August 14, 2006
Summer has officially come to an end for students in Fluvanna and Louisa counties as today marked the first day of school.
With the first bell this morning, the summer had officially come to an end for students at Louisa County Middle School. With a new year, comes changes and this school sure had a few, including a new Principal.
"I just started [as] Principal here July 1st of this year. I've been here as Assistant Principal for the last three years, so it really helps...[After] being here a while, I know the culture, the climate [and] the community," explained Principal Thomas Schott.
Louisa County isn't used to starting this early in August either.
"We're starting a little bit earlier this year--we're starting five minutes earlier than [when] the kids normally get off the bus. We're also starting a week earlier [for] school. We start now; most schools don't start until after Labor Day.
The reason for the earlier start is based upon scheduling.
"[The goal is to] be done with their classes and take the SOL tests before Christmas break, that way they don't have that two week gap time where they could possibly forget some information."
The first day of school tends to bring numerous emotions, and at Louisa County Middle School, excitement was definitely one of them.
"The first day of school is always very exciting, for the teachers, the Administration, the kids. You just don't know what to expect and like I said, this year has gone off very smooth", Schott said with a smile.
With a mix of young and older faculty behind Principal Schott, the 2006-2007 year at Louisa County Middle School is sure to be a successful one.
Good news for Louisa County students: Although this year might have started earlier, school will end earlier than past years, with the last day being set for the Friday before Memorial Day.