Students in the River Valley are getting back to class Monday (Aug.18). With the school supplies shopping now finished, students at Tilles Elementary School were back in the classroom Monday after having a couple of months off for summer break.
Teachers at Tilles Elementary School teach kindergarten through sixth grade. Many of the teachers said they have prepared for this day, all summer long. "I've been ready since probably the second week school was out," said Lana Neumeier who teaches at Tilles Elementary School. According to fifth grade teacher Rhonda Jurgens,"They are so sweet, they just want to hug you and can't wait to meet you."
From getting all the desks cleaned up and organized to decorating the bulletin boards, teachers said the first day of school is the most important. According to Neumeier,"The first day of school you want them to fell welcome right when the come in. Fun activities and surveys were what teachers have planned so the students can "get to know everyone."
"Maybe an interest inventory," said Neumeier. "Some kind of survey to see what your students are interested in is the most important way to reach out to them." Neumeier has been teaching for years and said she loves being able to meet new students every year. "You have the opportunity to change lives and to meet new people, and I love to see new students because learning is never ending," said Neumeier.
Also back in school Monday in the River Valley, students in Van Buren, Alma, Ozark, and Greenwood.