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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Visitors to Cedaredge Middle School this year will find a new security entrance has been installed on the building's west side. The main doors are being used for student egress to bus loading, reports principal Delaine Hudson.

Cedaredge High School has seen a student population increase this year that has boosted the student numbers to over 300, reports assistant principal Brandon Milholland.

"Two years ago we had 249. The teachers and staff are working together to make necessary classroom adjustments," Milholland said.

Milholland added that the school wasn't expecting the influx of new arrivals. "They are coming from all over," he said.

The CHS academic programs and activities schedules won't see much in the way of change this year. The upcoming fall season will offer the traditional school spirit activities. Cedaredge High School held its back-to-school night last Monday.

• The Surface Creek Valley community's family-based, family-operated preschool, Little Sprouts, begins this school year with over 40 students ages three and four, director Lora Ely reports. Programs will begin this week.

The young pre-kindergarten learners begin their educational journeys at Little Sprouts with a "staged start" that gives them and their parents a chance for some one-on-one interaction with teachers and the new learning environment they will encounter.

• Delaine Hudson, principal of Cedaredge Middle School, said, "We just had a great start for the new school year." She added that the school population appears to have grown a bit since last year, though final figures are not yet available.

This will be Cedaredge Middle School's second year using the "Capturing Kids' Hearts" program that helps build community spirit within the school building, Hudson said.

In a change designed to improve student safety, a new entry for school visitors has been constructed on the west side of the middle school building. The new entry brings school visitors into a vestibule where they can interact with school staff before entering the classroom areas of the school.

Cedaredge Middle School hosted its back-to-school night for parents, staff and students last week.

• At Cedaredge Elementary School, secretary Janie Henderson said things are off to a smooth start. There are some pre-kindergarten students in the building this year with a new pre-school program.

Back-to-school night was on Aug. 25 with refreshments, classroom meetings, and a presentation by principal Daniel Renfrow in the gym.

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