Maggie Glueck hands senior Lorenzo Canseco his textbooks Tuesday at Steamboat Springs High School’s check-in day. Most students in Routt County will return to school next week.

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Maggie Glueck hands senior Lorenzo Canseco his textbooks Tuesday at Steamboat Springs High School’s check-in day. Most students in Routt County will return to school next week.

Fall semester gets started next week for Routt County students

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Steamboat Springs High School registration

Students and teachers prepare for the first day of school.

Students and teachers prepare for the first day of school.

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Maggie Glueck, right, searches for one of Christi Valicenti’s textbooks Tuesday during Steamboat Springs High School’s check-in and registration day. Most Routt County students start class next week.

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Jake Barker's student ID sits in a printer tray Tuesday at Steamboat Springs High School's check-in and registration day. Students in Steamboat start classes next week.

Routt County back-to-school events

■ Steamboat Springs High School

Steamboat Springs High School check-in and registration continues today for freshmen and sophomores at the following times depending on what letter the student’s last name begins with:

Sophomores: (A-G) 8 a.m.; (H-N) 8:30 a.m.; (O-Z) 9 a.m.

Freshmen: (A-G) 10 a.m.; (H-N) 10:30 a.m.; (O-Z) 11 a.m.

Parents do not need to attend the check-in if their student brings a completed yellow enrollment form with parent signatures, a green health form and payment for student fees.

A freshmen orientation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school. A freshmen parents meeting begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the school. For more information, call 970-879-1562.

■ Steamboat Springs Middle School

Steamboat Springs Middle School new student registration is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. For more information, call counselor Brande O’Hare at 970-871-3587.

■ Soda Creek Elementary School

Soda Creek Elementary School will host an ice cream social for students and their parents from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

■ Strawberry Park Elementary School

Strawberry Park Elementary School will host the following back-to-school events Monday:

4 to 4:30 p.m. Kindergarten parent meeting in the school gym

4:30 to 5 p.m. Classroom visitations for all grades

5 to 6 p.m. Ice cream social on the playground

Classes begin Aug. 24 for all Steamboat Springs School District students.

■ Soroco High School

High school students who are new to the South Routt School District should call to make an appointment to register for classes. Parents can call Soroco High School at 970-736-2531.

■ Soroco Middle School

Middle school students who are new to the South Routt School District should call to make an appointment to register for classes. Parents can call Soroco Middle School at 970-736-8531.

■ South Routt Elementary School

South Routt Elementary School will host a back to school night from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24.

Classes begin Aug. 25 for all South Routt School District students.

■ Hayden

New teachers in Hayden will begin work Aug. 26, with all district staff returning Aug. 29.

For questions about registration, call the Hayden School District office at 970-276-3864.

Classes begin Sept. 6 for all Hayden School District students.

— Freshly printed student ID cards were being handed to Steamboat Springs High School seniors Tuesday morning as the Class of 2012 returned to campus to prepare for the start of classes Aug. 24.

Parent volunteers Susan McIntosh and Amy Wharton were busy at the high school’s check-in day handing each returning student a book the volunteers said contained everything a student needs to know about their upcoming school year.

“There’s a little bit of energy back in the building,” Wharton said. “It’s great to see the kids back at school and to see how they’ve changed.”

Some students who attended the registration were just starting to get their bearings in the Yampa Valley.

“It’s a little overwhelming right now,” said Katie Crawley, who moved this week to Steamboat from Tucson, Ariz. “But it seems like a warm and welcoming community.”

After they made some last-minute changes to class schedules, students had their photos taken for their IDs and left the check-in day with a stack of textbooks.

As she handed the seniors their health and algebra textbooks, retired teacher Maggie Glueck said she also was excited to see the students return to the building.

“It’s always good to be around kids,” she said.

Preparing at home

Outside of the check-in days that help prepare students for fall semester, Dr. Kristen Race said Tuesday that there are a number of ways parents can help make the transition from summer to school more enjoyable.

Race, who has two kids that will start at Strawberry Park Elementary School next week, leads Mindful Life, a group that helps Yampa Valley families reduce their stress.

She said she is busy herself this week preparing for the first school bells to ring.

“I’m cleaning out my house and getting organized now so we don’t have a hectic morning on the first day of school,” she said.

But Race said an organized home isn’t the only preparation that’s needed for her students. She’s keeping a close eye on their sleep schedules.

“The kids have been staying up later during the summer, so it can be kind of a shock for them to have to get up for school in the morning,” she said. “The bedtime schedule is a big focus for families.”

Race suggests that parents this week start to make bedtime 5 to 10 minutes earlier each night until children fall asleep at a desired hour.

“But it gets trickier as they get older, especially when they become teenagers,” Race said. “They want to stay up later and want to sleep in.”

At Steamboat Mental Health, mental health professional Susie Clark said Tuesday that she has been reassuring a lot of parents this week about the school year ahead.

“When their child enters kindergarten, some parents are a little sad their kid is growing up, and they worry whether they are ready for school,” Clark said. “But it’s perfectly normal for parents to be a little anxious, too.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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