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The Suburbanite
  • Students are back in school

  • Love it, hate it, feeling a little nonchalant about the whole thing, it is here — the first week of school is nearly over. Here is a recap of some of what is going on around Stark County.

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  • It happened.
    Students finally went back to school.
    Youngsters in Stark County met new teachers, staff members and even some new classmates this week. Here is a sampling of some of the sights and sounds from area schools.
    Canton Local:
    Monday
    The lunch folks at Faircrest Middle School have lunch down pat.
    By 11 a.m. students were lining up, ready to enter the cafeteria where a full crew was waiting.
    “There haven’t been a lot of glitches today,” said Nick Stepanovich, assistant principal. “Kids are excited. Teachers are excited. This is a transition year for the students. We have a couple new teachers, one new to the middle school after 14 years in the elementary school.
    “Middle school brings a different dynamic for students,” he said. Fifth- and sixth-graders, he said, are leaving elementary school and moving into a setting that’s more like high school. “They are getting older and getting more responsibility. We try to given them as many experiences as we can.”
    Seventh and eighth-graders can choose their own seats in the lunch room. Fifth and sixth-graders have their home room teachers names on the ends of the table directing them where to sit.
    “Groups tend to stay together, but we don’t have a table for the popular kids or the not so popular,” he said. “I think we are small enough to where you don’t get into that as much.”
    Overall, he said, “It is going to be a great year.”
    Plain Local:
    Tuesday
    A convocation, the charge of the freshmen and a power outage. Can a school district ask for anything more?
    On Monday, Plain Local Schools had its annual convocation for teachers and staff.
    “We constantly strive to meet the needs of our students day to day,” said Brent May, superintendent, all the while knowing that Tuesday, the new ninth graders would be descending upon the school to lead the brigade into the 2013-2014 school year. Leading the charge was Tamiko Hatcher, principal at GlenOak High School.
    “This is new this year,” said Hatcher, who looked around the common area at the new kids. Exactly at 8:15 a.m., those same students who sat there anticipating high school, charged down the steps to the applause of teachers and staff members — and balloons — to start their high school careers. “We just thought this would be a great way to welcome them to high school.”
    On Wednesday, when the sophomores, juniors and seniors reported for their first day, BOOM — no electricity.
    “We lost power about 9 a.m.,” said May. “You gotta love the first day.”
    Canton City:
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    Cedar School Principal Dan Lowmiller took a new approach and welcomed students during a morning gathering in the gym.
    “We are going to do this every day,” he said. “It is so much better than morning announcements. We think it will build community.”
     Bob Graham, a former teacher for Sandy Valley Local Schools, is now the assistant principal at Cedar. “It is different being out of the classroom, but it has been great and I am looking forward to the new year and being here.”
    Sandy Womack, former principal at Hartford Middle School, has taken over the reigns at Crenshaw Middle School. He spent Wednesday welcoming new faces to the new Altitude Academy for students interested in physical fitness, health and wellness and academics.
    “That is where I come in,” said the no-nonsense principal. “Academics.”