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Local school plans to turn back the clock

— Residents are invited to take a step back into their past next week at the Brewster School District, which is hosting its annual “Back to the Future” event.

On Wednesday and Thursday, community members can take tours of the elementary and secondary schools and experience part of a normal school day, including “advances in curriculum, technology, and in rigor,” a letter from Superintendent Eric Driessen said.

“It’s kind of what the school is in the eyes of the students,” high school Principal Linda Dezellem said. “It’s a great experience. It’s not very much time.”

Appointments can be made at the following times by contacting the school offices on Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m., and Thursday, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Associated Student Body members will give participants a tour first of the elementary school, then the secondary school. Morning visitors will be served lunch along with the students.

“They talk a little bit about the history of the building, when it was originally constructed and remodeled,” Dezellem said, as well as discussing the current technology offered to the students and future infrastructure needs.

Participants can duck into classrooms and chat with students as they work on projects. People may see a change in how learning is done from when they were children, Dezellem said.

“There’s movement in the classes, so it’s not necessarily just sit and deliver by the teachers anymore,” she said. “We don’t give (visitors) a test. They get out of doing that.”

She said an important focus of Back to the Future is showcasing how Brewster is preparing its students for the future.

“This gives a chance to highlight all the good that’s going on as part of the day,” she said. “It’s coming from the perspective of the students, and I think that makes a really neat atmosphere for the community members.”

“Everyone that’s come in has been very, very impressed the students that have given the tour and the students they talked to along the way.”

At the elementary school, Principal Lynnette Blackburn said people can check out a physical education class, peek into the library and the HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) classroom, or even see what’s happening in the preschool.

“They’re doing some academic things in there, but they like to have visitors,” she said. “The teachers are awesome and they’re excited to have people come in and see what they do all day.”

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