PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Over 2,000 students in the Pass Christian School District said farewell to summer Friday as they headed back to their classrooms. Friday was the first day of school for the entire district.
Teachers, as well as superintendent Dr. Carla Evers, were on hand to welcome them to school. There were goodbyes, high fives, and plenty of eyes watching, ensuring the students made it into class on time.
The first day of school can be an exciting day for some and an emotional day for others.
"Last night I could hardly sleep because this is the moment that we've all been working for all summer getting all our plans and things together," said Superintendent Dr. Carla Evers.
It was back to business for parents, who lined up drop-off their little ones. Teacher Robin Holder said the first day of school sets the stage for the school year.
"That's why it's so important when they first come in that we do all these routine things and get them comfortable to know that this is a safe place for them," said Holder.
This year, Pass Christian School District brought back its pre-k 4 program called the Little Pirate Learning Academy. Twenty students have enrolled in the class thanks in part to a $70,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Education.
"The earlier that we can start them in the learning process, the more apt they are to be successful," Dr. Evers said.
At the high school, juniors and seniors now have an opportunity to earn one year's worth of college credit through their dual credit courses, which they take on the high school's campus. The program is called Pirate College Preparatory Academy.
"It can be totally free for students," said Dr. Ever. "The parents pay the initial fees. And then right after that if the children make the qualifying score and grade we will refund those monies to the parents."
This year, the district also rolled out its house system at Delisle Elementary.
"Once the children are in the families, it will be a learning community in and of itself within the school," Dr. Evers added.
The ease of summer vacation may have ended, but the excitement of a new school year has only just begun. Dr. Evers said they started the first day of school on a Friday to allow students the chance to meet each other and for teachers to go over the handbook and rules. Come Monday she said, they can start a full week of instruction.