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Teachers back; parents can meet them Thursday
School to start Tuesday for more than 10,500 students
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In this file photo from 2016, Langston Chapel Elementary School third grade teacher Candice Allen welcomes new student Eli Clum, 8, to her Hollywood/Super Hero-themed classroom during Bulloch County schools' open house. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

The Bulloch County Schools are inviting parents and students to meet their teachers during open house events on all 15 campuses Thursday evening, before the 2017-18 school year starts Tuesday for more than 10,500 students.

Thursday, the elementary schools will be open for all students and their parents to drop in between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The middle and high schools will be open from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

 

Teachers at work

School actually started Monday for the 750 classroom teachers, and many more of the system’s nearly 1,300 employees are already at work. Teachers have planning and training days all this work week and next Monday. About 140 newly hired school faculty and staff members, about 100 of whom are teachers, took part in an orientation event last Friday.

Four principals are new to their particular schools, although none is new to the district.

Stephen Hoyle, who will be welcoming students as the new principal of Southeast Bulloch High School, was assistant principal at Stilson Elementary School the past five years, and has served in other schools in the system.

Three experienced principals also exchanged schools over the summer in a sort of triangular rotation, after they were reassigned by Superintendent Charles Wilson.

Marlin Baker, now principal of Sallie Zetterower Elementary School, was previously principal of Brooklet Elementary School. Mike Yawn, now the Brooklet Elementary principal, was previously principal at William James Middle School, and Julie Mizell, now the WJMS principal, previously led Sallie Zetterower Elementary.

Baker, moving from one elementary school to another of similar size, probably has the least transition to make.

“With it still being elementary, much is similar, but of course every building is different,” he said Tuesday. “I’m very excited to be here. I’ve met the staff and we’re making plans for our students, and we just think it’s going to be a fantastic year. We’re expecting great things to happen.”

Some schools hold additional open-house events to welcome incoming students. William James Middle School has a Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. open house for sixth-graders, but sixth-graders and their parents are also welcome during the general open house Thursday, Mizell said.

 

Can still register

Families who will be new to the Bulloch County Schools, or who have moved to a different school zone within the county, still have time to register at their new before Tuesday. School offices are open from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. daily for this purpose through Friday, and even next Monday, July 31.

“It makes the first day certainly go better for the children if they’re already registered and they know where they’re going and they’ve met their teachers,” said Hayley Greene, the Bulloch County Schools public relations specialist.

It’s a good idea for parents of transferring students to touch base with the student’s previous school and have information ready for the new school, she added.

Parents and students can visit the website www.bullochschools.org and access an online Back-to-School Toolkit. It has information about new student registration, school supplies, school start times, dress codes, bus routes, the student handbook and more.

The 2017-18 Bulloch County Schools Student Handbook is available online, and students will receive one the first day of school, Greene said. She suggests that parents and students review the school system’s policies for attendance, dress codes, and codes of conduct.  

 

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