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Photos from 1/17 A-Team Competition

AHS Alumni Help HOSA

Brad Hartsfield and Tia Yaney, two of our AHS HOSA Alumni and HOSA BOWL champs, came back to help our 2016-17 HOSA BOWL students perfect their skills. They performed a mock competition with this year’s two teams.

Thank you to our alumni! We appreciate you!

Lakeland Pig Fest - Volunteers Wanted!

The Lakeland Pig Fest is looking for volunteers January 26-28th, at various time slots, for a variety of duties.  If you are interested, please stop in to College and Career to pick up an informational flier and contact information to register.Pig Fest Parking Flyer 2017

Next ASVAB test date - Feb. 15

The next ASVAB test will be administered on February 15th at 7:30 AM.  Students who are interested in taking this test need to sign up in College and Career, in order to be excused from their classes.

The ASVAB is not only for military qualification.  Students who are interested in career exploration, might consider taking the exam. 

Please see Mrs. Cook if you have questions.

Community Service Opportunity

Life Church is looking to provide community service hours to students who are willing to assist with their parking and safety ministry.  Fliers with more specific details and contact information are available in College and Career. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Cook.

Scholars Institute Seminar - TOMORROW!

The Scholars Institute will be holding their January seminar, “Senioritis,” tomorrow, Wednesday, January 18th, at 2:00 PM, in the North Campus Media Center.  This is one of the mandatory sessions for Seniors, who plan to graduate with a Scholars Institute cord.  If you have questions, please see Mrs. Cook in College and Career.

OSA/FSA Webinars

Financial Aid 101: Getting Ready for College

January 17, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Get Your Questions Answered

January 24, 2017

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


 Homeless/Foster Youth and Financial Aid

January 31, 2017

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Scholarship Opportunity

Cohen & Jaffee Law Office is offering a College Scholarship essay contest, worth up to $1,000.  Seniors who compose an essay based upon either the impact that they have had upon the lives of others or on the safety precautions needed to protect patients at medical facilities, by April 3rd will be considered.  Please stop into College & Career for more information.

National College Fair

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is inviting you to the National College Fair in Tampa on February 25th, from 12:00-3:00 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.  This is  a great opportunity to speak with hundreds of colleges and universities regarding their college admissions process and college life in general.  Stop in to College and Career to pick up information on who will be attending or visit the website at

Lifeguard Training Offered

The Haines City Aquatic Center is providing Lifeguard Training March 3rd-11th.  If you are interested, please stop in to College and Career for more information.

Summer Opportunities

Are you interested in making the most of your summer and gaining college experience?  Florida State University as well as the University of Notre Dame are offering Summer Scholars programs to interested students!  Florida State boats a prestigious six-week summer science and mathematics experience.  Notre Dame also offer leadership seminars as well as two international programs in Rome and Ireland.  Stop in to College and Career to learn more information on how to apply!

Attention Graduating Seniors

The Hispanic Club of Lakeland is offering several scholarships to students in Polk County!  Criteria includes:

  • Polk County Resident
  • Have at least one parent who is of Hispanic origin
  • Minimum 2.25 GPA or higher
  • Exemplify financial need

If you feel as though you qualify, please stop in to College and Career to pick up information today!

Attention Graduating Seniors

If you plan on studying nursing in college, please stop in to College and Career to pick up a Scholarship Opportunity designed specifically for students who to pursue a college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.  This $1,000 scholarship will go to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

  • A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
  • A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare 

Columbia on campus - 1/4

columbiaThere will be an information session regarding Columbia University, on Wednesday, January 4th, from 9:00-10:00 AM, in College & Career.  One of our very own Bloodhound Alumni, Lori-Ann Hyde, a graduate of the class of 2014 will be on campus to present!  If students are interested in attending the Columbia session, they must sign up in C&C.  Attendance will be at their 3rd period teacher’s discretion.  Please see Mrs. Cook if you have questions.

FIU on campus - 12/7


Florida International University will have an admissions representative on our campus, on Wednesday, December 7th, from 8:00-9:00 AM, in College & Career.  If students are interested in attending the FIU session, they must sign up in C&C.  Attendance will be at their 2nd period teacher’s discretion.  Please see Mrs. Cook if you have questions.

FCA Thanksgiving Fundraiser

A-Team places 2nd

Congratulations to the A-Team, who took second place at their competition!  They were beat by Bartow, but finished ahead of Kathleen, McKeel, and Lake Gibson.  Below are pictures from the event: img_1123 img_1124 

College Bound Bloodhounds!

It is our pleasure to announce the latest batch of college bound Bloodhounds!


