"Welcome, welcome," Principal Robert Mazzoli said, as streams of parents and students entered through the gate at Pine Island Elementary School last Tuesday night, Aug. 6. Easily more than 200 parents and students attended the event.
"I'm very excited to see all the kids again," he said. "I'm anxious to get started on this new school year. I want to thank all the parents and students who came out last night to meet their teachers."
Greeting many students by their first name is important to the principal.
"We know our students. I think that's key in building relationships. We are a small school and this allows all of us here to know our students very well," Mazzoli said.
Everyone was excited to meet their teachers. In her 4th grade class, Dixie McCormack explained the information in the information packet.
"First, I'd like to welcome all of you to my 4th grade class." she said. "We will have 28 students this year. I would like parents to please read through the Code of Conduct with your kids. Homework is very important. Students are given a daily planner. Each day students are responsible for recording the day's homework assignments.
"This is the last year for the writing test, Florida Writes," she said. "It still is a big test and we'll spend a lot of time writing. I love to teach writing, and by the time students leave here they're going to love writing."
After about 15 minutes, McCormack thanked everyone for coming out. Everyone, students, parents and teachers, seemed happy to be there.