Area Schools Welcome Back Students With New Faces And Expectations

Charles City, Iowa – Students across the state are flooding the hallways of their high schools, spinning the dials on their lockers and finding homerooms.

The 2018-19 school year is upon us.

Students in Charles City are in the classroom for the first time in 2018.  The school year kicked off earlier this morning with the First Day Fair. Upperclassmen put on the two hour tour for the freshman.  Charles City Principal Bryan Jurrens said this part of a family initiative.

As a first year principal for the high school Jurrens said his main goal is to know everyone.

Students will have a regular school day tomorrow and then return Monday for the first full week of classes.  Trudy McKeag is an English teacher at the high school and she says flexibility is part of the job.


New Hampton, Iowa –  Tuesday evening the New Hampton School District kicked off the new school year by holding an open house at the district’s buildings to give students the chance to meet with their teachers, find their lockers and simply find their way around the buildings if they were moving from elementary to middle school and from middle school to the high school.

Dr. Sara Updegraff is the principal of New Hampton High School.


Dr. Updegraff says the school district is using a new concept.


Updegraff said  they’ll be putting students through a  day project based learning called J term.  




Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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