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Special Section | July 2015

Open houses When to meet your child’s teacher pg. 2B

Dress to impress • Student dress code

Lunch box fun Send your kids to school with lunches they’ll eat pg. 6B


where to buy school uniforms pg. 3B

Ready for class School supply checklists

pgs. 4B & 5B

and MORE!

School bus safety 101 Tips for keeping your kids safe

pg. 8B

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Start, end times for the 2015-16 school year Open house dates and times Elementary Schools August 3 4-7 p.m. Middle Schools August 4 4-7 p.m.

The first day of school is August 6.

High Schools August 4 4-7 p.m.

Robert Grant Term: 1-1-15 to 12-31-18 211 St. Pauls Road Guyton, GA 31312

District 2

Troy K. Alford Term: 1-1-05 to 12-31-16 315 Purple Plum Dr. Rincon, GA 31326

District 3

F. Lamar Allen Term: 1-1-05 to 12-31-16 5457 Hwy. 119 North Clyo, GA 31303 lakeview3214@windstream. net

Middle ECMS 7:55 8:25 3:40 EMS 8:00 8:25 3:35 SEMS 8:00 8:20 3:50 High ECHS 7:55 8:25 3:40 SEHS 8:15 8:20 3:50

A list of school health services

School board members District 1

Bus Drop Homeroom or Off Time 1st Period Start Final Bell Elementary Blandford 7:10 7:35 2:25 Ebenezer 8:00 8:25 3:27 Guyton 7:45 8:15 3:15 Marlow 7:20 7:45 2:35 Rincon 7:20 7:45 2:35 Sand Hill 7:15 7:45 2:35 South Effingham 7:15 7:45 2:35 Springfield 7:40 8:10 3:10

The Effingham County School System needs parents’ assistance and cooperation in preparing for the possibility that their children might become ill, have an accident or need to take medication during school hours. Following are the school district’s health services procedures.

District 4

Beth Helmly Term: 1-1-15 to 12-31-18 307 Wylly Rd. Rincon, GA 31326

Emergency Information Emergency contact information should be updated annually by sending the information to the school or calling the school office. When parents/ guardians receive a Student Contact Form, they should update it and return it to the school within five days. Current, accurate information will enable the school to contact parents/guardians. If any information changes during the school year, contact the school immediately.

District 5

Vickie Decker Term: 8-6-08 to 12-31-16 211 St. Andrews Rd. Rincon, GA 31326 School Board meetings are held in the boardroon at the Board of Education Central Office, 405 N. Ash St., Springfiled, unless otherwise announced. Meeting agenda and approved minutes are posted on the district website at

Prescription/NonPrescription Medication Medication time schedules should be set so that, when possible, medicine is taken at home rather than at school. However, if medication must be taken at school, the following procedures apply: 1. Medication authorization form – The parent/legal guardian must complete the school district’s medication administration permission form. The form is available at www.effinghamschools. com. Parents can make copies themselves or request additional forms from the school. The completed form must accompany the medication, in its original, labeled container. Cough drops are permitted. 2. The medicine, in the original container (along with authorization form), must be taken to the school office/clinic for central storage. The parent/guardian

should take the medication to school. Under no circumstances should medication be shown or shared with other students. Students are not allowed to transport medication. This is a violation of the county drug policy. 3. At the designated time, the student will go to the office/clinic to take the medication. 4. Unused medication should be retrieved from the school office/clinic within one week after medication is discontinued; otherwise the school will dispose of the medication. 5. Medication is a parental responsibility; school employees will not assume any liability for supervising or assisting in the administration of medication. Student Illness/Injury Sick students who are contagious with active symptoms such as vomiting,

diarrhea, congested cough, rashes and/or fever must not be sent to school. Students with a fever of 100.2 or above must be excluded from school, and should not return until they are fever-free or active symptom-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. Students returning too soon may be sent back home. When a student becomes ill or injured at school, the parent must be able to be contacted and arrange for the student to be taken home.

New Immunization Requirement All sixth- and seventhgrade students will need newly-required immunizations  and an updated immunization record (form 3231) to start school this year. For more information, visit

Nutrition, wellness a priority at Effingham schools The Effingham County School System has a wellness policy focused on improving the health of students. The policy was developed by the health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, administrators, and the district nurse. One of the goals is to share the message of nutrition and wellness via the Nutrition Department’s website that emphasizes the importance of nutrition and fitness. The site provides information on the nutrition and fitness for teachers, parents, and students, as well as, a variety of learning tools. On the website parents can find information to help establish healthy lifestyle habbits. There are fun games for students aimed at helping them make more healthy choices.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

The school menu format has changed. Now Nutrition Services provides a separate lunch menu for elementary, middle and high schools. Breakfast menus are the same for all schools. As part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act to improve the nutrition of children, new nutrition standards are being implemented to improve your child’s school lunch. Calories, sodium, and saturated fats are now required to be within a certain range, depending on your child’s grade level. Meals, foods and beverages sold or served in the school lunch program meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition pro-

More info on the web

Find more nutrition and wellness information by going to and clicking “Nutritional Services” under the “Department” tab.

fessionals. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. A school lunch includes fruit, vegetable, whole grain, lean protein and milk. Students must select a fruit or vegetable as part of the meal. Extras or a la carte items, such as a carton of milk, bottle water, additional entree and extra condiments, may be purchased at the register.


Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student’s meal accounts. Prepaid meal accounts help the lunch lines go faster and gives students more time to eat, relax, and play. It also gives you the peace of mind of not having to worry about looking for lunch money every day or worry that it might get lost, stolen or used for other things other than lunch. Breakfast is $1.50 for all students. Lunch is $2.10 for elementary students and $2.35 for middle and high school students. For staff, breakfast is $1.90 and lunch is $3. For visitors, breakfast is $3 and lunch is $4.25. Online payments are a simple, safe and secure way to make payments to your students account 24 hours a day at your convenience. Pay for school meals online with “MySchoolBucks. com”. Easy-to-use, convenient, private and secure.

Simply go to the website to enroll and to start using the site to deposit funds into your student’s lunch account. Once your account is established, you can check balances or fund the account anytime from your home computer, phone, or fax. Your child’s information is safe — it stays at school. Your personal and credit card information is protected by the most advanced internet security. You will need your child’s Student District ID Number, which can be found on your student’s schedule, report card, or in Inifinite Campus Parent Portal. Parents may pre-pay by credit or debit card for student meals and ala carte items. Some of the benefits realized through participating in this system are: • Avoid low balances and borrowing money from the office. • Automatically add money to your account from your credit or debit card. • Set spending limits and meal controls. • View a seven-day history of meal purchases. Please note: There is no fee for parents to set up an account and view a meal history. If parents wish to use myLunchMoney for prepayment, there is a $1.95 per transaction fee. This charge is a processing fee on a persite basis, so multiple charges may incur if you have students in different schools. The school district does not receive or profit from these fees.

