School Starts Today in Stephens Co.

Today marks the beginning of a new school year for students in Stephens County.

According to Stephens County School Superintendent Sherrie Whiten, about 4100 students are scheduled to head through the doors of the county’s schools for the first day of classes today.

Teachers began their planning last week and staff have been working ever since to get ready for the first day.

Whiten said that everything is ready to go.

“It is going to be a great year,” said Whiten.  “Last year was a fantastic year.  Each year, we are beginning to see our graduation rate climb and that is something we are all striving for, making sure that our kids are ready when they get out of school.  We are excited about the upcoming year.  Teachers are excited about the upcoming year.  We are ready to get kids back.”

Whiten said the school system will continue to implement more rigorous standards and work to improve the graduation rate for all students this year.

In addition, the school system will also be piloting a new teacher and leader evaluation system, along with continuing work on its Charter System application.

Whiten also said that Stephens County High School, Stephens County Middle School, and Big A Elementary School will all be using new parent check-in software this year.

Meanwhile, once the first day of school is complete this afternoon, the Stephens County School System is inviting parents and students to the annual “Back to School Bash” tonight at Stephens County High School.

Whiten said they are hoping for another successful year for the event.

“We have some of the same activities we had last year, like the haircuts,” said Whiten.  “A lot of folks in the community will be out to give out school supplies.  We hope everyone will come out that can.”

Tonight’s “Back to School Bash” at Stephens County High School will run from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.