DENVER (CBS4) – Even though some schools got a head start last week, many schools across the Denver Public School District, like Thomas Jefferson High School, kicked off the new school year on Monday.

Some Thomas Jefferson students camped out at the school because they were so excited.

“Thomas Jefferson High School has a proud history of traditions, and one of those traditions is having our seniors come, bond together as a class the night before the ninth-graders come, and welcome them into our learning community,” Principal Sandra Just said.

Just said it’s important to get the seniors involved in the event.

“I think our seniors really hold the history for us and they’re just great role models and examples, and so when they welcome the freshmen, everybody feels great about learning and the school pride continues,” Just said.

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Boasberg said he was excited about the momentum going into the new school year.

“We’re really excited to kick off the year,” Boasberg said. “I think as a school system we’ve had great momentum these last couple of years. We’ve seen more academic growth than any school district in Colorado. We’ve seen the highest rate of enrollment growth as more and more families are sending us their kids.”

Students joined Boasberg and Mayor Michael Hancock on a bike parade from Martin Luther King Boulevard and Beeler Street at Stapleton’s Central Park and to the Bill Roberts Early Childhood Education School on Monday morning.


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