The countdown to the 2011-12 school year starts now.

With the first day of the fall semester only days away, administrators with Stephenville ISD are busy gearing up for another year. Meanwhile, students are eagerly awaiting their return to the halls of education.

The first step in being prepared for back-to-school is knowing where and when to go as the school bell rings in 11 days.

In an effort to get the school year off to a good start, the Empire-Tribune has complied a schedule of events to help.

Central Elementary

Classroom assignments will be posted after 4 p.m. Friday at the main building.

All English kindergarten students and their parents can meet their teachers 5:30-6:30 p.m. next Wednesday. Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD), pre-kindergarten and bilingual kindergarten students will be able to meet their teachers 5-6 p.m. next Thursday.

When school begins, morning pre-k classes will be held from 7:50 - 11 a.m. Afternoon pre-k will be taught from noon-3:10 p.m. Kindergarten instruction will be 7:50 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

For more information, call Principal Kelly Magin, at 965-3716 or visit the school online at cen.sville.us.

Chamberlin Elementary

Classroom assignments for first and second grade students will be posted after 4 p.m. Friday on the main entrance doors near the Chamberlin administrative office. The school is located at 1601 W. Frey Street.

Meet the Teacher Night will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Classes will begin at 8 a.m. First graders will be dismissed at 3 p.m. followed by second graders at 3:10.

For more information, call Principal Barry Cavitt at 968-2311 or visit the school online at cham.sville.us.

Hook Elementary

Class lists will be posted at 4 p.m. Friday at the school, located at 1067 W. Jones Street.

Third and fourth grade Meet the Teacher Night will be held 6-7 p.m. next Thursday.

Classes will begin at 7:55 a.m. Third grade will be released at 3:15 p.m. followed by fourth grade at 3:20.

For more information, call Principal Kathy Haynes at 968-3212 or visit the school online at hook.sville.us.

Gilbert Intermediate

Home room postings will be available on the main entrance doors at the school, located at 950 N. Dale Street, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. Complete class schedules will be distributed on the first day of school.

Meet the Teacher Night for fifth and sixth grade students will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Classes will be held 7:50 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

For more information, call Principal Kristen Carey at 968-4664 or visit the school online at gil.sville.us.

Henderson Junior High

Seventh and eighth grade students who have not yet obtained their schedules, are being advised that new schedules will be distributed on the first day of school.

Meet the Teacher Night will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29.

Classes will be held from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

For more information, call Principal Renee Goodwin at 968-6967 or visit hjh.sville.us.

Stephenville High School

Schedules will be available for pick up 8 a.m. - noon today or anytime thereafter at the SHS administration office, located at 2650 W. Overhill Drive.

Meet the Teacher Night will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.

Classes will be held 8:20 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

For more information, call Principal Travis Stilwell at 968-4141 or visit shs.sville.us.