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Countdown begins for first day of school on August 4th

 

The first day of school for Seminole County schools is Wednesday, August 4. Regular bus routes will begin the first day of school and run each day of the school year.

Seminole County Middle High School sixth through eighth grade orientation will be held at Seminole County Middle High School Thursday, July 29th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

ninth through twelfth  grade orientation will be held Monday, August 2, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

During orientation SCMHS will issue chromebooks, lockers, and schedules. Chromebook insurance will cost $25.00, and there will be a $5  locker fee.

 Those attending orientation will also have a controlled schedule to go through beginning promptly at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.  

Seminole County Elementary will hold an open house and meet your teacher event on Monday, August 2 from twelve noon until 1 p.m and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Each SCES Open House session will be divided into three sections: Meet the Teacher, Meet the Administration and School Resource Scramble, provided by Billie McLendon of Family Connections.

Seminole County School Superintendent Mark Earnest offered the following comments on the opening of a new school year.  

“First, I would like to say how honored I am to serve Seminole County as Superintendent of Schools. Looking forward, we are excited about preparing for as normal of a school year as possible. We will continue to work closely with the local health department and the Georgia Department of Education enforcing CDC and COVID guidelines as they are updated. Our community and school leaders have done an outstanding job enforcing the mitigation measures. We will continue to provide all of our teachers and students with an environment that is safe and conducive for learning.” 

The Seminole County Board of Education has been planning for a year and a half for the construction of a new Pre-K – 12 school. All of the necessary paperwork has been filed with the Georgia Department of Education to receive state funding for the facility. For the new school to become a reality, the voters will have to pass a new SPLOST referendum on November 2. More information on the new school will be forthcoming.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed with school officials by calling the school at 229-524-2433.

Seminole County Middle High School

SCMHS Principal Shane Purdy offered the following welcome back to school. “We are excited to have our students return to the building again.  Our staff has been tirelessly working to prepare for your return.  I want to begin by saying for 2021, SCMHS was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top high schools in the nation!  We are proud of this accomplishment, as it took our entire Seminole County community to make this happen.  

For 2021-2022, we truly hope each child has a wonderful experience that will be beneficial to our students’ educational growth. Our goal is to meet the students’  needs and push them to greater heights than they ever thought were attainable. We want Seminole County Middle High School to continue to be the model school in all areas of excellence in Southwest Georgia.” 

Dress Code:

SCMHS has made some changes to its dress code.  The students spoke, and the school listened. The changes in the dress code for the 2021-2022 school year will allow students to wear joggers (no holes) and pants will be worn around the waistline (no sagging). Yes,  holes in pants will be permitted; however, they may not be above three inches above the kneecap, even if leggings are worn underneath.

New Rules:

Bullying will not be tolerated at SCMHS and the Department of Education has very strict bullying guidelines all schools must follow. 

 SCMHS will have a zero tolerance approach for students who have a vape or are found vaping on school grounds.  The first offense will result in five  days OSS/Parent Notification/Disciplinary Contract. The second offense will result in 10 days OSS pending tribunal or immediate Alternative School enrollment with Waiver.  

Possession or use of any device containing THC results in automatic 10 days OSS and student referral to tribunal.  Tribunal decision will determine the punishment.  SCMHS will also have an outside organization perform random drug testing for all students throughout the year.  SCMHS has a full-time School Resource Officer and a Drug Dog along with over 100 cameras in and around our building to keep our kids safe.  

In the cafeteria…

For breakfast, SCMHS will offer a hot meal, or a grab-n-go sack breakfast to carry to your first period class.  For lunch, a student can have a salad or the student can receive a meal in either of the two “hot food” lines.  Seniors will have their own eating area in the gym lobby.  TVs are available for students to view with various channels (ex. Disney, Sling TV) so students can relax and enjoy while eating and talking with their friends.  

Students will also be able to use their cell phone during lunch and between classes. 

Academic Excellence

SCMHS wants to offer courses that will engage and challenge all students.  SCMHS  will continue to offer Honors level classes for all middle and high school grades and content areas along with Advanced Placement Courses for high school students.  For the high school, SCMHS has added new classes such as AP Biology, Guitar, Computer Science, Art, Audio and Video Technology (new pathway), History and Literature of the Old Testament, Sports in US Society, Teaching as a Profession (new pathway) and Driver’s Education. 

The Middle School will benefit from this schedule with a Remediation/Enrichment period and a Literacy period to assist with their personalized academic growth.  

You get out of it 

what you put into it!  

Again, after listening to students’ evaluations of Tribe Time throughout the year last year, SCMHS made some concentrated changes to this very valuable time.  The school has upgraded “Tribe Time” to be more engaging and effective for all students.  SCMHS wants to help educate all aspects of the child – not just academics.  “Tribe Time” is an additional 26 minute class to help educate kids on character, etiquette, college preparation, school clubs participation, financial responsibility, job applications, mentor programs, etc.  Students will benefit from this class by improving themselves as individuals in preparation for life.  

