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School bells are ringing

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

However impossible it seems, school bells are ringing which signifies the beginning of a new school year. Our students returned to school on Monday of this week. As I walked the campuses on the first day, it was gratifying to rediscover the delightful anticipation and exhilaration from staff and students, dressed in their back to school clothes.

The elementary school was lively, with many parents escorting students inside. There were a few last minute registrations and students greeting old and new friends. The secondary campus was much the same. Not as many parents escort their children inside; however, there were more last minute registrations. I always look forward to the first day of school, even though it can be a bit hectic.

From my observations and visits I had with principals and staff throughout the day, our first day went very smooth and, in many instances, it looked as if students were returning from the weekend as opposed to being off for the summer. Teachers “hit the ground running” and had students actively engaged in lessons on day one.

Before the school year began, there were a lot of activities that took place. On Aug. 22 Milano ISD hosted our Back to School Night and Meet the Eagles. Our back to school evening began with our parents and children visiting with our teachers in their respective classrooms. There was a tremendous turnout by our students and parents and a sense of excitement permeated the air.

Teachers were greeting their new students and parents and children were excitedly bringing in backpacks and school supplies as they and their parents visited with teachers about the upcoming school year.

Our next event for the evening was our Meet the Eagles program in the Geneva Paceley Gymnasium. The atmosphere was electric and the enthusiasm unbelievable as the coaches introduced our volleyball, football and cross country teams, along with our cheerleaders. Our students, faculty, staff, parents and community members are looking forward to our fall sports season with great anticipation. The evening culminated with a silent auction and cake auction that benefited our boys and girls athletic program. The proceeds raised will go a long way in helping our student athletes.

Speaking of athletes, our Lady Eagle Volleyball team finished second in the Iola Volleyball tournament, falling in a hard fought match to last years state finalist Iola Bulldogs in the championship game. The Lady Eagles will participate in the Robinson Tournament on Thursday and Saturday this week. On Thursday, they will be in “pool play” against Bruceville-Eddy, China Spring and Hubbard. The time they begin play on Saturday is dependent upon the results of pool play.

On Friday the Lady Eagles JV and varsity will host Normangee beginning at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles travel to Thorndale for the district opener. Come out and support the Lady Eagles on their quest to return to the playoffs.

With the start of school means the start of football. For our first game of the season, we will be hosting the Waco Christian Stars Friday at 7:30 p.m. We have high hopes for our football team this year and Coach Jentsch’s crew is determined to reach the playoffs once again.

On Thursday, our junior varsity team will travel to College Station to play the College Station Cougars, a new high school there, at 6 p.m. Come out and support the Eagles.

Here in Milano ISD we are looking forward to having a joyous and wonderfully productive school year.

rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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