Counting down to first day

New first grade teacher Rita Pehl places the dates on her classroom
calendar. She is one of the elementary teachers working in the past few
weeks getting classrooms ready for the Aug. 26 start date of school. 

       Activity at Terry Schools has increased in the past several weeks as teachers and staff began their preparations for the start of a new school year. Classes will begin on Monday, August 26.

Inside classrooms are taking on the colorful look of a new year as calendars and learning decor are hung, while outside projects have included repouring the steps and work on the columns of the high school building and finishing some painting along the base of the building. 
Practices for high school football and volleyball began on Monday, August 19, with both teams meeting twice a day. 
Sheryl Morast will head up this year’s volleyball team, for the second year in a row, with Paula Rein again assisting. Sixteen girls are taking to the court this year. While Greg Mendenhall will be stepping into the head coach position for this year’s football team. He has been assistant coach for the high school football program at Terry for the past two years. Tom Smith has been recommended to serve as the  assistant coach, according to Mendenhall. There are 15 boys heading onto the field this year. The 2013-14 sports schedule is listed on page 6 of the Tribune.
Homecoming will be  celebrated the second week of school with homecoming games played on Sept. 6 and 7.  
Staff changes include Rita Pehl teaching first grade, while former first grade teacher Barb Sackman will be teaching sixth grade English and reading as well as the title reading and math program for grades kindergarten through 12. 
Pehl, a native of Howells, Neb., received her teaching degree from the University of Nebraska, Kearney. She taught fourth grade in York, Neb., for three years before moving to Terry earlier this summer with husband Ben. The couple resides on the Pehl homestead about six miles south of Terry. 
Enrollment for the 2013-14 school year is expected to increase slightly, according to Superintendent Casey Klasna. The 2012-13 school year ended with 133 students. This year is expected to begin with 138. Ten students graduated in 2013. Fourteen students are enrolled to begin kindergarten this year. 

Published August 21, 2013

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