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Long County schools open Monday
Preparations included annual freshman orientation
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Shelby Edwards gets her 2008-09 ID made during open house Thursday at Long County High School. Liberty County students can quit being jealous of their counterparts to the west as classes started there Monday. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
LUDOWICI — Thursday, Long County High School had its back-to-school freshman orientation. The night began at 4 with Principal Dr. Dolores Mallard welcoming incoming freshman and their parents.
Classes for all Long County students started Monday.
“We welcome you to high school and we are here to support all you and help you be academically successful,” she said.
Mallard then introduced new Assistant Principal Scotty Hattiway who said, “I am looking for great things from you guys, and your teachers are looking for great things from you. We have high expectations for you.”
Hattiway then informed the cafeteria full of people, that only half of the high schools in the state of Georgia passed the Adequate Yearly Progress standards this past year, and that LCHS had made these standards for the last two years.  He also told the group, that the high school graduation rate had increased over the last three years at LCHS.
After this, other administrators addressed the crowd, including school counselor Lacey Ricks, graduation coach Dr. Dean Brown and school social worker Terri Godding.
Athletic director Karen Swindell talked about the the importance of athletics in high school and told the students about the numerous opportunities they had at LCHS.
Head football coach Kyle Wilson encouraged the freshmen to find and participate in a sport that interests them.  He then said that the goal for his football team’s student-athletes was to have 100 percent graduation, and to achieve success after high school.
Head basketball coach Deshon Brock informed the group about the success of the last year’s basketball team. He said the team is ranked number six in the polls for the upcoming year.
Head baseball coach Brian Thomas stressed the importance of student-athletes achieving academic success, and then spoke about the new baseball hitting facility at the practice fields.
Following the coaches, LCHS band director Myron Grimes informed the freshmen of the success of last year’s band, being ranked first in the division and second overall, in performing.  He also stressed the importance of preparation, and said that whenever the LCHS Band is on the field, members are prepared.
Cheerleading coach Beth Pilkington told of cheerleading opportunities at the school, and then highlighted several of the clubs on campus including the Science, FBLA, HOSA, and BETA.
First year Superintendent Dr. Robert Waters, “This is an exciting time for you, but a time with a lot of new responsibilities.”
To the parents he said, “You being here is evidence of you caring about your child’s education.”
He told the parents and the future class of 2012, that he was available to them if he was needed.
Afterward the superintendent said, “Statistics show that parental involvement is the key to student success. This is good stuff, having this many parents here tonight, I’m very pleased with the turnout.”
After the speakers, the students met teachers, received ID Cards and familiarized themselves with their surroundings as they prepared for their final four years of school.
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