A New Way to Start

When Steve Bahn became principal at Ideal Elementary School, a K–6 school with 245 students, he didn't like how the school day began. "It felt chaotic and fragmented," he recalls. Students entered the building from several directions, depending on whether they arrived by bus, by car, or on foot. There was no suitable indoor place for early arrivers to wait. Students dawdled in the hallways and often got rowdy before the morning bell rang.
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