What a great first day! We added an additional stop at the Superintendent’s office this morning. There is nothing like the excitement associated with the first day of school when the school bus arrives.
Bus 12 picked up a Marshall Simonds group followed by runs to Memorial and Fox Hill. All the students seemed as eager to get to school as their parents were to have them attend. Gretchen reminded me that Burlington is one of the few communities remaining that does not charge transportation fees. She also told me that kindergarten students are still dropped off at their individual homes.
When we talk about curriculum and instruction, we are talking about more than what happens in the classroom. In other words, if we were fish, curriculum and instruction is the water in which we swim. Every part of a student’s day from the moment they step on the bus until the moment they step off is critical to their success in school. The first relationship associated with school for many parents and students is with our bus drivers. Gretchen has known many of her students since they were in kindergarten. I even heard Gretchen reminding students about their summer reading and other projects.
Thank you to Gretchen and Bob Bent from A&F Busing for helping to make opening day in Burlington such a success.