Back to school time

It’s school time again!

School bells will ring August 24

Students in Springfield schools will go back to class on Monday, August 24. 

 Some boys and girls are feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer vacation is over. Some kids feel nervous or a bit scared on the first day of school because there’s a lot of “new” in the new school year — new teachers, new friends, new classes and new challenges. But for most youngsters in Springfield, few kids will have first-day jitters. School is already underway for most students and staff.

Kindergarten Camp was conducted August 3-6. Elementary Jumpstart was in session from August 3-13. The meeting for students involved in athletics and fine arts extra-curricular activities was held the evening of August 4.  Fall sports practices have begun. Teachers have been participating in in-service sessions all of last week.

Elementary and High School Open Houses were held the evening of August 18.

When school bells ring out in Springfield Monday, August 24, most students will have already received their student handbooks, student schedules, and have had opportunities to get acquainted with their teachers, classrooms and curriculum

Enrollment at Springfield Public School as of August 13 — 581 students with 294 in K-6, and 287 students in grades 7-12.  (Enrollment at the same time last year was 592 with 306 in K-6 and 286 in grades 7-12.)  For information regarding back-to school, see the school’s advertisement on Page 9 in this newspaper.

St. Raphael School

St. Raphael School will hold open house Thursday, August 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

Students at St. Raphael School will also head back to class on Monday, August 24.  

Daily classes start at 8:10 and dismiss at 2:55. Students and staff will have a full day to get acquainted and settle in on Monday.  A Welcome-to-School Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday and at 9:15 students and staff will gather in the front yard of the school for prayer and blessings led by St. Raphael Pastor and School Superintendent The Rev. Phil Schotzko.

All teachers are returning at St. Raphael School. Tanya Hovland and Karen Reindl are pre-school teachers and Mary Hoffmann will be their assistant. Beth Steffl is teaching kindergarten, and will also teach music and art to all grades. Allison Nachreiner will teach grades 1 and 2; Teri Lang, grades 3 and 4; and Sheila Forster, grades 5 and 6. Jennifer Fischer is principal. Bev Krueger is school secretary. Marie Gervais and Diana Windschitl are in charge of food service.

Enrollment at St. Raphael School is 62 with 40 boys and girls enrolled in grades K-6, and 22 in preschool.

Springfield Advance-Press

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