Summer may have just started according to the calendar, but it is fast coming to a close for students and teachers in the Rim Country.
Public school students return to the classroom Wednesday, July 28.
Students new to the district need to have immunization records, a birth certificate and proof of residency, such as a utility bill or rental agreement, showing a physical address, to register.
New elementary students to the Payson district can be registered at any time during regular office hours. Frontier Elementary office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, but call (928) 472-2052 to make sure someone is available before coming to the school, as there is renovation work under way; Julia Randall Elementary office hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at Payson Elementary, the hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Students new to the district going into Rim Country Middle School may enroll from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20 or from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, July 21.
At Payson High School new student registration is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 23. Returning students and preregistered freshmen at PHS may register from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, July 19 through Thursday, July 22. Registration times for specific classes are: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, July 19 for returning seniors; 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 20 for returning juniors; 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 21 for returning sophomores; and 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., Thursday, July 22 for preregistered freshmen.
All Pine-Strawberry School students from Pre-K through the eighth-grade will be starting classes July 28 — in the past, the Pre-K group started a week later. The first day at Pine-Strawberry is also an early release day: Pre-K releases at 11 a.m., while K-8 will be released at 1:30 p.m.
Supply lists were not available for elementary students at press time. A spokesperson for JRE said it provides most supplies students need, but youngsters should still bring hand sanitizer and facial tissue with them when school starts.
Students going into the sixth-grade at RCMS should bring the following to school:
• Accordion file, with at least seven sections or a zippered binder
• Composition notebook for math
• Notebook paper (not spiral notebooks)
• Blue or black ink pens
• Pencils (regular or mechanical)
• Handheld sharpener (if using regular pencils)
• Package of lead refills (if using mechanical pencils)
• Highlighter (1 or 2)
• Colored pencils or crayons (small package)
• Zippered pencil pouch that fits in a 3-ring binder
• Kleenex or other facial tissue
• Sanitizing wipes
Students going into the seventh- and eighth-grades at RCMS should bring the following:
• 3-ring notebook of two-inch or wider capacity with steel rings, or expanding file with multiple pockets
• Ruled white notebook paper
• Composition notebook for math and science classes (not spiral bound)
• Colored pencils and highlighters (Kinnick’s math and science classes require these)
• Supply pouch
• No. 2 pencils and erasers; blue or black pens
• Art class students should also bring colored pencils, pencil sharpener, markers, ruler, eraser and scissors
• Backpack (rolling backpacks are very practical)
Teachers may require other supplies specific to their classes.
The back-to-school season doesn’t have to be stressful if preparation is made to take advantage of deals and offers on clothing and supplies.
Here are some ideas for how to get organized this school year:
• Check the supplies list. Look over school and office supplies you already have on hand. More than likely, your child didn’t use all his crayons, pencils, erasers and rulers last year.
Admittedly, they might not be in the greatest shape, but by taking careful inventory of what he already has and can reuse, you can put a check mark next to one or two items on the supply list. Then start stocking up as soon as you can to avoid the last-minute rush before school starts. Make sure your child has everything on his school supply list. Purchasing new school supplies doesn’t have to break the bank when you know how to find the right deals. Take advantage of penny specials being offered at stores.
• Review the clothes closet. Your child has likely grown over the summer and may need some new items. Try everything on (including shoes), to avoid any last-minute surprises, and make a list of what you need to replace. Consider donating anything that doesn’t fit to a charity.
• Start planning your family schedule for the school year. Make it a priority to review how your children are getting to school, when they’ll be arriving back home, how they’ll get to any after-school activities and when they’ll have time to do homework. Taking the time to review the schedule as a family before the first bell rings will help to make sure the first day goes smoothly.
• Before school starts, consider getting your child a physical, plus an eye and dental exam; make sure your child’s immunization records are current (including tetanus shots) and then put the record in a place for quick and easy access.
• Since classes are starting in just a few days returning to waking and bedtime routines is important. If your child has been staying up late and sleeping in, reset their internal clocks back to school hours — getting up early enough to keep as much stress out of mornings as possible and going to bed in time to get a good eight hours of sleep.
Public school numbers: Payson District Office, (928) 474-2070; Payson High School, (928) 474-2233; Payson Center for Success, (928) 472-2011; Rim Country Middle School, (928) 474-4511; Frontier Elementary School, (928) 472-2052; Julia Randall Elementary School, (928) 474-2353; Payson Elementary School, (928) 474-5882.