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The Turnaround:

Principal Jerre Moore: Embracing excitement of a new year

Jerre Moore, principal at Hancock Elementary School in Las Vegas Thursday, August 25, 2011.

Jerre Moore, principal at Hancock Elementary School in Las Vegas Thursday, August 25, 2011.

The first week of school is about the excitement on everybody’s faces, the kids’, the teachers’, mine. I love the enthusiasm, and I have to remember that the students think that the principal is God.

You have to remember how much they value speaking with their principal.

The first week of school is about order, getting every child to the right spot. That’s the biggest thing with elementary school, getting children to the right room.

In an elementary school, we don’t have near the size of the staff they have in a high school. For example, we only have one person who can enter the names of newly registered students into a computer, so the registration process can be a struggle.

We have parents who come this first week with their youngsters who they think are registered, but they’re not. Half of our student population is Hispanic, and we have translators to help with the registration process.

There is a lot of work ahead of us, especially as we lay the foundation for the success of the Clark County School District’s five new turnaround schools.

That said, school is about the children, and we’re excited to have them back. We are looking forward to a successful year.

Jerre Moore is the principal at Hancock Elementary School.

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