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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

         Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We are glad to have you with us this year, and we want to assure you that we will do our best to help your child experience academic, social, and emotional growth.

        This year, our district will host registration for all of the schools located in Orangeburg at Orangeburg­ Wilkinson High School. All Robert E. Howard families are asked to register their children at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School Monday, July 24-Thursday, July 27 between the hours of 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Part of the annual registration process includes reviewing proof of residency, in which a copy of one of the following documents must be provided: utility/light bill, bank statement, telephone bill, or lease/rental agreement AND your driver's license. If a new student is being registered, please bring the student's birth certificate card, social security card, S.C. immunization certificate, Medicaid Card (if applicable), current proof ofresidence, and a picture identification of the child's parent or guardian. A parent/guardian of a current district student is reminded to update contact information at https://registrationupdate.ocsd5.net/ . A parent/ guardian of a new student is asked to register on line at https://registration.ocsd5.net/ .

       All Robert E. Howard parents, guardians, and students are invited to the OCSD5 Back to School Bash. The OCSD5 Back to School Bash will be held Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Please stop by the Robert E. Howard Back to School Bash registration table on Saturday, August 5. Free school supplies, food, entertainment, and door prizes will be available at the OCDS5 Back to School Bash. All students must have an adult with them to enter the Back to School Bash. We look forward to seeing you and your children there.

        Robert E. Howard's Meet the Teacher Night will be held Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm. All Robert E. Howard Middle School families are asked to report to our gymnasium at 5:00 for Meet the Teacher Night on August 15, 2017. Teachers will be available to discuss expectations for the school year during Meet the Teacher Night.

        The first day of school for all students is Thursday, August 17, 2017. The instructional day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:45 pm daily. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 pm on the last Tuesday of each month, not every Tuesday. School uniforms are mandatory all day, every day for the 2017-2018 school year. Our school uniforms consist of navy blue or khaki pants / skirts and a navy blue top. As a reminder, use of cell phones are prohibited during the instructional day.

      Thank you for your commitment to your child's education, and we look forward to working with you. With your help and cooperation, this will be an excellent school year. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Charlene Stokes

Principal

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