Summer is coming to an end and students are back in school. Many students are back sporting new wardrobes and some may even have new hairstyles. While parents and students adjust to the transition from August to September, so are faculty and staff at each school district.
Students attending Cooperstown Central School started classes today, while those at Milford and Cherry Valley-Springfield central schools started Wednesday.
Each year, students and teachers at Cooperstown Elementary School adopt a theme that is used as a focal point for much of what is done throughout the year. This year’s theme is “The Sky’s The Limit — Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It.” The school will also continue to focus on the ongoing theme of PRIDE: Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort and keep it as a primary ongoing theme.
Elementary Principal Teresa Gorman said she is delighted to welcome many new faces this year. Susan Clark will be teaching English language arts in grade six, Emily Craig will teach ELA in grade five and Melanie Brewer, after teaching part time in the first grade, will be teaching full time in the second grade. Taylor Brose will be joining the special education team and Maureen Schuermann will be serving as a teaching assistant in the computer lab. There will also be three new cafeteria employees.
An open house is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Sept. 19.
According to Secondary Principal Michael Cring, there has not been any additions or reductions in courses at the junior/high school. However, he said the teachers have worked on some changes on curriculum.
Enrollment is estimated at about 430 students in grades 7-12, which is similar to last year, according to Cring. This year’s senior class of 61 students plus four Rotary exchange students is the smallest it has been in many years, he said.