Mathews school employees take part in opening day convocation

Charlie Koenig - Posted on Aug 29, 2012 - 02:06 PM

Mathews County Public Schools welcomed back its teachers and support personnel at the division’s annual Opening Day Convocation, which was held last Thursday in the Mathews High School auditorium.

As assistant superintendent Nancy Welch pointed out, the teachers, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and others all congregated in the back of the auditorium, just like the division’s 1,177 students will likely do when they return to class on Tuesday.

Most of the division’s 209 full- and part-time employees attended the annual program, which concluded with a catered Chick-fil-A lunch provided by the Mathews PTAs.

Welch spoke about the "amazing things (that) have happened over the past few months," from personal milestones in the lives of employees such as births, to the division’s second annual summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) academy, which was fully funded by grants.

Speaking of grant opportunities, Welch told the audience about the recent partnership between Mathews County Public Schools, the Mathews Land Conservancy and a number of corporate sponsors, including Virginia Dominion Power. The groups are coming together to turn Williams Wharf Landing into an education destination, taking advantage of the site’s history and location on the water, as well as the green technology that will be used in the new boathouse.