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Gaels are back to class

St. Edmond schools start 2011-12 year

August 24, 2011
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS - Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

St. Edmond Catholic Schools had its first day Tuesday, welcoming students new to the school and welcoming back familiar faces.

Candi Streit, a second grade teacher at St. Edmond Elementary, was one of many teachers who had been working daily, preparing in the weeks leading up to the day. Streit said the first day of school was "really exciting."

"The children are really excited and happy to be back," she said. "We got a lot accomplished. It was fun. It was a good day."

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Candi Streit, a second grade teacher at St. Edmond Elementary School, leads her class outside Tuesday at the end of their first day.

The teachers weren't the only ones who enjoyed the first day of school. The students equally showed their delight.

Grace Stackhouse, 10, was one of many who had fun being back at school.

"It was a lot of fun," she said. "I met a lot of new people."

Stackhouse and her little brother, Jack Stackhouse, 9, recently moved to Fort Dodge and for both it was their first day at the school.

Anna Fiorello, a junior, also enjoyed her first day at St. Edmond Senior High.

"It was kind of long, but good," she said. "I saw friends that I know from here. It was fun."

Janet Wade, St. Edmond Senior High resource and Christian services teacher, said her first day at the senior high went smoothly and well.

"It's fun to be back," she said.

Wade was formerly a teacher at St. Edmond Middle School, but is now teaching at the senior high.

"It was really fun to have seniors," she said. "See how they've grown, see the kids that I had that were middle-schoolers now very adult young ladies and gentlemen."

Dr. Tim Barry, St. Edmond Catholic Schools president, said 2011-12 will be an exciting year for the schools. Highlights will include the start of its one-on-one program in December, when its senior high students will each be given a laptop, and the implementation of another year of its strategic plan.

"Most importantly is the growth that takes place for our students," he said. "The growth of our entire academic community always revolves around the school year, so this is the beginning of what I refer to as an adventure in learning. For all of us it's a renewal, a new beginning, and we're anxious to get started."

Barry greeted all of the students Tuesday and met with many parents. He was pleased that there were no mishaps reported.

"It's more of a day of adjustment than anything else," he said. "You got to get kids into a routine, ease them back into school, protocol."

Tuesday was also Barry's first day of school as president, having joined its administration earlier this summer. He said the day was exciting.

"It's something about the school environment. It's full of ritual," he said. "During the year, even though it has its emotions and all that stuff, you see that growth taking place. We're graduating young citizens of tomorrow. It's an amazing metamorphosis."

Contact Brandon L. Summers at (515) 573-2141 or



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