This week, Wylie’s Class of ‘23 took steps towards graduating while its Class of ‘36 took steps towards becoming Bulldogs.
On Thursday, May 18, members of the Class of ‘23 took part in the annual Senior Walk. At each Wylie elementary and intermediate campus, seniors walked through the halls reflecting on their time at Wylie and encouraging the younger students to take pride in being Wylie Bulldogs and their education.
Senior Alyssa Arguijo described being back at Wylie West Elementary as being “shocking and inspiring” as she stood in her cap and gown looking around at what was once her elementary school.
“It’s a lesson, and we didn’t realize the benefit of it [time at Wylie] until now,” said Arguijo.
Principal of West Elementary, Lisa Bessent, said she enjoys the annual tradition. “Graduating is a big accomplishment, and the walk shows our students what it looks like to work hard and go all the way through Wylie.”
But good things that come to an end also have good beginnings, which is exactly what happened two days prior when the incoming kindergartners of Wylie East Elementary attended a welcome meeting at their soon-to-be school. Greeted by Wylie Varsity cheerleaders, members of the Class of ‘36 kicked-off their first year of being a Wylie Bulldog and even got to participate in a Wylie signing to celebrate their commitment.
“We want our incoming kindergarteners to be excited to come and anticipate the fun they will have come August being on our campus each day, and we want to build a good relationship with our newest parents early on,’ said Caren Christian, the principal of East Elementary.
This is the first time the campus has hosted a welcome meeting for its kindergarteners, giving the students and parents the opportunity to meet staff, see the campus, and hear about various topics like campus security, behavior expectations, and services offered well before the school year begins.
Cory Row, whose daughter Ruby is eager to start kindergarten, said he was surprised by how early the opportunity to get involved was given and that it was appreciated.
Christian said being a Wylie Bulldog, and what all it means, is important throughout the district.
“Wylie cares about carrying the Bulldog experience all the way through a student’s experience. This is one reason why all campuses have bulldogs as a mascot,” said Christian. “We care about all of students and want them to have the very best experience from the very beginning all the way to the end because it’s great to be a Wylie Bulldog!”
By Kristen Johnson