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Beach students get back to school

August 14, 2019
By JORDAN HESTER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Fort Myers Beach Elementary is back in session and Monday's first day went off without any serious hitches or glitches.

"We have about 92 children with none currently pending, so we definitely had a big showing today, only a couple of heads up from last year, and while the first day back has been busy, we haven't run into any real problems," said Renee Mulloy, administrative assistant, on Monday.

Student safe guards are in place.

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A mural on the one of the walls inside Fort myers Beach Elementary.


"We want there to be one means of entry, and it's got the door knocker system on it, so if you don't present a valid ID, we don't open the door. Security and safety have been big hallmarks for us," Mulloy said.

There are cameras and electronic locks and various checkpoints, Mulloy said, adding parents and others approved to pick up students need to use the review mirror "hangers" given to them by the school .

With most grades having one homeroom per grade, it's easy to see how the unique campus works: Classes are small but efficient. Kindergarten through fifth grade are represented, with a new, notable split being in third grade, with children having a math/science teacher and a different one for languages.

There is a new sensory area being prepared near the front of campus - lots of flora with a focus on quiet space and reading space to allow for a more sensible downtime activity if children with those specific needs require it.

Mulloy explained that almost every student is deep into reading, and all of them post respectable accelerated reading numbers.

The school is very proud of its results as reading is something they try to encourage.

Students are excited to be back in class.

"I really wanted to get back to learning and spending time with my friends, but I'm really excited to paint again. I really like art class." said Wylla, 9.

"My goal for this year is to break my record for AR (accelerated reader) points from last year," she added.

The cafeteria has been redesigned by the art teacher, Holly Nichols, and it's a little warmer than most school cafeterias. Vibrant colors with old blown up black and white paintings of the Beach give it a very living room feel.

School supplies were abundant this year, with few students needing anything, but extras are abundant enough to make due, if needed.

The free lunch and breakfast program has gone across Lee County Schools, so it's free meals for all of the students, without the need to qualify.

The reminder to take away for parents is to make sure to sign up for the Focus Community app so parents can update their contact information and emergency medical information for their children.

This is especially important, as it also lets parents check in on grades and calenders with the school district, officials said.



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