WECO News: PJ’s New Principal Excited About New Role / New Year

Veteran Educator Donna Jerden is the new principal at Petros-Joyner School for this school year. She has been a classroom teacher, librarian and a representative with the TEA. Jerden shares her feelings about this new challenge:

JERDEN: “I’ve done a variety of things through the years and worked in a lot of buildings in Morgan County and in some schools outside of Morgan County. I am very excited to be the principal at Petros-Joyner School this year. There’s just an excellent group of folks to work with and the community.”

Jerden’s focus as a new principal is all about the students in her school.

JERDEN: “As we looked at our test scores, they were awesome this year. Teacher and students here did very good job, but there’s always room for improvement so we are definitely focusing on the areas where individual students need individual help because that’s our motto ‘every child, every day.’”

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Students in Morgan County are returning to school today. Students will report at 11:30 a.m. and then will be dismissed at 3:30, according to Assistant Director of Schools Wanda Lane.

LANE: “From 3:30 to 7:00 on Aug. 7, we would like to encourage our parents to come in and meet the teacher. The teacher will explain the schedule s and the calendar for the year and student expectations.”

After attending a half-day of school today, students will not return until Thursday. Wednesday will be an administrative day for staff.

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With schools opening for the new school year, local law enforcement will be watching the roadways and school zones very closely, according to Chief Deputy Steve Cochran with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

COCHRAN: “Always be cognizant of the school zones and of children walking to school. That is very important. Always drive slow and safe. Be careful. We will be out in the school zones before and after school. We will be enforcing the school zones and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing Wartburg Central High School now.”

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The Wartburg Police Department will host its Families Against Crime Night this Friday, Aug. 10 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Wartburg City Park.

There will be games and activities for both kids and adults to enjoy with some great prizes.

There will also be free inflatables and face painting was well as many different types of emergency vehicles and personnel.

A cornhole tournament will take place during Families Against Crime Night. The first eight teams to sign up with a $20 entry fee will play for several prizes including a cash prize.

At the end of the event, a free movie, The Lorax, will be shown and there will be free popcorn too.

For more information or to sign up for the cornhole tournament, call Tara at 423) 215-6370.

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Appalachia Habitat for Humanity is seeking applicants for the 2012-13 AmeriCorps Members. AmeriCorps is a National Service Program designed to help non-profits in communities around the United States.

For more information contact AmeriCorps Director Haley Terry at Appalachia Habitat for Humanity at (423) 627-2507.

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