Apprehensive students throughout the Carson City School District began the 2019-20 school year with reassuring and motivational school assemblies, meet-and-greets and back-to-school nights.
“We want to thank all of those who make this first week back to school a special and memorable experience,” said Superintendent Richard Stokes. “Establishing that relationship of trust and commitment to the students’ success always supersedes any curriculum-based instruction. There is always excitement and jitters going back to school, both for the teachers and students alike. We need the students to feel safe, positive and confident for them to really reach their educational potential.”
Several elementary schools, including Bordewich Bray, Empire, Fremont, Mark Twain and Seeliger, participated in inspirational assemblies featuring music artist and motivational speaker, C.J. Luckey. The assemblies kicked off the first week of school by talking to the students about the power of the word “Yet” and “Yes I Can,” which is the anthem for students around the world.
The pop songs encourage, empowers and inspires students to have confidence. The “Yes I Can” song, officially released Aug. 23, is from Luckey’s new growth mindset album: C.A.P.S. Vol. 2. Combined with other motivational songs, the concept places the word “yet” at the end of any negative statement and furthers the positivity by adding “yes I can.” Thus, whatever the challenge may be, now becomes positive and accomplishable.
“It is an optimistic approach and reminds students that they may not understand something ‘yet,’ ” said Paula Zona, principal at Seeliger Elementary School. “We often hear several common statements from students including ‘I don’t get it,’ ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘It doesn’t make sense.’ By believing in them and adding the word ‘yet’ to the end of such statements flips the positive outlook and attitude for each student.”
“You see, there is a difference between ‘not knowing’ and ‘not knowing, yet,” C.J. Luckey raps in his inspirational music video. “That three-letter word ‘yet’ is very powerful if you think about it. ‘I can’t do this … yet. Perseverance is paramount.”
Other events included informative back-to-school meet-and-greets as well as the traditional ‘First-Day-of-School’ photo contributions by parents and family members who posted images of their students on the various schools’ social media sites.
Other important districtwide Back-to-School dates to calendar include the following. Please note dates and times are subject to change.
Aug. 28: Mark Twain Elementary School Back-To-School, 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 29: Bordewich Bray Elementary School Back-to-School, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4: Early Childhood Open House, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 9: Carson High School Open House, 6 to 8 p.m.
Sept. 10: Empire Elementary School Open House, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Sept. 13: Fremont Elementary School Fall Carnival and Grand Opening, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 17: Pioneer High School and Carson Online Open House, 5 to 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: Carson Middle School Open House, 6 to 8 p.m.