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Another academic year came to an end for about 22,000 students Thursday, when Columbia County's public schools let out for the summer.

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Miyoko Rhodes says an emotional goodbye to Grovetown Middle School teacher Becky Croft before beginning her summer break. The 14-year-old will start high school in August.  Valerie Rowell/Staff
Valerie Rowell/Staff
Miyoko Rhodes says an emotional goodbye to Grovetown Middle School teacher Becky Croft before beginning her summer break. The 14-year-old will start high school in August.

At Riverside Middle School, Garrett Dorsey, who is going to Greenbrier High School next year, stopped Principal Don Putnam in the hall and asked him to sign his yearbook.

"When I walk through those doors, I'll be a high-schooler. I'll be in ninth grade," Garrett said.

Mr. Putnam is completing his final year at Riverside as well. Next year, he will become principal of Stallings Island Middle School, which is opening on Blackstone Camp Road.

"It's just exciting to be able to put together a new school," Mr. Putnam said. "I will miss this place, but I've certainly got something very exciting coming up."

The Riverside lobby was full of bookshelves and furniture, which belonged to 33 of the 105 Riverside faculty members who also are going to Stallings Island next year.

Guidance counselor Allison Hixon is one of the Riverside staff members who intends to follow Mr. Putnam to the new school.

"Either way, having a smaller population is going to be wonderful," she said.

Rising ninth-graders Hayley Prescott, 14, and Caroline Clark, 13, will attend Lakeside High School next year, but they said they would miss their friends who are going to Greenbrier High.

Hayley said she was nervous about "just everything" next year. Caroline said she would miss the "middle-school atmosphere," but she was looking forward to having more freedom.

The first year at Cedar Ridge Elementary School ended with parties and celebrations.

"It was a great day," Principal Sarah Walls said. "It was a great ending."

Staff writer Valerie Rowell contributed to this story.

Reach Betsy Gilliland at (706) 868-1222, ext. 113, or betsy.gilliland@augustachronicle.com.

LAST DAYS, GRADUATION DATES FOR AREA SCHOOL SYSTEMS

COLUMBIA COUNTY


Last day: May 22


GRADUATION: Saturday




RICHMOND COUNTY


Last day: Today


GRADUATION: Wednesday and Thursday




AIKEN COUNTY


Last day: June 5


GRADUATION: June 5-6




EDGEFIELD COUNTY


Last day: May 30


GRADUATION: May 30




LINCOLN COUNTY


Last day: Today


GRADUATION: Today




MCDUFFIE, JEFFERSON COUNTIES


Last day: Today


GRADUATION: Saturday

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christian134
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christian134 05/23/08 - 07:30 am
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People watch out for the

People watch out for the children so they will all be able to return to school in the fall....

mgr
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mgr 05/23/08 - 10:03 am
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Good message christian, but

Good message christian, but from what I'm hearing many academically great students will be doing summer school in Columbia Co. due to the absolutely insane CRCT regulations. We could really challenge a Forum on that issue. My son was an honor role student that made 797 out of 800 on Math and I'm told he will be held back if he doesn't go to 3 weeks of summmer school and retake. At that time he will recieve a pass to advance whether he fails or passes. There is no explanation to that insanity. The funny thing is he was given a diploma to advance from 5th to 6th yesterday after I recieved the phone call.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 05/23/08 - 10:10 am
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I dread it! Standing out in

I dread it! Standing out in the streets bouncing a ball endless hours in a brain dead mode is such a waste.

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