Prosper ISD kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with a bang on Aug. 7. Welcoming back over 1,100 returning teachers and staff, along with over 250 new employees, Prosper ISD Superintendent Drew Watkins wanted to show them how important and valued each person is, no matter their role.

Each campus opened at 7:30 a.m. with a Blue Mesa-catered breakfast. After enjoying time with one another, teachers and staff piled into district buses and rode together to Prestonwood North Baptist Church to meet with the rest of the district.

Everyone was greeted by the Mighty Eagle Band and lively music.

Reynolds student Samantha Wlodowski opened Convocation with an a cappella version of the national anthem, and Prosper’s Suzuki Strings orchestra performed for the staff.

Watkins, along with Associate Superintendent Holly Ferguson and Assistant Superintendent Greg Bradley, spoke to the crowd, speaking about grit, challenging each person to be positive and dedicated to our district students. They honored the current district teachers of the year, celebrated employees with perfect attendance, and presented service pins for those completing 5, 10, and 15 years in Prosper.

One highlight of the morning was when Watkins called up all employees who are expecting babies and presented them with Prosper onesies and diapers. Then came the door prizes.

The moment that drew the whole crowd to its feet was when the YouTube sensation and Baker Elementary student Dane Miller video was shown, and Dane himself came on stage to belted out his now-famous rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”