The moon might have blocked the sun’s light Monday, but it couldn’t eclipse the excitement of the first day of school!
Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova and former DPS superintendent and current U.S. Sen. 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’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, Tom and Susana continued touring schools and talking with teachers. They stopped at Barnum (Susana’s alma mater!) and Sabin World, before wrapping up the day with a live EDUCA radio broadcast at John F. Kennedy High School. Check out our Facebook album and our Twitter feed with photos from the first day!
On Tuesday, the whirlwind first-days-of-school tour continues, as Tom and Susana will welcome kids and teachers back to school at University Prep – Steele, 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.
That’s a total of 20 schools in two days!