Send Check or Cash You can always bring money personally or send it with your student. Please place it in an envelope marked clearly with your student’s name, their ID Number, their teacher’s name, the dollar amount and check number. Turn in prepaid deposits to the cafeteria cashier or school office. Please be aware that if your check is returned for non-sufficient funds (NSF) it will be turned over to Envision Payment Solutions™ for recovery. Envision Payment Solutions™ utilizes the federal and state laws allowing the electronic recovery of NSF checks. The cost of recovery becomes the responsibility of the one who

writes the check. When a check is used as a payment, the check writer authorizes Envision Payment Solutions™ either to use information from the check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from the check writer’s account or to process the payment as a check transac-

tion. The check writer also authorizes Envision Payment Solutions™ to collect a fee through an electronic fund transfer from the check writer’s account if the payment is returned unpaid. Questions regarding this procedure can be answered at (877) 290-5460.


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8 book bag basics everyone should know Backpacks can be a good way to carry the items you need at school. Follow these guidelines to ensure that you are using your backpack properly and safely: 1. Choose a backpack that is an appropriate size for your body size. A backpack that is too large will sag below the waist, stressing the lower back and shoulders.

2. Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder may be easier than using both straps, but it can strain muscles and may increase curvature of the spine. 3. Tighten the straps so that the backpack is close to the body. The straps should hold the backpack two inches above the waist.

4. Select a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps to help protect your shoulders and neck from irritation. 5. Pack light. If you are forced to lean over to move forward, your backpack is too heavy. Ideally, the weight of your backpack should remain under 20 percent of your total body weight.

Carry only the books and other items that are necessary for that day. 6. Bend using both knees when you bend down. Do not bend over at the waist when wearing or lifting a backpack. 7. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavy items closest to the center of the

back. 8. Clean out your backpack once a week to eliminate unnecessary items like old papers and materials you don’t need. Taken from information published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Backpack Safety America For more information, visit

The do’s and don’ts of the school dress code

Uniforms The following mandatory uniform standards for student attire have been developed and are applicable to all elementary, middle and high schools. Tops • Colors — white, black (or additional color designated by the school) • Styles — a long or shortsleeved collared, polo shirt; no pockets; insignias or emblems no larger than standard credit card located on the chest area; no more than 1 insignia/ emblem per clothing article • Fit – Must be tucked and buttoned properly • Under the school uniform – solid color undershirt, camisole, or turtleneck • In addition to the shirts described above, each school may include in its uniform dress code the option of allowing students to wear a school sponsored T-shirt (which may have a crew neck rather than a collar.) Bottoms • Colors — khaki, navy or black   • Styles — skirt, shorts, slacks, capri pants, skorts;  no form-fitting fabric or styles; no ornamentation or insignia larger than a standard credit card; no more than one insigina/emblem per clothing article • Fit — skirts, shorts and skorts may be  no more than four inches above the bend of the back of the knee (garments with slits will be measured from the top of the slit); pants and shorts must be worn and belted at the natural waist; pants legs must not drag the floor; correct size to avoid sagging or overly snug fit Jumpers • Colors – khaki, navy or black • Styles – no  ornamentation and no insignia larger

than a standard credit card; no more than one insigina/ emblem per clothing article • Fit – no more than four inches above the bend of the back of the knee (garments with slits will be measured from the top of the slit) Uniform accessories Shoes • Closed-toe and closedback are required • Matched pair • Properly fastened Socks and tights • Socks — matched set of no more than two solid colors • Tights and hose — solid, neutral, black, white, navy or chosen school color; no pattern or designs Belts • Colors — solid color   • Fit — worn inside the belt loops Supplemental wear The uniform dress code shall not prohibit students from wearing coats, jackets and sweaters or layered garments when necessary due to weather conditions. Trench coats and dusters are not permitted.  Garments which do not meet the description below under “indoor layering garments” must be removed upon entering the building. Indoor layering garments — If while in the building a student needs to wear a wrap for warmth, it must be worn over an approved uniform top. If the extra garment has a hood, the hood cannot be worn in the building. • Colors — Majority solid with no more than two color combinations of solid navy, white, ash, or black or school designated color; prints, plaids, camouflage and other patterns or designs are not acceptable •  Styles — Cannot bear a logo or name brand symbol or other insignia or message larger than the size of a standard credit card; no more than one insignia/emblem per clothing article. This uniform policy prohibits students from wearing or displaying expressive items on the uniform that may contribute to disruption by substantially interfering with discipline or with the rights of others. It also prohibits items that undermine the integrity of the uniform, notwithstanding their expressive nature, such as a sweatshirt or other over-shirt that bears a message and/or covers or replaces the type of shirt required by the uniform policy. On special occasions schools will be allowed to have dress down days. The principal at each school will determine the dress down days for that site. Acceptable dress for dress down days will be consistent with the dress code as published in this policy and in the Effingham County Student

Where to buy school uniforms

Parents have a number of options for purchasing basic uniform clothing for students in Effingham County public schools: Uniform Source – 927-4404 Savannah Mall All Size Outlet – 964-0531 309 Main Street, Suite D, Garden City Southern Designs and Signs – 826-7020 1220 Patriot Drive, Rincon Sweetpea’s – 826-0444 167 Commercial Drive, Rincon

Used Uniforms Manna House – 826-2037 1210 Patriot Drive, Rincon

Internet L.L. Bean –

Target Various locations and online Old Navy Various locations and online

General standards The following provisions apply to both uniform and dress-down days: • Students are expected to wear clothing in a normal fashion. For example, shorts/ pants must be worn with the waistband around the waist. Pants legs must not drag the floor. Clothing such as belts, flaps, shoes etc., must be fastened. • Shirts may be unbuttoned three buttons down for polo shirts and only 2 buttons down for all other. All shirts, tops must be tucked in. No skin may be shown between the button line and the belt line. Any shirt or top that cannot be tucked in and remain tucked in cannot be worn. (Exceptions may be made for seasonal jackets, coats, sweaters and sweatshirts of appropriate size that are in accordance with the policy). • Clinging, revealing, immodest or overly formfitting garments are not allowed. Cleavage must not show. Sundresses that are cut low in the front or lower than the shoulder blades in the back are not allowed. • No clothing or accessories which through language or graphics display, exploit, sanction or promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gangs, sex, violence, discrimination, vulgarity or unlawful activity are allowed. • Dresses, skirts, and other similar garments shall be no more than four (4) inches above the bend in the back of the knee (measurement will be taken from top of the slit).

