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Establishing Culture and Building Up Students: It's a New Era at McLaughlin Middle

Students Recite Phoenix Oath Daily


Last updated 9/25/2019 at 12:01pm

Polk County Schools

It's a new school year at McLaughlin Middle & Fine Arts Academy - and it's also shaping up to be a year like no other.

From the school's administrative structure to team-building activities for staff members, from strategies designed to cultivate students' school pride to an outpouring of support from the community, it's clear that positive change is taking place at McLaughlin.

"It's a new era," said Principal Sharon Chipman. "We're building a team, a culture, and the students' belief that they can be the best."

Chipman, a veteran Polk County Public Schools administrator, is returning t...

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