Lemoore Elementary School District welcomes students and staff back to school

By Ed Martin, Editor
Lemoore Elementary Crossing Guard Alice Carlson says stands guard as local students end their first day off school.
Lemoore Elementary Crossing Guard Alice Carlson says stands guard as local students end their first day off school.

Twenty-one new faces within the Lemoore Elementary School District greeted students as they arrived for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 15, effectively ending a short summer vacation.

Those 21 new faces happen to be new teachers. The district will maintain the same administration team and did hire a new district nurse.

Lemoore Elementary Superintendent Cheryl Hunt said the district expects 3,267 students to show up this week at Lemoore Elementary, Cinnamon Elementary, Meadow Lane, PW Engvall, Liberty Middle School, and the University Charter School.

“We are looking forward to an extraordinary 2017-18 school year,” said Hunt. She said this year’s enrollment is similar to last year’s on opening day.

“Our main focus for the school year is our work on obtaining proficiency in literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, and technology in addition to providing a safe and nurturing environment,” said Hunt. “We spent a great deal of time during our professional development days focused on literacy. Our staff received guided reading training from the International Center for Leadership in Education along with questioning sequences training from Marzano Research.”

Hunt added that the middle school and University Charter campus spent time on Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports and Professional Learning Community structures and Response to Intervention. “This all ties to our fundamental understanding that the sole reason we exist is to support student learning at high levels,” she said. 

The district has invested in new surveillance equipment district wide to support safety efforts. The district’s existing equipment was not meeting the schools’ needs. The local district is utilizing Prop. 39 dollars to begin installation of energy efficient lighting throughout all district classrooms and exterior hallways. 

Many students will be receiving tablets, the final implementation as part of the district’s phased in approach to all students having technology devices to support the curriculum and instruction delivered by teachers. 

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