Students get ready for classes

Ready or not, here it comes.With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Howard County school districts have announced times and dates for students to pick up schedules or meet their teachers.Classes begin Aug. 27 at Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan.Big Spring High School officials announced the following schedule pick-up times:• Seniors — from 9 a.m. until noon Wednesday.• Juniors — from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.• Sophomores — from 9 a.m. until noon Thursday.• Freshmen — orientation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. Schedules will be distributed at that time.Orientation for Big Spring Junior High will be held Wednesday in the main gymnasium. Sixth grade orientation will be at 5 p.m., followed by seventh graders at 6 p.m. and eighth graders at 7 p.m.Big Spring’s elementary campuses will all have open house events prior to the start of the new school year. Those times and dates include:• Moss Elementary — 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A hot dog supper will be served; cost is $3 per plate.• Washington Elementary — 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24.• Marcy Elementary — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.• Goliad Elementary — 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24.Officials stressed that parents of elementary and secondary students need to bring proof of residency (a utility bill, for example) to their respective campuses before the start of the school year.Parents of students new to Big Spring ISD may register their children at the Student Records and Registration office at the old Goliad Intermediate campus, 2000 S. Goliad, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. Parents of these students will need to provide the child’s Social Security number, immunization record, proof of residency and a copy of the parent’s driver’s license.Coahoma ISDAt Coahoma High School, schedules for sophomores, juniors and seniors have already been distributed. Freshman orientation and schedule pickup with be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the high school in the high school auditorium.Coahoma junior high students can receive their schedules Monday. Sixth grade orientation will held at 5:30 p.m., followed by seventh and eighth grade orientation at 7 p.m.Coahoma Elementary will hold a “meet the teacher” event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. next Friday, officials said.Parents of students new to Coahoma ISD may register their children prior to the start of the school year through next Friday at their respective campuses.Forsan ISDMost Forsan Junior High/High School students have already received their schedules for the coming year. Orientation and schedule pick-up for incoming sixth graders will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.Elbow Elementary will hold a “new year” party for parents and students at 6 p.m. Thursday.