It was an exciting day yesterday for students, teachers and staff: The first day of school.
A couple of things especially stood out amid the hubbub of activities typical of the first day.
Among them: Rome Catholic School Principal Nancy Wilson, overseeing RCS back at its longtime 800 Cypress St. facility after three years at another site, and Staley Elementary School Principal Michael Davis, resuming as a principal after being superintendent in a smaller district.
“We’re so excited...so good to be back here,” Wilson said while outside RCS awaiting students’ arrivals at the pre-K to grade 6 school. “It just feels like it’s home.” RCS had been at 800 Cypress St. since the building opened in 1963, but moved in 2016 to the smaller 400 Floyd Ave. site of the former St. Peter’s school as enrollment declined. This year RCS enrollment has grown from 104 to about 175.
Davis, former superintendent of the Madison Central School District for the past 2 1/2 years and an elementary principal in the Oriskany school district for four years before that, said he was “ready to go....It’ll be fun” as he waited for arriving students to get off buses at Staley.
Other typical “first-day” activities also grabbed the spotlight: Parents took photos; students explored their schools, and teachers welcomed back their pupils.
New faces, new friends and new challenges. Good luck in a new school year.