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Students Head Back to Class This Week at Tyler Schools

By Staff | Aug 10, 2016

MIDDLEBOURNE — After a long summer, Tyler County Schools are opening their doors this week to students, faculty and staff.

Students in grades 1-6 and grade 9 will begin attending classes Thursday. Tyler Consolidated High School students will begin classes Friday as well as the rest of the middle school grades 7-8 thus, grades 1-12 will be in school.

Monday Aug. 15, kindergarten group A begins classes while kindergarten group B starts school on Tuesday, Aug. 16. All kindergarten classes will be in school Wednesday, Aug. 17. Pre-K group A classes begin Thursday, Aug. 18. Pre-K group B’s first day will be Friday, Aug. 19. All preschool students will attend Aug. 22. Classes at Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute start Monday, Aug. 15.

“Our staff has been working hard all summer in professional learning sessions and going over data to better prepare our students to be college and career ready,” said Superintendent Robin Daquilante. “We have a few new staff members that have fit right in with the excellent professional and service staff that Tyler County is fortunate to have.”

Maggie Fisher, a longtime educator at TCHS, said she is ready for school to start.

“Opening a new school year is equal parts exciting and overwhelming,” she said. “Everyone comes back energized, ready to try new ideas; at the same time, new class lists, changes in policies and curriculum, and all of the other ‘housekeeping’ chores are challenging.”

One class ahead promises to spur a little creative energy.

“I’m particularly looking forward to teaching creative writing, which is a new class for me,” Fisher said. “There are several eager writers signed up for the class.”

Jonay and Mitch Corley have three children who will be returning to school: Gavin, who will be a junior at Tyler Consolidated High School; Spencer, who will be in eighth grade at Tyler Middle; and Maddox who will be in first grade at Sistersville Elementary.

“‘I’m never ready for the summer to end, because I enjoy the extra time with my kids when school is out,” Jonay Corley said. “We are so busy throughout the year, so it’s nice to just kick back and relax as a family.”

Last year, Tyler Consolidated High School seniors showed their merit in many ways. U.S. News and World Report ranks Tyler Consolidated High School as among the best in the state and nation. The school was given a coveted “bronze” ranking. Students earned more than $2,368,495 in merit based scholarships meaning they have earned it through academic excellence, athletic ability, or leadership experience. And, 23 students were eligible for the PROMISE scholarship. Three students enlisted with the US Marines and one with the Navy. Four students won prestigious EQT scholarships.

Mrs. Corley said the new school year offers promise.

“I am optimistic about the upcoming school year,” she said. “In Tyler County, we are blessed to have great facilities; teachers and administrators who are passionate about providing a good, solid education for our young people; and support staff who are always looking out for their well-being.”