‘It’s a fresh start’

School is back in ses­sion

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com and SARAH FALLIN sfallin@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AN­DREW CEPHAS

Plum Point El­e­men­tary stu­dents exit their bus Sept. 5 for the first day of school.

STAFF PHOTOS BY SARAH FALLIN

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AN­DREW CEPHAS

Younger stu­dents were lined up by grade level be­fore en­ter­ing Plum Point El­e­men­tary School for the first day of school Sept. 5.

STAFF PHOTO BY SARAH FALLIN

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY SARAH FALLIN

Ai­den Church, 6, a first-grader at Patux­ent-Ap­peal Cam­pus, hugs his dad, Ethan Molzahn, dur­ing Take a peek at Your Seat.

STAFF PHOTO BY AN­DREW CEPHAS

Plum Point El­e­men­tary School staff as­sist chil­dren af­ter they exit their bus dur­ing the first day of school Sept. 5.

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