First day of classes at new Owensboro Innovation Middle School

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) The start of the school year also means the start of a new middle school in Owensboro.

Today was the first day of classes at the Owensboro Innovation Middle School.

It’s a day of firsts at the new school, also known as iMiddle, on this first day of the school year.

“Kind of excited,” says Dawsno Stroble, a 6th grader. “I was mostly nervous because there are new kids, new teachers, new school.”

“We’re all excited. I think everyone is eager to get started and see how this plays out,” adds Savanna Mills, who was starting out as a teacher on this school’s first ever day.

“It’s very overwhelming because I have not been on this side of things for first days of school since I was in school. So, it’s different being on the other side,” she says.

Nearly 300 students are attending the school that’s in the old Owensboro Middle School South building. Some students say they’re attending because they were interested in its programs.

“The extra classes you get. The really cool ones like 3D printing and coding, kind of got my attention,” says Davey Edds, a 6th grader.

The project-based learning programs let students use what they learn in group settings. School Director Mark Moore says they’re graded on their work, but also on collaboration and communication.

The year starts as construction on iMiddle’s new design continues. School officials say the first phase should be done later this fall. As the students settle in to their new surroundings, Mills and other teachers hope a lot is learned in this school’s first year.

“I just expect my students to be flexible. I expect myself to be flexible. I just expect to have fun with it and be patient,” says Mills.

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(This story was originally published on August 7, 2019)

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