Members of administration visited campuses to greet staff, students and parents. In the crowd there was a mixture of parents who were dropping off their children for their first year enrolled in classes, and parents and students coming in to start a new year.
“We are always anxious for the school year to start,” said Rosie Martinez, a parent at Bonham Elementary School. “It’s a little nerve-wracking the first day, but I know they are in great hands so that makes the whole process a lot more comforting.”
The first day of school also marked the opening of the new Memorial Middle School and the launch of the Dual Language Academies at Ben Milam Elementary and Lee Means Elementary School.
Throughout the day, a variety of speakers visited classrooms to provide messages of optimism regarding the expectations of the school year.
“We will continue to work as a team to ensure our students remain successful this year,” said Dr. Arturo Cavazos, deputy superintendent for transformation and school support. “Our administrators, teachers, faculty and students will remain dedicated to education throughout the year to promote the enhancement and development of academic excellence within our students.”
Labor Day or Sept. 3 will mark the first holiday for HCISD, and the school year will continue through May 31.