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It’s that time of year: Teachers, students head back to school

By Kelly Bledsoe
With the start of school next week many students will be meeting new teachers. At South Davidson High School Principal, Mike Lawson welcomes new English teacher Rhonda Dillingham. Mary Howell will be changing positions from English teacher to Media Center Coordinator and Gabe Scott former SDMS PE teacher will be teaching high school PE as well as serving as co-Athletic Director, in addition to coaching varsity baseball.

Freshman and new student orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 from 5:30-7:00pm. Schedules were mailed out on August 10.

South Davidson Middle School Principal Crystal Sexton welcomes Erica Tobin / Art- former DES/ SV art teacher; Amanda Beck / PE & Softball- former DES/SV PE teacher; Alisa Ragan/ 7th grade Language Arts- former counselor; Sandy Young / 8th grade Science & Social Studies- former SDMS 8th grade teacher; Mary Howell/ Media Center- former SDHS English teacher; Debbie Hege- former AP at Southwood Elementary and Tyro Middle.

Seventh and eighth grade students can pick up their schedule Thursday, August 25 from 4:00-6:00pm and sixth grade orientation will be held on August 25 at 6:30pm. There are no major policy changes however parents are reminded that the school day is 8:00am- 3:00pm. All SDMS students are encouraged to take advantage of our FREE breakfast program from 7:25-7:50. In order to minimize classroom disruptions, there will be no early dismissals after 2:45. 

Christy Slate, Principal of Silver Valley Elementary welcomes Jill Lyda as a new assistant teacher. Ms. Slate is looking forward to an exciting and successful year. The tardy bell will now ring at 8:00 not 8:05. Please contact the office with any bus changes, (forms were completed at the end of last year but changes will take a little while to be implemented. Meet the teacher is Thursday, August 25 from 5-7:00pm. Kindergarten students were mailed a postcard with their meet the teacher times on Monday, august 29 in a staggered entry day. Silver Valley is still participating in the Universal Breakfast program.

Denton Elementary School has several new teachers, and Principal Kathryn Green is looking forward to another year of learning! Meet the Teacher will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 5:30-7:00 PM. Parents and students will receive class assignments that evening as they arrive. Kindergarten class assignments will be mailed since those students are on a staggered entry.

Mrs. Green welcomes Mrs. Nicole Russell who joins the second grade team. She previously taught at Southmont Elementary. Mrs. Rachel Lewis is the new guidance counselor. She comes to Denton from Patrick County, Virginia. Mrs. Kristi Houser is the new special education teacher. Mrs. Houser taught at Welcome Elementary. ​Joining​ the enrichment team​ as PE teacher​ is Mrs. Jenna Younts. Mrs. Younts comes from a charter school in Forsyth County. Mrs. Green is very excited about the new team members adding that they are wonderful additions to our staff.

The school day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal will be at 2:30 p.m. Parents should note the school will follow the same dismissal procedures as last year. Parents needing to make transportation changes must do so in writing by 1:30 p.m. on the day of the change. Parents needing to pick up a student early for an afternoon appointment must sign the child out in the office by 2 p.m. The staff thanks parents in advance for their cooperation with the dismissal procedures and look forward to another great year at DES!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact any of the school offices. The administrative personnel at all of the local schools are always happy to help.

Good luck to all the new teachers, staff and students as they begin the exciting academic journey of the 2016-2017 school year. The first day of school is Monday, August 29, 2016.