Frank and Wilson elementary schools welcome students back with first day of 2022-23 today | Local News

The 2022-23 academic year begins today at Kenosha Unified School District, with classes in Frank and Wilson elementary schools getting underground.

Students and their families were welcomed late Wednesday afternoon to open houses at their respective schools.

Both had food and refreshments, community resources from organizations such as the United Way, and free t-shirts for students to wear on the first day of school. Families could also receive help with online registration.

Autumn Horn, a second grade teacher at Frank Elementary, said she was excited to meet students and parents.

“It’s good to be back to normal,” Horn said. “The last couple of years have been kind of hard for kids and teachers, and to just be able to see people and shake hands and meet people compared to seeing them virtually has a different feel to it.”

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Families walked around the schools to get a layout of where everything was and meet their teachers for the year.

“I did have a parent who commented this was her first time ever in the school while her child has been at Frank already for two years,” Horn said. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s never stepped foot in the building, so I think that’s really exciting for our families to come in and check it out.”

Cabrisha Shaw and her family moved from Racine to Kenosha, and will be attending school in the district for the first time this fall. The previous school the kids attended was mostly virtual.

“I like that they will be able to engage with other kids and be able to have a relationship with their teachers aside from being virtual,” Shaw said.

Because her children attended a different school, and because Frank and Wilson started earlier than most schools in the area, Shaw said her kids had a shorter summer but were excited to go back to school nonetheless.

Ted Caron, who attended the Wilson Elementary open house, said he appreciates the work that goes into putting on the vent.

“They’re always welcoming and I appreciate all the good things they did with the school this year as far as the new windows (and) sprucing it up,” Caron said.

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