Cheyenne Williamson / Potomac State West Virginia University

Cheyenne Williamson / Potomac State West Virginia University

Xyaire Sebbane-Irving / Palm Beach Atlantic University

Xyaire Sebbane-Irving / Palm Beach Atlantic University


Jerry Rosado / University of Central Florida / University of South Florida

Jerry Rosado / University of Central Florida / University of South Florida


Jason Perry / University of West Florida / University of North Florida / University of South Florida

Jason Perry / University of West Florida / University of North Florida / University of South Florida


Emily Pickles / Polk State College

Emily Pickles / Polk State College

Asbestos Notification Letters

For English/Spanish letters regarding asbestos please see the appropriate links below.



Vegetable judging contest at AHS - Tuesday 11/15

On Tuesday Nov 15 we will be hosting a county ESE Ag – vegetable judging and opening ceremonies contest here at the AHS ag dept. It will be from 9:00-12:30.

First Scholars Institute - Wednesday 11/16

The Scholars Institute will be hosting its first seminar on Wednesday, November 16th, at 1:00, in College & Career.  Our topic is the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. This is one of two mandatory seminars for graduating seniors in the class of 2017.  If you have questions, please see Mrs. Cook or Mrs. Parada.

UNF - on campus Wednesday 11/16

The University of North Florida will be on campus, Wednesday, November 16th, at 9:00 AM, in College & Career.  Students must sign up in College & Career in order to attend.  Questions? See Mrs. Cook.

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador recipient

We are excited to announce our HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth) Leadership Ambassador for Auburndale High School: Haleigh Boston! 

This summer, Haleigh, will attend a three-day leadership seminar at Eckerd College, in St. Petersburg, Florida.  At the seminar, Haleigh can expect to recognize her leadership talents and learn how to apply them in becoming an effective leader in her home, school, workplace, and her community. 

Congratulations, Haleigh!  We are extremely proud to have you represent our school and our community!

Silver Garland representatives announced

We are excited to announce this year’s Silver Garland Representatives for Auburndale Senior High School!  The Silver Garland program is a community service award, sponsored by The Ledger and Lakeland Automall.  Polk County high schools are invited to select seniors with records of outstanding service as Silver Garland Candidates.  It is a high honor to be selected by your high school as a representative for the county.  This year, 50 seniors at AHS were given the opportunity to apply, and from them, 11 students were selected with this prodigious honor.  Please join me in congratulating the following students who will go on to represent AHS at the Silver Garland Awards this spring:


Mathematics: Adam Vega

Communications: Jack MacPhee

Athletics: Izabella Glenn

Citizenship: Rodeline Santana

Music: Jason Perry

Foreign Language: Perla Carranza

Vocational/Technology: Taylor Ladd

Art: Febie-Anna Joseph

Science: Jazlyn Mazurowski

English: Hannah Taylor

Performing Arts: Breionna Thompson

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UF Freshman Application Deadline Extended


Due to Hurricane Matthew, the University of Florida has extended the freshman application deadline to Friday, November 4th.

The Student Self-reported Academic Record (SSAR) must be submitted and linked to your application by December 1st.

College Bound Bloodhounds!

Please join us in congratulating three college-bound AHS seniors!

Elizabeth Morgan – Chowan University


Lizzi Durham – USF


Jason Perry – USF


Scholars Institute Trip - November 18th

The Scholars Institute is gearing up for our trip to Flagler College, on Friday, November 18th!  The cost is $25 to attend. Flagler has limited our tour group to 40 students, and our bus is already filling up quickly.  If you are interested, please see Mrs. Parada to reserve your seat today!

The Imperial Sound of Auburndale receives Straight Superiors!


It’s our pleasure to announce that the Imperial Sound of Auburndale has earned STRAIGHT SUPERIOR ratings at Marching Performance Assessment last Saturday. This is a great accomplishment and only two other bands in our entire county earned this rating!

Please congratulate our students when you see them; they have put hundreds of hours into this accomplishment!

From Superintendent Byrd: No hurricane makeup days!

Attached please find a letter from Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jackie Byrd regarding Hurricane Matthew and its effect on the 2016-2017 school year.  

Student Letter – No Makeup Days.pdf

Homecoming Information Video

Upcoming Scholars Institute Seminars

November 16th @ 1:00 (Early Release) – Bright Futures*


December 14th @ 2:00 – Top 10 Attributes for College Admissions


January 18th @ 2:00 – Senioritis*


February 15th @ 1:00 (Early Release) -Develop of Plan of Action with your Courses


March 15th @ 1:00 (Early Release) -College Exploration: Reach, Match, Safety


April 19th @ 2:00 – College Admissions Essay & Personal Statement Composition


May 3rd @ 2:00 – Learning Legacy Program*


* Seniors must attend either Bright Futures or Senioritis, and Learning Legacy in order to obtain a Scholars Institute Cord.

