Back to the books

After nearly three weeks away from their textbooks, teachers and classmates, local students piled back into their classrooms Thursday to finish up the end of the semester.

Getting back into the school day routine can be a challenge for students in any grade, and Middle School Principal Wes Newland said it is especially difficult for the younger students.

“We try to get the kids back in the door and make them feel comfortable get them started on a welcoming note,” Newland said.

Newland said many students tend to have anxieties in a school setting, and it is not limited to testing.

“Coming back after a long weekend, summer break, and I can see the same kiddos who are anxious about change,” Newland said, noting how that challenge can carry on throughout life, even as adults in the work setting.

While those who are “fortunate enough to be an educator” stay busy over the break, Newland said the strain of coming back to school will hit adults, as well.

“Teachers are just like our kids — we’re big kids,” Newland said. “When we have all that time away, our schedule stretches out.”

He said getting used to the early morning routine can be difficult, especially after the recent 19-day school winter break.

“Practice makes perfect. If you stop what you’re doing on a day-to-day basis, you get out of practice,” Newland said. “It takes awhile to shake off the rust and get back into routine.”

Newland said he, along with the guidance counselors and teachers, work with the students to get them back on track.

“One of the best avenues to working with kids and anybody is to develop a relationship with them — know their tendencies and patterns,” Newland said.

For the full story, see the Friday, Jan. 10 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.