Students, staff see smooth start to new school year
Shenandoah County students headed back to school Tuesday following the Labor Day weekend.
Superintendent Mark Johnston said the first day of school went very, very well.
“Teachers and staff greeted students at the door and everyone felt welcome,” he said. “There were reports of even fewer tears from the little ones compared to years past.”
He added that parents still let out the tears as they let go of their little ones for the first time.
He said all faculty and staff were pleased to welcome their new students.
“One teacher summed it up best when I stopped by during her first block planning and asked her how it was going. She responded, ‘It will be great in about 15 minutes,’ which was the time she was expecting her first class of the day and of the new year,” he said. “Another early childhood teacher was sharing with me how nice it was to see the students back since ‘they are why we are all here!'” he said.
He added that there were a few first day glitches. Some of the online bus pickup times, he said, were not exact so another bus was sent out to pick up the students that arrived late to the bus stop.
“Reports indicate that the consolidated stops for the students who wanted to continue in their high school, grades 9 to 11 during the 2015-16 school year, worked well with no issues,” he added.
Johnston said that upperclassmen provided support and helped new students transition to schools.
He said at Central High School, football players welcomed new students and showed them to their classrooms.
Stonewall Jackson High School’s Principal Mike Dorman said the transition to the new school year was seamless and one of the best starts to a school year they have ever had.
He said they have about 475 students attending the school, including about 10 students who were affected by the boundary adjustment.
Students are also excited to be back in the classroom with friends.
Cody Cline, 15, of Edinburg, said the first day went well. He sported a Stonewall Jackson red backpack to show his pride for his new school.
The 10th grader had spent his freshman year at Central High School but decided to attend Stonewall Jackson High School after the boundary adjustment.
“I was pretty excited to come to Stonewall,” he said. “I like change.”
During his first day at his new high school he started to make new friends and said he is looking forward to what the rest of the year has to offer.
He said he likes that Stonewall Jackson’s hallways and classes are less crowded with a lower student population than the other schools in the county.
Cody added that another perk to Stonewall Jackson and less students is faster lunch lines, which allows for more eating time and time to talk with friends.
He added that the students he has met at the school have been very accepting of the transfer students, and he said he also was getting along very well with his new teachers.
Cody played junior varsity football at Central High School and will be playing varsity football at Stonewall Jackson High School.
Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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