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Guam's first charter school ready to open on Monday

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - As thousands of the island's school kids prepare for the first day of school, at one particular campus the first day means so much more.  

Are you ready...are you set...for the new school year? Teachers at Guam's first charter school are excited to be a part of academic history. 2nd grade teacher Arlene Sayco said, "I'm extremely excited everyday I'm with this professional team behind me and I just have positive things to say about my colleagues. We are all excited and we can't wait to get into the classrooms."

Although the teachers have not had a chance to get into the classrooms just yet they are more than ready and prepared for the new year. GACS project manager Donna Dwiggins said, "It's been a long time coming and we are definitely ready there's a lot of high energy here we have been as you know working with the teachers for the past three weeks doing a lot of staff development a lot, kinda getting to know you too and getting the faculty ready for the first students to show up on Monday."

While prepararation began three months ago with the ordering of school equipment tasks where divided to ensure the new school year begins without a hitch, Dwiggins says Jerry Crawford is handling getting the facility ready. "Therese Matanane with Green Light Media has handled all of the getting information to the parents and media stuff and I've been busy with all of the teachers and doing the staff development and moving that piece forward," she explained.

She adds that former senator Marilyn Manibusan has also been working with them organizing the parent orientation, noting, "This weekend we have our parent orientation and that's going to be on Sunday afternoon so we will have a chance or first chance to bring our parents together and talk to them about the school."

Get them familiar with the campus and celebrate the opening of Guam's first charter school with a small ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house in a couple of weeks. The Guahan Academy Charter School will open their doors to 517 students with 22 classrooms, four kindergarten and two classrooms per grade, while the literacy academy has one 9th grade and one 10th grade class.

Dwiggins says teachers will start moving in on Saturday after the final walk through inspection in the morning. All in all, she says, "Everybody has just been really, really excited about the chance to teach in that environment and everybody has had a good time getting to know each other over these past three weeks."

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