It seems that just when families have begun to settle into their summer routines, it’s already time for a new school year. Durham Public Schools students on the traditional calendar go back to class on Aug. 25. Here are some important tips to help start the school year smoothly.
Last week 3,100 eager students poured into our five year-round schools for the start of the school year. They were excited to meet new classmates, teachers and challenges, and their energy was catching. As I visited these schools on the first day, I felt just as excited. It was a new beginning for all of us.
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The beginning of a new year is traditionally the time to make a resolution: to set the intention to make a positive difference in your life and the life of those around you.
A long time before I became superintendent of Durham Public Schools, I began my career in Washington, D.C., as a teacher for seriously emotionally disturbed middle school students. I then became principal of a high school for troubled adolescents. These were all children and youth who, somewhere along the way, had become disconnected from their school communities and families. We worked hard to bring them back around. We weren’t always successful.