The first day of school is filled with possibilities and, mostly, smiles.
Berkeley Patch contributor Lyra King caught the back-to-school action at Oxford Elementary School, and we are counting on you for show-and-tell from other Berkeley schools.
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Day 1 at Oxford Elementary
Today was the first day of school in theand welcomed its students—and a new principal—with excitement and enthusiasm. Students streamed through the gates with gleeful anticipation, gathering in social knots with old buddies while parents located teachers and huddled up on the sidelines.
With the departure of Oxford’s beloved principal, Janet Levenson—who is the new principal at —Jennifer Corn has taken over the top position at Oxford, ushering her students onto school grounds this morning with wide smiles of reception and warm greetings. When asked what she hoped this year would bring, Corn cheerfully replied, “Happy kids!”
Teachers marshaled students into lines, swooping low to meet their new charges while introducing themselves to parents. Renee Harris, a kindergarten teacher at Oxford, expressed a buoyant optimism about the upcoming year. “I hope—and believe—that the whole community will come together around our new principal and carry on, excel, and continue to grow stronger and tighter.”
Students, eager for the new school year to begin, sprawled en masse across Oxford’s central yard. Precious Brewer, an incoming fifth grader, seemed to take in all the action in calmly. “I just hope I have a good teacher and I do better this year,” she said. “This is my last year
at Oxford, I’m almost done!”