First day of school goes smoothly


Schools report good start to school year

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Students step off a school bus at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. Monday was first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will be the first day for 4K students.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Students, parents, and other family members make their way in to Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. Monday was the first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will the first day for 4K students.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Once they got inside the building, students at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School sat down in the halls to wait for breakfast to begin being served. These third-graders were among the many JEMS students who sat in the halls Monday morning to wait for the cafeteria to open. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for 5K students while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Once the cafeteria opened students quickly lined up for breakfast at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. In the foreground, some student line up at the register with their trays of food while in the background others wait to make their way through the line to pick up their breakfasts. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for 5K students while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The first day of school is always a busy one at Union County’s school and Monday morning at Buffalo Elementary School was no exception. With the start of classes students like Zamarian Sims, Breanna Davis, Z’Aire Littlejohn, and Jonathan Gossett in Donna Long’s second grade class at BES got down to the business of learning. For most students in Union County, Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year while students in 5K began classes on Tuesday. Aug. 25 will the first day of school for 4K students.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Students in Mrs. Leonhardt’s first grade class at Buffalo Elementary School listen as their teacher leads them through one of the first lessons of the day Monday morning. Monday was first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will be the first day for 4K students.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Students in Ms. Caviness’ fifth grade class at Buffalo Elementary School listen as their teacher addresses them Monday morning. Most students were back in class Monday, the first day of the 2016-2017 school year in Union County. For 5K students Tuesday was the first day of class while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The students of Miss Friedholm’s third grade class - class name Team 204 - at Buffalo Elementary School line up to go to art class Monday morning. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County, though classes did not begin for 5K students until Tuesday and will not begin for 4K students until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times John Turner, Kamarin Fonteneau, and Gabriel Tyler were hard at work in Mrs. Bates’ first grade class at Foster Park Elementary School Monday morning. For most students in Union County Monday was the first day of class while Tuesday was the first day for 5K students while 4K students won’t begin classes until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Foster Park Elementary School teacher Tracy Walker helps the students in her fourth grade class sort out their school supplies, where to store them, and what they will be using in class. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. 5K students began school on Tuesday and 4K students will start Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The students in Miss Tucker’s second grade class at Monarch Elementary practice galloping during a physical education class Monday morning. The physical education class also involved a number of other activities including skipping and running backward. Monday was the first day of school for most of Union County’s students, but school didn’t start for 5K students until Tuesday and will not begin for 4K students until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Students in Miss Carlin’s Math and Science Class at Monarch Elementary School started the school year by getting down to work Monday morning. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Lunchtime is an important part of any day, but especially on a school day when children, hungry from a hard morning of study, need to get something to eat in order to be ready for a hard afternoon of study. Lunchtime at school, however, involves following certain procedures and that’s why the first grade students of Monarch Elementary School were in the lunch room Monday morning. They were brought there by their teachers in order to learn the proper procedures for having an enjoying lunch at MES. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times School would not be the same without a media center or, if you prefer a somewhat older term, library. At Foster Park Elementary School the media center was more than ready for the arrival of students Monday morning for the start of the new school year. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This sign greeted many of the children who arrived at Buffalo Elementary School Monday morning for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. It also greeted the 5K students who arrived at the school for the start of the school year on Tuesday and will be there to greet the 4K students who will arrive on Aug. 25.


UNION COUNTY — Enthusiastic students, parents, and teachers help make the 2016-2017 school year get off to a smooth start Monday morning.

Monday was the first day of school for students in the 1st through the 12th grades in the Union County School District and it was day that went off without a hitch according to the principals and assistant principals at the county’s public schools.

JEMS

“It went really, really well,” Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Principal Kathy Taylor said Tuesday morning. “We had a lot of new faces. We had a really good day.”

Tuesday was the first day of school for 5K students and Taylor said the arrival of those students at her school also went well.

“Today’s gone really well with kindergarten,” Taylor said. “There were no upset children. There may, however, have been a few tears from a few mommas.”

Taylor said that to help prepare both students and parents for kindergarten, the school have them in Monday night for “The Night Before Kindergarten.” She said the program included the reading of the book that give the event its name, a copy of which was provided to each family. In addition, to help the children overcome any “jitters” they might have, Taylor said the teachers gave each student some “jitter glitter” to calm their nerves before kindergarten.

