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Fridley Public Schools welcomed more than 3,000 students back when schools opened across the district for the 2018-19 school year.
On September 4, classes began for grades K-4 at Hayes and R.L. Stevenson Elementary Schools. Fridley Middle School, Fridley High School and the Fridley Moore Lake Area Learning Center held Orientation Day for all new students in their schools, which included middle school 5th grade students and high school 9th grade students. Orientation Day allows students to acclimate to their new school environment while getting support from other students and staff. Students toured the schools, participated in activities, and learned about International Baccalaureate Programme offerings, credit requirements, support services and more. All students throughout the district were back in school on September 5.
Students weren’t the only ones who enjoyed a first-day experience, this was also Fridley Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Hiel’s first chance to see students in action. Dr. Hiel began her role as Superintendent on July 1 and was eager to visit all buildings to welcome and connect with students as they returned to their classrooms on their first day of school.
“It was fantastic to see all the excitement among our students, teachers and staff,” Dr. Hiel said of the first days of school at Fridley. “It’s all so exciting and new when we come back, there is such an energy about it. That’s one of the beautiful things about education.”
Dr. Hiel popped into elementary classrooms where she was able to interact with excited students who were participating in the first-day activities and getting to know their classmates. In Mrs. Erichshrud’s 4th grade class at Stevenson Elementary, Dr. Hiel was bombarded with curious questions as students wondered about what a Superintendent does.
“My job is to ensure that you have the best education possible,” Dr. Hiel shared with the 4th graders. “I work closely with our staff, administrators, and community members to make sure that we give you what you need to be successful in the world.”
Dr. Hiel said that seeing students back in action was a wonderful reminder of why she, and all Fridley teachers and staff, come to work every day.
She added that it was great to see Fridley staff on the ball - getting things done, knowing what to do and how to do it. "There nothing we can’t address or problem-solve when we do it together. It was great to see this great community connection firsthand- a family connection,” said Dr. Hiel.