EPC-Lepanto Elementary holds Open House

Friday, August 22, 2003

Parents and school children got a chance to see their school last Thursday night, as the East Poinsett County-Lepanto Elementary hosted an open house at the school.

Between 150 and 200 parents and their children attended the event, which gave parents an opportunity to meet with school personnel, including teachers. At the open house, EPC-Lepanto Elementary Principal Pam Faught introduced the faculty of the school to parents and those in attendance. After introducing the faculty, Faught gave an overview of the school year and explained several changes that have been made for this year. The school day starts at 8 a.m. and runs to 3 p.m. However, until Aug. 29, school will dismiss at 2 p.m. As for security issues, all of the doors at the school, except for doors leading to the main office will be locked at all times. Students are not to be at the school, until 7:25 a.m. because there will be no one there until that time. As for lunch, parents can bring their child's lunch to the front office and a person from the office will bring the lunch to the child. Parents can also eat with their child, however, the office must receive word by 8:30 a.m. that the parent will be eating with the child.

Faught also told parents and others at the meeting that the school will attempt to improve test scores at the school. Some of the things mentioned in the meeting by Faught will be to create a new Parent Involvement Center, departmentalizing subjects in the fourth grade and working to meet high expectations. Also, Faught announced that awards, such as Honor Roll will be given out at the end of the year, instead of at the end of nine weeks or semester. Faught stated that she is open to ideas that will improve standards and that everybody is needed to help improve test scores. A public meeting will be held Sept. 9 in Lepanto to discuss test scores and how they can be improved.

Faught told the Tri-City Tribune that she was happy about the turnout at the meeting. Faught said, "I am very pleased with the attendance. We had a great attendance."

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