It was a busy day for St. Clair R-XIII and Lonedell R-XIV School districts on Thursday as the 2017-2018 school year began.
St. Clair and Edgar Murray Elementary teachers greeted their students in superhero attire as they got off the bus. The St. Clair High band played outside Edgar Murray Elementary as students entered school and high school football students greeted their peers in uniform Thursday morning.
“We are very pleased with how smoothly the first day of school went,” Superintendent Kyle Kruse said.
St. Clair Elementary Principal Sande Racherbaumer said the first day was “fabulous.”
Racherbaumer said she had a few goals that teachers were able to achieve on the first day such as greet each student with a smile, start building relationships, and make sure students are fed.
“I’m always excited to get the kids back in the building,” she said.
Edgar Murray Elementary Principal Beth Hill said students enjoyed being back at school.
“Throughout the day, our students discussed the building expectations, emergency drills, and participated in ‘get to know you’ activities,” Hill said.
She added that the first school assembly was a success.
“During the assembly, we talked about choosing positive thoughts and trying again if we don’t succeed the first time,” she said. “There was a wonderful energy in the building – lots of smiles and positive vibes.”
St. Clair Middle School Principal Eric Lause said the first day was “absolutely awesome.”
Some students were able to finish registration and the sixth-graders knew where to find their classrooms and lockers, Lause said.
He mentioned that the morning assembly focused on student expectations, how to communicate with teachers and staff, academic achievement, as well as how to be caring, compassionate and respectful.
“It really was a good day,” Lause said.
St. Clair High School Principal Jennifer Davis said the Student Council board decorated the main entrance with balloons, streamers and messages.
“It was so exciting to see the welcome that awaited St. Clair High School students as they entered the high school,” Davis said.
She added that freshman orientation on Wednesday was filled with activities for students to get to know one another and to familiarize themselves the high school building.
Additionally during orientation, she said principals visited with the Class of 2021 and instructor Paul Codespoti talked about the school’s new Intensive Care Unit Program.
“Essentially, we will be working toward the goal of every freshman turning in every assignment every day,” Davis said.
“Students who struggle to meet this goal will receive extra help and extra support before, during, and after school,” she said.
“Letters are being sent home with every freshman and information can be found on our website and social media pages.”
Lonedell R-XIV School District Principal Wayne Dierker said the first day “went really well.”
The first day consisted of a morning assembly and students learning how school procedures work, according to Dierker.
“The kids seemed to enjoy themselves,” he said.