We enjoyed a fabulous first day of classes across the District. Students and staff kicked off the new school year with special flag raising ceremonies, all-school assemblies, and other community-building events. Students also spent the day getting to know their teachers and learning the classroom routines.
At Washington High School, students and staff returned to discover several changes thanks to a major renovation project. Updates include new windows, ceilings, lighting, and flooring throughout much of the school, as well as a state-of-the-art geothermal heating and cooling system.
We also celebrated the opening of the new Johnson STEAM Academy Magnet school, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Students carried signs and ribbons as they processed to the front of the school, led by a drum line. A bubble machine added to the festive atmosphere. After a flag raising, Principal Candace Lynch welcomed all the students; Superintendent Dr. Brad Buck thanked the many community partners who helped to make the project possible; Mayor Ron Corbett was then joined by student ambassadors to proclaim today as Johnson STEAM Academy Day in the City of Cedar Rapids.
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