Students returned to classrooms across the District Aug. 23 for the start of the new school year. Opening day events included special flag raising ceremonies, all-school assemblies, and other community-building events. Students also spent the first day getting to know their teachers and learning the classroom routines. New principals are being welcomed this year at Harrison Elementary School, Trista Manternach; Jackson Elementary School, Nick Duffy; Taylor Elementary School, Andrea Scott; McKinley Middle School, Jason Martinez; and Metro High School, Brian Galusha. Interim principal Dr. Carlos Grant greeted students at Washington High School.
“You could feel the excitement in the air at the schools I visited,” noted Dr. Brad Buck, Superintendent. “Staff members were greeting students, helping them read schedules and working on locker combinations, and getting them started with classroom activities designed to get to know one another. There are so many positive things happening as staff members reach out and get to know students as learners.”
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The District also marked the opening of the new Kenwood Leadership Academy Magnet School, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Kenwood students gathered on the playground for a program that included a student emcee, as well as comments from Superintendent Buck and Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett. Aug. 23 was proclaimed Kenwood Leadership Academy Day in the City of Cedar Rapids!