Principal: First day of school ‘fabulous’

CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marisol Azdar and her daughter greet her son, 7-year-old Felipe Azdar after his first day of school at La Casita Elementary. Azdar said Felipe was excited to go back to school Thursday morning.

Sharna Johnson

Hectic and fabulous are just some of the words used by school personnel to describe the first day.

Thursday, thousands of Clovis students returned to local schools, beginning the 2010-2011 school year.

La Casita Elementary Secretary Josie Mercado said the school has seen an increase in new and transfer students this year at the dual-language school.

Construction projects that required the office be moved to the back side of the building added to a high activity level at the school Thursday, she said.

“It was hectic. We were real busy,” she said.

“I don’t know about tomorrow,” Mercado said with a laugh, explaining registration for kindergarten continues into next week.

Mychelle Simms, secondary principal at Clovis Christian School, said schedule changes went over well with students and staff and the day was “fabulous.”

“We’re up in enrollment and our kids came ready to learn again,” she said. “It really was smooth and we felt like the kids were well taken care of. They knew where they needed to go (and) all the teachers were very well prepared.”

Simms said this year secondary students are doing four-day block scheduling with a full day of chapel and Bible studies on Fridays.

The day also meant the end of lazy summer days.

“He jumped out of bed, but tomorrow might be a different story,” Teresa Chavez said of her first-grader, Mateo.

Chavez said she remembers seeing in her son some of the same excitement she had when she was a child, such as being excited to see friends and wear new clothes to school.

“It was kind of crazy cause I had to get them up and get ready for work,” mom Merisol Azdar said.

Azdar said her son Felipe was “ready and anxious to come back to school.”

And next week will bring another adjustment, she said, when her daughter begins kindergarten.

Felipe said his day was good and he enjoyed seeing his friends, but the best part of the day was going outside for recess.