Even with a long term substitute to start the 2011-12 school year, the students of Westport Central School will be very familiar with the faculty and staff that will greet them on the first day of school Thursday, Sept. 8.
“There have been no changes to the faculty and staff this year,” Superintendent Dr. John Gallagher said. “We have a long-term sub that will be filling in for a leave, but she was a student teacher last year for a semester and all of the students know her.”
Dr. Gallagher said that the first day of school will include assemblies for the elementary and high school students, along with a condensed schedule for the upper classmen.
“We really get a chance to hit on everything we want to talk with the students about,” Gallagher said. “We always look forward to making it an even better school than we had the year before. We emphasize that we have high expectations for the students as well as the teachers, and we stress behavior and a safe, orderly environment.”
Dr. Gallagher said that the school will be welcoming a new class of students in the kindergarteners as well as several new students in other grades.
“We want them to feel welcome and make sure that they know where things are,” he said.
Along with the first day of school events, the students will have a barbecue lunch for the first day of class.
There will also be a community back to school night on Tuesday, Sept. 13, starting 5:30 p.m.
“The elementary kids and parents will have an orientation at 5:30 p.m., followed by a picnic dinner,” Gallagher said. “The 7-12 students will have their food first, followed by orientation at 6 p.m.”