8/24/13 Psyched up for school
Sam Roberts / Times-Newss
Principal Julie Bethea, center, of Hillcrest Elementary, is dressed up like a gift box Friday before the Alamance-Burlington School System back-to-school celebration for faculty and staff at Williams High School auditorium.
Psyched up for school
By Isaac Groves The Times-News 8/24/13
Reprinted with permission.
When it was Hillcrest Elementary School’s turn in the spirit contest, the teachers whistled “Pop Goes the Weasel” and principal Julie Bethea threw the lid off her box and shouted.
“Sometimes, you’ve got to think outside the box!”
This is how the Alamance-Burlington School System gets teachers and staff ready for the new year, which starts Monday. One after another, groups from each school performed a song, chant or skit at their seats in the Williams High School Auditorium.
Loud was encouraged.
“We all get together,” Bethea said, “to talk about a common vision, celebrate our successes and get pumped up for the year.”
The Williams High School Choral Group gave up the last day of summer to sing “We Are Young” for the teachers.
Superintendent Lillie Cox got to work setting a tone for the year.
Her theme was about focusing on what teachers can control, like good lesson plans and drop-out prevention, and focusing less on the things out of their control like not getting a raise again.
“We have more influence and control when we focus on our classrooms,” Cox told the crowd. “No matter what the general public thinks, not everybody can do what you do.”
Traditional-calendar schools start Monday, in case anyone had forgotten.
The school system expects 22,690 students this year, an increase of about 270 over last school year.
Those who haven’t enrolled their student yet can contact their assigned school. Setting up an appointment can save a lot of time.
If you do not know which school your student is assigned to, call the ABSS Transportation Office at 336-570-6541. Give the office your address to receive a school assignment.
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