2012-08-02 / Front Page

Some 1,500 students are ready for start of school Fri.

After more than a week of preparation by teachers and administrators across the Wilkes County school system, some 1,550 students are expected to start the school year Friday.

Washington-Wilkes Primary School will welcome 466 students, including Kindergarten, while Washington-Wilkes Elementary School expects 260 students, plus 88 Pre-K students who will start Friday, August 17. Washington-Wilkes Middle School will open its doors to some 361 expected students, and Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School expects 464 students at the beginning of the year.

“We are very excited about school starting again and we’re looking forward to having our students back in the building,” Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell said. “Our teachers have been very busy getting everything ready to have another successful year.”

Each of the schools is holding an open house this week for parents and students to meet their new teachers and see their classrooms. The primary school’s open house is set for (today) Thursday, August 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a more extensive open house held in conjunction with the first PTG meeting August 14 at 6:30 p.m. The elementary school open house is set for Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. with a more in-depth open house set for the first PTG meeting Tuesday, August 7, at 6 p.m.

The middle school will hold open house Thursday, August 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., with a sixth-grade parent orientation set for Monday, August 6 at 6 p.m.

At Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School, upcoming ninth-grade students and parents were welcomed Wednesday, August 1, at 6 p.m., while a drop-in open house is set for upperclassmen and families is set for Thursday, August 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Both students and parents are urged to attend the open house events to help familiarize them with the school, the faculty, and with the schools’ expectations and rules, administrators said.

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