Back to School Time is Here

Thursday, August 11, 2016
The PES library got a major facelift during the summer months, with new paint, shelves and other amenities. With classes now less than a week away, work continues on returning all of the books and other items to their proper location. Volunteer Annette Hill is pictured working on the daunting task Tuesday afternoon, as many of the staff members were involved in meetings. (TD photo/Tim Blair)


The 2016-17 school year is now at hand with classes at Rector scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 15.

The students and teachers have been busy making preparations in recent weeks as the end of summer vacation rapidly comes to an end.

Rector Elementary fourth grade teacher Sue Warrington has fun with one of the decorative items at the school as "Super Heroes" is one of the themes as students and teachers prepare for the upcoming year. Teachers are participating in training sessions this week and the students will begin classes Monday. (TD photo/Ron Kemp)

Classes are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. each morning for both elementary and high school. Classes will dismiss at 3 p.m. Elementary students who walk or are picked up by car will be dismissed at 2:55 p.m. and all others will be dismissed at 3.

Breakfast and lunch will be served beginning Monday. Breakfast is $1 and lunch is $2.20 for students K-12. Reduced price meals are 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch. Any parent who wishes to eat lunch with a student are asked to send a note in advance. Parents will also need to check in at the office, as well.

This year's lunch schedule is as follows- kindergarten, 10:30; first grade, 10:50; second grade, 11; third grade, 11:10; fourth grade, 11:15; all high school students, 11:49; fifth grade, 12:25 and sixth grade, 12:30.

Parents are also encouraged to read the handbook carefully as changes have been made.

The bus schedule is as follows. Buses will leave the elementary school at 3 p.m. Cartoon characters and symbols are located on the buses next to the bus numbers to help students identify the bus they are to ride. Bus numbers, symbols, drivers and routes covered are:

Bus 1 -- Cougar, Bill Rabjohn (morning) and Carol Hamm (evening), CR 483, CR 480, CR 484, CR 481, CR 490, Greenway, Hwy. 49, Hargrave Corner, Indian Hills Apt., Cheyenne Drive, Fourth and Inscore, Fourth and Ballard.

Bus 2 -- Dog, Gene Ellis, CR 408, CR 406 (east and west end), CR Greene, CR 505, Hwy. 49 south, Main Street and Donaldson, Phillips Avenue.

Bus 4 -- Tiger, Buddy Fahr, CR 528, CR 553, CR 528, CR 531, Hwy. 90, CR 508, Hwy. 139 Blue Cane, Leonard, Sikes and Seventh, Fifth and Hafford Street, Sonic on McNabb, Exxon station.

Bus 27--Camel, Eldon Haynes, CR 420, CR 417, CR 423, CR 440, CR 419, CR 418, CR 432, CR 429.

Bus 24--Dolphin, Tim Carroll, CR 431, CR 470, CR 440, CR 450, CR 4501, Hwy. 141, CR 272, CR 444, Boydsville, Hwy. 90, Melisa Drive.

Bus 25 -- Eagle, Lance Mabrey, CR 475, CR 472, CR 473, Hwy. 90, CR 430 east, CR 485, Donaldson and Fairview.

This year the Rector School District will welcome a number of new faces, including agriculture teacher Michael Hollis, special education teacher Pamela Mills, Spanish teacher Christina Boyd, science teacher Clinton Haley, custodian Bett Godfrey, pre-school aide Amanda Brannan and cafeteria worker Kiersten LaRue.

Administrators for the school are Nate Henderson, elementary principal; Wade Williams, high school principal, and Johnny Fowler is the superintendent.


Marmaduke teachers and students have spent weeks preparing for the first day of school, slated for Monday, Aug. 15. As in years past, classes will begin at 8 a.m. for both elementary and high school while classes will be dismissed at 3 p.m. for elementary and 3:10 for high school.

Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday. Breakfast is 75 cents and lunch is $2.10 for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Reduced meal prices are 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch. Any parent wanting to eat lunch with a child must check in at the office.

