It's almost that time of year again. Stores are full of stacks of notebooks and bins of pens, pencils, glue sticks and more. That's the signal for parents everywhere to tightly grip their wallets, and prepare to shell out big bucks to send the children off to school in style.
Stores like Wal-Mart and Kmart have lists located inside the store of what school supplies children will need for the year. Supply lists are organized by school and grade.
Sixth-grade students at North Clay Middle School can purchase a supply bundle from the school during Step-up Day on Aug. 13. Those in grades 7-12 will need to attend school with a pen, pencil and notepad on the first day. The teachers will list what each student will need for each class.
The basics are the same at most schools in the county. Plan to purchase a small school pencil box or bag, crayons, markers, colored pencils, wood pencils, black, blue and red ink pens, block erasers, glue sticks, bottles of glue, scissors, a ruler, dry erase markers, spiral notebooks, loose-leaf paper, pocket folders and binders.
In addition to the basics, several schools require special supplies. Baggies, napkins, Kleenex, paper plates and paper towels are on the list for several classes. Play-Doh, post-it notes, steno pads, sharpie markers, index cards, baby wipes and clipboards are also listed.
Many of the schools require a separate pair of white or non-marking soled shoes for gym class.
Several schools have posted a notice that they do not want students to have personal pencil sharpeners, trapper keepers or mechanical pencils.
Eastside Elementary School is one of these schools.
Last year, they had a child break a pencil sharpener and the blade came loose.
"We felt they were potential safety hazards, so the teachers and I decided students didn't really need to have them," East Side Principal Mary Ray said. "We also had issues with children sharpening their pencils instead of actually listening to the teacher or working, it was a distraction that we chose to eliminate. We had similar problems with the mechanical pencils. They would break easily, and lead would be all over the floor presenting a safety hazard. Trapper Keepers won't fit in the desks and students needed to leave them on the floor. Again, this is a safety hazard. We want all our students to know that for six hours every day, they are safe and secure, and it is the staff's job to keep them that way."
The first day of school for teachers is Aug. 14, and for students, Aug. 15. All principals will be on duty in their buildings beginning on Aug. 2.
Student scheduled hours for area schools includes,
o East Side Elementary, Forest Park Elementary and Meridian Elementary are in class from 8:25 a.m-2:40 p.m.,
o Jackson Township, Staunton Elementary and Van Buren Elementary are in class from 8:05 a.m.-2:30 p.m.,
o Clay City Elementary is in class from 8:25 a.m.-3 p.m.,
o Clay City High School is in class from 8:25 a.m.-3:05 p.m.,
o North Clay Middle School is in class from 8:40 a.m.- 3:20 p.m., and
o Northview High School is in class from 8:30 a.m.-3:10 p.m.
Clay City Jr./Sr. High School students can pick up their schedules on Aug. 7-14, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Students unable to pick up this information will receive it the first day of school, Aug. 15.
New students may register at the school Aug. 6-10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
A special seventh-grade orientation night is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. in the auditeria for parents and students.
All students will report to first-period class on Aug. 15, except for seventh graders who will report to the auditeria.
Students in sixth grade will need proof of a second MMR vaccination prior to school starting.
North Clay Middle School's new students can contact the office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to enroll. New students need a birth certificate, immunization records and academic information from previous schools.
North Clay seventh-and eighth-graders can pick up their schedule on Thursday, Aug. 9, from noon until 6 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sixth-grade students can pick up their schedules on Step-up day Monday, Aug. 13. Supplies may be purchased from the North Clay bookstore at that time. Proof of a second MMR vaccination will be needed on Monday Aug. 13.
New students at Northview High School can enroll after Aug. 6. Call the school (448-2661) for an appointment.
An open house for students entering ninth grade will be held on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Freshman-class schedules will be distributed at that time.
Class schedules for other grades will be distributed during homeroom on Wed. Aug. 15.
There will be no schedule changes except to correct a schedule mistake or balance classes per the Course Description Booklet policy.
Any student with a scheduling mistake needs to contact the school and make an appointment to correct the mistake.
Textbook rental will be collected once all class assignments are finalized.
A policy concerning backpacks and purses had changed.
For the school year if 2007-2008, backpacks must be kept in lockers, and purses can be no larger than the average textbook.
In addition, breakfast and lunch prices have changed. The changes include,
o Elementary breakfast is now $1.10,
o Elementary lunch is now $1.80,
o High school breakfast is now $1.20,
o High school lunch in now $1.90,
o Adult breakfast is now $1.70, and
o Adult lunch is now $2.60.
Breakfast and lunch charges are no longer allowed at the high school level. Elementary and middle school students are allowed three charges, but must pay for those charges. Students without money for meals after charges are accumulated will be provided a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and milk.