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Schools’ Open House; changes in start time

The first day of school for Pike County students is quickly approaching and Open House times have been announced for each school. 

Pre-K Open House will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 with no appointments necessary. 

Primary school Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. for students whose last names begin with A-G; 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for students whose last names begin with H-Q; and 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. for students whose last names begin with R-Z. School officials ask that no more than two parents or guardians attend. 

Elementary school Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. with students whose last names begin with R-Z; 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for students whose last names begin with A-G; and 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. for students whose last names begin with H-Q. For families with students with multiple children in the home with different last names, one time can be selected for all the children. 

Middle school Open House will be Friday, Aug. 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children of NGA/high school staff only and from 3 to 6 p.m. for all other middle school students. 

Ninth Grade Academy Open House will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 for all students. 

High school Open House will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. for all students new to the building. 

It was announced earlier this year that there will be scheduling changes for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. Pike primary and elementary schools will be unaffected. 

Students at the Ninth Grade Academy and Pike County High School will shift to a six-period school day with a start time of 8:50 a.m. 

“Focus groups of students, parents and teachers were assembled. We concluded that a six-period day, without reducing opportunities would better prepare students to transition from high school. Thus, the board of education supported the recommendation for PCHS and NGA to return to a six-period school day. This will help students reach their graduation goals while allowing for a more reasonable workload without reducing opportunities,” said a statement signed by the PCMS principal Mike Maddox, the NGA principal Lindsay Busby and the PCHS principal Kevin Huffstetler.

The Pike County Middle School schedule will be unchanged but the school start time will be moved to 8:45 a.m. with release times the same as last school year. Car riders can still be dropped off at 7:15 a.m. at the middle and high schools and at 7:30 a.m. at the NGA. Students who choose to arrive early at the middle school can take advantage of opportunities such as athletic competitions, club meetings, study hall and/or reading and math support.  

“As a result of the later school start, students in 6-12 will enjoy a later bus pick up in the morning. Students who choose to arrive early to NGA and the high school may take advantage of opportunities that include Study Hall and ‘zero period’ courses which are opportunities to receive credit in courses related to established pathways or general interest. Courses may be taught by available instructors or in an online format and they are optional,” said the statement. “We are excited about this new schedule, although, as with any change, we will need to adjust and adapt.”

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