"Two rows of middle school students, each with their backs against opposing walls, stood on spaced out 'X's in the hallway at North Middle School in Aurora on Friday.
There they practiced speaking English — using full sentences as they had just learned in class.
'Hi. My name is…' they practiced saying to their partner standing on the opposite wall. They asked each other questions. And then responded with sentences that described how they felt about returning to school.
'I feel excited about returning to school,' students said.
Newcomer students, those who have been in the U.S. less than a year, are getting the chance to go into school buildings once a week in Aurora, where all students are learning virtually through the first quarter. The Aurora district is planning for students to return part time to school buildings under a hybrid model in mid-October."