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New school year begins
County superintendent welcomes class of 2025
Henry County School Superintendent Jared Cotton acknowledges the first day of school for twin brothers Reid (left) and Gage Lawson. The brothers wore T-shirts that stated, “Today is my 1st day of Kindergarten, 8-13-12.” They attend Rich Acres Elementary School. (Contributed photo)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton devoted most of Monday, the first day of the new school year, with the division’s newest students, kindergartners.
“There is no day more special for students and their parents than the first day of school. The first day often sets the tone for the remainder of the school year,” Cotton said.
He will continue visiting with each kindergarten student over the next two days.
The school division uses a “staggered start” for all kindergarten classes to help acclimate students to their new schools. One-third of each kindergarten class attends school over the first three days so students receive extra attention as they get to know the school building and daily schedule.
As part of Cotton’s visit with each kindergartner, he has taken each student’s photograph. The photographs will be sent to each student’s family.
“Our kindergarten students will be members of the class of 2025. This first day isn’t just important for the 2012-2013 school year. This is the first day of their educational careers. I am visiting with each student and sending photographs home to each family as a symbol of our partnership with them for this year and the next 12,” Cotton said.
More than 500 kindergarten students are expected to begin their educational careers this school year in Henry County.