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Time flies in years before high school


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Jennings County students started school Tuesday. For many parents, that meant wrestling with their kids to get them out of bed that morning. For students, it meant the end of their summer and the beginning of a new year.

Accompanying this fresh start were many questions and stresses. Freshmen at Jennings County High School typically wonder “Will I remember my locker combination?” They also ask “Where was this class again?” and “How does lunch work?”

Seventh-graders face a new experience. After six years in elementary school they’re now together with kids from all the other elementary schools in the county under new schedules, a new lunch system, a new building, the idea of having more than one teacher and those things called lockers.

What went through their minds on the first day of school? Probably questions such as “How will I find my classes?” or “Will my teachers like me?” and “How much homework will I have?”

The little, bitty kindergarteners, however, don’t know what’s coming. Sure, their parents might have tried preparing them by talking to them, or maybe preschool helped, but they just don’t get the fact that this is it for the next 12 to 13 years of their life.

Kindergarten was — had to be — the most exciting time. New friends, coloring time (complete with new crayons) and recess. Time will fly, though, and these kindergarteners will soon be in seventh-grader shoes, and then be freshmen.

I hope that, after this first year of everything, school makes a positive impact on the students and that they look forward to each new year and enjoy. Forget all the worries and just know that teachers and Jennings County School faculty will point them in the right direction.

Enjoy each year because they go by way too fast, and there is no time for worries. It all turns out just right.

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