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September marks beginning of new school year for area students

Nearly 70 fifth-grade students from Oak and Bailey elementary schools visited the Stone Ledge Sculpture Garden in Plattsburgh on Friday, June 14. The students toured the grounds and made their own temporary installation pieces, which became part of the sculpture garden.

Nearly 70 fifth-grade students from Oak and Bailey elementary schools visited the Stone Ledge Sculpture Garden in Plattsburgh on Friday, June 14. The students toured the grounds and made their own temporary installation pieces, which became part of the sculpture garden.

— There will be a collective sigh across the North Country this week as students, parents and school faculty members catch the final breaths of summer and gain enthusiasm for the upcoming school year.

“We’re excited for everyone to come back and we’re ready to get back to work in our schools,” said Chazy Rural School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein.

At Chazy, Brimstein said students will be welcomed with a lot of energy from new staff members.

“We had a fair amount of staff members choose to retire last year because of the incentive,” Brimstein said.

New Staff members include: Karen Rock in Business; Rosemary Manchester in English Language Arts; Alessandra DeLucas ESL; Matt Warren teaching English Language Arts; John Clemons teaching Math; Greg Badger teaching Art; Megan Yonteff Teaching Music; Dan VanNederynen Teaching Assistant; Holly Parks Teaching Assistant; Mike Petrone teaching Technology; Aubrey Fulton teaching French; Carrie Lamora teaching Business; Vicki Tedford teaching Health, and Alexis Agnew Teaching Assistant.

Brimstein said new substitutes also include Scott Tarbox, Chad Duprey and Jaclyn Sullivan.

“The new faculty members will go through a yearlong program working together so they can become the best teachers they could be,” Brimstein said. “The existing staff members will come in and do focus groups too so they can learn as a group about the computer systems, brainstorm teaching practices that are working and those that aren’t — it’s a simple program to help everyone learn a whole new system.”

Staff and students will also be welcomed with the familiar image of the clock tour, but with a surprise this year.

“Our clock tour will be up and ticking!” Fairchild said. The clock tour, which Brimstein said hasn’t worked in many years, will be a symbolic gesture for “getting things working” he said.

The building has also undergone extensive construction over the summer.

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