Oakland kids and teachers head back to school

kwokresize.jpgMy peanut butter and jelly sandwich is packed, and I’m off to school.

Andy Kwok, a brand new biology teacher at EXCEL High School in West Oakland, has been kind enough to let me into his classroom today and for many other days throughout the year. More on that later.

In the meantime, feel free to let us know how that first day went — whether it meant saying a tearful goodbye to your kindergartner (or middle schooler), facing a new set of students, or showing up at a new school.

I’ll be anxious to hear about it.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Debora Rinehart

    It was a great day – that perfect storm of chaotic happiness on the first day – the hallways with fresh lengths of colored butcher paper soon to be filled with the art, writing and creativity of students. We have a new principal, a terrific school and the best second grade teacher anyone could hope for. What’s not to love?

    A couple of questions for the greater community: Why do they have to wait until 4:00 pm on the Friday before school is to begin before posting the teacher and class rosters? I know the roster was available before that date, I saw it – accidentially, but there it was as plain as Friday at 4:00. And, we have been VERY fortunate to have teachers who truly differentiate the curriculum as needed to keep our daughter learning nearly every day. What are other people’s experiences with differentiation on from third grade forward?