Back to school

Webster City students prepared on Monday for the start of the school year as local schools hosted open houses.

Those students, along with their families, visited Webster City Middle School, Pleasant View Elementary School and Sunset Heights Elementary School on the last day of summer break.

Pleasant View Elementary School Principal Mindy Mossman was at the school as families came and went on Monday afternoon. At the open house, students met their teachers and families received information about the school year, including busing schedules. Mossman said it was an exciting, busy day for school staff and faculty.

“We just look forward to meeting the kids,” Mossman said. “That’s what the best part of tonight is.”

Mossman noted that the first day of kindergarten is different for boys and girls. Today, only girls will be in attendance. Then, only boys will go to school for kindergarten on Wednesday. Both boys and girls will then attend classes together following those days. She also said that preschool for four-year-old children begins next week.

Mossman also said that when parents bring their children to school or pick them up, they should follow the route of Des Moines Street to Brewer Street then north on Willson Avenue. She said transportation for the school goes smoothly when all parents follow that route.

Students at Sunset Heights Elementary School also met with their teachers and prepared for the school year. Principal Chuck Bonjour said new students will likely take part in this year’s iPad rollout on Monday next week, but the date is not yet confirmed.

At the beginning of the school year last year, Bonjour said there were few rooms to use at Sunset Heights Elementary School due to continuing summer construction. This year, Bonjour said it’s a relief to not have any major projects spilling over into the school year.

“This is exciting. The building is ready, pretty much everything is ready to go,” Bonjour said. “I’m fired up.”

As school buses and students take to the streets today, Webster City Mayor Doug Getter urged motorists to be mindful. At Monday’s meeting of the City Council of Webster City, he said walking or biking students may not be careful while crossing the road, so drivers should be extra cautious near schools and before or after the school day.