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September 5, 2013

'Always an adventure'

Students at NT, City of Tonawanda districts head back to school

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Tonawanda News — The year is not without its challenges. This marks the first full year districts throughout the state (and United States) are adopting the new, more narrowly focused standards for learning called Common Core.

Matyevich said the school is ready. 

“We just have to work smarter,” she said. “We’ve been studying data from last year and trying to look at what we need. Just trying to refine what we’re doing.”

As the school day ended at Fletcher Elementary School in the City of Tonawanda, Lucille Bauer, 9, talked about her first day of fourth grade with her mom, Melissa Guido, while showing off her new shoes and Tinker Bell bag.

Bauer admitted that fourth grade is “a little harder, we do harder math and reading. But I love it.”

Guido said her daughter couldn’t wait to go back to class.

“We love the Tonawanda School District,” she said. “They’re great. It’s a wonderful city.”

As the building slowly emptied, Fletcher Principal John McKenna, who waited outside making sure students were safely on their buses, said the first day back had gone well.

“It’s always an adventure,” he said. “Let’s put it that way. The kids were very excited to come back to school and it’s good to see. I like that enthusiasm.

“They enjoy getting back to class, they enjoy seeing their friends. It’s great to see how they all get back to it very fast.”

Classes at schools in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda district, as well as at many local Catholic schools, start today.

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