Officials, area schools prepare for first day back

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School officials at area schools said they’re excited to kick off the 2012-13 school year.

As many area public schools are prepping for the start of the new school year, some students attending local private schools have returned to classes.

This morning, Immaculate Conception Catholic School intends to welcome a student body of about 250 3-year-olds through eighth-graders to a new school year, according to school officials.

“We’re very excited,” said Principal Elaine Schad. “We think we got everything in place and ready to go.

“We’re just excited to get going and welcome our new families.”

While some students are back in classes, teachers on other campuses are preparing for the arrival of their students.

 Earlier this month, teachers from Argyle’s Hilltop Elementary School gathered for a two-day professional development session to discuss a variety of topics impacting students including preparing students for 21st century learning using technology.

“It’s always just great to get back with your colleagues, and being with them helps you get in the mode of getting back into teaching, being excited about the new school year after the [summer] break,” said Holly Williams, a kindergarten teacher.

In Sanger this week, high school students are attending orientation and being distributed individual laptops, a move district officials say will change the classroom culture, increase engagement and be more interactive and creative. In statements released by the district, Superintendent Kent Crutsinger said it’s an exciting time where it’s not about the computers but “engaging our students and transforming learning.”

Throughout the next week, Denton school officials say the district will host several back-to-school events. Throughout next week, “Meet the Teacher” events will be held at the district’s 20 elementary schools, allowing families to meet new staff and give students the opportunity to learn where their classes are. On Aug. 24, the district’s three traditional high schools will host the annual Freshman First Day.

“This gives the ninth-graders a chance to be in a high school setting before the upperclassmen arrive,” said Sharon Cox district spokeswoman.

Other back-to-school events include transition programs for sixth-graders entering area middle schools, parent information sessions, the inaugural Overnight International Baccalaureate Camp at Calhoun Middle School which wraps up today and the fifth annual 380 Back-2-School Bash Monday at Navo Middle School.

New district employees arrived Monday, Cox said for a three-day orientation and on Thursday, returning staff members will arrive for seven days of orientation and classroom preparation. Though a busy time, she said district staff look forward to the first week of school. Teachers, Cox said, are excited at the chance to meet their students just as much as students are looking forward to meeting them.

“There’s just this climate of excitement permeating throughout the district,” Cox said.

Area districts will return to school, Aug. 27.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is .


Here’s a list of upcoming school start dates for the area.

 Argyle — Aug. 27

 Aubrey — Aug. 27

 Denton— Aug. 27

 Denton Calvary Academy — Aug. 13 for secondary students, Aug. 14 for elementary students

 Immaculate Conception Catholic School — today

 Krum — Aug. 27

 Lake Dallas — Aug. 27

 Liberty Christian — Aug. 27

 Pilot Point — Aug. 27

 Ponder — Aug. 27

 Sanger — Aug. 27

 Texas Education Centers — Aug. 27

 Winfree Academy — Aug. 27


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