Lincoln County public schools enjoyed a fairly smooth first week of the 2012-2013 school year last week, with no distractions to take away from instructional time, according to Superintendent Sherry Hoyle.
Excited students and staff were apparent throughout the area as teachers prepared for new students and lesson plans to fit the new curriculum changes that are going into effect, while students had the chance to show off back-to-school outfits and start a fresh year.
“I’ve had the opportunity to visit classrooms this week and observe students actively engaged in conducting science experiments, using Smart Boards and iPads, and even experiencing an academic pep rally,” Hoyle told the Times-News last week.
Between 11,000 to 12,000 students headed back to class last week, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Matt Stover said, though he hasn’t received an exact count just yet. The amount was in the same ballpark last year, Stover noted, and was at about 12,200 in the 2010-2011 school year.
The lack of new school buildings in the county to house new students is a probable factor in the count not increasing since last year, Stover said. But the good news is, he doesn’t believe the student count to have dropped.
Going into a new school year, Hoyle stresses parent involvement with their children, both in the classroom and out as they learn new material that has been said by officials to be more vigorous than in previous years.