If the convocation for Yadkin County school employees is any indication, it’s going to be a rocking year for the district. Teachers, principals and other staff gathered Friday at Starmount High School for the annual back-to-school meeting where they heard from fellow teachers, school board members and shared in some rousing song and dance routines celebrating the uniqueness of each school in the county.
“This is always a wonderful time of year as we prepare to kick off another school year,” said Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin, following the convocation. “In fact, it’s my favorite time of the year as we get the buses ready to roll and students return.”
Howard McKnight, Board of Education chairman and longtime educator in Yadkin County, gave the opening remarks at Friday’s convocation.
“Aren’t you proud to be part of the Yadkin County School System?” McKnight asked the group. He said he certainly was and he could sense the excitement about the start of a new school year.
To the sounds of “We Will Rock You,” teachers and staff had a chance to mingle with one another and share their excitement about the new year.
Continuing with the “rocking” theme, Teacher of the Year Jake Hoots shared his thoughts on what rocks about Yadkin County Schools. He said the dedication of the teachers in the district are central to what is great about the county’s school system. Also sharing his thoughts on the subject was Dr. Jed Cockrell, principal of the year.
Teachers then had the opportunity to share a little bit about what is special at each of their respective schools by way of cheers, songs and even some dance routines. Teachers donned costume pieces and rocked out to songs such as “Footloose,” “Party in the U.S.A.” and “YMCA.”
Martin said there are many exciting new things coming this year in the district.
“We have some new things going on in Yadkin County Schools this upcoming school year. Over the summer we rolled out a new website. We are getting ready to roll out a new app for Yadkin County Schools that students and parents will be able to download to their smart phones.
“This year, for the first time, we will have students who will be enrolled in courses in the Yadkin Virtual Academy. These juniors and seniors will take online courses designed by and taught by our teachers. This will provide these students greater flexibility in their scheduling. Additionally, each of these courses will be taught by an excellent teacher. For example, we will have a course taught by a teacher at the Early College that will have students from Starmount or Forbush enrolled. These students can work on the coursework anywhere there is internet and anytime they want to do so. Our goal is to provide as many educational opportunities as we can while never forgetting that we know each student as an individual who has his or her own special gifts and talents.”
On Wednesday, students returned to their classrooms for the 2016-17 school year.
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