Another school year got off to a great start in Oswego Community Unit School District 308 on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Each school approached the first day of student attendance in their own unique way with assemblies, music, decorations and more. High school students at Oswego High School were greeted with a drum line, mascot, and lots of school spirit. At Hunt Club Elementary School a red carpet was rolled out, lined with staff members eagerly passing out high fives as students were welcomed into the building. At Lakewood Creek, staff members spent time drawing inspirational and welcoming messages in chalk to greet students when they arrived to the school campus. Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin once again rode along on a school bus route, greeting riders and visiting with students and staff at elementary, junior high and high school buildings. The overall level of energy was felt at all buildings, as eager students and teachers looked forward to kicking off a great school year.
In a welcome back video played for all staff during the institute days leading up to school beginning, Dr. Sparlin encouraged staff to choose a word or a theme that motivates them and drives them towards their goals for the year. He stressed that the first few days are an important time to get to know students, build relationships and set a tone for excitement in the learning environment. “We want our students to come home on their first day of school with positive stories to share with their parents about their teachers, classmates, and school. We ask our teachers to use these first days to learn more about their student’s interests and ambitions to help create an atmosphere that is accepting, encouraging and motivating,” he said. The video also features Board of Education President Lauri Doyle, and Secretary Ruth Kroner discussing the board’s priorities for the coming year. Mascots from most of the schools in the district were included in several scenes, helping to deliver smiles to staff at a very busy time of year.
The common theme across SD 308 this year is “We Got This” which illustrates the drive and ambition that the district has to overcome obstacles and exceed expectations. The district is the 7th largest in Illinois, with approximately 18,000 students attending 22 schools, and alternative education programs. The district is the county’s largest employer with over 2,400 staff members. To learn more about the school district, visit www.sd308.org.