August 1, 2009 10:36:00 PM
Local school districts are welcoming students and parents back to school with open houses in Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay county and municipal schools.
Columbus and Lowndes County
In the Columbus Municipal School District, open houses will be held at all schools, except Columbus High School, on August 4.
"Every new school year brings anticipation for the adventure ahead and excitement for the endless possibilities it holds," CMSD Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips said. "This year, that is especially true as we are piloting our (11-month) Success Calendar at Sale and Stokes-Beard, building a new middle school, teaching the first class of International Baccalaureate students and offering opportunities through our dual-credit course at Columbus High School. We want you to come join us and be a part of the most innovative district in Mississippi."
Open houses will be held Aug. 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hunt Intermediate, Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School, Fairview Elementary Aerospace and Science Magnet School, Franklin Elementary Medical Sciences and Wellness Magnet School, Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet School and Stokes-Beard Elementary Technology and Communication Magnet School.
Open houses will be held Aug. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lee Middle School and Aug. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Columbus High School.
"The theme for our school year is ''This is It: Make It Your Best!''" said Lee Middle School Principal Cindy Wamble. "This is indeed our last year at Lee Middle School, as we prepare to become Columbus Middle School. All of our energies and excitement will be focused on once again improving student achievement, but also having a full slate of activities the students can enjoy and become involved in and have a great year."
In the Lowndes County School District, open houses will be held Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Caledonia Elementary School, Caledonia Middle School and Caledonia High School.
Open houses will be held at New Hope Elementary School Aug. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for kindergarten students and students in second and fourth grades and on Aug. 4 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for students in first, third and fifth grades.
Additionally, the New Hope Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is having a "fun night," including food, face painting, a dunking booth, jumpers and other children''s activities, during both open houses.
Open houses will be held Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at New Hope Middle School and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Hope High School.
Additionally, open houses will be held Aug. 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at West Lowndes Elementary School, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at West Lowndes Middle School and Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. at West Lowndes High School.
Starkville and Oktibbeha County
In the Starkville School District, open houses will be held at Sudduth Elementary School Aug. 5, beginning at 8 a.m., and at Overstreet Elementary School Aug. 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
An open house will be held at Ward Stewart Elementary School Aug. 5 from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at Henderson Intermediate School Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., and at Armstrong Middle School Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. for seventh graders and Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for eighth graders.
In the Oktibbeha County School District, open houses will be held Aug. 10 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at West Oktibbeha Elementary School and Aug. 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at East Oktibbeha County Elementary School.
Meet-and-greet sessions for students at East Oktibbeha County High School will be held Aug. 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and for students at West Oktibbeha County High School Aug. 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
West Point and Clay County
In the West Point School District, open houses will be held Aug. 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Catherine Bryan School, East Side Elementary School and Church Hill Elementary School.
In the Clay County School District, an open house will be held Aug. 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at West Clay Elementary School.
Caledonia School Parent commented at 8/3/2009 1:07:00 PM:
You have got to be kidding me. 1.5 hours to meet all your kid's teachers. That is not enough time for any parent that has kids in both or in all three schools in Caledonia. The parking lots can not handle all the parents from all three schools at one time.
Very poor planning on the schools', the School Board's and Superintendent's part. I blame all as when I questioned you, you each blame each other for selecting the same night.
Somebody needs to take the bull by the horns and make a change. How fair are you being to the new student to your schools or to your teachers that teach at both CMS & CHS or CES & CMS? They are a bit scared/nervous to be the new student, new middle schooler or new high schooler.
Parents, we need to Demand separate nights for each school. Yes I said demand as requesting has gotten nowhere. Mr. Halford said he has recommended to the schools to pick different nights. Well Sir, I think it is high time you Direct (Tell) them to have separate nights.
Lee Middle School Parent commented at 8/4/2009 6:14:00 PM:
I went to register my child on last week and was told that I had to pay the fees but they could not give me the schedule. I was told that I would receive it during Open House. At the time I had no problem with waiting. However, I broke a tooth while on vacation and the dentist pulled it half way out and couldn't get the rest so I'm in pain. I went to the school around two o'clock in the afternoon to pick up the schedule and they had a sign that the office would be closed until open house. I explained that I couldn't make Open House but I needed the schedule. I was scoffed at by some lady at the computer in the office who I later discovered was the counselor. She asked the receptionist while I was standing there where did she put the signs that the office would be closed. I told her that the signs were there but I need the schedule. She told them to lock the doors as if I was trying to break into the school and steal something! I let her know that I was sorry for inconveniencing her but I was too inconvenienced when I couldn't get the schedule during registration. She said it wasn't just them, it was the whole district-I didn't say anything because I left there on the day of registration and picked up two more schedules for my girls. She felt it was fair for her to act the way she acted and expected me not to get upset! This is the wrong way to start the year off! she reluctantly gave me the schedule and asked the young lady to ask me if I paid my fees. What if I hadn't? Would you deprive a child of an education because the parents are unfortunate enough to not have enough money?! Get a grip Columbus Municipal School District! I cleared the fees the day of registration, or at least the ones I knew about because like I said, I didn't have a schedule.
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