Irmo, SC – Lexington-Richland School District Five welcomed its students back August 23 for the 2017-2018 school year. Excitement filled the air throughout schools across the district as assemblies and pep rallies were held to motivate students on their next chapter of education.
“We always hear about how students have trouble sleeping the night before school starts – well I as a principal have trouble sleeping as well because of the excitement I have for the first day,” said Lake Murray Elementary School principal Claire Thompson. “It puts a smile on my face to see the students come in. They’re excited, the parents are excited, and we are just ready to begin learning!”
Not only was it a day of firsts for students, but also new beginnings for a few administrators in District Five. H. E. Corley Elementary School principal Jason Pollock, who previously served as an assistant principal at Dutch Fork High was extremely excited to open the doors for his students on Wednesday.
“I have been anxiously awaiting this day for weeks and weeks, and to finally see our young smiling students walk through that door for the first day, there is no greater feeling,” said Pollock. “As a Leader in Me magnet school, we cannot wait to see what our young leaders have in store for the upcoming year. It will be a blast as we all learn and grow together!”
Irmo Middle also features a new leader in Cassy Paschal, who takes over after serving as principal at Oak Pointe Elementary for the past 10 years.
“It is such an incredible honor to return to the place where I was once a student and a teacher,” Paschal said. “There are always challenges in public education and that is the exciting part about being an educator. We embrace those challenges and are ready to watch our students grow and excel this school year!”
Students at Chapin High School were shocked when principal Dr. Akil Ross unveiled a special guest speaker at the school’s back to school assembly. University of South Carolina men’s basketball head coach Frank Martin was introduced to a loud ovation and shared a passionate speech the Eagles would not forget.
“Keep doing what you are doing and be excited for this school year,” Martin said. “Be excited for what is in front of you and live every day with an unbelievable passion. Regardless of all the successes you have had, let’s make 2017-2018 the best school year that Chapin High School has ever had!”
District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner spent the day visiting schools across the district and was excited with what he saw.
“Wednesday was such a wonderful start to the school year,” Hefner said. “We are very fortunate to have great school leaders, teachers and support staff who work very hard to prepare for the new school year. Our parents are very supportive and our students show up ready to learn. I am looking forward to another extraordinary year in District Five!”