September 5, 2013

Holy Name students transition to AVCS


“Holy Name has had a very strong tradition and working relationship with AVCS, and we have tried to make this as seamless as possible for the students and parents,” Savage said.

“We look forward to having them on board and welcome the Holy Name students to AVCS.”


Tami Bushey’s twin sons, Conor and Seth, switched from Holy Name to AuSable Forks Elementary in 2012-13, and she spoke highly of the public school.

“The teachers are very supportive,” she said. “They are wonderful to work with.”

And though changing schools was new experience for the twins, it was “new in a good way,” Seth said. 

AVCS faculty members are very approachable, Tami noted, and were able to ease her fears and anxieties about the boys’ move to a public school.

Tami urged parents with children making the transition this year not to be afraid to discuss their concerns with their children’s teachers.

“Keep the lines of communication open,” she said. “If there’s a question, it never hurts to ask.”


Both Conor and Seth, who are now entering fifth grade, had no problem adapting to their new academic environment and making friends, Tami added.

“The other students were very welcoming and warm,” she said.

In fact, a lot of Holy Name and AVCS students already know each other, Andrea noted, as many of them participate in the same playground program each summer.

Through the six-week program, open to elementary-school youth in the towns of Jay and Black Brook, she said, the children have played sports, made arts and crafts and gone on outings together.

Though attending AuSable Valley Central will undoubtedly be a different experience for Holy Name students, who are accustomed to a much smaller school, Andrea noted, “I think all of them will do well.”

“There are more kids to talk to, more friends,” Conor added.

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