First day of school!

photo of Washington Elementary in Alameda by Laura A. Oda/Staff

This morning, I tagged along with Oakland’s new superintendent, Tony Smith, as he visited Oakland High and Lafayette Elementary on the first day of the semester. Things seemed to be running smoothly at both schools; I’m sure Smith was relieved to see that Oakland High, which is undergoing major renovations and construction, was all cleaned up and ready for Day 1 — as he promised concerned teacher union leaders that it would be.

O High’s new principal, Alicia Romero, was busy making sure kids were showing their ID tags (most wore them around their necks) and, of course, getting to their next class on time.  “Look like you’re worried!” she told the stragglers.

What’s going on at your school? Got any reports for us?

Katy Murphy

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

  • Owen

    Great first day of school at Joaquin Miller, where we have a new principal and are shaking off some rough goings from last year. People seem very optimistic about Ms. Smith (principal), who has made a strong first impression, and though I don’t hear people talk about the new superintendent, that might be part of the optimism.

  • Katy Murphy

    Thanks for the report, Owen. It’s helpful to hear about the prevailing sentiments at various schools.


  • chickensmama

    Seemed like a fabulous first day, at least from this parent’s perspective at both Crocker Highlands and Oakland School for the Arts. Both kids were happy too. Crocker is really excited to have Beth Rhine, a former teacher at Crocker (and having had a child in her class, I can say an outstanding educator) there as principal now.

    OSA was ready to go too and I’m looking forward to a fabulous year at both schools! Great start….lets hope it stays that way.

  • mb

    I echo the comments about Crocker Highlands and Beth Rhine. She was a natural fit to come back to Crocker as principal after having taught there for many years. It seems that the school now has the leadership it needs in place for many years to come. The atmosphere yesterday was very enthusiastic and the school looks great with all the landscaping that has been added. Kudos once again to the excellent parent involvement at Crocker.