten National Chapters of the year for 2013-14 by National History Club, Inc.  This recognition is given to clubs who go above...

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South McKeel Receives $5,000 for Videoconferencing Program to Engage Students Around the Globe

Apr 15, 2014

Funded in part by a grant from the 2014 Impact Polk Initiative of the GiveWell Community Foundatio Lakeland, FL  (April 15, 2014) -  South McKeel Academy is the proud recipient of a $5,000 grant from the GiveWell Community...

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South McKeel Academy Awarded $250,000 for Dissemination of Best Practices

Apr 4, 2014

Lakeland, FL (April 4, 2014)  Soon teachers from South McKeel Academy will be helping other charter schools across the state improve their results in the classroom.  The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) has awarded the...

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South McKeel Welcomes Home Veterans

Nov 12, 2013

Lakeland, FL -- All grade levels at South McKeel Academy Pre-K - 7th contributed a school “Welcome Home” sign for the Veterans returning on the Honor Flight at Lakeland Regional Airport on November 12, 2013. The banner said: South...

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Founders of McKeel Academy of Technology Recognized

Aug 29, 2013

Lakeland, FL  (August 29, 2013) - When McKeel Academy of Technology became the first conversion secondary charter school in the state of Florida in 1998, it was an exciting time for the teachers and staff who voted to join the charter school...

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