A Fun and Different Start to the School Year for Southern Valley Public Schools


Tuesday marked the first day back to school for Southern Valley Public Schools, but when kids arrived they realized it wasn't going to be a typical first day back.

The kids were greeted back to school in a way many kids would be envious of -- turns out it was an all day party filled with teacher dance offs, special guest speakers, carnival games, music and a lot of fun.

New Superintendent Darren Tobey said he wanted to change up the way kids view coming back to school.

"As a student when you come back to school on the first day, you have to listen to teacher after teacher, period after period of rules and regulations and all of that. And I wanted to change that culture a little bit and I wanted to bring as much fun as we could bring to school the first day," said Tobey.

And by the looks of it, not only were teachers doing things out of their typical roles but students were really letting loose and taking advantage of the day as well.

Tobey said, "I’ve seen a lot of smiles. I’ve seen kids dancing around, kids that don't normally do those types of things at school, maybe thinking school's boring.”

Students from elementary to high school had a different reaction about the new school year as compared to years before.

One student said, "I think it was a great way to kick off the year, having a big surprise. It makes school more fun so I think it'll be a great year and I’m really looking forward to it."

Another said, "It's fun coming here and just having fun and watching teachers joke around and have fun with us."

"During the end of the school year it can get as exciting as this," added another student, "but it's very rare really when it happens."

"I think all of our staff is really energetic and makes learning fun for us," shared yet another student.

And energetic and fun learning is what Superintendent Tobey continues to see for his school's future.

"We’re going to try to pump as much fun into education as we can. We're still going to learn here, but we're going to do it in a way that makes it exciting and makes it fun," said Tobey.

Tobey says he felt this kick off was a success and hopes to do the same, but bigger and better in the years to come.