Schools get back to business with classes opening Monday

Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 05:25 PM.

Roger Bell Elementary

Roger Bell Elementary has a new principal this year. Pamela Holloway is a New Bern native who has been teaching in Craven County for 15 years.

“I have a 27-year career that spans everything from kindergarten through sixth grade in the public schools, and I also teach adult basic education math classes in the evenings at the community college,” Holloway said. “I am excited to be down here and I am looking forward to the wonderful things we’re going to be doing.”

Holloway said the school is joining 600 other schools nationwide in an effort to bring fathers to school on the first day.

“We’re starting off the year on opening day by having a Million Father March where we’re inviting fathers to come and bring their babies to school,” Holloway said. “I thought if they can do it, so can we.”

One major curriculum change in elementary schools this year is the new Read to Achieve program, which demands that all students read proficiently by the third grade.

“It is going to be imperative that all third-graders read on grade level,” Holloway said. Children who can’t read to their age level will be at risk of being held back.

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