Prosper ISD opens new elementary schools in time for 2021-22 school year
Prosper administrators hosted two ribbon-cutting ceremonies on August 7th.
Reeves Elementary is located at 2501 Auburn Hills Parkway in McKinney and Bryant Elementary, at 3080 Freeman Way in Prosper. The schools will be the 13th and 14th elementary school for the district.
Each ceremony had a welcome given by the Vice Principal of the school, an Invocation given by a local pastor, the Presentation of Colors given by a local Boy Scouts of America troop, performances by children who will attend the school, and a speech from the Principal, Prosper ISD School Board President Jim Bridges, and Superintendent Holly Ferguson. After the ceremonies, families were invited to tour the school and to attend a reception.
Bryant Elementary was named after Jerry Bryant, a nurse and Prosper ISD advocate throughout her life. Bryant was also the first woman elected to the Prosper ISD school board. Bryant’s granddaughter Mary Dubree attended the ceremony.
“We are opening my grandmother’s school,” Dubree said. “It is so amazing. She did so much work over the years to help her community. She was a selfless person. She was the embodiment of what education is about. I am a teacher and I was inspired by her. She was a nurse, but she was known for being a teacher to everyone she met. She really is the embodiment of a trailblazer. She just never stopped, she helped people all the time, during the week and over the weekend. She just kept helping.”
“I am so glad that they used the word Trailblazers to describe the students here,” Debree continued. “That really is what my grandmother was all about. She was breaking down barriers, and I want these students to know that they can do great things, and be amazing helpers, too.”
Seven year old Joshua and six year old Holly attended the ribbon cutting for Bryant Elementary.
“We came out to check out our new school,” Joshua said. “The best teachers go to the new schools. We get to see the new school before the other kids.”
“I get to see my new classroom and I am so excited," Holly said. "Our school is clean and brand new.”
Kasey Maas is the principal at Reeves Elementary.
“We are so excited to have our ribbon cutting and honor Mike and Janie Reeves,” Maas said. “We are the thirteenth elementary school here in Prosper ISD. We are here to honor learning and kids and the community. We are learning that we are Prosper and we are one community. We are so excited to lead this staff going forward. We focus on being leaders in learning, to show the children that they can be lifelong learners as well.”
“I want the culture in this school to be engaged, positive, and fun,” Maas said. “We know that happy kids are happy learners, so we want to focus on that social emotional piece of learning. We want to celebrate the successes of the students and of the staff. We want this to be a fun, positive place that the students and the staff want to be at each day. We have 92 staff members, we have the largest staff here in the elementary school team. That was our first focus, to hire the very best staff for this school. I am really excited for this school year to see everyone come together as a community.”
Tattiyana is a fifth grade student in Reeves Elementary. “I think that it is exciting to go to fifth grade in a new school,” Tattiyana said. “We learned that people who this school was named after helped Prosper. I think they named the school after the Reeves family because they want us to grow up to help Prosper too. I think if we work hard in school that is a way to help Prosper. I like to learn, have fun, and meet new friends.”
Elizabeth is a seven year old who will attend Reeves Elementary as a third grade student. “I think we have a party to celebrate that the school is open,” Elizabeth said. “I am looking forward to making new friends. I like to learn and play. I really want to learn a lot because I want to be a pop star when I grow up.”
Information about construction updates is available on the Prosper ISD website and is updated each month during the school board meeting.