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    With the start of classes just two weeks away, local school districts are working to ensure teachers and staff are ready for the upcoming school year.

    All area school districts will host various teacher-in service activities during the week of Aug. 18, but some have in-service and work days planned starting as early as next week. A few districts will even partner one or more days to share in-service development activities.
    In some instances, local churches or groups have designated days they will provide breakfast and/or lunch for various school districts’ personnel.
    Here’s a snapshot of some of those activities as reported by school districts to the News-Telegram:

Sulphur Springs ISD
    New district staff in Sulphur Springs Independent School District will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 12-13, then all SSISD staff will report for duty Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14-15.
    Monday, Aug. 18, District staff will meet at middle school for a big invocation. Payton Howard, SSHS Student Council president, will speak.
    Tuesday, Aug. 19, is another district and campus day. Early Childhood Learning Center will host Meet the Teacher activities in the evening. Middle school sixth graders and parents can  pick up schedules, fill out enrollment papers and attend an information meeting in the evening.
    Wednesday, Aug. 20 district staff will begin working more at the campus level. At high school, they’ll spend half the day in the library. Each staff was required to read “Fundamental 5,” by Sean Cain. The five things SSHS staff will work on will include framing the lesson; work in the power zone; frequent, small group, purposeful talk; recognize and reinforce; and writing critically.
    “The first day we’ll be in the library. We’re fired up for the year. We’ll also be doing a CPR class, ‘Fundamental 5,’ and lots of preparation to better prepare for a successful year,” said SSHS Principal Josh Williams.
    That afternoon, staff will receive ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate) safety training.
    Dare to Dream will also be hosted by Student Council and student volunteers at Douglas Intermediate School during the day Aug. 20-22.
    Thursday, Aug. 21 is another district day. First Baptist Church will be hosting a meal for area school staff.
    Sulphur Springs Elementary and Douglas Intermediate will host Meet the Teacher during the evening. Seventh and eighth graders will be able to pick up schedules and meet their teachers that evening.
    Friday, Aug. 22, it’ll be back to campuses. SSHS will continue working on the “Fundamental 5,” department group meetings and lesson development techniques.
    The three primary schools will host Meet the Teacher Friday morning. Any first or second grader who is new to the district must pre-register with the SSISD Elementary Education Office, located inside SSISD Administration Building, located at 631 Connally St., to determine their campus assignment.
    Monday, Aug. 25 staff will work on their campuses. Ninth graders will attend freshman “fish camp,” hosted by the student council that morning. Any freshman who missed fish camp and all other high school students can pick up their schedules that afternoon.

North Hopkins ISD
    North Hopkins Independent School District from Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 12-14 will participate in Flippen Group’s “Capturing Kids Hearts” training a Peerless Baptist Church. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 12, with training following from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Thursday.
    On Monday, Aug. 18, new teachers will report to NHISD at 9 a.m. for new teacher orientation. This spring and summer, NHISD has hired about nine new staff and reassigned three others.
    Flippen Group will hold a training Aug. 19 in North Hopkins cafeteria starting at 8 a.m., with lunch provided at Peerless Baptist Church afterward.
    On Aug. 20, North Hopkins staff will travel to Cumby ISD for a joint in-service from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., after a two hour lunch, North Hopkins staff will report back to NHISD for district and campus meetings from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    NHISD staff will have an opportunity to work in their rooms starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, then travel to Sulphur Springs for lunch at FBC’s ROC starting at 11 a.m., then return to their rooms from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  in order to be ready for the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 25.

Cumby ISD
    New teachers at Cumby ISD will report for orientation at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Their teacher in-service days will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 18-22, including the morning partnering session with NHISD Aug. 20.
    New student registration will also be conducted Aug. 18-22 in the high school office. Meet the Trojan Night is Aug. 15. Sixth, seventh and ninth grade orientation will be held the evening of Aug. 18. An FFA parent meeting will be hosted Aug. 19. Meet the Teacher/Tailgate party and junior high and high school schedule pick ups is Aug. 21.

Como-Pickton CISD
    Como-Pickton Consolidated Independent School District staff will participate in staff development activities from Aug. 18-20, with work days on Aug. 21-22. Campus offices will begin registering  new to the district students Aug. 11. Seventh graders’ immunization records can be turned in at the junior high office beginning Aug. 11 as well. A Back to School Bash will be held Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Miller Grove ISD
    Teachers at Miller Grove ISD won’t report for until Aug. 18. All staff will report daily at 8:30 a.m. for in-service activities Aug. 18-22, for staff development exercises. Meet the teacher will be hosted for elementary students and parents Thursday evening, Aug. 21, while junior high and high schoolers pick up their schedules in the high school library.

Saltillo ISD
    Teachers in Saltillo ISD will report for duty beginning Aug. 20 this will include five new teachers and coaches. Meet the Teacher will be the evening of Aug. 21, according to Superintendent Kevin Woolley.

Sulphur Bluff ISD
    New teachers at Sulphur Bluff ISD will report for duty starting Thursday, Aug.14, an orientation day. The rest of the staff will report for duty starting Friday, Aug. 15, and continued staff development activities and work days Aug. 18-22, in order to be ready for the start of classes Aug. 25. Dustin Carr, who was hired at the end of the school year to serve as high school principal, was asked by the school board to step up and serve as interim superintendent until trustees select an individual to fill the slot permanently. The top job was opened when John McCullough resigned after being selected to serve as superintendent at North Lamar ISD last month.

Yantis ISD
    New Yantis ISD teachers will report for duty Tuesday, Aug. 12. The rest of the staff will begin reporting for duty weekdays Aug. 13-22 for staff development, with workdays slated Aug. 18 and 22. Students will return to the classroom Monday, Aug. 25. Meet the teacher for students through second grade will be the evening of Aug. 18, for third through fifth graders Aug. 19, and for middle school and high school Aug. 21. A church in Yantis will have a special meal for staff one day to welcome them back to school.

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