by KEN LAHMERS | EDITOR
Aurora -- Things are off to a good start in the local schools, and "the first day went very well," according to Superintendent Russ Bennett.
Bennett said elementary "meets and greets" with parents, teachers and students was extremely well attended, "which allowed for a great opportunity to be introduced to the new school year.
"Our sixth-grade open house also went extremely well. Mr. [Mark] Abramovich [Harmon School] called it 'electric. We hope our new students and families to Aurora feel welcomed and know that we're excited to have them and trust we will do whatever it takes to help their children be successful."
Bennett said the returning students were eager to meet their teachers and see their classrooms. "As I walked through the buildings last week, I was very impressed at how the staff has created such a positive and challenging learning environment. We're off to a great start," he added.
"As usual, our teachers were very prepared and ready to take on the triumphs and challenges that every new school year brings," said Abramovich.
"The students behaved beyond compare on the first day. I saw them helping each other, being polite when asking for assistance, coming prepared and attentive during my class discipline talks with them and participating and working hard in the classroom."
Abramovich also is proud that in the state report cards released last week, Harmon was seventh out of 643 middle schools rated.
"That does not come by accident," he said. "The staff knows its jobs so well and the students and parents clearly understand our expectations. I'd put this school up against any other in the state. The staff and students were elated by the rating, but realize they hare plenty of room to improve to attain the No. 1 rating."
AHS PRINCIPAL Mike Roberto also said the opening week went smoothly. Orientation day allowed freshmen and new students to transition to the high school, as mentors took them through the ins and outs of the school, including a tour and information about clubs and activities.
The guidance and administrative team reminded the freshmen of ALICE safety procedures, which they first encountered last year with help from School Resource Officers Michelle Ice and Chris Rieter.
Roberto said in addition to the freshmen there are 40 new students at AHS.
"The work put in this spring to get the students in the right classes for the fall really helps to get the year started on the right foot," said Roberto. "Combine this with the summer work by the custodians and secretaries, and you get an efficient and effective first week of school."
Seventh- and eighth-grade open houses are coming up tonight (Aug. 28) and Aug. 29, respectively, at 7:30 p.m. at Harmoin School.
They give parents of students the opportunity to tour the school, follow their student's class schedule, meet the teachers and gain valuable information for the coming school year.
Leighton Principal Dana Lambacher noted many families participated in the school's meet and greet.
"Students were welcomed the first day by a sea of green as the staff was decked out in their Leighton shirts," she said. "Parent volunteers helped staffers guide students to their classrooms.
"Our Getting to Know You days also worked extremely well. Half the students attended Thursday (Aug. 22) and the other half on Friday (Aug. 23) so that teachers could assess for reading levels.
"This allows us to hit the ground running for the next week. We thank parents for supporting this effort, and we look forward to a fun and productive year."
No information about the oplening of school could be obtained from Craddock and Miller principal Patty Minrovic
Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4189