2017-07-27 / Front Page

Campuses will host open house Tuesday as school bells ring for students Aug. 3


Lincoln County students (back, l-r) Garrod Hearst, Cole Miller Savannah Gray, Elizabeth Allen, Samaritan Graham, Rebecca Kneece, Lydia Partridge, Nicholas Town, (front, l-r) Jamiyah Caser, Matthew Penrow, Ariel McCauley, and Jaylen Mickens get ready for the new school year to begin. Lincoln County students (back, l-r) Garrod Hearst, Cole Miller Savannah Gray, Elizabeth Allen, Samaritan Graham, Rebecca Kneece, Lydia Partridge, Nicholas Town, (front, l-r) Jamiyah Caser, Matthew Penrow, Ariel McCauley, and Jaylen Mickens get ready for the new school year to begin. As summer vacation comes to a close, Lincoln County’s children will soon pull out their backpacks filled with fresh supplies and head back for the new semester. For the 2017-2018 year, school bells ring on Thursday, August 3.

“We’re excited for the students to come back, and for our teachers to get back so that they can begin working in a new, positive direc­tion,” Superintendent Dr. Samuel Light said. “More than anything, I just want us to keep last year’s good work going into the new school year.”

Light also invited parents and students to the school system’s open houses on Tuesday, August 1, from 3-6 p.m., held at each of the schools.

Concerning other back-to-school information, parents and students need to be aware that breakfast prices remained the same as last year, however lunch prices have increased.

“The Lincoln County School System is pleased to participate in the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) and will be serv­ing breakfast the first day of school, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at all three schools,” Nutrition Director Kay Light said.

Breakfast costs $1 for regularly priced meals and 30 cents for re­duced price meals system wide, whereas, lunch costs $2.15 at LCES and $2.40 at LCMS and LCHS for regularly priced meals and 40 cents at both schools for reduced price meals.

As for adults, breakfast will cost $1.50 and lunch is $3.25.

According to Director Light, “ap­plications for free and reduced price meals will be sent home with every student. Although a new form must be submitted each year, only one application is needed per household. Eligibility from last year will expire within the first 30 days of the new school year.”

School meals can be paid online at www.myschoolbucks.com or di­rectly to the school cafeteria.

Menus for each month can be found on the Lincoln County School System’s website at www.lincoln­countyschools.org under “Depart­ments: Nutrition.”

In addition, Director Light will be present at all of the open house events to answer questions and ac­cept meal payments.

For more information, parents may contact Light by calling her office at 706-359-3121, extension 3254, or by emailing her at klight@lcboe.us.

In her remarks on the first day of school, LCES Principal, Jeana Aycock indicated that homeroom begins at 7:50 a.m. “This is when we take attendance and students view ‘The Morning Show,’ which includes important information for the day.”

Parents and students may arrive on campus as early as 7:30 a.m.

“Allow yourself up to 30 minutes to get your child settled in his class­room on the first day of school,” Aycock said. “Students who arrive after 7:50 a.m. will be considered tardy.”

Car riders will unload at the front door of the school, and law enforce­ment will be on hand to handle the traffic.

Aycock assured new students and their parents that the congestion decreases about two weeks after the beginning of school. Usually, the morning routine for car riders takes fifteen minutes or less.

Moreover, parents are asked to pick up their children in accor­dance with the following schedule: Pre-K and kindergarten, 2:45 p.m.; first, second, and third grade, 2:50 p.m.; and grades four and five, 2:55 p.m. All car riders must be picked up by 3:05 p.m. Buses begin dismissing at 2:50 p.m.

“We’re excited about all of the new things we have planned for the school year. We are eagerly antici­pating the arrival of the students,” Aycock said.

