‘It’s a fresh start’
School is back in session
School buses were rolling throughout the county Tuesday morning as the extended summer break ended for Calvert County Public Schools students and they returned to classrooms.
Just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, buses poured into the Plum Point Elementary School parking lot, dropping off scores of students. A number of parents also drove their own vehicles to drop off their child.
Teachers and administrators were in front of the school not only to wel-
come students, but also to facilitate the drop-offs and ensure every child was going to the correct location inside the school. After 30 minutes, all buses were accounted for and Plum Point Elementary’s first day of school was underway.
While some students looked excited to return to school, others seemed as though the extended summer break days still had them stuck in vacation mode. This is the first school year since Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) executive order that Maryland public schools begin after Labor Day.
Sarah Loomer said she wasn’t a fan of the extended summer break, although her daughter, Rebecca, enjoyed the extension and wasn’t ready to return to Plum Point Elementary for a new school year.
“I’d prefer the school year to start prior to Labor Day. The extra summer break days really do make a difference for parents. They result in extra accommodations we have to make in order to ensure sure our kids are cared for during the day while we are working,” she added.
Plum Point Elementary building service worker Bob Esworthy, was also in the front of the school Tuesday morning assisting staff with facilitating drop-offs. He expressed his support for Hogan’s executive order.
“I like the decision to start schools after Labor Day. It’s back to tradition like when I was a child,” Esworthy said.
Vice Principal Regina Barnes said she enjoyed her summer break and is excited for the new school year.
At Patuxent-Appeal Campus in Lusby on Friday, students and parents flooded into both buildings for the annual Take a Peek at Your Seat event. The day affords the opportunity for parents and students to meet the teachers prior to the start of school and the students can find out where they will sit for the start of the school year.
Third-grade special education teacher Carla Zinn was one of the teachers who had to move from the Appeal building to the Patuxent building for a grade reorganization on the campus at the start of this school year. The new arrangement puts kindergarten and prekindergarten in the Appeal building with grades 1 through 5 in the Patuxent building.
“I’m very happy it happened,” Zinn said of the transition, adding that she started out in the Patuxent building, went to Appeal and is now back in the Patuxent building.
Zinn said the Take a Peek at Your Seat event gives her the ability to put names and faces together and to see parents before the start of the academic year.
In Christine Niverba’s first-grade classroom Friday, Harper Hayward-Fillmore, sporting her summer hairdo of dyed pink locks, found her seat, but was also looking at the name tags on the other seats.
“She’s trying to see if she knows any friends here,” said Casey Hayward, Harper’s mom, as Harper said she found one friend in the class so far.
“It’s awesome,” Niverba said looking into the new school year. “It’s exciting, it’s a fresh start, a clean slate.”
Plum Point Elementary students exit their bus Sept. 5 for the first day of school.
Above, Ryleigh Strandberg, a first-grader at Patuxent-Appeal Campus, finds her seat in Jessica Hayden’s class during Take a Peek at Your Seat Friday. Below, first-grader Casey Marshall checks out his seat at Patuxent-Appeal Campus with mom, Holly Comisky.
Younger students were lined up by grade level before entering Plum Point Elementary School for the first day of school Sept. 5.
First-grade teacher Christine Niverba, left, chats with Harper Hayward-Fillmore and her mom, Casey Hayward, at the Patuxent-Appeal Campus Take a Peek at Your Seat event Friday.
Aiden Church, 6, a first-grader at Patuxent-Appeal Campus, hugs his dad, Ethan Molzahn, during Take a peek at Your Seat.
Plum Point Elementary School staff assist children after they exit their bus during the first day of school Sept. 5.