RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It was ‘back-to-school’ day for students across Virginia.
At Westover Hills Elementary School in south Richmond, music, balloons and a huge group of teachers and staff greeted kids and their families as they headed into class.
Superintendent Jason Kamras and Mayor Levar Stoney were also on hand to welcome students.
Kamras congratulated Westover Hills Elementary on having some of the highest SOL test scores in the district last year. He said the new math curriculum that was piloted at Westover Hills Elementary is being implemented at all RPS elementary schools this year.
One parent, Brittany Simoncelli, dropped her 5-year-old daughter to kindergarten for the first time, Tuesday.
"I had to actually call Stella back to hug me. She was gone. She was ready to go. So, it was hard for me to cry. She was so stoked,” said Simoncelli.
Kamras also announced that 300 more RPS high school students took exams in the rigorous Advanced Placement courses, last year. Of those students, 41 percent more passed the AP tests, earning college credit early. There are also nearly a dozen new teacher positions this year for art, music, dance and world languages. Twelve additional ESL teachers will also be on staff at RPS this year.
Kamras said RPS spent $10 million over the summer installing new air conditioning systems, boilers, replacing windows and rooftops, and other maintenance upgrades.
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