First graders at Victor Haen Elementary take part in a safari to explore their new school on the first day of classes. Photo via Facebook.com/HaenHawks
First graders at Victor Haen Elementary take part in a safari to explore their new school on the first day of classes. Photo via Facebook.com/HaenHawks

KAUKAUNA — Classes resumed for the new school year Wednesday in Kaukauna, and throughout the district students were welcomed back in style.

Photos from several schools posted yesterday and today on social media show the efforts teachers, staff and administrators made to begin the year in a positive and encouraging style.

In a throwback to their younger years, Kaukauna High School staff greeted students with words of encouragement written in sidewalk chalk outside the school.

In the high school gym, the new freshmen who will make up the class of 2025, gathered for welcome photo.

“Great Day to be a Ghost! Awesome work by our Ghost Crew welcoming our Freshmen on the 1st day of the 2021-22 school year,” read a post on Twitter.

Over at Victer Haen, first-grade students began the day with a safari to help them find their way around their new school.

Using cool binoculars hand made from paper tubes, students sought out the bathroom, library, lunchroom, office, nurse, guidance and playground.

School board members and district leaders spent the summer months planning for the upcoming school year to be a return to normal as much as possible.

Students will attend class in person five days a week, masks are optional and new protocols are in place for students or staff who fall ill. Links to the full return to school plan is HERE.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.