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Summer Songs and Autumn SymphonyFrom the third week of June until the first week of August, the pace of school life slows from the crescendo of the final weeks of the school year.
Yes, the schools are still busy with engaged students in summer enrichment programs and camps. Sounds of laughter and delight come from children in community education programs. In buildings, polishing and cleaning equipment whirrs and hums. Noisy remodeling projects are the percussion section of summer. Such are the sounds of summer.
August begins with an overture to the new school year, gradually building to an autumn symphony. In cool early morning, the music begins with the low conversations of cross county runners along the lake. By mid-morning, tennis balls bounce from the rackets of dozens of tennis players preparing for the season. By late morning, soccer and football teams are on the fields kicking, passing, running and calling. By mid-day, in the high school auditorium a senior student teaches younger students to tap dance in preparation for fall musical auditions. In one gym, volleyballs explode off the court. In another, cheerleaders chant. In middle school band rooms, sixth graders squeak and oompah and for the first time make music.
By the third week of August, the hallways are crowded with teachers preparing classrooms, working side-by-side with maintenance staff to get the school ready. The decibel level increases at the high school campuses, where students tour and greet friends. Sixth grade students are at middle school WEB (Where Everybody Belongs) meeting their eighth grade mentors, by the end of the morning laughing and chatting confidently.
Younger children join friends at school to peek though windows at the magical transformation of classrooms. They dream and wonder about the new year - just as their parents and grandparents did in years past - and then run to the playground and loudly enjoy the last days of summer. In front of our elementary schools, families go by and kindergartners call out "That's my school!"
Days before school, the buses rev up and practice their routes. A familiar hum filters through neighborhoods. The high school percussion team finishes their final practice before the first football game.
Staff, parents, and students, our autumn symphony is almost ready to begin. Please everyone, take your places!
Dr. Michael Lovett
The White Bear Area Senior Center is a program of the White Bear Lake Area Schools Community Services & Recreation Department.
|Monday, August 12
||Regular||7 p.m.||District Center Community Room 112|
|Monday, August 26||Work-Study||5:30 p.m.||District Center Room 201|