QA stu­dents head back to school

First day goes smoothly, su­per­in­ten­dent says

Record Observer - - Front Page - bay­times@kibay­times.com By HAN­NAH COMBS & MIKE DAVIS

CENTREVILLE — Mon­day, Aug. 29, was the first day back to school for Queen Anne’s County stu­dents in grades one through six and nine, plus fifth-graders at Sudlersville Mid­dle School. High school and mid­dle school stu­dents in grades seven and eight and 10-12 re­turned on Tues­day, Aug. 30, and prek and kin­der­garten be­gin Tues­day, Sept. 6. Stu­dents and par­ents alike were ex­cited for the 2016-17 school year, said In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Pilewski at the end of the first day.

“Ev­ery­one seems to be set­tling in,” said Pilewski. “All of the staff’s hard work has paid off, and to­day (the first day of school) is when it all counts.”

Pilewski rode the bus with Bay­side and Kent Is­land Ele­men­tary stu­dents on their first day of the school year. He drew praise from sev­eral of the bus driv­ers af­ter he went bus-to-bus thank­ing them for their ser­vice. They said Pilewski was in­stru­men­tal in reach­ing a ten­ta­tive agree­ment in con­tract talks that had stalled all sum­mer.

It’s good to see ev­ery­one ex­cited about go­ing back to school, Pilewski added.

Though the names at­tached to many of the ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions at the ma­jor­ity of schools in Queen Anne’s County Public Schools this year have changed from last, the faces are still fa­mil­iar.

David DuLac, this year prin­ci­pal at Kent Is­land Ele­men­tary, said, “It’s a homecoming of a sort, a lot of (the same) staff is still here, so when I came back on board, that first day was like I’m back.”

DuLac said, “From there, we re­ally kind of picked up. We didn’t take a whole lot of time [to ad­just].” DuLac said he had in­ter­viewed two of the new teach­ers at KIES, and his team rec­om­mended them for per­ma­nent po­si­tions in the county.

Kim­berly Sei­del is also new to Sudlersville Ele­men­tary as prin­ci­pal, but taught in Queen Anne’s in the 1990s. Her en­thu­si­asm in be­ing at SES was con­ta­gious on the first day as she walked the halls speak­ing with stu­dents and staff, stop­ping to give pos­i­tive feed­back.

An­other trans­fer, Theresa Far­nell, formerly the as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Centreville Mid­dle, is now lead­ing staff at Centreville Ele­men­tary as prin­ci­pal this year. Far­nell and CES mas­cot Cubby gave smiles and en­cour­ag­ing words and high fives to stu­dents on their way in to school on the first day.

At Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary, Prin­ci­pal Carol Kamp re­ported, “Ev­ery­thing’s been good. The buses were here on time and the chil­dren came in with smiles on their faces.”

Kamp said, “When I walked the build­ing about 10 a.m. and went into all the class­rooms – since I’m new I wanted to in­tro­duce my­self — ev­ery­body, and I mean ev­ery­body, was busy and work­ing. They looked like they were ready to go. We’ve had no prob­lems this morn­ing so far.”

Kamp said even though she is at a new school, in a way

PHOTO COUR­TESY KARLA MAST

Adam Lea­ger, fourth grade, Con­ner Lea­ger, first grade, and Christo­pher Mast, sec­ond grade, are ready for their first day back at Sudlersville Ele­men­tary.

PHOTO COUR­TESY JILL KRIES

Ju­lia and Han­nah Kries, sixth and eighth grade at Centreville Mid­dle, are ready to go back to school. Tues­day, Ju­lia’s first day, was also her 12th birth­day.

HAN­NAH COMBS

Sodexo em­ploy­ees, from left, Gail Wil­liamson, Ginny Mo­ran and Chris­tine Cox, greet Sudlersville Ele­men­tary stu­dents with a smile and fresh, healthy lunch on their first day of school, Aug. 29.

PHOTO COUR­TESY COURT­NEY BROOKS

Benja Brooks is ready for his first day of fifth grade at Sudlersville Mid­dle School.

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