8/21/2019 3:00:00 PM Windom school year starts Monday
The 2019-20 school year gets underway Monday for students and staff at Windom Area Schools. That's an earlier start than what the district has experienced the past couple of school years and similar to the district's Flexible Learning Year school opening.
No, Windom hasn't gone back to the FLY schedule.
Windom's pre-Labor Day start was prompted by construction on the new Windom Area Elementary School. The early start will allow an early end to the school year and a longer summer for construction.
In fact, Windom is likely to start the 2020-21 school year later than the Tuesday after Labor Day to allow for last-minute completion and classroom set-up.
But first things, first.
The 2019-20 school year opens Monday for students in grades 4-12 at Windom Area Middle High School. Students in grades K-3 at Winfair Elementary will start the year Wednesday, Aug. 28., following two days of entrance conferences.
New Windom Area Middle High School Principal Bryan Joyce says Monday will be a slightly different schedule for students.
"The first day, we're going to get kids in and get them settled,"says Joyce, who moves from dean of students/social studies teacher to replacing Jake Tietje, who took a similar principal position in his hometown of Fairmont. "We're going to do a little kickoff in the gym and introduce our staff and then get everybody with their home room teachers.
"Then we'll get them to their home rooms and they'll get their iPads right away."
Home room teachers will help students log into their email and make sure they are ready for the school year.
"Then we're going to go through the eight periods of the day so they can see all their teachers and identify where their classes are," Joyce continues. "Then we'll close the day back in home room.
"Then we'll be on the A/B block schedule - A on Tuesday/Thursday and B on Wednesday/Friday."
To learn more about Windom's adoption of block scheduling and other back-to-school stories about Windom Area Schools, see the stories in the Aug. 21 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands today.