LCS celebrate first day of school

Lexington City Schools celebrate first day of school

Students for Lexington City Schools got a jump start on the school year when they celebrated their first day of classes on Monday, which is a week earlier than other students in the county.

In February, Lexington City School Board of Education submitted a calendar waiver to the North Carolina Department of Education to allow the district to begin school a week earlier than other schools in the county. Dr. Anitra Wells, superintendent of Lexington City Schools, said the reason for the change was to adjust scheduling of exams.

“We decided to utilize the calendar waiver option provided by the state to start our school year one week early,” Wells said. “This allows for mid-year and end of semester exams to occur before Christmas break. It minimizes lost instructional time due to needing to review after kids return from break so that they are prepared for exams.”

Davidson County and Thomasville City schools’ first day for students will be on Aug. 26

Lexington students were celebrated and supported by community members from several different organizations who were present at every school in the district as the students reported for the first day.

“The first day of school in Lexington City Schools was an exciting and smooth one,” Wells said. “We had school greeters from the community to show their support for our students as students entered buildings today. Students were greeted with clappers, pom poms, and bubbles at Lexington Middle School.”

Jennifer Wisner, a parent who was dropping off two students at Charles England Elementary School, said she thought the welcome was a great way to get the students and parents ready for the first day of school.

“The kids are excited,” Wisner said. “It is a big change for my first-grader and an emotional day, but it is really exciting.”

Beth Callicutt, principal at Charles England Elementary School, said that she is so appreciative of the support from so many different businesses, organizations and individuals for her students. She said it is important to make the kids feel empowered and important as they embark on a new school year.

“We feel like the more we get the community involved, the better our kids will be and the more role models they will see throughout out school,” Callicutt said. “We are adopting the theme of making magic this year. We are the magic makers and we want every day to be the best day and to get the kids excited about trying to make everyday a little better than the day before. We’re kicking it off with a bang.”

Tina Royal, member of the Lexington City Schools Superintendent Advisory Board, said the board wanted an event to involve the community to show the students they are important.

“We want to show our children that we are behind them. We want to keep them encouraged,” Royal said. “We also wanted to let them see law enforcement and other community members in a positive way. The biggest thing that we wanted to show is that we are a unified community and we are here for our children.”

Organizations who participated in the Welcome Back to School celebration included the Lexington Police Department, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Lexington City Council, Lexington Rotary Club, Salvation Army of Davidson County, Davidson County Community College, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (Omicron Psi Omega Chapter), Davidson County Probation/Parole - Department of Public Safety, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Eta Beta Beta Chapter), J. Smith Young YMCA, NAACP Lexington, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Lexington Chapter and the American Legion Post 255.

Sharon Myers/The Dispatch


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