Students, parents to experience rush with earlier school days


August 16, 1996|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOMEWHERE long ago, I read that preparing your children to go back to school gets easier as they mature.

Great theory, but experienced parents of teens know that age does not automatically ensure maturity, especially when it comes to getting up in the morning.

If you are blessed with so-called larks (early risers), mornings go without a hitch. Unfortunately, I'm raising night owls.

Rising early has always been an exercise in maternal patience in our household, especially during the high school years. This year should prove to be even more interesting, now that high school will start eight minutes earlier.

All public high schools in the county will now start at 7: 17 a.m. I can almost see the rush of cars and hear the squealing of wheels along Fort Smallwood and Mountain roads at 7: 15 a.m. until everybody gets into a new routine.

Student orientations

Students new to Northeast High School and George Fox Middle School will be heading to school next week for orientation programs.

Northeast will offer an orientation for ninth-graders and other new students at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Students and their parents will get an opportunity to meet the administrators, staff and teachers, tour the building and learn about extracurricular clubs.

The school will have a staggered opening, with ninth-graders reporting Aug. 26. All students will attend classes starting Aug. 27. School hours are 7: 17 a.m. to 1: 55 p.m.

George Fox will have its new-student orientation at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the student activity center.

Parents and students will meet Kevin Dennehy, the new principal, and other administrators, guidance counselors, teachers and members of the Parent/Teacher/Student Association for an overview of the school and its programs.

Sixth-graders should report to school Aug. 26. Everyone is due Aug. 27.

School openings

Chesapeake Bay Middle School and Chesapeake High School have also scheduled a staggered opening.

Chesapeake Bay sixth-graders should report to the cafeteria Aug. 26. Students will not be allowed in the building before 7: 45 a.m.

Seventh- and eighth-graders will begin the fall term Aug. 27. Students in grade seven should report to the A-side gym, and students in grade eight should report to the B-side.

Ninth-graders should report to Chesapeake High by 7: 17 a.m. on Aug. 26. All students will go to class on Aug. 27.

Physicals for children

Harbor Hospital Center's new Helix Health Park, 8109 Ritchie Highway, is offering free back-to-school and sports physicals by appointment.

Physicals will include screenings for scoliosis, hearing, vision, height, weight and growth.

Information: 590-8800.

Nursery registration

Magothy Cooperative Nursery School, 3703 Mountain Road, is still accepting registrations for its fall classes starting next month.

As a co-op, Magothy offers parents the opportunity to participate in the classroom two or three times a month, working with the teachers and three other adults.

Three-year-olds attend school on Tuesday and Thursday; 4-year-olds on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Both classes meet from 9 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Information: Kathie Riggleman, 360-2092 or 544-6862.

Pub Date: 8/16/96

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