Wagoner students head back to school


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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 8/08/2013 12:20 pm Published: 8/08/2013 12:10 pm


Students in Wagoner headed back to school Thursday and at one early elementary school that mean some first day jitters.

Ellington Elementary School ranges from pre-kindergarten through first grade. The school’s Vice Principal, Brian Hummingbird, says that create a unique first day experience.

“The first day of school there’s a lot of people who get dropped off by their parents because this is an early elementary school, and they miss their babies.”

He tells FOX23 News there about 500 students enrolled. With a full staff, he says the first day got off without a hitch. But with some students as young as four years old, many experiencing their first day of school ever, he says it was a bit emotional.

“They tug on your heart string a lot,” Hummingbird began. “The little ones, they cry for their parents some. And also the parents are very distraught about dropping their babies off. “

According to Hummingbird, the first two days will help get students adjusted to be back in the classroom, and on Monday they’ll hit the ground running.

But starting school in the August heat can present another problem.

“No matter where you are in Oklahoma in August when it gets to be 100 degrees it’s hot.”

As a precaution, Hummingbird tells us faculty and staff are trained to identify the signs of heat exhaustion. And when the temperatures spikes too high, we found out there are procedures in place.

“The school will make the decision on whether we have an inside recess day.”

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