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Back-To-School Events Set in Ohio County

File Photo by Scott McCloskey Ohio County School students will be returning to the classrooms next week. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling near school zones and school buses.

WHEELING – Summer break for school students is drawing to a close, and a number of events are set in Ohio County Schools in the coming days as youths and their teachers prepare to return to the classroom.

The energy and excitement that surrounds the start of school begins today (Monday) at the House of the Carpenter on Wheeling Island.

Students who pre-registered will get “fresh looks for school.” People on site will provide the youths with haircuts and manicures, as well as a new outfit for school and some personal care items. The event takes place from 2-7 p.m.

– The Wheeling Park High School “Freshman Tailgate” will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Wheeling Park High School for incoming freshmen, as well as new students at the school.

– “Meet the Bridge Street Middle School Family Night” will be held 5-7 p.m.Thursday at the school.

Principal Jessica Broski-Birch is asking that 6th grade students and their families – along with any new students – come between 5-6 p.m., and returning families of seventh and eight grade students be at the school from 6 to 7 p.m.

Students will meet their teachers during their designated time, while administrators will gather with parents in the school’s cafeteria. The use of Schoology and how best to communicate with teachers and staff will be discussed.

The school’s prevention resource officer then will talk to parents about their children’s use of social media, and how to avoid the dangers.

Outside on the playground, the students will be treated to Twin Pops from Ziegenfelders, and play games.

The students and their families will be invited to stay and tour the building if they wish, Broski-Birch added.

– Madison Elementary School Back-to-School Night will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Friday at the school.

– The Ohio County Schools Bus Road-E-O takes place 8-11 a.m. on Aug. 22 in the parking lot of Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack.

“It’s a welcome back for drivers,” explained David Crumm, transportation director. “They have been off for a while. It’s a way for them to get re-familarized with their skills and keeping students safe on the roads.

“And it’s a way for them to have fun in a competitive atmosphere.”

The bus drivers compete in events that simulate what they do on the road each day, Crumm explained.

– Ritchie Elementary will be hosting its annual “BTS Block Party” from 1-3 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Principal John Jorden says about 30 vendors will be present outside the school, and students can “come get some free stuff from them.”

There will be food and games for the students. Ziegenfelders will pass out Twin Pops, and there will be pizza, hot dogs and other snacks.

New this year will be Unicare, which will be passing out hygiene products. Free haircuts also will be available to students.

Next, the youths will come inside the school to meet their new teachers. They will be given a new book bag and school supplies, but the school supplies will stay at school and be kept in the student’s new desk. Each desk will have a name tag, according to Jorden.

Also on Aug. 22, Wheeling Middle School will host its sixth grade picnic throughout the day. Triadelphia Middle School and The Warwood School also will have events from 4-6 p.m.

The first day of school is Aug. 23.


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