The end of summer came with a drizzle, a fleeting September shower that was gone before the class bell rang, signalling this annual rite of passage: the first day of school.
With the bell came the stream of students at Will Rogers Middle School, from the blacktop into classes. Throughout Long Beach, a city of 50 square miles and half a million people, some 80,000 of them public school students.
How did it go for you? (Ours hit speed bumps for two hours, as paperwork for completed vaccinations was somehow not on file, and our student was trapped in the library. But the kinks got worked out by lunchtime.)
Did your students get the teacher or teachers they wanted? If not, did you weigh in with the school? How was that met? Share the day's experiences, and what are your rituals with the kids and with other parents for the first day of school?