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Time to return to school

Farmington High School is preparing for the first day of classes on Aug. 13 with student registeration this week.

During registration students will find out information on lunches, parking, pay debts, get locker assignments and combinations, change personal information if needed, and receive their schedules. Starting this year students will have their school pictures taken during registration.

Seniors registered on Tuesday, juniors on Wednesday, sophomores today and freshman on Friday. If students miss their day they are asked to come in during the week even if it’s not their day.

“We are looking forward to another outstanding year. We had a large number graduate in May,” said Farmington High School Principal Matt Ruble. “There were more than 280 graduate and had 94 percent of their class graduate.”

Also new this year will be two additional programs for the College Now program through Mineral Area College. The Certified Nurses Program, CNA, and the Criminal Justice program will be taught at the high school.

College Now is available for students who are juniors and at least 16 years old. The program allows students to take college credit courses at Farmington High School or on the MAC campus. Students can earn their 42 hour general education block that will transfers to most Missouri universities, or complete their Associate of Arts degree through MAC.

The high school is also looking at adding more options.

New this year is the Advanced Via Individual Determination, or AVID, program. It will help target students in the middle of academics who would be at an economic disadvantage, or first generation college bound students. The program features a college prep class that will continue from middle school through high school.

“We are trying to make every student’s experience good,” said Ruble.

The principal also said he encourages students to be active in a club, sport or activity. Students who participate in something have a better success rate in high school and enjoy the experience more.

Middle School students begin registration next week. Eighth grade students will register Aug. 5 from 4-7 p.m., and Seventh grade on Aug. 6 from 4-7 p.m. For students new to the district call 701-1330 for an appointment to register.

Farmington High School and Middle School athletic physicals will be held Aug. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. at the high school.

Open house for the high school, Middle School and Lincoln Intermediate will be Aug. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Middle School 7th grade open house will begin at 6 p.m., and 8th grade at 7 p.m.

Elementary buildings (kindergarten through fourth) will have open house on Aug. 11 from 6-8 p.m., with W. L. Johns Early Childhood Center open house on Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m.

All new students must have a current immunization record. A student will not be permitted to enroll without one. The student will also need a Social Security card; proof of residency such as property tax statement, rental agreement, utility or telephone bill.

The first day of fall sports for the district is Aug. 10.

The Farmington School District will begin their first day of classes Aug. 13.

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