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Teachers beginning their time at CCS include, from left, Michelle Williams, Beth Bonne, Sheryl Curtis, Paige Milner, Nathan Gaswick, Randall Longoria and Lori Klooz. (Johnson Publications photo)

Teachers, staff preparing for new school year

First day of classes at CCS start Tuesday

Teachers at Chase County Schools (CCS) had training for the new math curriculum last Thursday and an in-service on Friday.
“A presenter from the Pearson company came and helped (K-5) teachers through the teacher’s guide,” K-6 Principal Becky Odens said. “They went over the pacing of the lessons,” she added.
Teachers in grades 6-12 watched webinars for their training.
Other curriculum updates  as a new school year begins include updated technology with iPads for K-8 students and the doubling of language arts instructional time for grades 5-8.
The iPads are on a full 1-to-1 ratio, “but seventh grade is when students are able to take them home and out of the building,” 7-12 Principal Jon Lechtenberg said.
One change for the 2019-20 school year is the dismissal times on Fridays.
“We won’t have early outs on Fridays this year,” Odens said.
On the first day of school Tuesday, students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m., with all class periods shortened. “That was so they will have all their classes, just a shorter amount of time,” Odens said.
Odens is entering her fifth year as principal.
Odens said teachers and staff are excited for the new school year.
“We’re ready. Teachers are in the building working hard and getting the classrooms ready,” she said.
Lechtenberg is excited for the new year, as well.
“I’m pumped,” he said. “It’s been really fun. The kids are starting to come in to look at schedules and for sports practices,” he added. “It’s fun to get back to seeing kids in the building.”
Lechtenberg is starting his second year at CCS.

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