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Student helps out her old school BY KIRK BOXLEITNER kboxleitner@marysvilleglobe.com

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Presidents Elementary fourth-grader Jesse Wellman receives tutoring from former Presidents student Morgan Daigneault, now a seventh-grader at Haller Middle School.

ASD provides information to kindergarten parents BY KIRK BOXLEITNER kboxleitner@marysvilleglobe.com

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Eagle Creek Elementary Principal Kari Henderson-Burke shows one of the desk name tags designed to enhance kindergarten students’ literacy, as well as their recognition of colors and shapes.

ARLINGTON — Parents of incoming Arlington kindergarten students got an education of their own on Tuesday, March 18, about what their kids can expect in the coming school year. Principals from each of the Arlington School District’s elementary schools outlined subjects such as the approximate schedule of a kindergarten day, with lessons on reading and writing before lunch followed by a focus on math and science after lunch,

and an emphasis on building problem-solving skills throughout the day. “When it comes to getting your kids ready to start school, you are the best teacher for your child,” Eagle Creek Elementary Principal Kari Henderson-Burke said. “Read to them and with them, because anything that familiarizes them with the alphabet increases their probability of success.” If parents can help train their kids to take care of themselves, through measures ranging from putting on coats and tying their

shoes, to blowing their noses and using the bathroom, Henderson-Burke promised that her teachers would do their best to develop those students’ hand strength and coordination through safety-scissor cutting, as well as their social skills through group interactions. Presidents Elementary Principal Dave McKellar noted that the Arlington School District’s eventual hopes of obtaining statefunded all-day kindergarten classes have yet to be realSEE ASD, PAGE 2

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ARLINGTON — Presidents Elementary is no longer Morgan Daigneault’s school, but the Haller Middle School seventh-grader still loves coming back to the classroom of her former fourth-grade teacher, Cindy Striker, and when Morgan has had the chance to help out the students of Presidents, she’s done it. Morgan’s grandmother, Debbie Jackson, credits the girl with helping to inspire a multiyear school supplies collection drive for students in need at Presidents, and Striker has found that her former pupil has quite the knack for teaching her younger peers. Jackson, who serves as manager of the Arlington American Legion Post 76 Lounge, heard from Morgan two years ago how a number of her fifth-grade classmates at Presidents weren’t able to afford the school supplies they needed, so the Legion Lounge took up collections, both two years ago and this past September. “We generated about $400 the first time,” Jackson said, noting that Morgan has been volunteering at the Legion Lounge and helping her grandma out with keeping track of its finances. “This past fall, we raised about $30 for each of the 20 students who were identi-


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