First day back

First day at Reach Academy in Oakland. Photo by Jim Stevens/Bay Area News GroupI visited Reach Academy in East Oakland (Cox campus) this morning for our annual back-to-school feature. There’s something timeless about seeing kids lined up behind signs with their teachers’  names — and the parent peering through the classroom door, seeing how his child has settled into class.

Reach has a brand new building this year. It’s the first school to be rebuilt, I believe, since ACORN Woodland and EnCompass. I took some video, so I’ll post something soon.

How has the first day at your school gone so far? Any stories for us?

Katy Murphy

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

  • Sue

    My husband called this morning. Drop-off at Montera was much worse than the usual first-day chaotic mess. So bad that even going in the “back way” from Scout Dr (where the buses pick-up and drop-off, and the teachers park) wasn’t going to get our eighth grader to school on time. So, the boy hopped out and walked.

    I’ll hear how his day went and whether or not he likes this year’s teachers, tonight when I get home from work. I’m hoping for the best!

  • http://www.movingforwardeducation.com Lacy Asbill

    I would like to give major praise to Principal Carol Johnson and the Santa Fe Elementary School staff and volunteers for leading such an organized, positive, and supportive start to the school year! The school looks wonderful, the staff were totally set up to get parents the information they needed quickly, and I loved the morning affirmations used to start the day off on the right foot. Congratulations–I can SEE the hard work!

  • Nextset

    Very interesting article discussing black vs white literacy over the 20th Century – From lewrockwell.com


    It’s part of a series of articles by the author on Education. It makes you wonder that failure factories we are putting these poor kids into..

  • Third Grade Teacher

    My first day was a dream. I LOVE this class! They are sweet and energetic, and I can already feel a sense of community. Last year was a tough year -lots of behavior problems, distracted and unfocused kids, too many students who didn’t care about their work. This year will be different -I can already tell- and I am a refreshed and truly excited teacher. Hooray!