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Greg Kier's Gadgets Galore class at Starr Elementary is popular with the second to fourth grade crowd. Several students spent Thursday morning taking apart gadgets with tools.

Record number of students sign up for Summer Stretch

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A record number of New Richmond School District students signed up for summer classes this year, forcing the district to add classes to make room.

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That's a good thing, said Jess Ferguson, district curriculum coordinator.

A total of 869 students registered for the elementary through middle school classes, she said. That's about 150 more than previous years.

"This has been really positive for us," Ferguson said. "We have a lot of new classes and have really expanded the opportunities at the middle school level."

All middle school classes are being held at the newly remodeled and expanded building, Ferguson said.

"We're very excited about that," she said. "It gives the students an opportunity to get in there and have an early peek at the school and allows them to get a sense of the layout."

Class topics range from science and math to language arts and physical education, Ferguson said.

"We really try to provide an opportunity in each of our academic areas," she said. "There's a wide variety of courses offered because it's our intent to entice as many students as we can."

Students can choose up to three classes to take. Most balance their schedules with a mix of academic and physical classes.

"This is also the first year we offered 'Welcome to Middle School,'" Ferguson said of the class targeted toward the district's incoming sixth-graders. "That has been really well received and each of the three sessions is full."

Summer Stretch runs for eight days in June -- Wednesday, June 15, through Friday, July 1.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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