Parent Teacher Magazine Union County Public Schools Sept/Oct 2017 - Page 5

Back to School: Year-round schools kick off first day of the new school year On July 20, approximately 3,000 students flooded the hallways at Shiloh, Walter Bickett, Benton Heights and East elementary schools as well as Wolfe School as they returned for the first day of classes in our year-round schools. Standing in the hallway with his class, East Elementary fifth-grade student Abraham Gonzalez said he was excited to start the school year and see his friends. Among the things he looks forward to the most this year, he said, is working on math. East Elementary fifth-grade student Allison Carranza said she’s also excited about the school year but is a bit nervous about entering her last year at the elementary school. “I’m nervous about going to middle school next year,” she said, adding that she’ll miss her former teachers. “But I’m looking forward to going to art class this year.” As is the norm on the first day of school, many of the students spent their morning getting to know their teachers and going over class rules, expectations and procedures. The hallways were buzzing as teachers gave the students a tour of the school, showing them the cafeteria and other areas they will visit frequently throughout the year. Before long, the students were actively engaged in learning. Walking down the hallway, East Elementary teacher Sherria Burney said that while she certainly has academic goals for her students, she also hopes to see them grow socially East Elementary teacher Sherria and emotionally during the Burney said that while she school year. “I hope they learn to become certainly has academic goals for her students, she also hopes more independent and reach to see them grow socially and their own personal goals by the emotionally during the school end of the year,” she said. “I year. want them to learn but I want them to have fun doing it. And I want them to look forward to coming to school and be intrinsically motivated to learn and grow.” By the end of the day, East Elementary Principal Camilla Brothers simply described the first day of school as “amazing.” “The children got out of the cars and off the buses with their backpacks so eager to learn,” she said. “As I visited the classrooms, it was impressive to see all the children actively engaged in their learning. We, the East Elementary family, will be soaring to excellence this year.” —This article was provided by the Union County Public Schools Communications Office. On July 20, approximately 3,000 students flooded the hallways at Shiloh, Walter E. Bickett, Benton Heights and East elementary schools as well as Wolfe School as they returned for the first day of year-round school. Parent Teacher Magazine • Sept/Oct 2017 • 3