Roosevelt Middle School buzzed with nervous energy Monday as students congregated in twos and threes to discuss class schedules and back-to-school shopping.
“I did mine a month before school started so I would have everything ready,” 12-year-old Liana Mkrtchyan said as she waited for the first bell to ring.
The scene played out at schools throughout Glendale Unified as teachers opened their classrooms for the start of the 2011-12 academic year. Preliminary projections pegged total enrollment at 25,408 students, although that number will fluctuate in the coming weeks, district officials said.
The new year brings with it familiar faces in several new administrative positions.
Bill Card, formerly principal at Lincoln Elementary School, is now serving as principal at Toll Middle School. He was replaced at Lincoln by Stephen Williams, formerly principal at Franklin Elementary School. Vickie Atikian Aviles, a longtime administrator with the district’s dual-language programs, has moved into the head job at Franklin.