C’mon in: Wilmington schools hold open houses


Mom (and Holmes office aide) Bethany Shaffer at the open house with first-grader Sophie along with preschooler Sawyer.

Mom (and Holmes office aide) Bethany Shaffer at the open house with first-grader Sophie along with preschooler Sawyer.


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Parents and students check out the classroom listings before entering Holmes Elementary’s open house.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Holmes Elementary staff including Principal Marilee Tanner greet and assist parents arriving to the open house.


Tom Barr | News Journal

School staff and incoming students meet up in the gym.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Second-grader Shayleigh Stewart and kindergartner Carter Stewart along with mom Jackie Brittingham meet with teacher Alea Shope.


Tom Barr | News Journal

The Wilmington Public Library meets with students and parents in the gym.


Tom Barr | News Journal

First-grader Cayla Kirk, left, and second-grader Scott Kirk get acclimated along with their mom in teacher Larita Harris-Jones’ classroom.


Tom Barr | News Journal

From left are first-grader Madilyn Puckett in her classroom at Holmes Elementary, along with third-grader Abigail Puckett and fifth-grader Alanna Puckett.


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Holmes teacher Alea Shope and students’ mom Jackie Brittingham get a little closer to second-grader Shayleigh Stewart and kindergartner Carter Stewart.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Brandon and Erica Richardson with first-grader Brooklynn and future student Briana.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Wilmington schools — including Holmes Elementary — held their open houses Monday as parents got to meet teachers and staff while kids eyed their new classrooms prior to classes beginning on Wednesday. Shown, Holmes kindergarten student Bella Matheney checks out the listings on the front windows of the school with dad Jamie. For more photos from the event, visit wnewsj.com.


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Second-grader Jensen Mueller with sister and kindergartner Eliza Mueller.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Holmes Elementary Assistant Principal Ryan Schlater is busy giving directions at the open house.


Tom Barr | News Journal

School staff and incoming students meet up in the gym.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Second-grader Paysen Boris with mom Lacy Bruner.


Tom Barr | News Journal

School staff and incoming students meet up in the gym.


Tom Barr | News Journal

Teacher Megan Campbell, left, with student Cooper Henry and his mom, Polli.


Tom Barr | News Journal

First-day pics

The first day of school for Wilmington, Clinton-Massie and East Clinton students is Wednesday, and Blanchester begins Thursday. Please share your kids’ first-day-of-school photos (along with their names, grades and schools) on our News Journal Facebook page, and we’ll also publish many of them in print and on wnewsj.com.

Wilmington schools — including Holmes Elementary — held their open houses Monday as parents got to meet teachers and staff while kids eyed their new classrooms prior to classes beginning on Wednesday.

Mom (and Holmes office aide) Bethany Shaffer at the open house with first-grader Sophie along with preschooler Sawyer.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0116.jpgMom (and Holmes office aide) Bethany Shaffer at the open house with first-grader Sophie along with preschooler Sawyer. Tom Barr | News Journal

Parents and students check out the classroom listings before entering Holmes Elementary’s open house.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0101.jpgParents and students check out the classroom listings before entering Holmes Elementary’s open house. Tom Barr | News Journal

Holmes Elementary staff including Principal Marilee Tanner greet and assist parents arriving to the open house.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0106.jpgHolmes Elementary staff including Principal Marilee Tanner greet and assist parents arriving to the open house. Tom Barr | News Journal

School staff and incoming students meet up in the gym.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0108.jpgSchool staff and incoming students meet up in the gym. Tom Barr | News Journal

Second-grader Shayleigh Stewart and kindergartner Carter Stewart along with mom Jackie Brittingham meet with teacher Alea Shope.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0126.jpgSecond-grader Shayleigh Stewart and kindergartner Carter Stewart along with mom Jackie Brittingham meet with teacher Alea Shope. Tom Barr | News Journal

The Wilmington Public Library meets with students and parents in the gym.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0110.jpgThe Wilmington Public Library meets with students and parents in the gym. Tom Barr | News Journal

First-grader Cayla Kirk, left, and second-grader Scott Kirk get acclimated along with their mom in teacher Larita Harris-Jones’ classroom.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0118.jpgFirst-grader Cayla Kirk, left, and second-grader Scott Kirk get acclimated along with their mom in teacher Larita Harris-Jones’ classroom. Tom Barr | News Journal

From left are first-grader Madilyn Puckett in her classroom at Holmes Elementary, along with third-grader Abigail Puckett and fifth-grader Alanna Puckett.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0122.jpgFrom left are first-grader Madilyn Puckett in her classroom at Holmes Elementary, along with third-grader Abigail Puckett and fifth-grader Alanna Puckett. Tom Barr | News Journal

Holmes teacher Alea Shope and students’ mom Jackie Brittingham get a little closer to second-grader Shayleigh Stewart and kindergartner Carter Stewart.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0124.jpgHolmes teacher Alea Shope and students’ mom Jackie Brittingham get a little closer to second-grader Shayleigh Stewart and kindergartner Carter Stewart. Tom Barr | News Journal

Brandon and Erica Richardson with first-grader Brooklynn and future student Briana.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0119.jpgBrandon and Erica Richardson with first-grader Brooklynn and future student Briana. Tom Barr | News Journal

Wilmington schools — including Holmes Elementary — held their open houses Monday as parents got to meet teachers and staff while kids eyed their new classrooms prior to classes beginning on Wednesday. Shown, Holmes kindergarten student Bella Matheney checks out the listings on the front windows of the school with dad Jamie. For more photos from the event, visit wnewsj.com.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0138.jpgWilmington schools — including Holmes Elementary — held their open houses Monday as parents got to meet teachers and staff while kids eyed their new classrooms prior to classes beginning on Wednesday. Shown, Holmes kindergarten student Bella Matheney checks out the listings on the front windows of the school with dad Jamie. For more photos from the event, visit wnewsj.com. Tom Barr | News Journal

Second-grader Jensen Mueller with sister and kindergartner Eliza Mueller.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0128.jpgSecond-grader Jensen Mueller with sister and kindergartner Eliza Mueller. Tom Barr | News Journal

Holmes Elementary Assistant Principal Ryan Schlater is busy giving directions at the open house.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0132.jpgHolmes Elementary Assistant Principal Ryan Schlater is busy giving directions at the open house. Tom Barr | News Journal

School staff and incoming students meet up in the gym.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0134-1.jpgSchool staff and incoming students meet up in the gym. Tom Barr | News Journal

Second-grader Paysen Boris with mom Lacy Bruner.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0129.jpgSecond-grader Paysen Boris with mom Lacy Bruner. Tom Barr | News Journal

School staff and incoming students meet up in the gym.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0111-1.jpgSchool staff and incoming students meet up in the gym. Tom Barr | News Journal

https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_4-County.jpgTom Barr | News Journal

Teacher Megan Campbell, left, with student Cooper Henry and his mom, Polli.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/08/web1_DSC_0113-1.jpgTeacher Megan Campbell, left, with student Cooper Henry and his mom, Polli. Tom Barr | News Journal

First-day pics

The first day of school for Wilmington, Clinton-Massie and East Clinton students is Wednesday, and Blanchester begins Thursday. Please share your kids’ first-day-of-school photos (along with their names, grades and schools) on our News Journal Facebook page, and we’ll also publish many of them in print and on wnewsj.com.