Tidewater schools begin new year with enthusiasm

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Staff in the Tidewater school division welcomed students with open arms as a new academic year began Tuesday.

Throughout Tidewater, administrators did not report any serious issues with buildings or getting students to school.

By about 7:30 a.m., several buses were arriving and unloading students at West Point High School and West Point Middle School. Some students hopped off the bus eager to get started, while others were still sleepy-eyed as they began to get re-acclimated to early mornings after summer vacation.

The students arrived outfitted with backpacks and lunch boxes, which would serve them well as they journeyed into the school building to begin day one of classes on the clear, cool morning.

West Point students were greeted by Superintendent Laura Abel, high school Principal Mark Dorsey and other staff at the entrance to the high school and middle school. Staff members exchanged greetings with familiar faces and new students alike as their charges streamed off the school buses.

Abel reported smooth sailing for the Pointers’ first day. Buses ran on time and classrooms had been cleaned and repainted ahead of the school year.

“Everything is really going so well. Our teachers are ready,” Abel said.

Dorsey echoed Abel’s excitement, saying the West Point Public Schools community was primed for the new year.

“We’re all pumped,” Dorsey said.

New Kent High School students welcomed the first day of school as they unloaded from buses and cars in herds.

“I think it’s gonna be a really good year,” New Kent High Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Byron Bishop said.

“Middle school has a new schedule; it’s gonna be a good thing for them. They are on a block schedule as well,” Bishop said.

Students and parents of New Kent Middle School were greeted with music as they arrived for the first day of school.

“I’m trying to set the tone for the school year, get students excited about coming in,” New Kent teacher Stephanie Wright said.

“First day they try to be early,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of sixth-grade parents come in with their kids.”

Wright helped direct cars as volunteer parents moved students to their classes.

Incoming sixth graders begin preparing for classes Friday during a orientation boot camp designed specifically.

The orientation allowed students and parents to meet staff, find assigned lockers, practice opening lockers and a host of other activities they need to get acclimated to to middle school.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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