Teachers report a smooth first day back at school

Christian Morals, 5, of Mount Jackson, dances to a song during his first day of kindergarten at Ashby Lee Elementary School on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

STRASBURG – Students grabbed their backpacks and sported their newest back-to-school outfits on Tuesday for the first day of classes for Shenandoah County Public Schools.

When the clock hit 3:10 p.m. Tuesday, students at Signal Knob Middle School bolted from classrooms and headed out of the school doors toward buses and waiting parents after completing their first day back.

“It was the smoothest running first day we’ve had in a long time,” said Heather Fellers, the art teacher at Signal Knob.

Typical rules, expectations and procedures were discussed in her classroom, giving students an idea of what the rest of the year would be like.

“I know how excited they are to jump in,” Fellers said.

Erin Kline, kindergarten teacher at Ashby Lee Elementary in Quicksburg, gives her students a tour of the lunchroom during the first day of school Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Wednesday will be a “first day, part two,” Fellers said. She gets a new batch of students in her room on Wednesday and she said she is looking forward to meeting her new students.

Nena Wilt, a special education teacher at Signal Knob, said the first day “went really smoothly.”

Like Fellers, she went over class procedures, what to expect and material to be covered. She also discussed emergency drills so her students are prepared for anything out of the ordinary.

Wilt said she expects the rest of the year to be a blast. “It’s going to be awesome. We have great kids,” she said.

As for Wednesday, “I’m ready to start teaching content,” Wilt said. “Jump in with both feet.”

Ashby Lee Elementary kindergarten teacher Erin Kline shows Dylon Lutz, 4, right, of New Market, how to enter his lunch code while Lexi Mongold, 4, left, looks on during the first day of school Tuesday in Quicksburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

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Shenandoah County School Superintendent Jeremy Raley, left, gives Chase Harlow, 5, of Mount Jackson, some encouragement after meeting his class in the hallway Tuesday morning at Ashby Lee Elementary School in Quicksburg. Tuesday was the first day of school for Shenandoah County students. Rich Cooley/Daily