August 30 start for Pateros, Bridgeport, Brewster schools, Sept. 5 for Mansfield

New staffers sign on

QUAD CITY – Schools at Bridgeport, Brewster and Pateros all began classes on Wednesday, August 30, while the Mansfield School district will start its school year on Sept. 5.
There are four new faces on the teaching staff at Pateros schools this year, according to District Office Administrative Assistant Erika Varrelman.
Sabrina Freedman is teaching health and physical education, Eileen Bishop is a secondary math and science specialist, Teagan Straub is the new second grade teacher, and Anita Johanson is the new Reading Interventionist/Programs Director.
Pateros School District will hold an open house from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14.
For more information about Pateros schools check online at or call 509-923-2751.
Brewster Elementary Principal Lynnette Blackburn said that three new teachers have joined the elementary staff this year. Donna Maynard has signed on as a first-grade teacher, Daniel Vassar will teach fourth grade and Jennifer Dodge is part of the resource team.
“Our elementary open house coincides with the Book Fair this year, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m.,” Blackburn said.
Parents will have the opportunity to visit classrooms, meet teachers as well as take in the Book Fair.
“We will also be selling dress code appropriate Brewster Bears clothes on this evening,” Blackburn said.
For more information about Brewster schools check online at or call 509-689-3418.
Bridgeport school hours will be: elementary, 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.; middle and high schools, 8 a.m. to 2:55 p.m., said Raelynn Dezellem.
New staffers include:
Janet Ward, third grade, Michael Oborne, fourth grade, Pat McFadden, fifth grade, Paige Stevie, sixth grade, Tara Martin, MS special education, Mark Ward middle school/high school physical education, Diana Gerla elementary counselor, Shawn Ames, middle school counselor, and Barbara Dezellem, high school librarian.
Breakfast and lunch are free to all students. Elementary breakfast is served from 7:30-7:55 a.m.; middle/high school breakfast, 7:15-7:55 a.m.
Athletic practices began with high school football on august 16. All other fall sports practices – high school volleyball, girls’ soccer, cross-country, middle school football and middle school volleyball - got underway August 21.
Fifth-grade orientation is from 6-7 p.m. Monday, August 28.
For more information about Bridgeport schools check online at or call 509-686-5656.
Mansfield schools open on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Mansfield District Secretary Jan Durand said the district welcomes three new staffers this year.
Mike Messenger is the new school superintendent.
Jody Slaget takes over as the new athletic director and will also teach health and P.E.
Katie Peet is the new director of special education.
“We’re still looking for teachers for the third and fourth grade,” Durand said.
The school will hold and open house and barbecue from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first day of school Sept. 5.
For more information about Mansfield schools check online at or call (509) 683-1012.

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