The start of each new school year always brings excitement and anticipation! When I was a principal I used to tell students, that each new school year is an opportunity. For some, it is an opportunity to start fresh and to do things differently. For others, it is an opportunity to continue on a path of success. Regardless of which one, it is an opportunity to be the best that you can be.
Hillsborough Elementary is off to a fantastic start and has been in session for several weeks. In our other twelve schools, the halls have been void of the energy and excitement that only our students can bring. Our district staff has worked tirelessly this summer to prepare our buildings, prepare great training for our incredible teachers, and innovative teaching for the best students in North Carolina.
We are working to build on the successes of the 2016-2017 school year. Last school year we saw academic gains, nationally recognized students and staff, state championships, and a renewed focus on the whole child. While we always take time to celebrate, our accomplishments further motivated us to continue our rise of improvement during the coming school year.
As you rush to get school supplies and all of the other materials our students need to be successful, please take the time as a family to talk about what your child wants to achieve this school year. I have always believed that goal setting is incredibly important, and has the greatest impact when a family sets those goals together. Our students have the opportunity to learn from the most dedicated and skilled teachers that I have ever served with in North Carolina. The educators in Orange County Schools are prepared, motivated, and enthusiastic about the return of our students. The work that they do with your child in partnership with you will change their lives. We are asking that you find ways to get involved in your child’s education and communicate with us on a regular basis.
We also ask that as you prepare for the start of the new school year on August 28th, that you are mindful of increased traffic on our local roads, use caution in school parking lots, and be aware of our students standing at our bus stops waiting to be transported to school. We appreciate your patience during the first week of school regarding bus transportation. In our seven elementary schools, thanks to the support of our Board of Education, we will continue to offer free breakfast for all elementary students.
Like any other school system, we have challenges ahead of us as a community. I am thankful to live and work in a community that places such a high value on public education. Your support and commitment drives us to continue to make changes to ensure that Orange County Schools remains the First Choice for Families. We wish the entire Orange County Schools family an exciting and successful school year!