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Students will get look at classrooms this week

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on August 17, 2009 1:46 PM

Signaling the start of a new school year, Wayne County Public Schools will hold open house events this week.

The annual back-to-school nights offer an opportunity to welcome new and returning students to the classroom.

It's also an opportunity for parents and students to familiarize themselves with the schools, meet teachers, obtain schedules and receive last-minute instructions on supply lists and routines.

Essentially, middle and high schools will host open house on Wednesday and elementary schools on Thursday, each from 5-7 p.m. There are a few variations, however.

Two schools will hold separate open house/orientations for incoming students on Tuesday night.

Eastern Wayne High School will offer freshman orientation from 9 a.m. until noon. Parents and students attending the event need not attend the school's regular open house the next evening.

Spring Creek High will hold its sixth grade open house in the gym from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Edgewood Community Developmental School is included on the elementary open house schedule Thursday. The school will also hold parent/teacher conferences from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. that day.

All grades at Grantham School, K-8, are asked to attend open house on Thursday.

The district's two alternate schools -- formerly Belfast and Southern academies -- have been renamed Wayne High School Academy and Wayne Middle School Academy. They also consolidated into one location, the former Goldsboro Intermediate School, 801 N. Lionel Street. Open house will be on Wednesday.

Administrators said the district is excited to welcome families to the 32 schools.

"With summer quickly drawing to a close, our staff is gearing up for more than 19,000 students to fill the halls and classrooms come the first day of school," said Dr. Steven Taylor, superintendent of schools. "We encourage all of our students and their parents to attend open house events. The information available for students will allow them to take their first steps to completing a successful school year."