First Day of School For Wichita Students

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

School starts Wednesday for the Wichita Public School District. But some students got a jump start on the year.

Students in sixth and ninth grades were able to have a practice run yesterday.

It was an opportunity for them to learn their way around the school, before their upper classmates arrived.

"I'm just here for the adventure," said sixth grader Sophia Greene.

Others got a first look at the new Christa McAuliffe Middle School.

"Oh my gosh this building is so big!" said middle school math teacher Steve Smith.

"They're not used to going from class to class to class, so we like them to come early, and we can help them transition and move where they need to be," said middle school math teacher Valorie Pfannenstiel.

"It's kind of hard because I have to take band and that's like all the way down by the auditorium so I have to get there in three minutes, so that's gonna be tough," Green said.

Entering middle school also means an introduction to those pesky lockers.

"I'm afraid I might not get my locker open most of the time," said sixth grader Emma Schmidt.

"It's just the combinations are something they are unfamiliar with so they don't know the pattern," Smith said.

But even though the first day of the school year can be a bit intimidating, students are looking forward to the opportunity to start fresh.

"I'm looking forward to have like get a new clean slate because I started making some bad choices and I'm trying to become my nice self again," Greene said.

A reminder for today: Since kids will be returning to school, make sure to pay extra attention when approaching crosswalks.

Also, make sure to look for flashing lights that indicate school speed zones.

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