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Dawson County Schools holds Kindergarten Round-Up event
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On March 18, Dawson County Schools held its official Kindergarten Round-Up event, allowing parents of upcoming kindergarteners to complete the steps necessary to get their children registered to start school in the fall. - photo by Erica Jones

On Friday March 18, Dawson County Schools held its official Kindergarten Round-Up event, welcoming incoming kindergarteners and their families and helping them complete all of the necessary steps to get registered to start school in the fall. 

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On March 18, Dawson County Schools held its official Kindergarten Round-Up event, allowing parents of upcoming kindergarteners to complete the steps necessary to get their children registered to start school in the fall. - photo by Erica Jones

Parents and their children came to the Dawson County Schools Technology Department to complete the steps needed to register for kindergarten. According to District Registrar Tonia Bagwell, this included administering an assessment to each student, finishing filling out the necessary paperwork and giving the parents and children a chance to become acquainted with some of the district’s resources. 

“The kindergarten teachers are here doing little assessments on every student that comes in; they take them back and work with them and then bring them back up to the parent and give them a printout of things they need to work on at home — letters, numbers, that sort of thing,” Bagwell said. “And then we have tables for all four of the PTOs, The Place, the health department if somebody needs to make an appointment to get their shots updated, Family Connection, our social workers and our liaison for if somebody is in an insecure housing situation, food services with some little play toys for the kids, and then all the registrars and some of the principals.” 

Students were also provided with hearing and vision checks, and parents had the opportunity to fill out the online application on the provided computers if they hadn’t had access to the internet to complete that step ahead of time, Bagwell said. As a fun addition, representatives from the Dawson County Fire Department and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office were outside the doors of the center, offering students the chance to take photos with the fire trucks or the police K9s. 

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On March 18, Dawson County Schools held its official Kindergarten Round-Up event, allowing parents of upcoming kindergarteners to complete the steps necessary to get their children registered to start school in the fall. - photo by Erica Jones

Among the parents and students present at the event were Yenifer Antunez and Gavin Tice, who were registering their son Nate for kindergarten. According to Antunez, this is the first child she’s registered in the school system, but the process went smoothly for them. 

“This is my first one so I can’t believe it’s time for that already; I’m a little bit nervous but I’m excited,” Antunez said. “He (Nate) is excited and nervous; we’re excited for him to meet new friends.” 

Bagwell said that about 110 new kindergarten students were pre-registered online before the kindergarten round-up event, and that she and other administrators were hopeful for a great turnout to the event. 

She added that for parents and students that missed registration, it isn’t too late to register your child online. 

“If you missed it, please still register your child and they’ll do those assessments at the school level,” Bagwell said. “Online registration is all through me and on our website.” 

Parents who still need to register their child can do so online by going to dawsoncountyschools.org and clicking on “Parents/Registration”. 

Documents required for registration are: 

  • Proof of residency (such as a utility bill, purchase or rental agreement) 

  • Birth certificate 

  • Social security card

  • Georgia Immunization Record (3231)

  • Georgia Hearing, Vision, Dental and Nutrition Record (3300)

For more information or further questions, contact District registrar Tonia Bagwell at 706-265-3246 or by emailing tonia.bagwell@dawson.k12.ga.us.