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Good morning, Brown County Intermediate School
Updated on: 08.05.13

Just before 8 a.m., students in Nicole Wells’ sixth-grade class at Brown County Intermediate School are starting to move in to their classroom.

It’s the first day of a new school year, in a new school, with new bus routes and shuttles that haven’t arrived just yet.

A handful of students are spread out, piles of un-bent, un-doodled-upon, unused school supplies surrounding them like miniature treasure troves. Some are carefully, meticulously organizing the supplies, while others hastily jam them wherever they fit.

One boy’s pencil bag stares back at him as he zips his writing utensils safely into the monster’s “mouth.” A girl behind him plays a precarious game of Tetris with her home-room cubby, carefully stacking her backpack and other personal effects into a very defined space.

Down the hall and around the corner, the few students who have found their way to Chris Miller’s fifth-grade science lab are perched on lab stools as he begins to assign them cubbies.

“I couldn’t find socks that fit this morning,” one student announces as she returns to her desk.

“I guess it’s just first day jitters,” one of her classmates says, stacking packages of looseleaf paper.

All around the building, students, teachers and administrators are beginning to adjust to the new Brown County Intermediate School, orient themselves and those around them, while waiting for things to really start.

Then, the shuttles arrive. A line of students waiting for breakfast fills the length of the BCIS gymnasium. Even more start to filter toward their classrooms.

“Fifth grade to the right, sixth grade straight ahead,” fifth-grade special education teacher Sheila Popplewell begins repeating from her post outside the cafeteria, backpack-laden students weaving around her.

Students who reach the end of the fifth-grade hallway are greeted with, “Good morning. What room are you looking for?”

As classrooms fill up, the sounds floating into the emptying hallways sound more familiar, more like the memories adults carry with them from first days of new classes, in front of new teachers, making new friends.

“When you see the flash of lights, when the lights go off,  that is your signal that your voices go off.” 

“I got a new backpack.” 

“If you were the richest person in the world, what would you buy?”

 “I don’t know what teacher I have.”

 “In German that means ‘meat man.’”

 “So, on Friday, you’re stuck with me with no break.”

Then, a message over the PA system. Children’s and teachers’ voices are still in the process of stopping when principal Trent Austin’s voice fills the building:

“Good morning, students and staff, teachers, everyone. Welcome to day one, Brown County Intermediate School. Welcome to the school. ‘Glad to have you here,” he says, taking a few moments to go over some basic information – what to do with lunch money, where to take your breakfast if you arrive after 7:55 – before concluding the first-ever round of morning announcements at BCIS. 

"Have a great day, and do what your teachers tell you to do. And have a super, super time. ‘Glad you have you here at Brown County Intermediate School.”

See first-day photos in the Aug. 14 Brown County Democrat.

-- Megan O'Bryan, Brown County Democrat

Obituaries
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Jerry L. Robinette, 75, Shoals
  Stepfather of Jeanette Vandagrifft of Nineveh

John R. 'J.R.' Scott, 81, Nashville
  Husband of Rosemarie Scott of Nashville

Wilma “Jean” Findley Harmon, 92, Nashville
  

  • April 26
    County history center dedication slated
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  • April 26
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    TC Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Belmont
  • April 26
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    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • April 26
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  • April 26
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    9 a.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • April 26
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    Noon to 2 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • April 27
    BC Alcoholic Beverage Board
    11 a.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
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  • April 28
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    8:30 a.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • April 28
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    6 p.m. County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane
  • April 28
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  • April 29
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    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • April 30
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    4 to 6 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
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    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • April 30
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  • May 1
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  • May 1
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    7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 1
    'Back to the Future' at the Playhouse
    7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 2
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • May 2
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    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Brown County State Park, State Road 46 East
  • May 2
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    10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County State Park, 1450 State Road 46 East (north entrance)
  • May 2
    Antique tractor, engine and machinery show at the fairgrounds
    7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brown County 4-H fairgrounds
  • May 2
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    6 to 10 p.m. The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East
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    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • May 3
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