- June 29, 2018 at 5:17 PM #49341
If you celebrate the end of the school year, do you also celebrate its beginning in the fall? Is it an event for students and teachers only or are parents included? What has or has not worked well for your school?
- July 7, 2018 at 7:41 PM #49406
We don’t have a school-wide celebration as such, though I think it is a good idea. We do have an opening chapel that involves all the students, staff, administration, and school board and their wives. This serves as a welcome back to school and a time for the principal to go over the whole school policies and make any announcements that may be necessary.
Then it is up to each teacher if they want to do anything special in the way of celebration. Often the day is spent doing less work but taking time to thoroughly introduce procedures and expectations. Last year the Jr. High teacher did several team-building exercises that her students enjoyed. It was a good way of mixing the new 7th graders with the 8th graders she’d had the year before. I like to take individual student pictures at some point during the day. I later use these pictures for birthday gifts, as a who’s who in the class by the door in hall, and for other things. Last year we finished up the day with popsicles.
- July 10, 2018 at 11:39 AM #49417
For the last two years we’ve had a back-to-school night a few days before school begins. Students, staff, and parents are all included. There’s a brief assembly with a pep talk from our administrator, then students go to their homerooms. Students find their desks and/or lockers and stock them with their school supplies. I’m not sure what else they do in the elementary rooms, but with my 9th and 10th graders I have my own pep talk and we go over the schedule and maybe do other things if there’s time. A snack follows. It’s been well-attended, and an upbeat, positive way to start the year.
A big part of what’s happening is that we’re doing a lot of stuff that typically happens on the first day of school before school actually starts. Students are oriented in place (room/desk/locker) and time (schedule). It’s made the actual first day go more smoothly.
One thing that didn’t work: The first time we did this we had high school students choose their electives during this event. This proved to be time-consuming and stressful for everyone involved, so we went back to having them choose their electives for the next school year in the spring, which is how it had been done previously.
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