Whidbey Examiner


Schools gear up for first day

Whidbey Examiner Staff
August 31, 2013 · Updated 3:29 PM

Mary Engle and her son, Justin, scan the class lists to find out who is going to be his teacher at Coupeville Elementary School. Justin is a third-grader and he will be in Wendy Davis’ class. / Nathan Whalen photo

Kids only have a few days left to enjoy their summer vacation before heading back to school.

Classes in the Coupeville School District begin Tuesday, Sept. 2 for all students from first-grade through high school.

Classes at Coupeville Middle and High School start at 8 a.m. while the elementary school starts at 9 a.m.

Teachers returned to school this week to sift through data about their students and to prepare their classrooms for the coming school year, said elementary school principal David Ebersole.

Parents and students can stop by the front of the elementary school to find out which class their children will attend.

The class lists went on display Monday evening at the front entry way at the elementary school.

Ebersole said that it looks like a little more than 400 students are enrolled at the elementary school.

“We’re fairly close to what we projected,” Ebersole said. He noted that the kindergarten class will have around 50 students, which is smaller than the 80 students in last year’s class.

Kindergartners won’t start classes until Friday.

They will attend conferences next week so teachers can conduct assessments and connect with parents.

School staff are also busy tending to the youngest future students.

Ebersole highlighted during Monday’s Coupeville School Board meeting that teachers from kindergarten through second-grade held workshops over the summer with local preschools to help align their reading programs with the school district’s.

While the Coupeville School District students start class the Tuesday after Labor Day, students on the north end have a couple more days of vacation.




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