Christmas break has officially begun

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 05:30 AM

FOREST CITY— Friday was a day for celebration for students and teachers in Rutherford County Schools as they said goodbye to the classrooms and hello to Christmas break.

"With the implementation of Common Core and Essential Standards, our teachers and students have worked tirelessly this fall. I hope they enjoy some well deserved rest during the holiday, and who knows, maybe we will even get some snow," said Barbara Parker, assistant superintendent.

For most, Christmas break is something they have looked forward to all year. A time for them to take a break from the riggers of the normal school day, and spend time with their family and friends.

"Since our daughter married and moved away, we don't get to see her very often. My husband and I are looking forward to having her and her husband here for several days," Parker said.

Even if their family members do live in the county, it is still nice to have for time to spend with them.

"I'm looking forward to spending time with my two girls and close friends that I normally don't have time to enjoy," said Neil Higgins, Principal at Sunshine Elementary School. "I'll also be looking forward to a great new year at Sunshine." 

The break is a blessing to all.

"I'm looking forward to Christmas break because of the opportunity it provides to spend time with family and evaluate priorities," said Steven Helton, director of elementary education. "Each of us, children and adults, can reflect on our accomplishments, plan for the new year, and return with refreshed hearts and minds. What a blessing."

School will start back on Thursday, Jan. 3.

"Christmas break is always a fun time for everyone to spend time with family and friends, but we always look forward to seeing our students again after the New Year," said Kelly Sisk, principal at Rutherfordton Elementary School. "As the 2013 portion of the school year begins, our teachers will be participating in professional development to continue to build their knowledge and skills to meet their students educational needs. Students will come back to school rejuvenated and ready to learn."