Even with the construction going on at the Charleston Elementary School, the first week of school went very smoothly.

I appreciate the community working with the district during this elementary construction phase, Jeff Stubblefield, Charleston School Superintendent, said. “Everyone is working hard to navigate through this transition. We are all looking forward to a November completion date.”

 Even with the construction going on at the Charleston Elementary School, the first week of school went very smoothly.

    I appreciate the community working with the district during this elementary construction phase, Jeff Stubblefield, Charleston School Superintendent, said.  “Everyone is working hard to navigate through this transition.   We are all looking forward to a November completion date.”

 Elementary School construction includes completely remodeling and enlarging the Elementary Library. Other improvements at the elementary school include improvements the kindergarten building as well as the administration, nurse and counselors offices and an enlarged teacher work area. All of the hallways will also be enclosed.

  Once completed the exterior of the elementary school will resemble the Charleston Middle School.

The construction is scheduled to be finished around Thanksgiving.

  The school’s administration said much of the credit of the great start of the new year goes to having well prepared teachers and staff, as well as cooperative and excited  students.

  The first week of school went great, Shane Storey, High School Principal, said. “Much of the success can be attributed to the fact that the teachers and staff have come to school well prepared.”

    We have had an exciting start at the Middle School, Melissa Moore, Charleston Middle School Principal, said. “Our teachers have worked very hard preparing for this year, and it is always rewarding to me to see the excitement that our students have this first week of the school year.”

  I really appreciate the patience shown by our parents as they negotiated the first week of school parking and traffic issues,  Bruce Womack, Elementary Principal said.

  Sharon Sharpe fourth grade teacher at Charleston Elementary stated, "I thought this first week of school would really be hectic and crazy because of the elementary construction. But, actually it went really smooth.  I also have been blessed with a great bunch of fourth graders thriving to learn! Which is always a teacher's dream."

  Her students agreed. School is amazing so far, Jayger Rainwater said. “I never want to leave.”

  The first week of school was awesome, David McKamie added.  “I think my teacher, Mrs. Sharpe, is funny and smart.”

 Peyton Haney exclaimed, “My first week of school was awesome.  We got to do some cool things.”  Mrs. Efurd gave us our ACT aspire scores, and I was proud of mine, Peyton said. “I also like my new class and teacher, Mrs. Sharpe.”

  Everyone at Charleston Elementary was excited to see the progress on our construction project,  Karren Efurd, Elementary School Counselor, said.  “Glidewell Construction has been working all summer to enclose our hallways and build a new entrance to our school. We have 399 wonderful students at Charleston Elementary.”

  Things are exciting in the elementary school, Terry Crowley, Reading Recovery, Charleston Elementary School, said.  “There are lots of new faces with the new students and kindergarteners.” It seems to be going smoothly with all the construction going on and the students seem to be adjusting well, Mrs. Crowley, a National Board Certified Teacher, said.  “We are all excited about the remodeled CES library and are very proud of it. All the teachers and students are looking forward to a great year at CES.”

  Although we are "under construction" here at CES, the 2016-2017 school year has started off great, Rachel Stewart, Charleston first grade teacher, said. “The students were eager to get back in the classroom and have adjusted well to all the changes being made in the elementary.”

 First grade students all read stories about first day jitters then got to make and drink Jitter Juice to help our butterflies fly away from being a little nervous on the first day of school, Mrs. Stewart said.

  The first week of school is flying by so quickly, brimming with lots of new friendly faces and buzzing with excitement, first year Charleston Special Education teacher, Emily Hudson said.  “Meeting and getting to know the students and staff is energizing, and I am looking forward to a great year.”

  Charleston Kindergarten teacher Marcella Shelby said she had a great first week. “I have a wonderful bunch of children and looking forward to this year.”

 Usually I fret and worry about the first week of school, but this first week has gone very smoothly, Charleston fourth grade teacher, Ashley West said. “I have a wonderful group of students in my class, and I know this is going to be a wonderful year.”

  The first week of school was great, fourth grade student, Jacob Grist  said. “We did a lot of fun things.  I hope it goes like this all year.  I have already learned a lot in fourth grade.”

  My first week of school was awesome, Caryn Foust said.  “I am new to Charleston, so I am learning the basics. I am doing great so far.  I love my new school, and I love Mrs. West.”

  The first week of school was a blast, Carson Croff, said.  “I feel like I am home in fourth grade.  I love my teacher, she is the best.   We did several fun activities this week.”

  My first week in fourth grade was great, Azonael Thompson said. “I like my new teacher, Mrs. West. We have done many fun things this week that were educational.”

  High School Counselor, Milinda Wisdom and High school Secretary, Sunny Moore agreed that everything had gone well the first week. “All of our teachers were prepared and our students are doing well.”

  Everyone has been issued a chromebook and our 9th grade students seem to be settling in, Mrs. Wisdom added.  “We've welcomed 30 new students this year.

We've had a busy week in the library training new staff and logging students onto their Chromebooks, Jennifer McDonald  Charleston High School Media Specialist said. “Students started checking out library books on the very first day.”

This has been one of the smoothest first weeks I can remember, basketball coach, B. J. Ross said.