UPDATE: Wood County students begin new school year

Published: Aug. 13, 2019 at 4:41 PM EDT
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UPDATE: 08/15/2019 2 P.M.

Wood County students returned to classrooms for the start of the new school year on Thursday.

Williamstown High School had limited parking this morning because of construction at the new middle school, but officials worked out a plan for students to park near the city boat ramp and shuttle them to campus.

Officials said the new year seemed to get off to a good start.

Parkersburg High School Principal Kenny DeMoss started things off by explaining some of his expectations for the year ahead.

“So, you know, one of the things we’re really focused on is relationships with kids. We want to make sure that any type of need that they have, it’s always our focus,” DeMoss said.

ORIGINAL STORY: 08/13/2019

With fall just around the corner, Wood County students are heading back to school this Thursday.

Students have a lot to look forward to this year, as Superintendent William Hosaflook said that this is the first year all students kindergarten through eighth grade will have iPads to use in the classroom.

He also said there are a lot more science, technology, engineering and math activities going on at schools.

“We’re really focused on the S.T.E.M. and making sure these students in general can think outside the box, to be more creative and innovative and problem solvers, rather than the rogue style of learning,” said Hosaflook.

Hosaflook was also excited to announce that test scores for grades three through eight were up from last year. In math proficiency, Wood County has grown by 47% and 28% percent in English language arts.

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