Administrators and Faculty Prepare for New School Year

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Excitement filled Shaw Avenue Elementary School as faculty members throughout the district reunited for the start of the 2018-2019 school year during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 4. Faculty members were welcomed back with breakfast and refreshments before heading into the auditorium to hear from Board Vice President Ingrid Wyllie-Dacon, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling and building principals. 

The auditorium was fit for the district’s new theme of the year, “You and MEdia” with colored lights filling the room. Dr. Roxanne Garcia France, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, helped kick off the morning with a fun video featuring building principals, assistant principals and central administrators, spotlighting the new year. Wyllie-Dacon warmly welcomed back the staff and provided a source of encouragement. 

“Just as you did an excellent job ‘showing your character’ last year, I am confident that your commitment to better each student and help them reach their utmost potential will shine brightly this year,” she said.  

In fitting with the new theme and its tie to technology, Dr. Stirling provided his welcome back address through video which highlighted the district’s points of pride, strategic plan and hopes for the future. He then took to the podium to thank the custodial staff for their hard work over the summer months and introduced the new members of central administration. 

Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton, Forest Road School Principal Erin Malone and Shaw Avenue Principal Alejandro Rivera also proudly announced their new staff members before moving onto the agenda for the day. Faculty members participated in professional development sessions throughout the morning which focused on You and MEdia, 21st century innovation stations, virtual reality learning with Google Expeditions, video discussion platforms and STEAM challenges. To make the day even more engaging, faculty members were encouraged to find one of the “You and MEdia Digital Footprints” around the building. Those that found it, were awarded with an instructional resource for their classroom. 

During the afternoon, faculty members reported to their respective school buildings to begin planning and preparing their classrooms for the first day of school.