BHS freshmen to solo Thursday
BES traffic to be bottle-necked for school opener
Freshmen will be the only students at the Baldwin High School Thursday.
While Thursday marks the first day of school for freshman, as well as all of the students at Baldwin Junior High School, Baldwin Elementary School, Vinland Elementary School and Marion Springs Elementary School, the upper classmen's first day won't be until Friday.
"This will allow the freshmen time to get oriented to the high school environment without the upper classmen around," said BHS principal Allen Poplin.
For the first time, Poplin said, freshmen will spend the first day back taking a reading pre-test, reviewing organizational skills, getting an introduction into special services offered and finding ways to become involved in high school.
"We're going to have sponsors of the organizations like StuCo come in and talk to them and give them information about the organizations," he said.
Supt. James White said the Baldwin district chose to start a freshmen orientation this year because of the success other districts have had with similar days.
"The freshmen come in overwhelmed with the masses on the first day," White said. "Now we're giving them an opportunity to get comfortable."
But things could be a little uncomfortable for some teachers and students at BJHS for a few days.
When students arrive at the junior high for the first day of school, there will be a good chance not all of the classrooms will be ready.
The modular unit that will house the family and career science classes might not arrive by Thursday, White said.
"The unit will probably not arrive until sometime next week," he said.
In order to move the unit, a frame had to be built under it, which caused some unexpected delays, he said.
Until the unit arrives, BJHS assistant Joe Gresnick said other classroom arrangements have been made.
"We already have other classrooms set up in case the unit's not ready," Gresnick said. "We don't expect it to be a problem, just a little bit of a delay."
BJHS won't be the only school experiencing some delays this week.
White said BES could have some problems Thursday morning with traffic when the students are dropped off for school.
"We do have some concern with traffic in and out of the elementary school here in Baldwin," he said. "With the construction on Sixth Street and only one way in and one way out, I expect to have some back ups.
"Parents just need to give themselves a little bit of a head start Thursday morning because there will probably be a delay," he said.
But these are only minor problems, White said.
"We're planning for a real smooth start to school," he said. "We're looking forward to having a good year."