Gap Kids Various locations and online

Acts III Thrift Store – 826-2981 6014 Highway 21 South, Suite F, Rincon

Walmart Various locations and online

and Parent Handbook. High School students who participate in pathway programs that have prescribed uniform requirements may wear those uniforms throughout the school day provided that the uniforms meet the individual program requirements.

Aeropostale Various locations and online

Lands’ End –

Shorts, culottes, and other similar garments shall be no more than four (4) inches above the bend of the back of the knee (Shorts and other garments with slits will be measured from the top of the slit.) The wearing of leggings, tights or similar attire does not provide for an exception to the length requirement for dresses, skirts or other similar garments. • Proper and acceptable undergarments will be worn at all times. Undergarments should not be visible to others. • While indoors, students may not wear the hood portion of a hooded jacket. • Hair should be fixed in an appropriate and acceptable manner with no extreme styles such as mohawks. • Matched-pair, fastened, closed-toe and closed-back shoes are required. Students are required to wear safe and appropriate shoes at all times. • No clothing, jewelry or accessory which is deemed a safety risk is permitted. Any clothing, jewelry, hair, makeup, fingernails, or any other item which causes a disruption of the school environment may be banned at the discretion of the principal. The following are prohibited: • Hats, visors, scarves, rollers, bandannas, caps, sweatbands, do-rags • Sunglasses • Visible tattoos • Visible body piercing (except ears  and limited to three per ear in the lobe area) •  Chained wallets, spiked jewelry, mouth grills or fronts • See-through garments — sheer see-through or mesh see-through garments •  Tank, halter, tube, strapless, crop or midriff tops •  Knit or spandex pants, leggings,  jogging, exercise/ yoga, cargo pants or shorts, skinny jeans, pajamas or lounge wear •  Torn, ripped, frayed or

cut clothing • Flip-flops, thongs, soccer sandals, bedroom shoes, heelies or similar type shoes •  Extreme hair color, such as blue, pink, green, etc. — hair must be a natural shade or tone Certain school environments or classes may require more restrictive dress due to safety issues, i.e., career/technical classes, science labs, physical education. Students are Students are expected to comply with safety guidelines. Certain school environments or classes may require more restrictive dress due to safety issues, i.e., Career/ Technical classes, science labs, physical education. Students are expected to comply with safety guidelines. The principal shall have the authority to interpret dress code and make case by case determinations for the appropriateness of dress which is questionable or which is not covered in this policy. The principal may also make exceptions to this uniform and dress code policy for special events such as spirit week and approved school organization or team affiliated garments. The principal will ultimately decide if the clothing is appropriate.


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• K-2 exceptions: The length rule for skirts and shorts will be relaxed; tank tops and sundresses will be allowed. • K-5 exceptions: The rule regarding tucking in shirts and tops may be relaxed Compliance Schools should strive for full compliance using positive reinforcement. Corrective action should only be used when all positive measures have been exhausted. The correction plan below has been established to address incidents of noncompliance to the Uniform and Dress Code Policy. • Incident No. 1 — Warning, parental contact, and remedy uniform. Should the remedy require the student to sign out of school, the absence will be recorded as unexcused. • Incident No. 2 — Loss of privileges, after-school detention or ISS • Incident No. 3 — Violation will be addressed in accordance with the Code of Conduct which provides for various consequences depending on a student’s discipline record and the severity of the offense. Violation will be addressed in accordance with the Code of Conduct which provides for various consequences depending on a student’s discipline record and the severity of the offense. No student will be considered non-compliant with the uniform policy under the following conditions: • During the first three weeks after a student transfers from another system or school within the system • When a student is on campus outside of school hours • When the principal authorizes dress down days or gives special permission• When instructors/advisors have obtained permission through the principal and require students to dress in uniforms such as band, ROTC, sports teams, etc.

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Students are expected to dress appropriately while in attendance at school. This includes wearing the adopted school uniform. This policy addresses requirements for uniform dress days and dressdown days. General appearance of students should be reasonable and not distracting to others. Students are expected and required to show proper attention to personal cleanliness, neatness, and conservative standards of dress and appearance. Student clothing, hair styles, accessories, make-up, etc., must not be distracting, immodest, inflammatory, offensive or hazardous. When questionable, the school principal will make the final determination of whether a student’s attire or appearance is in conflict with the system policy. Students will observe the following dress code both at school and on the school bus:

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2015-16 school supplies list System-wide requirement: Students cannot use bookbags on wheels. The Effingham County Board of Education does not allow them because of tripping that could occur in crowded hallways. The only types of bookbags allowed are mesh or clear.

Blandford Elementary Kindergarten KinderMat (red and blue four-fold plastic) 16-count crayons Glue sticks Washable markers, basic colors Blunt-tip scissors Large pink handheld erasers Hard plastic pencil box Two K-2 Primary Journals No. 2 pencils Clear, zippered notebook pencil bag Three three-prong folders (plastic preferred) Liquid school glue Four black dry erase markers First grade No. 2 pencils (no mechanical) Eight-count washable markers 24-count crayons Blunt-tip scissors Pencil box 10 glue sticks Two large pink handheld erasers Three-hole clear zipper pencil bag Four black-and-white wide ruled composition books Four-count dry erase markers Primary journal (early creative story tablet – primary writing stage 3) Dry erase markers eraser Second grade Pencil box No. 2 pencils and erasers Three composition books Scissors Washable markers Colored pencils 10 glue sticks Three-hole clear, zipper pencil bag One two-inch, three-ring solid color notebook binder with pockets Erasers 16-24 count crayons Four dry erase markers, assorted colors Liquid school glue Third grade Two boxes of 24-count crayons No. 2 pencils Yellow highlighter Student scissors Three black-and-white marbled composition books Liquid glue Glue sticks Three three-prong plastic folders with pockets Plain 3x5 index cards Eight black dry erase markers One pack of loose-leaf, wide-ruled notebook paper Crayola markers Cap erasers Fourth grade One two-inch, three-ring notebook binder One pack of five tabbed notebook dividers Three packs of standardlined, loose-leaf notebook paper No. 2 mechanical pencils One box of 16-count (or more) colored pencils One pack of four highlighters Scissors 10 glue sticks One three-prong folder with pockets (plastic preferred) Five black-and-white composition books Pencil sharpener

