2005-08-04 / Front Page

About 1,850 students will report for school tomorrow

By KIP BURKE news editor

By KIP BURKE

news editor


TheNews- Attending new teacher orientation at the Wilkes County Board of Education this week were: (first row,

l-r) Katy Meech, Erin Wright, Amanda Woods, and Julie Holloman; (second row) Michelle Smith, Sara

Jaudon, assistant principal Anita Cummings, counselor Fiona Calhoun, and Markita Spikes; (third row)

Gary Butts, Fulani Doughty, psychologist Renae Kelley, and Jackson Calhoun; (fourth row) Tina Lewis,

and Brian Usry. Not pictured are Natalie Schneider and Jan Murray.

TheNews- Attending new teacher orientation at the Wilkes County Board of Education this week were: (first row, l-r) Katy Meech, Erin Wright, Amanda Woods, and Julie Holloman; (second row) Michelle Smith, Sara Jaudon, assistant principal Anita Cummings, counselor Fiona Calhoun, and Markita Spikes; (third row) Gary Butts, Fulani Doughty, psychologist Renae Kelley, and Jackson Calhoun; (fourth row) Tina Lewis, and Brian Usry. Not pictured are Natalie Schneider and Jan Murray. Students and parents are filling the halls of Wilkes County schools today for open house and orientation, preparing for classes to start tomorrow for the 2005-2006 school year. The nearly 1,850 students will find new curriculum, new teachers and staff, and new challenges to tackle.

"We're planning a very exciting year," Superintendent Joyce Williams said. "Our teachers, paraprofessionals, and staff have been in workshops virtually all summer getting ready for the new Georgia Performance Standards." The new curriculum will be used to teach language arts for all students K-12, she said, to teach mathematics in grades six through eight, science in grades six and seven. The new curriculum will be phased in for all other subjects and grade levels soon.

"Our emphasis this year will be on math and reading, and our teachers have been in courses all summer to strengthen their skills and to learn new strategies in math and reading," Williams said.

Teachers will continue to use and improve on the "inclusion co-teaching" model of instruction that was critical to the success of the school system in meeting state AYP standards.

"We've been in classes on that all summer, and we'll continue training teachers [on inclusion coteaching] through the year to make that a stronger piece in our instructional strategies."

Students will see some new faces in teaching and staff positions throughout the system. Anita Cummings joins the middle school as assistant principal, Renae Kelley is the new school psychologist, and Fiona Calhoun joins the primary school as the counselor. New teachers include Erin Wright, Amanda Woods, and Julie Holloman at the primary school; Tina Lewis at the elementary school; Katy Meech, Michelle Smith, Sara Jaudon, and Brian Usry at the middle school; and

Markita Spikes, Gary Butts, Jackson

Calhoun, Natalie Schneider, and

Jan Murray at the high school.

Although today is the official

open house/orientation, many rising

sixth-graders visited the middle

school last week to meet Principal

Bill Pendrey and several teachers.

For new kindergarteners, orientation

at Washington-Wilkes Primary

is 2 p.m. today. First-graders follow

at 2:30, second-graders at 3, and

third-graders meet at 3:30 p.m. Principal

Dr. Rosemary Caddell strongly

encourages all parents to attend orientation.

"This is a very important

time for parents to learn about expectations

for the school year," she

said.

For the elementary school, Principal

Wanda Jenkins will be welcoming

students and their parents

for orientation today from 1-3 p.m.

Rising eleventh and twelfth graders

had their orientation at WWCHS

Tuesday, and rising freshmen

and sophomores go to orientation

today from 1 to 3 p.m.

All students report for the first day

of school on Friday.

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