Students, parents, and staff at two Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) school sites enjoyed an evening of fun and celebration at the annual Back-to-School Night on November 1.
Visitors to the Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School and Elinor Lincoln Hickey Junior-Senior High School sites had an opportunity to see, first-hand, the great work being done by the students and the hard work being put forth by the instructors on-campus.
"More students are coming to school and showing improvement. We are seeing a great deal of improvement in test scores," County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon told visitors. "We are helping shape the total child thanks to innovative pre-vocational and vocational programs, as well as the WorkAbility programs available to students."
The Palmiter site is home to Leo A. Palmiter Jr./Sr. High School and Resource Specialist Programs. The Hickey campus serves Community School students and is home to the LINKS program, which offers a combination of academics and vocational education.
Palmiter Principal Carmen Walker addressed the large assembly and recognized all of the teachers, paraeducators, and other staff members on hand, and praised them for their efforts. The evening was also an opportunity for families to meet recently appointed Hickey Principal Byron Lockhart, who also helped welcome and introduce campus staff.
Visitors enjoyed a light meal prepared by students participating in the Culinary Arts Program offered at the Palmiter campus. Students and their families also enjoyed food generously donated by Chick-Fil-A and La Bou. Following the welcoming from administrators and staff, visitors toured the classrooms and campuses.
As visitors toured the campuses they had the opportunity to admire a new addition to the Hickey campus: an iron bench built by ROP (Regional Occupational Program) welding class students from the Juvenile Court School program at Carson Creek Jr./Sr. High School. Students built the bench as a gift to Sacramento County Board of Education Trustee Elinor Lincoln Hickey, after whom the school site was named.