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Back in the saddle on the first day of school
Written by News Desk   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:48

8-22leadinA crowd on both sides of Main Street welcomed the returning seniors on their first day of school to their final year at SEHS.

Photo: Brian Hodge

By BRIAN HODGE 

Students in the Elmore County School system returned to class this week as they began the 2013-2014 school year. From Coosada Elementary to Stanhope Elmore High School students and parents took advantage of open house events over the weekend to help make the transition back to school a little bit easier. Students sorted out where their classes and lockers were located and prepared for a new year.

On Monday a fresh new crop of seniors at SEHS was given a police escort to their school, as has become a tradition for incoming seniors. After a safety by police briefing in the Village Green Park, the convoy, known as the Senior Lead-in disembarked...destination high school.

8-22openhouseStudents at Airport Road Intermediate School signed up for classes and met their teachers last weekend at the school's open house.

Photo: Special to The Indy

The Airport Road Intermediate School held an Open House last weekend in preparation for the big day on Monday. Multi-generation families visited the school to bringing a new generation of third- or fourth-grades to preview their school for the next year. It was also a time for teachers to marvel at older brothers and sisters who come back just to see their ARIS teachers.

"Some returning students are now taller than their teachers," said school councilor Irene Wong. "Others who are in middle school or high school enjoy the attention of being recognized by their teacher and other faculty. It is a sweet homecoming for everyone," Wong added.

On the first day of school, as is her custom, ARIS Principal Marcia Stephens greeted students as they enter the building.

"The year is full of possibilities to learn, socialize, and be part of a group," Stephens said. The first character trait of the week announced over the intercom to the students was citizenship," Stephens said.

Students are learning citizenship through their teachers who instruct them about how to be a model citizen of ARIS. Students also see signs posted on hallways and classrooms about behavior expectations. As teachers guided students through the school, visiting the lunchroom, library, counselor, nurse, and office, they also stop to greet the support staff of paraprofessionals, special education teachers, and custodial staff. In a week's time, students will be practicing good citizenship.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 20:14
 
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