Fifth grade Two packs of loose-leaf, wide-ruled notebook paper Five packs of No. 2 pencils Two one-inch, three-ring notebook binder Three packs of lined index cards Six glue sticks Five three-prong folders with pockets (plastic preferred) Zippered pencil bag Scissors One pack of highlighters One pack of regular markers One pack of colored pencils One pack of cap erasers Eight-count dry erase markers Seven composition notebooks Handheld pencil sharpener

Ebenezer Elementary Kindergarten Washable markers 10 glue sticks Blunt-tip scissors Four packs of 24-count crayons Large pink erasers “K” writing tablet with lines One box of No. 2 pencils Bottle of glue One pack of dry erase markers Two three-prong, plastic folders with two pockets First grade Washable markers Eight glue sticks Spiral bound notebook Four packs of 24-count crayons One box No. 2 pencils Large pink erasers One three-prong, plastic folder with two pockets Blunt-tip scissors One pack of dry erase markers One pack of pencil top erasers Second grade 6 glue sticks One pencil box 24-count crayons Large pink erasers Wide-ruled notebook paper One box of No. 2 pencils One one-and-a-half-inch, three-ring, hard binder Blunt-tip scissors One pack of five plastic, tabbed subject dividers One pack of dry erase markers One pack of three-prong, plastic folders with two pockets Third grade Four glue sticks 24-count crayons One big box of No. 2 pencils One-and-a-half-inch, threering binder One two-inch, three-ring binder One three-inch, three-ring binder with pocket dividers Wide-ruled notebook paper Blunt-tip scissors One pencil pouch (not box) Erasers Colored pencils Fourth grade No trapper keepers One-and-a-half-inch binder with six dividers for ELA One-inch binder for math Two boxes of pencils Erasers Four packs of wide-ruled notebook paper Six black-and-white composition notebooks One three-prong plastic folder with pockets Sticky notes (size 3x3) Highlighter Crayons Colored pencils Four packs of glue sticks Handheld pencil sharpener

Fifth grade Two packs of washable markers Three packs of glue sticks Two packs of colored pencils Five packs of wide-ruled notebook paper One two-inch binder with dividers One one-inch binder Four packs of No. 2 pencils Four erasers Two spiral notebooks Blunt-tip scissors One pack of highlighters Wish list for all grade levels: hand sanitizer, tissues, disinfecting wipes and resealable bags.

Guyton Elementary All grades need headphones (3.5 mm plug) for the computer lab. Kindergarten Pencil/supply box Four eight-count boxes of crayons (Crayola preferred) Two packs of plain index cards (3x5, no lines) Two packs of plain, yellow, wooden No. 2 pencils One three-prong pocket folder One pack of Crayola washable markers Six glue sticks Blunt-tip scissors (Fiskars preferred) Three dry erase markers Two non-spiral composition books Pink bar erasers Wish list: plastic cups, quart or gallon Ziploc bags, Clorox wipes, regular hand soap, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, large boxes of tissues, packs of napkins, and paper plates. First grade Two 24-count packs of crayons (Crayola preferred) Five glue sticks Two packs of plain, yellow, wooden No. 2 pencils Pencil/supply box Three packs of plain index cards (3x5, no lines) One non-spiral composition book Blunt-tip scissors (Fiskars preferred) Wish list: snack, quart and gallon easy-zip Ziploc bags, three-pack of large boxes of tissue, and Clorox wipes. Second grade Two packs of cap erasers Blunt tip scissors (Fiskars preferred) Two packs of 16-or 24-count crayons (Crayola preferred) Pencil pouch (no boxes) Two non-spiral composition books Two packs of plain, yellow, wooden No. 2 pencils Six glue sticks One pack of wide-ruled notebook paper Two packs of plain index cards (3x5, no lines) Two three-prong pocket folders One two-inch, three-ring binder (no Trapper Keepers) Wish list: two bottles of hand sanitizer, three large boxes of tissue, easy-zip Ziploc bags (snack, quart and gallon), two regular hand soaps, large containers of Clorox wipes, and clear sheet protectors. Third grade Two packs of cap erasers One 12-count pack of crayons (Crayola preferred) Four packs of plain, yellow, wooden No. 2 pencils Six glue sticks Two packs of lined index cards Pencil pouch for binder One pack of highlighters One two-inch, three-ring

binder (zipper preferred) One pack of notebook subject dividers Four non-spiral composition books One eight-count pack of markers (Crayola preferred) Wish list: hand sanitizer, three large boxes of tissues, easy-zip Ziploc bags (snack, quart and gallon), dry erase markers, large containers of Clorox wipes, and Band-Aids. Fourth grade Six glue sticks One pack of cap erasers Three packs of wide-ruled notebook paper Five non-spiral composition books Two packs of plain, yellow, wooden No. 2 pencils Dry erase markers Eight-count pack of crayons (Crayola preferred) One pack of colored pencils Wish list: hand sanitizer, large boxes of tissue, large containers of Clorox wipes, and easy-zip Ziploc bags (snack, quart and gallon). Fifth grade Three packs of pens Two packs of plain, yellow, wooden No. 2 pencils Blunt-tip scissors (Fiskars preferred) One pack of 16- or 24-count crayons Five non-spiral composition books Two packs of wide-ruled notebook paper 24-count pack of colored pencils Four to six dry erase markers One pack of highlighters Six glue sticks One three-ring binder Colored markers Wish list: hand sanitizer, large boxes of tissue, large containers Clorox wipes.

Marlow Elementary Kindergarten Yellow No. 2 pencils with erasers Two 24-count packs of crayons Six or more glue sticks Dry erase markers (no fine tip) One pair of scissors Vinyl mat for rest time One pack of washable markers (classic colors) Watercolor paints with a brush (eight-count oval tray) One large pink eraser One spiral-bound notebook or composition book. Spiral Bound Notebook or Composition Notebook One three-prong pocket folder No pencil boxes First grade Two packs or more of plain, yellow No. 2 pencils Two 24-count packs of crayons Six or more glue sticks Dry erase markers and sock One pair of student scissors One small pencil box (not pouch) Two black-and-white composition notebooks (for journals) One pack of pencil top erasers or one pack of pink erasers One-inch, white, three-ring binder with a clear cover on the front One bottle of glue One or more packs of index cards (3x5, no lines) Two two-pocket paper folders without prongs Two two-pocket paper folders with prongs One clear plastic binder pouch (pencil pouch with binder holes) Second grade Two packs or more yellow

