Residents Gear Up for New School Year

With just one week left to go before the first day of school, parents, teachers and students are stocking up on school supplies, signing up for activities, and getting comfortable with the many transitions that are involved in the start of a school year. The new schedule is guaranteed to bring on more traffic and it is important for drivers to be mindful of students walking to and from school.

School committee members are encouraging parents to stay updated on news and upcoming activities, by checking the school’s Facebook pages.

“We encourage parents to get involved and be informed,” said School Committee member, Jen Powell. “Join the PTO, check out the school Facebook pages, and reach out to your student’s teachers.”

The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 5, . The arrival and dismissal times for each school, as well as pertinent information, is listed below:


Gorman Fort Banks

Pre-K am: 8 a.m.-10:40 a.m.

Pre-K pm: 11:20 a.m.-2pm

Pre-K full day: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Grade K and 1: 8 a.m. -2:20 p.m.

Grade 2: 7:40 a.m. – 2 p.m.

On Sept. 5, 6, and 7, kindergarten students will visit at pre-determined times for a screening appointment and for a transitional visit.  On Monday, Sept. 10, kindergarten students will have a delayed start and begin at 8:30 a.m.  The following day, September 11, students will begin at the usual daily start time of 8 a.m. and dismiss with the 1st grade students at 2:20 p.m.

Arthur T. Cummings

Grades 3, 4, 5: 8:25 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Third-and fourth-grade students are asked to line up outside the cafeteria, and fifth graders will line up at the door closest to the intersection of School and Hermon streets. At 8:45 a.m., the PTO will host an informal meet-n-greet with Interim Principal Grimes, Assistant Principal Dr. Murphy, and Chairperson of the Special Education Department, Ms. Colella. Light refreshments will be served.


Winthrop Middle School

Grades 6, 7, 8: 8:30 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

The middle school doors will open at 8 a.m., in which incoming sixth-graders will meet in the gymnasium, where they will meet their homeroom teachers and then file to their homerooms. Students in Grade 7 and 8 will report to the cafeteria where they will remain until they are called into their homerooms.

Students must be dropped off curbside at the middle school or high school main entrances, and not in the middle of the street.


Winthrop High School

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: 7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

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