Private school students return to the classroom

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 22, 2012

SALISBURY — With school supplies, smiles and a fresh spirit, Salisbury Academy students returned to school Wednesday with a half day of classes.
Regular schedules begin today for first- through eighth- graders and Monday for junior kindergarten and kindergarten students.
Head of School Diane Fisher stood outside in the carpool line and greeted the student body.
“I love being able to see our students in the morning especially at this time of year,” she said. “Everyone is so excited and the year holds all kinds of new opportunities for each and every student.”
Students began the day with morning meetings where they shared stories of summer activities and discussed plans for the new school year.
Each student shared something to promote new friendships and renew old ones.
The faculty also took part in the activities. New schedules, new technology and new teachers were all introduced.
Highlights of the day included junior kindergarten and kindergarten students learning from a scavenger hunt to familiarize them with the school. Lower and middle school students participated in team-building activities in the gym.
Salisbury Academy provides child-centered education to a diverse student body of junior kindergarteners through eighth-graders.
The co-educational, independent school is a member of the Core Knowledge Network and Foundation, North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools.
This year, curriculum will include Spanish, computer, library, music, physical education and art enhancement classes. Students at the Academy benefit from experiential learning with several field trips throughout the year.
Activities on Salisbury Academy’s calendar for this school year include Battle of the Books, Math Counts: Math Competition Team, N.C. Ecological Studies, Duke University Talent Identification program Talent Search, chapel assemblies, Grandperson’s Day, NC Heritage Day, WinterBloom, KidsBloom, and the annual golf tournament.
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About 250 students started class at Sacred Heart Catholic School on Wednesday.
There are 22 full-time and seven part-time teachers employed at the school, which serves pre-kindergarten through eighth-graders.
The school offers advanced curriculum in language arts, math, science, social studies and computer technology.
Religion, Spanish, handwriting, art and music classes are also taught.