Winding Creek Elementary Opens

Winding Creek Elementary Opens
Posted on 09/20/2018
CV Opens Winding Creek Elementary School

Veronica Slevin
Staff Writer

On the first day of school this year, the Cumberland Valley School District opened its eighth elementary school, Winding Creek Elementary.

The school board decided at theend of 2015 to build the school to accommodate the growing district. Since then, staff members have been hired at different intervals to strategically transition students and faculty as smoothly as possible.

There are staff members from multiple different schools in the CV district along with faculty completely new to CVSD. It was a group effort this summer to prepare the building.

“Although we were wearing hard hats and work vests, it was wonderful being allowed to get to our rooms amongst the construction,” first grade teacher Mrs. Kristine Buysse
said.

After the construction and decoration was complete, the brand-new school hosted multiple open house nights. This was crucial because moving elementary schools is difficult for students and families, especially in a school that is new to everyone.

Buysse said that she enjoyed how the building is new to everyone, not just people new to the district, so the parents, students, and staff have to work together to adapt.

The massive building welcomed about 850 students in 33 classrooms on the first day of school. This is bigger than the other elementary schools in the district.

Katie Clymans, a first grader, was apprehensive going into the first day of school due to the redistricting and the large number of kids in her class. However, she later said how she enjoyed the first day and met new friends.

Winding Creek has features unique from the other schools due to its vibrant modern design. The design of the new building has allowed for more creative learning and
interaction.

“We have amazing learning commons on each floor with flexible seating features. These commons allow us to get our classes together for fun learning activities, or just a chance to get to know one another and build a sense of community,” Buysse said.

They also have an extensive gym and cafeteria which students love.

“I like the school because there are fun things to do,” Clymans (1) said.

Winding Creek continues to provide a safe new learning environment for the students.

Both Buysse and Clymans said they highly enjoy the new school and its environment so
far.
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