Striding into a new school year

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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After a summer-long hiatus from school, going back can cause some first-day jitters for some. It’s a time full of excitement to see old friends and classmates again, but also nervousness wondering if any familiar faces made it into your class. Monday marked the first day of school for both high schools and middle schools and 10 elementary schools within Rocklin Unified School District. Some schools have taken a proactive role to calm the jitters by holding campus tours, teacher meet and greets and new student orientations. Incoming Valley View Elementary School students and their parents met at the school Friday for a campus tour to help parents and newcomers feel more welcome and comfortable. “Ms. Carol and Ms. Lynn run the school, they are wonderful,” Valley View Parent Teacher Club President Diana Russlin told a group of about 100 students and parents. Jennifer Copeland attended the tour to scope out her kids’ new school. Copeland said the family recently moved to Rocklin from Fair Oaks, and this gave her and her children a chance to become familiarized with the campus and some of the staff, she said. Last week, Spring View Middle School held Where Everyone Belongs, a day where incoming students were able to tour the campus, participate in group activities and ease some of the fears for the first day at a new school. For the students, programs like that help. But for the parents, it’s sometimes more about meeting the teachers and getting the lowdown on the upcoming school year through Back to School nights. Rocklin schools’ Back to School nights will be held next week. For a specific school’s date, go to the school’s Web site, found at Lauren Weber can be reached at laurenw@gold