Students, Parents Get First Look At New School

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The start of the new school year is just days away for Wichita students.

Many of those student will begin the new year in new schools as the Wichita Public School District opens five new buildings.

The new schools are Christa McAuliffe Academy, Enders Open Magnet Elementary, Northeast Magnet High School, Ortiz Elementary and Isely Traditional Magnet. Students attending Christa McAuliffe Academy, along with their parents, got their first look at the new school Thursday evening.

"We're all excited and we're just thrilled to have them here," said Kindergarten teacher Kathy Boote. "We have been up here all summer long, getting our rooms ready; anticipating this moment where we get to meet our students."

Stephen Vogt's daughter, Avery, will be part of Mrs. Boote's first class at McAuliffe. Vogt is excited he gets to send Avery to a brand new school, where the faculty was picked from many of the district's top teachers.

"That makes us as parents feel great that the teaching that they're going to be getting is going to be some of the best that Wichita has to offer," he said.

Parents and teachers are undoubtedly excited for the start of the new school year. However, even the kids seem eager to get started.

Avery Vogt said she is excited to meet her teachers and see her new friends once she starts Kindergarten Wednesday.

"I get to be in the first picture on the wall," said Fifth Grade student Quincy Halton. "In like 20 years, I can look back on the memories."

Quincy's little brother, Alex, is ready to get started with First Grade.

"But I still don't know how to read," he said.

That won't be a problem, according to principal Shawn Springer. He's confident in the abilities of his faculty.

"I have a wonderful staff," he said. "They are anxious. They've been working in their classrooms all summer to kind of get ready for this moment. So, I know when the parents come, they're going to be very impressed with what they see."

Christa McAuliffe Academy is just one of five new schools opening in Wichita this year. All are part of the $370 million bond issue passed by district voters in 2008.

"These beautiful facilities; this is just what our kids need," said USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman. "They're state-of-the-art; there's lots of technology. They're beautiful buildings and it's just one great place for students to learn."

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