On your mark, get set – Get Ready for School!
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 3, 2006 -- With the first day of school less than two weeks away, several local school districts have set aside at least one day to better acquaint students with their class schedules, and in some cases the campus.

Wondering when classes start for your students? Sulphur Springs, Miller Grove, Sulphur Bluff and Cumby schools will all begin classes on Monday, Aug. 14. North Hopkins and Saltillo will begin classes on Aug. 21, and Como-Pickton on Sept. 5.

Sulphur Springs ISD

Sulphur Springs High School

Onn Friday, Aug. 11, freshmen students at SSHS will get their schedules between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. during freshmen orientation. All other students may pick up their schedules from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Students picking up schedules should note that their immunization records and the previous year's records must both be cleared before they can get their schedules. Should any schedule changes be needed or scheduling problems arise, the student should sign up on the list in the cafeteria so the counselors will know the change needs to be made. Students should keep in mind however, that changes will be minimal.

While getting schedules, students may also get their handbooks, which can be particularly useful when purchasing new school clothes or planning for the new year.

Sulphur Springs Middle School

Sulphur Springs High School and Middle School both have set aside two days for students to pick up their schedules and athletic equipment.

On Thursday, Aug. 10, eighth graders can report to the middle school cafeteria between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to pick up their schedules. From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, has been designated for seventh graders to pick up their schedules in the cafeteria. Sixth grade schedules will be available in the cafeteria between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Students who will be playing sports may also pick up athletics equipment from the field house during designated schedule pick-up times.

SSMS students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to fill out any needed paperwork during those times as well, according to school officials.

Any school-age students who have not obtained all of the required immunizations may do so from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at SSMS. A parent or guardian must accompany the student, and if possible, bring a current shot record for the student to present in order to receive the needed shots.

Primary schools

ECLC: Registration will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Beginnings Learning Center: Registration will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Austin Elementary School: Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, in the cafeteria.

Bowie Elementary School: Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., students will have an opportunity to meet with their teachers.

Lamar Elementary School: Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Travis Elementary School: Registration and an opportunity to meet the teachers will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Douglas Intermediate School: Registration for new students to the district will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Students will have an opportunity to meet their teachers from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cumby ISD

Meat the Teacher Night begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in Cumby ISD. New teachers at Cumby will have already gotten the school year off to an early start with the new teacher orientation, which begins Monday, Aug. 7, with refreshments and coffee, followed by an introduction to district policies, procedures and curriculum development.

The rest of the staff will report for duty beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8-Thursday, Aug. 11, and at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

More information about CISD is available on the school web site: http://cumby.esc8.net/ or by calling 903-994-2260 or 903-994-2261

Miller Grove ISD

Teachers at MGISD will report for duty on Monday, Aug. 7, but students won't report for class until Monday, Aug. 14. Students are asked to be at school at or before 7:55 a.m. on the first day of school.

Miller Grove will hold a Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, Aug. 10. The activity begins at 7 p.m. and offers kindergarten through sixth graders and their parents an opportunity to meet new teachers, become acquainted with the school and to drop off their school supplies.

Students in upper grades can pick up their schedules between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 10-11.

For more information on MGISD, contact the school office at 903-459-3288. The school's web site is http://millergrove.esc8.net/

Sulphur Bluff ISD

Sulphur Bluff ISD begins class on Monday, Aug. 14, at 8 a.m. Teachers report the week before.

Students at can drop off supplies, and become better acquainted with the school and teachers during Meet the Teacher Night, which begins with a hot dog supper at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

For more information about SBISD contact the school at 903-945-2460. Information will be available later on the school web site, http://www.sulphurbluffschool.net/, which is currently still under construction.

North Hopkins ISD

Although North Hopkins students won't begin classes until Monday, Aug. 21, the halls at NHISD will be full of activity the week before. Teachers will report for in-service day Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 16-18.

Then, on Aug. 18, students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers and become better acquainted with the school and schedules during Meet The Teacher Day, which will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude around 12 noon. Students may drop off school supplies during this time as well.

School officials said there will be no changes this year to the handbook, rules or dress code. Classes will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, so students are asked to try to be on time.

More information about NHISD is available on the school web site at http://www.northhopkins.net/ or may be obtained by contacting the school at 903-945-2192.

Saltillo ISD

Saltillo teachers will report for duty Wednesday, Aug. 16 through Friday, Aug. 18. Students should plan to begin the school day at 8 a.m. the following Monday, Aug. 21.

Parents planning for the upcoming sales tax holiday should follow the dress code established last year for Saltillo students as there will be no changes to the code this year, according to SISD Superintendent Paul Jones.

Saltillo students in prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade will have an opportunity to drop their school supplies off at the school so that they are ready and waiting the first day. Those students may drop off supplies between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.

Also, parents can meet their children's teachers and obtain valuable information pertaining to their child's education this year during Meet the Teacher Night, being held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. More information about the school, policies and upcoming events or schedules can be obtained at the school or by calling the office at 903-537-2386.

Como-Pickton ISD

The school year at Como-Pickton doesn't officially start for students until Sept. 5. Even teachers will get an added week or two of summer over their colleagues at other districts thanks to the current calendar, which has them reporting for duty on Aug. 28-31 for staff development.

Parents and community members can view the latest improvements and additions at CPCISD, particularly the elementary addition, during "Meet the Eagle Night," which begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28. The grand opening for the new facilities, including a dedication by the local Masonic Lodge, will all be included in the night's activities. Parents and teachers will continue to enjoy the traditional Meet the Eagle Night activities which include meeting teachers, a light meal and an introduction to this year's volleyball and football teams.

Early registration for new students will begin Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. School secretaries will be assisting with registration.

Information pertaining to Two-A-Day football schedules, volleyball and basketball information, school calendar and other information are all available on the school web site: http://como.tx.schoolwebpages.com

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