Those summer days are winding down.
Monday, Aug. 18 is the big day for those students returning to school around Gulf County.
At Wewahitchka Elementary School the school day runs 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. CT.
An open house for students and parents will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 21 in the cafeteria. There, Principal Tracy Bowers and her faculty will discuss with attendees their mission statement and goals for the new school year.
“We’re looking forward to a wonderful school year,” Bowers said.
Port St. Joe Elementary
At Port St. Joe Elementary School, the school day runs 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. ET.
Orientation for Pre-K students will be held from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 14.
The following day, Friday, Aug. 15, orientations will be held every hour with kindergarten at 8 a.m., first grade at 9 a.m., second grade at 10 a.m., third grade at 11 a.m., fourth grade at noon, fifth grade at 1 p.m. and sixth grade at 2 p.m. (all times ET).
Parents are asked to bring each student’s school supplies to his or her homeroom teacher.
At the orientations Principal Dr. Sandra Cook will present the school’s procedures and programs to be followed by classroom visits to meet the teachers. The orientation sessions are an opportunity for children to look forward to returning to school.
“Like many of the teachers, I have been busy getting my classroom ready and look forward to meeting and getting to know my students this year,” said first-grade teacher Joni Mock. “The faculty and staff has been gearing up for the new school year with several in services over the summer to address full implementation of the Florida Standards and new statewide assessments.”
Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School
At Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School, the day begins at 7:55 a.m. and dismisses at 2:55 p.m. CT.
An open house will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 14. Students and parents are encouraged to attend.
During the presentation, Principal Jay Bidwell will introduce the faculty and discuss ways that parents, students and staff can create a learning community that is both challenging and pleasant.
“Obviously our high school is primarily concerned with student learning, but we are also in the business of creating memories and helping to form productive citizens,” said Bidwell. “When I walk around the campus and it seems like a hub of activity, I feel like the world is somehow right.”
After the meeting students will have an opportunity to pick up their class schedules and meet their teachers for the upcoming school year.
Though this will be his first year as principal for the high school, Bidwell brings more than 23 years of teaching experience to the role and served as Principal last year at the elementary school.
“When one becomes the principal of a school the responsibility increases exponentially, and fortunately the wonderful staff at Wewahitchka Elementary School aided me greatly in my transition to a larger leadership role” said Bidwell. “I realize what our school means to this town and its children and it’s an awesome sight.
“At Wewa High School, we are well aware of our responsibility to our youth and we embrace that role. We cannot wait to start a new year.”
Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High
At Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, the first bell rings at 7:53 a.m. and students are dismissed at 3 p.m. ET.
Principal Duane McFarland invited parents of students entering grades nine to 12 will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 14. Students are encouraged to attend the meetings.
During these open houses McFarland will introduce the faculty, make the attendees aware of several new policies and allow students to pick up their schedules and visit their classrooms.
“This isn’t my first rodeo,” said McFarland. “My three years as assistant superintendent for business are going to benefit me as principal. I know how the system works.
“I’m looking forward to the new school year and I’m excited. Hopefully the kids are too.”