Bentonville superintendent Mike Poore says most school districts have opening celebrations, but he's excited about how they do it in Bentonville.
About $1,500 teachers and staff members filled an auditorium at the high school for the celebration.
As Poore brought to their attention, the opportunities that await them this school year.
The district is expecting big enrollment numbers this fall and district leaders used today's event as an avenue for preparation.
Poore delivered a presentation, showing ways the district has improved and suggesting ways to keep that positive energy going.
He also says he knows it will be a challenge -- catering to the sudden student growth, but he believes Bentonville has the people to take on that challenge.
Today's celebration also featured a national speaker: Will Richardson He's a former educator who gave the teachers tips on how to better incorporate technology in the classroom.
"To have a person coming in from a national level to have us think a little bit deeper about our own practice, i think it really sends off a great start for us," says Poore.
"I think, it doesn't matter if you have one kid or 10,000 kids in your school. I think the message is the same. Even though Bentonville is undergoing some really big growth, I still think for every child we have to give them the opportunities to work in these digital spaces," says Richardson.
First day if school is August 20.