School year in Elbert County gets underway

Aviles family shares excitement for new term

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Throughout the past two weeks, students of Elbert County returned to school for the 2022-2023 school year, kicking off an exciting new chapter after pandemic restrictions. Students at the Elbert School returned Aug. 10, Kiowa Schools returned Aug. 19, and depending on grade level, Elizabeth Schools returned Aug. 12, 15, and 18.
 
Each year, the Elbert County News highlights a student and their family, focusing on their hopes and anticipation for the new school year. This year, Alex and Adrian Aviles of Spring Valley Ranch shared their excitement about beginning school. Alex Aviles is in seventh grade at Elizabeth Middle School and Adrian Aviles is beginning his freshman year at Elizabeth High School.
 
“I am really looking forward to the most normal school year in a while and being able to connect with my friends again,” said Adrian. “I’m a little nervous about starting at the high school because it’s a new setting and all new teachers.”
 
Each year students look forward to school-related extracurricular activities, an integral part of overall educational well-being. The Aviles kids, like many others around the county, are ready for the fun classes and activities school has to offer.
 
“I’m excited to be part of the culinary program this year because I love cooking and baking. I aspire to become a chef one day,” said Adrian. “I’m also interested in learning about the clubs that EHS has to offer but haven’t made any decisions on which I’d like to join yet.”
 
Adrian’s little brother, Alex Aviles, is also excited about middle school classes and extracurricular activities.
 
“I am currently reviewing my options for clubs and sports, but last year I participated in the Italian language club, and I quite enjoyed it,” said Alex. “I am hoping the same club is available this year so I can continue learning to speak Italian.”
 
The academic success of students is a community effort, bringing together hard work from teachers, coaches, local leaders, and most of all, parents. Roxanne Aviles is one of many parents ready to support her kids during the upcoming school year.
 
“As parents, our primary hope is that our children are happy to go to school each day and that they continue to learn and grow along the way, academically, physically and socio-emotionally,” said Roxanne Aviles in an email correspondence from Aug. 15. “We are very much looking forward to connecting with other families in our school community and partnering with our wonderful school staff to make this an amazing school year.”
 
The 2022-2023 school year will also be the first academic year without significant issues related to COVID-19. Much of the population is vaccinated and students and parents are ready to have a normal school year.
 
“We are very hopeful that this school year will be the most normal we have had since COVID struck in early 2020. My younger kiddos were homeschooled while I taught fully remote kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. All of the kids returned to the school setting in the fall of 2021,” said Aviles. “It was a huge change for all of us and we did quite a bit of adjusting throughout the school year. Now that the new school year is beginning, and the kids are all getting a fresh start, we are excited to see them once again embrace school life.”
 

Upcoming athletics

 
● First Elizabeth High School football game (non-league)
EHS vs. D’Evelyn
Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. (at EHS)
 
● EHS Homecoming Week
Sept. 26-30
 
● First Elizabeth High School football game (league) (homecoming game)
EHS vs. Englewood
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. (at EHS)
 
● Elbert Homecoming Football Game
Elbert vs. St. Mary’s
Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. (at Elbert)
 
● Simla Homecoming Football Game
Simla vs. Elbert (at Simla)
Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.
 

Other upcoming events

 
EHS Fall Play — “The Odd Couple,” Nov. 3-5 (times vary)
EHS Fall Choir Concert — Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
EHS Instrumental Concert — Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.
 

Football schedules

 
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