Back to the grindstone - Tinker students start a new year
by Senior Airman Andrea Thacker
The wheels on the bus once again are going round and round, as students started the new school year. Tinker Elementary welcomed students pre-kindergartners through fifth-grade students Thursday.
Cheryl Tyo, the principal of Tinker, said students, teachers and staff are excited and a little anxious to get back into the classroom.
"Everybody's excited," said Ms. Tyo. "Everyone's ready and glad to get back into a routine. The teacher's have prepared to welcome the students back after a long summer."
She said the Hillsborough County school district put reading on the list as priority one, but reminds students that other curriculum will not be forgotten.
Tinker teachers returned to school July 28 to prepare for their classes. They spent the past week training, decorating their classrooms, developing lesson plans and schedules, reviewing textbooks, reports and test results of their new students.
New on the agenda for Tinker students this year is character building. Students will learn various character educations while focuses on one character trait each month with a different focus each week.
"It's hard letting my baby Brandon grow up and go to the next stage," said Dominique Unrein, a parent who dropped her son off at school Thursday. "It is harder (here) because with preschool in Japan, parents were basically there all day with the children, now I have to leave him for the day."
Last year, for the fourth consecutive year, Tinker Elementary was named an "A" school by the state, based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
Tinker is unique to other Hillsborough County schools, because most of its students are military or Defense Department dependents.
Tinker Elementary School is named after Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, who played a key role in developing "MacDill Field." He piloted the first aircraft to land at what is now MacDill Air Force Base.