GREENVILLE — Orientations aren’t just for students.
As area youngsters are shopping for supplies and picking out new clothes, teachers and staff at Greenville Public Schools are readying themselves for students’ mass arrival Tuesday.
Greenville schools’ staff kick-off for the 2014-2015 school year began Tuesday morning with a welcoming from Superintendent Pete Haines. Then the teachers got down to work prepping for the upcoming school year.
“There is one thing we should focus on. Whether you drive a bus, do maintenance or teach, our focus should always be on the kids,” Haines said to an auditorium full of teachers, administrators and support staff.
In a 20-minute introduction, Haines talked to the room of educators about changes in staff for the upcoming year, overall goals and also difficulties all schools face.
Haines said it can be difficult to jump through the hoops the state of Michigan and federal government put on education, while being able to maintain the focus on the education of the students.
It’s like hitting several moving targets, he said. But, he added, with a staff at Greenville Public Schools working in collaboration toward one goal, advancing students, the new year was one everyone should look forward to.
“I really am,” he said, adding teachers were equally as excited. “About two weeks after school is out you see the cars start coming back. They miss their kids.”
And as staffs prepared for the start of the school year Tuesday, they also learned how best to prepare students for their lives after school.
“I think we are in the best field out there because we get to work with kids,” said Michelle Blaszczynski, who recently took over as the district’s chief academic officer for the retiring Diane Brissette. “We are all growing and learning together.”
Teachers and staff spent most of Tuesday morning learning of the district’s newly implemented teacher evaluation system and will spend today working on building level procedures.
As the week winds down and the holiday weekend wraps up, this shortened summer will draw to and end and another school year will begin.
“I’m looking forward to another year,” said Mike Walsh, principal at Baldwin Heights Elementary School.