2017-03-16 / Front Page

Future Dragons enter the lair

Kindergarten enrollment looks ‘promising’
BY LANIA ROCHA
810-452-2652 • lrocha@mihomepaper.com


Mason Taylor says he’s not excited about starting school, but he wasn’t excited about getting his picture taken at first, either. 
Photos by Lania Rocha Mason Taylor says he’s not excited about starting school, but he wasn’t excited about getting his picture taken at first, either. Photos by Lania Rocha SWARTZ CREEK – Members of the Class of 2030 took their first steps on their educational paths last week.

During kindergarten registration, 164 future dragons were enrolled.

Superintendent Ben Mainka said general observations were that the count was “very promising.”

“We had a lot more families bringing their first child this year,” said Mainka. “That was something we found very interesting. Typically, you see people who already have children in the school system. But an overwhelming number were coming in with their first child.”

Additional kindergartners will be added to the roll in the months leading to the start of the 2017-18 academic calendar. District officials expect even more to join in through Schools of Choice.


Breia Hollabough is looking forward to meeting new friends and learning all about math. She jumped right in on that first goal, hitting the dance floor with a group of high schoolers during kindergarten roundup last week. Breia Hollabough is looking forward to meeting new friends and learning all about math. She jumped right in on that first goal, hitting the dance floor with a group of high schoolers during kindergarten roundup last week. During the 2016 kindergarten roundup, 157 pupils registered. The kindergarten class grew to 256 for the current school year. There were 253 students in the 2015-16 kindergartner class.

By comparison, there are currently 297 students enrolled in 7th grade in Swartz Creek, and 259 seniors at the High School.

A breakdown of how many new students each elementary will receive this fall has yet to be determined.

“Parents request certain schools, and we try to honor those requests as often as possible, but we have to look at staffing levels and make sure we can accommodate them with classroom space and resources,” said Mainka.


Carter Bennett is eager to make new friends and get his creativity on in art class. 
Photos by Lania Rocha Carter Bennett is eager to make new friends and get his creativity on in art class. Photos by Lania Rocha Kindergarten roundup took place Tuesday, March 7, and Wednesday, March 8, at The Cage Fieldhouse.

The festive event included appearances by the Swartz Creek dragon and the Easter bunny, bounce houses, music, dancing and basketball.

Each elementary school set up a table to give incoming students a glimpse of some of the things they can look forward to in the fall.

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