By Meghan Glova
Central Oregon Daily News
As students soak up the final weeks of summer vacation, teachers are ready for school to be in session.
On Monday morning, teachers began setting up their classrooms at Bend La-Pine School’s newest elementary school, North Star Elementary.
“It’s going to be an incredible campus for kids,” said Allison Harris a new teacher at North Star. “Bend-La Pine has put every detail into their brains and really made this a school where kids are going to grow and learn incredibly.”
The new two-story school can hold up to six hundred students, and features twenty four classrooms, a media center, and a large outdoor field with two playgrounds. Located in north-central Bend, North Star will help with overcrowding at elementary schools in the northwest and northeast parts of town.
“It’s been a long process, I think construction and development has been well over a year now,” said Tim Burdsall with the school’s student services. “So the culmination of seeing those doors open on September 4th will be really exciting for the whole community.”
For North Star’s 250 new students, educators will focus on four key traits–including commitment, compassion, curiosity, and courage.
After teaching at Elk Meadow elementary for 13 years, Harris says she is eager to implement these character traits in the classroom.
“This is just an incredible opportunity, and I am so excited to just have the kids dashing through the hallways and finding their classrooms, and just learning this process alongside with me,” she said.
Between a brand new building and experienced staff, North Star Elementary gives students a place to shine.
“The kids are just going to feel so welcomed” Harris says. “And they’re just going to be smiling and beaming from the first time they walk through those doors.”
North Star Elementary will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 29th at 4:40PM to celebrate the opening of the school.