Robert C. Byrd High School hosted its Back-To-School Bash Tuesday evening to help new and old students become reacquainted and prepare them for the beginning of school.

“I think it’s fun for the kids to come back. Summer’s over so it’s kind of like ‘okay let’s get excited about it because we have to do it’,” said student council advisor and Spanish teacher, Lindsey Mitchell. “They get to see their friends they haven’t seen all summer and get to see all the different activities we offer. They get to mingle and start the school year off with a positive attitude.”

Incoming freshmen, former students, parents, grandparents, siblings, staff, and other community members dressed in green and blue, filled the auditorium while they listened to the bouncing music of Pharrell William’s “Happy”. The principal, assistant principals, school officers, coaches and other staff members announced what the upcoming year has to offer. They reinforced the idea that academics are vital and that extracurriculars are what will make each student’s high school experience unique.

“What I‘m most proud of here at Robert C. Byrd High School is our increasing academics,” said Principal Steven G. Gibson. “Last year we came in second place for best attendance in the county. If you guys aren’t here then we can’t educate you.”

The school offers eight AP classes to help students prepare for college. “It‘s a luxury we have for being one of the biggest and best high schools in the county,” said Principal Gibson. A student may take an AP class and take a test paid for by the county at the end of each semester to receive college credit. “Last year we had nine students who became AP scholars after taking the courses,” said Principal Gibson.

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The fall sports teams and groups were announced and recognized with applause. Those introduced included the marching band, dance line, flag line, twirlers, soccer teams, football team, cheerleaders, cross country team, and volleyball team.

RCB also offers many opportunities for club involvement, including a Taekwondo club, gardening club, Key Club, ROTC, student council and many more. The school has even implemented a grab-n-go snack system option for students in between classes and after school for those involved in club activities and other extracurriculars.

The students who attended last night’s bash were allowed to receive their schedules in advance. This gave them a chance to acknowledge what classes they may need changed and have the opportunity to scope out where their classrooms are. Those not at the event will be called by homeroom before classes on Thursday.

The event was hosted by the school’s Boosters Club which provided refreshments, helped set up tables, and allowed all of the other clubs to advertise and sell merchandise. This annual event gives students an opportunity to socialize, parents and students a chance to gain important information on the upcoming school year, and for everyone to feel excited for the year ahead.

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