Erik Ramstad Middle School students enjoyed a day of firsts on Monday as they settled into their brand new school.
"It's nice," said eighth-grader Sydni Martin, who said she likes the spacious Family and Consumer Science classroom the best.
Sydni was a sixth-grader in the fall of 2011 and has never attended a traditional middle school. The old Ramstad was destroyed by the catastrophic Souris River flood in the summer of 2011. The new school has been under construction in northwest Minot since last year and was finally completed this fall.
Sara Koble registered Morgan Kunkel and her stepsister Rylie Koble for the sixth grade at Erik Ramstad Middle School on Monday, and Lori Lawson helped them arrange for a tour of the
Eighth-graders Dallas Clark and Sydni Martin are pictured on the first day of school.
Students are already noticing big differences between their new school and the Municipal Auditorium.
Sydni said kids never had a place to keep their books or school materials when they were at the auditorium and had to keep everything in backpacks, but at the new Ramstad they have school lockers.
School lunch was in the gymnasium in the auditorium; at the new school, there is more room for the cafeteria and it is more clearly designated as such. The school band room is also better equipped.
"I like this better (than the Auditorium)," said Sydni.
Eighth-grader Dallas Clark, who began attending Ramstad as a seventh-grader, said he likes the large new gymnasium the best.
For other Ramstad students, there were even more firsts.
Sara Koble was in the school office on Monday arranging for Morgan Kunkel and her stepsister Rylie Koble to be given a tour of their new school. Earlier, Koble had registered the girls for the sixth grade. The family moved to Minot from Watford City, so Morgan and Rylie are used to a much smaller school.
Though they looked a little nervous, the girls said they were also looking forward to getting a look at the school.