Summer vacation is officially over
It’s 6:30 a.m., the alarm clock interrupts dreams of summer vacation, but it’s time to get moving. Throw on a favorite outfit, grab a nutritious breakfast, and then get out the door.
7:25 a.m. Kearns Boulevard is backed-up in front of three Park City School District (PCSD) schools, horns are honking, but traffic isn’t moving.
7:35 a.m. Students wait impatiently for their locker assignment, the warning bell rings, but conversations continue and nobody moves.
7:50 a.m. Gail McBride’s tenth-grade health class is in session. First, she goes through some housekeeping, "Is everybody in the right place?" McBride asks before she takes roll call.
Then, a barrage of advice pours out of McBride’s mouth: "Get yourself a three-ring binder. If you are organized, you will do well in my class," she explains to her students.
"How many of you are involved in a club or team?" McBride asks her students.
"You’ve got to join something so you feel like you’re involved."
"Live as if everything you do will eventually be known," she advises. "If you have an opinion on something, say it, but you have to have knowledge to back up your opinion with facts," McBride adds.
8:00 a.m. McBride passes out her syllabus and begins getting down to nuts and bolts: attendance policy, test procedures, and watch out because McBride likes giving quizzes because it forces her students come to class prepared every day.
8:23 a.m. The first period dismissal bell rings. It’s time to catch up with some friends who may have been out of touch over the summer months.
"Hey, come here, let me see your schedule," Clara Kilbourn shouts when she sees Lauren Foley down the hall. "We have math together."
"Yes, we have math together. Oh, but that’s all," the girls converse as they compare schedules.
"Well, at least we get one class together," Foley concludes as they part ways, heading off to their next classes.
Monday, Aug. 25 was filled with excitement and confusion for many youngsters in the Park City area. All PCSD schools, as well as the Colby School and Park City Academy all began classes Monday morning.
Park City High School (PCHS) vice principal Dave McNaughtan said he thinks the first day at the high school went more smoothly this year than it has in a long time.
McNaughtan explained that three classrooms located in the remodeled part of the high school are in use right now, and kids haven’t learned how to find those classrooms yet. Also confusing to students were the classes that are being held in temporary locations until the rest of the high school construction is completed.
Sidney House, a Treasure Mountain International School (TMIS) eighth-grader was faced with an especially daunting task on Monday morning. She signed-up for Dance I, a class held at PCHS. Dance I will be held in a new dance studio still under construction explained Sierra Steele, PCHS dance teacher. For now, Steele’s classes are being held in the auditorium, but on the schedule Sidney was given at TIMS, the class location was vague. Fortunately, Bob O’Connor, TMIS principal, was willing to get some fresh air and walk with Sidney to the high school to help her find her way.
Confusion and lost students were the exception rather than the rule on Monday, but for students who had a hard time, leniency was granted by many teachers and school employees.
Melissa Ray, TMIS eighth-grade history teacher whispered to her class, "Can I let you in on a secret? The front office won’t be as strict on tardies this week because students honestly don’t know where they’re going." Teachers and administrators were roaming through PCHS and TMIS all day Monday, giving directions and helping lost students find their classrooms.
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