Jennings County students return to school on Monday, August 8. They will be entering into a new grade with new teachers, and some may even be entering an entirely new school. The beginning of a the fall semester can be a little daunting but also exciting, so we asked all the school principals to submit their best advice on how to start the first day of school on the right foot in order to walk confidently into a fantastic year.

Principal Dustin Roller

Jennings County High School

My advice for students coming to JCHS in 2022-2023 would be to get involved! There are lots of great opportunities for students to be involved in athletics and extracurricular activities at JCHS. Being involved in these helps students have a group for them to make friends and find other students with similar interests. Even if it is something you never imagined you would be interested in, give it a try and see what you think! You may surprise yourself and find something new you love.

Principal Karen Pedigo

Jennings County Middle School

Work Hard

Be Kind

Ask Questions

Join JCMS activities — academic, athletic, clubs

Have Fun

Principal Morgan Likens

Brush Creek Elementary

My advice to students would be to be kind...to yourself and others, and stay openminded to new experiences and friendships.

Principal Todd Hearne

Graham Creek Elementary

New Year = New Start, New Beginning, New Opportunity

The wonderful thing about a new school year is the chance to start over. Very few times in life are you afforded the opportunity to start fresh. If your past experience was negative, now is the time for a NEW START. Students have the opportunity to work on new goals and to make better choices. A NEW BEGINNING is a time to evaluate your past and decide on the areas you would like to change or adjust. Your past does not have to dictate your future and a new school year is the perfect time to make changes to get you heading down a positive path. A new school year is full of NEW OPPORTUNITIES. What a perfect time to explore career opportunities, make new friends, join different clubs or athletic teams and learn academic skills that will last a lifetime. No time like the present to make the 2022-2023 school year the best one yet!

Principal Carrie Manowitz

Hayden Elementary

In my office, I have a sign hanging above my desk that says “Work Hard AND Be Nice To People.” I really believe that this is a great motto for students in school and in life. If they do their best and are nice to people, the rest will take care of itself.

Principal Susan Webster

Sand Creek Elementary

As an educator and a mom of three, I’ve always believed that setting good routines at home is key to a happy, healthy start to the school day. Laying out needed items the night before and having a direct location where all school items are kept is essential to being prepared. Although it may be hard to get into the groove of going to bed earlier, it’s a key ingredient to a strong healthy day of learning. My number one piece of advice would be to live by the rule of treating others the way you want to be treated. Show kindness everywhere, especially to your parents as they are helping you be prepared for school. Finally, enjoy this school year and never stop challenging yourself to grow to new heights as a learner.

Principal Lisa Vogel

St. Mary’s School

My best back to school advice is to lay out your clothes and backpack before getting a good night’s sleep every night throughout the school year. We are always at our best when we are organized and well rested.

Columbus Christian School-North Vernon

Superintendent Kendall Wildey

Back to school is an exciting time of year! It is important to get off to a good start to the new school year. A simple thing that is often overlooked is for students to get the proper amount of rest and nutritious meals. My bonus advice would be to stay on top of your school work early. Don’t get behind. Turn every assignment in on time. It is so much better to get the grading period off to a good start than it is to attempt to catch up later in the grading period.