We are off to a good start
I don’t know how the rest of the school year will go, but if the first day is any indication we should have a great year. I want to thank all of you that enrolled your students early, attended the sixth and ninth grade orientations and the Elementary School and Intermediate School “Meet the Teacher” nights. Your participation up front allowed for a very smooth first day.
It was good to see our students return this past Monday, and even though we did not meet the first day enrollment projections, we anticipate gaining a few more students over the next two weeks.
The day went so smoothly that within the first five minutes of the tardy bell, our students at the high school were in their classes with instruction taking place. When I checked on the other campuses, it was clear that the preparation from our teachers, administrators and other instructional staff paid off as students at each school were engaged in an appropriate lesson.
Our transportation and food service departments performed well getting our students to and from school and feeding them at breakfast and lunch time.
Our facilities were in excellent condition, and all of our utilities were operational on the first day. The overall first day attendance was 25 students less than last year, but we had a large enough increase in Pre-Kindergarten students that we brought a new teacher on board to accommodate the increased enrollment in Pre-K.
A big “thank you” goes out to the different organizations that helped to get our students ready for school. I am sure that there were others, but thanks to the VFW for the school supply drive and the Chamber of Commerce for the “Shoes for Students” drive.
As we go through this school year, it is clear that for Rockdale ISD to be successful we must continue to partner with our community and parents to provide the best educational environment for our students.
I am looking forward to a great year and am pleased that it has started off well. I appreciate all of you for your assistance getting the 2012-2013 school year started.