Preparing for a Successful School Year

Students learn to use their new lockers

Students and staff were gracing the hallways of LVCSD schools as preparations were made to open the doors on a new year on Sept. 5.

During the last week of August, orientations were held for incoming sixth- and ninth-graders at their respective schools. Middle school orientation included eighth-graders giving tours to the newest students, teaching them how to use their lockers and offering advice on a variety of topics important to middle school survival. The students were also welcomed by the administrators and shown where all of their classrooms are, based on their individual schedules.

At the high school, freshmen were introduced to Naviance, an important program they will use throughout high school to keep track of items they will need for college applications as seniors. They also received a welcome from administrators and met the new high school principal, Patrick DiClemente. Upperclassmen guided tours of the high school and shared a pizza lunch with their newest classmates before saying goodbye.

On Sept. 4, the entire staff was welcomed back for Superintendent’s Conference Day. Teachers, teaching assistants and nurses from across the district gathered at the middle school/high school for faculty meetings, department meetings, professional development and Challenge Day. Challenge Day is an interactive program that helps to break down walls of separation and isolation and replace them with compassion. The program’s intention is to inspire people to live, study and work in an environment of acceptance, love and respect.

District administrators, counselors and psychologists brought the Challenge Day workshop to the staff to help them bond and to have tools to use to share the benefits of the program with their students. 

The district is off to a good start for the 2018-19 school year!