Next week, our students begin another wonderful school year! After 24 years in education, I still get excited about the beginning of school. As we look forward to the first day of school for students, I would like to take this opportunity to share some information about the upcoming school year. A list of important dates, changes, and reminders for this school year are listed below.
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Changes for the New School Year:
- Our school system has entered into a contract with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement and the State Board of Education to operate as a strategic waiver school system (SWSS). Our school system will receive flexibility in the form of waivers of certain state laws, rules, and guidelines in exchange for greater accountability for increased student performance.
- The school system website has been redesigned. Make sure to click on the Parent / Student Resources tab to access information throughout the school year.
- All schools will track attendance by period. If students arrive late to school or checkout early and miss more than half the class period, they will be counted absent from class.
- A welding pathway will be taught at WCHS. Students can participate in welding classes with Wiregrass Technical College and receive both college and high school credit.
- Kindergarten students will receive a standards based report card. This report card will provide more detail to parents regarding specific skills their child is mastering.
- Milestones tests in science and social studies are no longer required in grades 3, 4, 6, or 7. These students will take a locally developed benchmark assessment to determine mastery.
- Plans for the New K-12 School continue to progress. Parrish Construction Company, our construction management firm, and SRJ Architecture have been working with school staff to design the new school. Check out the overall blueprint during open house. Plans will be posted in each school office.
- Parent Involvement Events will continue primarily on Thursdays throughout the school year.
- The Patriot Academy for School Success (PASS) will continue to operate after school from 3:10-6:10 PM Monday through Thursday. Dinner will be served to students before departing for home.
- Class begins promptly at 8:00 AM at WCMS and WCHS. If your child would like to eat breakfast, please ensure they arrive between 7:30 and 7:50 AM each morning. School dismisses at 3:06 PM.
- Patriot Period will continue at Wilcox County High School. This thirty minute class right before or after your child’s lunch is designed to remediate and/or extend learning opportunities. Most importantly, students can receive extra help in some academic subjects such as Math or English.
- Students in 9th and 10th grades will eat second lunch and students in 11th and 12th grades will eat first lunch. While two grades are eating lunch, the other students will be in Patriot Period.
- Wiregrass Technical College will continue to offer college classes at WCHS to 9th to 12th grade students who meet Wiregrass Technical College eligibility criteria. Under our block schedule, 10th through 12th grade eligible students can earn 12 semester hours of college credit each year while enrolled in high school. Ninth grade students can earn 6 semester hours of college credit.
- Online classes through FuelEd will be available again this year to students working to complete virtual classes in lieu of traditional classes. If interested, talk with your child’s school counselor for more information.
- Juniors and Seniors participating in college classes have an opportunity to enroll in Work Based Learning classes.
- The Wilcox Alternative Learning Center (WALC) will operate from 2:00-6:00 PM. Dinner will be served to students before departing for home.
Remember the end of the summer is just he beginning of something even better: a new school year! I cherish the work our staff, parents, and community members do each and every day to make our students the best they can be. Please feel free to contact me at 229-457-2387 with your questions or comments. By working together, we are achieving our mission of “Preparing Productive Citizens.”