Schools waiting for students’ return

MDN photograph Back to school not only means a return to the classroom but is a time to reunite with friends and play competitive athletics throughout North Dakota.

It’s back to school time!

Well, not quite. But soon. Minot Public Schools and Bishop Ryan Catholic School open their doors for the 2017-18 school year on Thursday, Aug. 24.

A check with Robert Martin, assistant principal at Minot High’s Magic City Campus, revealed that teachers have been working hard the past several days at getting ready for the upcoming school year. Martin is among those eagerly anticipating the first day of school.

“It’s exciting. Absolutely,” said Martin. “We can’t wait to get kids in here.”

Across town a similar effort is under way at Bishop Ryan, a kindergarten through 12th grade facility.

“We’re just super excited to get the kids back here,” said Jaimie Brunner, enrollment marketing director.

Although exact enrollment numbers won’t be known until a few days after school starts, Martin said he expects the number of students at Magic City Campus to reach slightly over 900.

“About where we normally are,” said Martin.

At Bishop Ryan it is anticipated that enrollment will be up slightly from a year ago.

“It’s a good trend for us,” explained Brunner. “We are going to be up again a little bit this year. Right now up about 10 students in K-12.”

Students will notice some changes at Bishop Ryan when they arrive Aug. 24. School offices have been shifted around, two new classrooms and a computer lab have been added. Also, a major change in the curriculum is the expansion of Latin classes.

“Our students are going to be learning a lot of Latin. We had a really good time with that and now we’re introducing it across the board through high school,” said Brunner. “Latin is fundamental for so many languages. It incorporates a basis to learn all kinds of languages.”

Much of what’s new at Magic City Campus for the upcoming school year is happening behind the scenes. Teachers will be sharing knowledge and techniques through a variety of professional learning opportunities in an effort to bring the best learning practices possible into the classroom.

“We want our kids to enjoy school,” said Martin. “Just work hard, have fun and enjoy the experience.”

Our Redeemer’s Christian School will get the jump on other city schools by beginning its school year Wednesday, Aug. 23, one day prior to the first day at Minot Public Schools and Bishop Ryan.

A sure sign of fall and back to school is football. It is also one of the first opportunities for students to show support for their teams, get to know each other away from the classroom and enjoy extra-curricular activities.

Minot High opens its football season with a home game against West Fargo on Friday, Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. Our Redeemer’s co-ops with Lewis and Clark for football and opens against Garrison-Max the same evening. Bishop Ryan’s football team takes to the field at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 against Southern McLean County at Minot State’s Herb Parker Stadium.