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Students head back to school

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SCHOOL: Students at Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School wait to receive their Macbooks for the new school year.
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BUS: Metro North Elementary students are escorted to their bus on Wednesday.

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

MSD of Wabash County and Wabash City Schools greeted students back bright and early Wednesday morning as the academic year kicked off.

Paul Voigt, principal of Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School, said the first day at his school went as smoothly as it could, with only minimal “glitches” anticipated as schedules were figured out. In order to prepare for student arrival, teachers and staff members came back early to get classrooms ready and set curriculum.

“I hope (students) are looking forward to getting back into the building, seeing old friends, seeing familiar faces in the classroom and making those relationships and connections with their teachers,” Voigt said. “I know our staff is excited to have everyone back.”

Among the preparations for the district, MSD Superintendent Mike Keaffaber said, were deep cleaning of the school buildings by custodians and maintenance staff, who began installing LED lighting. Educators spent weeks throughout the summer getting their classrooms ready and attending professional development opportunities, such as safety training, to be ready for the year as well.

Chris Kuhn, MSD assistant superintendent of finance, said it was great to see kids back in the buildings and seeing how they changed over the summer.

Jason Callahan, superintendent of WCS, said he welcomes students in the corporation back and hopes they will become involved in school activities, stating there is just about something for every student in the district.

At O.J. Neighbours Elementary School, Principal Emily Tracy said the first day at her school was amazing for both staff and students, and the summer’s worth of preparation was worth it.

“It’s like all the kids instantly take the pressure off of you,” Tracy said. “It’s been absolutely amazing.”

Teachers and staff worked together to ensure students knew where their teachers and classes were in the elementary prior to getting the first days started.

Students at Manchester Community Schools will begin their first day Aug. 14.