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Morning Sun
  • Back in the swing of things

  • Getting back to work or school after a long break is never easy, but thousands hundreds of Crawford County children went back to class Thursday after their holiday breaks.

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  • Getting back to work or school after a long break is never easy, but thousands hundreds of Crawford County children went back to class Thursday after their holiday breaks.
    Teachers have varying methods of getting their students back into the swing of things, but some methods are universal. Nate Clevenger, an 8th grade math teacher at Girard Middle School, said his class just picks up where it left off.
    “We jump right back into it,” Clevenger said. “We want to develop the same routine after Christmas that we do after summer.”
    For Clevenger’s class, that means teaching new concepts to his students on their school-provided iPads. The Girard USD 248 Board of Education recently voted to approve a program that will provide iPads for middle and high school students, and is piloting a program to provide high school students with iPad Minis.
    Principal Randy Heatherly said the first day back at school can be trying, especially for middle school-age children bursting with energy.
    “The kids come back with a lot of energy,” Heatherly said. “They’re ready to see their friends and get engaged in sports and other activities. We just have to point them in the right direction because they have so much energy.”
    Northeast USD 246 Superintendent Greg Gorman agreed.
    “The day went just fine,” Gorman said. “The teachers came to work yesterday and I think they were anxious to see the kids, and the kids seemed to be all smiles and anxious to see them, too, and get into the new semester.”
    Gorman said the biggest challenge is getting back into the swing of things.
    “We’re getting them settled down from the excitement of the holidays and getting people back to work and concentrating on student learning,” he said.
    Clevenger said his students made the transition back to the classroom well.
    “They’ve handled it fine today,” Clevenger said. “They came back not quite as energetic as they were before Christmas, but they’re still pretty fired up.”
    Frontenac USD 249 and St. Mary’s Colgan schools also returned to class Thursday. Pittsburg USD 249 and Southeast USD 247 will return to class on Monday.
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