Eickenroht Elementary student Elesia Johnson keeps her smile as she shows that getting her vaccinations are no problem at the Spring ISD New Student Registration and Family Resource Expo.
HOUSTON – Aug. 8, 2017 – Hundreds of Spring ISD families turned out to Dekaney High School to make their preparations for the fast approaching school year. Spring’s New Student Registration and Family Resource Expo was open all day on Saturday to families with prekindergarten through 12th-grade students new to the district. The annual event registered nearly 1500 students, which represents a 32 percent increase from last year.
The first thing the families got to see was one of the district’s brand new school buses parked right outside the door. LaSonya Brown with the district’s transportation department gave families tours through the bus, which is equipped with the latest technology and safety equipment. “We have been getting great reactions to our new bus all day,” said Brown.
The bus, one of 60 being added to the district’s fleet, was purchased thanks to the community’s support of the district’s recent bond. Albert Saenz and his son toured the bus and were impressed with the vehicle. “We are seeing the bond money at work, I think it’s great. That’s what you want to see, you want to see progress, you want to see that your money is being put to good use,” said Saenz.
Inside Dekaney, there were interactive parent workshops and several area agencies were on hand to share information about services offered in the area. Several free giveaways were also available, including free backpacks, school supplies and back-to-school haircuts offered by Mystros Barber Shop.
A popular destination for parents, but perhaps less so for their children, was the free vaccination and health screening area set up in the school’s Star Theater. Jeanne Parker, director of nursing and health services at Spring ISD, said that the advance publicity efforts paid off. “We anticipated a large number, so we were ready for the large crowd, and it went very smoothly,” said Parker.
The focus of the event was families registering their students. District volunteers were on hand to direct parents to classrooms where each campus was set up to receive families.
Claughton Middle School Principal De’Monica Amerson was greeting families at the classroom door. “As soon as parents come in they are able to meet different personnel from our campus, complete the registration process and ask questions about their student’s specific needs,” said Amerson.
The new principal at Twin Creeks Middle School, Kenisha Williams, agreed with the importance of meeting new families. “It was a wonderful experience to meet our new students as well as connect and build relationships with their parents. We are really looking forward to the 2017-18 school year,” said Williams.
Parents or guardians who were unable to attend the New Student Registration and Family Resource Expo, may call their individual school campus, contact the district at 281-891-6000 or visit www.springisd.org/registration.