The bell will soon be ringing, ushering students back to the pencils and books they left behind at summer's beginning. On Aug. 19, Izard County Consolidated, Salem and Viola Schools will begin. Most of the first day procedures should remain the same in all the county schools, however there are a few items of note that parents and student may like to know.
Construction continues on the new Viola High School. Plumbers and electricians will continue to work this week in preparation for pouring the floor of the building.
"The rain put construction behind by a couple of weeks," said John May, superintendent of Viola Schools. Morning drop-offs will use the right entrance off of Longhorn Drive.
May asked that parents and driving students be patient with new traffic direction and encouraged those that can to arrive early to reduce congestion.
Viola Schools has a new phone system that includes a menu for incoming calls. By dialing "4" after the initial prompt, calls are able to select one of four options: school closings, high school announcements, elementary announcements and basketball schedule.
The announcements will be updated weekly with all events related to the school, May said.
The Viola Elementary Open House is at 6 p.m., on Aug. 17, in the elementary building. Seventh Grade Orientation is at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the high school cafeteria.
"All parents are encouraged to attend," said Shelly Sanders, Viola High School secretary. "It helps children get familiar with the grounds and who their teacher is."
Izard County Consolidated (ICC)
ICC Open House is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18. Attendees are welcome to bring their school supplies and meet their teachers. "It makes the first day go a little easier," said Cindia Yancey, ICC Elementary secretary.
Salem Elementary used some of its resources to purchase a majority of school supplies needed by its students, said David Turnbough, principal of Salem Elementary School.
"Students only have to buy a few personal items like a back pack," said Ken Rich, superintendent of Salem Schools. This was made possible through government stimulus money.
"We just felt like that was something we should do for students and parents in our district." The funds came from part of the Salem School's Title I funds.
Supply lists are available at Walmart in Ash Flat, at the Salem Elementary School and on the Salem Schools Web site.
Open House for Salem Elementary School is at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13, serving as a meet and greet for students and teachers.
Salem faculty looks forward to another successful year of sharing and learning, Rich said.
Open House for Melbourne High School is Aug. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Seventh grade orientation is at 6 p.m. Ninth grade orientation is at 7 p.m. All grades are welcome to attend the Open House.
Elementary Open House is on Aug. 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fifth and sixth grades have a separate orientation at 5 p.m.
"We are in the process of installing new playground equipment for the elementary," said Ron Taylor superintendent of Mammoth Spring Schools. Playground equipment improvements include new slides, teeter totters, tetherball sets, and basketball backboards. A new cooler has been installed in the school cafeteria, Taylor said.
All Mammoth Spring bus routes remain the same as last year.