2017-07-27 / Front Page

School opens Friday, Aug. 4, for all Wilkes students

By JANE ELLYN AARON,
news editor


New W-WMS sixth graders who had an early meeting with Dr. Roderick Hilton and School Counselor Sharonda Norman were (front, l-r) Whitney Bearse, Anya Jacobs, Eziquel Lobos-Hernandez, Thomas Meech, Kaden Keiser, Samuel Moon, Richard Callaway, (back) Morgan Wooden, Felix Gaona-Rivera, Makyiah Blakey, and Quentin Cullars. New W-WMS sixth graders who had an early meeting with Dr. Roderick Hilton and School Counselor Sharonda Norman were (front, l-r) Whitney Bearse, Anya Jacobs, Eziquel Lobos-Hernandez, Thomas Meech, Kaden Keiser, Samuel Moon, Richard Callaway, (back) Morgan Wooden, Felix Gaona-Rivera, Makyiah Blakey, and Quentin Cullars. Students, parents, and teachers are all abuzz as ­Wilkes County’s children prepare to shake the dust off of their backpacks and restock them with fresh supplies in anticipation for the upcoming school year. Students will assemble to ringing school bells on Friday, August 4, and the public is reminded to regard all school zones and designated speed limits with caution as the semester commences.

“It’s going to be a great year in Wilkes County Schools,” Superintendent Dr. Rosemary Caddell said. “We are looking forward to another year of learning and growing together.

“Some of our students remained active all summer. Many of our students who participate in CTAE clubs have been active in conferences and leadership camps this summer. Our band members and many of our athletes are already busy participating in camps and practice for the coming year,” the superintendent continued. “Staff and teachers, too, have been busy getting ready for the students’ return. The campuses never completely close!”

Open houses will be held on Thursday, August 3, at the primary, middle, and high school campuses from 2-4 p.m., with the elementary school open house running from 1-3 p.m.

A ninth-grade-specific open house is slated for Wednesday, August 2, at 6 p.m.

“This is always a large, exciting event for students and parents to meet teachers and get schedules,” Caddell explained, as the Wilkes County school system’s faculty and staff are all looking forward to greeting new and returning faces.

“We will host our annual walk-through with emergency personnel, so please do not be alarmed if you notice large numbers of law enforcement and rescue personnel at the schools before school begins,” she continued. “This event helps familiarize all who are involved, so that everyone is familiar with the facilities when responding to emergencies.

“Be on the lookout for school buses beginning Friday, and please remember that it is unlawful to pass in either direction when a school bus is stopped with flashers on,” Caddell said.

In light of the newly updated bus routes and stops, the superintendent encouraged parents to view the updated information on the system’s website at www.wilkes.k12. ga.us. On the website, parents can check the website for their child’s bus, and access other pertinent information.

For further information, parents should call the bus shop at 706-678-2192.

Caddell ended with the well-wish of “we want everyone to have a safe and successful year.”

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