LCMS Principal Patty Arthur in­formed parents that the school will hold a sixth grade orientation for upcoming students on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

She also reminded parents to make sure their child has had the immu­nizations necessary to enter middle school. They are:

(1) Sixth-graders – Children en­tering the sixth grade will need two doses of the measles vaccine, two doses of the mumps vaccine, and one dose of the rubella vaccine or have laboratory proof of immunity against these diseases.

Sixth-graders will likewise need two doses of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or documentation that they have had the disease or laboratory proof of immunity. The second dose is needed because only one dose was required when these children started school.

(2) Seventh-graders – Seventh- graders as well as “new entrants” will be required to have Tdap and meningococcal vaccines prior to entering school.

According to Arthur, the first day of school will start off with all stu­dents reporting to the gymnasium at 7:55 a.m. for an assembly. They will then meet their first-period teachers and be escorted to class. To help things move along smoothly, teachers will be on duty beginning at 7:25 a.m.

For students at LCMS, the school day will end at 3:10 p.m.

“Our faculty and staff will con­tinue the tradition of excellence by providing our students with a positive, academically challenging learning environment,” Arthur said. “We are looking forward to a great school year as we strive to make learning fun at LCMS.”

LCHS Principal, Dr. Howie Gun­by invited students and parents to freshman orientation on Thursday, July 27, at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. This session is for students and parents of upcoming ninth graders. Parents and students will become familiarized with important school rules and guidelines, includ­ing tardy and attendance policies, discipline procedures, dress code, course information, expectations, college and career course tracks, honor policy, and other pertinent high school information.

Additionally, during the high school open house, seniors and juniors will be allowed to purchase parking permits. The cost is $20 per year. The student must present their driver’.s.license..and.proof.of.insur­ance .. for the vehicle that they will drive to school.

“I am excited about the upcoming school year and I look forward to working with the students, parents, faculty, staff, and community as we continue to inspire and educate the students of Lincoln County,” Dr. Gunby said.

On the first day of school students are to report directly to the cafeteria if they arrive before 7:45 a.m. and to their first-block class if they arrive after 7:50 a.m. Class schedules will be available in the main foyer for students who did not obtain one at open house.

Gunby pointed out that for safety reasons, students may gain access to the school building no earlier than 7:25 a.m. School is set to begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.

Moreover, buses will drop off and pick up students at the rear of the building, while car riders will utilize the front of the school.

“Parents and students should allow extra time for increased traf­fic during the first few weeks of school,” Dr. Gunby said.

Additionally, he encouraged par­ents to get involved in their child’s education and school activities and to talk with their child’s teachers and guidance counselor on a regular basis.

Furthermore, it was noted that all students in the system will be issued a student handbook the first day of school. The handbook contains in­formation, rules, and policies such as the attendance protocol, the dress code, and the code of conduct with which students and parents should be familiar.

Revisions made to the handbook for each school include:

(1) LCES – Dress code: No cut out shirts, midriffs, or exposure of one’s stomach. No inappropriate graph­ics/ wording on clothing. Students who do not follow dress code will be given a school shirt to wear over their clothing. Parents will have to bring shorts/pants for children to change into.

(2) LCMS – Dress Code: Students are not allowed to wear clothing that shows undergarments such as bral­ettes, bras, or string camisoles.

(3) LCHS – 1. Incomplete grades («I») may only be completed during the first four weeks of the following semester. Courses not completed will convert to an “F” at the end of the next grading period. The prin­cipal may grant additional time for medical reasons and extenuating circumstances.

2. Dress Code: Students are not wear halter-tops, tank tops, midriff tops, string tops, razor back shirts, and sling tops; see-through or semi- transparent tops that show under­garments such as bras, bralettes or string camisoles.

3. Electronic Violation: Personal electronic devices must not be vis­ible at any time during the school day.

The handbook also features spe­cial tear-out pages that parents and guardians are required to sign and return to the school. Their signatures serve as an acknowledgement that they have read the handbook and that they agree to allow their child to use the Internet at school and are acquainted with the rules governing this privilege.

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