Volume 53, Number 38

twelve pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, September 22, 2016

How time flies when your out of school

By:Amanda Hill Bond
It’s already back to school
time here in Pickett County,
summer went by so fast. Children
are getting ready to
catch up with old friends,
make new ones and start settling
into the daily school routine.
Parents are also
anticipating the “no, because
it’s a school night” speech and
making sure the homework is
done.
There have been several
changes at the K-8 this year
due to many teachers retireing.
William “Peanut” Gibson,
Carolyn Mitchell, Lynda
Davis, Donald Mullins and
Ruth Ann Cross dedicated
many years to the children of
our community and will be
missed.
When one door closes, another
opens and we now have
several new teachers who are
eager to begin their journey in
our school system. Many
teachers have also moved to a
different grade.
This year’s student numbers
for the K-8 are at 505
with 30 new students who
will be attending.
Pickett County High School
is also changing a few things
for the new school year.
Micah Smith is the new Math
teacher and will be teaching
Algebra I, II, Tech Geometry
and Pre Calculus.
A new class is being offered
for high school students, a
CNA nursing class. There are
around 185 students enrolled
in the high school with five
new students.
Both schools will be implementing
a new parent notification
system. Last year, with
the help of 911, notification to
parents by text message was
started to give parents important
information. Since many
people do not have text message
capabilities, a voice
recording will be sent to landline
or cell phone. Each school
will be sending home an information
sheet for parents to
fill out.
The first day of school is set
for August 12th.

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