District's New Schools Wow Students, Teachers
Fabbre, Alicia, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Alicia Fabbre Daily Herald Staff Writer
High school students weren't the only ones wowed Monday by a new school.
Indian Prairie Unit District 204 also opened two other buildings: Cowlishaw Elementary and Crone Middle schools in south Naperville.
Students used words such as "great," "cool" and "neat" to describe their new environs.
"It even smells new," said one student as he arrived at Crone.
As with any new building, the schools opened with their own quirks, including 40 unexpected students at Crone and unfinished landscaping at Cowlishaw. But, for the most part, things went smoothly on opening day.
"Where there was a problem we had people there to help," Crone Middle School Principal Tim Sleep said.
Many Crone students couldn't wait to get to class. Kristen Miller, for example, was the first to arrive shortly after 7 a.m., almost an hour before classes started. Kristen, who missed orientation, was eager to get a tour of the school.
"I'm looking forward to meeting new people and starting over," said Kristen, who also was excited about trying out for the cheerleading and pompon squads.
School administrators, who donned Crone shirts, shared the excitement.
"I look forward to establishing new traditions," Sleep said. "We're going to work together and decide what's uniquely Crone."
At Cowlishaw Elementary, students started their day with a special ribbon-cutting. The school's namesake, state Rep. Mary Lou Cowlishaw of Naperville, was on hand to lead the students in a special opening day cheer. …