No. 2 pencils Two 24-count boxes of crayons Six glue sticks Two black dry erase markers Notebook dividers Small, sturdy pencil box Two two-pocket folders without prongs One one-inch white notebook with a clear plastic pocket on front Wide-ruled notebook paper Two highlighters One one-subject, wideruled, spiral notebook Pencil top erasers One black-and-white composition notebook One pair student scissors No Trapper Keepers, markers, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners or pens Third grade Two or more packs of yellow, No. 2 pencils One 24-count pack of crayons Six or more glue sticks Black dry erase markers Scissors Large, zippered pencil pouch Two three-prong folders with pockets (red and yellow) One two-inch white notebook with a clear plastic pocket on the front Two packs of wide-ruled notebook paper Three composition notebooks Pencil top erasers Highlighters One pack of washable markers No Trapper Keepers, spiral notebooks, or pencil boxes Fourth grade Two packs of yellow, No. 2 pencils or mechanical pencils Two 24-count packs of crayons 12 glue sticks Four black dry erase markers (low-odor) Pack of red pens Large, zippered pencil pouch Washable markers (no permanent markers) Four yellow highlighters Two packs of wide-ruled notebook paper Three-prong pocket folders - three red, two green, and two blue One-inch, three-ring, white notebook with a clear plastic cover Student scissors Four black-and-white composition notebooks Pencil top erasers No Trapper Keepers or pencil sharpeners Fifth grade Two packs of yellow No. 2 pencils or mechanical pencils 24-count pack of crayons 12 glue sticks Four dry erase markers and a sock Pack of red pens Pencil pouch or pencil box One pack of index cards One spiral notebook (90 sheet minimum) Four packs of wide-ruled paper One two-inch binder with six divisions or a trapper keeper Pencil top erasers Colored pencils Two highlighters Two black-and-white composition notebooks Wish list for all grades: wipes, hand sanitizer, hand soap, tissues, Ziploc bags, baby wipes/wet wipes and BandAids.

Rincon Elementary Kindergarten KinderMat (red and blue

four-fold plastic) Four 16-count packs of crayons 24 wooden No. 2 pencils Blunt tip scissors Eight-count pack of wide, basic color markers Two packs of pencil top erasers 2 4-oz. bottles of liquid school glue 10 glue sticks Plastic pencil box Wish list: hand soap and hand sanitizer, facial tissues, disinfectant wipes and baby wipes. First grade Pencil box Two 24-count (or fewer) packs of crayons 24 wooden No. 2 pencils Blunt tip scissors Eight-count box of assorted markers to leave at class Two durable, three-prong folders with pockets, solid colors, plastic preferred Two blue or black dry erase markers 10 glue sticks Four hand-held pink erasers Wish list: soap or sanitizer, facial tissues, disinfectant wipes and baby wipes. Second grade Wide-ruled paper Three 16- or 24-count packs of crayons 48 wooden, No. 2 pencils Blunt tip scissors Four highlighters Two spiral one subject, wide-ruled notebooks Pencil box Two packs of dry erase markers 12 glue sticks Two packs of pencil top erasers 10 hand-held pink erasers Wish list: hand soap or sanitizer, facial tissues, disinfectant wipes, paper towels. Third grade Three packs of wide-ruled paper Crayons 36 wooden, No. 2 pencils Scissors Two packs of pencil top erasers Two black-and-white composition notebooks One two-inch, three-ring binder Highlighters 10 glue sticks Pencil zipper bag Washable markers Plastic pencil box Wish list: dry erase markers, facial tissues, disinfectant wipes, paper towels. Fourth grade 4 packs wide-ruled paper Colored pencils 36 No. pencils Two packs of highlighters (four to five colors) One pack of five tabbed notebook dividers with pockets (plastic preferred) Four black-and-white composition notebooks Two-inch, three-ring binder (no zip up or Velcro) 10 glue sticks One pack of eraser caps Pencil zipper bag Wish list: hand sanitizer, facial tissues, disinfectant wipes. Fifth grade Three packs of wide-ruled paper One pack of colored pencils Wooden No. 2 pencils with erasers(two each day) Pencil zipper bag Two two-inch, three-ring binder One pack of seven tabbed notebook dividers (plastic preferred) One pack of crayons Two black-and-white composition notebook Two highlighters Eight glue sticks

One pack of cap eraser Wish list: hand sanitizer, facial tissues and disinfectant wipes.

Sand Hill Elementary The technology teacher has requested that students bring their own headphones to school. One suggested brand can be found at Walmart: V7 Lightweight Stereo Headphone (around $3.80). These headphones are compatible with school computers’ 3.5 mm audio jack and have an adjustable headband for comfort and quality. Kindergarten Heavy duty zippered pencil pouch with clear front Blunt tip scissors Eight-count pack of washable markers Two 24-count packs of crayons Pack of big pink erasers Washable white glue (no gel please) Six or more glue sticks One pack of pencils One plastic supply box One-inch, heavy-duty, three-ring white binder with clear overlay and two pockets One three-prong plastic folder with pockets Wish list: sanitizing wipes, baby wipes, Ziploc bags, facial tissues, liquid hand soap and hand sanitizer. First grade Pencils (at least two per day with erasers) 24-count pack of crayons Pencil cap erasers One-inch, three-ring binder (solid color) 20 glue sticks One pack of five tab dividers for binders Small plastic school box Blunt tip scissors Headphones/earbuds Plastic prong folder with pocket Zippered pencil pouch with clear front Wish list: liquid hand soap, facial tissues, large and small Ziploc bags, baby wipes, cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer. Second grade One wide-ruled spiralbound notebook One pack of wide-ruled paper Four black-and-white composition notebooks Two 24-count packs of crayons One pack big pink erasers Four-count pack of dry erase markers Zippered pencil pouch with clear front One one-inch, white, threering binder Three packs of yellow or black pencils (Presharpened preferred, no mechanical pencils) Yellow highlighters Scissors Ink pens Two 10-count packs of glue sticks One cloth pencil pouch (no pencil boxes needed) One pack of colored pencils Wish list: facial tissues, hand sanitizer, large and small Ziploc bags, red pens and cleaning wipes. Third grade One pack of red pens Two 24-count packs of crayons Eight glue sticks Two packs wide-ruled notebook paper Pencil box Scissors One pocket folder without prongs Two pocket folders with prongs Four black-and-white com-

position notebooks One one-inch binder One pack of five tab dividers Four yellow highlighters Two packs of cap erasers Two packs of pink pearl erasers Four boxes of wooden No. 2 pencils Four black, dry erase markers One one-inch binder for classroom use 12-count pack of color pencils Wish list: facial tissues, hand sanitizer, Ziploc bags, cleaning wipes and baby wipes. Fourth grade Five colored vinyl folders Pencil box or zippered pouch 10 glue sticks Four count dry erase markers Four packs of wide-ruled notebook paper 24-count pack of crayons 24 yellow No. 2 pencils One pack of pencil top erasers Scissors Two yellow highlighters Three packs of 3x5 index cards Six black-and-white composition notebooks (100 sheets) (no spiral notebooks) 12-count pack of colored pencils Markers are not needed. (No Trpper Keepers) Wish list: hand sanitizer, facial tissues and cleaning wipes. Fifth grade 10 packs of wide-ruled notebook paper 12 packs of colored pencils Four two-pocket folders 24-count packs of crayons 12-count pack of glue sticks Six composition notebooks (100 sheets) (no spiral notebooks) Zippered pencil pouch Four-count pack of dry erase markers Scissors Three packs of No. 2 pencils Wish list: facial tissues, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes.

