Medford School District upgrades

MEDFORD, Ore. – Roughly 14,000 students in the Medford area will be heading back to school on Monday. This school year, students can expect to see some new upgrades.

Margaret Abbot has been a teacher for nine years. “I am so excited,” she said. “I’m so blessed that I have a job that I get excited to go back to every year.”

Year after year, Abbot looks forward to heading back to the classroom. And this year, heading back to teach first grade at Griffin Creek Elementary is even more special.

“This year Griffin Creek has four new classrooms and the school has done a lot of seismic upgrades, but I am in one of the new classrooms so I am really excited,” Abbot explained.

And it’s not just Griffin Creek that will see changes. Communication specialist Natalie Hurd said, “This is the first year in the Medford School District that we are starting prior to Labor Day weekend.”

That’s something kids might not like now, but will definitely appreciate next summer. “It’s just a little bit earlier for families but the good news is you will get out a week earlier,” Hurd said.

While in school this year, students will have access to a new program if they can’t make it to the classroom all they need is an internet connection.

Hurd said, “We are launching a new online program, so now you can do some of your classes online you don’t need to do all of your classes in the room.”

But if you are heading into the classroom, teachers say there’s no need to be nervous. “It’s always a little scary to be excited about something,” Abbot said. “You’re also nervous but ride that excitement and get that first day of school outfit ready, and teachers are just as excited to meet their students as students are to meet their teachers.”

The Medford School District is reminding all parents to make sure all their child’s paper work is filled out before sending them back to school.

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