First day of school at Wadena-Deer Creek today!
The Wadena-Deer Creek school campus was buzzing with activity today as WDC kicked off its school year for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
“It’s going fantastic,” said Tyler Church, grades 5-12 principal, who was outdoors on “recess duty” for fifth- and sixth-grade students. The students were soaking up plenty of sunshine and fresh air after a busy morning as the “newbies” in the middle/high school building.
Fifth-grader Novia Schmidt said the toughest part of her morning was mastering the combination lock on her school locker. Sometimes, the combinations on the lockers can be a bit tricky for students. “But I’m getting the hang of it,” Schmidt said with a confident smile. The best part of her day, however, was “getting to know my new teachers,” she said.
Freshman Leah Spilman said she is excited to be back at school and dig into two of her classes – “Physical Science” with Mrs. Shrode and “Intro to Engineering & Design” with Mr. Shrode. Fellow freshman Eva Baron said she didn’t want summer to end, but was anxious to see her friends again.
At the elementary this morning, Elementary PTO members Kent Schmidt, Shanna Van Bruggen and Kate Waln offered Kindergarten parents a sweet roll, juice and a box of Kleenex during their “Boohoo/Yahoo Breakfast.” This was the PTO’s way of easing the transition of parents letting their child go to Kindergarten. PTO member Kent Schmidt said they had a good turnout and not too many tears were shed, he joked.
In addition to welcoming students, Principal Louis Rutten kept a close eye on the new unloading and loading busing procedure this morning on Dayton Avenue. He said it helped that Wadena City Police Chief Naomi Plautz was there in the morning help direct parents and vehicles. The change was made to ensure the safety of students and to make it easier for the bus drivers to unload and load.
Wadena-Deer Creek Schools will be in session this week on Wednesday, Sept. 2 and Thursday, Sept. 3, with no school on Friday, Set. 4 and Monday, Sept. 7. School will resume on Sept. 8 with WDC Preschool starting on the 8th as well.
Enrollment numbers will be released within the week.