District welcomes back 11,000 students for 2017-18 year

Classrooms, lunchrooms and playgrounds once again are bustling with the sounds of students’ laughter and banter.

Lakeview Elementary students give hugs and high fives to a teacher as they got to school their first day.

Lakeview Elementary students give hugs and high fives to a teacher as they got to school their first day.

Sept. 5 marked the first day of school for the district’s 11,000 students, including approximately 1,000 members of the class of 2018. Many were excited to see friends and start a year filled with thoughts of the future. For kindergarteners, riding the bus for the first time, meeting new friends and learning to read are among the things they say hold the most excitement for them. The students entering kindergarten this fall will graduate in 2030.

The day was filled with excitement for staff members, too.

John F. Kennedy Elementary School Principal Beth Anderson and her staff members met students at the bus, escorting kindergartners to class and greeting returning students by names as they saw them. Anderson called it a “perfect day,” adding she was excited to have students back. Staff members at the middle school and high school levels echoed

J.F.K. Elementary students walk and laugh all the way to the school's entrance on their first day of school.

Students laugh as they walk to J.F.K. Elementary’s entrance on their first day of school.

those sentiments.

“The absolute best part of the day is having the kids back at MMS,” said DeAnn Haugland, office manager at McGuire Middle School.

To view a gallery of photos from the first day, visit Facebook.com/isd194 or head to the district’s Twitter page at Twitter.com/LakevilleAreaPS.

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