FPES

Excitement was the order of the day at Foster Park Elementary School where things went smoothly not only at the beginning of the day but throughout it and at dismissal.

“It was great, we had a lot of excitement in the hallways and in the classrooms,” Assistant Principal Stacy McAbee said. “Children got out of cars with smiles on their faces and parents and students and teachers were happy about the start of school.

“Everything went smoothly and we had a great day,” she said. “Dismissal went well and we are excited for a successful school year.”

MES

The first day of school was also a good one at Monarch Elementary School.

“Our first day was fantastic,” Principal Mickey Connally said. “Students and teachers were ready to start school. We had a fantastic day.”

Connally said Tuesday and the arrival of 5K students also went well beyond a few tears here and there.

BES

At Buffalo Elementary School parents had their children to school on time and the students entered their classes with enthusiasm according to Principal Glenn Wile.

“It was a great day,” Wile said. “The parents were great, they had their kids here on time and ready to start class. The kids were excited to be at school.”

Lockhart Schools

At Lockhart Schools, preparation was the key to a great start to the school year according to Principal Jerry Wood.

“It was a great first day yesterday,” Wood said. “The teachers did a terrific job preparing for the students. We met on July 26 to have what we call “Midnight Madness,” we meet around six o’clock discuss ideas for the year, and give the teachers some time in their rooms to get a jump start on the new year.”

Wood also praised the school’s custodial and maintenance staff.

“We’re fortunate to have a great custodial and mainentance staff that got the building ready,” he said.

Wood said that the students who arrived Monday were not only ready for school but eager to begin their studies.

