As the 2001-2002 school year ends, it is time to look back at some of the more memorable moments. The first day was amazingly calm with all 700-plus students in their classrooms by 8:35 a.m.; truly remarkable.
Thanks go to all of the support staff including playground aides, custodians, secretaries and cafeteria aides for making that happen. The calm was broken by the events of Sept. 11. Bomb threats and evacuations frightened our students even more than media broadcasts. We are grateful to Pastor Deinert and the members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church for providing a cool, safe place for our students to wait for parents or to go back to class.
Open house in an auditorium filled with parents featured third-grade students singing "God Bless America" standing in front of a flag made from the hand prints of second-grade students.
October brought the annual Halloween carnival. For the first time in many years, it was again a teacher, parent, community event. Teachers gave their time to work in the booths, local 4-H clubs, churches and the high school participated. It was enjoyed by all and helped ensure a safe Halloween for our children.