On Wednesday, the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District began its 2019- 2020 school year.
All of the district’s students returned their respective schools after summer break. Prior to the school year beginning teachers, administrators and other professionals went through a period of preparation and professional development culminating in the district’s Second Annual Expecting Excellence Summit.
This school year is the first for the academic houses at Starkville High School, and is also Morgan Abraham’s first as principal of Sudduth Elementary School.
“The first day at Sudduth has been very smooth,” Abraham said. “Parents were smiling. Students were smiling. Our teachers were ready. They’ve had four days of great professional development and team building, and we’re ready to have a wonderful year and get this kicked off.”
Starkville High School Principal Sean McDonnall discussed the school’s hopes for its academic houses.
“They’ve got a pathway," McDonnall said. "They’ve got a goal in mind. I’m sure that might change in the next two years, but that’s fine. At least they’ve picked something.”
The district debuted three academic houses at SHS, including TEC for technology and science-related careers, CAB for communication, arts and business and H2S for health and human service. All courses in each house will be geared toward the students’ interests in the respective fields.
Sudduth Elementary first grade teacher Christina Reynolds said she wanted all her students to succeed.
“Sudduth is a great place to be today,” Reynolds said. “All the babies are happy. All the teachers are happy. We’re all excited to be here."
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