Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2001

It was a smooth start for Baldwin schools

August 22, 2001

Children riding their bikes, playing in the parks or swimming at the pool during the day will be scarce for the next nine months or so in Baldwin City.

Last Thursday was the official first day of school in the Baldwin district. Almost every student, with the exception of kindergartners, sophomores, juniors and seniors, showed up a little after 8 a.m. with school supplies, book bags and back packs ready to start another school year.

But the other students weren't left out for long.

The upperclassmen at the Baldwin High School started last Friday, one day after the freshmen, which allowed the newcomers to the high school an extra day to get comfortable with their new surroundings.

After having a couple of days to visit Baldwin Elementary School, the kindergartners first full day of class together is today.

School administrators all said the first few days back have gone well.

"It went great," BES principal Tom Mundinger said. "Everybody's excited and positive. It's nice to have the students back and in a routine again."

Principal Gus Wegner said the first few days of school at Marion Springs Elementary School ran smoothly.

"Sometimes there are a lot of things going on at the beginning of school and people get a little apprehensive," Wegner said. "But we're off to just an excellent start. It's gone quite well."

Even though the modular unit that was set to be in place at the Baldwin Junior High School by the start of school hasn't arrived, BJHS principal Connie Wright said it hasn't disrupted the flow of the first few days of school.

"We've had to find new places for three of our teachers for right now," she said.

Until the unit arrives, the classes are being taught in the auditorium and cafeteria.

Even though the temporary classrooms might be a little unusual, Wright said it's not stopping the learning process.

"It's an inconvenience, but we're getting it done," she said.

BHS principal Allen Poplin said he's heard good things about the extra day the freshmen had to become oriented with the high school.

"I've just heard positive feedback," Poplin said. "I've had a few parents call and say how much they appreciated it. It was a great experience."

Administrators said they don't expect the positive attitudes to end any time soon, either.

"We've got a good group of students," Wright said. "I think we're just going to have a great year."

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