It’s that time already: The school bells are ringing for Butte Central students.
Central Elementary and Junior High started half-day classes Wednesday, with kindergartners through second- graders going from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and third- graders through eighth-graders going from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
High school students returned to classes without a hitch Wednesday morning, give or take some growing pains.
Central High School Principal Tim Norbeck said the year began with 143 students, six or seven more than they ended with last year. The curriculum has expanded in a few areas, with new Accounting II and finance classes, and the high school is partnering with the elementary school with a new mentoring program in the coming weeks.
On the second day of school, freshman Conor Larson said he was enjoying the new beginning high school provided, but he was struggling with the four minutes between classes.
“It’s kind of hard to get to the classes because I don’t know where they are,” Larson said.
His favorite class among his heavy schedule is physical education because he gets to try out all sorts of sports. And the cross-country runner enjoyed Central’s invitational at Fairmont last weekend.
Junior Erin Antonioli said she had a fun summer, but she’s happy to be back to school. She can tell some of her classes will be a little tough, but she’s excited about them, especially her English class.
Antonioli isn’t sure what lies after high school, but she plans to go to an out-of-state college. She hopes to try out a few things before she choses a major.
Butte public schools start Tuesday, Sept. 4, along with Silver Bow Montessori School.