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Crosslake Director's Notes: Start of new school year brings changes

Sept. 5 was the first day of school. First one for our new kindergarten students, 34th first day of school for me as an educator. The first day of school brings with it a freshness and energy like no other. Anticipation and maybe a little bit of ...

Sept. 5 was the first day of school. First one for our new kindergarten students, 34th first day of school for me as an educator.

The first day of school brings with it a freshness and energy like no other. Anticipation and maybe a little bit of apprehension on the part of our kindergarten students mixed with reluctant enthusiasm on the part of our middle school students makes for an interesting mix of emotions to be sure.

For me, the first day of school brought with it a number of reminders:

1. I was reminded of just how fast a summer can go.

2. I was reminded of just how quiet it gets around the school in the summer and how much I enjoy having the kids and staff back in our buildings.

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3. I was reminded of how much I appreciate the parents and the role they play in getting their kids ready for school.

4. I was reminded of just how fortunate I am to be an educator as I get to spend my days seeing kids grow and learn and watching an amazing staff mold and shape our future through their work with our kids.

The start of this year also brings changes. We had a number of students move on to other schools last year, and we have brought in a number of new students. Our kindergarten class is one of the larger ones we have seen in recent years, and we have a number of classrooms that are at our class size limit of 19 students.

Our high school has grown to 63 students as of Sept. 5, and our first day total of 203 students in grades K-12 is the largest first-day enrollment in school history.

With increased enrollment in particular at the high school level, we have also needed to add a number of new staff, including high school teachers, middle school math and additional paraprofessional support.

As you may also be aware, work is underway to construct a new school facility in Crosslake. Through the fundraising efforts of the LAKE Foundation, plans are well underway to begin work on a new building starting this fall. Fundraising efforts are ongoing, and if folks are interested in learning more about the project and how you can support it, please go to the website www.buildtheschool.org to learn more.

We have a highly skilled staff, very supportive parents and families, a school board that wants to see our school thrive, an amazingly supportive community and a wonderful group of students. It is going to be a great school year here at CCS.

Here we go!

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