Convocation 2018
Posted on 08/16/2018
Manny Scott speaking during Convocation at The Berglund CenterOur annual welcome back to teachers was moved to a Wednesday this year to accommodate the schedule of our featured speaker.  It was well worth the wait. 

The speaker is an original Freedom Writer whose story was told in part in the 2007 movie Freedom Writers.  By age 16, Manny Scott's story was almost over--his father was incarcerated, he dropped out of school, had lived in 26 places, and his best friend had been murdered.  Manny Scott largely turned his life around thanks to teachers who believed in him.

Mr. Scott's inspirational message produced many tears, several laughs, and a standing ovation from the more than 2,000 in attendance. 

Manny Scott using his hands to make a point during ConvocationManny Scott signing books

Mr. Scott's appearance helped launch the district's new initiative to become trauma-informed.  Staff members will be trained to recognize trauma in the lives of our students.

During Convocation, Jamie Nichols of Lucy Addison Middle was honored for being Roanoke's Teacher of the Year.  She received $1,000 from the Roanoke City Public Schools Education Foundation.

Dr. Bishop hugging Jamie NicholsJamie Nichols holding a ceremonial check for $1,000

The district's theme this year is 'Dream Big.'  The combined Patrick Henry/William Fleming High School Choir sang "A Million Dreams" from the movie The Greatest Showman.  The event also featured the Patrick Henry/William Fleming Marching Bands and JROTC units. 

Choir performing during ConvocationWilliam Fleming Band performing during Convocation

Welcome back teachers and staff.  We hope you have a great year.  To see more pictures from Convocation, check out our Facebook page

Three Madison Middle teachers together at ConvocationThree Fishburn Park teachers together at ConvocationLarge group of teachers from Patrick Henry High school together at convocationFour Fallon Park Elementary teachers at Convocation

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