It's back to school for many metro districts - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

It's back to school for many metro districts

Several metro area school districts will open their doors to students this week to begin the new school year. 

Teachers in Madison and Rankin Counties and in Pearl and Ridgeland returned to work Monday, August 3.  They will spend the next several days preparing for students to return on Thursday.  

At Flowood Elementary School, teachers are actually on the finishing touches of getting ready for younger students to arrive at school.

"First part of July, I am up here all month, getting things ready," said first grade teacher Sabrina Graham. "It's kind of like moving. You have to unpack, reorganize and put everything back in its place."

The first grade is a transitional year for Graham's students. She said their ages make it priority for her to focus on the milestones they need to reach over the course of the year, from the minute they walk in the door.

"They are so little in kindergarten," Graham said. "But there is so much growth that happens in the first grade."

While all subjects are important, Mrs. Graham said a major challenge before her every year is teaching every student to read. They will not advance to second grade if they do not master the skill.

In second grade, the reading focus changes.

"Not so much learning to read, but reading to learn, so the comprehension happens more so in second grade," added Graham.

It's a tall task that Mrs. Graham stands ready to meet every school year.

"My job as a teacher is to make sure I give every child an opportunity to learn and can teach them every way that I know possible to make sure they learn that skill." 

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