Viera, Suntree students greet school year with excitement


Suntree Elementary School students were excited to be back at school.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Shari Tressler

Saying hello to new teachers and classmates while bidding goodbye to summer, Brevard students have been filling seats, parking lots and car loops with the excitement of a new year. At Suntree Elementary School, new principal Shari Tressler had been eagerly anticipating the start of school since summer began.

“I started after the (last) school year ended, so it's great to have finally have kids in the building!” Tressler said. “The kids and parents were excited. (The first day) went smoothly. It was a great day.”

As the Florida sun continued to smother Brevard in a blanket of heat, more than 73,000 students gathered school supplies, boarded school buses and navigated new schedules as they returned to class Aug. 10.

Despite extra traffic and long car loops, new schedules and normal first day jitters, there were no major problems for Brevard’s 82 schools on the first day. Small changes as well as some bigger are in store for Brevard schools.

“We are projected for 654 students however. We are a little higher than expected,” Tressler said. “And our new theme for this year is Suntree Super Heroes.”

Tressler also referred to a more significant change: a new district discipline policy intended to create more uniformity across the district. The newly implemented policy includes five levels of discipline with specific guidelines, with the goal of aligning each offense to an appropriate consequence. Evaluation of the new discipline policy will continue as the school year unfolds.

At Viera High School, the parking lot was filled with cars, buses and golf carts during the first days of school. The guidance office was busy with students as they worked out schedule issues with the seasoned staff. Principal Mike Alba reported in his weekly email that the first week was wonderful. He also encouraged parents to meet their students’ teachers at Viera High’s open house and shared his Viera High mission: support, inspire and motivate. 

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