“The students seemed to come in ready and eager to learn,” Wood said. “They came in and met their new teachers.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times Students step off a school bus at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. Monday was first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will be the first day for 4K students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0005JEMS.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Students step off a school bus at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. Monday was first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will be the first day for 4K students.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Students, parents, and other family members make their way in to Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. Monday was the first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will the first day for 4K students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0010JEMS.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Students, parents, and other family members make their way in to Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. Monday was the first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will the first day for 4K students.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Once they got inside the building, students at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School sat down in the halls to wait for breakfast to begin being served. These third-graders were among the many JEMS students who sat in the halls Monday morning to wait for the cafeteria to open. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for 5K students while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0009JEMS.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Once they got inside the building, students at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School sat down in the halls to wait for breakfast to begin being served. These third-graders were among the many JEMS students who sat in the halls Monday morning to wait for the cafeteria to open. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for 5K students while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Once the cafeteria opened students quickly lined up for breakfast at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. In the foreground, some student line up at the register with their trays of food while in the background others wait to make their way through the line to pick up their breakfasts. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for 5K students while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0015JEMS.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Once the cafeteria opened students quickly lined up for breakfast at Jonesville Elementary/Middle School Monday morning. In the foreground, some student line up at the register with their trays of food while in the background others wait to make their way through the line to pick up their breakfasts. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for 5K students while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The first day of school is always a busy one at Union County’s school and Monday morning at Buffalo Elementary School was no exception. With the start of classes students like Zamarian Sims, Breanna Davis, Z’Aire Littlejohn, and Jonathan Gossett in Donna Long’s second grade class at BES got down to the business of learning. For most students in Union County, Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year while students in 5K began classes on Tuesday. Aug. 25 will the first day of school for 4K students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0019BES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The first day of school is always a busy one at Union County’s school and Monday morning at Buffalo Elementary School was no exception. With the start of classes students like Zamarian Sims, Breanna Davis, Z’Aire Littlejohn, and Jonathan Gossett in Donna Long’s second grade class at BES got down to the business of learning. For most students in Union County, Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year while students in 5K began classes on Tuesday. Aug. 25 will the first day of school for 4K students.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Students in Mrs. Leonhardt’s first grade class at Buffalo Elementary School listen as their teacher leads them through one of the first lessons of the day Monday morning. Monday was first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will be the first day for 4K students.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0022BES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Students in Mrs. Leonhardt’s first grade class at Buffalo Elementary School listen as their teacher leads them through one of the first lessons of the day Monday morning. Monday was first day of school for most students in Union County. Tuesday was the first day of school for children in 5K and Aug. 25 will be the first day for 4K students.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Students in Ms. Caviness’ fifth grade class at Buffalo Elementary School listen as their teacher addresses them Monday morning. Most students were back in class Monday, the first day of the 2016-2017 school year in Union County. For 5K students Tuesday was the first day of class while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0027BES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Students in Ms. Caviness’ fifth grade class at Buffalo Elementary School listen as their teacher addresses them Monday morning. Most students were back in class Monday, the first day of the 2016-2017 school year in Union County. For 5K students Tuesday was the first day of class while 4K students will not begin classes until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The students of Miss Friedholm’s third grade class – class name Team 204 – at Buffalo Elementary School line up to go to art class Monday morning. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County, though classes did not begin for 5K students until Tuesday and will not begin for 4K students until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0028BES-1.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The students of Miss Friedholm’s third grade class – class name Team 204 – at Buffalo Elementary School line up to go to art class Monday morning. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County, though classes did not begin for 5K students until Tuesday and will not begin for 4K students until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times John Turner, Kamarin Fonteneau, and Gabriel Tyler were hard at work in Mrs. Bates’ first grade class at Foster Park Elementary School Monday morning. For most students in Union County Monday was the first day of class while Tuesday was the first day for 5K students while 4K students won’t begin classes until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0036FPES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times John Turner, Kamarin Fonteneau, and Gabriel Tyler were hard at work in Mrs. Bates’ first grade class at Foster Park Elementary School Monday morning. For most students in Union County Monday was the first day of class while Tuesday was the first day for 5K students while 4K students won’t begin classes until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Foster Park Elementary School teacher Tracy Walker helps the students in her fourth grade class sort out their school supplies, where to store them, and what they will be using in class. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. 5K students began school on Tuesday and 4K students will start Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0040FPES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Foster Park Elementary School teacher Tracy Walker helps the students in her fourth grade class sort out their school supplies, where to store them, and what they will be using in class. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County. 5K students began school on Tuesday and 4K students will start Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The students in Miss Tucker’s second grade class at Monarch Elementary practice galloping during a physical education class Monday morning. The physical education class also involved a number of other activities including skipping and running backward. Monday was the first day of school for most of Union County’s students, but school didn’t start for 5K students until Tuesday and will not begin for 4K students until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0044MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The students in Miss Tucker’s second grade class at Monarch Elementary practice galloping during a physical education class Monday morning. The physical education class also involved a number of other activities including skipping and running backward. Monday was the first day of school for most of Union County’s students, but school didn’t start for 5K students until Tuesday and will not begin for 4K students until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Students in Miss Carlin’s Math and Science Class at Monarch Elementary School started the school year by getting down to work Monday morning. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0051MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Students in Miss Carlin’s Math and Science Class at Monarch Elementary School started the school year by getting down to work Monday morning. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Lunchtime is an important part of any day, but especially on a school day when children, hungry from a hard morning of study, need to get something to eat in order to be ready for a hard afternoon of study. Lunchtime at school, however, involves following certain procedures and that’s why the first grade students of Monarch Elementary School were in the lunch room Monday morning. They were brought there by their teachers in order to learn the proper procedures for having an enjoying lunch at MES. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0058MES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Lunchtime is an important part of any day, but especially on a school day when children, hungry from a hard morning of study, need to get something to eat in order to be ready for a hard afternoon of study. Lunchtime at school, however, involves following certain procedures and that’s why the first grade students of Monarch Elementary School were in the lunch room Monday morning. They were brought there by their teachers in order to learn the proper procedures for having an enjoying lunch at MES. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times School would not be the same without a media center or, if you prefer a somewhat older term, library. At Foster Park Elementary School the media center was more than ready for the arrival of students Monday morning for the start of the new school year. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0037FPES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times School would not be the same without a media center or, if you prefer a somewhat older term, library. At Foster Park Elementary School the media center was more than ready for the arrival of students Monday morning for the start of the new school year. Monday was the first day of the 2016-2017 school year for most students in Union County though 5K did not begin classes until Tuesday and 4K will not begin until Aug. 25.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This sign greeted many of the children who arrived at Buffalo Elementary School Monday morning for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. It also greeted the 5K students who arrived at the school for the start of the school year on Tuesday and will be there to greet the 4K students who will arrive on Aug. 25.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_0017BES.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This sign greeted many of the children who arrived at Buffalo Elementary School Monday morning for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. It also greeted the 5K students who arrived at the school for the start of the school year on Tuesday and will be there to greet the 4K students who will arrive on Aug. 25.
Schools report good start to school year

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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