Kathleen Elementary School

Our Mission

Our Mission Statement: Our mission is to collaborate with our school community to ensure that all children build a strong academic foundation, develop the desire to learn and grow in both self-confidence and compassion through a challenging curriculum that 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.


Our School Vision: 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!

Cougars will act with integrity and push for excellence in teaching and learning!

Persevere, are Respectful, have Integrity, are Dependable, and Encourage one another!

School Hours:

7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

7:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Early dismissal days

There are no checkouts after 2:15 p.m. or 11:30 on early dismissal days.  All changes to a student’s transportation need to be written in the agenda. Changes not written in the agenda must be done in person.

Office Hours:

7:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Please refrain from dropping students off outside the front office. There is no supervision in this area until 7:30 a.m.

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 Raptor 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.


We take Bullying very seriously. Click here for more information.  Click here to report bullying.

Counterfeit Monies

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.

Guardian Program

Polk County School Board activated the guardian program in 2018-2019. These individuals are responsible for working with the district’s Safe Schools division to provide security to our campus. They will conduct necessary drills, oversee crime prevention initiatives and programs with students, and conduct surveillance and security- related tasks. These individuals will not work with student discipline nor have any law enforcement authority.

Other Information

Visit our parent link to learn more about our Title I program, Parent Involvement Plan, School Improvement Plan, and School Public Accountability Report.

2020-2021 Calendar for Agenda

2020-2021 Uniform Statewide Assessment Calendar

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.

School Supply List

Transportation Link for Parents 

Reading Achievement is our number one goal! 


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 2019-2020 FSA assessments, please visit the FSA Portal at www.FSAssessments.org, click on the Students and Families icon, then select Spring 2019-2020 Assessment Schedule.