South Effingham Elementary Kindergarten One large pack of No. 2 pencils One eight-count box of washable markers (basic colors) One pair of Fiskars blunttip scissors (child-size) Three eight-count packs of crayons 10 glue sticks ½-inch, clear, three-ring binder and pencil pouch with holes KinderMat (red and blue four-fold plastic) Three plastic three-prong folders with pockets 3 plastic 3 prong folder with pockets One plastic soap box Two pink pearl erasers Dry erase markers Wish list: tissues, liquid soap, Germ-X, Clorox wipes, personal headphones for Chromebook use. First grade 10 glue sticks and one 4-oz. bottle of glue Two packs of lined 3x5 index cards (lined) Two 24-count boxes of crayons Two eight-count packs of washable markers (basic colors) Two packs of wooden pencils One large eraser or several small erasers One pair of child-size pair

of scissors Four large, dry erase markers (black and blue) One spiral notebook Plastic supply box One two-pocket folder (plastic preferred) One dry erase eraser or sock Wish list: Tissues, GermX, Clorox Wipes, Lysol Spray, Paper towels, Personal Headphones for Chromebook use Second grade 48 Ticonderoga pencils Two packs of eraser caps Two packs of pink pearl erasers Four 24-count packs of crayola crayons Five large glue sticks Two packs of markers One child-size pointed-tip pair of scissors Four black, dry erase markers (Expo) Two Magic Erasers (used for dry erase board) Five plastic folders with prongs and pockets Three marble notebooks One box of colored pencils Two highlighters Three packs of wide-ruled notebook paper Three 100-count packs of unlined, 3x5 index cards Wish list: Personal headphones for Chromebook use. Third grade One pack of colored pencils Two packs of wide ruled notebook paper One pencil pouch with three holes to go in binder One 24-count pack of crayons Three 20-count packs of No. 2 pencils One four-count pack of dry erase markers One pair of scissors Two large glue sticks Pack of four highlighters Three one-subject spiral notebooks Four two-ply pocket folders with prongs Wish list: tissues, Germ-X, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, personal headphones for Chromebook use. Fourth grade One 24-count pack of crayons Highlighters Eight-count pack of regular, washable markers (basic colors) One pair of scissors Glue sticks or liquid glue No. 2 pencils Two packs of erasers Wide-ruled notebook paper (not college) Four or more dry erase markers and eraser or sock Two marbled composition notebooks Two one-inch binders One Trapper Keeper type binder with six dividers or one 1 ½- two-inch binder with dividers Wish list: Personal headphones for Chromebook use. Fifth grade Four plastic-coated folders with pocket and prongs One two-inch, three-ring binder (no Trapper Keepers) Wide ruled notebook paper (NOT college) Six marbled composition notebooks (100-sheet minimum) One sock or dry eraser for erasing One box crayons No. 2 pencils or mechanical pencils (preferred) One pack of color tabbed notebook dividers Thin sized markers One pair scissors Two spiral notebooks (200sheet minimum) Dry erase markers Four large glue sticks One pink pearl eraser

Two or three highlighters Variety of permanent markers in assorted colors Wish list: facial tissue, Germ-X, personal headphones for Chromebook use.

Ebenezer Middle Sixth Grade Pencils Notebook paper Pens 12-count pack of colored pencils (classic colors) 10-count pack of markers (classic colors) Four composition notebooks Four three-pronged folders with pockets Hand-held pencil sharpener Highlighters Index cards Glue sticks Seventh Grade Pens Pencils Four composition books (100-sheet minimum) Highlighters Dividers Notebook paper Color pencils Glue sticks Three-ring notebook Eighth grade Four composition books (no spirals please) Glue sticks Scissors Highlighters Pencils Pens (blue and black) Index cards One large, three-inch, three-ring binder or four small one-inch binders Colored pencils Notebook paper Graph paper Washable markers One or two dry erase markers

Effingham County Middle Sixth grade Four folders with prongs Four composition notebooks (not spiral-bound) Pencils Hand-held pencil sharpener Glues sticks Erasers Four pack highlighters Red ink pen Color pencils Safety scissors Paper (loose leaf) One-inch binder

Pencils bag (not bulky pencil boxes) Wish list: tissue, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, liquid soap Seventh grade Glue sticks Pencils Blue or black ink pens Four composition books Paper for notebooks Color pencils Two-inch notebook with dividers Cap erasers Red pens Wish list: Kleenex, Germ-X and Clorox wipes Eighth grade Math Graph paper 4x4 quad size Five-subject spiral notebook/composition book Rulers Science Composition notebook Rubber cement Social Studies Three-ring binder Composition book ELA 1 ½-inch, three-ring binder with dividers 24-count pack crayons 10-count pack markers Two glue sticks Red pens All classes College ruled loose leaf notebook paper Pencils Colored pencils Pens (blue or black) Hand-held pencil sharpener Highlighters

South Effingham Middle Sixth grade One three-inch, three-ring binder Wide-ruled, loose-leaf paper Subject dividers for notebook No. 2 pencils, mechanical preferred Replacement lead if using mechanical pencils Six marbled composition books Ink pens: black, blue, and red ONLY Crayons and/or colored pencils (Crayola Twistables preferred) Glue-sticks (Elmer’s, not hot glue) Wish list: Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, tissues and Band-Aids.

