WACO, Texas - Waco ISD is getting ready to go back to school with their annual convocation.
The motto this year is "hard work pays off."
"Hard work pays off was our message and we want people to appreciate the fact that they have to work hard here and it's something that we embrace and we really expect from all of our employees," said Superintendent Dr. Marcus Nelson.
About 2,3000 Waco ISD employees attended the event Tuesday to hear from Board President Pat Atkins and Superintendent Dr. Marcus Nelson.
"I'm excited about the new superintendent, his energy for the district, his goals for the district, it's overwhelming the excitement of the changes and the great things to come for the school district," said Robin Reid from Bell's Hill Elementary School.
"I'm just excited to be in this community. I believe that Waco is a strong vibrant city and I'm just honored to serve in this unique and critical position," said Dr. Nelson.
Kids begin their first six weeks Thursday, August 17th, 2017 and teachers are ready for the school year to start.
"I'm just mostly excited to hit the ground running and be a part of it and really make an impact with these kids and remind them how much fun science is and show them that they can be whoever they want to be and wherever they want to be and really make an impact that way," said Waco High School Biology Teacher Alex Kown.
But the school year still faces challenges.
"Without question our biggest challenge continues to be the student achievement of our kids, we really are trying to provide a college growing culture," said Dr. Nelson.
"Just keeping the kids focused and making sure they're maintaining their grades and having a great school year," said Behavioral Specialist at South Waco Elementary Roosevelt Alexander.
Because getting these teachers ready now, gives them the tools to help their students succeed.
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