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Important News


CELEBRATION OF LEARNING! Our teachers and students have planned some amazing activities to celebrate Literacy!

Please join us on Thursday, October 11th from 5:30-6:30PM for Grades K-4. Overflow parking is available across the street at SOMOS church.

BOOK FAIR IS COMING! October 26-November 2


SEPTEMBER Staff Spotlight

Every month, we will be placing the "spotlight" on a few of our awesome staff members nominated by their team. This month we are recognizing:

Mr. Gregory Athanas - 7th Grade Civics
The 7th grade team is so happy to have Mr. Athanas join them this year to teach both Civics and Coding. He graduated from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he studied U.S. History. His hobbies include going to Art Museums and ANYTHING that deals with Technology. He also enjoys working part-time for Apple! Welcome and congratulations, Mr. Athanas!

Mrs. Shannon Schnicke - Front Office Secretary
The office staff has nominated Mrs. Shannon Schnicke. Shannon is always willing to do anything asked of her. She is pleasant to work with and is definitely a team player. Congratulations, Mrs. Schnicke!

Ms. Robbin Harbison - 4th Grade
The 4th grade team has nominated Ms. Harbison. She is a great team leader ! She is always willing to help out the new teachers and provide assistance wherever she can. We are so happy to have her on the 4th grade team. Congratulations, Ms. Harbison!


September Wildcat Window - 7th Grade

This month we are featuring 7th Graders in our Wildcat Window! We are super proud of these KIND WILDCATS!

Kasey U. - Kasey is always willing to help out in the classroom. She helps others keep up with their tasks and brings joy into the room! Congratulations, Kasey!

Kaden B. - Kaden has set personal goals this year and is working hard to achieve them. His teachers are very proud of the way he is handling himself and his responsibilities. Congratulations, Kaden!

Luke B. - Luke is kind and helpful to his teachers and classmates. He is a friend to all and makes everyone feel like they belong. He brings a ton of fun and joy into the classroom each day. Luke is a gifted singer and actor who participates in school music events as well as community theater. Congratulations, Luke!

Johnathan D. - Johnathan is always a positive force in class. He is always smiling, respectful, trustworthy and helpful. For example, Johnathan quickly accepted the task of showing a new student to his classes. He made sure to meet with each teacher and still made it back to homeroom in time to switch for 1st period. Congratulations, Johnathan!

Alejandra V. - Alejandra works very hard and always goes the extra mile to help[ those around her this year. Her positivity and determination make her an excellent SMA Wildcat! Congratulations, Alejandra!

Jorja S. - Jorja is a House Leader and does an amazing job engaging and leading the students in our House. Se is a hard worker and is always eager to help her fellow classmates.

Hope K. - Hope is a wonderful young lady. She is a leader for Club Fire and is a terrific role model to those around her. Congratulations, Hope!

Adam S. - Adam has consistently been a great example for his peers. He is the example that students look up to both in and out of the classroom. Most importantly, he excels at being a House Leader. It's not easy leading a group of your peers, but Adam does this perfectly. Congratulations, Adam!


September Wildcat Window - 4th Grade

This month we are also featuring 4th Graders in our Wildcat Window! We are super proud of these KIND WILDCATS!

Nolan O. - Nolan works diligently in class each day. He is a great role model for his peers and a very responsible student. Congratulations, Nolan!

Reagan M. - Reagan is SO kind and always helping other students. He is such a kind-hearted person and a great example to other students. Congratulations, Reagan!

Dayton H. - Dayton goes above and beyond to show kindness to his classmates. He is a TRUE environmentalist - picking up trash around campus without being prompted to do so. Congratulations, Dayton!

Darius A. - Darius shows great effort in all that he does. He works hard at following directions, being attentive and completing his assignments. He also gets along well with others in his class. Congratulations, Darius!

Anistyn C. - Anistyn is always working hard. She is an amazing example of being kind to all of the other students in our class. She always does her best and is an amazing student. Congratulations, Anistyn!

Mahi P. - Mahi is considerate to everyone. She offers to assist struc=ggling students and cleans up the classroom. She is kind-hearted and welcoming, and is a pleasure to have in our classroom. Congratulations, Mahi!

Clothes Closet Hours

Our Clothes Closet is open Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00-10:30 and 1:00-2:30.


The Open Enrollment period for all three McKeel Schools will be from December 3 - 14, 2018. Applications will open online the morning of December 3rd. If you are currently in the lottery pool for this year you will need to reapply during that time to be considered for an opening for the 2019-2020 school year. This open enrollment is for all grades including our Pre-K program.

Polk County Code of Conduct

Letter from our Director and Board

Please see the attached letter from our Director and Board regarding safety at our schools.



South McKeel Academy has been designated a combination SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE by the Florida Department of Education! Click on the link below to read all about it! We are so very proud of our students and all stakeholders at SMA!


McKeel Schools Jacket/Hoodie Ordering

If you wish to purchase South McKeel jackets, hoodies and sweatshirts, please click on the link below. All orders will be shipped to you directly. 


Transportation Guidelines

Questions about transportation services?  Please click here for Transportation Guidelines.

Lunch News

*LUNCHROOM NEWS* Parents may join their student(s) for lunch beginning Tuesday, September 4th.  Remember, NO food from outside vendors is permitted.  Parents may eat in the designated area with ONLY their child.  Please limit visitors to 2.  ONLY visitors listed on a student's emergency contact are permitted eat with the student.  Check in at the front office and show ID.  Please follow this schedule:

Monday - A-D

Tuesday- S-Z

Wednesday- M-R

Thursday- E-L


Florida's Charter Schools

Know the facts about Florida's Charter Schools. Click here to learn more.

2015 Economic Security Report

The Department of Education has issued the following memorandum regarding the 2015 Economic Security Report. The full report may be viewed by clicking here.

School Start and End Times 2018-2019

School Day Start/End Times 2018-2019

  • McKeel Academy Central 8:15-3:15
  • South McKeel Academy 8:00-3:00
  • McKeel Academy of Technology*  8:45-2:30

Debit/Credit Card Transactions

The minimum charge for all debit/credit card transactions is $10.  Cards may be used for field trips, clothes closet, jeans, and Bookfair items but the total must exceed $10.  Cash and checks are accepted too.

Tobacco Free School

South McKeel Academy is a Tobacco Free School.  Smoking is prohibited on school grounds. Thank you for setting a good example for all of our students!

Medication for School

Please remember that all medication that is to be taken at school MUST have an authorization for medication form completed.  All medication MUST be brought in by an adult.  Students are not allowed to bring medication to school.