It's school time

As the Labor Day weekend marked the end of summer, Whidbey Island students immediately prepared to go back to school.

Kids in the Coupeville School District led the way as they headed back to class Tuesday morning for their first day of school in the 2004-05 school year.

At Coupeville Elementary School, many parents accompanied their kids to make sure they were in the proper class and ready for school.

Members of Coupeville Elementary School PTA had a tent outside the building and volunteers were busy signing up members.

Students in Coupeville had an easy day Tuesday. They started at their normal times but were dismissed at noon. The new school year brings more students to the elementary school.

“I’ve visited every classroom and we have more than 70 new students,” said Principal Glenda Merwine. That figure doesn’t include kindergarten students. Coupeville Elementary School currently enrolls around 460 students.

Kindergarten students are mostly entering school for the first time. This is a situation that can be tough for a parent.

“It’s a little scary,” said Joline Levine, whose daughter, Jaelynn, is starting kindergarten. Joline and her husband Sean were at the elementary school Tuesday to pick up their other daughter, Micky, who just started the second grade.

One change students will see this year is to the math curriculum.

Coupeville School District adopted a new math curriculum that incorporates science and literature.

“It’s a totally different way of teaching,” Merwine.

To be prepared for the new curriculum, teachers spent last week familiarizing themselves with the new materials.

Teachers weren’t the only people at the school over the summer.

Construction workers replaced the roof on the elementary school and a maintenance worker spent the weekend painting the hallways yellow.

“It’s spiffy and sunshiny,” Merwine said.

While students in the Coupeville School District started school Tuesday morning, students in the Oak Harbor School District had two more days of summer vacation. They start class tomorrow, Sept. 9.

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