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Day One!

Tuesday marked milestone for youngsters

September 1, 2010
It was like a Hollywood red carpet in miniature. Dozens of parents stood in a half moon, clutching their cameras like paparazzi, waiting to get a shot of the celebrities as they arrived. Only they didn’t pull up in black stretch limos, but big yellow buses. And they weren’t greeted by Ryan Seacrest with a microphone, but by Warren County School District administrator Amy Stewart, who offered them each a big smile and a “good morning.” And they weren’t movie stars, but they were the stars of the show: kindergarteners and first graders, some excited, some a little nervous, making their way into South Street Early Learning Center for the first day of school. Students from across the district made their way to their appropriate schools as summer break officially ended Tuesday morning. According to school district officials, the transition from fun in the sun to books and classrooms went smoothly. “Students and teachers alike were excited to get the new school year started,” said Amanda Hetrick, director of secondary education. “There were a few tears, but the tears were mostly coming from the mothers leaving their child behind for the first time.” Hetrick said that teachers across the district formed welcoming committees in the elementary schools to ensure students got to the correct classrooms, along with making sure of each students’ destination at the end of the school day. Hetrick said that the district’s Secondary Education Department reported that students were at school on time and “ready to go.” “Technology worked smoothly with only a few minor glitches that were quickly addressed by the Technology Department,” Hetrick said. According to Hetrick, the district’s breakfast and lunch periods went off without a hitch. “It was a positive and encouraging first day of school,” Hetrick said. “Goals for this year are effective instruction and active learning. What is most important is that students were in classes and learning today. It’s a good sign of things to come for our Warren County students.”

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Times Observer photo by Dean Wells
Good morning!
Warren County School District administrator Amy Stewart greets students arriving at the South Street Early Learning Center for the first day of school Tuesday morning.



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