The Edmond Sun

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August 17, 2012

A day of firsts for Edmond students

EDMOND — The first day of school denoted many firsts for Edmond’s 22,523 students as they headed back to the classroom Friday.

For 10,790 elementary children it was their first day to eat in the school cafeteria and with that comes how to line up, select food and act during their lunch period.

No matter what the grade, 5,034 middle school students as well as some 6,719 high school students were learning how to open and close those pesky locks once again.

The lucky high school students who were driving on campus for the first time were learning where to park and seniors were trying to figure out how to leave campus during lunch and get back in time for class.

In Beth Forrester’s first-grade class at Clegern Elementary School, her students embarked on a Learning Safari complete with a tiki Learning Hut, palm trees, an aquarium, rubber monkeys, stuffed animals and an animal cracker snack.

During the activity time, students played Hot Cougar passing a stuffed cougar while music played all the while trying to keep out of the mush pot in the middle of the circle.

They practiced their colors by choosing two crayons that described the way they were feeling.

Cole Davenport chose red and blue. He said he was mad but calming down.

Anderson Bell picked up an orange crayon and said he was “ready for action.”

When their teacher asked the students to find the violet-rouge crayon, quizzical expressions were on most of the students faces. One of the first graders piped up with, “It’s a Spanish word,” to which his teacher replied, “No, rouge is a new word for the day.”

Students then took their favorite colored crayons and wrote their names in rainbows before having their mid-morning snack of animal crackers.

Down the road at Cimarron Middle School, new principal Cordell Ehrich said the students started the day relatively easily.

The only problem was some of the students needed help with the locks on their lockers.

Superintendent David Goin was trying to visit each site on the first day of school.

“Hopefully by the end of the day I will have been able to visit all of the schools,” Goin said. “We now have full-day kindergarten at all of our elementary sites and it is great. Things have been going very smoothly today. A lot of work goes into the first day of school.”

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