Rural schools gearing up for first day of classes
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Aug. 16, 2006 -- Wednesday marked the start of the new school year for employees in three local Hopkins County School districts that begin classes this coming Monday. Four districts resumed class at the beginning of the week, while a third won’t start until after Labor Day.

North Hopkins and Saltillo teachers met this morning at North Hopkins School to kick the year off with a presentation from motivational speaker Toody Byrd, who retired after a 40-year career as a teacher and counselor. Employees at both districts will continue preparing for the upcoming school year on their campuses through the end of the week.

Yantis ISD teachers also met for the first time today. Classes also begin Monday in Yantis.

On Friday, North Hopkins students can meet their teachers and become better acquainted with the school and schedules beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding around 12 noon. Students may drop off school supplies during that time, as well. Classes will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, so students are asked to be on time.

More information about NHISD is available on the school web site at or by calling the school at 903-945-2192.

Saltillo prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade students will have an opportunity to drop their school supplies off at the school between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, so that they are ready and waiting the first day of school. School will begin promptly at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Parents can meet their children’s teachers and learn more about their child’s education  during Meet the Teacher Night, held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. More information about upcoming events or schedules at Saltillo can be obtained at the school or by calling the office at 903-537-2386.

Como-Pickton doesn’t officially start school until Sept. 5. Teachers will report for duty Aug. 28-31 for staff development. New student registration begins Aug. 21.

Parents and community members can view the latest improvements and additions at C-PCISD, particularly the elementary addition, during “Meet the Eagle Night,” which begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 in the secondary school cafeteria. The grand opening for the new facilities will be included in the night’s activities, according to C-PCISD Superintendent Bryan Neal. Meet the Eagle Night activities include meeting teachers, a light meal and an introduction of sports teams.

The C-PCISD school calendar and other information is available at or by calling the school office at 903-488-3671.

While Sulphur Springs’ school year is well under way, each campus had scheduled special parent orientation and meet the teacher activities in the upcoming weeks to help parents become better informed about their child’s class schedule and expectations, school rules, policies and special programs, and their child’s teacher.

Early Childhood Learning Center and Beginning Learning Center held their orientation Thursday, but first grade orientation begins at 6:30 p.m. and second grade at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29. Then on Aug. 31, third grade parents will have orientation at 6:30 p.m. and fourth grade at 7 p.m. All SSISD elementary orientation will be held at the child’s assigned campus. Douglas Intermediate’s parent orientation will be on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Meet the Teacher will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at middle school and Houston Learning Center on Aug. 28, and at high school Sept. 5.

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