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Knights ready for new school year

With school beginning on Wednesday the staff and faculty of Farmington R-7 are preparing for an exciting new year.

“The beginning of school is always an exciting and hectic time,” said Superintendent Matt Ruble. “Between the end of school and then the end of summer school in June there are a ton of things that have to be done to prepare the buildings for the upcoming year.”

In addition to preparing the buildings – which includes fresh paint, floors being waxed, and in the case of the high school the addition of new science lab where the music classrooms once were located – the district worked tirelessly through the summer months training new employees.

“Throughout the summer we held different teacher work days to update the district’s assessment,” said Shana Turner director of elementary education. “Our new to Farmington staff started on Aug. 4 for a three day orientation.”

According to Turner, teachers were not the only members of the district returning for special events during the summer hiatus.

“We also held an administrative retreat on Aug. 3,” Turner said. “It was a day of team building and leadership planning for our admin team.”

During the new school year, Turner said, the district will continue to same theme from the previous years, “Lead by Example,” for its staff and students.

When the school year begins the district will be continue with tried and true programs while also introducing some new ones.

“The district will continue to have its four areas … safety, technology, academics and character education,” Turner said. “We will also be continuing ‘Project Lead the Way’ for K-12. A new science series has been adopted by the district to be used this year as well.”

To kick off the school year the district held open house on Aug. 10.

“Our employees work very hard during the summer months but that certainly doesn’t take away from the enthusiasm of starting another school year,” Ruble said. “Working with our students and parents to support them throughout the educational year is our goal and something we look forward to each year.”

At three of the schools new principals have joined the district. 

Summer break will come to an end Aug. 16 when the district welcomes back students for the official beginning of a new school year.

“On the first day of school there is a whole multitude of emotions,” said Kim Johnson, the principal at Truman Kindergarten Center. “Kids are excited to meet their teacher, other new students, to go to lunch or PE for the very first time. It is all new to them and it’s the start of a new adventure.”

Only two days after the start of school the high school’s varsity football team will hold its first home game of the year. This year the grid iron Knights will face the Fox High School Warriors for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Haile Memorial Stadium.

The Knights will be home once again when they battle with rival North County on Aug. 25. In addition to playing for school pride and bragging rights for a full year, the two teams will also be playing to raise money for heart disease awareness as the “Walk to Tackle” heart disease will be held prior to that game.

Homecoming comes to Farmington a bit early this year. Scheduled for Sept. 29, it will begin with a parade through the historic downtown corridor. Later that evening the Knights will host the Potosi High School Trojans. The homecoming queen and king will be named at the half-time break.

The district will enjoy a five day break in November when students and faculty will be on holiday from Nov. 22-26. Classes will resume on Nov. 27.

And the district will begin a 16-day holiday on Dec. 20 and run through Jan. 3, returning back to school on Jan. 4.

For more information on the district activities, or for other questions regarding school matters, contact the district office at 573-701-1300 or visit the district’s website at fsdknights.com.

With the Farmington School District getting ready to start school on Aug. 16, parents and students attend registration and open house. Here a parent arrives at Roosevelt Elementary to register her children for the 2017-2018 school year. 

With the Farmington School District getting ready to start school on Aug. 16, parents and students attend registration and open house. Here a parent arrives at Roosevelt Elementary to register her children for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Farmington School District faculty members gather together to discuss the upcoming school year after this year's first district-wide staff meeting on Aug. 9.

Farmington School District faculty members gather together to discuss the upcoming school year after this year’s first district-wide staff meeting on Aug. 9.

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at cvaughn@farmingtonpressonline.com

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