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Students return to school

By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Students in the Huntington County Community Schools corporation returned to school after being off for the past two weeks for Christmas break.

Chuck Werth, Crestview Middle School principal, said it is exciting to have the students back and it is a fresh start.

“The kids and teachers have been working hard and we are looking to build on that and we talk to the kids about growing and improving,” Werth said.

Winter sports are going on at the school currently including basketball, swimming and wrestling.

The school is practicing for its musical that will be performed in March.

Crestview partners with the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA to offer a Power Club that is physical activity and learning about cooking and health classes.

“It’s always exciting to be back and it’s the middle of the year but the start of a new semester,” Werth said.

The school enrolled seven new students Tuesday.

Peter Kitchen, computer applications class eighth-grade teacher at Crestview, said it is good to get back into a routine.

“Students in this class learn basic keyboarding skills and how to work on Microsoft Word and Power Point,” Kitchen said.

He said as they get jobs they find they will need word processing and Excel skills.

Laura Sharp dropped her son, Levi Williams, sixth grade, off at school.

“I had a good break and had fun playing but I’m glad to see my teachers and friends,” Williams said.

Laura said it has been a nice long break, but she is glad to have her son back in school, so she can have time to herself.

Lisa Leising, essential skills class teacher, said the students learn about life and academic skills.

“Everyone is ready to be back and I’m excited to start the second semester,” Leising said.

The students are participating in a unit about the jungle and watched a video about plant life and the weather.

Students and staff at Flint Springs Elementary School were equally excited to return to school from break.

Aimee Lunsford, principal, said the staff looks forward to see the student’s smiling faces. Plans now call for a celebration of the arts shoe on April 20.

“It highlights what students have done all year in art and music,” Lunsford said.

The school’s choir will perform Lion King Jr. in conjunction with a dinner.

Olivia Kemp, first-grader, said she was glad to return to school.

“I like math and learning about new things and seeing my teacher and friends,” Kemp said.

Carrie Boxell, first-grade teacher, said she was excited to see the kids and it felt like a long break.

“We are celebrating the new year and talking about resolutions and they wrote a thank you card in writing workshop about presents they received for Christmas,” Boxell said.