Our mission is to partner with our school community to ensure that all children build a strong academic foundation, develop the desire to learn, and grow in self-confidence and compassion through a challenging curriculum which nurtures each student’s abilities. Our teachers and staff will identify the needs of every student to provide them with support to meet their full potential. We will promote self-discipline through character building and ensure high quality instruction to develop students who will become productive members of society.
Kathleen Elementary will take a collaborative approach with all school community members to ensure every child performs to their full potential.
Cougars will act with integrity and push for excellence in teaching and learning!
Persevere, are Respectful, have Integrity, are Dependable, and Encourage one another!
Taking Pride in the History of Kathleen Elementary
In 1858, Henry Prine came to the Kathleen area and established his homestead. Hillsborough County created the district of Polk County soon after Henry’s relocation to the area. In 1884, Henry donated land and founded the town of Kathleen. He named it after his wife, Catherine. In the early 1900s, Kathleen Elementary School was constructed. However, in 1947, the school moved into an old brick building which is now Kathleen Middle School. In 1950, Kathleen Elementary moved to its present location.
Did you know Kathleen Elementary was a Strawberry School until 1954? A Strawberry School let students out for harvesting strawberries during the months of December to March.
Code of Conduct and Other School Policy
Important School Policy:
Visitors must check in to the office when arriving on campus. Parents should remember to bring a driver’s license when visiting or checking a student/s out. This is a district requirement. It is also required that the Fast Pass Security System, located in the main office, is used when visiting the school.
Please do not check out students after 2:15 p.m. unless it is an extreme emergency.
The MyPolkSchools Parent Portal:
Parents can now access their student’s information from any computer with an internet connection. The MyPolkSchools Parent Portal allows parents to check current grades, obtain immunization status, learn if their child had any recorded discipline or attendance issues throughout the day, check their child’s current lunch account balance, and even see what their child purchased in the lunchroom – all before their child comes home from school. Click here for more information on this exciting new service!
Parents must update any change of address or phone information with the front office as soon as possible.
- THE FLORIDA PARENTAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCE CENTER
- County Student Code of Conduct
- District Nondiscrimination Statement
- District Curriculum Maps
- Dress Code
- School Improvement Plan
- SIP Brief
In an effort to reduce the circulation of counterfeit U.S. monies, the school district will no longer accept any $50 or $100 bills at any school-sponsored events. We apologize for any inconvenience, but ask that you support this initiative. Please plan accordingly when you attend our events. Thank you.
Section 1010.215 of the Florida Statutes requires school districts to report to parents and to the public certain financial information in the form of a yearly school financial report addendum. The 2014-2015 School Financial Report Addendum has now been added to your individual school’s website. In order to comply with the statute requiring us to properly notify parents of the availability of this report we are requesting that you include the location of the report in your next monthly newsletter or school communication. Please also include that paper copies are available at school site and district office.
Instructions for viewing the 2014-2015 School Financial Report are:
- Go to www.polk-fl.net.
- Proceed to “Schools”. Select Desired School.
- 2014-2015 – School Financial Report. (Click here to view report).
Visit our parent link to learn more about our Title I program, Parent Involvement Plan, School Improvement Plan, and School Public Accountability Report.
Drop off and breakfast 7:30
*At KES every 3rd, 4th & 5th grade student will have a laptop computer in their classroom to use.
K-2 classrooms have one for every three children.
Click here to report your child’s absence.
Reading Achievement is our number one goal!
- Recommended Reading for Students
- Extra homework for reading, math, and science click here to download and print
- Click here for websites your children can use
The 2017 testing season is upon us. Please see our newsletter for the specific dates of testing. Please review the following test policies:
- Electronic Devices—Students are not permitted to have any electronic devices, including, but not limited to, cell phones, smartphones, and smartwatches, at any time during testing or during breaks (e.g., restroom), even if the devices are turned off or students do not use them. If your student is found with an electronic device, his or her test will be invalidated.
- Testing Rules Acknowledgment—All FSA tests include a Testing Rules Acknowledgment printed in the student’s test and answer book that reads: “I understand the testing rules that were just read to me. If I do not follow these rules, my test score may be invalidated.” Prior to testing, test administrators read the rules to students, and students acknowledge that they understand the testing rules by signing below the statement in their test and answer book.
- Discussing Test Content after Testing—The last portion of the testing rules read to students before they sign below the Testing Rules Acknowledgment states: “Because the content in all statewide assessments is secure, you may not discuss or reveal details about the passages or items after the test. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting online, for example, on websites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.” Please make sure your student understands that “discussing” test content includes any kind of electronic communication, such as texting, emailing, or posting to blogs or social media websites. While students may not share information about secure test content after testing, this policy is not intended to prevent students from discussing their testing experiences with their parents/families.
- Working Independently—Students are responsible for doing their own work during the test and for protecting their answers from being seen by others. If students are caught cheating during testing, their tests will be invalidated. In addition, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) employs Caveon Test Security to analyze student test results to detect unusually similar answer Student tests within a school that are found to have extremely similar answer patterns will be invalidated.
- Leaving Campus—If your student begins a test session and leaves campus before completing it (for lunch, an appointment or illness, etc.), he or she will not be allowed to return to that test session. If your student does not feel well on the day of testing, it may be best for him or her to wait and be tested on a make-up day. Please remember not to schedule appointments on testing days.
- Testing Accommodations—If your student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), Section 504 plan, or English Language Learner (ELL) plan, please contact the school to discuss the testing accommodations that will be provided for your student.
For information regarding test session lengths for all Spring 2017 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Families icon, then select Spring 2017 Testing Times.