FINAL PREPARATIONS                                Rebecca Brisson, a Grade 8 math and science teacher at Summerland Middle School, arranges the last items for her classroom.

FINAL PREPARATIONS Rebecca Brisson, a Grade 8 math and science teacher at Summerland Middle School, arranges the last items for her classroom.

Summerland teachers prepare for start of school year

New academic year a time of new beginnings for teachers and students

While students were still enjoying the last days of the summer, teachers in Summerland were in their classrooms last week, preparing for the new school year.

“It’s always an exciting time of year,” said Amanda Miles, a Grade 3/4 teacher at Trout Creek Elementary School as she finished setting up her classroom.

At Giant’s Head Elementary School, Donna Tracy, a Kindergarten teacher, was working to get her classroom ready.

This year, an additional Kindergarten class is in place at the elementary school.

New furniture and shelving are being installed in the school’s classroom.

For Tracy, teaching a Kindergarten classroom is a return to her teaching roots, as she taught Kindergarten in previous years.

“Early in the year, these students need lots of one-on-one support and lots of tender, loving care,” she said.

Rebecca Brisson, a Grade 8 math and science teacher, is preparing for the start of the school year.

“It’s exciting thinking about new activities to do with the kids to get them engaged with the curriculum,” she said.

Heather Rose, principal of Trout Creek Elementary School, said the start of the school year is a positive time for the teaching staff.

“It’s exciting to welcome returning students and also new students,” she said.

“September is always a time of renewal and growth. Teachers and students are feeling the anticipation.”

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SORTING BOOKS                                Amanda Miles, a Grade 3/4 teacher at Trout Creek Elementary School, organizes some of the books on the bookshelf in her classroom as she prepares for the school year.                                (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

SORTING BOOKS Amanda Miles, a Grade 3/4 teacher at Trout Creek Elementary School, organizes some of the books on the bookshelf in her classroom as she prepares for the school year. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)