Back to School Basics

The last several years have been an unprecedented experience for students and educators alike. But as we navigated through unfamiliar territory with virtual schooling, mixed classroom learning, and upholding new safety protocols, we adjusted.  

When we think about the start of a new year, we immediately think of supplies, like writing utensils, paper, erasers, folders. But there are a couple things we’d encourage our students and staff to bring with them this school year — things that can’t be bought. 


Everyone wants to feel encouraged and supported. Right now, we could all use a little more of both. When you see your classmates trying their best, give them a boost! Telling a friend, “You’re doing great!” can go a long way, whether you realize it or not. Remember: It’s important that we celebrate all victories, both big and small! 


It’s easy to get frustrated if things don’t go our way, but that doesn’t mean we need to pass that negativity onto others. When you’re feeling upset or agitated, take a moment to pause, take a couple deep breaths, and count to 10. Once you’re done, choose to start over with a clean slate. 


We should always strive to be on our best behavior! Raise your hand if you know the answer to a question. Say “please” and “thank you,” clean up after yourselves, and take turns with equipment and materials. Last but not least, remember to be respectful of your teachers and other students.  


It costs nothing to be kind to others. If a classmate drops their supplies on the ground, stop to help them pick them up. If you see someone carrying a heavy load, hold the door open. Make it a point to talk to a classmate you haven’t spent much time with and see how their week is going. You might just have something in common! Remember: If carrying out acts of kindness for others, just be sure to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols! 

The McDowell County Student Pack looks forward to another wonderful school year. We’ll see you soon!