Tupelo Schools open new year

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal Timothy Martin hangs up his backpack in his kindergarten class at Carver Elementary School on Monday.

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal
Timothy Martin hangs up his backpack in his kindergarten class at Carver Elementary School on Monday.

By Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo students returned to class on Monday, as the school district opened its new school year.

Despite a morning rain shower, teachers still greeted parents at the front of Parkway Elementary as they dropped off kindergarten to second-grade students.

“We just had umbrellas and were prepared,” said Parkway Principal Mitzi Moore.

Tupelo High School seniors still did their traditional parade from Harrisburg Baptist Church onto the school’s campus. Because of the rain, they congregated under the awning outside the church’s front door before they left.

“It is pretty exciting,” student Brian Haadsma said of starting his senior year.

Thomas Street Elementary Principal Chad Chism said his school has at least 60 more kindergarten students than it had last year and has had to add classes.

“It is an indication the district is moving in the right direction,” he said. “We’re excited about that.”

Meanwhile Milam sixth-grader Abby Dyson said she was having a good morning.

“My teacher is really nice and funny,” she said.

See Tuesday’s Daily Journal for more about the opening of schools in Tupelo.

The Lee County School District begins on Wednesday.