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2015-2016 school year begins
Screven County school officials say the start of the 2015-2016 school year has been a smooth one.
“I want to commend the teachers for their preparations to begin the learning environment in their classes through their dedication and hard work throughout the summer,” said Superintendent William Bland. “We have had many teachers working in their rooms preparing for their students well before preplanning week.
“I especially want to commend our operations staff: maintenance, bus drivers, custodians, food service, and all others involved behind the scenes to make for such a successful start,” Bland said.
Bland said the systemwide enrollment is down from the end of last year.
“New students are continuing to register and others listed as ‘no-shows’ are continuing to show up,” Bland said. “As of Tuesday evening, our total number was down about 100 students from where we ended school last May.”
High school principal Brian Scott concurred with Bland about how the start of the new year has been.
“We had a very smooth first week at school,” Scott said. “If the first few days of school is an indication of the rest of the year will be, we will have an excellent school year.”
Middle school principal Dr. Bobby Costlow echoed the others about the start to 2015-2016.
“The middle school has gotten off to a really good start aided by the fact that almost 85 percent of our students attended orientation or open house,” Costlow said.
The SCMS principal wanted to remind parents need to remember they can log on to Parent Connect to check students grades and work.
Costlow said if parents do not have an account, then please contact the school.
He also wanted to make sure that each student has a planner that will help them not only keep track of all the books they read for Accelerated Reader, but also for any upcoming events in the calendar section of the planner – a great way to keep track of HW and assessments.
Additionally, Costlow said the school occasionally sends out important reminders via text through Remind 101.
If a parent would like to join the SCMS Community Reminder list, please text ‘@scmsupdate’ to the number 81010.
Elementary school principal Brett Warren said it has been a “very solid start to school.”
“Traffic flow has been very impressive in the mornings outside and in the hallways,” Warren said. “The students seem very excited to be here. How long has it been since it rained at 2:30 in the afternoon? Well it did on our first day at bus loading and pickup. But everyone handled it well. Hope to pick up a few more students in the next week.”
Warren said next week the front circle will be blocked beginning at 8:05 a.m. in the mornings. Any student arriving after 8:05 a.m. must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will need to sign the student in for the day.