VISD offers program to ease pre-K student jitters

Carolina Astrain By Carolina Astrain

Aug. 13, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.

Although the first day of school is Aug. 26, the Victoria school district has invited incoming pre-K students to come check out their classrooms four days before the start date.

At "Minnow Camp," students will be able to meet their teachers, check out their classrooms and learn about campus procedures before their big day.

"This is our first year to do this," said Diane Boyett, VISD communications director. "We're giving our pre-K students a look at the school without other children being there."

And students who register with the school district before the Aug. 22 camp will go home with a "Class of 2027" T-shirt, a set of alphabet letters with activities, a book donated by H-E-B and family support tips.

"The goal is to get them to relax a little bit and build their anticipation for school," Boyett said. "And the parents, at the same time, will have the ability to meet with campus administrators."

Pre-K registration, compared to last year's fall enrollment, is down by at least 55, Boyett said.

It's essential for parents to register their students before the first day of school, so the district knows it's staffed appropriately, Boyett said.

"A child should not be spending their first day of school sitting in the office while their parents fill out paperwork," Boyett said. "They should be walking in the door ready to get started and learning."



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