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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Only one first impression

  • Whether it's getting accustomed to traffic delays in school zones, arranging lunch boxes or doing more serious tasks such as planning test schedules, there's arguably no more important days in the entire school calendar than the first week.

     


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  • Whether it's getting accustomed to traffic delays in school zones, arranging lunch boxes or doing more serious tasks such as planning test schedules, there's arguably no more important days in the entire school calendar than the first week.

    Public schools start up again Friday in Morehouse Parish, and for the district's 4,000 students, carving the routine early on sets the stage for them and their teachers.

    “There's no second chances for first impressions,” said Dr. George Noflin, MPS superintendent in his first year at Morehouse.

    Teachers completed a three-day convocation on Monday, wrapping up with listening to words from a guest motivational speaker.

    Noflin said that teachers' comments have expressed more enthusiasm about this school year than last.

    While every principal is returning, MPS worked hard to fill vacant teaching positions.

    The district had several courses taught by “permanent” substitutes last year.

    Noflin said while they still are seeking one English teacher, administrators were compelled to leave one band director's position unfilled when last year's Bastrop High director, Darren McKissick, resigned over the summer to take a job near his native Arkansas home.

    Instead, Noflin said the district promoted an assistant director last year to director, who will, along with another director, rotate to teach among BHS and three other junior highs.

    The superintendent said it's “vital” for teachers to be prepared, and that includes getting the needed supplies from principals and administrators.

    Noflin said he's going to visit each school on Friday.

    It's difficult to get parents and students to see how important it is to establish constructive routines and behavioral patterns early on.

    It often helps determine their ultimate success, he acknowledged.

    “It's been a good summer and it's going to be a great year,” Noflin said. “I think we've taken care of all the core basics, but of course there may be some things that crop up along the way.

    “We'll have to take it one day at a time.”

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