With her black hair in pigtails, the 7-year-old said her teacher, Lewis Byrne, told them they could write about whatever they wanted.
“I’m writing about my swim party,” Chloe said, naming off her friends who attended. “We had pizza and different things for dessert like brownies, ice cream and sugar cookies.”
Chloe, along with all other BCEMS students, was excited to be back in school.
“The students and parents were excited,” said Lynne Manna, admissions director for the schools. “We had an overwhelming response to our parent welcome breakfast. We have a great bunch of new families, people who have moved into the area.”
Manna said there were 136 students enrolled at the schools, and they were very happy to have been able to move the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders into a separate building adjacent to the elementary school.
Back in her English-Language Arts class, Chloe said she was glad to be back in school with her friends, and she was excited to be taught by “Mr. Lewis.”
“He’s nice and kind of funny, and he’s a good teacher,” she said. “Whenever we learn something, he always makes it fun.”
During the first-graders’ story time, Kimberly Bergin read her students a book called “First Grade At Last.”
“Who can guess what this book is about?” she asked her students.
Many little hands shot up in the air, and Manon Harrison piped up, “I know, I know! She’s starting first grade, just like us!”
Eighth-grader Humza Rana said he was glad to be back in class and couldn’t wait to learn more science and math.
“I’m very excited about the new year,” Humza said, adding that he wanted to learn more about life science in particular.
Nate Tomey, a seventh-grader, said he and the other students gain a unique, well-rounded education from their teachers.
“I like all of them,” Nate said. “They like to get in with the kids a lot. There’s no place like Berry, I think.”