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Principals’ Notes on the Start of the School Year

Despite the late August heat wave, the Rockland Public School District’s teachers, and administrators greeted incoming students on August 27 with excitement and enthusiasm as they opened the 2018-2019 school year.

Rogers Middle School Principal, Beth Bohn greeted three lucky fifth graders who last spring had won a first-day-of -school limousine ride. The students were Brody Nicholson, Luana Duarte, and Sabrina Freitas.  The limo ride was provided courtesy of School Committee Chairman, Daniel Biggins.  Superintendent Dr. Alan Cron accompanied the students on their luxury limo ride to school.

At Memorial Park Elementary School Principal Jan Sheehan and her staff were “bubbling with excitement” as students arrived. “Our entire staff, waving bubbles from colorful bubble wands, were out on each playground to greet their students on their first day back to school.”

To officially kick off the school year, Jefferson Elementary School held its annual Open House on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Principal Michelle Scheufele said, “Over 150 families came out in the heat to meet the classroom teachers and visit the gymnasium to experience all that Jefferson has to offer.” She added, “From making a leaf to add to our Jefferson Family Tree at art teacher Michael Guyette’s table, to sampling the STEAM activities to be offered this school year at Rachel Mack’s table, to meeting our interventionists and social emotional support team, there was something for everyone to learn about Jefferson School.”  

Esten Elementary School Principal Marilyn Smith described the school’s first monthly community meeting held on September 5th.  “Since school just started we recognized the students who participated in summer reading.”  Each student who fulfilled the summer reading contract got a certificate, a pencil and a free ice cream in the cafeteria.  “We also acknowledged those students who displayed some sort of ‘Pawsome behavior’ during the first days of school.  Some were role models, others assisted new teachers, and others were cooperative and helpful.” 

Principal John Harrison announced that Rockland High School’s school year began on Tuesday, August 21, with a Meet the Coaches Night for all parents whose children planned to participate in fall sports. Coaches outlined their expectations for the fall season. On Wednesday, August 22nd, RHS held Freshmen and New Student Orientation to provide an opportunity for incoming students to tour the building, speak with students, and learn about the first year survival guide.

On August 27, the first day of school, Rockland High School students celebrated being named a 2017-2018 Unified Champion School by the Special Olympics for its “commitment to fostering a socially inclusive school climate that emphasizes acceptance, respect, and human dignity for all students.”


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