First day of school for new campuses in Washoe County

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - Monday, August 12, 2019 marks the first day of school for the Washoe County School District. Three campuses opened for their first day ever.

According to Principal Laura Peterson of Desert Skies Middle School the Sun Valley community has been waiting for a school to open in the area.

Peterson said she is excited to get the school year rolling. “The reaction from the parents and the families so far is they are so excited, they are eager, we had our Scorpion day last Monday, so we had over 1,000 people in the building, but we only had access to the front half of the building,” said Peterson.

The layout and design of the school is innovative and unique. The campus includes an all gender bathroom and innovative learning spaces.

The district said it cost $80 million dollars to build Desert Skies from the ground up. It has new gadgets for the 1,100 new students and features tech-friendly learning tools.

Each student will have one-to-one devices and innovative spaces like hub space hallways, which allows students to work together outside a traditional classroom setting. “Our textbooks now live on their devices,” said Peterson.

It’s not just the students that benefit from the new school, but the 100 people on staff have their own spaces where they can also collaborate with each other.

Peterson said, “That’s designed so teachers can come together during their planning period and be able to have the resources that they need, the copiers, the laminators, the printers, their own private desk space. It’s a designated area where it’s private and equipped with what they need to do with their planning.”

Sky Ranch Middle School in Spanish Springs and Nick Poulakidas Elementary School in South Reno also opened Monday.

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