High school seniors share advice on first day of school

Argen Duncan

In with the new — school year, that is.

Third through 12th-graders in Portales Municipal Schools started the new academic year Tuesday. Kindergarten through second-grade students come back to school next Tuesday, while pre-school begins Aug. 30.

“It’s been a very smooth start,” said Michael Terry, district coordinator for the Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System-Vision.

Terry said parents taking care of school lunch information and enrollment verification Monday helped Tuesday go well.

Enrollment is looking good, although it’s hard to get an accurate count the first day of school, he said. The second day offers a better count, although some people don’t show up until after the first week.

At Portales High School, Assistant Principal Pamela Nelson-Ray was busy trying to get an accurate attendance number.

Nelson-Ray said attendance seemed to be a little down. However, new students weren’t in the system yet, and students who moved away over the summer weren’t out of the system.

“It’s exciting; all the kids are back,” Nelson-Ray said.

Nelson-Ray said freshmen may feel a little lost and overwhelmed, while seniors are happy to be the “big dogs.” She said students, especially new ones, are trying to find their way around and learning what they need to do.

Entering their last year of high school, seniors offered a few thoughts on their experiences and advice for younger students: