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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

  • September 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 1
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 1
    Time for inner peace set at local church
    5:30 to 7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • September 2
    Woodworkers Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 Schoolhouse Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 4
    Farmers market in Bean Blossom
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 4
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 12
    Bible camp planned
    8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5802 Old Settlers Road behind Brownie's restaurant
  • September 17
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane