Englewood

Englewood students back in school

Youths in traditional and alternative schools return

Posted 8/14/17

You're going to have more choices in high school. And you're the one who has to make them.

That was one of the messages freshmen received at Englewood High School on the first day of the academic year in a gym assembly held to orient new …

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Englewood

Englewood students back in school

Youths in traditional and alternative schools return

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You're going to have more choices in high school. And you're the one who has to make them.

That was one of the messages freshmen received at Englewood High School on the first day of the academic year in a gym assembly held to orient new students.

But it wasn't all so serious on the first day of school in the Englewood Schools district. Members of Link Crew, a group of juniors and seniors who helped lead freshmen through their first day, dressed the younger students up in costumes and played hacky-sack games to get to know each other.

The nervous laughter and apprehensive cooperation so emblematic of high school was in the air in one classroom, where students stood in a circle for an activity.

“One thing you're gonna find in high school is that you're gonna meet new people and venture off with them,” one Link Crew member said.

“To help all the freshmen and guide them the right way” is why senior Arisbeth Murga decided to be a Link Crew member. “So when they need help, they know where to go to get it.”

Christian Draper, a junior, came to school early and sat in a booth in an open area to wait for the day to start.

“I'm ready for school to be almost over, for my college career to begin,” Draper said, when asked what he's looking forward to in the year. "And looking forward to meeting new people, too.”

Just down the hall, Englewood Middle School and Englewood Leadership Academy got the year underway with their own activities. The three schools are housed in the same building at 3800 S. Logan St.

“Eclipse,” a book in the “Twilight” series, sat in rows of books arranged in a classroom at Englewood Leadership Academy, which takes students from grades six through eight.

Students in those grades sat in mixed-grade tables, talking about what new students need to know and getting to know the school.

“This is your one time to be in middle school, so take advantage of what we have to offer,” teacher Julie White said.

Amanda Brunk, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher who is starting her 18th year at Englewood Middle School, said she's excited to get back on track and see “some old familiar faces come back.”

“The most challenging thing about the new school year is to get (students) back thinking academically, versus how they were very social in summer,” Brunk said.

Brunk's advice to new students to get involved in everything they can.

“Try new things,” Brunk said. “Get involved because (students) are still trying to find their passion. (Englewood Middle) is a great place to do that.”

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