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Back to School

August 11, 2016
Anne Blankenship ( ,

A new school year is just around the corner and students in Hamilton County's school districts will be headed back to the classroom.

So what should students know as they head back to the classroom?

We asked several local business people, community leaders and teachers to offer some advice to area students. Here's what they shared:

"Take risks. Try new things. Get involved with things outside of school activities. Have fun, school is a great place to be." -Ben Jass, Webster City High School Industrial Technology instructor

"Bee informed: Get the facts and talk to approachable adults in your life! Bee in the know: Be open to learning. Learn new skills, especially those that help in empowering you to be healthy and successful. Bee involved: Get connected to your peers, your family, your community, school activities, youth development programs, and more. Bee aware: Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many resources available to children and families in the serving area. Bee above the influence: Set your Goals. Stick to your limits. Remember the pillars of character at school, home, and in the community. Resist Pressures. Grow yourself, and help others." -Tiffany Larson, BEE Inspired CAPP Coordinator

"We will be talking to our students this year about having power to be what they choose to be, such as the following: 'You have the power to learn, to be respectful and responsible! You have that power! You might not have superpowers the cartoon characters that we called heroes have, but you have the powers that can change the world.'" - Mindy Mossman, Pleasant View Elementary School principal

"My top tips for school success are Read, Read, and Read. If you can't find anything you like to read, ask around. Teachers, friends, librarians, and Google are all good places for suggestions."

I will also share the advice my mom always gave me - 'Get a good night's sleep' and 'Eat a good breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day." -Angie Martin-Schwarze, Kendall Young Library Director

"My advice would be to set goals for yourself - attendance, grades etc. Setting goals and meeting them helps you at every age." - Brian Miller, City Councilman, Webster City

Important dates to remember ...

Classes at Webster City, Northeast Hamilton and South Hamilton all begin on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Several orientations and open houses are planned to help students and parents get ready for the new school year.

The Webster City Middle School will hold an orientation for incoming middle school students and students new to the district on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. An open house will be held at the middle school on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Pleasant View Elementary School will hold its back-to-school nights on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and Thursday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunset Heights Elementary's will hold a back-to-school night on Aug. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.

An orientation for students new to the district and incoming freshman will be held at Webster City High School auditorium on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. That event will be followed by an open house where students can meet teachers, find lockers and try out combinations. Students can also learn more about extracurricular activities available at the high school during the Activities Fair.

Ipad user sessions will be held in the school library. New students and their parents must attend the meeting, view the acceptable use video and sign all forms.

An Iowa Central Community College orientation will be held for students who are taking classes at ICCC in Webster City. Those students must attend the orientation session.

The Eligibility and Good Conduct Meeting will be held from 7:45 to 8 p.m. in the competition gym.

The first day of school will be Tuesday, Aug. 23. At the high school, students will be asked to report to their Advisory at 8:15 a.m. There will be two-hour early dismissals on Aug. 23 and 24.

South Hamilton Schools will hold a fifth grade orientation for students and parents on Monday,

Aug. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the elementary school lunchroom. Back to school night for prep-K through sixth grade students will be held the same night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. This event will give students a chance to see their classrooms and meet the teachers before school starts.

Northeast Hamilton School will hold a back-to-school open house for students and parents on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m.



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