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Old 08-25-2006, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte,NC, US, North America, Earth, Alpha Quadrant,Milky Way Galaxy
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It might be interesting to share some feedback on the first day of School in some of the cities and towns those of us have moved to, and others are considering moving to.

It was prompted by my daughter's first day of school (and the registraton process). She goes to Wesley Chapel Elem. in Union County (it actually has a Monroe address). We had LOTs of questions, but so far so good. While we were waiting (very patiently- note: some other parents were not so patient-lol), we met the principal who made it a point to come out and meet the folks who were waiting. A very lovely person. We met some of the first grade teachers, and my daughers teacher, and a few of the other parents. All very nice experiences.

There's clearly (as if you didn't know) a population explosion out here. Many rows and rows of trailers for the older kids it seems. Getting in and getting out of the school in the morning and evenings, could be a challenge, but it might settle out as the kids who are taking bus, start riding it, and everyone gets the timing and flow of traffic. It was crowded though. Having said that, and I know it's only day one, we are very pleased. Day one is very important, and she's had a great classroom experience- we braced ourselves for tears of missing home and her previous school back in Boston, but didn't see much of it (there were a few comments on missing some friends, but we all feel that way now).

There ARE growing pains mind you, as there's need for a lot of special needs teachers, but a lot of the funding hasn't caught up yet...

I know there are brand spanking new schools up in North Charlotte (Highland Creek Elem. for example), and wondered how that first day experience went...

Anyway, that's my feedback.

Mike
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Cornelius
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well my kindergarten does not start his first day of big boy school until tuesday ...they are doing staggered days to help them adjust.

we are lucky new school J.V. Washam Elementary opened under capacity.

Ill let you know how it goes with the wifes tears and all.
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:44 PM
 
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They started in Wake County today too..... first day of school on a Friday. lol. My son is a senior and went to the parade at his school that started at 6 am. My daughter caught the bus for the 40+ minute ride to her school in Cary/Morrisville.
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Charlotte,NC, US, North America, Earth, Alpha Quadrant,Milky Way Galaxy
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They started in Wake County today too..... first day of school on a Friday. lol. My son is a senior and went to the parade at his school that started at 6 am. My daughter caught the bus for the 40+ minute ride to her school in Cary/Morrisville.
I thought the first day of school on a Friday was a little odd to. But in retrospect, I think it gives everyone (students, parents, teachers) to shake off the first day jitters, think about their classes over the weekend and then come back for a full week. Almost like pre-season football
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Old 08-25-2006, 08:56 PM
 
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That's true; it helps everyone ease into school better. The only reason it was on a Friday was because today is the 25th and the state mandated that every school district had to start school on the 25th at the earliest. God forbid most of the counties don't just wait until Monday the 28th.
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Old 08-25-2006, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My daughter started 8th grade today. We had a short orientation on Wednesday. She got to get her schedule and meet her teachers. Mostly she hung out with her friends as they ran through the hallways! Today she got up at 6AM...school starts at 7:30AM and hubby HAS to leave the house at 7AM...on the dot! She rides the bus home and gets home around 3. She was pretty excited about her classes and seeing her friends again. Thank goodness school started!!! Vicki
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:36 PM
 
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How did the other kids accept an outsider?
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Old 08-25-2006, 11:53 PM
 
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How did the other kids accept an outsider?

I would think a lot of kids would be new there too. Union County is growing leaps and bounds.
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Old 08-26-2006, 10:33 AM
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Default kindergarten

My daughter started kindergarten on Friday, so it was a big day for us. She is our only child, so it was emotional (esp for mom, but I won't admit to her that it was for me also . We had an orientation in the classroom on Thursday evening.

She has a great teacher who is in her 28th year of teaching. I could tell that she was extremely organized and knows how to deal with kids and parents. God bless teachers like that - I couldn't do it.

Another good thing is that a new wing was added to her school recently, and her classroom is in the new wing. It is spotless since she is in the first class to use it.

Also, the teacher's assistant in her classroom is also experienced. Things couldn't have worked out any better for us.

The only downside is taht there is still construction going on at the cafeteria - and will for the most of the remainder of the school year - so there will be traffic delays and other inconveniences because of that.
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Old 08-26-2006, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Charlotte,NC, US, North America, Earth, Alpha Quadrant,Milky Way Galaxy
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She has a great teacher who is in her 28th year of teaching. I could tell that she was extremely organized and knows how to deal with kids and parents. God bless teachers like that - I couldn't do it.
Absolutely! I'm also encouraged by many of the new teachers, who are eager to "teach".
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