Schools kicks off the first Monday in August and registration will begin next week at the Water Valley High School.
New students can register beginning next Monday through Thursday, July 16 – 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
New and returning students may register Tuesday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 25, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.; on Thursday, July 26, from 8:30 a.m. to noon; and Thursday, August 2, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. There will be no registration on Friday, July 27.
All students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can complete registration forms. Information cards must be filled out before the student receives a schedule.
Enrollment numbers at the high school should be similar to last year’s numbers, according to Principal Glenn Kitchens.
“We have right at 600 enrolled,” Kitchens said. The incoming sixth grade class accounts for less than 100 students, a smaller class than usual, according to Kitchens.
Students will need their schedule with them for Meet the Teacher Night and for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 7. Meet The Teacher Night will be the evening of the first day of school, from 4 to 6 p.m.
“Students who do not register and pick up a schedule will be allowed to register on the evening of Meet the Teacher,” Kitchens said. “But this will take some time, so be patient,” he added.
Students who do not register and pick up a schedule on their assigned day or at Meet the Teacher will be detained on the morning of August 7 as they will have to go through the registration process.
“We encourage all of our students to please come by the school during our scheduled registration dates to register and receive a schedule,” Kitchens said. No schedules will be changed after August 10.
Seventh grade orientation will be from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose building and parents and students will have from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to meet with teachers.
What Is New This Year
An increased day, curriculum changes for seventh graders, new teachers and increased advanced placement classes are all part of the exciting new year, according to Kitchens.
At the high school, eight minutes were added to the school day, with the dismissal bell ringing at 3:08 p.m. instead of 3 p.m., as it did last year. Classes will start at the same time each morning, 7:52 a.m.
“This year our seventh grade students will go back to a full year of science and social studies classes,” Kitchens said. Previously seventh graders were offered a semester for each of the classes instead of a full year.
Two additional advanced placement (AP) classes will also be offered at the high school this year. AP World History and AP Calculus classes join AP English as potential curriculum at the high school.
AP Science will also be offered, although online through Mississippi Virtual School, according to Kitchens. Students taking the AP classes have the opportunity to take an exam at the end of the school year, with the potential to earn college credits.
There will also be new faces at the high school, with almost a dozen new teachers. One of the teachers is for an additional slot, while the rest are replacements.
“I have a ton of new teachers this year,” Kitchens said.
One of the more interesting teachers hired is first-year teacher Mary Katherine Smith. Smith, a resident of Oakland, graduated from the University of Mississippi in May, at 60 years old. She will teach tenth grade English.
A final change that is physical education classes for seventh and eight graders. Kitchens said that Doug Robbins is currently revamping this program.
“It may take a different flavor,” Kitchens said.