Special Events Celebrate First Day of Classes


Students returned to classrooms across the District on Aug. 27 to begin the 2013-14 school year. (Taylor Elementary began classes in July.) The first day included special moments for young learners and their families as they met teachers and staff members, reconnected with friends, and were introduced to new classmates.

The first day was celebrated with assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, a review of classroom routines, and other getting started activities. Students were dismissed after lunch so staff members could participate in afternoon professional development programming.

Among the opening day events was the dedication of a Land Grant signed in 1855 by U.S. President Franklin Pierce. The document was gifted to the District by retired teacher Betty Debban. The contribution to the art collection was made in memory of Mrs. Debban’s husband, Charles H. Debban, who served as an administrator in the District. Mrs. Debban formally presented the framed document to Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent; and Dr. Becky DeWald, Pierce Elementary School Principal, during the Pierce Opening Day Flag Raising ceremony. It will be permanently displayed at Pierce.

“We are honored to own a piece of our country’s history with the beautiful signature of President Pierce. It will be proudly hung in the Pierce foyer for our students and our community to enjoy,” noted Dr. DeWald.

At Jefferson High School, students and staff enjoyed lunch in the newly-remodeled cafeteria following a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The café project was completed during the summer and included the removal and replacement of all kitchen equipment and the installation of new cooking stations as well as new serving lines, a remodel of the dining area with updated finishes, and new technology upgrades.

“The staff at Jefferson is very excited and proud of the cafeteria remodeling project,” noted Chuck McDonnell, Principal. “This facility will provide better nutrition and a comfortable environment for current and future Jefferson students. We know the public will enjoy this facility for many west side activities.

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