Citrus Ridge: A Civics Academy is proud to announce our Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year!

Our School Related Employee of the Year is Ms. Melissa Arwood!  Ms. Arwood is a great asset to our school, as she does anything and everything! Whether it is bus duty or cafeteria duty or coaching, she does it all!  We appreciate all she does for our school.


Our Teacher of the Year is Coach Emily Retzlaff.  Coach Retzlaff not only deals with all the middle school girls, but also serves as our Athletic Director.  She manages all our teams, coordinates buses and home game staff as well as making sure we all have our red Pioneer Pride t-shirts. We love you Coach!

Title 1: We need your help!

As a Title One school, we are required to develop a Parent and Family Engagement Plan and a School Compact for Learning – and we need your input.  Please join us for one of our parent input meetings on

Monday, October 30, 2017 at

8:30 am or 4:30 pm.

If you are unable to attend, and would like to provide input on the Title One documents, please contact Jeni Dyer at 863-259-4001 or


Thank you so much for supporting our Book Fair.  We had a goal of selling 1200 books, which equals 216,000 minutes of reading. We not only met, but exceeded that goal, reading over 1400 books.   That translates into over 4000 HOURS of reading.  The books ordered online have been delivered and the Book Fair carts have been taken away. Not only does the Book Fair help our students read, but we earned almost $5000 to spend on books and materials for our school. We couldn’t do it without your support.  Special thanks to our fabulous volunteers, who worked countless hours to help our Fair succeed.   We appreciate all your do for us.

Annual Title 1 Meeting

Our Title 1 Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, September 28th after Open House. It will be from 6:30 – 7:00.

Book Fair

Our Book Fair has been rescheduled and will run from 9/21 to 9/28. We will be open during Open House on the 28th from 4:30 – 6:30.  We will be open every day from 7:30 to 2:00.  You can preview the Book Fair, find the FREE Book Fair app, and shop online here:

Every book purchased from the Book Fair helps our school provide even more books and materials for students at our school.  We do have to pay sales tax, so please help our students understand that!

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Upcoming Events

Early School Dismissal
Oct 3 all-day

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FTE Week
Oct 8 – Oct 12 all-day

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End of 1st 9-Week Grading Period
Oct 12 all-day

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Teacher Workday, Student/Paraeducator Holiday
Oct 15 all-day

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Boys Basketball Tryouts
Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Grades Due
Oct 17 all-day

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