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August 21, 2013

Duncan’s youth start a new year of education

DUNCAN — While some Duncan students started their elementary careers Tuesday, others are coming toward the end.

Duncan’s first day of school was Tuesday, and kindergarten through fifth-grade students started their days at 8:30 a.m., which is 30 minutes later than the day started last year at the elementary schools.

“I wasn’t sure I was ready,” Kori Parker, Horace Mann fifth-grade student, said. “I’m just really excited for fifth grade. I want to see how the year goes.”

Parker has attended Horace Mann since she was in first grade and has enjoyed her time in the school. She said she couldn’t imagine attending a different school and will be sad when her fifth-grade year comes to an end.

One of Parker’s biggest concerns was the class she was placed in. She said many of her other friends were in another class. But interacting with her teacher put her at ease.

While Parker was enjoying her first day of fifth-grade, Kamryn Johnson was down another hallway starting her first day of kindergarten.

Johnson said she was nervous to start the school year.

“I didn’t want to go,” she said. Knowing all her classmates at Horace Mann eased her anxiety. All her classmates were her pre-K friends.

Even though it was only the first day of fifth grade for Parker, she said she’s already nervous about next year at Duncan Middle School.

“It’s going to be difficult to go to seven classes,” Parker said. “I’d rather have just one homeroom teacher.”

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