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Important News

PTO News and Help Needed


As the school year draws to a close, the PTO is already starting to plan for the next school year! In lieu of a PTO General Meeting at the school during this busy time of year, we have decided to host a "virtual meeting" instead. Below is our proposed board slate and committee chair positions for the 2019-20 school year. If you have any objections to the board slate or proposed committee chairs or are interested in any of the open or filled positions, please respond to Lauren Presson at lmchastain@aol.com by Monday, May 20th. Following the 5/20 deadline, we will email out a PTO summary for the past year and post the final positions for the 2019-20 school year. Also, if you do not want to be a co-chair, but are interested in being involved in any of the committees listed below, please email me!


President: Amanda Peterson

Vice President: Jennifer Campbell

Treasurer: Jenny Slade

Assistant Treasurer: Kristen Skipper

Secretary: Laurie Grieger

Past President: Lauren Presson


Spirit Shirts: Victoria Martin and Ashley Bunn


Go Take a Hike: Wendy Hooth and Kaelani Leone

Box Tops: Cristy Vreeland and OPEN POSITION

Hospitality: Simone Primus and Meg Martin

Spirit Nights: OPEN POSITION (2)

Back to School Party: Kristen Skipper

Christmas Parade: Michele Hart and Jessica McMillan

Spring Fling: Victoria Martin and Ashley Bunn

Student Birthday: OPEN POSITION


Thank you for your support!


Lauren Presson

2018-19 PTO President

South McKeel Academy

Teaching Positions 2019-2020

South McKeel Academy is currently accepting applications for the following positions for the 2019-2020 school year:

Middle School Science - Current Florida Teaching Certificate with certification in Middle Grades General Science 5-9 is required.  

 Middle School ELA -  Current Florida Teaching Certificate with certification in Grades 5 – 9 or 6 – 12 in English is required.

4th Grade – Current Florida Teaching Certification in Elementary Education is required.

2nd Grade - Current Florida Teaching Certification in Elementary Education is required.

Kindergarten - Current Florida Teaching Certification in Elementary Education is required.

 Please send cover letter and resumè to jobs@mckeelschools.com.

5th grade parent night information

Clothes Closet Closed Until July

Our Clothes Closet is closed until mid July when we will open up for our summer hours.

Approved Calendar for 2019-2020

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 8:00-3:15
  • 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.