Vacation is almost over for Vance County students, families

Aug. 18, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Steadily, the school year is beginning in Vance County. Some private and charter schools are already back, and by next Monday, all school children will be in class.

Families gathered at Vance Charter School late Monday afternoon for an open house. They roamed the halls to meet new teachers and see which students made up the classes, and to get information for the coming semester.

First-grade teacher Kim Ellington said she was excited for the year. She decorated students’ desks with books and supplies and prepared newsletters to distribute to parents.

“We have high expectations for the school year,” she said. “We are excited to meet new students — to get to know them, their different personalities and the parents. We hope for great parent involvement, and we hope to take these students to the next level.”

Brandy Clarke, a parent who has three children attending Vance Charter, said open house was important because it allowed her to develop a connection with her children’s teachers.

“I’m just looking forward to meeting teachers and getting their information,” she said.

She said this year, she is excited for the sports season. Her son, a rising sixth-grader, will be participating for the first time.

Parents have many fundraisers to looking forward to this year as well.

Members of Friends of Vance Charter, a parent-teacher organization, gave out cookies at their booth set up in the school’s lobby — a prelude to a cookie-dough fundraiser set to kick off within the next month.

“We are just getting people to sign up for the year,” said Lisa Byrom, the group’s teacher liaison.

Vance Charter students return for their first day of classes on Aug. 20.

Henderson Collegiate started classes Monday.

Co-founder Eric Sanchez said the first day went well, with a little under 500 students arriving with books and pencils in hand.

He said this year, the school is expanding its science program by conducting its first science fair, incorporating a second band director in its band program and developing its athletic program to include track and cross country.

The school, which began with fourth graders and has added one grade each year, has eighth-graders roaming the campus this year.

Victory Christian School also started classes Monday. Crossroads Christian School’s students started last Wednesday.

Kerr-Vance Academy begins classes Wednesday. Vance County Public Schools begin start the year next Monday.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.