After a quiet summer, the halls of William Kelley Schools were abuzz with activity on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the annual Open House. School will officially start on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and there will be no school on the first Friday, Sept. 6.

William Kelley principal Joe Nicklay reports that enrollment is looking stable and the school has about the same number of students as last year. The incoming kindergarten class will have 28 students, about 10 more than the 2018-19 incoming class.

No new classes have been added to the William Kelley schedule, but a plethora of new teachers will take to their classrooms. New staff at the schools include second-grade teacher Jennifer Stewart, math teacher Karen Lodin, speech educator Ashley Haugen, music teacher Anna Ramon, pre-school teacher Tina Linn, and Amy Nelson as technology staff. Also joining the team will be counseling intern Loral I Barrie.

Nicklay also reports that the schools are looking to respond to childcare needs.

"We are currently working with local businesses to address the need for childcare and the possibility of the school opening a childcare center," Nicklay said.

The open house wrapped up with a special presentation from Katherine Myers from LiveMore in Minneapolis regarding digital well being. Myers spoke on screen time, navigating parenting in the digital age, and the impacts of screen use on brain development, attention, sleep and mental health.