Students start back from win­ter break this week

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick [email protected]­stan­dard­jour­nal. net

The Polk School District is greet­ing students back from their win­ter break with smil­ing faces as 2019 gets un­der­way in full stride.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins said ed­u­ca­tors are ea­ger to see the smil­ing faces of youth re­turn to the class­room at the start of the week af­ter press time on Tues­day from their short va­ca­tion, and are just about to dig in for the an­nual test­ing sea­son com­ing up in early spring at April’s end. Youth re­turned to the class­room af­ter one ex­tra day of in-ser­vice on Mon­day for ed­u­ca­tors to pre­pare for cam­puses to open again.

“We’re ex­cited to get into the sec­ond half of the school year,” she said.

One good piece of news: as 2019 gets started, the Rock­mart High School Agri­cul­ture Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter is near­ing com­ple­tion and will in the months to come be ready for students to uti­lize.

How­ever rain de­lays are forc­ing de­lays in con­struc­tion of the new Fine Arts cen­ter at Cedar­town High School.

“They’ve done a lot to try and get ready to pour foot­ings for the new build­ing,” she said. “But the rain just keeps com­ing.”

Oth­er­wise it is ex­pected to be busi­ness as usual within the Polk School District as the 2019 cal­en­dar year gets un­der­way, start­ing with get­ting grades back from the first half of the school year.

Re­ports cards go home for the sec­ond nine weeks of the year next Wed­nes­day, just in time for the kids to get out of school again a few days later.

Students will be off again from school for the forth­com­ing Martin Luther King Jr. hol­i­day on Jan. 21, fol­lowed by a day off for Pres­i­dent’s Day on Fe­bru­ary 16. Progress re­ports go home in mid-Fe­bru­ary, and re­port cards be­fore the end of March for the third nine weeks of the year.

Spring Break will start on April 1, and con­tin­ues through Fri­day, April 5. From then, it’ll be eight more weeks of ed­u­ca­tion un­til the 2019 school year comes to a close.

The Polk County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion also re­turned back to reg­u­lar busi­ness this week af­ter press time for their first work and com­mu­nity in­put ses­sion of 2019, in­tro­duc­ing new board mem­bers Britt Mad­den Jr. and Vicki Mayes to serve as the year started. They were sworn into of­fice back in mid-De­cem­ber ahead of their first meet­ing of their terms.

/ Kevin Myrick

Work is wrap­ping up on Rock­mart High School’s new Agri­cul­ture Ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­ity as the win­ter se­mes­ter for 2019 gets un­der­way.

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