Teachers greeted the students the first day with messages written in chalk over the playground and walkways. As students arrived, each teacher waited outside on our blacktop to meet each student and many of the parents. Once all of the buses and walkers arrived we followed a tradition we started some years ago where we welcome new students and staff by having them walk through as we cheer them on - - the "Clap In." This year, we were able to do this outside as the got ready to enter the building for the first time and it was awesome. Many parents participated in this because we were able to keep it outside. It is quite a spectacle.
The only obstacle was the heat. We have an old building and most of the classrooms are not air conditioned. All of the classrooms were extremely hot as almost every day it was over 90 degrees with high humidity. By the afternoon, the staff and students were really worn out. One other thing that really brought attention to the heat was that we had our Back To School Night on the 3rd day of School. Parents became very aware of the heat in our building as they visited classrooms and sat in our all purpose room during my sweaty presentation. Back To School Night was successful and we made it through,sharing our programs and our hopes for the upcoming year.