A powerful relationship between teachers and students was among the goals for the Burton School District as it began its new school year on Monday

“The first day of school kicked off with a Family Meet and Greet, and it was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher and begin building that powerful relationship from Day one,” said Oak Grove Elementary School Principal Troy Hayes.

“Students and staff at Oak Grove Elementary, as well as throughout Burton School District, are embracing Growth Mindset and Improvement Science for the 2019-20 school year. Instructional shifts across all grade levels and content areas over the past couple of years have led to increased student voice and engagement. We look forward to bringing our students and families more experiences this year that emphasize and value a Growth Mindset and the Power of Yet!”

Oak Grove sixth grade teacher Lonnie Eskridge, beginning his 26th year in the district, talked about how the first day of school is exciting and scary.

“The first day of school is exciting as well as a bit scary for students and teachers alike,” he said. “The feelings of wonder and expectation in the air are palpable. Today sets the tone for the whole year: The mindset, the expectations, the enthusiasm, the anticipation of successes and challenges.”

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