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Back-To-School Events Set in Ohio County

Back-To-School Events Set in Ohio County

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Ohio County School students will be returning to the classrooms next week. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling near school zones and school buses.

WHEELING – Summer break for school students is drawing to a close, and a number of events are set in Ohio County Schools in the coming days as youths and their teachers prepare to return to the classroom.

The energy and excitement that surrounds the start of school begins today (Monday) at the House of the Carpenter on Wheeling Island.

Students who pre-registered will get “fresh looks for school.” People on site will provide the youths with haircuts and manicures, as well as a new outfit for school and some personal care items. The event takes place from 2-7 p.m.

– The Wheeling Park High School “Freshman Tailgate” will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Wheeling Park High School for incoming freshmen, as well as new students at the school.

– “Meet the Bridge Street Middle School Family Night” will be held 5-7 p.m.Thursday at the school.

Principal Jessica Broski-Birch is asking that 6th grade students and their families – along with any new students – come between 5-6 p.m., and returning families of seventh and eight grade students be at the school from 6 to 7 p.m.

Students will meet their teachers during their designated time, while administrators will gather with parents in the school’s cafeteria. The use of Schoology and how best to communicate with teachers and staff will be discussed.

The school’s prevention resource officer then will talk to parents about their children’s use of social media, and how to avoid the dangers.

Outside on the playground, the students will be treated to Twin Pops from Ziegenfelders, and play games.

The students and their families will be invited to stay and tour the building if they wish, Broski-Birch added.

– Madison Elementary School Back-to-School Night will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday at the school.

– The Ohio County Schools Bus Road-E-O takes place 8-11 a.m. on Aug. 22 in the parking lot of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

“It’s a welcome back for drivers,” explained David Crumm, transportation director. “They have been off for a while. It’s a way for them to get re-familarized with their skills and keeping students safe on the roads.

“And it’s a way for them to have fun in a competitive atmosphere.”

The bus drivers compete in events that simulate what they do on the road each day, Crumm explained.

– Ritchie Elementary will be hosting its annual “BTS Block Party” from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Principal John Jorden says about 30 vendors will be present outside the school, and students can “come get some free stuff from them.”

There will be food and games for the students. Ziegenfelders will pass out Twin Pops, and there will be pizza, hot dogs and other snacks.

New this year will be Unicare, which will be passing out hygiene products. Free haircuts also will be available to students.

Next, the youths will come inside the school to meet their new teachers. They will be given a new book bag and school supplies, but the school supplies will stay at school and be kept in the student’s new desk. Each desk will have a name tag, according to Jorden.

Also on Aug. 22, Wheeling Middle School will host its sixth grade picnic throughout the day. Triadelphia Middle School and The Warwood School also will have events from 4-6 p.m.

The first day of school is Aug. 23.

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EPS back-to-school events schedule – Eden Prairie Local News

EPS back-to-school events schedule - Eden Prairie Local News

As the end of summer approaches, Eden Prairie Schools (EPS) is preparing to host several back-to-school events. Check for your student’s sessions below. 

Elementary schools

Students and families are invited to attend open house nights to walk around their elementary schools, find their classrooms, and meet staff and teachers. 

Cedar Ridge Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Eden Lake Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.


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Forest Hills Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Oak Point Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Prairie View Elementary: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4-6 p.m.

Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion: Thursday, Sept. 1, 4-6 p.m.

Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion Online: Thursday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m. (Register online for the open house webinar)

Central Middle School (CMS)

CMS will host separate back-to-school open houses for each of the three grade levels.

Students will receive schedules and locker information, have their school pictures taken, and will be able to walk around the school to find their classrooms. They will also be able to add money to their lunch accounts and order a yearbook. 

Families will be asked to watch a presentation video regarding changes to the school handbook and other important things to know. Students will receive prizes of wristbands after completing open house activities. 

The activities office will be there to talk with students about extracurricular opportunities. The tech department will be on hand to answer questions and distribute iPads to new students. 

Families can also visit the health office to turn in forms and register medication. 

6th grade: Open houses for students and their families will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Thursday, Aug. 11. Students are welcome to attend any time during their assigned session.

Last names A-G: Aug. 10, 8:30-11.30 a.m.

Last names H-N: Aug. 10, 1-4 p.m.

Last names O-Z: Aug. 11, 8:30-11.30 a.m.

7th grade: Open house for students and their families will be held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30.

8th grade: Open house for students and their families will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

Eden Prairie High School (EPHS)

EPHS is hosting events for incoming freshmen and students new to the district, ramp-up days for all students, and a mandatory meeting for students who plan to play a fall sport. 

Parent/Athlete/Coaches (PAC) Meeting: 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in the Main Gym. 

This meeting is required for any EPHS student who plans to play a fall sport. Students and at least one of their parents or guardians must attend. 

9th Grade and New Student Open House: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24.

This optional event is for incoming freshmen and students new to the district. Counselors will meet with new students and their families in the South Commons.

9th Grade Orientation: 8:35 a.m.-3:20 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6.

This will be the first day of school for incoming freshmen in order to welcome and acclimate them to the high school. The first day of school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be Wednesday, Sept. 7. 

9th Grade Parent Night: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6 (Performing Arts Center).

EPHS Ramp Up Days (all students)

Students can pick up laptops if needed, receive schedules and locker information, and walk around the school to familiarize themselves with the layout. 

School pictures will also be taken of all students. Even if a student does not plan to order a photo package, these pictures are needed for student I.D. and yearbooks. 

The Eagle’s Nest school store will also be open for anyone wishing to purchase school spirit items, including T-shirts, caps, and other clothing. 

Students are welcome to come to the school anytime during the hours listed below.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 12:30-5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 29, 3-7 p.m.

EP Online

EP Online will host a virtual open house with Principal Nick Kremer at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Kremer will give a short presentation about the program, followed by Q&A about online learning, schedules, and enrollment. 

Register online to attend the webinar. Everyone who registers will also receive a recording of the virtual open house.