Clubs

Students loved being involved in clubs every Wednesday last year.  SCMHS would like to see more student involvement in sports, band, drama, agriculture and other extracurricular activities offered. 

SCMHS Daily Schedule

First period will run from       8:00 – 8:50 a.m. Tribe Time will be from 8:54 – 9:20 a.m., followed by second period: 9:24 – 10:14 a.m.; third period: 10:18 – 11:08 a.m.; fourth period: 11:12 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; fifth period: 12:34 – 1:24 p.m.; sixth period: 1:28 – 2:18; and seventh period: 2:22 – 3:12 p.m. 

Transportation:

Students who have transportation changes through the school year will have to go through a process of changing their bus situation.  The parent will have to fill out a form and can only have their bus changed a minimal amount of times.  Students who ride the bus are still required to wear a mask while on the bus.  

Safety:

Hand sanitizer stations and masks will be readily available for any student at SCMHS.  The school will continue to follow the set guidelines from the Department of Education that  works closely with the CDC in making rules for all children and schools in the state of Georgia.  SCMHS will continue to post the handed down guidelines when the CDC and Department of Education make any changes throughout the year.  

Communication:

Visit the app store on your device to download our the SCMHS app on your phone.  The  school’s website is linked to the app and Facebook and Twitter pages.  SCMHS looks forward to communicating with the public as quickly as possible when events occur or change.  Each student has a school gmail email address.  Students and parents will receive a weekly update newsletter communicating upcoming events and accomplishments.    

 Seminole County Elementary School

Seminole County Elementary (SCES) Principal  Truett Johnson commented, “As the Summer comes to a close and we prepare together for the upcoming academic year, I wish to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to SCES. I hope everyone has enjoyed a relaxing Summer and all are  refreshed and ready to get this new school year started! The start of the school year is always a special time on our campus, with new students and faculty, new relationships, and new opportunities and experiences starting afresh after the Summer months.  I look forward to building those new and lasting relationships and working hand in hand with you as your new principal this school term.  The administrative and office staff, along with custodians Greg Williams, Tony Reed, Gloria Jones, Barbara Green and Earl Williams, have been working tirelessly this Summer to make sure everything is perfect for the start of school.” 

Assistant Principals Laura Croom and Nikki Carlisle, school counselor Paige Miller,  and Principal Johnson are eager to share some new ideas this year that will allow SCES students, families and community members to be more engaged in the school.

“We want our parents and community members to know what a great school system, wonderful students and unrivaled faculty and staff we have here at SCES. We all must understand that everyone will have a part to play if we are to achieve our goals and reach our full potential,” added Johnson. 

New programs

Many of the new programs at SCES were conceived with SCES students and families in mind. 

Pow Wow Time

SCES will begin each school day with a short scheduled time called “Pow Wow Time.” This time will allow the school’s counselor to provide every student with Tier I counseling services, implement many character building activities and have opportunities to discuss topics like finance, career choices, coping strategies, etc. 

Club Day

SCES this year will also have a Club Day once a month. Club Day at SCES will grant its students experiences with new organizations such as 4-H, FCA and other groups such as Art Club, Game Club, Drama/Chorale Club and others. The school counselor and administrative staff have organized a full schedule of parent engagement opportunities for school families. 

Safety

As much as administrators at SCES hope to return to some normalcy during the school day, SCES, like SCMHS, this year  will still follow the guidance presented to us from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Health. Students will still be mandated to wear masks on all school busses in accordance to guidelines that are in place.  

SCES will continue to monitor daily activities in order to provide the three foot social distance policy that is recommended. The SCES janitorial staff will continue to disinfect throughout the school day and each afternoon after students and staff have ended their day. Throughout the school year, the school will monitor all changes in COVID-19 safety guidance and adapt as it has in the past. The school encourages all to download and use the school’s  app and website to follow any changes in school policies regarding COVID policies.

SCES Daily Schedule

The SCES school day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss each day at 3:12 p.m. Kindergarten through second grade students will continue to be dropped off at the main office and third through fifth grade students will continue to be dropped off in front of the 49 building. 

No students will be allowed to be dropped off before 7:30 a.m. The school’s afternoon pickup locations will remain the same: K and older siblings pickup will be in front of the K building, first and second grade, and older siblings, will be picked  up in front of the main office, and third, fourth and fifth grade students will be picked up in front of the gym.

SCES Principal Johnson   added,  “Once again, I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with you and your child(ren) as we make a lasting impression on our students here at SCES.  We look forward to forming a positive, working relationship with our school families that will help us all to achieve our goals and provide the best experience we can for our students.”

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