Students soar into new year at McCrorey-Liston
by Kevin Boozer Staff Writer
BLAIR — As of 7 a.m. Monday, summer vacation ended for students throughout Fairfield County. At McCrorey-Liston School for Technology, several students arrived early on the first day, many with their parents dropping them off but others arrived by bus.
In addition to familiar faces and routines, there are a few changes at MLST for 2013-14, starting with the “name” the children call their principal. Instead of Mrs. Bell, they now call her Dr. Bell since Principal Chandra Bell completed her doctorate over the summer.
This year students will continue to be served breakfast at school but rather than having to go to the cafeteria to be served, they will have breakfast in their classrooms. The new breakfast procedure is expected to help with discipline issues and add time to the day since students do not have to travel from the group cafeteria setting into their classrooms early in the morning.
According to www.breakfastintheclassroom.org, studies show students eating breakfast at the start of their school day have higher math and reading scores. Breakfast improves memory and speed on cognitive tests as well as student behavior.
Adding breakfast to the classroom increases student participation in the program. This year breakfast will be served from 7:25 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. and instruction begins at 8 a.m. at MLST.
Bell reminded her students to aim high so they will achieve high. This year MLST has a theme to “soar above all expectations.” She and the faculty and staff are using their knowledge and skills to incorporate more technology into the classroom this year.
Students in grades 3 through 6 will use Google Chrome books this year after a successful district pilot program a year ago. Bell said her students will use more apps with their iPods as part of a technology initiative, too.
School resource officers were out at Kelly Miller and Fairfield Elementary in addition to McCrorey Liston to monitor driver behavior, direct traffic and interact with the children. Though there were a few tears from children as they started the day, the majority of the 194 MLST students were excited to return to school, see their friends, get to know their teachers and begin a new year.
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