Seventh grade One three-inch binder Five dividers Notebook paper No. 2 pencils Hand held pencil sharpener Erasers Blue or black ink pens Red pen Highlighter Colored pencils Four 100-sheet composition books (non-spiral) 3x5 index cards One three-pronged folder with pockets Wish list: Tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, glue sticks/rubber cement, non-latex gloves for science labs, hand soap and crayons. Eighth grade Five 100-sheet composition notebooks; preferably college rule Pencils Blue or black ink pens Erasers 50 lined, 3x5 index cards Large three-ring binder (at least three inches) One-inch binder One set of tabbed dividers with pockets One pair of student scissors One 12-count pack of colored pencils (home set) One index card holder 10 glue sticks two to carry and eight for home One pack of graph paper Two-inch square post it notes Highlighters Expo markers assorted colors Two three-pronged folders with pockets High schools White two-inch, three-ring binder Loose notebook paper – eight-10 packs for two semesters (No spiral notebooks) Two sets of dividers Divider tabs Eight pocket folders with prongs Yellow highlighter Protractor Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator (Optional for ninth grade but will need it later, especially for taking SAT) Blue or black pens No 2 pencils wooden or mechanical Black-and-white composition notebook

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Ga. sales tax holiday July 31-Aug. 1 Georgia will have a sales tax holiday from July 31Aug. 1, with no sales taxes to be paid on clothing, including footwear, with a sales price of no more than $100. Sales taxes will be paid on accessories such as jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches and watchbands. Examples of tax exempt items include: • Antique/vintage clothing • Aprons, household and shop • Athletic clothing (e.g., ski wear, uniforms, tennis apparel) • Athletic pads and guards • Athletic supporters • Baby receiving blankets • Baby clothes • Bandanas • Bathing suits and caps • Bathing suit cover-ups • Belts and suspenders • Belts for weightlifting or back support • Blouses • Bras • Caps and hats • Coats and jackets of all types • Capes, shawls, and wraps • Corsets and corset laces • Costumes • Coveralls • Dresses • Diapers, children and adult, including disposable and reusable diapers and diaper covers • Ear muffs • Football pads • Footwear of all types including cleated and spiked shoes • Formal wear • Garters and garter belts • Girdles • Gloves and mittens for any purpose • Hats and caps • Hand muffs • Headbands (athletic) • Helmets • Hosiery • Insoles and inserts for shoes • Knee pads • Lab coats • Leg warmers • Leotards and tights • Lingerie •Neckties and bowties • Pants • Rainwear • Robes • Scarves • Shin guards • Shirts • Shoe laces • Shorts and skorts • Skates (ice, roller, rollerblades) • Skirts • Sleepwear • Socks • Suits • Sweaters • T-shirts • Underwear including long or thermal underwear • Uniforms, athletic and nonathletic • Vests Computers, computer components and pre-written software purchased for noncommercial home or person-

al use with a sales price of no more than $1,000 per item also will be tax exempt. Examples of tax exempt items include: • Computer batteries • Computer cables • Car adapters for laptops • Central processing units • Compact disk drives • Computers • Electronic book readers • Tablets • Data storage devices • Docking stations • Hard drives • Keyboards • Memory • Microphones • Monitors • Motherboards • Mouses • Personal digital assistant devices (excluding cell phones) • Port replicators • Printer cartridges • Printers • Routers • Scanners • Computer speakers • Web cameras • Zip drives The sales tax exemption also applies to school supplies for noncommercial use with a sales price of no more than $20 per item. The following items are tax exempt: •Binders • Blackboard chalk • Book bags • Calculators • Cellophane tape • Clay and glazes for artwork • Compasses • Composition books • Computer printers, printer paper and printer ink • Computer storage media • Crayons • Erasers • Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic and manila • Glue, paste and paste sticks • Handheld electronic schedule devices, except cell phones • Highlighters • Index card boxes • Index cards • Legal pads • Lunch boxes • Markers • Notebooks • Paintbrushes for artwork • Paints for artwork • Paper, including loose leaf, copy, graph, tracing, colored, manila, poster board and construction • Pencil boxes • Pencil sharpeners • Pencils • Pens • Personal digital assistants, excluding cell phones • Protractors • Reference books • Reference maps and globes • Rulers • Scissors • Sketch and drawing pads • Textbooks • Watercolors for artwork • Workbooks • Writing tablets

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Helping our community one diploma at a time It is with great pleasure that we welcome you and your families to the 2015-2016 school year at Effingham County High School. We hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities. Everyone needs a break to rejuvenate the batteries. How quickly summer concludes and our thoughts turn to eagerly preparing for the commencement of another school year. This is always an exciting time of the year! Our motto for the 2015-2016 school term will be “ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM”, striving to help every kid from our community obtain a high school diploma. Our staff understands that students who earn a high school diploma have so many opportunities for success than students who do not finish high school. It is a priority for us to help our kids reach their potential. We eagerly await welcoming our new families and students and catching up with great summer stories and memories with returning families and students. I congratulate our students and staff on a job well done. As I reflect over the past school term, I quickly realize the great qualities that this staff and student body posses. Our focus as educators from kindergarten to 12th grade is to ultimately graduate students on time and prepare each of them for post secondary success. I am excited to be a part of a school that continues to excel in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities. Our teachers and students have worked hard to reach that goal and I am very proud of all of them for their commitment to excellence. Students, there are many rewarding opportunities available for each of you at ECHS. All of these exciting opportunities

require your active participation to ensure that you and the school programs grow and improve. I challenge you to get involved and enjoy the full benefits of extra and co-curricular opportunities at our school. I would also encourFord age our students to call on our staff for guidance. We are blessed with an experienced and talented staff. These hard working people will do everything possible to support you in your school endeavors. Please rely on them for encouragement, guidance and support as you strive to reach your personal goals. Keep in mind that becoming successful in life comes with a price; the price for you is consistent, focused effort to improve. Your hard work coupled with support from the school will help you reach your goals and aspirations. We look forward to a year full of personal growth for our students, and of good relationships with our community. As always, we are open to dialogue with parents, and we encourage healthy interaction between the school and home. The partnership between home and school is the best possible tool for ensuring that your children enjoy the benefits of an exceptional education. Please do not hesitate to come see us or call on us for help! It is truly an honor to serve the community of Effingham County as your high school principal. Yancy J. Ford Principal, Effingham County High

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Be a part of the Mustang Legend At South Effingham High School, our motto “Mustangs…The Legend Lives!” causes some to ask, “Who is The Legend?” The answer to this question requires both a historical review of SEHS as well as a look into the future. The Mustang Legend was created by students over the years as they achieve remarkable accomplishments in high school. Yet that is not the end of who contributes to the Mustang Legend. At SEHS, we believe “once a ‘Stang…always a ‘Stang.” So, alumni accomplishments are more than just noted at SEHS; they are celebrated and counted as part of the Mustang Legend. As students enter the halls of SEHS on Aug. 4 for Open House and begin the first day of school on Aug. 6, SEHS students need to be aware of the Mustang Legend and how they will be contributing to what already exists. Students are encouraged to find aspects at SEHS and to create their own Mustang Legend. In academics, SEHS leads many schools regionally and statewide. In extra-curricular activities, SEHS students excel in areas including fine arts and athletics as well as various clubs and student organizations. SEHS students and teachers also take top honors in co-curricular activities such as NJROTC and CTAE classes which contend in competitions tied to their curriculum.

