PSD back in class at week’s end

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

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.

Some ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion

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