This year's lunch schedule is as follows--10:30 a.m. kindergarten; 10:45, first and second grades; 11 a.m., third and fourth grades; 11:45 a.m. fifth and sixth grades; 11:20 a.m., junior high and 12:05 p.m. for senior high students.

Buses will leave the elementary school at 3:15 p.m. and cartoon characters, and other symbols, are located on each bus to help students identify which bus they are to ride. This year's drivers, and their symbols, are--Nikki McDowell, horse; Rodney Hampton, deer; Kenny Vangilder, cow, Kenneth Hargrave, turtle; Lisa Hargrave, butterfly; Jeff Boswell, dog; Mike Cook, cat; Steve Richey, bird and Jim Hardin, rooster.

This year the Marmaduke District also welcomes eight new teachers, including Jennifer Adams, Megan Hensley, Ginny McCord, Deidra Pillow, Pamela Skoog, Samantha Vaughn, Alison West and Micah Whitlow. The administrators include Superintendent Tim Gardner, Assistant Superintendent Keith Richey; High School Principal Bill Muse; Assistant High School Principal Shane Robinson; Elementary Principal Audrea King, and Assistant Elementary Principal Lisa Hargrave.


Students of the Piggott School District will return to classes Tuesday, Aug. 16, as the 2016-17 school year is set to get underway. Throughout the summer months work has gone on behind the scenes at the local schools, with renovation projects of the PES library, gym and front entry area. A major effort is also underway to update the facilities at Parker Field, the home of the football Mohawks. There has also been a major adjustment to the schedule at PHS, allowing the addition of an activity period each day.

Although the core of administrators remains the same as last year, there have been changes. PES principal Leann Mann resigned at the conclusion of last year, and is replaced at the helm by Anthony Dowdy. A Marmaduke native and grad, Dowdy most recently served at EPC. Meanwhile, PES assistant principal Erica Harris has taken a classroom assignment, and Brock Swann will serve in that capacity at both campuses. At PHS, Barry DeHart begins yet another year as principal.

The change to the bell schedule at Piggott High School was made in an effort to cut down on absentism by students who are participating in various clubs and activities. Under the new schedule the time between classes has been reduced from five to three minutes, allowing the activity period in addition to the eight regular classes.

The first bell will sound at 7:50, and first period will run until 8:35. Second period will be from 8:38 to 9:23 a.m., followed by the activity period from 9:23 to 9:53. During this time each day clubs, organizations and other groups will gather. Third period will be held from 9:56 to 10:41 a.m. with fourth period held from 10:44 to 11:29.

First lunch is from 11:32 to 12:02, while other students will attend fifth hour classes from 11:32 to 12:17. They'll then attend second lunch, set for 12:20 to 12:50 p.m., followed by sixth hour from 12:53 to 1:38. Those taking first lunch will attend fifth hour class from 12:05 to 12:50 p.m. Meanwhile, seventh hour is 1:41 to 2:26 p.m. and eighth hour is 2:29 to 3:14.

"We understand there may be times when a student can't get to class within the three minute period, but we've checked all of the campus and it can easily be done most of the time," PHS principal DeHart explained. "But, we'll take each tardy on a case-by-case basis to be fair."

At PES the doors will open at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast will be served, with classes starting promptly at 8. Students arriving after 8 a.m. must be escorted to the office, and checked-in. Parents are also requested to not line-up to pick up car riders before 2:30 each afternoon.

The lunch schedule for Piggott Elementary School is as follows--10:50 a.m. for first grade; 11 a.m. for kindergarten; 11:35 for second grade; 11:15 for third grade; 12:15 for fourth grade; noon for sixth grade and 11:40 for fifth grade.

Along with the bell schedule, the bus routes are expected to remain unchanged, although some adjustments may be made in the first week of classes. The first bell will be at 2:55 p.m. for car riders, with the bus rider bell ringing at 3:05 and the bell for walkers at 3:15.

The district also maintains websites for each campus, with updated calendar information and news items for parents and patrons. Information is also available on the free and reduced lunch program on the websites, as well.

The PES website may be found at

And the Piggott High School website may be found online at

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