Welcoming students back for a new year


POINT PLEASANT — Elementary students in Point Pleasant are gearing up to go back to school across Mason County.

On Tuesday at Point Pleasant Intermediate School, students gathered to talk with teachers, learn about extracurricular opportunities, and meet other students. Also on hand for the event was a Health Net helicopter and flight medics talking to kids and firefighters with a fire engine to talk about safety.

Stacey Walton is starting out as the new principal at PPIS, and is excited for the new school year and new opportunities.

“It has been very welcoming, the staff is awesome, I am looking forward to working here,” said Walton, who spent the last 11 years as assistant principal at Point Pleasant High School. “Its renewed my passion for education.”

Starting out as a principal in a new school, Walton has goals for the school year, and for Tuesday’s back-to-school event.

“We want to try and restore the connection between the family and home to the school and community,” she said.

Her emphasis on this connection between family and the school community played out in the various organizations present and events planned for the upcoming school year. The University of Rio Grande, Marshall University, PPIS band, New Hope Bible Baptist Church, Parent Teachers Association, Mason County Public Library, Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School, and numerous PPIS teachers all had booths up to bridge the gap between students’ families and the school community. Teachers were passing out packets and information for the first day of school to students as well.

Other events coming in the year include ongoing events to help promote student achievement and the family-school connection to help kids get where they need to go, explained Walton. Parent lunches and academic workshops for parents also help achieve those goals.

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Several students learn about flight emergency responses at the Point Pleasant Intermediate School’s back-to-school bash on Tuesday.
http://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/08/web1_DSC_05122017815182044644.jpgSeveral students learn about flight emergency responses at the Point Pleasant Intermediate School’s back-to-school bash on Tuesday.

By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.