Stephenville ISD prepares for Aug. 23 school start

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By AMANDA KIMBLE
TheFlashToday.com

STEPHENVILLE (August 2, 2016) – Stephenville ISD students get back to the books Tuesday, August 23.

Yellow Jackets and Honeybees in all grade levels will first welcome the 2016-17 school year with a number of events aimed at getting students and their families oriented with their respective campuses, administrators and teachers.

But, Afton Varnado, Stephenville High School registrar, is advising all parents and caregivers to first – and immediately – log on to the school district website (click here) to register their students.

All students, returning and newcomers at all campuses and in all grade levels, must complete the online registration process.

“Students will not be issued class schedules until that process is complete,” Varnado said.

Families without computer access can visit any of campus office to complete the online registration process, and district staffers will be available to provide assistance and answer questions if needed.

The registration portal can be accessed through one of two links – for registering returning students or enrolling new students – on the district website’s homepage.

During the registration process, Stephenville ISD students will be given a new student identification number, according Child Nutrition Director Mona Little.

The number, labeled as “Other ID,” can be found by clicking the “student info” tab on the Skyward Family Access (registration and student information) portal.

Little said the new identification number, which is intended to protect students’ proprietary information by replacing the use of the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, will be used in school cafeterias when purchasing meals.

Meanwhile, administrators across the district are sharing information on orientation events at each of Stephenville ISD’s six campuses.

Stephenville High School

Registered freshmen will be receive their schedules Thursday (August 4) during the Fish Camp, which will be held 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Stephenville High School.

“That is for freshmen only,” Varnado said, adding students will participate in an array of orientation activities such as touring the school, experiencing a mock pep rally and participating in games and activities.

All other high school students, 10th-12th grade, will receive their schedules 9 a.m.-12 noon on Friday, August 12.

Henderson Junior High

Seventh grade orientation night will be from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, and schedules will be picked up on this night as well.

As of publishing time on August 2, more information on schedule distribution and orientation activities at Henderson Junior High School had not be released.

The Flash Today – Erath County will publish those details as soon as they become available, which is expected to be the week of August 7.

Elementary and Intermediate Schools

All other Stephenville ISD students will converge on the halls of education Thursday, August 18, for Meet the Teacher Night.

Families of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will meet 5-6 p.m. at Central Elementary; first and second graders will meet their teachers 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Chamberlain Elementary; third and fourth grade introductions will be held 6-7 p.m. at Hook Elementary; and fifth and sixth grade students meet educators 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Gilbert Intermediate.

Home room assignments will be announced prior to orientation, according to campus officials, who are expected to post details on campus doors around Friday, August 12.

Child Nutrition

Stephenville ISD has streamlined the free and reduced lunch application process, according to Little.

“The applications can be completed online when enrolling students,” she said.

Free and reduced-price meals are available to students whose families receive certain government benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program), WIC or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); children who are identified as homeless, migrant or runaway; foster children placed by an agency or court; or meet federal income guidelines.

“About 50 percent – if not a little more – of the district’s more than 3,500 students participated in the free and reduced meal program last school year,” Little said.

Reduced rates are 30 cents per day for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch, versus the standard daily cost of $1 and $2.50, respectively. Annual cost for full-price lunch is $430 per student, versus the $68.80 annual reduced rate.

Finally, Little said parents and caregivers can deposit funds into students’ accounts through the My School Bucks program on the child nutrition website (click here).

For more information about the free and reduced lunch program or other child nutrition related issues, contact Little at 254-968-4826.

Additional Information

School supply lists, information on athletic equipment handout, the complete district calendar, staff directory and more information is available on the district website, www.sville.us.

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