EMCSD welcomes students back in a big way!
Across the El Monte City School District, students were warmly welcomed back to a new school year. At Cherrylee School the students were greeted with colorful signs, balloons, and music as they entered the school. Teachers and staff lined up to cheer on the students and parents as they walked in. There were smiles all around and a general feeling of celebration and love.
“Wow! I never expected this!” exclaimed Florence Salmon, a Cherrylee parent. She went on to say, “This is amazing! What a great way to get the whole community involved in celebrating education.”
The special welcome back was the idea of Cherrylee’s new principal, Doris Tran. “I wanted to start the year off with fun and excitement,” she said. “Students who are motivated to learn have higher achievement and show better understanding of the concepts they are taught.”
“I feel happy because the teachers make me feel happy,” said second grader Analeah Ledesma after she had walked through the welcome area.
Cherrylee sixth grader Joaquin Salcedo said, “The teachers care about us and I think that’s something that makes our school really special.”
At Gidley School students were treated like celebrities with a red carpet welcome as the “paparazzi” took pictures. Bubbles filled the air along with music and brightly colored silly string. Teachers held welcome back signs and high fived the students as they walked in.
Wilkerson School also offered a red carpet to their student celebrities. One student remarked, “This makes me feel so special!”
Potrero School students were greeted by a large chalk sidewalk sign that read “Welcome Back Potrero Lions” - complete with lion mascot and paw prints.
Durfee School had perhaps the largest crowd. Free coffee was offered to parents. Principal Juan Munoz and Assistant Principal Veronica Ortiz made sure that everything was orderly and well organized. There were cones and chalk lines as students were arranged into their classrooms. Later, students were given tours of the new buildings on this state-of-the-art campus. The students seemed very pleased and “This is awesome!” was frequently heard.
EMCSD Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia spent the morning visiting many of the schools. She remarked, “I don’t recall seeing this much excitement on the first day of school. If this is any indication of what lies ahead this school year - it’s going to be incredible!”