Many students, along with their faculty advisors, have completed beyond the local level traveling to state competitions and even to national competitions. On National College Decision Day 2015, more than 100 SEHS Winters students declared their decision to attend to a specific college by sharing their acceptance to that college. SEHS students can be found on college campuses this fall in Georgia and across the country. Mustangs will attend college as far away as the United States Air Force Academy and Cornell University in New York. As principal, I am honored to share these experiences with our students, parents, staff members, and the South Effingham Community. We are Mustangs. We are the legend. How will you help us contribute to this living legend? I am anticipating new academic accomplishments, new athletic records, and you personally achieving your goal. Together, we make the Mustang Legend live! Mark Winters Principal, South Effingham High

Grace Academy:

A traditional Christian school Grace Academy is a private school, located at 226 Goshen Rd. in Building 100 of Ephesus Church. Its vision is to establish a traditional Christian school in Effingham County that comes alongside the parent to help train up the child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, while establishing an understanding and knowledge of who they are in Christ. It also aims to glorify God by instilling in children a biblical world view grounded in God’s truth. It aims to provide strong academics through use of the Bible, A Beka and Saxon curriculum. The school also wants to help parents and guardians be good stewards of what God has given them by providing a solid financially affordable education. School is in session Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, visit or email You can find the school on Facebook at

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2015-16 school year calendar July 30- Aug. 5.............Pre-Planning for Teachers Aug. 3...........................Open house for elementary schools, 4-7 p.m. Aug. 4...........................Open house for middle and high schools, 4-7 p.m. Aug. 6...........................First day of school; first day of the first nine weeks Sept. 7...........................Labor Day – no school Sept. 8 . ........................Issue first nine weeks progress reports Oct. 8............................Last day of first nine weeks Oct. 8............................Parent-teacher conferences – students dismissed early Oct. 9............................Professional development day – student holiday Oct. 12-13 ...................Fall holiday – no school Oct. 19..........................Issue first nine weeks report cards Nov. 11.........................Veterans Day – no school Nov. 16.........................Issue second nine weeks progress reports Nov. 23–27...................Thanksgiving holidays – no school Dec. 21–Jan. 1.............Christmas holidays – no school Jan. 6.............................Last day of the second nine weeks; end of first semester Jan. 13...........................Issue second nine weeks report cards Jan. 18...........................Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday – no school Feb. 9............................Issue third nine weeks progress reports Feb. 11..........................Parent teacher conferences – students dismissed early Feb. 12..........................Professional development day – student holiday Feb. 15..........................Winter holiday – no school March 14......................Last day of third nine weeks March 17......................Professional development day – student holiday March 21......................Issue third nine weeks report cards March 25–April 1.......Spring holidays – no school April 25........................Issue fourth nine weeks progress reports May 25..........................Last day of school; last day of fourth nine weeks; last day of second semester May 26-27....................Post-planning for staff May 27..........................ECHS graduation - 7 p.m. at Rebel Field May 28..........................SEHS graduation - 7 p.m. at The Corral June 1............................Fourth nine weeks report cards released on Parent Portal at 5 p.m.

How to register your child for school If you will be transferring from another • Schedule your appointment online by school district, private, or home school for the selecting the “New Student Registration” upcoming school year, please schedule a regis- icon at the top right area of the webpage. tration appointment as soon as possible. The • Carefully review all registration requireonline appointment system may be accessed ments when you make your appointment from the “New Student Registration” link in and gather all documents. A registrar will the top right area of Back-to-School call you to confirm your appointment and Information page at give you the opportunity to ask any quesAll requirements and tions you may have about a link to fillable forms required documents. may also be found on the • Print and complete Online website. all required registration To see the student and parent Hours of operation forms in advance. handbook online, go to: for Central Registration • Absolutely no regishttp://www.effinghamschools. are Monday-Thursday, trations will be processed com/cms/lib4/GA01000314/ 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. In order without a valid proof of Centricity/Domain/97/Student_ to avoid parents having residency. Handbook.pdf excessive wait times, • All students must appointments are have an up-to-date required through Aug. Georgia Immunization 12. Form and Georgia Ear, Eye, Dental, and Absolutely no registrations will be pro- Nutritional Screening Form. If you do not cessed without acceptable proof of residency. have these documents, visit the Effingham In addition, out-of-state transfers will not be County Health Department (802 Highway processed without either a Georgia immuni- 119 South, Springfield, 754-6484) or your zation form and Georgia Ear, Eye, Dental, and child’s medical provider before coming to the Nutritional Screening Certificate; or evidence Central Registration Center. Note: If you are transferring from another of an upcoming appointment (i.e., an appointstate, a health care provider still must review ment card or letter from the physician). immunization records to ensure compliance with Georgia requirements and transfer the Avoiding long waits The Registration Center currently is pro- immunization record to a Georgia form. • If you are not the parent or legal guardcessing high volumes of new student registrations. The following tips will help you to ian of the children you wish to register, call ensure a smooth registration process and Central Registration at 754-2530 for more instructions. avoid excessive wait times.

School bus safety tips 1. Get up and get ready on time. Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to come. 2. Go back home and get help or phone for assistance if you miss the bus. Get someone you know to take you to school. Never chase after the bus, never walk to another bus stop and tell your parents to never drive you to another bus stop. Your bus driver will not be expecting you and you will be in grave danger when approaching the unsuspecting school bus driver. It is better to be late for school and be safe!

3. Have all items in your book bag before you leave home so you don’t drop anything. 4. Wait in a safe place, 12 feet away from traffic. 5. Never speak to strangers at the bus stop and never get into the car with a stranger. Tell your bus driver, your teacher or your parents if a stranger tries to talk to you or pick you up. 6. Respect the property of home owners at the bus stop and also keep the noise down. 7. Respect the rights and safety of other students. 8. Wait in a “single file”

line or in an orderly group. 9. Avoid horseplay. 10. Refrain from pushing or shoving. 11. Form an orderly line as the bus approaches, with the first student in line standing 12 feet away from the road. 12. Keep electronic equipment packed away when preparing to board. Never use an electronic device or wear ear buds/headphones when boarding. You MUST be able to hear! 13. Wait before moving to the school bus. —

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