IW schools rock convocationPublished 11:13am Friday, August 30, 2013
SMITHFIELD—The word convocation might summon an image of quiet and reserved behavior along formal and lengthy speeches. There was really nothing like that at all during Isle of Wight County Schools’ kickoff to the new academic year on Monday.
Even before walking into the auditorium at Smithfield High School, the sound of music could be clearly heard outside. Inside, the excitement was building with the band members playing and the cheerleaders cheering.
Moving to the beat were teachers, staff and administration.
Here and there could be seen faculty in costumes, such as cheerleaders, school mascots, or even more elaborate like the Queen of Hearts.
“If the level of excitement you carry on Monday – and you have the strength and stick-to-itiveness for 180 days – this will be the best school division in the United States,” said Julia Perkins, who represents the Windsor district on the school board.
“I’m glad to see everyone here, and I’m looking forward to the coming year,” said Board Chairman Robert Eley. He told a short story about a teacher asked what she makes. In reply, the woman explains how her teaching makes the differences in everyone’s lives.
“There’s a lot to be excited about,” said Board Supervisor Chairwoman JoAnn Hall. “The economy is up, jobs and housing have increased.
Hall said the supervisors would work more closely with the schools this year and “make this a better year.”
She promised that the teachers will get every paycheck they earn.
“Thank you for all you do above and beyond,” said Hall.
Superintendent Katrise Perera reemphasized her commitment to the school division, and encouraged everyone to unite together so that IWCS can move forward in a more positive direction.
Perera said everyone has choices to make, and she asked who was ready to choose the students of IWCS, because “that’s who we’re here for.”
Further, the superintendent said she would refocus on preparing students for rigor, relevance and relationships, which always equals good results.
These 4 R’s of educational excellence, she said, will be achieved by implementing the Instructional Framework that Assistant Superintendent Laura Abel presented, and has shared with each of the school principals to introduce to their teachers and staff.