What to know for heading back to school

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By Calen McKinney

Students in local school systems will soon set their alarm clocks and pack up their pencils and paper to head back to school.

Taylor County students will begin the new school year on Monday, Aug. 4. Campbellsville and Kentucky Christian students will head back to the classroom on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Orientations have been planned at all local schools to help students and their parents start the new year.

Taylor County Schools

Taylor County Elementary Assistant Principal Melissa Long said a kindergarten kickoff orientation will be tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m.

Student and parents will need to meet in the gymnasium first and then be dismissed to go to classrooms.

Students will receive free T-shirts, and refreshments and face painting will be provided. Free vision screenings, fingerprinting, discounts and other information will be available. For more information, call Ann Mattingly at 465-3978.

For students in first through third grade, Long said, orientation will be Wednesday, July 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. Orientation for fourth and fifth graders is Thursday, July 31 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Long said this year's theme at TCES is "The Learning Paradise" and it will be used throughout the school year.

At TCES orientation, Long said, students will meet their teachers, discuss classroom procedures and receive bus and other information. Other activities are also planned.

The TCES school day will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.

According to information submitted by Taylor County Middle School, sixth-grade orientation is set for Monday, July 28 at 6 p.m.

All sixth-grade students are required to have an updated immunization form and current physical. School nurses will be available during orientation to assist with students who have not had the required shots and exams.

Seventh- and eighth-grade orientation at TCMS is Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m.

Schedules and school supply lists will be given to students on orientation night and will be available at the school after orientation.

The TCMS school day will begin at 8:05 a.m. On the first day of school, sixth graders should report to the cafeteria and seventh and eighth graders should go to the gymnasium.

Taylor County High Assistant Principal DiAnne Harris said TCHS will host a Freshman Focus orientation camp for all incoming freshmen on Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All freshmen are strongly encouraged to attend, she said, because they will receive their schedules, identification cards and lockers during the event. Harris says students should bring a combination lock to receive their locker. Students will also be given a tour of the high school and meet teachers and other TCHS staff.

Lunch will be provided free during the camp, Harris said, and students may put money into their lunch accounts on those days. Students may also purchase school T-shirts for $10 and sweatshirts for $20.

Students attending the orientation camp should be dropped off at the school's entrance, report to the gymnasium and be picked up at the front entrance.

A freshman parent meeting will be Monday, July 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. School T-shirts and sweatshirts will also be available for purchase at the meeting.

TCHS kickoff night for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be Tuesday, July 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Students will pick up their schedules and can purchase school T-shirts and sweatshirts.

TCHS new student enrollment is Wednesday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the guidance office. Parents should accompany students and bring a birth certificate, Social Security card, immunization records, proof of residence, custody papers if applicable and a transcript or copy of report cards.

The TCHS school day begins at 8:05 a.m. and ends at 3:05 p.m.

For more information on TCHS events, Harris says to call 465-4431 or 789-2620.

Campbellsville Schools

Orientation for Campbellsville Elementary students is Tuesday, July 29 at 5 p.m. New student orientation is at 4:30 p.m.

CES Bookkeeper Patty Caulk said students will receive forms to be completed at the orientation. She said students have likely already received supply lists but they will also be available at orientation.

The CES school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m.

Orientation for new Campbellsville Middle School students will be Monday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. Orientation for returning students will begin at 6 p.m.

Carol Tucker, CMS bookkeeper, said new students are typically asked to bring immunization records and birth certificates to orientation night. She said students will receive paperwork packets to take home on the first day of school.

The CMS school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m., she said.

Campbellsville High School Guidance Counselor Elisha Rhodes said the CHS school day will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m.

Orientation for CHS seniors will be Monday, July 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. CHS juniors will have orientation Tuesday, July 29 from 8 to 11 a.m. with sophomore orientation set for noon to 4 p.m. Freshman orientation is Thursday, July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Rhodes said CHS students received paperwork in the mail and they should bring it completed to orientation.

Kentucky Christian School

KCS Director Gail Gabehart said orientation for students through second grade will be Monday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Orientation for those in third through fifth grade is from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Gabehart said the school will offer a new program for 3-year-olds this year and will again provide after-school care.

KCS students will attend a half day of school from 8:15 to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

The regular KCS school day will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.