Warren County Middle School starts first day

Joseph Martin, 12, of Front Royal, takes a bite out of a sandwich wrap during lunch at Warren County Middle School on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Principal Amy Gubler called the first day  at Warren County Middle School Tuesday a success.

“I think we couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Gubler said. “We’ve just had lots of people helping with all of the procedures for getting people on and off the buses and getting them to classes.”

Gubler said that the school held assemblies during the day, where staff discussed plans for the year.

“(There were) a lot of excited students about our wonderful lunch program here, which is a little bit different at the middle school than at the elementary schools,” Gubler said.

Gubler said that students seemed to be excited to enter the new school building.

Warren County Middle School principal Amy Gubler, center, chats with Autumn Hoover,12, left, and other students inside the commons area during lunch on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

“It’s a big building,” Gubler said. “So we had our staff out helping them get to the different classes and helping them understand their schedules. But I think everything ended up really well.”

Because this is the first year in a new building, Gubler said that teachers had a lot more work to do setting up their classrooms than they would in a normal year.

“All of the teachers were coming in and they had to set up their classrooms,” Gubler said. “When they came in, they didn’t have their computers, they didn’t have phones.”

But Gubler said that the teachers were flexible throughout the process of getting the school ready for its first day.

“They’ve all been very positive, they’ve all had a great attitude and we’ve just worked through any of the problems that have come up with opening a new building,” Gubler said.

The building of the new middle school was in the works for several years, with a groundbreaking ceremony held Oct. 15, 2015. The middle school cost $32,820,000.

Warren County Public Schools held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication for the middle school on July 31. That same day, the district held a ceremony changing the name of the other public middle school in Warren County to Skyline Middle School.

That middle school was formerly known as Warren County Middle School.