is in full swing in district
By Bill McCauley
Wednesday, Sept. 1, was the first day of school for Woodbridge district
public school students with an abbreviated schedule. Sept. 2 was the
first full day of school.
Teachers started a week earlier. New teacher orientation took place
on Aug. 25, starting with a bus trip through the Woodbridge School
District showing them the highlights. David Winski had them under
his charge during the bus tour.
Administration joined with the teachers for luncheon following the
morning bus tour. The afternoon saw the teachers spending time with
their mentors. It is the practice at Woodbridge that new teachers
have at least two years with a mentor.
An orientation was held between the hours of 5-7 p.m. for all incoming
seventh graders and their parents.
Thursday, Aug. 26, all the teaching staff assembled at 8 a.m. for
a district-wide breakfast with guest speaker the Rev. Willie Savage.
Following breakfast, Woodbridge Education Association officers conducted
a meeting. The afternoon gave principals the opportunity to hold meetings
with their respective teachers.
Friday, Aug. 27, was given over for an entire workday enabling teachers
to accomplish tasks in their classrooms. Monday, Aug. 30, was professional
development day. Tuesday, Aug. 31, was another teacher workday with
meetings on curriculum.
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, teachers and students met each other for the
first time this semester.
Woodbridge School District competed for and won a federal grant for
a program call “Gear Up.” It is directed to seventh grade students
in school districts throughout the nation that demonstrated special