Adams Central opens new elementary to students
Teachers, students and parents were all excited for the first day of school at the new Adams Central Elementary school which held classes for the first time on Tuesday.
Despite the rainy weather, students came through the doors with smiles on their faces ready to start the new school year in the brand new building.
Principal Allyson Bohlen said it’s hard to describe just how happy she is to start classes in this new school, but says the excitement is shared not only by staff but parents as well.
"It's a pretty amazing feeling. It's a joy from within, it was really exciting to see how many families brought their kids in for pictures excited for school. Even though it was raining this morning they were happy to be here," Bohlen said.
Part of that excitement comes from every elementary program finally being under one roof. Previously, Adams Central Public School District operated three elementary schools in Wallace, Juniata and at Adams Central East.
Bohlen felt that combining their elementary resources under one roof was essential to providing her students a complete education experience.
"Well bringing everybody together, we were always a single classroom per grade level at all of our previous sites so that meant there was very little collaboration between same grade teachers," Bohlen said.
The new school features "pods" of same grade classrooms that act as their own mini–schools for each grade.
Everything about the new school is geared to take advantage of modern teaching techniques and classroom technology.
The school even comes equipped with a special lighting system to help kids with specific activities.
"Also each one of our classrooms in our pods have very unique research based lighting. So at the touch of a button a teacher can change the lighting and atmosphere of their room. So we have lighting for reading, lighting for testing, special lighting for changing the mood, to increase the energy in the room or decrease the energy in the room," Bohlen said.
The changes to Adams Central Schools aren't done just yet, with the next big step for the school district being the opening of its preschool in Juniata next week.