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In a variety of settings during August, Wesson Attendance Center (WAC) will offer advice, information and support to help teachers, students and parents alike successfully navigate the events and challenges they will face in the ten months of the 2022-23 school year.

  • Teachers return to WAC before students for a staff development program from August 1-5 that will orient them to their working environment, review the their job landscape and expectations and give them direction to perform well. Faculty and staff will get their ID badges starting at 8 a.m. on August 3.

  • From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, parents and students can learn more about WAC: At an open house and students, parents and teachers will socialize informally and a Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) meeting will show parents how they can sustain their relationship with WAC throughout the school year.

Kindergarten and elementary school children and their parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers, make sure they have acquired the proper school supplies required for the classroom experience and talk the nature of studies over the coming year.

Incoming seventh graders and their parents can also learn about moving to junior high and high school. "In order to help our seventh grade students transition from the elementary side of the building to the junior high side of the building, we will host and orientation for parents and students," explains WAC Principal Tommy Clopton.

"Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers, see their classrooms, and ask questions that will help make the transition a smoother process. Moving to the seventh grade is a big step for our students, and our administration and staff aim to do everything we can to make the process a smooth one."

  • Meet the Cobras on Thursday, August 18, will introduce students to WAC's athletic program. Players and coaches will make presentations in a rally-like atmosphere.

WAC also publishes an annual 82-section handbook for students that informs and guides parents and teachers on elementary school and high school procedures and policies. Topics range from response to emergencies to counseling services and dress code to the grading system and truancy. The entire handbook is accessible on the WAC web site (


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