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Today is Newport Independent Schools annual Home Visit Day tradition; students get to know teachers

The Newport Independent Schools will continue its award-winning annual tradition of teachers and staff spreading out across the city to meet with students and parents in their homes during Home Visit Day on Tuesday (Aug. 7).

Home Visit Day will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The visits are an opportunity for students to meet and get to know the teachers they will have during the 2018-19 school year, which begins Aug. 15.

Lunch will be served by event sponsor Pompilio’s Italian Restaurant, the legendary Newport restaurant that is owned and operated by Newport High School alumni Larry Geiger and Joe Bristow.
Newport is one of the few school districts in the nation to take the innovative step of visiting students at their homes before the start of the school year.

Earlier this year, The Kentucky School Boards Association honored the Home Visit Program by giving the 2018  Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award to the Newport Independent Schools.
“Home Visit Day is great for not just the students, but also the teachers,” said Newport Independent School District Superintendent Kelly Middleton.

“Teachers not only get a chance to meet and talk to their students, but they also have a unique and valuable opportunity to experience the kids not just in their homes, but on the porch, or even under a tree in the front yard. Many of the parents like to meet outside. And our teachers always come back from Home Visit Day with more empathy for their students.”

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