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‘You’re off to great places’

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Middlesex Elementary School kindergarten teacher Robin Singleton and student Jeffrey Swain work on Jeffrey’s art project on the first day of school on September 5. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

Middlesex Elementary School was a happy place on Tuesday morning for the first day of school. “Welcome to an A-MAZE-ING year” read the main lobby bulletin board decorated with a Pac Man theme by school secretary Kim Bagby.

A bag of cookies had been placed in each teacher’s mailbox. In the halls and cafeteria soft music played, something started this summer, said Bagby.

Kindergarten students in Robin Singleton’s class worked on an art project, glueing paper pieces to a large letter of their first name. One boy carefully placed his orange paper pieces, making sure to completely fill the space inside the lines. Another boy, left plenty of white space between his blue paper pieces. “I’m done,” he said.

Big pieces were not allowed. A girl was making small pieces by pulling paper apart, until she was shown how to tear a long piece and then tear it into smaller pieces. She also placed hers within the lines, filling every space.

Only two hours into the first day of school, Ms. Singleton staged a mock fire drill. “Beep, beep, beep,” she called continuously as students stopped their art projects and lined up. They were only going to tour the cafeteria, but Singleton used it as a learning opportunity.

Kids First students in Kim Aliff’s class were all smiles when a camera was pointed in their direction. “Che-e-e-e-se,” they chimed in unison.

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posted 09.06.2017

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