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Schools open this week with new faces, completed construction projects and different schedules

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Max Harrell of Lakeridge Junior High chats with a fellow student Tuesday during an ice-breaker activity on the first day of school. The floodgates have opened, and 7,000 students and 700 staff members are pouring into schools throughout the Lake Oswego School District this week.

It's that time of year again, when yellow buses rumble through the streets, parent drivers roll into drop-off lines and backpack-wearing youngsters stride by on sidewalks.

The 2017-18 school year will be in full swing by the end of the week. Sixth-graders, high school freshmen and most elementary students stepped into class Tuesday, but kindergartners won't enjoy their first full day (after assessments) until this Friday.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Watch out, Forest Hills: The Shean brothers are back! That's fifth-grader Jagar, second-grade twins Vallen and Julian and their furry best friend, Alvin — all ready for the first day of school this week. Look for more great photos (send your favorite to gstein@lakeoswegoreview.com!) in the Sept. 7 issue of The Review and online at lakeoswegoreview.com. Meanwhile, the year has already brought so many changes: a new schedule, completed construction projects and many new faces.

The schedules are different from last year, with new start times: 8:25 a.m. for high schools (50 minutes later), 9 a.m. for junior highs (1 hour, 5 minutes later) and 8:30 a.m. for elementary schools (40 minutes earlier).

In addition, new staffers are everywhere — there are at least 35 new hires in the district, as well as some major position shifts.

For starters, Lake Grove Elementary School students are getting to know new Principal Scott Schinderle, the former leader of Groner K-8 school in the Hillsboro School District. Lakeridge High students probably needed no introduction for new Athletic Director Terry Moore; Moore previously served as chairman of the math department at Lakeridge, as well as the head coach of track and field and varsity assistant coach of football.

And all schools will get the chance to meet new Communications Director Christine Moses, a marketing and community engagement consultant with more than 20 years of communications-industry experience.

In addition to the new (and known) people, there are physical changes throughout the district, including radon remediation at Lake Grove and River Grove elementary schools, an extended cover over the walkway through the portables at River Grove, repairs to the play shelter at Forest Hills Elementary and adjustments to accommodate more kindergartners at Oak Creek Elementary.

But even with so many changes, so much is the same as students shyly venture into their schools for the start of a new year. For more on the first week of school, check out the Education section in this week's Review and online at www.lakeoswegoreview.com.

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