First Day of School at Elementary and High School – What a difference!
Since I work supporting many schools, I had the opportunity to visit three schools the first day of school. I was at two elementary schools in the morning on the first day of school. One started at 7:45 am and the other at 9:15 am. It was fun to see all the children with their parents coming to school. We watched the mothers following the school busses to the school, making sure that they children had the experience of riding the bus but wanting to walk into the building with their child to greet the teachers. The children looked so special in their new uniforms, so clean and pressed. The little boys with their white shirts and ties and the little girls with their white shirts and jumpers with spotless shoes and socks. But we all know that by the time they went home and had lunch and recess, their shirts were out and they were all dirty and smelly as they got on the busses to go home to their mothers. In elementary school, the first day of school is always exciting for the students, parents and staff. It is a new beginning for all.
I was in a High School in the afternoon and the climate was a little different. All the students had on their uniforms but in high school they wear polo shirts with their school name on them. This school wears grey shirts and black pants. The students were quiet as they move from class to class. Their shirts were not all new, some looked like they wore them for past school years and were some were faded with wear and washing. They did not seem as joyous and happy to be back to school as the elementary students. I was at a faculty meeting after school and the teachers were talking about how quiet the students were today and that most of them were tired and sleepy. For high school students, they are in still in shock with having to be at school before 8:00am.
Going to elementary schools and a high school on opening day was a lesson in learning how different student and teacher attitudes can be. The elementary schools were so happy and upbeat, the high school was so quiet and the students did not look like they were thrilled to be starting another school year.