Future USD 460 students got a glimpse of their classrooms on Monday, April 7 during the annualKindergarten Roundup.
The Class of 2027 will begin kindergarten with approximately 62 members, according to USD 460 Superintendent Paul Becker.
Hesston Elementary School Principal Chris Robertson is looking forward to welcoming so many new faces to school
“We were very pleased with the number of students and families in attendance at HES Kindergarten Round Up. It is a very exciting time for most students and we want the transition into kindergarten to be a positive experience,” she said.
Children taking a trial run for the day were excited about beginning the first day of school.
“I think it will be fun because I will have a desk,” said Addilyn.
Establishing relationships is one of the primary goals for kindergarten teachers, and some students will already have a leg up on making friends.
“I know one boy and one girl and we are friends,” said preschool student Oliver.
However, some kids are looking forward to school just for the fun of it.
“I like playing with the big blocks. It will be fun because I can play with the big blocks,” said Max.
Entering Kindergarten will be a slow transition for children moving from home or daycare settings into full time elementary school students.
“Students will be attending a half day kindergarten for the first 6 weeks of school as they did this past year. The morning session runs from 8 to11:00 and the afternoon session from 12:15 to 3:10,” she said.
Looking at the larger picture, enrollment will be going up for USD 460 with the incoming class.
According to Becker, there will be 57 graduating seniors in 2014.
“Current enrollment numbers are 806 Full Time Equivalency (FTE) which is up from 794 in September, but not as high as last year's 817.8 FTE,” said Becker.