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Incline Village students return to school

Margaret Moran
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Incline High School students off to classes Monday morning. It marked the first day of school for Incline high, middle and elementary school students.
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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Yellow buses on the roadway, crowded school hallways and students filing into classrooms at the sound of the bell can only mean one thing — school is back in session.

“It’s energizing,” Ann Clark, art teacher at Incline High School, said about being back in school. “It’s full of anticipation and excitement, with new hopes and new goals; a fresh start.”

Monday marked the first day of school for Incline high, middle and elementary school students.

Kicking off the day, Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez and interim school police chief Jason Trevino visited the three schools, welcoming students and staff to a new school year.

“This year our push is to make sure that every one of our graduates has a post-secondary plan,” Martinez said during his stop at Incline High School. “… We just want to make sure that we have a plan for every single student, so whether that’s going into the military, being accepted at a top-tier university in the country, that’s our goal.”

During his stop at Incline Elementary School, Martinez visited a few classrooms touting the importance of achieving good grades in school to students.

“In elementary we’re really pushing rigour there, so the goal is to really challenge our kids,” he said. “At the middle school we’re starting some enrichment programs, so if you’re advanced in English, we want to make sure we expose you to some advanced curriculum. If you’re advanced in math, we want to expose you to advanced math.

“Again, we want to make sure we try to foster the talents of our children.”

Sharon Kennedy, site administrator for Incline Middle School, echoed that by saying, “Every year what we’re looking for is academic growth for all students.”

The first day of school signals the start of that progress.

When asked how his first day of school went, third-grader Ben Browder said, “Great. … I’m happy that school started because it was an awesome first day.”

As for the days ahead, teachers and administrators advise students to work hard, get involved and arrive ready to learn.

“Be open minded and be willing to persevere and work hard,” Kennedy said. “Success doesn’t just appear; success comes from perseverance.”

Incline high, middle and elementary schools are part of the Washoe County School District, which is committed to graduate every child career and college ready, according to the district. The district serves approximately 63,000 students, including in the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village and Gerlach, Nev.

To learn more, visit http://www.washoeschools.org.