It was the first day of school at Imagine MASTer Academy on Wednesday, and kindergarten teacher Lesley Williams was standing in the front of class, going over classroom and hallway rules.
The basics: Raise your hand when you want to talk, listen to others and keep your arms ‘crisscross applesauce’ when you quietly walk – not run – down the hallway.
If students earned 10 points for their good behavior, Williams explained, they could win something special of their own choosing.
“What would you guys like if you win 10 points?” she asked the kids, who suggested Batman, balloons, a teddy bear and a horse.
“I want everything!” kindergartener Aiden Gass said.
“I want a thousand mp3s!” Jersey Wilson chimed in.
When Williams floated the idea of an ice cream party or double recess, the kids smiled and gasped.
Williams’ students were among the 725 students who headed back to school at Imagine MASTer on Wednesday.
School leader Jim Huth said teachers and students usually use the first day to nail down procedures, such as figuring out the lunchroom line or how to handle restroom breaks.
“The little ones are so structure-oriented,” he said. “The more routines you give them, the better they do.”
•Fort Wayne Community Schools students entering middle school will participate in a sixth-grade transition day from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The same day, students entering high school will get a taste of high school life during ninth-grade orientation at their schools from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kindergarten students and their parents will have a chance to visit their classrooms and spend time with their teachers Wednesday.
•Jennifer Brower, New Haven High School librarian, recently received the 2012 Outstanding New Media Specialist Award.
•Concordia Lutheran High School graduate Matthew Anderson was awarded a $1,000 Charles M. Cook Scholarship.
•The official move-in day for students living in campus housing is Sunday. Check-in will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Andorfer Commons. The day concludes with a Welcome Luau Party from 5:45 to 8 p.m. in Scully Square (between Pierson Center and Andorfer Commons).
•Ivy Tech Corporate College is offering a one-day intensive mobile app development and marketing course from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Student Life Center, Room SL513 on Ivy Tech’s North Campus (4900 St. Joe Rd.) The cost is $199 per person, and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 480-4118 or go to IvyTech.edu/register-now and search “Mobile App Marketing.”