FRESH START; ACTON OPENS SCHOOL FOR YOUNGEST KIDS.Byline: Karen Maeshiro Daily News Staff Writer
About 530 students, parents and staff celebrated the opening of the $6.2 million Meadowlark meadowlark, common North American meadow bird of the family Icteridae, also called meadow starling. Unlike other members of the family, which comprises blackbirds, grackles, orioles, and others, the meadowlark does not travel in large flocks, and it eats harmful School on Monday with flag-raising and ribbon-cutting ceremonies in front of the main entrance.
The new school, which will serve kindergarten kindergarten [Ger.,=garden of children], system of preschool education. Friedrich Froebel designed (1837) the kindergarten to provide an educational situation less formal than that of the elementary school but one in which children's creative play instincts would be through second grade, is the community's first new elementary school elementary school: see school. beyond the original Acton Elementary School, where the oldest building dates to 1938.
``I'm very excited. This is the first new school in a long time,'' said Principal Margaret Gonder, who presided over the opening day ceremonies as parents snapped pictures and videotaped the occasion.
Before Meadowlark was built, Acton Elementary School held kindergarten through sixth grade. The enrollment was 900 in a school built for 500.
Now Acton has third through sixth grades, with about 500 pupils, giving Meadowlark 530 students, Gonder said.
``We're excited about that, too. We are able to focus our work on early childhood learning,'' Gonder said.
The district's last new school was a junior high, High Desert School, which moved onto its present campus in 1991. Vasquez High School opened in 1993 on the High Desert grounds.
Vince Loporchio, 40, of Acton videotaped the grand opening ceremony. His 6-year-old son, Nicholas, is attending the first grade after going to the Acton school for kindergarten.
``I like it because it's nice. It's clean, there's no graffiti graffiti
Form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Technically the term applies to designs scratched through a layer of paint or plaster, but its meaning has been extended to other markings. , no anything,'' Loporchio said. ``(My son) wants to ride the bus. He gets to talk to all the different kids. I'm looking forward to him going to school.''
Loporchio was there with his wife, Donna, and preschool-age daughter, Rachel.
``I think it's pretty good because it's a new school,'' Nicholas said. ``I like schoolwork.''
Students at Meadowlark started three days later than other students in the district because the school was not ready to open.
School trustees felt it was better to start the children at the new school rather than at Acton and avoid transferring them a few days later, Gonder said.
The new school features a spacious stage in the multipurpose mul·ti·pur·pose
Designed or used for several purposes: a multipurpose room; multipurpose software.
Adjective room that will be used for performances by children and outside artists. ``We have a music program where artists come in to perform for students,'' Gonder said.
Gonder added that the kindergarten rooms are designed for early childhood education, with reading areas on rugs and spaces for painting and use of manipulative ma·nip·u·la·tive
Serving, tending, or having the power to manipulate.
Any of various objects designed to be moved or arranged by hand as a means of developing motor skills or understanding abstractions, especially in materials, such as counting teddy bears teddy bear
cuddly commodity named after President Theodore Roosevelt. [Am. Hist.: Frank, 46]
See : Cuteness for a math lesson.
Acton resident Jeri Arrieta, 32, has one of her six children at the new school - 5-year-old Jesse Jesse (jĕs`ē), in the Bible, the descendant of Rahab, the grandson of Boaz and Ruth, and the father of David. Referring to the restoration of the Davidic monarchy, the Book of Isaiah speaks of a shoot coming from the "stump of Jesse. , who is in the first grade.
``I think it's beautiful, It will be a nice change, It won't be as crowded. It will have large classrooms,'' said Arrieta, who brought her 1- and 2-year-old daughters along to the school opening.
PHOTO (1--Color) Meadowlark School Principal Margaret Gonder, left, helps second-grader Katrice Lassere, 7, cut the ribbon at the school's grand opening Monday in Acton.
(2--Color) Blake Wein, 6, leads the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance Pledge of Allegiance, in full, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, oath that proclaims loyalty to the United States. and its national symbol. while his first-grade teacher, Wendy Nisteros, holds the microphone microphone, device for converting sound into electrical energy, used in radio broadcasting, recording, and sound amplifying systems. Its basic component is a diaphragm that responds to the pressure or particle velocity of sound waves. for him.
(3--Color) (Ran in AV Edition only) Young pupils take their first look at Meadowlark School, which opened Monday.
(4) (Ran in AV Edition only) Kindergartners and first- and second-graders line up for their first day at the brand-new Meadowlark School in Acton on Monday.
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