Denver — The moon might have blocked the sun’s light on Monday, Aug. 21, but it couldn’t eclipse the excitement of the first day of school!
Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova and former Denver Public Schools (DPS) superintendent and current U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, kicked off the first day of the 2017-18 school year at Goldrick Elementary in Southwest Denver, with dance performances by the globe-trotting troupe Up with People and South High School’s dance team, the African Queens. They welcomed our kids back to school and thanked educators and families for their dedication to our vision, Every Child Succeeds.
Tom and team toured Goldrick, Castro, Valverde, Johnson and Cheltenham before joining Newlon Principal Rob Beam to watch the height of the solar eclipse with students on Newlon’s playground. Tom, Susana and Michael, donning their eclipse shades, watched with kids and discussed the science behind the solar change while students documented their eclipse observations.
In the afternoon, Boasberg and Cordova continued touring schools and talking with teachers. They stopped at Barnum (Cordova’s alma mater) and Sabin World School, before wrapping up the day with a live EDUCA radio broadcast at John F. Kennedy High School. Check out The DPS Facebook album and Twitter feed with photos from the first day.
On Tuesday, Aug. 22, the whirlwind first-days-of-school tour continued, as Boasberg and Cordova welcomed kids and teachers back to school at University Prep – Steele St., DSST: Cole, the International Academy of Denver at Harrington, Hallett Academy, Northfield, KIPP Northeast Elementary, STRIVE – Rise, KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy, Montbello Career and Technical High School, Collegiate Prep Academy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College. Totaling 20 school visits in two days!