PSD back in class at week’s end
Autumn isn’t completely in the air yet, but with school starting back at week’s end, it is certainly getting closer by the week.
Polk School District welcomes students back to the classroom with open arms on Friday morning, and after a day to get situated everyone will be right back to the routine of daily learning.
Just ahead of the start of the school year on Thursday, students and parents are invited to campuses to take part in Open House sessions.
Starting at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., elementary schools across the district will be open for, followed by a Cedartown Middle School sixth grade open house from 3 to 5 p.m.
The rest of the middle school students will be welcome to campuses in Cedartown and Rockmart from 4 to 6 p.m.
High School seniors are asked to report to Cedartown and Rockmart High Schools fat 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the rest of the student body from 6 to 8 p.m.
Superintendent Laurie Atkins said one of the best ways to do that is to start off the school year right by coming to school, and then staying there through the rest of the year.
That means getting to school on time first and foremost. Students are expected at the elementary and middle school campuses at 7:45 a.m., and high school students day starts at 7:55 a.m. through the rest of the year, unless otherwise noted.
Students begin getting out at 2:45 p.m. with the elementary schools, followed by a 3:10 p.m. dismissal at the middle schools, and 3:25 p.m. for the Cedartown and Rockmart High School campuses.
“Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways to prepare your child for success - both in school and in life,” Atkins said. “When you help us make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, and have a better chance of graduating from high school ready to successfully meet the challenges life may have in store for them.”
She added that a lot of work has gone into the summer break to prepare for the start of the school year on Friday. With that came a lot of work for new administrators at campuses across the district.
That includes Leah Redden, the new principal at Young’s Grove Elementary School after the summer departure of Kiley Thompson. She joins three new assistant principals in new administrative jobs within the district. Kyle Stephens will be the new assistant principal at Northside, Jonathan Lindsey will be the new assistant principal at the Cedartown Campus of the Polk County College and Career Academy, and Angela Shuman will be the part-time assistant principal at the Rockmart Campus of the Polk County College and Career Academy.
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