De Soto USD 232 faculty and staff come together at annual convocation

The new school year is right around the corner and the faculty and staff of all De Soto USD 232 schools are ready for it, thanks to district's annual convocation.

At the convocation, which took place this morning, Wednesday, Aug. 10, district Superintendent Doug Sumner applauded every teacher and staff member in the audience for being "super heroes in the eyes of children."

"Everyone in this gymnasium who works with our children deserves genuine thanks for the sacrifices you make [for students]," Sumner said.

To drive home his point, Sumner provided a list of accomplishments from the 2010-2011 academic year, a list that included exceeding Adequate Yearly Progress, perfect ACT scores earned by district students and a National Merit finalist being selected from the district.

"It's one thing to list these awards and accomplishments," Sumner said. "It's the easy part. What this list fails to do is describe the hard work that went into earning each one and that's what truly deserves to be recognized."

The convocation also focused on unification and bringing the district together.

"We as a board truly feel that we have the best of the best when it comes to teacher and students and that's what builds our strong community and moves us forward," said Board of Education President Tammy Thomas.

To demonstrate this sense of unity, those in attendance had the opportunity to watch two original performances. For the first time ever, the De Soto High School and Mill Valley High School dance teams performed together, drawing applause and a standing ovation as they formed a seemingly never-ending kick line across the gymnasium.

The DHS and MVHS drum lines also performed together for the first time on record.

The new school year begins next week, with grades 1-9 starting on Monday, Aug. 15, grades 10-12 beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16 and kindergarten on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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