It’s that time again. Students make their way to classes on the first day of school in Westwood.
By Daniel Curtin
Hometown Weekly Contributor
From students getting ready for their first day of sixth grade at the Thurston Middle School to seniors preparing for their last first day in the Westwood school system at the high school, Nahatan Street bustled with first-day nerves and excitement last Tuesday.
The clanging of lockers filled hallways as friends greeted each other with high fives, hugs and fist bumps. Students looked fresh in their new back-to-school clothes as they prepared for the new year of learning to begin.
In addition to it being the students first day of classes, at the middle school, it was the first day for Principal Michael Redmon.
“My focus for the year is to go through everything once as a new principal and get as much information as possible that will help me in the future,” asserted Principal Redmon. “For them, I just hope that they are successful and they have a really engaging, academic school year.”
Jen Teahan one of the sixth grade math teachers at Thurston, tries to make sure that the new kids know they are in a safe environment, while also pushing them to be the best students they can be.
“I think the transition for sixth graders is definitely a challenge, but after a few days, they definitely understand that we are here to support, keep them safe, and make sure it is a welcoming environment,” said Teahan while walking to her first class. “So I think there is an excitement embedded with the nerves, but they overcome it very quickly and it becomes their school.”
Athletic Director Matthew Gillis looks forward to the return of the students, when the dormant high school of summertime transforms itself back into the bustling hot-spot of the school season.
Katherine Clifford, a math teacher at Westwood High School, looks forward to the return of the students as she help prepare this incoming group of seniors for their next step.
“As the senior class advisor, it is fun to see the seniors come back with a fresh energy for their last year,” she said.