NASELLE - The Naselle-Grays River Valley Schools got off to a good start with all classes opening for a full day on Sept. 3. Classes were held with a full complement of teachers once the vacant sixth- grade position was filled the week before classes started.

Attendance clerk Lois Bighill reported an total school 2002-03 opening day enrollment of 331 students, based on 171 boys and 160 girls. That figure compares to a 2001-02 year ending count of 321 students, including 174 boys and 147 girls. The 2001-02 opening day count was slightly larger than this year's opening day count with 339 students, based on 183 boys and 156 girls.

Principal Steve Quick sent an open letter to parents welcoming them to the new school year. Quick encouraged the parents to attend as many school events as possible.

The first event is an open house which will be held tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Quick said, "This is an excellent time to come in early in the year and meet your child's teacher and ask questions about things that will be happening throughout the year. We will also have several booths and outside related agencies there to provide you with additional information about activities going on in the school. If you are a parent of a freshman, we are asking that you come in at 6:30 for a half hour orientation to let you know what can be expected over the next four years of high school."

Quick also mentioned the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) which all fourth, seventh, and 10th grade students took last spring. Quick said, "Individual results will be available for you along with pamphlets to explain the results at the open house. Our students continue to improve and outperform other schools in the state. We are very proud of their efforts. If you are unable to come to the open house, we will be mailing the results home to you later in the week."

The new AIDS curriculum will also be available at the open house. Quick explained, "We adopted an AIDS curriculum last year for grades 5-12 and would like to give you a chance to look at it again this year before we readopt it. All the materials and curriculum will be available for your perusal at the open house on Sept. 11 in the commons. Please stop by, take a look, and a form will be available for you to make comments at that time."

Quick also explained part of the district's emergency plan. "For your information our district has an emergency plan that has been developed especially for our district in cooperation with county emergency management and the Sheriff's office. The students practice various drills throughout the year and are very knowledgeable about where to go and what to do during an emergency.

"Please be aware that in the case of a major emergency we will have an area set up for you to rendezvous with your child out on the football field. We will only release students to their parent, guardian, or person listed on their emergency medical form in this event. We need to account for every student and make this our number one priority. Maintaining calm and order will help the situation. Please make sure you send an updated medical release form back to the school as soon as possible."

Quick concluded, "We are looking forward to another fun and exciting year. Your involvement is crucial to our success. Thanks for your continued support."

School calendar  Sept. 11: Grades K-5 hearing screening

Sept. 11: Open house at 7 p.m.

Sept 16: Third grade swim lessons start, Astoria pool (Mondays/Wednesdays)

Sept. 17: Fourth grade swim lessons start, Astoria pool (Tuesdays/Thursdays)

Sept. 19: School (individual) picture day

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