LJ Bell ready to welcome 560 students

By Patricia Davis

ROCKINGHAM — L.J. Bell Elementary School helped kickstart the 2014-15 school year by hosting its annual open house Sunday afternoon for faculty, parents and students.

Patricia Davis | PeeDeePost.com

Patricia Davis | PeeDeePost.com

Anticipation and excitement were in the air as students, guided by parents, made their way to meet their teachers and find their place in the classrooms.

Principal Yvonne Gilmer said the open house provides an opportunity to put both parents and students at ease the first day of school. The teachers meet with students and parents to discuss guidelines for the upcoming year, and students are able to become familiar with the classroom. Approximately 560 students will be enrolled this year.

Brianna Bucklin is a new faculty member, recently moving from Rhode Island to teach second grade. She said that she is excited about “The Leader in Me” program, which helps formulate goals for students. She said that the school has a website and each teacher has a web page to help with communication between faculty and parents.

Daniel Fugazot is another new faculty member and is teaching third grade. He relocated from the New York City area and is excited to teach his students social studies and English language classes. An additional bonus is enjoying a more relaxing atmosphere and southern barbecue.

Deann Anderson teaches first grade and has been in the educational system for 20 years. She is looking forward to another year of new challenges and watching her students learn.

Javion Smith and Maddie Maree, both 7, were quiet but said they looked forward to starting school tomorrow. Macy Frye, age 6, seemed a little shy but put on a big smile.

When the bell rings Monday morning, things will go a little smoother for everyone thanks to the efforts of students, parents and staff at L.J. Bell.

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