School’s back! Dexter’s students, teachers kick off a new year this week

Creekside Intermediate School Principal Tammy Reich has one consistent thought about the first day of school: “It’s my favorite day of the year,” she says.

Folks in the main office of several Dexter Community Schools agreed that the day was hectic but fun, and they love seeing the kids come back.

It was Creekside special education teacher Gary Puhl’s first day of teaching in Dexter.

Gary Puhl.
Gary Puhl.

“It’s going to be an exciting year,” he said. “I spent three years teaching special education in East Detroit and needed a change. I’m looking forward to getting to know the kids, the families and the staff.”

Tara Basso, a secretary for the special education department at Creekside, said things were off to a great start.

“I love the energy in the building on the first day,” she said.

It was fifth-grader Quinn Hilla’s first day at Creekside.

“It’s a little scary, but it’s fun getting to change schools every two years,” said Quinn.

Sixth-grader Jonathon Adamczyk said he was happy to be back at school.

“I really like meeting all my classmates,” he said.

Quinn Hilla and Jonathan Adamczyk quickly got back into the swing of school Tuesday morning at Creekside.
Quinn Hilla and Jonathan Adamczyk quickly got back into the swing of school Tuesday morning at Creekside.

At Cornerstone Elementary School, Principal Craig McCalla talked to students assembled in the cafeteria about important procedures.

“We need to walk and use inside voices in the hallways,” McCalla told them. “Don’t put hands on the walls, and respect other people’s stuff. If we see trash, pick it up and throw it away.”

McCalla led the students outside to practice staying safe while getting to their school buses.

“I don’t want you walking in the parking lots,” he warned the students.

Parents were also excited about the first day as many of them came to pick up their children, arriving and queuing up their vehicles well before the half-day dismissal. Parent Jordan Biga leisurely walked with her toddler to the Cornerstone entranceway.

“I have a second grader and a kindergartner,” she said. “The kindergartner was very excited when he got to school and recognized some kids from T-ball. My second-grader has special needs and has a para pro. I feel good leaving him in their capable hands. He gave me a smile when I left him. We are very comfortable here.”

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