The Edgemont School year got its unofficial start on Sunday, September 4th when the senior class showed up dressed in white to paint the roads in the Edgemont High School parking lot. This long-standing tradition is a rite of passage for the senior class. Students enjoy painting their own clothes just as much as they enjoy painting the roads in the parking lot. The senior parking lot area by the school gyms was spray painted with colorful graffiti, most proudly portraying the class's graduating year: 2012. Before and after group shots were taken of the senior class for later use in their yearbook. Afterwards, completely covered in paint, kids went out for lunch together. It was a great way for the senior class to kick off their last year in Edgemont.
This year, Edgemont schools do not all start classes on the same day as they have in the past. The Edgemont Junior Senior High School starts on Wednesday, September 7th but the Greenville and Seely Place elementary schools will start on Thursday, September 8th. Teachers at both elementary schools will spend Wednesday in an all-day math curriculum training session on the new math program.
Seventh graders will have their orientation, traditionally called "On Deck Day," on Tuesday, September 6th. "On Deck Day" is the final step in theses student’s transition to the junior high from the elementary schools. Seventh graders are shown to their lockers and escorted through their class schedule by 8th grade tour guides to reduce anxiety on opening day. The 90-minute orientation sessions ends with ice cream for all.
On a more serious note, a lot of work and renovations occurred at the high school during the summer outlined in an email that parents received from the administration last week. The "A" building got a new roof and new windows were installed in the “A” and "C" buildings. .Meanwhile the "B" building had several science labs restored. Most of the work has been completed but some classes will have to be relocated during the first week of school to allow for the completion of the construction punch list. Along with the facilities renovations, the school's eChalk system was also updated and improvements were made to the wireless capability at all three schools. Updates to the school's technology infrastructure were made possible by a gift from the Edgemont School Foundation.