Coweta schools welcome 101 new teachers

by Celia Shortt

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New Smokey Road Middle School teachers were some of the 101 new teachers welcomed to Coweta during the school system’s 2014 new teacher orientation. From left are SRMS Principal Jose Casablanca, Kevin Wimbley, Heather Gowen, Christine Bouma, Jeanna Hitchens, Burt Horton and Caitlin Smith. 


The Coweta County School System welcomed 101 new teachers at its annual new teacher orientation earlier this week.

In his remarks to the new teachers, Coweta School Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker shared his expectations for them and provided some encouragement.

“Our vision is to ensure the success of each student,” he said at the event Monday at the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. “When you get up in the morning and wonder what your focus is … I want you to remember that vision.”

“I want to encourage you … you were selected because we have confidence in you,” he added. “You are surrounded by expertise. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.”

The 2014 Coweta County school year begins on Aug. 6.

Students and parents can visit their schools for orientation on Aug. 5. During orientation, employees from the transportation department will be available to answer questions about bus schedules. The school bus routes are posted online each year in cooperation with The Newnan Times-Herald at www.times-herald.com several days before the start of the school year.

Representatives from the school system’s after-school program will be available to register students for the program.

Teachers, however, will not be available for formal conferences during that orientation day.

Orientation times on Aug. 5 are:

• Middle schools - 10 a.m. to noon

• Elementary schools - noon to 2 p.m.

• High schools - 2 to 4 p.m.

Parents can register their student(s) at the system’s Central Registration Office at 167 Werz Industrial Drive, located off Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard in Newnan.

The Werz office is open Monday through Friday before the start of school and can be reached at 770-254-5551. Students who are already enrolled in a Coweta County school, including a pre-kindergarten class in the 2013-2014 school year, do not need to register again.

To register a new student for school in Coweta County, parents will need to provide the following items during registration:

1. Student’s Birth Certificate, Passport or other document that establishes the age of the student.

2. Social Security Card, Income Tax Return showing Social Security number of student, or Social Security Number Waiver Form (Waiver form may be completed during the registration process).

3. Proof of Residence – two items from the following list are required for address verification:

I. property tax records which indicate the location of the residence;

II. mortgage documents or a security deed which indicates the location of residence;

III. apartment or home lease or rent receipt indicating the current address;

IV. current electrical bill or application for electrical service showing the current address (please bring the entire bill, to show electrical service and address);

V. voter precinct identification card or other voter documentation indicating the current address.

VI. If the parent/guardian resides in the home or apartment of another person, that person will need to be present with photo ID and two of the items listed above to complete a Two Party Affidavit of Residency.

4. State ID, Government ID, Driver’s License, Passport or other document reflecting proof of identity – must be current. Students may only be registered by biological parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Proof of custody/guardianship is required if registering adult is not the birth parent.

5. Custody papers (if relevant) – Custodial parent(s)/guardian(s) must live in the appropriate school district.

6. Last Report Card/Withdrawal/transfer form with grades if available – Due at registration to facilitate records requests and class placement.

7. Immunization Certificate or Immunization Waiver – Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR) immunization certificate form 3231 or a signed 30-day waiver. (Immunization waiver may be completed during the registration process).

8. Hearing-Dental-Vision Certificate or Waiver on Georgia Form 3300 or a signed 90 day waiver. (Hearing, Dental, Vision waiver may be completed during the registration process).

9. Authorization for release of Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or student records – This is required if a student is receiving Special Education or Gifted services. If an IEP or other information that establishes eligibility for services is not presented at the time of registration, services in the Coweta County School System may be delayed until the records are received by the school.

10. Emergency contact information – Students must have a contact name and number on file at the school by the first day of attendance.

NOTE: Exceptions will be made for above requests where appropriate. No document will be required that would cause or result in discrimination based on race, color, national origin, or immigration status.

Each individual school will determine and enforce its own dress code for students, with the principal or other authorized school official making sure the students are wearing the proper clothes.

Parents and students should refer to their school’s handbook for the specific dress code.

Punctual and regular school attendance at all grade levels is important to the educational success of all children, and all parents are urged to make sure their child or children begins class at the start of the new school year on Aug. 6.



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