Students, staff enjoy first day in brand-new Meadowdale Middle School

Principal Christine Avery adjusts a sign before the rush of MMS students fill the shiny floors.

Wednesday marked the first day of school in the Edmonds School District students, and a highlight was the opening of the new Meadowdale Middle School, where excited students rushed through the

New MMS seventh graders -- coming from Seaview Elementary -- compare schedules: From left, they are Devon Steev, Benji Ekern and Brock Duncan.

doors to see their surroundings.

The new two-story facility, which houses 750 seventh and eighth graders, includes personalized learning communities, wireless Internet, gymnasiums with separate community access, and a manufacturing shop and drafting lab. Exterior features include an outdoor learning area, multi-use field, trails, amphitheater, student gardens and a plaza. The building was funded through a voter-approved 2006 construction bond.

Kitchen worker Freda Hanson prepares breakfast in the new facility.


Seventh grader Rilee Monroe-Jones anticipates her first day of middle school in a brand-new school.
Students check out the school's new sports trophy case.
Kevin Gidge with Ohno Landscaping puts the final touches on the grounds as students arrive.
Eighth grader Evan Wheeler reaches out a hand to a familiar face.

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