The second semester began Thursday for students in Clay County, and it will not be long before summer rolls around again.
January is filled with activities to get students back in the swing of things.
Clay City Jr./Sr. High School will compete in the Junior High Geography Bee on Jan. 8, starting the year on a competitive note.
The LEAAP Center will begin Ivy Tech classes on Jan. 14, but not in their usual location.
Because of the large number of people participating, classes will take place at North Clay Middle School instead of the Jackson Street location.
Family members can celebrate Clay City Elementary students' achievements at the First Semester Award Program Jan. 16.
Programs for K-3 students will be at 9:30 a.m., and 4-6 grades will be celebrated at 1:45 p.m.
The programs will be 45-60 minutes long in the gym.
Both Clay City Jr./Sr. and Northview High Schools will have Winter Homecoming activities in January.
Clay City will host J.V. and Varsity boys' basketball games against White River Valley High School on Jan. 26, and the Homecoming Queen will be announced in between games.
Northview faces off against South Vermillion High School on Jan. 19 for Winter Homecoming.
January 26 is an important date for Northview students, too, as the Star Gazers Dance will be held at North Clay Middle School that night from 8-11 p.m.
Parents of Northview seniors will have the opportunity to attend a workshop on filling out financial aid forms on Jan. 28 in the auditorium. Pat Gavin from the Indiana State University office of financial aid will be there to assist families.
In February, students in Clay City will compete in the Olympiad on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Also, at the Feb. 26 Chamber of Commerce meeting, the LEAAP Center will be sponsoring a speaker from Ivy Tech.
In the younger grades, the semester begins a little quieter.
Forest Park Elementary School Principal Connie Cook said, via e-mail, when she was teaching, she enjoyed the beginning of second semester because students were able to focus solely on academics.
"With the holiday past, it was a time to be able to concentrate on the academic standards and see the growth that the students have made since the beginning of the school year," she said.