WARRENSBURG - Area youth will be headed back to their studies soon as Warrensburg Central starts its classes Tuesday Sept. 8 for all students, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Before school starts, however, a few events have been scheduled to help students transition to school.
There will be a special visitation day for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students Wednesday Sept. 2 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. These young students and their parents are invited to visit the classroom, meet the teachers, and have some refreshments.
A picnic for 7th graders and their parents will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 2 at the high school cafetorium.
On Tuesday Sept. 8 only, students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will have a shortened school day. The morning pre-kindergarten children will attend from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the afternoon pre-kindergarten class will attend from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Kindergarten students will attend school on Tuesday Sept. 8 only from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for bus students, with parent pick-ups at 11:35 a.m.
On Wednesday Sept. 9 and afterwards, pre-k and kindergarten classes follow their regular schedule. The pre-k morning session is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and the afternoon pre-k session is from noon to 3 p.m. On Sept. 9 and after, kindergarten will attend a full day.
Elementary school schedule, details
The regular full-day schedule for students in first through 6th grades starts Tuesday Sept. 8. The school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. for bus students and 2:55 p.m. for those walking home. The front circle of Warrensburg Elementary is the main entrance to the school. Parents can either drop their child at the curb or park in the designated parking lot and walk their child in. It is expected that the front circle area will be congested on the first day of school, so parents are urged to park on either Elm St. or Library Ave. for easier access. All parents and students must come into the building through the main front entrance. For safety reasons, no student should be dropped in the back of the school. That area is for use by school buses and staff only.
High school procedures outlined
Students in the high school start their day at 8:02 a.m. Students are to report to their first period class on Sept. 8, except for 7th and 8th graders, who will meet in the cafetorium for a brief assembly.
Student schedules for grades 7 through 12 will tentatively be mailed Aug. 28. Students should bring their schedules to school on the first day. If changes are necessary, guidance counselors will be available Sept. 8 to make adjustments.
The high school will be kicking off its Warrensburg PRIDE program this fall. With an array of prizes and other incentives for thoughtful and orderly behavior, students will doubtlessly be meeting or exceeding conduct expectations in the classroom, on the bus, and in the cafeteria, school officials said.
Sports practices launched
All school Varsity and Junior Varsity teams have begun practicing. Any student who would still like to try out for a team should contact school Athletic Director Steve Nolan at 623-2861, ext. 227. Modified practices will begin as follows: football: Sept. 1, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the high school; field hockey: Sept. 3, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the high school; soccer: Sept. 3, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the elementary school; volleyball: Sept. 3, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the elementary school. All athletes need a blue card, health status sheet and participation form. All required forms can be found at the school website, www.wcsd.org and click on "Athletics."
School transportation, meal plans
Again this year, a shuttle bus will transport students who want to walk to the elementary school and then get bused to the high school. This bus departs from the rear of the elementary school each morning at 7:40 a.m. In the afternoon, a shuttle will transport high school students to the elementary school at 2:25 p.m. and again at 3:05 p.m.
This year, breakfast is $1 and lunch is $1.50. If parents believe they qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast, they should complete the application form in the front of the Parent-Student Handbook, which each student will receive on the first day of school, and return the application to the school Business Office as soon as possible.
Parents and friends are encouraged to take advantage of the information posted on the district website, from school lunch menus to teachers' assignments. Visit www.wcsd.org to stay in touch with school events.