Students across Denver kicked off the 2018-19 school year Monday on the first day for most DPS schools. To help welcome back students and educators, Superintendent Tom Boasberg joined leaders from DPS and the community to visit eight schools and celebrate the new school year.
At Escalante-Biggs Academy, Tom and others welcomed DPS’ youngest learners as they began the first day of their educational journey with ECE and kindergarten. Educators welcomed students with pompoms and cheers, while family members gave them hugs and high-fives before walking them into class.
Later that morning, Tom visited John Amesse Elementary, where he checked out the new Makers Space STEAM Lab, which was made possible thanks to voters’ support of the 2016 bond.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined the Superintendent at Marie L. Greenwood Academy as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College to ring in the new school year. At Green Valley Elementary, Tom joined DPS’ Food and Nutrition Services team members to serve milk and pass out lunch trays to the young learners.
At High Tech Early College, students who had completed internships through CareerConnect shared their experiences – – including working for a screen-printing company and an online Spanish radio show — and how they received hands-on learning over the summer months.
Ms. Tonya Whittaker’s fifth-grade class participated in circle time, when students shared their names and favorite foods followed by a memory game at Farrell B. Howell.
With the final bell of the first day of school, Tom and Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova ended the day at Oakland Elementary, where they joined Principal Lisa Mahannah to high-five students and their families as they finished the first day of what’s sure to be a great year!
Check out photos from the first day of school below.