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Year-round schools get off to a smooth start for 2011-12 school year

Ashley Colmenares-Diaz, 6, talks about herself to her first-grade teacher, Jacqueline Fish, on the first day of year-round school at Walter Bickett Elementary School Monday (July 25, 2011.) Pictured below: A parent volunteer assists students on the first day of year-round school at Shiloh Elementary School.

Even with scorching temperatures hovering close to 100 degrees, students returned to year-round school Monday (July 25, 2011) ready to begin the 2011-2012 school year.

Walter Bickett Elementary School seemed to be fairly indicative of the first day at all the year-round schools. “It’s been a very smooth start,” said Walter Bickett Elementary principal Theresa Benson. “There have been lots of smiling faces, both students and teachers, who are all glad to come back to school.”

Benson said it’s easy to smile when you love what you do. “What a powerful profession we’re in – to be able to touch young lives every day,” she said. “And I have great people. We have worked very hard to make sure that we are ready to meet any challenge that may come.”


There are seven year-round UCPS schools: Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, East Elementary, Shiloh Elementary, Walter Bickett Elementary, Monroe Middle School, Walter Bickett Education Center and Wolfe School.

According to UCPS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Denise Patterson and UCPS Safety Director Jarrod McCraw, there were no problems reported at either the schools or the school buses.

Students who attend school on the traditional calendar will begin school Aug. 25, 2011. Union County Early College students begin classes Aug. 3, 2011.

This video shows some of the highlights of opening day at Monroe Middle, Walter Bickett Elementary, Shiloh Elementary and Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordpictureinator
Photos by Bledsoe and Don Mace, Web Communications Coordinator
Video by: Don Mace, Web Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jul 25, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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