The front-step pictures have been taken, the first-day jitters have worn off and the first Monday morning alarm clocks have all announced a brand new school year at Sealy ISD.
Students were welcomed back to campus with open arms Aug. 15 to embark upon another year of being part of the Tiger pride, roaring with success. Not only was it the first day back at school for all of the children, but it was also the first day at a new school for the new leader of Sealy Junior High School.
Laura Villaflor took over principal duties at Sealy Junior High School after being named to the position at a special meeting of the Sealy ISD Board of Trustees in July. She said that made her feel more at home.
“The most surprising thing for me has been how many district employees are also parents of our junior high kids,” she said. “I called my dad (the night of the first day) and told him how incredible it is to be in a school where people are not only invested because of their love for kids, but they are even more committed because it is their kids.”
For Sarah Johnson at Sealy Elementary School, it was a matter of an office change inside the same school, but she also experienced a moment of reaffirmation during her first-day activities.
"Every year on both orientation night and the first day of school, I feel this overwhelming sense of, ‘I belong here,’” she said. “This is because each year is like a reunion with past students, families, and community members. The whole-hearted hugs, greetings, stories, tears, and smiles provide a deep sense of family, which I have learned is unique to this very special community.”
She added that there couldn’t have been a better start to the second year inside Sealy Elementary.
“Our students were full of smiles, our teachers were enthusiastic, and our parents showed tremendous support. It was an administrator's dream day! How could I have asked for more?” she said.
Scott Wagoner, principal of Maggie B. Selman Elementary, said that although it’s been a little bit of a crazy start, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It has been awesome, we love seeing all our Tiger cubs back at Selman,” he said. “Lots of smiles and hugs!”
Sealy High School Principal Megan Oliver experienced a similar feeling and has nothing but good projections for the year ahead.
“Our kids are certainly the reason we do what we do,” she said. “I am so proud of our staff and the positive energy that radiated through the building today, the students are the best part of each day. It was a fantastic first day and I’m looking forward to an amazing year!”