Let learning begin

Published 8:24 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rachel Patterson first grade teacher Patricia Gibbs sharpens the pencil of student Braden Woods on the first day of school Monday.|Photo by Chandler Myers

School bells rang again Monday as students in Atmore and around the county made their way to classes for the first day of the 2011-12 school year.

Some students met new teachers and learned what will be expected of them as the year progresses, while others made their way into school for the first time beginning the journey in kindergarten.

At Escambia County High School, it was business as usual with students making the most of their first day back.

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Things went off with a bang at ECHS, principal Zickeyous Byrd said.

“It was a great first day,” Byrd said. “It went better than any of us here at Escambia County High School expected. The students were well behaved and enthused to be back. They actually acted as if they had missed us.”

Now that school is back in session, students will start their academic careers or prepare to make those final days count before graduation in May.

Expectations will continue to be high for students throughout the county, but Byrd continues to challenge his students.

Honors and accolades in academics and athletics are expected with students to achieve the best of it all this year, Byrd said.

“We want our students to maintain excellence in the classroom,” he said. “We also want them win championships on the field, and receive awards and scholarships in all fields. I also want to see all of our students to pass the graduation exam this year.”