First day of school in Parker


Most kids enrolled in Parker area schools went back to school this morning for their first day of the new school year.

Town was buzzing at 7:45am with parents getting back into a routine of dropping students off, and familiar yellow school buses making their way in from around the sprawling community. The Parker Unified School District’s five schools were quickly filled with nervous students, especially those transitioning to a new school or starting kindergarten.

It’s also the first day for Joanna Hermes, who is the new principal at Blake Primary School in Parker. Joanna has been a teacher with the district for 4 years and is herself a graduate of Parker High School.

PUSD Superintendent Jim Lotts says everything ran fairly smoothly for the first day of school, and welcomed 150 new students to the district at the kindergarten level.

“We also have some new playground equipment at Wallace this year,” he added. “The kids were very excited to see that.”

For young people in the PUSD, this will be a 9-week run before the Fall Break, a week off in October at the end of the first quarter. Parent-teacher conferences are slated for September 2nd and 3rd. Students are off a few days later for Labor Day, Monday, September 7th.

Most other areas of La Paz County are back to school in a couple of weeks.

SEE ALSO: The most recent edition of the Livecast contains a segment featuring the Parker Broncs football team and their coach, Jeston Lotts. Listen by clicking HERE.


  1. Mark Baldenegro

    Go Joanna Gerbitz Hermes☺

  2. Nana Gillaspy

    It’s so hot, good luck kids

  3. Espi Baldenegro

    JJ started school at Wallace!!

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