Excitement at WES and new program at DHS highlight start of new school year

BY Jan Murray jmurray@southeastsun.com

Excitement at WES and new program at DHS highlight start of new school year
School employees at Daleville City Schools are excited for the 2016-2017 school year. Teachers and staff have been involved in in-service training, staff meetings and final room preparation since Monday and students will return full-time on Thursday.“We are very excited to start the new school year and hope everyone had agreat summer,” said Josh Robertson, Daleville High School principal. “Our students can look forward to new opportunities with the relationship with the Ozark City Schools Career Academy. Every new school year is the chance to improve and do things better than we did the previous year. My hope is that our faculty, staff, students, and parents work together to put our students in the best possible position to be successful.”The relationship with Ozark schools that Robertson is referring to is all about the vocational/technical program expansions at the high school. School board members recently approved the measure, allowing students from DHS to travel to Carroll High School’s career academy to take classes in career fields not offered at the local school. The career tech students will begin the Ozark classes Monday, Aug. 8.DHS Career Tech Administrator Jan Smith said, “DHS is participating in the programs in an effort to help prepare our students to be college and career ready upon graduation. Our students will be attending the Health Sciences Program, along with Drafting and Aviation.“The Aviation Program will be taught at the Ozark Campus of Enterprise State Community College. Students enrolled in the Drafting Program and Aviation Program will be a part of the Dual Enrollment Program that will afford them high school as well as college credit for successful completion of the program.”DHS will operate a school bus to transport those students who cannot self-transport.“Any student that needs to self-transport will be held accountable with the Ozark Career Center’s and ESCC’s Attendance Policies and appropriate consequences will apply. Self-transporting students will be dealt with on an individual basis,” said Smith.Across town at Windham Elementary School, administration, faculty and staff have worked most of the summer preparing for the new school year and the principal believes the “Leader in Me” school is poised for its best year ever.“We are putting the finishing touches on preparations for the 2016-2017 school year,” said WES Principal Chris Mitten. “Personnel have been hired, the building has been cleaned and we are ready for our children to come back! The summers are long and challenging. The school building isn't the same without students. I am so excited to see how much they have grown over the summer. I feel like we are poised to have the best year we have ever had.”“Here’s to another great school year,” said newly hired Superintendent Dr. Diane Flournoy. “The first few days of school are very important and set the tone for the remainder of the school year. Teachers and students are developing a relationship that will last 10 months or more. Expectations are shared and the classroom culture begins to take shape.“A positive experience during this time is vital for a child’s wellbeing and academic success. There is only one first day of school.”Prospective students can still registering at DCS by picking up a registration packet at either school or by printing the packet from www.chinovalleyschools.com, completing and turning it in to the appropriate school.
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