District-Wide Bell Ringing Ceremonies Mark First Day of School in CUSD

Posted by Chester Upland School District on 9/2/2022

CHESTER, PA - September 2, 2022 - Chester Upland School District officials welcomed students back to the classroom on Monday with coordinated, district-wide bell ringing ceremonies at every school. 


Starting at Chester High School (CHS), top district officials, high school staff, local elected officials, and community members gathered in front of the school’s main entrance around 7:15 a.m. Standing in front of an orange and black balloon arch with a “Welcome Back” banner securely fixed in the middle,  Superintendent Dr. Craig Parkinson, Receiver Nafis Nichols, Chester City Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, School Board President Joan Neal, and CHS Principal Ron Brown all gave brief remarks to a crowd of students. After the speaking portion of the ceremony ended, staff and community members shook their brass handheld bells, clapping and cheering as students entered the building for the first day of school.


District officials and Principal Brown ring bells outside of Chester High SchoolShortly after the ceremony at CHS, Superintendent Parkinson, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Latrice N. Mumin and several district staffers, and dozens of community members traveled to every other school in the district to partake in their bell ringing ceremonies.  Stops included the newly-acquired Widener Partnership Charter School, which has been renamed Edgmont Scholars Academy, STEM Academy at Showalter, Stetser, Chester Upland School of the Arts (CUSA) and Main Street Elementary Schools, and Toby Farms Intermediate School.


Each bell ringing ceremony took place in front of the schools’ main entrances, and included multi-colored balloon arches, welcome back signs, and a brief speaking program followed by the ringing of handheld brass bells.


“This is an exciting time of the year. The first day of school marks new beginnings and new adventures,” said Dr. Parkinson. “We want our children to be encouraged and know that they are supported in everything they do. I was excited to see so many community members come out to cheer our students on during their first day of school.  It truly is a community effort.”


“Being a Chester native and a product of the Chester Upland School District, it brings me a sense of nostalgia to see children start a new year in this district,” said Nichols. “We have a great team, amazing staff, and tremendous community support going into this school year, and I’m excited for our students and all that they will accomplish with our help.”


More than 3,281 students are enrolled in schools throughout the Chester Upland School District this year.