Students in Robin Templeton’s ACTS class at Brewer Middle School link arms to form a circle during a class activity Tuesday for District 50’s first day back. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Students in Robin Templeton’s ACTS class at Brewer Middle School link arms to form a circle during a class activity Tuesday for District 50’s first day back. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
For Northside Middle School principal Cynthia Storer, the start of a new school year still means sleepless nights.
“The first day is always exciting. Even after all these years, I can’t sleep the night before school starts,” Storer said Tuesday. “I’m like a student in that way.”
Northside is home to the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, a program whose main purpose is to prepare students to be college- and career-ready, and emphasizes best teaching practices in writing, organization, inquiry, collaboration, and reading.
And on Tuesday, the district’s first official day for classes, students jumped right in.


In AVID related arts and math teacher Laura Bentley’s class, students began to develop skills in inquiry through an activity called “Baggage Claim.” Students were directed to draw a suitcase on an index card and other students who had to walk around the room asking questions until they found the card’s creator.

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