By Steve Parker
The Sullivans School on board Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) in Yokosuka, Japan held its annual parent and community Open House, Sept. 10.
Sullivans invited all of the parents of its current student population and almost all of them showed up to meet the principals, greet the teachers, see the classrooms and learn about where their children will be learning and growing during the school year 2015-2016.
Community support was evident in the sheer number of parents, families and siblings who braved the torrential rain to attend The Sullivans School Open House. The sheer number of parents quickly filled up the school’s gymnasium and some parents had to listen from outside in the hall before moving on to their children’s classrooms. Excitement about the coming school year was palpable in the room as new principal, Daisy Weddle and returning vice principal Angelia Hadley introduced all of the teachers by grade level and released them to their classrooms to prepare for the arrival of the excited parents. Three classroom sessions of 30 minutes each were held to allow parents with multiple children to see all of their children’s classrooms. Specialists who taught Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Foreign Languages in the classroom (FLES), Host Nation, Art, Music and Physical Education (PE) were also available in their classrooms.
The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, DoD schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 48 schools serve nearly 23,000 military-connected children of U.S. Service members and civilian support personnel stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,000 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. The Sullivans School is the largest school in DoDEA with a student body of approximately 1,200 in grades K-5.