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School bells ring Wednesday

POSTED: August 19, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Tracey Rogers prepares the computer lab at the Liberty County Pre-K Center, where the county's youngest students start the 2008-09 school year Wednesday.

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Connie Meiers at Waldo Pafford Elementary, like other county teachers, has been busy in professional development meetings and will continue prepping her classroom for a new year's batch of students.
"We meet a lot because we're just coming back for a new school year," she said Friday. "Any kind of law changes, any kind of curriculum changes, we sit in meetings to find out about all of that."  
With classes in Liberty County schools starting Wednesday, the fifth grade teacher said her students should expect to get right back into routines, classroom procedures and homework.
"We usually give them (students) that first 20 days, then we're moving full gear," she said.
From her past 11 years of teaching, Meiers has encouraged parents to get involved in their child's education from the very beginning.
She will be putting forth the same effort in finding the best way to educate her students.
"During this time I also look through their folders to get a picture of who's coming to me, see if I can assess any needs I can see in testing scores," she explained.
Meiers said this helps in focusing her overall classroom instruction, if she notices patterns, while addressing individual needs.
Tracey Rogers at the Pre-K center will be able to meet the personalized needs of her students in the center's computer lab.
Besides 20 computer stations, the lab is equipped with a SMARTboard, an interactive light board, set at just the right height for the young learners.
"They have fun manipulating that (SMARTboard)," Rogers said.
The 4-year-olds will visit the computer lab once a week to get their hands on all the computers, which are brand-new and have flat screen monitors with more memory.
"Some parents sometimes feel children are too young to be on the computer," Rogers said. "I want them to understand that we view the computer as a tool."
Rogers and Meiers are hoping to explain that during the school systems open houses on Tuesday.
Meiers encourages parents to be involved, to visit the classroom and communicate with the teachers.
"Because I know a lot of times when there's not a communication with the parent and teacher, everything doesn't get told to the parent and to do what's best for your student, you need to communicate with the teacher and you need to know what's going on."
Schools will host open house Tuesday at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for pre-k and 3-6 p.m. for elementary, middle and high schools. Classes are back in session Wednesday.

 

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