First Day of School Delivers Smiles, Inspiration, Cowboy Boots

The air of excitement around a new school year is contagious, and Colorado Academy students were surrounded by feelings of great anticipation and joy throughout the Lower, Middle, and Upper school divisions on opening day.

From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5, CA Lower School students returned to classes with high fives for buddies, hugs for friends, and happy smiles for their teachers.

Principal Bill Wolf-Tinsman greeted Middle Schoolers in the courtyard, with a welcome that emphasized kindness, inclusiveness, and school expectations.

Decked out in their finest western garb amid hay bales, country music, and an old wagon once restored in honor of former CA teacher and administrator Sean Smith, CA seniors welcomed the incoming freshman class with raucous cheers, hugs, and cowbells. Often cited as one of the seniors’ favorite traditions, the senior greeting helps freshmen overcome any nervous moments that accompany opening day.

At 9 a.m., all divisions gathered for the All-School Assembly in the new Field House, where Head of School Dr. Mike Davis shared lessons of hope and resilience from this summer’s incredible cave rescue of a Thailand soccer team (listen to the podcast). And, continuing the long CA tradition, Dr. Davis read the names of the 100 members of the Class of 2019, who each stood among whoops and cheers.

Here’s to a great 2018-2019 school year!

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