First Day of School at Barranca and LAMS [Gallery]
By Greg Kendall
Controlled chaos is the way to describe the first day of school for Los Alamos Middle School students.
Demolition of the old classroom buildings continues as students head to portable classrooms that will be their home away from home for the duration of the construction project. The first day of school's student arrival went relatively smoothly at Los Alamos Middle School despite the fact that many students were delivered to school by their parents in private cars, rather than on school busses. The staff at LAMS seems to have traffic under control as parents were directed to arrive from the north entrance and then loop around the main parking area to drop off their kids. There was a long line of cars and busses but the flow was kept moving smoothly. It is anticipated that the flow of traffic will improve in coming days as more students take the bus or walk to school.
At Barranca Mesa Elementary things were a little bit calmer. No construction is occurring at the elementary. Becky Sterigz, who works with gifted kids (but today is on bus greeting patrol) said that the school had cars parked all the way around the campus, the most they had ever seen. Parents were busy meeting teachers this morning.
Barranca Mesa Principal Pam Miller said, "everyone has smiling faces. That's what we work all summer for. We work ourselves silly."
Miller went on to say, "This morning is great with the meet and greet because of all the parents coming in with the kiddos. There are a lot of new kiddos and enrollment is up this year. We added two teachers this year. I have the lockers from the middle school, so I have them this year in the fifth and sixth grade wing, so that's been really nice."
Sandy Keller, bus driver said the morning "went ok. It will get better once everybody figures out where they are going." "The kids are so excited to go to school and just get this day started, even the middle and high school kids seemed pretty excited. I think the middle schoolers are excited about getting in portables this year." "I definitely saw new faces this morning, middle schoolers, probably six graders coming up from White Rock, so they looked a little wary and stuff, but excited too."
Megan Tripp, parent to five students, her youngest starting kindergarden today, is excited to have all five kids in school this year. "I'll have some time," she says.