The first day of school is the second-best day or the year. The last day of school is the best day of the year. You can’t have one without the other, and they are both filled with excitement of completely different kinds. What memories and thoughts does the first day call to mind? I will share my ABC’s of the first day. What are yours?
A is for A New Day in Kansas Schools, thanks to a new vision from KSDE.
B is for Brown, as in Miss Brown, the most beautiful Kindergarten teacher in Colby Kansas in 1963.
C is for school Clothes. Exciting for most kids, but a worry for kids from impoverished homes.
D is for Difference. Some kids are reading on the first day of Kindergarten, while others struggle with their letters, but all kids come with different gifts.
E is for Expectations. Miss Brown expected us to be ready to learn. Kindergarten teachers today expect kids to know their alphabet. Expectations have increased in the last 50 years!
F is for Fear. For many kids, especially ones who are starting in a new school with no friends, the first day is scary.
G is for Graham crackers and goldfish. Miss Brown gave us graham crackers every day, and we had a goldfish pond right in our classroom.
H is for High School Senior. Remember that unique feeling on the first day when you knew this was the last year?
Iis for I can’t believe how much I loved Miss Brown!
Jis for Jaime Escalante. Every teacher should watch “Stand and Deliver” before starting a new school year.
Kis for Kind, the first half of Kindergarten. Is there anyone kinder than a kindergarten teacher on the first day of school?
L is for Learning. It’s fixin’ to start happening’ again.
Mis for Moon Shot. Is your school ready for the Kansas State Board of Education challenge?
Nis for Naps. We don’t do those anymore in Kindergarten, but there will be some educators who will need one at the end of that first day!
Ois for one hundred twenty-eight Crayon box. Yes, my sister had one. Sixteen was my limit, and the dog usually ended up eating a couple leaving me with 13 or 14.
P is for Post-Secondary Success. Do you know your district’s rate?
Q is for Quiz. Teachers! Not on the first day!
Ris for Run, as in don’t run with scissors. A hard lesson learned by one of my Kindergarten classmates. Girl! Miss Brown told you not to!
S is for School Boards. Without you, there is no first day!
T is for Teachers. Ditto.
U is for Uncle. What kind of uncle would hide a dirty diaper in his niece’s backpack on the first day of high school?
Vis for Victory. Teams are all practiced, and every team is undefeated!
Wis for work. Learning is hard work, but so much fun.
Xis for Xylophone. I got nothing.
Yis for You. As always, it is up to you.
Z is for Zeal. Let’s approach this new year with some of a big dose!