2016 AHS Homecoming Court

The votes are in! The top 10 candidates for homecoming king and queen:

Candidates for Queen

  • Drew Browning
  • Paytin Burton
  • Ashley Cesar
  • Lizzi Durham
  • Morgan Hamblen
  • Cidney Jacques
  • Brieanna Molin
  • Kristy O’Neal
  • Rodeline Santana
  • Destiny Summerall

Candidates for King

  • Austin Benenati
  • Ryan Cole
  • Jason Epps
  • Isaac Etienne
  • Jared Foster
  • Marshal Hattaway
  • Keandre Jenkins
  • Chimmey Nguyen
  • Kyle Panico
  • Javarse Smith

AHS EMR students participate in AFD orientation!

October 11 marked the second year in which Mrs. Carroll’s EMR students have had to the privilege to ride on calls with the Auburndale Fire Department.  To be eligible to ride, these students must attend a 2 hour orientation, complete a lengthy packet of forms which includes immunizations, blood work, and drug screening, and be dual enrolled in the PSC EMS Program at AHS.

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College Bound Bloodhounds

We are extremely excited to announce our very first college acceptance jason-perryfor this school year. Senior Jason Perry has been accepted to the University of North Florida. Congratulations, Jason!! You are setting the bar high for the Class of 2017!








This week many of our students attended an informational presentation from Florida State University in our College & Career Center. This was just one of four college presentations that we’ve hosted so far this year; some of the other colleges to visit Auburndale High School include the University of Florida, Jacksonville University, and New College of Florida.

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Safety First!

Click on the link below for an important message from our Superintendent regarding our district’s Zika Virus safety measures.

Zika Safety Plan

Choice Room--Important Information for Parents and Students

Parents and students,

Click HERE to read about our new ‘Choice Room’ policy.

Auburndale High School-Inspiring Greatness

Welcome Back Students!

First day of school is Monday, August 15, 2016

Parents and Students,

School hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. We want to assure you that the well being of the students at Auburndale High School is of the utmost importance to us; for the safety of all our students we ask that no students come on our campus before 6:30 a.m.

Bell Schedule 2016-17


Lunch Times

Parents & Students,

We want to assure you that the wellbeing of the students at Auburndale High School is of the utmost importance to us.  We understand there are some concerns about the length of our scheduled lunch times and we wish to address these. 


Our lunch schedule is set up to accommodate one-half of the school population at a time, which is approximately 800 students.  Our students are not limited to sitting inside the cafeteria.  In fact they have the freedom to visit any part of the campus that is being supervised during that time – this includes courtyards, the media center, the cafeteria patio or any teacher who allows lunch visits for socialization or tutoring. 


The time for lunch is not just 20 minutes.  The students have 8 minutes to get there from their class, 20 minutes to eat, and 8 minutes to get back to their next class.  That is a total of 36 minutes.  It has been our experience for the past 8 years that within 10 minutes of the start of the actual lunch time that the majority of students who wish to eat lunch are done eating. 

Lunch Times:

A Lunch 10:50 a.m.-11:10 a.m.

B Lunch 11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m.


We know that at the beginning of the school year there will be confusion and delays in the lunch lines.  We watch this situation very closely and we typically extend lunch for the first few days as needed.  No child will be sent away without the opportunity to get their lunch


New this year is the opportunity for all students to get free breakfast and lunch.  This will, we believe, cause more lines at the beginning of the year as students sort through which lines to get in and what they get for free.  There will be a-la-carte lines that do have food for sale, and the confusion will be sorted out with these lines as quickly as possible.  Again, no child will be sent away hungry.  Please tell you children that if they are experiencing any kind of problem with getting lunch,  finding a seat or having the time to eat to please approach any of the administrative staff that will be on duty at all lunch times.  We are here to help!

Dress Code Policy

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Parents and students, click here to read our our Dress Code policy for the 2016-2017 school year.

School Messenger

SchoolMessenger allows us to stay connected with you – our parents and guardians by sending various school related messages.  In order to receive non-emergency calls about situations at your students school, you must grant us permission. Opt in and get connected!

SchoolMessenger Information

SchoolMessenger English

SchoolMessenger Spanish

SchoolMessenger HC

SchoolMessenger Q&A



Bloodhound Bash Parade - Do You Want to Participate?

Community youth groups, churches, businesses that support Auburndale Youth, and Auburndale area schools are invited to participate in the 2016 Bloodhound Bash Parade on Thursday, October 27, at 7pm.  The $40 entry fee supports Auburndale SGA. For more information contact Jennifer Mills at Auburndale High School ( or 863-965-6200) 

Auburndale High School Hall of Fame Nominations

Do you know someone who should be inducted in the Auburndale High School Hall of Fame?

We are looking for nominations to the 2017 Auburndale High School Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in May of 2017. If you know someone who fits the criteria for nomination to the Hall of Fame, please contact Mr. John Hill or Mrs. D.J. Dynes to submit your recommendation.

For more information please click here to visit our Alumni page.


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