At Muller Road Middle School, everything was brand-new as the school year opened Monday, including the Apple iPad tablets that each 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade student carried from class to class.
In an innovation that signals a new way of thinking about textbooks and note-taking and, yes, even homework, the newest Richland 2 middle school, located in Blythewood, is going totally digital.
I like it a lot. Its faster, said Emily Keys, 12, a 7th-grader who already had applied a distinctive hot pink cover to her iPad. Our school supply list was huge last year, but here it was just ear buds.
Forget those back-breaking backpacks loaded with heavy textbooks. Principal Lori Marrero said her students wont need backpacks because they wont be hauling around weighty English, science and social-studies tomes. The same goes for lockers to store the books.
Lockers do line some halls at Muller Road. Marrero, a former principal at E.L. Wright Middle School, was too late in halting their installation, but she said students wont be using them. Instead, students sport soft over-the-shoulder bags to house the thin, lightweight Apple tablets.