By Charles Warner
UNION COUNTY — Students were registered for school and they and their parents got to meet their new teachers Wednesday during registration for the 2015-2016 school year at Union County’s elementary and middle schools.
The new school year began Monday for teachers who returned to their schools for a week of staff development that included getting their schools, classrooms, offices, libraries and other facilities ready for their students who will begin arriving for class on Monday, Aug. 17.
While staff development continued on Wednesday, the day was also devoted to registering students. Registration was held throughout the day at Buffalo, Foster Park, and Monarch elementary schools, Jonesville Elementary/Middle School, Lockhart Elementary/Middle School and Sims Middle School.
Principals and other staff members at several of the school’s registering students said the day was a busy one, but went well with both parents and children taking the opportunity to meet with their teachers and other members of the staff.
Monarch Elementary School Principal Anita Maness said things went smoothly at her school, attributing it to the hard work of its teachers and the help provided by a large group of volunteers.
“Ours was wonderful, our enrollment was up,” Maness said Thursday. “Our registration always goes very smoothly because we have so many volunteers to come and help us. Our teachers have put in many extra hours in preparing for our students. We are looking forward to the best year ever at Monarch Elementary School.”
Foster Park Elementary School Secretary Shirley Mitchell said that “it went well, we had a lot of new students coming in. It was hectic, but everything went okay.”
Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Principal Kathy Taylor said registration “went wonderful, we had a great turnout and we’re excited to see Monday.”
Buffalo Elementary School Principal Glenn Wile said registration went well at his school with many of the school’s families taking part.
“Registration was awesome yesterday,” Wile said. “We had a large percentage of our families attend.”
This year is Wile’s first as BES principal, and he said yesterday was an opportunity not only for the families to get to meet the teachers, but for him to meet those families in the process.
“It was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet new families and for the families to meet their new school teachers for the year,” Wile said.
Mason Harvey watches closely as his mother, Amber Nelson, fills out the paperwork registering him to attend class at Foster Park Elementary School. The elementary and middle schools of the Union County School District held registration for the 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday. School officials report that registration went smoothly with parents and children taking the opportunity not only to register but to meet their new teachers.
Monarch Elementary School Counselor Kelli Shugart (sitting) talks to Ryan Vassey (red shirt) during registration at the school Wednesday morning. Vassey, who will be attending the third grade, was there with his grandmother, Renee Vassey (right, wearing hat), and was among the many students who were registered Wednesday at MES and the county’s other elementary and middle schools. As Ryan talks with Shugart, Shatara Jeter (in white) waits to sign up her daughter, Maleeyah Jeter, for the first grade.
Buffalo Elementary School Second Grade Teacher Donna Long (seated, left) chats with Christy Kerr (seated, right), the aunt of Kendra Duncan (striped shirt, glasses) and Mary Duncan (green shirt). Kerr was registering Kendra at BES where she will be a student in Long’s class. Mary, who previously attended BES, is now a student at Sims Middle School where she will be in the sixth grade.