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Schools set to start

Summer vacation has ended for local teachers and school staff, and schools are hosting open house in McDuffie and Warren Counties.

McDuffie County students go to open house Thursday, Aug. 7, to find out who their teachers are and what their schedules consist of. Open house for all McDuffie elementary schools is from 4-6 p.m., the middle school is from 5-7 p.m., the high school is from 6-8 p.m., and the junior high school is from 5-8 p.m.

"There's a lot of excitement about the new school," Superintendent Mark Petersen said. "So it's going to be open longer."

The first day of school for McDuffie County students is Friday, Aug. 8.

Open house was held Tuesday and classes start Thursday morning at Briarwood Academy. Principal Clayton Parrish said the administrators have been working all summer to prepare for the school's new theme of raising the bar for the school's 335 students.

"We knew things were good here at Briarwood," he said. "But we always want to be moving forward. Things are going to be held at higher expectations for everybody at the school."

Mr. Parrish said revisions have been made to the parental handouts, parental information, student handbooks and teacher-employee manuals.

"And we've done a lot of wonderful things in the classrooms with upgrades in technology," he said. "We're trying to increase the level that we work at and that our students achieve at right from the beginning."

Warren County public schools have split up their open house schedules. The middle school open house was last night, while the elementary school will be from 4-6 p.m. and the high school will be from 5-7 p.m. tonight. The first day of school for all Warren County students is Monday, Aug. 11. Numerous phone calls to Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey were not returned for comment.

Web posted on Thursday, August 07, 2008

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